Holy Family Catholic Church ~ McGregor, MN

Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church ~ McGrath, MN

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WELCOME TO HOLY FAMILY & OUR LADY OF FATIMA CATHOLIC CHURCHES

Our parishes are a faith community located in the beautiful northern Minnesota Lakes Region in Aitkin County. We are within the Duluth, MN Diocese (about 60 miles west of Duluth), the gateway to the great “up north” – and we love having visitors!

If you visit our area, please come and join us in worship - maybe you’ll even be there on a day when we have fresh coffee and caramel rolls after Mass!

During the winter months many of our parishioners “fly” South for the warmer climate – but many of us stay to enjoy our glorious winter beauty and fun in the snow sports. During summer months our numbers “swell” again as the “Snowbirds” return, along with the many friends and travelers to our beautiful and peaceful land of lakes and pines.

The goal of the site is to help you learn more about us, our faith, and the McGregor and McGrath areas.

Please visit us often to view updates!

Special Announcements

July 16 – July 22

MARK YOUR CALENDAR:

SEE FR. DAVID FORSMAN’S INTRODUCTION AND BIO ON THE STAFF PAGE UNDER HIS INFORMATION AND CLICK ON “LEARN MORE.”

CCW MEEETING: The next CCW meeting will be on Friday, August 3, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in the Holy Family upper social hall.

BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT: SEE OUR NEW BULLETIN FOR Sunday, July 15 ON THE “Bulletins” page. You will find there an introduction by Fr. David for Holy Family as his new parishioners.

NOTE: Holy Family office hours have changed. Our Secretary, Chris, will be in the office on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Are you an actual member of Holy Family? You may think so because you have been attending faithfully, but have you actually ever filled out a Parish Registration form? If you are not sure, please complete a registration form and return it at your convenience. (Single young people out of school are requested to register as adult members.) An Application for Membership form can be found on the “About Us” page at the top. It is an Adobe Acrobat .pdf file which you can open and print to fill in your information and drop off at or mail to the church. You can also find these forms in the Narthex of Holy Family Church.

THE HINGE: This is the newsletter of the Duluth Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. Find it on the Ministries page–under Council of Catholic Women.

Bishop Sirba letter regarding the decision of the Strategic Planning future of Holy Family Church and Our Lady of Fatima available below. To print, please click on the .pdf document below.

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Liturgy Schedule

Week of 7/15 – 7/22

The rosary is prayed at 7:30 a.m. prior to 8:00 a.m. Sunday Mass.

PLEASE NOTE NEW MASS SCHEDULE:
Beginning July 15th, the new schedule for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and Confession will be as follows in Aitkin and McGregor:
Holy Family:
Confession: Sunday @ 7:15 to 7:45 a.m.
Confession by appointment is also welcomed by Fr. David. (See contact information of the “Staff” page.)
Mass: Sunday @ 8:00 a.m.

St. James:
Confession: Saturday @ 10:00 to 10:45 a.m.; 4:00 to 4:45 p.m.
Confession: Confession by appointment is also welcomed by Fr. David
Mass: Saturday @ 5:00 p.m.; Sunday @ 10:00 a.m.

Daily Mass will be in Aitkin from Tues. – Friday at 8:30 a.m. with Rosary at 8:05 a.m.

NOTE: As of July 15, 2018 Mass will no longer be celebrated at Our Lady of Fatima. See June 17 Bulletin for more details.

Feast Days This Week

Week of July 16 through July 22

Saturday, July 14 through Sunday, July 22

Saturday, 7/14 St. Kateri Tekakwitha, Virgin (Memorial) Collect: O God, who desired the Virgin Saint Kateri Tekakwitha to flower among Native Americans in a life of innocence, grant, through her intercession, that when all are gathered into your Church from every nation, tribe and tongue, they may magnify you in a single canticle of praise. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Sunday, 7/15, 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Collect: O God, who show the light of your truth to those who go astray, so that they may return to the right path, give all who for the faith they profess are accounted Christians the grace to reject whatever is contrary to the name of Christ and to strive after all that does it honor. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Monday,7/16 Our Lady of Mount Carmel(Optional Memorial) Entrance Antiphon: Blessed are you, O Virgin Mary, by the Lord God Most High, above all women on the earth; for he has so exalted your name that your praise shall be undying on our lips. Collect: May the venerable intercession of the glorious Virgin Mary come to our aid, we pray, O Lord, so that, fortified by her protection, we may reach the mountain which is Christ. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Tuesday, 7/17 15th Week in Ordinary Time Collect: O God, who show the light of your truth to those who go astray, so that they may return to the right path, give all who for the faith they profess are accounted Christians the grace to reject whatever is contrary to the name of Christ and to strive after all that does it honor. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Wednesday, 7/18 St. Camillus de Lellis, Priest (Optional Memorial) Collect: O God, who adorned the Priest Saint Camillus with a singular grace of charity towards the sick, pour out upon us, by his merits, a spirit of love for you, so that, serving you in our neighbor, we may, at the hour of our death, pass safely over to you. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Thursday, 7/19 <15th Week in Ordinary Time Collect: O God, who show the light of your truth to those who go astray, so that they may return to the right path, give all who for the faith they profess are accounted Christians the grace to reject whatever is contrary to the name of Christ and to strive after all that does it honor. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Friday, 7/20 St. Apollinaris, Bishop and Martyr (Optional Memorial) Entrance Antiphon: This holy man fought to the death for the law of his God and did not fear the words of the godless, for he was built on solid rock. Collect: Direct your faithful, Lord, in the way of eternal salvation, which the Bishop Saint Apollinaris showed by his teaching and martyrdom, and grant, through his intercession, that we may so persevere in keeping your commandments as to merit being crowned with him. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Saturday, 7/21 St. Lawrence of Brindisi, Priest and Doctor of the Church (Optional Memorial) Collect: O God, who for the glory of your name and the salvation of souls bestowed on the Priest Saint Lawrence of Brindisi a spirit of counsel and fortitude, grant, we pray, that in the same spirit, we may know what must be done and, through his intercession, bring it to completion. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Sunday, 7/22, 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Collect: Show favor, O Lord, to your servants and mercifully increase the gifts of your grace, that, made fervent in hope, faith and charity, they may be ever watchful in keeping your commands. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

“What we ourselves cannot bear let us bear with the help of Christ. For he tells us: My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” —St. Boniface

“Since the heart of Jesus overflows with divine and human love . . . it is truly the unfailing fountain of that love which his Spirit pours forth into all the members of his Mystical Body.” —Pope Pius XII

“With mind entire, faith firm, courage undaunted, love thorough, let us be ready for whatever God wills.” St. Bede the Venerable

“Rejoicing and eternal praise be to you, my Lord Jesus Christ, who sent the Holy Spirit into the hearts of your disciples.” —St. Bridget of Sweden

“In faith, let us invoke the Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life, that he may renew the face of the earth, be a source of healing for our wounded world, and reconcile the hearts of all men and women with God the Creator.” —Pope Francis

“By dying for others, the Word banished death for all mankind.” —St. Athanasius

“Let us love one another, because love is of God, everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.” —i John 4:7

“Jesus loves us. He does what he teaches. He forgives his enemies. His teaching is good.” —St. Peter Chanel

“The Risen One goes before us and he accompanies us along the paths of the world. He is our hope. He is the true peace of the world.” —Pope Benedict XVI

“We shall steer safely through every storm, as long as our heart is right, our intention fervent, our courage steadfast, and our trust fixed in God.” —St. Francis de Sales

“Jesus showed the signs of his passion even to the point of allowing Doubting Thomas to touch him . . . indeed, in touching the Lord’s wounds, the hesitant disciple not only heals his own diffidence but also ours.” —Pope Benedict XVI

PRAYER REQUESTS

If you would like to add a loved one to the prayer chain, please send an email to Holy Family Church with the name of the person needing prayers.

Our faith community has a group of people who pray for those on our prayer chain.

The prayer chain is updated and printed every month – it can be found in the narthex at Holy Family. At Our Lady of Fatima, ask for a copy.

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