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

June 18 – June 24

MARK YOUR CALENDAR:

BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT: Please see page two of the bulletin posted on the “Bulletins” page for the letter from Fr. David Forsman, who will be our new pastor on July 11, 2018. You will be advised of his thoughts about our churches and the new Mass schedule which will take affect on Sunday, July 15.

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.

BISHOP SIRBA LETTER_5_19_18

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BISHOP SIRBA LETTER_5_19_18

Liturgy Schedule

Week of 6/18 – 6/24

The rosary is prayed 1/2 hour before each scheduled Mass.

Monday, Mass at 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday,NO Mass
Wednesday, NO Mass
Thursday, NO Mass
Friday, NO Mass
Saturday, Mass at 5:30 p.m. at Holy Family
Sunday, Mass at 8:45 a.m. at Holy Family
Sunday, Mass at 11:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima

Feast Days This Week

Week of June 18 through June 24

Monday, June 18 through Sunday, June 24

Monday, 6/18 11th Week in Ordinary Time Collect: O God, strength of those who hope in you, graciously hear our pleas, and, since without you mortal frailty can do nothing, grant us always the help of your grace, that in following your commands we may please you by our resolve and our deeds. 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.

Tuesday, 6/19 St. Romauld, Abbot (Optional Memorial) Collect: O God, who through Saint Romuald renewed the manner of life of hermits in your Church, grant that, denying ourselves and following Christ, we may merit to reach the heavenly realms on high. 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. “Realize above all that you are in God’s presence . . . Empty yourself completely and sit waiting, content with the grace of God, like a chick that tastes nothing and eats nothing except what its mother gives it.” —St. Romuald

Wednesday, 6/20 11th Week in Ordinary Time Collect: O God, strength of those who hope in you, graciously hear our pleas, and, since without you mortal frailty can do nothing, grant us always the help of your grace, that in following your commands we may please you by our resolve and our deeds. 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, 6/21 St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious (Memorial) Collect: O God, giver of heavenly gifts, who in Saint Aloysius Gonzaga joined penitence to a wonderful innocence of life, grant, through his merits and intercession, that, though we have failed to follow him in innocence, we may imitate him in penitence. 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. “It is better to be the child of God than king of the whole world.” —St. Aloysius Ganzag

Friday, 6/22 Sts. John Fisher, Bishop, and Thomas More, Martyrs (Optional Memorial) Collect: O God, who in martyrdom have brought true faith to its highest expression, graciously grant that, strengthened through the intercession of Saints John Fisher and Thomas More, we may confirm by the witness of our life the faith we profess with our lips. 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. “Give me, good Lord, a longing to be with you.” —St. Thomas More

Saturday, 6/23 Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary Collect: Grant us, O merciful God, protection in our weakness, that we, who keep the Memorial of the holy Mother of God, may, with the help of her intercession, rise up from our iniquities. 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. “If only I could place in the heart of everyone the fire I have in my heart which makes me love the heart of Mary so much!” —St. Jacinta Marto

Sunday, 6/24, The Nativity of St. John the Baptist (Solemnity) Collect: Grant, we pray, almighty God, that your family may walk in the way of salvation and, attentive to what Saint John the Precursor urged, may come safely to the One he foretold, our Lord Jesus Christ. 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 “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

“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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