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

October 20 – October 27

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

ALL SAINTS’ DAY MASS SCHEDULE

Thursday, October 31 at 6 pm – Holy Family, McGregor
Friday, October 1 at 8:30 am – St. James, Aitkin
Friday, October 1 at 10 am – Our Lady of Fatima, McGrath

CCW Save The Dates:

  • Sturgeon Lake DDCCW (Duluth Diocese Council of Catholic Women) – October 29, 2019

Hunter’s Mass scheduled for Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Chapel.

Masses Scheduled at Our Lady of Fatima Chapel (McGrath)
Please note this schedule is subject to change due to priest availability.  Check back regularly for the most up to date information on mass schedule. 

  • Friday, November 1 – All Saints’ Day – 10:00 a.m.
  • November 3, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
  • November 17, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
  • November 24, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
  • December 1, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
  • December 8, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Monday, December 9, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
  • December 15, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
  • December 22, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, December 25 – Christmas – 10:00 a.m.
  • December 29, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

Holy Hour at Holy Family Thursdays from 5-6 pm.

Adoration and Vespers – Holy Family 
Holy Family will now offer a Holy Hour every Thursday evening from 5-6 p.m.  This hour will include quiet time to be with the Lord, Vespers and Benediction.  You may come for the whole hour or just stop in for a few minutes to pray.

TO REACH FR. DAVID:  763-227-7968 or email fatherforsman@gmail.com

Office: 218-927-6581, email aggie@aitkincatholic.org

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

BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT: SEE OUR NEW BULLETIN ON THE “Bulletins” page. 

SEE THE “WORSHIP SCHEDULE” PAGE FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT OUR LADY OF FATIMA AND THE UPCOMING MASS SCHEDULE.

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.

Liturgy Schedule

Week of 10/20 – 10/27

ALL SAINTS’ DAY MASS SCHEDULE

Thursday, October 31 at 6 pm – Holy Family, McGregor
Friday, October 1 at 8:30 am – St. James, Aitkin
Friday, October 1 at 10 am – Our Lady of Fatima, McGrath

 

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

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.

Our Lady of Fatima Chapel Mass Schedule:
Please note this schedule is subject to change due to priest availability.  Check back regularly for the most up to date information on mass schedule. 

  • Friday, November 1 – All Saints’ Day – 10:00 a.m.
  • November 3, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
  • November 17, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
  • November 24, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
  • December 1, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
  • December 8, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Monday, December 9, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
  • December 15, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
  • December 22, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, December 25 – Christmas – 10:00 a.m.
  • December 29, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

Feast Days This Week

October 20 – October 27

For the full Daily Mass Scripture Readings please look under Links of Interest -Catholic Links – at the bottom of this page.

Sunday, October 20, 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time  Collect: Almighty ever-living God, grant that we may always conform our will to yours and serve your majesty in sincerity of heart.  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, October 21, 29th Week in Ordinary Time  Collect: Almighty ever-living God, grant that we may always confirm our will to yours and serve your majesty in sincerity of heart.  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, October 22, Saint John Paul II, Pope (Optional Memorial)  Collect: O God, who are rich in mercy and who willed that Saint John Paul the Second should preside as Pope over your universal Church, grant, we pray, that instructed by his teaching, we may open our hearts to the saving grace of Christ, the sole Redeemer of mankind.  Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Fall in love with Jesus Christ, to live his very life, so that our world may have life in the light of the gospel.  -St. John Paul II

Wednesday, October 23, Saint John of Capistrano, Priest (Optional Memorial) Collect: O God, who raised up Saint John of Capistrano to comfort your faithful people in tribulation, place us, we pray, under your safe protection and keep your Church in everlasting peace.  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, October 24, Saint Anthony Mary Claret, Bishop (Optional Memorial)  Collect: O God, who for the evangelization of peoples strengthened the Bishop Saint Anthony Mary Claret with admirable charity and long-suffering, grant, through his intercession, that, seeking the things that are yours, we may earnestly devote ourselves to winning our brothers and sisters for Christ.  Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Christ charges us in the Gospel: We must oppose or deny ourselves,take up the cross, and follow him.  -St. Anthony Mary Claret

Friday, October 25, 29th Week in Ordinary Time  Collect: Almighty ever-living God, grant that we may always conform our will to yours and serve your majesty in sincerity of heart.  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, October 26, 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.

Sunday, October 27, 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time  Collect: Almighty ever-living God, increase our faith, hope and charity, and make us love what you command, so that we may merit what you promise.  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.

[The parable of] “the Pharisee and the tax collector,” concerns the humility of heart that prays.  “God, be merciful to me a sinner!”  The Church continues to make this prayer its own: Kyrie eleison!  -Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2613

Come, let us sing joyfully to the lord; let us acclaim the Rock of our salvation.  Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us joyfully sing psalms to him.  -Psalm 95:1-2

“I am the Lord’s poor servant; to him alone, the living God, I have offered all in sacrifice; I have nothing else to give; I offer him myself.”  -Antiphon, Liturgy of the Hours, Memorial of St. Lucy

“Following Christ means leaving behind, sometimes at great cost, everything that is incompatible with true discipleship and embarking upon a new life.” —Pope Benedict XVI

“Each year, Lent . . . stimulates us to rediscover the mercy of God so that we, in turn, become more merciful toward our brothers and sisters.” —Pope Benedict XVI

“During Lent let us improve our spirit of prayer and recollection. Let us free our minds from all that is not Jesus.” —St. Teresa of Calcutta

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.

LINKS OF INTEREST