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

September 12 – 19

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

VISITORS – Welcome to our parish.  No need to RSVP, we are happy to have you join us for Mass.  If you are not fully vaccinated, please wear a mask.

Mass at Holy Family on Sundays at 8 a.m.  

Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Chapel on Sundays at 10 a.m.  

Scam Alert Notice

Hackers have once again started targeting the public with emails and texts, posing as priests, asking for money or personal information.  Please be aware of these phishing (fake) emails.  Please contact the parish office if you have any questions or need confirmation that it was sent to you, even if it says it is a secret.  Thank you!

CCW Meeting, Tuesday, September 14, 10:00 a.m. in the Social Hall.  

Brainerd Deanery Fall Conference

Brainerd Deanery Fall Conference – Saturday, September 25, 2021, hosted by St. Andrew’s, 1108 Willow St., Brainerd, Mn. Guest speaker, Spiritual Advisor for the Duluth Diocese Council of Catholic Women.  He will speak on End of Life decisions/Health Care Directives. Cost is $20 to include registration, meal, and education materials.  Full information available at all entrances to the church.  Reservations are necessary, and carpooling can be arranged.  If you have any questions, give Shirley Scollard a call, 218-426-3527.

Mass Obligation reinstated July 1

Bishop Daniel Felton has announced that Sunday Mass obligation, which has been dispensed since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be restored effective July 1, 2021.  
Welcome back from Father David

0_Vocations_17_4c  Duluth Diocesan Vocation Prayer:

Almighty Father, we beg You for an increase in religious vocations and holy marriages in our diocese. Help us to be generous in our response to Your call. Choose from our homes those who are needed for Your work and strengthen us with the courage to say “yes” and to follow You. Help us as a diocese, as a parish, as families to encourage and foster vocations to the priesthood, permanent diaconate and consecrated life. We commend our prayers to our patroness, Mary, Queen of the Rosary, and ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Bishop Baraga Vocations Apostolate of the Brainerd Deanery Prayer:

Lord, You told us that “The harvest indeed is great but the laborers are few. Pray, therefore, the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into His fields.” We ask You to strengthen us as we follow the vocation to which You have called us. We pray particularly for those called to serve as priests, sisters, brothers, and deacons. Those whom You have called, Those You are calling now, Those You will call in the future. May they be open and responsive to the call of serving Your people. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Adoration at Holy Family

Adoration will be offered at Holy Family on Thursdays from 9:30 am-5:00 pm, stations of the cross at 5:00, Benediction following.   If you are interested in an hour to sit with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament or would like to be on the substitute list please contact Andrea 763-360-2058, call or text.

Single prayer card-Spiritual Comm

Single prayer card-Anima Christi

Authorization form-HF-revised

Authorization form-OLOF Chapel

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

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

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.

https://www.dioceseduluth.org/Vict

Liturgy Schedule

Week of 9/12 – 9/19

Mass Obligation reinstated July 1

Bishop Daniel Felton has announced that Sunday Mass obligation, which has been dispensed since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be restored effective July 1, 2021.  

Holy Family:
Confessions: Sunday 7:15 – 7:45 a.m.  
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:

Sundays at 10 a.m.  Please note this is subject to change due to priest availability.   

Adoration at Holy Family

Adoration will be offered at Holy Family on Thursdays between the hours of 9:30 am and 5:00 pm. with Stations of the Cross at 5:00 followed by Benediction.  If you are interested in an hour to sit with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament or willing to be a substitute, please contact Andrea 763-360-2058, call or text.

 

Feast Days This Week

September 12 – 19

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

Sunday, September 12, 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time  Collect: Look upon us, O God, Creator and ruler of all things, and, that we may feel the working of your mercy, grant that we may serve you with all our heart.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Monday, September 13, Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (Memorial)  Collect: O God, strength of those who hope in you, who willed that the Bishop Saint Chrysostom should be illustrious by his wonderful eloquence and his experience of suffering, grant us, we pray, that, instructed by his teachings, we may be strengthened through the example of his invincible patience.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Tuesday, September 14, The Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Feast)  Collect: O God, who willed that your Only Begotten Son should undergo the Cross to save the human race, grant, we pray, that we, who have known his mystery on earth, may merit the grace of his redemption in heaven.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Wednesday, September 15, Our Lady of Sorrows (Memorial)  Collect: O God, who willed that, when your Son was lifted high on the Cross, his Mother should stand close by and share his suffering, grant that your Church, participating with the Virgin Mary in the Passion of Christ, may merit a share in his Resurrection.  Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Thursday, September 16, Saints Cornelius, Pope, and Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs (Memorial)  Collect: O God, who gave Saints Cornelius and Cyprian to your people as diligent shepherds and valiant Martyrs, grant that through their intercession we may be strengthened in faith and constancy and spend ourselves without reserve for the unity of the Church.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Friday, September 17, Saint Robert Bellarmine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (Optional Memorial)  Collect: O God, who adorned the Bishop Saint Robert Bellarmine with wonderful learning and virtue to vindicate the faith of your Church, grant, through his intercession, that in the integrity of that same faith your people may always find joy.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Saturday, September 18, 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, God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Sunday, September 19, 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time  Collect: O God, who founded all the commands of your sacred Law upon love of you and of our neighbor, grant that, by keeping your precepts, we may merit to attain eternal life.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

“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