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

November 22 – 29

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Mass at Holy Family on Sundays at 8 a.m.  
Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Chapel on Sundays at 10 a.m.

Until the crisis passes, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass has been
lifted. No one should feel obliged to come to church. This will remain in place until it is safe for all to return to church. Sunday remains the Lord’s Day, so Mass can be followed on television, radio, and online with a spiritual communion. Devotional practices such as an hour of silent prayer, the Rosary, scripture reading, or other meditations can mark the day.

To participate in Mass online, check out these:

http://www.wordonfire.org

http://www.ewtn.com

September Prayer Request list

are available in the Narthex.  Please feel free to take one and pray for those in need of our prayers.  Included with this list is a beautiful “healing” prayer.  If you have anyone you would like added to the prayer list or, if there is someone that could be taken off, please let Shirley Scollard know. 

October is CCW (Council of Catholic Women) Membership Month

If you are a registered member of our parish community, there is an envelope in your packet for supporting CCW. If you do not receive envelopes, you may place your donation in an envelope, mark it CCW, and place it in the collection basket.  Why support CCW?  CCW has been an integral part of our parish community in many important ways.  In spite of the fact that we could not have our sloppy joe luncheon nor sell raffle tickets this year, we were still able to make some significant contributions within our parish and the surrounding community.  For the past few years we have supported Sr. Kathleen through her journey as a novitiate and her final vows. We recently sent a donation to Birthright and the Christ Child Society, which Fr. David’s mother is president of.  We also recently purchased the beautiful chalice, ciborium, and paten for the altar. (picture shown).  We help with funerals and any other special activity that requires our help.  We ask you to please use the blue envelope found in your packet marked Council of Catholic Women, or place a donation envelope in the collection basket marked CCW.  (Note: men are also welcome to support CCW)

Adoration at Holy Family

Adoration will be offered at Holy Family on Thursdays from 9:30 am-6:00 pm with Benediction beginning at 5:50 pm.   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 11/22 – 11/29

Until the crisis passes, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass has been lifted.  No one should feel obligated to come to church.  This will remain in place until it is safe for all to return to church.  Sunday remains the Lord’s Day, so Mass can be followed on television, radio, and online with a spiritual communion.  Devotional practices such as an hour of silent prayer, the Rosary, scripture reading, or other meditations can mark the day.

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 6:00 pm. with Benediction beginning at 5:50 pm.  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

November 22 – 29

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

Sunday, November 22, Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (Solemnity) Collect: Almighty ever-living God, whose will is to restore all things in your beloved Son, the King of the universe, grant, we pray, that the whole creation, set free from slavery, may render your majesty service and ceaselessly proclaim your 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.

Monday, November 23, Saint Clement I, Pope and Martyr (Optional Memorial)  Collect: Almighty ever-living God, who are wonderful in the virtue of all your Saints, grant us joy in the yearly commemoration of Saint Clement, who, as a Martyr and High Priest of your Son, bore out by his witness what he celebrated in mystery and confirmed by example what he preached with his 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.

Tuesday, November 24, Saint Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs (Memorial)  Collect: O God, source and origin of all fatherhood, who kept the Martyrs Saint Andrew Dung-Lac and his companions faithful to the Cross of your Son, even to the shedding of their blood, grant, through their intercession, that, spreading your love among our brothers and sisters, we may be your children both in name and in truth. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Wednesday, November 25, Saint Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin and Martyr (Optional Memorial)  Collect: Almighty ever-living God, who gave Saint Catherine of Alexandria to your people as a Virgin and an invincible Martyr, grant that through her 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, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Thursday, November 26, Thanksgiving Day (USA)  Collect: Father all-powerful, your gifts of love are countless and your goodness infinite; as we come before you on Thanksgiving Day with gratitude for your kindness, open our hearts to have concern for every man, woman, and child, so that we may share your gifts in loving service. Through our Lord. Amen.

Friday, November 27, 34th Week in Ordinary Time  Collect: Stir up the will of your faithful, we pray, O Lord, that, striving more eagerly to bring your diving work to fruitful completion, they may receive in greater measure the healing remedies your kindness bestows. 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, November 28, 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, November 29, 1st Sunday of Advent Collect: Grant your faithful, we pray, almighty God, the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ with righteous deeds at his coming, so that, gathered at his right hand, they may be worthy to possess the heavenly Kingdom. 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 essential meaning of the word adventus was: God is here, he has not withdrawn from the world, he has not deserted us. Even if we cannot see and touch him as we can tangible realties, he is here and comes to visit us in many ways.  -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