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

September 15 – 22

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

CCW Save The Dates:

  • Brainerd Deanery Women’s Fall Conference – September 28, 2019 in Emily  8:45 to 2:00   St. Emily’s Church, (39922 Lake St., Emily). Katie Jacobson, an on fire convert, will tell her story of how she came to the faith and how to become disciples and mentors to form others. To register, send your name, parish, and city with $15 (make checks payable to BDCCW) to Linda Braynard, Apt. 111, 500 8th Av, Ironton, MN 56455.
  • Sturgeon Lake DDCCW – October 29, 2019

Masses Scheduled at Our Lady of Fatima Chapel (McGrath)

  • September 29, 2019 at 10 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 9/15 – 22

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:

  • September 29, 2019 at 10 a.m.

Feast Days This Week

September 15 – 22

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

Sunday, September 15, 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, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Monday, 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, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Tuesday, 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, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

The school of Christ is the school of charity.  -St. Robert Bellarmine

Wednesday, September 18, 24th Week 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, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Thursday, September 19, Saint Januarius, Bishop and Martyr (Optional Memorial)  Collect: O God, who grant us to venerate the memory of the Martyr Saint Januarius, give us, we pray, the joy of his company in blessed happiness for all eternity.  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, September 20, Saints Andrew Kim Tae-gon, Priest, Paul Chong Ha-sang, and Companions, Martyrs (Memorial) Collect: O God, who have been pleased to increase your adopted children in all the world, and who made the blood of the Martyrs Saint Andrew Kim Tae-gon and his companions a most fruitful seed of Christians, grant that we may be defended by their help and profit always from their example.  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.

Remain steadfast in faith, so that at last we will all reach heaven and there rejoice together.  -St. Andrew Kim Tae-gon

Saturday, September 21, Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist (Feast)  Collect: O God, who with untold mercy were pleased to choose as an Apostle Saint Matthew, the tax collector, grant that, sustained by his example and intercession, we may merit to hold firm in following 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.

Jesus saw Matthew as he sees all of us – not just for who we are, but for who we can become through his grace.    -A Year of Celebration

Sunday, September 22, 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, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

“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