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

November 17 – 24

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Mass times for Christmas:

  • Christmas Eve, 12/24 at 4 pm at St. James, Aitkin
  • Christmas Eve, 12/24 at 6:30 pm at Holy Family, McGregor
  • Christmas Midnight Mass, 12/25 at 12 am at St. James, Aitkin
  • Christmas Day, 12/25 at 9 am at St. James, Aitkin
  • Christmas Day, 12/25 at 10 am at Our Lady of Fatima, McGrath

Fr. Clem Gustin dies November 2, 2019 – Fr. Clem obituary 

Bulletin Insert – A Message from Father David 10-27-19

Diocese of Duluth Middle and High School Respect Life Essay Contest 2019 – please click here for more information: Middle and High School Essay Contest Guidelines 2019

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. 

  • 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.

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

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 11/17 – 11/24

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. 

  • 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.

Feast Days This Week

November 17 – 24

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

Sunday, November 17, 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time  Collect: Grant us, we pray, O Lord our God, the constant gladness of being devoted to you, for it is full and lasting happiness to serve with constancy the author of all that is good.  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.

Sing praise to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and melodious song.  With trumpets and the sound of the horn sing joyfully before the King, the Lord.   -Psalm 98:5-6

Monday, November 18, Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne, Virgin (Optional Memorial)  Collect: Almighty God, who filled the heart of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne with charity and missionary zeal, and gave her the desire to make you known among all peoples, grant us to follow her way and fill us with that same love and zeal to extend your Kingdom to the ends of the earth.  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 trials ahead may never be as great as the help i may confidently expect from him.  -St. Rose Philippine Duchesne

Tuesday, November 19, 33rd Week in Ordinary Time  Collect: Grant us, we pray, O Lord our God, the constant gladness of being devoted to you, for it is full and lasting happiness to serve with constancy the author of all that is good.  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.

Wednesday, November 20, 33rd Week in Ordinary Time  Collect: Grant us, we pray, O Lord our God, the constant gladness of being devoted to you, for it is full and lasting happiness to serve with constancy the author of all that is good.  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 21, The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Memorial)  Collect: As we venerate the glorious memory of the most holy Virgin Mary, grant, we pray, O Lord, through her intercession, that we, too, may merit to receive from the fullness of your race.  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, November 22, Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr (Memorial)  Collect: O God, who gladden us each year with the feast day of your handmaid Saint Cecilia, grant, we pray, that what has been devoutly handed down concerning her may offer us examples to imitate and proclaim the wonders worked in his servants by Christ your Son.  Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

To die for Christ is not to sacrifice one’s youth, but to renew it.  Jesus Christ returns a hundredfold for all offered him, and adds to it eternal life.   -St. Cecilia

Saturday, 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.

Sunday, November 24, 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.

The throne of this King whom we worship…is the cross, and his triumph is the victory of Love, an almighty love that from the cross pours out his gifts upon humanity of all times and all places.   -Pope Benedict XVI

“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