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

July 18 – July 25

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.  Please note there will not be Mass at Our Lady of Fatima on July 25th.

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

The Chosen series will be hosted by Deacon Mike and Julie at Holy Family on Thursday evenings starting at 6:15 p.m.  This is an eight week session and begins on June 10, 2021.  Everyone welcome.

 

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.

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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 7/18 – 7/25

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.   There will not be Mass at Our Lady of Fatima on July 25th.  Please plan to attend Mass at a nearby parish. 

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

July 18 – July 25

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

Sunday, July 18, 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time  Collect: Show favor, O Lord, to your servants and mercifully increase the gifts of your grace, that, made fervent in hope, faith and charity, they may be ever watchful in keeping your commands.  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, July 19, 16th Week in Ordinary Time  Collect: Show favor, O Lord, to your servants and mercifully increase the gifts of your grace, that, made fervent in hope, faith and charity, they may be ever watchful in keeping your commands.  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, July 20, Saint Apollinaris, Bishop and Martyr (Optional Memorial)  Collect: Direct your faithful, Lord, in the way of eternal salvation, which the Bishop Saint Apollinaris showed by his teaching and martyrdom, and grant, through his intercession, that we may so persevere in keeping your commandments as to merit being crowned with him.  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, July 21, Saint Lawrence of Brindisi, Priest and Doctor of the Church (Optional Memorial)  Collect:  O God, who for the glory of your name and the salvation of souls bestowed on the Priest Saint Lawrence of Brindisi a spirit of counsel and fortitude, grant, we pray, that in the same spirit, we may know what must be done and, through his intercession, bring it to completion.  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.

Thursday, July 22, Saint Mary Magdalene (Feast)  Collect: O God, whose Only Begotten Son entrusted Mary Magdalene before all others with announcing the great joy of the Resurrection, grant, we pray, that through her intercession and example we may proclaim the living Christ and come to see him reigning in your glory.  Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Friday, July 23, Saint Bridget, Religious (Optional Memorial)  Collect: O God, who guided Saint Bridget of Sweden along different paths of life and wondrously taught her the wisdom of the Cross as she contemplated the Passion of your Son, grant us, we pray, that, walking worthily in our vocation, we may seek you in all things.  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, July 24, Saint Sharbel Makhluf, Priest (Optional Memorial)  Collect: O God, who called the Priest Saint Sharbel Makhluf to the solitary combat of the desert and imbued him with all manner of devotion, grant us, we pray, that, being made imitators of the Lord’s Passion, we may merit to be co-heirs of his Kingdom.  Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Sunday, July 25, 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time  Collect: O God, protector of those who hope in you, without whom nothing has firm foundation, nothing is holy, bestow in abundance your mercy upon us and grant that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may use the good things that pass in such a way as to hold fast even now to those that ever endure.  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