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!
RESTORED RETREAT - January 26-28, 2024
Registration for the January Restored retreat is open! All adults 21 and older are invited to a retreat weekend taking place January 26-28 at Sugar Lake Lodge. Come enjoy good fellowship with people from all over the diocese, delicious food, engaging presentations, time for prayer and reflection, and be restored in both body and soul. All adults are welcome to come! More information on the weekend and registration can be found at http://www.dioceseduluth.org/restored-retreat.
Readings of the Day: http://bible.usccb.org
Video message from Bishop Daniel on healing and hope in Jesus:
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Greetings in the Lord! On Christmas Day 2022, I promulgated my Pastoral Letter, The Dawn from on High Shall Break Upon Us: Healing, Hope, and Joy in Jesus. The Pastoral Letter enlightens the Mission given to our Diocese by the Holy Spirit: As disciples of Jesus, we will intentionally help one another to grow closer to the healing, hope, and joy of Jesus, no matter where we are in the journey of faith.
The Pastoral Letter also identifies three Mission initiatives, each with its own emphasis. Presently, there is an emphasis on Healing. Over the past year, we have been encouraging people who are hurting to be healed through our healing ministries, sacraments, prayers, support groups, healing services, and relational reconciliations. There is convicting evidence that the Holy Spirit has been anointing so many in our diocese with the healing power we can only find in Jesus.
As we continued to heal the hurts in our personal lives, families, parishes, and the communities where we live, there is also evidence of an emerging sense of hope. As we experience the healing and hope we can only find in Jesus, we are beginning to embrace and embody the second mission emphasis of experiencing the healing and hope of Jesus in the Sacred Scriptures and Holy Eucharist (with an emphasis on Eucharistic Revival).
In my video presentation, I am calling us to continue our mission of healing (mission emphasis one), as well as leading people through the Scriptures and the Eucharist to the healing and hope (Paschal Mystery) that we can only experience in the Real Presence of Jesus (mission emphasis two).
I truly believe that the mission of bringing all people closer to the healing, hope, and joy of Jesus is entrusted to us by the Holy Spirit. I believe that the impact and fruition of blessings that we will receive as a result of bringing our mission alive will be bountiful — because in the end, our mission is not about us, but what the Holy Spirit wants to do in and though us, in the power of Jesus.
In the healing, hope and joy of Jesus,
Bishop Daniel J. Felton
Diocese of Duluth
2830 E 4th St.
Duluth, MN 55812
0: 218-724-9111 Ext. 8344
You have FREE ACCESS to the FORMED platform. Sign up at formed.org or download the app. Register by entering your email address and the parishes zip code (56431) and click on St. James & Holy Family Catholic Churches. FORMED has some great content for all ages!!!
Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus
Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus has moved into a new home in Duluth to accommodate their growing presence in the Diocese. Check out this link: https://youtu.be/2agYjAF8ZNA
2024 Engaged Weekends
Diocese of Duluth 2024 Engaged Weekends are February 24-25 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth, April 28-29 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Crosby, and in June (date to be determined yet) at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Duluth. Register at http://www.dioceseduluth.org/marriage-and-family-life
SEE THE “WORSHIP SCHEDULE” PAGE FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT OUR LADY OF FATIMA AND THE UPCOMING USE OF THAT CHAPEL IN THE FUTURE.
NOTE: HOLY FAMILY CHURCH OFFICE IS NOW CLOSED. PLEASE SEE CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE OFFICE AT ST. JAMES IN AITKIN ON THE “STAFF” PAGE OR “ABOUT US” PAGE.
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.
Confession: Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 pm
Mass: Sunday @ 8:00 a.m., Tuesday @ 8:30 a.m.
Our Lady of Fatima Chapel:
Mass: Sunday @ 10:00 a.m. (Please note Mass at Our Lady of Fatima is subject to change depending on priest availability.)
Confession: Saturday @ 10:00 to 10:45 a.m.; 4:00 to 4:45 p.m., Wednesday 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Mass: Saturday @ 5:00 p.m.; Sunday @ 10:30 a.m.
Daily Mass will be in Aitkin on Monday at 7:30 a.m. with Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet at 7:00 a.m., Wed. – Friday at 8:30 a.m. with Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet at 8:00 a.m.
Feast Days This Week
For Readings of the Day: http://bible.usccb.org
Sunday, February 25 – 2nd Sunday of Lent Collect: O God, who have commanded us to listen to your beloved Son, be pleased, we pray, to nourish us inwardly by your word, that, with spiritual sight made pure, we may rejoice to behold your glory. 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, February 26 – 2nd Week of Lent Collect: O God, who have taught us to chasten our bodies for the healing of our souls, enable us, we pray, to abstain from all sins, and strengthen our hearts to carryout your loving 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, February 27 – Saint Gregory of Narek, Abbot and Doctor of the Church (Optional Memorial) Collect: Almighty and eternal God, who gave your holy Church blessed Saint Gregory of Narek as Doctor (and Bishop), grant that what he taught when moved by the divine Spirit may always stay firm in our hearts; and, as by your gift we embrace him as our patron, may we also have him as our defender to entreat your mercy. 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, February 28 – 2nd Week of Lent Collect: Keep your family, O Lord, schooled always in good works, and so comfort them with your protection here as to lead them graciously to gifts on high. 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, February 29 – 2nd Week of Lent Collect: O God, who delight in innocence and restore it, direct the hearts of your servants to yourself, that, caught up in the fire of your Spirit, we may be found steadfast in faith and effective in works. 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, March 1 – 2nd Week of Lent Collect: Grant, we pray, almighty God, that, purifying us by the sacred practice of penance, you may lead us in sincerity of heart to attain the holy things to come. 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, March 2 – 2nd Week of Lent Collect: O God, who grant us by glorious healing remedies while still on earth to be partakers of the things of heaven, guide us, we pray, through this present life and bring us to that light in which you dwell. 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, February 3 – 3rd Sunday of Lent Collect: O God, author of every mercy and of all goodness, who in fasting, prayer and almsgiving have shown us a remedy for sin, look graciously on this confession of our lowliness, that we, who are bowed down by our conscience, may always be lifted up by your mercy. 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.
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.