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

October 10 – 17

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 October 24th or October 31st.  There will be mass on November 1st, All Saints Day, at 10 a.m.) 

Scam Alert Notice

Hackers have once again started targeting the public with emails and texts, posing as priests, asking for money or personal information.  Please be aware of these phishing (fake) emails.  Please contact the parish office if you have any questions or need confirmation that it was sent to you, even if it says it is a secret.  Thank you!

October is CCW Membership Month

While every woman in our parish is automatically a member of CCW, during the month of October we ask that parishioners support us with their donation.  Envelopes may be found at the end of each pew for your consideration  They may be dropped in the collection basket.  Thank you for your support. 

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

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.

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 10/10 – 17

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.   

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

October 10 – 17

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

Sunday, October 10, 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time  Collect: May your grace, O Lord, we pray, at all times go before us and follow after and make us always determined to carry out good 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.

Monday, October 11, Saint John XXII, Pope (Optional Memorial)  Collect: Almighty and eternal God, who in the Pope, Saint John XXIII, gave to the whole world the shining example of a good shepherd, grant that, through his intercession, we may with joy spread abroad the fullness of Christian charity.  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, October 12, 28th Week in Ordinary Time  Collect: May your grace, O Lord, we pray, at all times go before us and follow after and make us always determined to carry out good 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.

Wednesday, October 13, 28th Week in Ordinary Time  Collect: May your grace, O Lord, we pray, at all times go before us and follow after and make us always determined to carry out good 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.

Thursday, October 14, Saint Callistus I, Pope and Martyr (Optional Memorial)  Collect: O God, who raised up Pope Saint Callistus the First to serve the Church and attend devoutly to Christ’s faithful departed, strengthen us, we pray, by his witness to the faith, so that, rescued from the slavery of corruption, we may merit an incorruptible inheritance.  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, October 15, Saint Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church (Memorial)  Collect: O God, who through your Spirit raised up Saint Teresa of Jesus to show the Church the way to seek perfection, grant that we may always be nourished by the food of her heavenly teaching and fired with longing for true holiness.  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, October 16, Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, Virgin (Optional Memorial)  Collect: Pour out on us, we pray, O Lord, the spirit with which you so remarkably endowed Saint Margaret Mary, so that we may come to know that love of Christ which surpasses all understanding and be utterly filled with your fullness.  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, October 17, 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time  Collect: Almighty ever-living God, grant that we may always conform our will to yours and serve your majesty in sincerity of heart.  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