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!

 

Readings of the Day:  http://bible.usccb.org

Special Announcements

April 7 – 14

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

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
F: 218-724-2221

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

Two upcoming in-person Engaged Weekends registration are now open!  At St. Joseph in Crosby, on April 27th and 28th and St. Benedicts in Duluth, on June 8th and 9th.  An Engaged weekend is being planned and date will be be determined for the fall.  Engaged Weekends are part of the preparation for couples as they get ready and approach the Sacrament of Matrimony. If you know a couple getting married within the next two years, invite them to participate.  More information and registration can be found 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.

Liturgy Schedule

Week of 4/7 – 14

Holy Family:
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.)

St. James:
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

April 7 – 14

For Readings of the Day: http://bible.usccb.org

Sunday, April 7 – 2nd Sunday of Easter or Sunday of Divine Mercy Collect:  God of everlasting mercy, who in the very recurrence of the paschal feast kindle the faith of the people you have made your own, increase, we pray, the grace you have bestowed, that all may grasp and rightly understand in what font they have been washed, by whose Spirit they have been reborn, by whose Blood they have been redeemed. 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, April 8 -The Annunciation of the Lord (Solemnity) Collect:  O God, who willed that your Word should take on the reality of human flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary, grant, we pray, that we, who confess our Redeemer to be God and man, may merit to become partakers even in his divine nature. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Tuesday, April 9 – 2nd Week of Easter Collect:  Enable us, we pray, almighty God, to proclaim the power of the risen Lord, that we, who have received the pledge of his gift, may come to possess all he gives when it is fully revealed. 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, April 10 – 2nd Week of Easter Collect:  As we recall year by year the mysteries by which, through the restoration of its original dignity, human nature has received the hope of rising again, we earnestly beseech your mercy, Lord, that what we celebrate in faith we may possess in unending love. 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, April 11 – Saint Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr (Memorial) Collect:  O God, for whose honor the Bishop Saint Stanislaus fell beneath the swords of his persecutors, grant, we pray, that we may persevere strong in faith even until death. 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, April 12 – 2nd Week of Easter Collect:  O God, hope and light of the sincere, we humbly entreat you to dispose our hearts to offer you worthy prayer and ever to extol you by dutiful proclamation of your praise. 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, April 13 – Saint Martin I, Pope and Martyr (Optional Memorial) Collect:  Grant, almighty God, that we may withstand the trials of this world with invincible firmness of purpose, just as you did not allow your Martyr Pope Saint Martin the First to be daunted by threats or broken by suffering. 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, April 14 – 3rd Sunday of Easter Collect:  May your people exult for ever, O God, in renewed youthfulness of spirit, so that, rejoicing now in the restored glory of our adoption, we may look forward in confident hope to the rejoicing of the day of resurrection. 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.

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.

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