HOLY FAMILY CHURCH
THE MINISTRIES SCHEDULE IS LOCATED IN A GREEN THREE-RING BINDER IN THE NARTHEX OF HOLY FAMILY CHURCH. PLEASE SIGN UP FOR ALL MASS DATES AND RESPONSIBILITIES THAT YOU ARE TRAINED IN AND WILLING TO SERVE. THIS SCHEDULE DOES NOT HAVE PEOPLE ALREADY ASSIGNED TO SERVE. PLEASE CHECK THE SCHEDULE REGULARLY TO SEE IF THERE ARE UNFILLED SLOTS YOU CAN FILL.
IF YOU KNOW OF ANYONE THAT WOULD LIKE TO BE A MUSICIAN, SONG LEADER, LECTOR, SERVER, USHER OR GREETER, PLEASE LET US KNOW. Our list is continuously growing smaller so we need to have some new people added. If you know someone that would at all be interested, please approach them and ask if they would be willing to help. They will receive training. Thanks for your help.
BECAUSE OF THE SHORTAGE OF USHERS, SOMETIMES ONLY ONE IS SCHEDULED. IF YOU SEE SOMEONE IN CHURCH THAT CAN HELP, PLEASE ASK THEM TO FILL IN. THANKS!
COUNCIL OF CATHOLIC WOMEN (CCW)
All women of Holy Family and Our Lady of Fatima are automatically members of CCW upon becoming of a member of our church community. We meet once per month. Please join us!
CCW Contact Person: Shirley Scollard
Duluth Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Spring Convention-April 26, 2023
Click here for more information/registration form: CCW Spring Convention 2023
The Hinge – the Duluth Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Newsletter:
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Projects and Events
Baby Quilts for Birthright
CCW dedicates the month of May to Mothers (the Blessed Virgin Mary and all Mothers), which always includes some type of donation to Birthright of Brainerd. Below are the baby blankets that several women made along with other layette items donated by parishioners. The blankets and layette items are included with other items given to mothers and their newborns.
The Birthright Crisis Pregnancy Center in Brainerd is staffed with volunteers who provide lots of love and common sense. Their non-moralistic, non-judgmental approach helps women through their pregnancy dilemmas. They provide friendship and emotional support with kindness and respect and confidentiality regardless of age, race, creed, economical or marital status. They have many free services and referrals available.
Birthright International has centers in the United States, Canada, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria and Columbia.
Birthright International contact information: www.birthright.org, 24-hour free hot line: 800-550-4900.
Duluth Diocese and Brainerd Deanery
Our CCW is a member and active participant in the Brainerd Deanery CCW, the Duluth Diocesan CCW and the National CCW.
Dues are paid annually by each affiliate (parish CCW), some of which is then allocated by the Deanery and the Diocese to
organizations providing leadership and spiritual growth opportunities for Catholic women around the world.
National Council of Catholic Women
The NCCW acts through its membership to support, empower and educate all Catholic women around the world in spirituality, leadership and service. NCCW programs respond with Gospel values to the needs of the Church and society in the modern world. www.nccw.org
Prayer to Our Lady of Good Council
God of heavenly wisdom, You have given us Mary, Mother of Jesus to be our guide and counselor.
Grant that we may always seek her motherly help in this life and so enjoy her blessed presence in the life to come.
O Mother of Good Counsel, patroness of the National Council of Catholic Women, intercede for us, that we may be wise, courageous
and loving leaders of the Church.
Help us, dear mother, to know the mind of Jesus, your son.
May the Holy Spirit fill us with reverence for God’s creation, and compassion for all God’s children.
May our labors of love on earth enhance the reign of God and may God’s gifts of faith and living hope prepare us for the fullness
HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC UNITED FINANCIAL COUNCIL 381
2016 SILENT AUCTION MET THE GOAL OF RAISING $1,900 FOR THE RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM. IT WAS MATCHED BY CATHOLIC UNITED FINANCIAL WITH $1,000.
Membership in Catholic United Financial starts after you purchase a product from us. Membership means aligning your finances to your faith, and:
- Making Catholic United grants and incentive programs possible
- Encouraging volunteer work
- Fundraising for Catholic parishes, schools and religious education programs
- Participating in the business decisions of a company that is member-owned and member-operated
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FUNERAL COORDINATION & MASS
After meeting with the family, the Funeral Home coordinates almost all aspects of the funeral. The Funeral Home director calls the church (Aggie Lacore, St. James Business Administrator) to arrange a date and time for the funeral Mass, a time for the family to meet with Fr. David Forsman (St. James Catholic Church, Aitkin, MN) prior to the day of the Funeral Mass, communicates the approximate number of people expected to attend the Mass and whether or not the family would like a luncheon after Mass.
The Funeral Home collects and coordinates payment to the florist, musician and singer; brings the programs or remembrance booklets, flowers and guestbook to the church; reserves rows in the church for family, sets up guest book and greets guests.
If there is a cremation and a funeral home is not used and there is no funeral director, Holy Family church has a helpful brochure on “Planning for a Funeral” to help families with the many items they will need to consider and take care of.
If the family wants a luncheon following Mass, the Aggie Lacore informs the person who coordinates funeral lunches of the funeral date and time. Ladies of the parishes are then called to make the arrangements for preparing and serving the luncheon.
The funeral luncheon typically consists of: sandwiches (turkey and ham), potato chips, pickles, cake, coffee and lemonade. At times, families have had a caterer deliver food to the church – when this is the case, please communicate that to Aggie Lacore. Ladies of the parish will still serve the lunch and provide cake and beverages. Due to State Health Dept. Guidelines, we ask families to refrain from bringing any home-prepared food.