Welcome to the Churches of
St. Joseph and
Our Lady of Fatima and Holy Family
St. Joseph in Crosby and Deerwood
Our Lady of Fatima in Garrison
Holy Family in Bulldog Lake
Weekend Mass Times
Advent Confessions and Christmas and Holy Day Mass Schedule
In the bulletin last weekend in my column there was a misprint. It said on the confession insert in the first weekend of December that the Confessions at St. Andrews on Dec. 18th were on Sunday 7 PM, but they are on Tues. the 18th not Sunday. Sorry for the confusion.
Additional Confession Times:
Wed. Dec 19th 5-6 PM SJ Crosby
Fri. Dec. 21st 5-6 PM Our Lady of Fatima
Sat. Dec. 22nd 5:30-6:30 PM SJ Crosby
Sun. Dec. 23rd 3-4 PM Our Lady of Fatima
Mon. Dec. 24th 10-11 AM SJ Crosby
Other Advent Reconciliation Times in the Area:
St. Andrews Brainerd Tues. Dec. 18th 7 PM
St. James Aitkin Thur. Dec. 20th 7 PM
St. Francis Brainerd Sun. Dec. 23rd 3 PM
Christmas Mass Times:
Christmas Eve Mon. Dec. 24th 4:30 PM, Candle lit Mass St. Joseph (Crosby) (incense will be used)
Christmas Day Tues. Dec. 25th 8 AM, Our Lady of Fatima
Christmas Day Tues. Dec. 25th 10:30 AM, St. Joseph (Crosby)
January 1st Holy Day for Mary Mother of God:
New Years Eve. Mon. Dec. 31st 6 PM, Our Lady of Fatima
New Years Day Tues. Jan 1st 9 AM, St. Joseph Deerwood
New Years Day Tues. Jan 1st 12 Noon, St. Joseph Crosby
SATURDAY 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.
SUNDAY 7:15-7:45 a.m.
TUESDAY 11:30-11:50 a.m.
**1st Friday 8:15-8:55 a.m. and 9:30-10:15 a.m. Crosby
Or by appointment
Weekday Mass Times
Monday 8 a.m. in Deerwood
Tuesday Noon Crosby (Adoration Chapel)
Wednesday 8 a.m. Crosby (Adoration Chapel)
Thursday 8 a.m. Deerwood
Friday 8 a.m. Crosby (Adoration Chapel) **except 1st Fridays 9 a.m. (in Church)
1st Fri. 9 a.m. Garrison Our Lady of Fatima
*1st Saturday 8:30 a.m. Deerwood
Training Sessions for Altar Serving
THE CULTURE PROJECT
|The Culture Project is a new ministry in our country that is working to help youth understand the gift of their bodies and their sexuality. We have one of our own parishioners Caitlin Bostrom who is working in this ministry.|
Thanks to Caitlin and all her teammates for doing this work of evangelizing and sharing the faith.
Here are some of Caitlin's own words:
|My heart burns with love for them as I share that chastity is a calling for EVERYONE, despite their past. There is nothing quite as rewarding as spreading Christ's infinite mercy. Some of these girls were aching so much for the message of chastity that after the school bell rang, they wanted more and followed me up to the campus ministry room to continue asking their questions. Deep down they desire authentic love! It's a beautiful way of becoming a spiritual big sister.|
|I sometimes feel overwhelmed by the state of our culture...feeling like there is so much work to be done...way more than little Caitlin Bostrom can handle! But God gently reminds me that this has nothing to do with me, and I can never underestimate the power God can do in people's lives. God loves to use little instruments who trust.|
|One of my favorite parts of presenting to the youth is to sharing a little bit about my own dating relationship. It's precious to see the encouragement and excitement they get from hearing about authentic love and a relationship centered on God and pursuing chastity.|
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Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
7 a.m. Monday through 8 a.m Friday
The Adoration Chapel is in the old St. Joseph school
building in Crosby. Enter through the side door.
From the Pastor's Desk
Advent is slipping by so quickly. Advent and Christmas are a beautiful time to be with family and connect with relatives. It can also be a stressful time because we may not get along with our relatives. There may have been a family rift over something in the past that has never healed. Sometimes it feels easier just to cut ourselves off from those relationships rather than trying to heal the hurts. I was reading from a commentary and found a passage that was helpful for my reflection and I give it here for your own pondering. The passage was talking about dealing with anger specifically and meekness as an antidote:
We must not make the mistake of thinking that this ‘bad temper’ of ours, which bursts out in very definite circumstances and times, depends on the character of the people around us. The peace of our spirit does not depend on the good nature and kindness of other people. Our neighbors’ good nature and kindness are in no way subject to our control or opinion. That would be absurd. The tranquility of our heart depends on ourselves. The ability to avoid anger, with all its ridiculous effects, has to come from within ourselves and not be dependent on the nature of other people. The power to overcome the evil in our character must not depend on some perfection outside us, but on our own virtue. Meekness is particularly necessary in circumstances where living with other people is very difficult. (Conversations with God quoting Cassian who was a patristic writer)
I find this a good reminder to me. I cannot control how others respond, nor can I manage the expectations. Anger is a common response when we face something we don’t like or when we disagree. Often though instead of staying with the Lord and allowing him to lead us through these feelings we take our own path and end up separated from others. Or another thing that can happen is that I encounter other people who are anger or upset and I respond in kind.
Meekness isn’t held up as a great virtue today, but a healthy dose of it would probably help us not be so sensitive or take everything so personally. To quote again:
Meekness does not go with being feeble or characterless. On the contrary, it is founded on great spiritual strength. The very practice of this virtue calls for continuous acts of such strength. …Anger in all its many forms is the material on which this virtue (meekness) has to work. Meekness controls and directs it, so that it is aroused only when necessary and to the extent to which it is necessary. Learn from me for I am gentle and humble of heart…
Are there people who you struggle with that you know you need to be reconciled to? Are there people who set you on edge…? Consider praying for an increase in meekness.
Holy Family Updates
Next Parish meeting scheduled for Nov. 13th at 5:30 PM in the Church Basement
Adoration will continue on Wednesdays (until further notice)
Documents made available to Holy Family Parishioners:
Introduction and entry into Transition 6-23-18
Overview of the Merger Process 7-14-18
Clarification on some aspects of the Merger Process and Parish structure 7-28-18
Dealing with the challenge of loosing our parish 8-11-18
Factors at play in decision making and recognizing we aren't alone 8-18-18
Clarification on questions raised by parishioners 8-25-18
Staying in Touch with events at Holy Family 9-1-18
Email update sent out 10-10-18
Letter to Holy Family Parishioners from Bishop Sirba September 2018
Magnificat Youth Choir - For children in 2nd/3rd grade and up, depending upon their ability to read and be attentive for one hour period of time. We practice each Wednesday from 3:30-4:30 in the Crosby church choir loft. Contact Collette with questions: 546-2781.
Schola Cantorum - An all girls choir open to grades 7 & up. We practice each Monday at 6:00pm in the Crosby church choir loft. Contact Kristin 218-831-7067.
Faith Formation - Contact our Director of Religious Education, Tammy Ringhand for Information regarding our Faith Formation Program: email@example.com
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Diocese News from the Northern Cross
12/12/18 2:42 am
By Father Ryan Moravitz
Guest columnistRead More
12/12/18 1:58 am
I recently became Catholic and keep hearing about all of the stuff you have that is “blessed.” Someone even gave me a holy card that they said had been blessed. I like the idea, I just don’t know what it means for something to be blessed.
I am glad that you are asking this question. Even though you haven’t been Catholic for very long, you know that it is good for Catholics to ask questions. In this case, your question is one that not a lot of Catholics even know about. Hopefully this response will not only help you, but them as well.Read More
12/12/18 1:54 am
In politics today, people have fallen into the habit of condemning the evil in other persons, groups, structures, or oppressor classes, while they themselves embrace the role of victim.
It is hard to see a way out of our current predicament, other than a new Great Awakening through a tremendous outpouring of the Holy Spirit.Read More