Welcome to the Churches of

St. Joseph in

Crosby-Ironton and Deerwood


2018 Parish Mission

Mark your calendars for May 20th-23rd

“When the Advocate Comes… Reflections on the Holy Spirit”

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Fr. David's Homily Sunday 5-20-18 Click Here

1st Night Fr. David: Forgiveness Click Here

2nd Night Fr. David: Communion vs. Committee Life Click Here

Weekend Mass Times


8:30 a.m. in Deerwood
10:30 a.m. in Crosby

5:00 p.m. in Crosby



TUESDAY 11:30-11:50 a.m.     in Crosby Church office building

WEDNESDAY 7:30-7:50 a.m.   in Crosby Church office building

THURSDAY 7:30-7:50 a.m.      in Deerwood Rectory

FRIDAY 7:30-7:50 a.m.  **        in Crosby Church office building


SATURDAY 3:45 to 4:45 p.m.   in Crosby in Main Church

SUNDAY 7:45 to 8:15 a.m.        in Deerwood in the Rectory


**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 Saturday 8:30 a.m. Deerwood


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Office Hours

Tuesday through Friday

9 AM to Noon

Office Located Here

Eucharistic Adoration

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

7 a.m. Monday through 11 PM Thursday

The Adoration Chapel is in the old St. Joseph school

building in Crosby.  Enter through the side door.


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From the Pastor's Desk

Fr. Eli

Dear Parishioners,

A Blessed Solemnity of Pentecost to you!  I am hopeful that many of you will attend the Parish mission it’s still not too late to sign up for the dinners or child care!  First event is the evening session on Sunday night at 6:30 PM in Crosby.  Also note that the adoration chapel will be open this week but the blessed sacrament will not be exposed.  This is to make it easier for people to attend the Mission events while at the same time giving people a place to come and pray.  The chapel will reopen Tuesday after Memorial Day after the noon Mass.  Mass Mon.-Wed. is in Deerwood at noon with confessions 11:30-11:50 PM.

Important Announcement:

This week I received a letter from Bishop Sirba informing me that he is making me pastor of Our Lady of Fatima in Garrison and Holy Family in Hillman.  This will be in addition to SJ in Deerwood and SJ in Crosby.  For those who aren’t familiar with the Diocesan Strategic plan it called for this to occur.  Holy Family will be transitioning to merge into Garrison, and our two Churches are meant to merge and build a new Church.  This would mean that eventually our cluster of parishes would have two worship sites, one in the Deerwood and Crosby area, and the other at the current site in Garrison.  In the meantime, we have 4 sites to manage, and the Bishop has made it clear that the Mass schedule should still be 3 Masses per weekend.  He did say that we could work something out temporarily to transition into a more permanent Mass schedule. 

I need to consult with the Bishop and the parishes of Our Lady of Fatima and Holy Family on this matter to understand how we are to work this out.  My sense is that we will need to change our Mass schedule down to two Masses beginning on the weekend of July 14-15 when the assignment changes take effect.  Given the numbers of people we have at Mass, this will probably entail having both those Masses in Crosby just so that we can accommodate for the needed space. 

Until then we will continue with the regular Mass schedule with 5 PM Sat. in Crosby and 7 AM (beginning May 27th) and 8:30 Sun. in Deerwood and 10:30 in Crosby on Sun.  We would probably keep the weekday Mass schedule as it is at this time.  I hope to have the chance to talk to you more directly about these changes in the coming weeks.  There is much to ponder with regard to all the factors that play into these changes.  The other assignment changes around the diocese will be announced this weekend as well.

For now, I ask your prayers and assistance in taking on this new task.  This isn’t a time to be worried, or panic.  Rather, let’s keep asking the question: “What is it that the Lord is doing here in our midst?”  If you find yourself feeling upset, worried, fearful, angry or something along those lines… I encourage you to pray about it… what is it that is driving this emotion?  Is it reasonable or unreasonable?  As always feel free to talk to myself or another Commission member. 

Saint Joseph, Pray for Us,

-Fr. Eli


  1. First Theology On Tap Memorial Day 6:30 PM at the Brewery.
  2. If you would like to get emails about when funerals for parishioners are, please send an email to telling us you want to be on the email list for funeral announcements.
  3. Special New Feast day instituted this year: Mary Mother of the Church will be the Monday following Pentecost every year, the first one will be May 21st.
  4. We will be having a procession around the property after the 10:30 Mass on the Feast of Corpus Christi (June 3rd).
  5. Please pray for the success of the mission.



Directions to St. Joseph Crosby here
Directions to St. Joseph Deerwood here

Youth Corner

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.

Young Man Disciples: CLICK HERE for more information of this summer group.




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Diocese News from the Northern Cross

Handmaids coming to the Diocese of Duluth

Father Ryan Moravitz announced at Holy Family Church in Duluth this weekend that the Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus are coming to the Diocese of Duluth and will be taking up residence at the former Holy Family rectory.

The Handmaids come with the blessing and invitation of Duluth Bishop Paul Sirba.

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Holiness means being loving, not boring, pope says

God calls all Christians to be saints — not plastic statues of saints, but real people who make time for prayer and who show loving care for others in the simplest gestures, Pope Francis said in his new document on holiness.

"Do not be afraid of holiness. It will take away none of your energy, vitality, or joy," the pope wrote in "Gaudete et Exsultate" ("Rejoice and Be Glad"), his apostolic exhortation on "the call to holiness in today's world."

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Divine Mercy celebrations in the diocese

The Feast of Divine Mercy is Sunday, April 8. The schedule for the Diocese of Duluth for 2018 is:

Aitken, St. James Church, 299 Red Oak Drive, (218) 927-6581: 1:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.; confession 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., holy hour 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Divine Mercy Chaplet; Mass 3:15 p.m.; spaghetti dinner after Mass.

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