Welcome to the Churches of St. Joseph - Our Lady of Fatima - Holy Family

From the Pastor's Desk

Fr. Eli Gieske

Dear Parishioners,

I pray you will have a safe and blessed 4th of July. We celebrate our independence as a nation. It’s a time when we can give thanks for the blessings we have received due to the sacrifices of others who believed in the cause of freedom and patriotism. There are some who are questioning whether we should be proud of our nation’s history or ashamed of it. Undoubtedly there have been things which were done that were unjust and even evil. There is a long list of faults which we could point to, but we shouldn’t allow that to keep us from celebrating and being proud of the good things which our country has done and stands for. I think our own experience and history of our Catholic faith can help us understand that when people are involved there is always going to be some problems and disfunction. Even though the Church is divinely instituted there are still individuals and groups of individuals who have failed to live up to what the Church truly stands for and strives to be. There are similarities with the American project. Just because there have been missteps along the way, doesn’t mean we should get rid of the whole institution. There is a lot of revisionist history being done where we look back on our forefathers... on the founding fathers... and the major events of our history and judge them by today’s standards. This can be an easy thing to do, because we come at things from our current understanding. But this idea that we need to pay restitution for the past is a problematic. It leads to blaming the past for our current decisions or faults. It proposes an impossible standard to live up to. I think we would be better served by trying to take responsibility for our own lives and our own generation. To do this well, we should study history and learn about the good and the bad of our past as a nation. It’s okay to admit mistakes were made and to learn from them... but it’s creating an unbearable burden if we think we need to take responsibility for things which we really didn’t have any control over (meaning the past). We would be yoking ourselves to an unfixable problem... because there is no way for us to fix the past, only Jesus can do that. So, let’s try to celebrate the good that our country stands for. We may not agree totally on everything, but we can continue dialoguing and working together.  

The overturning of the Roe vs. Wade decision brings to the fore tension within our nation that we will continue to deal with. As a Catholic I rejoice in this change of events. I pray it will save innocent lives...and I also hope it will spur dialogue about how we can support life in all it’s stages. The issue of abortion has deeply divided our nation. It will continue to do so, but we have the opportunity now to keep working it out in the public forum. I pray and hope that we will be able to reason through this together.

God bless,
-Fr. Eli

Weekly Homilies

Note from Deacon Dan

Deacon Dan Goshey

Each diocese has a Director of the Permanent Diaconate. A brief summary of the duties of the director include: Oversee the training and formation of those discerning a vocation to the permanent diaconate; and ongoing formation, retreats and study opportunities for those already ordained as permanent deacons. There is more to it than that, but that is a brief description. In the Diocese of Duluth, Deacon David Craig (Father Anthony's Dad) held that office for about 27 years. For the last eight years Deacon John Weiske was in that position. Deacon John officially retired at the end of May.

A couple months ago, Monday, March 28, 2022, Bishop Daniel Felton made the following announcement: Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, It is with great joy that I announce the Holy Spirit has called Deacon Daniel Goshey to be the next Director of the Permanent Diaconate, effective June 1, 2022. He will continue his assignment as a deacon in the Crosby and Garrison parishes. Deacon John Weiske will work with Deacon Dan to transition into the role. Deacon Dan was ordained into the diaconate on November 26, 2017. Deacon Dan brings to this position a deep love for the diaconate and his deacon brothers and their wives ... May the blessings of our God fill the hearts of all of our deacons! (Note: This is a small portion of Bishop Daniel Felton’s letter). 
I welcome this appointment with incredible joy and enthusiasm! When I was in formation and discerning the diaconate myself, I imagined how wonderful it would be to serve in that position someday. To be a deacon to the deacons; a servant to the servants. Four and a half years later, the dream is coming true. Praise God! What does this mean for me as a servant in our Crosby and Garrison parishes? I will be spending more time in Duluth – at least weekly visits to my office in the diocesan Pastoral Center. I will still serve in many of the same ways I have been serving here in our parishes; however, I will not be around on weekends as much.  I will probably only be available about two weekends per month during the “school year.” 

Some of you may also wonder how this might affect my job at the radio station. Since the diocesan position is only part time, I will still be working part time at the radio station. This will allow me to stay involved in a (so far 33 years long) career that I very much enjoy...and it will allow me to ensure that our Christmas programming is done properly! I’m not ready to give that up yet...nobody else would do it right. 
I share the above information with you so that – when you see less of me in the future – you understand why. Please pray for me and for all permanent deacons. Pray also, that God will send us more. I will do my best to see to it they are trained well...by the grace of God.

God bless, 
Deacon Dan 

Death & Dying Classes

Death and Dying Classes

Consider joining us for a 4-week seminar on Preparing yourself and your family for death and dying, Tuesdays in June after the noon Mass in the St. Joseph Social Hall. Each meeting will last approximately one hour and will include a light lunch. Please RSVP by June 3 by calling or emailing the parish office: 218-546-6559 or [email protected]

June 7: Preparing ourselves and our family for Death (Fr. Eli)

June 14: What is it like working with a funeral home? (Nick Zillmer)

June 21: Documents: Will, Health Care Directive, Estate Planning, Power of Attorney (Mark Severson)

June 28*: Preparing a funeral Mass / Death and dying - Why we should have no fear (Fr. Eli)

* June 28 location TBD due to Totus Tuus

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St. Joseph
Monday - 8 AM
Tuesday - 12:00 Noon
Thursday - 8 AM
Friday - 8 AM
First Saturday - 8 AM
Sunday - 8:30 AM & 10:30 AM

Our Lady of Fatima
Wednesday-  9 AM
First Friday - 9 AM
Saturday - 4 PM

Confession Schedule


Confessions are in the church confessionals. The following times are available, or by appointment.

St. Joseph
Tuesday - 11:30-11:50 AM
Thursday - 7:30-7:50 AM
Friday - 7:30-7:50 AM
Saturday - 9-10 AM 
Sunday - 8-8:20 AM & 10-10:20 AM

Our Lady of Fatima
Wednesday 8:30-8:50 AM
Saturday 3:30-3:50 PM

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Tuesday through Friday,  9 AM to Noon
Office Located at 617 Poplar St, Crosby, MN 56441
Phone: 218-546-6559


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Holy Family in Bulldog Lake Click Here


Eucharistic Adoration
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is 7 a.m. Monday through 7 a.m Friday. The Adoration Chapel is in the old St. Joseph school building in Crosby.  Enter through the side door.

Prayer Line Ministry
If you would like part of the Parish Prayer Line ministry or make a prayer request, send an email to: [email protected] 



Magnificat Youth Choir - For children in 3rd through 8th grade. We practice each Wednesday from 5-6pm in the Crosby church choir loft. If you have a child interested in joining this year, please complete this Interest Form by Sept. 1, 2020, or contact Sarah Steinke: [email protected] or 763-742-6238.

Schola Cantorum - An all girls choir open to grades 7 & up. We practice each Wed. at 3-4 pm 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 protected] or  Click Here for more information



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