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

From the Pastor's Desk

Fr. Eli Gieske

Dear Parishioners,

This week is the diocesan priest conference, I will be gone and Fr. George will be covering the daily Masses in my absence.

If you know anyone who is interested in becoming Catholic or who wants to learn more about the Catholic faith, I would invite them to our sessions which begin Tuesday October 11th 6:30-8 PM. These sessions are open for anyone, but especially geared towards people who are interested in becoming Catholic or want to know more. Please get them in touch with me so I can invite them... or come yourselves and learn more. We meet weekly in the St. Joseph office building.

Jacob Toma will be ordained to the transitional deaconate this Friday on the Solemnity of Our Lady of the Rosary. This is a diocesan celebration, which elevates it to a solemnity for our diocese. The ordination is at the Cathedral in Duluth at noon. Feel free to come.

This coming Saturday (Oct. 8th ) there is a high school boys camp-out hosted by Jake and Jillian Turner. I will be there on Saturday evening. It’s my hope that the evening can be a fun time while also giving our young men a chance to reflect on their responsibility to become men of virtue. There is a need for young men to understand the need to mature into responsible adults. One temptation that is especially present today is to perpetuate adolescence and self-centered behaviors and habits. I would encourage our young men to come if they are available. I know its homecoming on Friday, but we are hoping that having it on Saturday will allow them to do both.

There is an opportunity for young women ages 12 and up to come to an evening gathering with the Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus (religious sisters). Kristin Fleming is hosting them and inviting any young women who are interested in coming to be with them. The event runs from 4:30-7:30 PM Saturday Oct. 8th. Please RSVP with Kristin Fleming or the office, or reach out with any questions you may have.

 I want to invite everyone to participate in an ‘evening of beauty’ which we are hosting at St. Joseph on Sunday Dec. 18th . This will entail music, adoration, confessions, and also an art contest. Julie Anderson and I are teaming up to promote any budding artist in the parish to submit original art. There will be cash prizes for the winners of the three divisions: $100 for the Adult and Teen divisions, and $25 for the child division. The theme is religious art, but doesn’t necessarily need to be Christmas themed. We are telling you now, so that you can begin working on your pieces. We are still working on the details of how it will all come together, but begin thinking about how you can be a part of this important work of creating religious art.

I want to touch on an important topic that I think would be helpful for us to consider. There are many legitimate expressions of being Catholic. It shouldn’t be our goal to undermine other expressions that don’t appeal to us or aren’t the same as our own. Let me give some examples to flesh out what I mean. There are some Catholics who really enjoy the Latin Mass, there are some that really don’t. There are some people who like devotions, some people who are into Thomistic studies (study of Thomas Aquinas’s theology), there are some who are third order religious. In our communities we have some people who love doing bible studies, some who are into Communion and Liberation, some who are into adoration, some who are into praying the rosary or doing novenas. We have charismatics, and those who are more traditional; we have some who like to chant and some who like to do praise and worship.

All of these can be incorporated into a good and healthy expression of the Catholic faith. We don’t have to enjoy all of them, we don’t have to like all of them. In the end we can see fruit from all of these ways which people practice their Catholic faith. We shouldn’t be threatened when other people find life in Christ in ways that we aren’t drawn to. Since the Church validates all of these expressions, we shouldn’t be in competition with each other, and we certainly shouldn’t criticize or run-down others because we aren’t into what brings them closer to Christ. The richness of the Catholic Church comes from the fact that Christ is alive in her in many ways. The plethora of religious orders, spiritualities, cultural expressions and even distinct liturgical rites reveal that Christ has offered us many ways of coming to know him. Rather than being critical of one another, we should reverence and esteem others when they have found Christ. Before we say anything critical of an individual or a group within the Church, we should consider what our motive is. Are we sad or envious when others find life in Christ? I think there are enough challenges outside the Church, we don’t need to create more strife within Christ’s body.

I’m glad there are so many ways people in our parishes are fed and united to Christ. I pray that we can appreciate and support one another in seeking Christ. We all have particular ways we have connected with the Lord, but we have to remember that unity in the Church does not depend on total uniformity. Diversity (in the good sense) can allow many paths by which people come to Christ. We are better for it. Sometimes when we have met Christ through a particular expression of Catholicism there can be a temptation to think that all other expressions are not as good... or are bad. That simply isn’t true, so let’s be wary of making obstacles or divisions where there doesn’t need to be any.

In Christ,
-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

Starting a New Life Seminar

A three seminar program on grief will be held on Sunday, July 31, August 7 and August 14th, from 3:00-5:00 pm in St. Joseph’s social hall. This is to help those who have lost a loved one to death and for those who would like to know more about the grieving process.

It is a peer ministry, with facilitators that have experienced a loss, and can aid those in grief from loss of a spouse, a parent, a child, a relative, or a close friend to death. This could also apply to Hospice workers or caregivers of the sick and dying. Each God-centered seminar will cover different aspects of grief. If you or someone you know is suffering due to the loss of a loved one, please join us!

There is no fee. For more information, see the parish bulletin.

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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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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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