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

From the Pastor's Desk

Deacon Dan Goshey

Dear Parishioners,

Next week we celebrate the Ascension. In most dioceses of the United States, this celebration is moved from Thursday to the following Sunday. So, if you are looking at readings for this day, it would be the ones for the Ascension. The following Sunday is Pentecost. I have been pondering some pastoral decisions with regard to the liturgy and have made some decisions. Here are the juicy details. We will begin having the sign of peace on Pentecost Sunday. We may nix it for cold season again, but my intention is to begin having it regularly at the weekend Masses. (I’m still undecided for daily Mass). I am sure some people will be happy about this, and others might be just as happy to skip it. But it is part of the rite (meaning it is an option within the liturgy). I would encourage people to try and see this as a liturgical gesture of being in communion with each other as we approach the Eucharist. Matthew 5:23-24, “if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” This is what we should have in mind when we greet each other. In our culture a handshake is customary, or a hug or even kiss for those who are appropriately related. But I can imagine there are those who aren’t ready for this, and so I would ask you to be sensitive to each other, don’t take it personally if someone doesn’t want to shake your hand. A verbal (peace be with you) is acceptable. This isn’t a time to visit or catch up… that’s best done outside the liturgy. Also, for Pentecost we will offer both species of the Eucharist provided we have enough Eucharistic ministers. This will be an occasional thing. Pentecost, Christmas, Easter Vigil/Sunday, perhaps Corpus Christi. I still have to finalize my list. But this will be something we do now and then… again dependent on having enough ministers. This is not essential. One important note regarding this… at Our Lady of Fatima because of the space we will not offer the precious blood in the back side… only in the front. So, if this is important for you, sit accordingly.

Further, (really only affecting St. Joseph) starting on Pentecost we will no longer be using the communion kneelers regularly at the Masses. We will still have the servers use the patens (provided we have the servers we need). I know this will come as a disappointment for some. I do think it is a beautiful practice to kneel for communion for those who wish to, but it is not required. One can reverently receive the Eucharist while kneeling, while standing on the tongue or on the hand. I find that the kneelers are a little cumbersome. The good news is that we have all experienced the kneelers and have seen that it can work. People have used the kneeler, they have stood… they have received on the hand or on the tongue. Since all of these are allowed by the universal Church (some might make arguments otherwise, but in the end any of these are allowed, whether by law or indult). So, since we know this option can work, we can make plans to accommodate this in a new church someday, hopefully with a communion rail. I am grateful that Fr. Anthony gave you all the opportunity to experience this, I think it is a beautiful thing to offer people that option. However, because of our current layout, I think it will flow better not to use the kneelers. We may bring them out now and then on a special occasion. It’s a legitimate option, but not necessary. Now, it may be that some people will still kneel to receive communion. That is fine. Receiving the Eucharist with reverence is what the Church wishes to promote. She allows us to do that legitimately in any of the ways discussed above. We should refrain from making judgments upon others by the way they receive. If that becomes our focus, then we are being distracted from what is most important which is that Jesus makes himself available to us.

In Christ,
-Fr. Eli

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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

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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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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.

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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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