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


Weekend Mass Times

4:30 P.M. CROSBY (SJ)
10:30 A.M. CROSBY (SJ)



SATURDAY 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.
SJ Crosby 

SUNDAY 7:15-7:45 a.m.
OLF Garrison


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

**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. Crosby (Adoration Chapel)
Tuesday        Noon Crosby (Adoration Chapel)
Wednesday   8 a.m. Crosby (Adoration Chapel)
Thursday       8 a.m. Crosby (Adoration Chapel)
Friday           8 a.m. Crosby (Adoration Chapel) **except 1st Fridays 9 a.m. (in Church)
1st Fri.         8 a.m. Garrison Our Lady of Fatima

*1st Saturday 8:30 a.m. Crosby (Adoration Chapel)

Sacred Music Workshop

St. Joseph's Oct. 24-26

We are happy to announce that we will be hosting a Sacred Music workshop here at St. Joseph's parish 

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Theology on Tap

Doors open 6:30, event starts 7 PM on Sunday’s

Sept. 15th (3rd Sun) Fr. Eli Gieske Topic: What Our Traditions Reveal About Our Future Hopes
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Oct. 20th (3rd) Mallory Severson topic: Taking up your Cross through suffering… Mary’s Fiat and our Yes to the Lord
Nov. 17th (3rd) Mike Garry topic: Understanding the Spiritual Life
Dec. 15th (3rd) Caitlin Bostrom topic: How to Face Our Culture as a Family
Jan 19th (3rd) Dan Goshey topic: Scriptural Roots for the Real Presence

Office Hours

Tuesday through Friday
9 AM to Noon
Office Located Here


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Eucharistic Adoration

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.


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From the Pastor's Desk

Fr. Eli

Dear Parishioners,

I wanted to take an opportunity to reflect on a realm of issues that come up from time to time in my pastoral work.  These are things which people ask for my guidance… or sometimes topics that people want me to share their guidance with others.  Some of them are very touchy subjects.  I attempted to try to organize some conversations on these and other similar matters but it just kept falling through, so I guess I’ll just address it here.  This is not meant to be a doctrinal teaching.  Instead I’d like to foster some healthy discussion amongst ourselves as Catholics.  I don’t pretend to think that everyone will share the same opinion on these matters, but to make you aware that there are some issues the Church would caution us about, others haven’t had  formal declaration denouncing them, but it’s pretty clear they are not in line with Catholicism… still others are yet open for debate.

What I’m thinking of are things like Yoga, Fantasy fiction like Harry Potter, Zen meditation, fixation on paranormal activities or making contact with ghosts, the mindfulness movement, New Age or Occult interests.  The list is literally endless when it comes to things that we ought to have a certain caution about.  At root, these cautions is grounded in a desire to protect.  And of course, there are varying levels of danger or concern.  If we are well grounded and mature in our faith there are some things that we might encounter that won’t harm us or wouldn’t be a temptation because we are rooted in our faith… However, there may be other people who because of the circumstances or their lack of healthy grounding in the faith are susceptible to being drawn into these sorts of things in such a way that it competes with or compromises their faith.  Instead of seeking answers or understanding that everything true comes from Jesus Christ… now a person may begin to look for ways to deal with their problems or their desires that are rooted in these non-Christian practices or ideas. 

Perhaps we might just ask some simple questions.  And this applies as much to other things like hobbies and leisure time.

  1. Do I spend more time in a day doing this activity then I do in prayer, or attending Mass or actively doing something to build my relationship with the Lord? For example, do I make a firm commitment to attending or participating in an activity… but I would never go to such lengths to attend daily Mass or some Faith building activity?
  2. Do I look to the ‘wisdom’ presented by these philosophies or practices for ways to bring order or completeness in my life? Or do I recognize both in word and reality that this can only come from Christ?
  3. Am I even aware that there might be conflicting beliefs and assumptions that underlie these practices/beliefs and oppose those of my allegiance to Christ?

Some of these practices are not compatible with a Christian life, others may merely be problematic in certain situations.  I could certainly try to make a list of banned activities, but then it becomes a system whereby, we limit ourselves to moving about in a little “safe zone”.  And we never deal with the messiness that is reality.  It would be easier to simply ban anything that ‘may be dangerous’, but it’s not practical.  Another problem is how do you recognize what these things really are.  How do they manifest themselves… it’s not always obvious.  Far better, I think for us to develop a Catholic sense by which we are immersed in Christ.  When something presents itself to us, we recognize it as not conforming to Christ.  This can be a risky approach.  It’s the parenting approach that lets a child learn from mistakes vs. the parent who tries to keep their child from ever making a mistake.  Of course, there is no way I can police everything and everyone… (neither do I want to). 

Plus, it lacks a genuine and lived faith.  A faith that trusts that when I am living the life of Christ from within his Church… I will be protected and given the grace to overcome these dilemmas.  If I am genuine in my desire and practice of the Catholic faith it will become clear that some things are just not leading me to Christ, and though it may take time, I will let them go.  Part of the difficulty with this whole set of issues is that everyone can find a Catholic source that seems reputable to tell us why what they are doing is okay.  So rather than looking at the reality that perhaps something is off or needs to be cut out of my life, we prefer to find some way to justify what we want to be true.  Humility is needed to invite Christ to remove anything that is not of him.  My purpose here is caution you to consider… is there anything in my life that I regularly engage in that is leading me not to Christ but away from him.  The more subtle, in truth, the more dangerous… its like the frog boiled in water.  Before we know it, we’ve been cooked.  So, if after reading this you are upset or worked up… or maybe thinking of what someone else is doing.  Try to let that go, and just invite the Lord to help you focus on your own life.  Am I staying true to you lord?

-Fr. Eli


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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.

Faith Formation - Contact our Director of Religious Education, Tammy Ringhand for Information regarding our Faith Formation Program: [email protected]

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