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Mass Schedule

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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From the Pastor's Desk

Fr. Eli Gieske

Dear Parishioners,

I pray you had a good Thanksgiving weekend. As we enter into this Advent season there are great opportunities to be with our Lord. Here are some things to be attentive to. This Thursday Dec. 8th is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. It’s a holy day of obligation, and we have three Mass times available that day. 8 AM at SJ, 9 AM OLF (Fr. George will do that one), and 7 PM SJ.

During this month of December, we will not have our regular Wednesday Faith Formation Nights. Instead, there will be some special sacramental prep classes offered. This Wednesday Dec. 7th is a night for our parents and students who will be going through 1st reconciliation. This is an important meeting since we will be having 1st reconciliation on Saturday Dec. 10th beginning at 9 AM. Parents, please be sure to come with your student to the meeting at 6 PM. I’ll be meeting with the parents in the social hall at SJ. For Confirmation students there are 2 meetings for preparation for confirmation on Wednesday Dec.14th and Dec. 21st. Please be sure to come to those meetings.

We will be hosting an event called “Evening of Beauty” on Sunday Dec. 18th beginning at 5:30 PM at SJ. This event will feature several different things happening simultaneously. In the Church there will be confessions and adoration available, as well as sacred music being offered by our girls schola. In the basement there will be the art show and some light refreshments available. Please come to this event. There is still time to enter the art show. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners of the art show. The winners will be selected by ballot, come and support our local artists and see what they have worked hard to create. Sacred Art is something worth investing in, and I am excited to see what our parishioners will produce this year.

This event will serve as our communal penance service for Advent, so if nothing else, come for that purpose. We will have several priests available for the sacrament of reconciliation. It is a good thing to take the opportunity of receiving this sacrament at some point, during the Advent Season. There are other penance services offered in our area as well if that evening does not work for your family.

I’d like to give you a heads up with regard to our annual Christmas Eve Mass. This year, as in years past, it will be a candlelight Mass at 4 PM Sat. Dec. 24th at SJ. This Mass will have some extra liturgical things which will occur. I want to give you an idea of what to expect. There will be incense used, the Mass parts will be sung, and the Gloria and the Creed will be sung in Latin using the versions in the St. Michael Hymnal. If you aren’t into Latin, high liturgy and incense, then this probably isn’t the Mass you would want to attend. Sunday morning Christmas Day we will have Mass at 8:30 AM at OLF and 10:30 at SJ (note the location changes for these days), there will be no 8:30 Mass at SJ Christmas Day, and no vigil Mass at OLF Christmas Eve. The Christmas Day Masses will be beautiful, but more simplistic (no incense, lights on etc.). So, this is your heads up to plan accordingly.

Why are we singing the Creed and the Gloria in Latin on Christmas Eve? It’s a high solemnity and it’s a way of expressing liturgically that this celebration is a very special day. The 2nd Vatican Council document on the liturgy envisioned that Catholics would be able to sing the Mass parts (including the Creed and Gloria) in Latin. We haven’t done a very good job of helping the average Catholic be able to do that, but we can still help people appreciate these traditions of our Church. Note that since this Mass will be a candlelight Mass, you may want to bring a small book light if you plan to read along with the readings, or the music. The children’s choir will also be doing some music before Mass begins. So, it’s a very special evening for us to celebrate the birth of our savior. We are going to celebrate with great solemnity!

In Christ,
-Fr. Eli

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OFFICE HOURS:

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


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PRAYER OPPORTUNITIES:

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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YOUTH INFORMATION:

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.

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