Mass Times

St. Mary's - 15 1st Ave NE, Deer River

Sunday 11:00 AM

Monday 8:30 AM

Tuesday 8:30 AM

Wednesday 5:00 PM

Friday (1st & 3rd) Noon

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St. Joseph's - 51061 Wolf Drive, Ball Club

Saturday 5:00 PM

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Office Hours

Office Hours
Monday - Tuesday 9 - 1


Stations of the Cross

Friday, February 23, St. Mary's Deer River, 6 pm

Friday, March 2, St. Joseph's Ball Club, 6 pm

Friday, March 9, St. Mary's Deer River 6 pm

Friday, March 16, St. Joseph's Ball Club 6 pm

Friday, March 23, St. Mary's Deer River 6 pm

Ecumenical Lenten Services and Soup Luncheon

Please join our faith communities on Wednesdays during Lent for a soup lunch and an ecumenical Lenten service. Soup lunch is served at noon, church service to follow at 12:30. All are welcome. A free will offering will be taken up at the services for the Deer River Area Food Shelf. All are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, February 28, Clara Lutheran Deer River

Wednesday, March 7, St. Joseph's Ball Club

Wednesday, March 14, Bethany Lutheran Deer River

Wednesday, March 21, United Methodist, Deer River

  • Fr. Steve shares his homily during a recent children's Mass
  • St. Joseph's Table celebrated at St. Joseph's Parish.
  • Dishing up at St. Joseph's table.
  • Our religious education students sharing dinner at a recent Catholic/Lutheran event.
  • Memorial of St. Anne's of Bena located at St. Mary's.
  • Participants of the Catholic/Lutheran dialogue for the 500th anniversary of the Reform.
  • Memorial of Sacred Heart located at St. Mary's.
  • Work day at St. Joseph's.
  • Outdoor Stations of the Cross at St. Joseph's.
  • Religious education students sharing dinner at the Catholic/Lutheran event.
  • Outdoor Stations of the Cross at St. Joseph's cemetery.
  • Fr. Steve Daigle and Pastor Peg Christianson at the Catholic/Lutheran dialogue event.
  • Preparing St. Joseph's table.
  • Totus Tuus happy campers!
  • Summer 2017 Totus Tuus.
  • 2017 Totus Tuus group.
  • 2017 Totus Tuus students.

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I exhort the presbyters among you,

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Wednesday of the First Week in Lent

Reading 1 Jon 3:1-10

The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time:

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Tuesday of the First Week of Lent

Reading 1 Is 55:10-11

Thus says the LORD:

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Diocese News

Betsy Kneepkens: Giving kids a Catholic education is a critical support to raising them in the faith

Since writing a monthly column for The Northern Cross I have dedicated one month, usually February, to an issue related to Catholic schools. I have a huge heart for Catholic education, because I know that the faith formation I received in Catholic schools played a major role in developing my inclination to seek Christ when it comes to others, myself, and life situations. I am confident that the moments in my life in which I have experienced the greatest joy, gratitude, and appreciation have been when I have been attentive and intentional about following that inclination. I can’t help desiring the same sort of opportunity for my family, and for all children, for that matter.

For the first time in 50 years, I am not attending, working at, or having children attend Catholic schools. I do have two sons at a Catholic university in St. Louis, but they are so far away I find it difficult for me to claim that as being involved. My passion for Catholic schools has not wavered, and in so many ways I can be even more objective and supportive of these institutions from an outside perspective.

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Lenten practices

Lent runs from Feb. 14 to April 1. Ash Wednesday (Feb. 14) and Good Friday (March 30) are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence. For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards. If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the “paschal fast” to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily his Resurrection. More information on fast and abstinence can be found at

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Deacon Kyle Eller: How should we respond to ‘prayer shaming’?

I’m not sure exactly when I first encountered the phenomenon of “prayer shaming,” but I do remember how deeply it offended me. I still find it one of the most disturbing turns our culture has taken in the past few years. (And that’s saying something.)

If you pay attention to current events, you have encountered it too. According to the Internet, pundits, and many politicians, we are now supposed to be upset when someone says victims of some tragedy are in her “thoughts and prayers.”

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