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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
Monday - Tuesday 9 - 1





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Advent is a season observed as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The term is a version of the Latin word meaning "coming".

Join us for Solemn Vespers

St. Mary’s Church

1st Sunday of Advent, December 3, 6 PM


Family Activity

Hors d’oeuvres

Summer Fall Events

  • 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.

Please go to the St. Joseph Cemetery tab above for information on our Perpetual Care Fund Appeal.


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Reading 1 1 Mc 6:1-13

As King Antiochus was traversing the inland provinces,

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Reading 1 1 Mc 4:36-37, 52-59

Judas and his brothers said,

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Reading 1 Sir 50:22-24

And now, bless the God of all,

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Question: My family refuses to go to Mass because there are too many “extras” (like baptisms), too much singing, and too many announcements. Why can’t we have a “low Mass” without all of that stuff? Isn’t the church supposed to adapt and keep up with all the people?

Answer: There are a couple of elements in your question that I would like to address individually.

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Father Richard Kunst: Learn from St. Hubert — don’t skip church to go hunting

If you are an outdoorsman, November is the most wonderful time of the year! Hunting is in the air, and although hunting is an interest of both sexes, I certainly see more wives alone at Mass during this time than I see husbands. Often, women will refer to themselves as hunter’s widows.

Though I was born and raised in northeastern Minnesota, I was never a big hunter. For several years, I would hunt pheasant on my family’s property, but I personally never got into big game like deer or bear. But I sure appreciate hunters, and I have to admit I am attracted to the idea of going hunting more often than I do. (Last time I went, I got a tick with Lyme Disease.)

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Betsy Kneepkens: Hefner death, NFL controversy show that our bodies reflect our souls

I can’t help but get excited when the secular world unwittingly reports beliefs imparted by the Catholic Church and does an exceptional job proving those teachings true.

This past month, two entirely different news stories were widely published, frequently discussed, and commented about on social media: the ongoing story of NFL players who have opted to kneel during the National Anthem and coverage of the death and legacy of Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy and a progressive in the area of what has been termed “sexual freedom.”

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