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


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St. Joseph - 51061 Wolf Drive, Ball Club


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Office Hours
During this time the office is closed. However, all phone calls and emails will be answered. God bless us all.


Message from Fr. KK

Spiritual Communion
When unable to receive Holy Communion, it is a pious practice to make a Spiritual Communion. Say the  following prayer of St.Francis:
I believe that You, O Jesus, are in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You and desire You. Come into my heart, I embrace You.. Oh ,never  leave me. May the burning and most sweet power of your love, O Lord Jesus Christ, I beseech You, absorb my mind that I may die through love of Your love, who were graciously pleased to die through love of my love.

Fr. Steve's Retirement

April 2, 2020
Dear Parishioners of St. Mary, St. Joseph and St. Charles,
As most of you know, your pastor, Fr. Steven Daigle, was placed on administrative leave on January 14,
2019 by Bishop Sirba. I was hoping to meet with you personally to speak to you about Fr. Steve’s status
but the COVID-19 measures intervened.
I am writing to let you know that Fr. Steve will not be returning to active ministry. Fr. Steve has sent me
a letter in which he resigns as pastor of your parishes and seeks to retire. I have accepted his resignation
and his retirement, with thanks for his years of priestly service, effective March 31, 2020.
As Diocesan Administrator, I am not able at this time to appoint pastors. Fr. Nediakala will remain in
your parishes as Administrator until a new bishop is appointed.
Please know of my prayers for all of you at this time. May you have a Blessed Holy Week and a joyful
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Reverend James B. Bissonette
Diocesan Administrator

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Diocese News

Livestream options for Mass

During this time of suspended public Masses, there are a number of places, both within the diocese and outside of it, where Mass is available via livestream.

A prayer of Spiritual Communion may be made at the appropriate time of the Mass, or at any time of the day or multiple times of the day:

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Duluth Diocese announces additional measures to stem Covid-19 

March 18, 2020 — In a directive today, Father James B. Bissonette, diocesan administrator for the Diocese of Duluth, announced additional temporary measures to help stem the spread of Covid-19.


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Duluth Diocese dispenses Catholics in the region from Sunday Mass obligation

March 13, 2020

In light of the rapid spread of the coronavirus (covid-19) across the world and now to Minnesota, Father James B. Bissonette, diocesan administrator for the Diocese of Duluth, has dispensed Catholics in the diocese from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation for the duration of the crisis.  

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