Message from Fr. Jerry

 Dear Good People of Holy Family Parish;
  I am in awe of the powerful and faithful generosity you have shown to your parish during these difficult days of COVID 19.  For three months we had a lockdown.  For three weeks we had Prayer-Communion Services.  We begin our third week of Weekend Masses at 25% of seating capacity.  Many of you have wisely decided to be safe and not risk being in large gatherings.  This applies especially to those over 65 and those with underlying medical issues.
  But, despite these conditions, very many of you have not forgotten to support your parish with prayer and with financial sacrifice.  As I pick up the mail each day I am astounded and touched by the many envelopes we receive with your generous and needed offerings to keep our parish financially stable and flourishing.
  Not only that, many have made other sacrifices with special gifts and sharing of their stimulus checks or parts thereof.  This is beautiful and impressive.
  May God bless and reward all of you who are doing what you can to continue the mission and ministry of Christ at Holy Family Parish. 
Fr. Jerry

Welcome Back to

Holy Family Mass in a Time of Covid-19

Reopening of Holy Family

Let us celebrate and praise God!

The time has come to once again gather and worship together!

 Welcome Back! We will have our first weekend of Masses beginning June 13th and 14th. Our times will remain as follows; Saturday: 4:00 pm; Sunday: 8:00 and 10:00 am.   We are allowed to have 25% of our total capacity of the main worship area, which means 200 parishioners per Mass. Due to the seating guidelines to maintain the 6’ distance, it may be slightly less. Families that live in the same household may sit together and do not need to maintain the social distance rule.

We are encouraging all adults to please wear a mask when you attend Mass.

We are asking that if you are displaying any signs of illness, (temp. of 100.4 degrees, cough, headache, sore throat, shortness of breath, etc…), or have underlying health issues, that you refrain from attending Mass to protect yourself and others. The bishop is encouraging those of the vulnerable age of 65+ to remain home and continue to celebrate Mass virtually as you have been.

Bishop Power’s dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass as well as the obligation to receive Holy Communion remains in force till further notice.

On the first weekend back at Holy Family, you will notice some changes. The Diocese of Superior, with our best interest and safety in mind, have a few guidelines we need to follow when we come together to worship. We will be sanitizing the worship area between each Mass, which will take extra time, thus no 9:30 Mass on Sunday.

Please read below so that you will be better prepared when you arrive.

 Seating: You will be seated by ushers every third pew and six feet apart from non-household members. Those from the same household need no separation when seated. We will start seating in the front of the church and work to the back of the church and by sections. For dismissal, you will be ushered out starting in the back of the church working towards the front and again by sections. This will be similar to a wedding. We would appreciate your patience as this is new to the volunteer ministers too. It may take a couple weeks to “iron out the wrinkles”.

Come early to get a front row seat!

Communion: Please follow the ushers as you go forward to receive. Keep your mask on and use hand sanitizer before you come forward to receive communion. You may only receive on the palm with your hand stretch out so the distributers will not inadvertently touch you. We will continue to NOT use the common cup as before. Once you receive, step aside, lower your mask, take the host, and put your mask back up. Don’t forget to maintain a distance of 6 feet from the person in front of you, unless you’re from the same household.

Music: You will notice that all hymnals, papers, and pencils have been removed. We will have an accompanist and cantor at each Mass for music. The diocese has asked that there be NO choirs or congregational singing at this time. Denise will try not to schedule the hymn, “How Can I Keep from Singing”.

Offertory Collection: We will not be collecting the offering by passing baskets. In the back of the church on a table there will be two baskets to place your offering in. One for the regular, (1st), collection as you enter and another for the second collection as you exit. They will be marked accordingly.

We will continue to NOT hold hands during The Lord’s Prayer.

The following are changes to shorten the Mass to help limit exposure time:

We will not be doing the “Sign of Peace”.

The gifts will not be brought forward.

We will recite the Mass parts instead of singing them.

In order to have time to sanitize the church between Masses on Sunday morning, we are temporarily suspending the 9:30 outdoor Mass. If it rains, that Mass would need to be inside, which doesn’t give enough time to sanitize between the Masses. We apologize for the disappointment, but remember, all of this is short term and for the health and wellbeing for all parishioners and visitors.








Mass on YouTube

Fr. Jerry will continue recording Sunday Mass which will be recorded at the 4:00 pm Saturday Mass and can be found on Holy Family's YouTube channel.

Word & Communion Service

Word and Communion Service during Covid-19
This is a reminder that Word and Communion Service on Mondays will resume at a later date. We do not know when it will start up, but when the diocese makes the decision to open them up again, we will let you know. At this time priests and  deacons are asked to do the liturgical services. We appreciate your understanding and patience. Thank you to our lay leaders of prayer, also, who will hopefully soon be leading the Monday Word and Communion.

Hearing assist sets are available for use at Mass. Please provide your own ear buds, which can be purchased at stores such as Walmart or can be purchase at Holy Family for $12.00.  If interested, please call the office at 715-356-6284.

Place the sets in the “used” basket when you are done and take your earbuds with you.

Music and Liturgy

A Message from

A Message from Music and Liturgy

I will be on vacation from July 7th through 24th . I am asking for your help and cooperation on a
couple items in my absence.

FIRST: If you have an announcement you would like to be read at the weekend Masses, please
forward them to Fr. Jerry. He will be handling this issue. His email is:
[email protected] I ask that you have this to him no later than the Tuesday
before the weekend you want it announced. The earlier the better.

SECOND: Addie Halfmann has graciously volunteered to make sure the Reader and Eucharistic
Minister positions are filled at each weekend Mass. If you are unable to volunteer at the last
moment, please call Addie, (715-356-7830), and she will fill in for you. If you know ahead of
time that you are unable to fulfill your ministry, enter a “swap request” as usual. If no one
volunteers for it by the Friday before the weekend, call Addie and let her know. With only one
reader and EM, it’s very important that these positions are filled.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in these ever changing times.

Denise Ronk
Music and Liturgy Coordinator


Food Pantry

Wedding Anniversaries

Bishop Powers will celebrate a live streamed Mass, on July 18, 2020, at 11 a.m., in honor of the couples and their marriage. If you would like to participate this year, please contact the front office (Michelle x150 or Kathy x163). The Diocese would like to have a photo of each couple. These can be sent to Holy Family or emailed ([email protected]org). The couples’ names will be read at the Mass and a photo of the couple will be shown at the same time. A certificate will also be sent to the couple.  Please send your information by JULY 10.

Open Our Hearts

Racial Injustice: A Parish-wide Conversation.
Join with other Holy Family members
gathering in zoom meeting format
to examine and discuss
the United States Bishops’ Pastoral Letter:

Tuesday June 30, 6:30-8:00pm
Tuesday July 7, 6:30-8:00pm

for further information and to register, go to:
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Please be aware in case you get an email from Fr. Jerry asking for a $500 gift card for some friend undergoing cancer treatment in the hospital, or any other emails asking for assistance it is a scam!



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Mass Times

Saturdays 4:00 P
Sundays 8:00 A & 10:00 A

Monday Word & Communion 8:30 A
Tuesday-Friday 8:30 A

Saturdays 9:00 - 9:30 am
Saturdays 3:00 - 3:30 pm
Communal Penance in Advent & Lent

Additional Information

Office Hours

Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Parish Calendar


Please call Holy Family Catholic Church (715-356-6284) on Monday's and leave your name and number on ext.168 or ext.155.   We will return your call within a day.  This is a very hard time for many and we will assist you where we can.


CONTRIBUTIONS: can be made to:
“Franciscan Compassion Fund” and sent to
Holy Family Catholic Church 8950 County Rd J. Woodruff 54568
Attention “Franciscan Compassion Fund “

Holy Family Catholic Church YouTube link

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Here is the playlist of inspirational music by Susan Meyers.  New songs have been added.
We have also created a playlist of all of the Masses we have recorded.  They will play from newest to oldest.  Better than anything on Netflix!
Are you in the mood for a good children’s story?  Please take a look at this playlist called “Storytime with Father Jerry.”  These videos don’t show on the parish YouTube channel since they need to be kept unlisted based on copyright laws, but anyone at any age can watch them.  

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Customerx fundraiser for Community Table

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Letter on racism

  Back in 1979 the U.S. Catholic Bishops issued a pastoral letter on racism.  It was called: "Brothers and Sisters to Us".  It begins with this paragraph:
Racism is an evil which endures in our society and in our Church.  Despite apparent advances and even significant changes in the last two decades, the reality of racism remains.  In 1958 we spoke out against the blatant forms of racism that divided people through discriminatory laws and enforced segregation.  We pointed out the moral evil that denied persons their God-given rights.  A decade later in a second pastoral letter we again underscored the continuing scandal of racism and called for decisive action to eradicate it from our society. We recognize and applaud the readiness of many Americans to make new strides towards reducing and eliminating prejudice against minorities. We are convinced that the majority of Americans realize that racial discrimination is both unjust and unworthy of this nation.
   Those words remain applicable to our day some forty years later.  The events surrounding the death of George Floyd have heightened our awareness of racism as an ongoing reality even in the midst of the COVID 19 crisis and the economic fallout resulting from stay at home orders and the business shutdowns that are beginning to be relaxed.
   I hope and pray that all of us fall into the category of people lauded in the 1979 pastoral letter who: "realize that racial discrimination is both unjust and unworthy of this nation".  If, however, you find in your mind and heart bias, prejudice, stereotypes, inherent distrust, or other forms of racist beliefs and attitudes that you take this opportunity to reflect on the sin of racism, the denial of human dignity that it represents, and to remember the intrinsic value of all people created by God in the Divine Image and Likeness and loved and redeemed by God's Son Jesus Christ. 
God bless you;  Fr. Jerry

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If you have not heard Andrea Bocelli this past weekend, I invite you to watch:

"Andrea Bocelli Live from Duomo di Milano's - bringing a message of hope, love, healing to Italy and the world."

          Nancy McCabe



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Deacon Update

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Sister Marie-Kolbe Zamora

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Passion & Purpose for Marriage



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Extreme Faith Camp is from June 17 through June 21 ... Open to students currently in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.


Advent Project

Christmas Eve

One Bread One Cup

One Bread One Cup


March for Life 2019

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Estate Planning



Recognition Mass

Community Table



Cancelled - North Star Boys’ Choir Concert Has Been

North Star Boys’ Choir Concert Has Been Cancelled

The return of the North Star Boys’ Choir to Holy Family Catholic Church for a concert set for June 20, 2020 has been cancelled due to the National Emergency COVID-19 Pandemic.

I am grateful to Fr. Jerry, the Holy Family Parish Council, Parish Administrator, the Office Staff, the Ushers, Secular Franciscans, the host families and everyone at Holy Family Parishioners that offered their assistance for the concert preparation.

It is our hope that someday following this horrible pandemic that we will be able to enjoy the wonderful music of the North Star Boys’ Choir.

Stay SAFE and HEALTHY. Thank you!

Jim Coursolle


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Blessing of Animals

St. Francis prayer walk

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