Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Thursday, December 8

"Holy Day of Obligation"

Masses at 12:10 & 5:30 pm

Meaning of Advent Candles Catholic

Lighting these Advent candles each week symbolizes the proximity of Jesus’ coming, hence each candle has its own special symbol and meaning.

Week 1: Purple Advent Candle, Hope

The first candle lit on the first week of Advent is a purple candle, this candle represents hope. In the first week of Advent, we recall the Prophet Isaiah, who anticipated the birth of Jesus. This first candle also represents the anticipation of the arrival of the Messiah.

The color purple has been significant in the Catholic Church for years, and it remains to be the color of the priest’s vestments during the advent and lenten season. This color may also symbolize the waiting and longing for the coming of Christ. 

Week 2: Purple Advent Candle, Faith

The second candle to be lit is also a purple candle. This candle symbolizes faith and the journey of Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem. It calls you out to prepare the way of the Lord.

Week 3: Pink Advent Candle, Joy

The next and third candle to be lit is the pink candle, which represents Joy. This candle reminds us that Jesus coming is near as we reach the middle point of Advent. The third Sunday of Advent is also called Gaudete Sunday, which symbolizes the nearness of Christ’s coming.

Week 4: Purple Advent Candle, Peace

On the fourth and final Sunday of Advent, the last candle is lit, which is purple. This candle represents peace and reminds us of the importance of Peace as the true savior of the world is coming. 


November - We Remember Our Blessed Dead . . .

"Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them."

During the month of November, we remember those who have gone before us. Our Book of Remembrance will be placed in the Church Entrance. The names you inscribe will be remembered in paryer by the parish throughout the mouth.

Deceased Members October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022:

Ruth E. Holweger         October 3, 2021

Robert L. Schneider         October 20, 2021

William Dohman         November 6, 2021

Ronald L. Pruett, Sr         November 8, 2021

Donald J. Evenson         January 28, 2022

Karen Mondry         February 9. 2022

Peggy Pruett         April 17, 2022

DeWayne J. Janzen         April 27, 2022

Brian Passa         June 20, 2022

David L. Straus         June 29, 2022


Christmas Program

Mark your calendars:

Our Christmas Program for the Sunday school students will be Sunday, December 11th promptly follwing the 10:30 Mass.

The 10:30 Mass will also be a Chilcren's Mass.

God bless, Jen Fetsch

Bulletin deadlines

St. Mary's Church Bulletin


  • for December 11th bulletin - deadline is Friday, December 2nd (by 10:30 a.m.)
  • for December 18th bulletin - deadline is Thursday, December 8th (by 3:00 p.m.)
  • for December 25th bulletin - deadline is Wednesday, December 14th (by 3:00 p.m.)
  • for January 1st bulletin - deadline is Wednesday, December 21st (by 3:00 p.m.)
  • for January 8th bulletin - deadline is Friday, December 30th (by 10:30 a.m.)

Jesse Tree

Jesse Tree

The Jesse Tree displayed at the church front entrance near the new elevator the weekend of November 26-27,  One board with request gift slips is next to the tree and another next to the chapel.   

The Social Concerns Committee selected the following organizations to help this Christmas:

  • Heartland Neighborhood at Valley Senior Living
    • due back by Sunday, December 11
  • Teenagers At-Risk Youth in Grand Forks High School
    • due back by Sunday, December 11
  • St. Anne's Guest Home residets
    • due back by Sunday, December 18
  • St. Gianna's Maternity Home
    • due back by Sunday, December 18



Christmas Cookie Walk - Bakers

Please think of our Social Concerns Cookie Walk when you are doing your Christmas baking. We are looking for decorated Christmas cookies and specialty items.

If tou are baking and don't have room to store them, call Virginia Esslinger at (218) 779-7342 to make arrangements to bring them down early.

Christmas Cookie Walk

Saturday, December 17

9:30-11:00 a.m.

St. Mary's Catholic Church - Social Hall

216 Belmont Road, Grand Forks, ND

Cookies / baked goods selling for $9.00/pound

Penance Services

Advent Penance Services

"Prepare the way for the Lord!"

  • Sunday, December 4 at 6:00 pm
    • St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center
    • 410 Cambridge St, Grand Forks, ND
  • Tuesday, December 6, at 7:00 pm
    • Holy Family Catholic Church
    • 1018 18th Ave S, Grand Forks, ND
  • Sunday, December 11 at 7:00 pm
    • St. Michael's Catholic Church
    • 524 N 5th St, Grand Forks, ND
  • Thursday, December 15 at 7:00 pm
    • Sacred Heart Catholic Church
    • 200 3rd St NW, East Grand Forks, MN
  • Monday, December 19 at 7:00 pm
    • St. Mary's Catholic Church
    • 216 Belmont Rd, Grand Forks, ND

Giving Hearts


St. Mary's Church and ECC & Preschool has joined Giving Hearts 2023.  We are hoping to be able to buy new playground equipment for our children.  The equipment we have now is suited more for school aged children and served its purpose when our school was open but just is not safe for our little ones.  If you would like to donate please go to Giving Hearts Day and click on the red DONATE.  Also, remember Giving Hearts on 

Start donating now by clicking on the link below:

Open meeting 11/13/20223

St. Mary's Open Meeting

Slides from Sunday, November 13, 2022

Part One: Eucharistic Revival

Part Two: Diocesan Synod

Part Three: Sanctuary Restoration

Open meeting slides

Volunteers needed

Volunteers Needed

Funerals - Volunteers needed to assist with serving at funerals. Please contact Amy Elbert at (701) 741-6887 if you are available to serve with this ministry.

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BINGO at St. Anne's Senior Living the 3rd Tuesday each month from 1:30-3:00 p.m. This month it is Tuesday, November 15. Some of the residents need assistance and we serve a light lunch. I you think you'd  like to help with this ministry, please call Terry Moen at (701) 741-5569 to volunteer.

Holy Communion - Chalice

In a memo issued September 23rd, Bishop Folda permitted parishes in the diocese to reinstate the reception of Holy Communion under both forms.

We will return to providing the Precious Blood at Sunday Masses and Holy Days of Obligation beginning Tuesday, November 1st (All Saints’ Day). Please remember that receiving from the Chalice is, as always, completely voluntary. Please contact Fr. Gross with any questions. 

Pray the Rosary

The Rosary is prayed at St. Mary's before Masses on the following days:

- 5 p.m. on Saturdays

- 8 a.m. on Sundays

- 7:30 a.m. Thursdays & Fridays

Rosaries prayed before Masses during November will have the special intentions of:

All Desceased Parish Members, Family and Friends

 World Peace

Please join us to pray the rosary or pray the rosary on your own or with family and friend..


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Catholic Links

  • Website
  • RPR website
  • 1370 Grand Forks Live

Eucharistic Adoration

First Fridays, Eucharistic Adoration

8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Come and spend time with Jesus.


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Mass Times

St. Mary's Mass times:  we have scheduled 1 EMHC per Sunday Mass.  Please check the ministry page for your scheduled times!   
  • Mondays: No Mass
  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 12:10 p.m.
  • Thursdays and Fridays: 8:00 a.m.
  • Saturdays: 5:30 p.m.
  • Sundays: 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. 

Confessions will be available:

  • Weekdays:
    • Tuesdays & Wednesdays prior to 12:10 PM Masses
    • Thursdays & Fridays prior to 8:00 AM Masses
    • Wednesdays 5:30-6:50 PM (when RE classes)
  • Weekends:
    • Saturdays:
      • 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM 
      • 5:00-5:25 PM 
    • Sundays: 8:00-8:25 AM
  • or by appointment

Confessions are in the Reconciliation Room in the Sacristy. [until further notice while making appropriate arrangements that allow for both social distancing and confidentiality.]

Office Hours

Office Hours


8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Friday 8:00 AM to Noon

Office will be CLOSED

Monday, December 26


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First Sunday of Advent

November 27, 2022

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Christ the King Sunday Homily

November 20, 2022

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Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

November 13, 2022

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  • Sun, Dec 4th

  • Sun, Nov 27th

St. Mary's Link to Facebook

  • Ten cooks / eight chilis!
  • Grace,
  • Bronze, Silver and the Coveted Golden Spoon Awards.
  • Judges, Mallory Bernhardt, Fr. James Gross, Matthew Wakowiak
  • And the WINNERS are:
  • 3rd Place, Ellen Rose
  • 2nd Place, Jean Hughes & Mike Herbeck, "Herbeck chili"
  • 1st Place, Kelly Restad - "venison chili"
  • People's Choice Award to Jackie Simon! Yummy!!!
  • Get your vote slip here: Brittany Duciaume, D ay CareTeacher
  • Desserts: Ashley Morris, Day Care Director, & Aaro
  • Cook Ryan Brunner (Hudson & Brayden)
  • Cooks Jean Hughes & Mike Herbeck
  • A challenge between Jackie & Josie? Bridgie busy serving chili.
  • Cooks Bridgie Hansen & Josie Huff
  • Lining up for the chili.
  • Tasting all the chilis.

2022 Holyween

  • Ben Franklin (aka Don Palmiscno) "Sorry left my kite at home!"
  • "Fishing anyone?"
  • "Animal Walk"
  • Right through the upper window!
  • "Are you ready for some Saint BINGO?"
  • "Animal Walk"

2022 Holyween

  • "Trunk-o-Treat!
  • Trunk-o-Treat
  • "Treat please!"
  • "Pizza pleaset!"

2022 Fall Dinner

  • rolling meatballs
  • more meatballs
  • cooling chicken
  • making meatballs
  • preparing food
  • scrubbing potatoes
  • peeling potatoes
  • breading chicken
  • preparing chicken
  • cleaning chicken
  • diners and workers

Funday GFFD

  • Tamara & Vedant
  • Sue, Aida, Linda, RoxAnne
  • Tamara & Vedant

Dcn Sam's Retirement

06/19/2022 Corpus Christi Holy Hour & Procession

Linnertz 60th Wedding Anniversary

  • Fr. James Gross blessing Don & Therese at Mass
  • Therese & Don Linnertz celebrating 60th Wedding Anniversary
  • Therese & Don with Fr. Gross

Confirmation 2022

  • Evie, Ruby, Hayvn, Emberly, Jaeger, Ellyn, Kayleigh, Theresa, Easton, Xavier, Parker, Noah, Paityn
  • Fr. Ejike, Bishop Folda, Fr Gross

Pre-School / Day Care

Easter Egg Hunt 2022