Third Sunday of Easter
April 30, 2017

May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ!

Weekend Liturgies

Winter Schedule: Oct 1 - April 30

Sacred Heart - Brewster - Saturday - 5:00 pm
Sacred Heart - Heron Lake - Sunday - 8:30 am
St. Francis Xavier - Windom - Sunday - 10:00 am
Spanish Mass - St. Francis Xavier - Sunday - 2:30 pm

Summer Schedule: May 1 - Sept 30

Sacred Heart - Heron Lake - Saturday - 7:00 pm
Sacred Heart - Brewster - Sunday - 8:00 am
St. Francis Xavier - Windom - Sunday - 10:00 am
Spanish Mass - St. Francis Xavier - Sunday - 2:30 pm


Arrangements must be made with the priest at least four months prior to your intended date of marriage to begin preparation.

New Parishioners

We welcome you into God’s family! If you are interested in learning more about our church, or would like to join, please stop in the Parish Office.

Please notify the Parish Office of any change of address.

And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him.
The two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Contact Information

Father Patrick Arens

548 17th St.
PO Box 39
Windom, MN 56101
Rectory:  507.831.3300

Sacred Heart, Heron Lake

Office Coordinator:  Carmen Rasche
Office Hours: 8:30 - 4 Tuesday - Thursday
Ph:  507.793.2357

Sacred Heart, Brewster

Office Coordinator:  Loretta Smith
Office Hours: 9 - 5 Monday & Thursday
Ph:  507.842.5584

St. Francis Xavier, Windom

Office Coordinator:  Kathy Ratzlaff
Office Hours: Mon, 10-12; Tues 10-4; Wed 9-3 (closed over noon)
Ph:  507.831.1985

Mass Intentions For The Week


5:30 pm  -  Windom  -  Larry & Faye Froze


5:30 pm  -  Windom  -  Donald Frank


12:00 pm  -  Heron Lake  -  Bonnell & Bauman Families


9:00 am  -  Windom  -  Fern Strouth


9:00 am  -  Windom  -  Gilbert Molitor


9:00 am  -  Windom  -  Carl Snedden
7:00 pm  -  Heron Lake  -  Ken & Irene Gehrls


8:00am  -  Brewster  -  For the People
10:00 am  -  Windom  -  Michael Unger
3:00 pm  -  Spanish Mass  -  Windom  -  Jess & Charlotte Bayliss

Next Week's Readings

ACTS OF THE APOSTLES 2:14a, 36-41 1
PETER 2:20b-25
JOHN 10:1-10

We are fed with the gift of finest wheat

Liturgical Roles - Brewster
Sunday 8:00 am

Servers Blake Ahrenstorff
Abby McCarvel
Claire Spartz

Lectors Darol Schmitz
Mike McCarvel

Gifts Derek & Ann Schmitz

Eucharistic Ministers Tony Haberman
Melanie Haberman
Bev McCarvel

Ushers Derek Schmitz
Gerard Weinandt

Greeters Paul & Dawn Haberman

Contribution Stewards Randy & Kay Schmitz
Kim Lambert

Liturgical Roles - Heron Lake
Saturday 7:00 pm

Servers Jessica Christoffer
Evan Madsen
Kendra Stearns

Lectors Joanne Waldron
Pat Bonnell

Gifts Jim & Lynne Salentiny

Eucharistic Ministers Kraig & Sharon Leopold
Marsha Edwards

Ushers Jason Diemer
George Diemer
David Henkels
Chuck Carlson

Greeters Brian & Rhonda Ferguson

Rosary Burt & Pat Bonnell

Contribution Stewards Ryan & Carrissa Haberman
Erin Haberman

Liturgical Roles - Windom
Sunday 10:00 am

Servers Mareah Carlson
Allison Letcher

Lectors Linda Stuckenbroker
Jaclyn DeWall

Cantor Tim Jenniges

Gifts Kyle Smith Family

Eucharistic Ministers Sharon Jenniges
Kris Langland
Barry Ommen
Barb Jones
Dave Bockelman

Ushers Kevin & Linda Pribyl
Dan Ortmann
Brian Busch

Greeters Jeff LaCanne Family

Sogge Home
May 6th
Joe & Barb LaCanne

Contribution Stewards Helen Haugen
Barry Ommen

Church Support - Week 44/52

Weekly Contributions:  $ 531
Year To Date:  $ 56,565
Heron Lake
Weekly Contributions:  $ 1,476
Year To Date:  $ 109,442
Budget:  $ 138,864
Over / Under Budget:  $ (29,422)
Weekly Contributions:  $ 2,232
Year To Date:  $ 116,551

THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION will be offered before Mass on Saturday beginning at 6:30PM at Sacred Heart Church in Heron Lake, and by appointment at Sacred Heart Church in Brewster and St. Francis Xavier Church in Windom.

YOU ARE INVITED to join in praying the Rosary every Saturday evening before Mass at Sacred Heart Church in Heron Lake.

THE ROSARY will be said every Sunday morning before Mass at 7:35AM at Sacred Heart Church in Brewster, and at 9:30AM at St. Francis Xavier Church in Windom.

THE ROSARY will be said every Thursday at 8:30AM at Sacred Heart Church in Heron Lake. Come pray with us!

VOCATION VIEW: They recognized him in the breaking of the bread. How do I recognize Jesus? Am I being called to be a priest, deacon, sister, or brother? (Luke 24:13-35)

FUNERAL: Eternal rest grant unto Maribeth Oltmanns, mother of Bev McCarvel, who was buried on April 18th, at Excelsior, MN, and unto Dick Noyes whose funeral Mass was Thursday, April 27th, at St. Francis Xavier Church in Windom. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen. We remember their loved ones in prayer.

Peace be with you!



Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Winona

The Commissioning of the Institute of Lay Formation Class of 2017 will take place at this liturgy

REMINDER: Mass times change in this Tri Parish for the summer, next weekend - May 6th / 7th.

Brewster News & Notes

LITURGY ROLES for May-July are available at the entrances of the church. Please find a substitute if you cannot fulfill your role.

SACRED HEART CCW will meet Tuesday, May 9th, at 7:00PM. Leadership Commission will serve. All ladies are invited to attend.

ON MAY 14th at Mass, we will celebrate Mother's Day and May Crowning. Ladies, please pick up a carnation at the entrance of the church and join in the opening procession, placing your flower in the vases surrounding the statue of the Blessed Virgin. You are invited to take home the carnation following Mass. There will be flowers available for the children to take part in the procession, as well. Thank You.

IN HONOR OF ALL WOMEN, Masses will be celebrated on Mother's Day weekend at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. The NCCW has donated many years to Mary's Garden on the grounds of the Shrine. All donations will be split between NCCW and the Basilica to continue the care of Mary's Garden. A minimum of $20 per name is requested. Please use the form on the table at the entrance of the church, and give your money to Loretta.

HEAD START is offering a no cost preschool program for families who have children who are 0 to 5 years old. For more information about Head Start, call (507) 376-4195, EXT. 245 or 1-800-658-2444

Heron Lake News & Notes

CONGRATULATIONS to Emily Bartosh, Waylon, Wyatt and Tessa Crooks, Aubrey Erickson, Blake Holden, Avery Janssen, Nathan Madsen and Ellie Rasche on receiving their First Holy Communion today. May God continue to be with you as you continue on your Catholic journey. Thank you to all who prayed for these students as they prepared for this big day. Please join their families in the church hall for a reception in their honor after Mass this morning.

MAY CROWNING is next weekend on Saturday night! Elementary students, please come downstairs prior to Mass to pick out a flower or bring some of your own from your gardens to crown our Mother Mary with. We will process in and present the flowers to Mary prior to Mass.

OUR NEXT QUARTERLY CCW MEETING will be held Tuesday, May 9th, beginning at 7:00PM, in the church hall.

VBS - The New Kingdom of David: Registration forms have been mailed out. Please turn them in by May 19th, so the team can prepare. This is for students ages 4 through the current 5th grade. Come and join the fun as we head outdoors to learn more about our Catholic Faith and our Heavenly Mother Mary!

OUR GRATITUDE is extended to the family members of the late Carl and Monica Bartosh for their most generous gift to refinish our Eucharistic vessels and for the purchase of a new engraved paten.

VESSELS: It was really a special day for our family in the blessing of the chalice, ciborium and the paten on Sunday, April 23rd. Father Arens really made it extra special when he told all the parishioners the history of the replating of these vessels and why we wanted to keep the tradition going in our family. It meant so much to the family that we could continue something that our Mom and Dad started so many years ago. ~Family of Carl & Monica Bartosh

BEGINNING MAY/2017 the Heron Lake/Okabena Food Shelf will be changing the hours of service to the 2nd and 3rd Thursdays of each month and will be open from 2:00 - 4:00PM. If you find this does not work, please call our emergency #1-800-658-2448 and leave a message if after hours. (United Community Action)

Windom News & Notes

THE WINDOM CCW will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, May 3rd, beginning at 6:30PM. A light supper will be provided and we will have a guest speaker. Please plan to attend.

ROLLS AND COFFEE will be served after Mass on May 14th. Our hosts will be the Riordan family.

POTLUCK THANK YOU LUNCHEON for Kathy Ratzlaff will be held Sunday, May 21st, after Mass. Kathy has decided to make changes in her journey of life and we all want to wish her well. Kathy has been such an asset to our church and many times has gone above and beyond her job description. Please plan on bringing your favorite dish and joining us for this social meal.

A NEW LITURGICAL MINISTERS list is available for April 30th through July 2nd. Please pick up a copy at the church entrances or view it on line at: then click the Liturgical tab. Please let Ronda or Vicki know if you are unable to fulfill your assigned role on a given Saturday/Sunday. Thank you.

The ONE MILLION ROSARIES FOR PREBORN BABIES prayer event is scheduled for the weekend of May 5th through May 7th. This yearly multi-national prayer event unites people in praying the Rosary for an end to the surgical and non-surgical killing of preborn babies. Please join Catholics across the country in this powerful prayer and offer a Rosary this weekend or whenever you can. For more information, please see You may register your participation in this event on this site.

To contact your parish nurse:

Rhonda Ferguson
507-468-2265 or cell 507-370-2303
Kathi Haberman

THERE IS A QUOTE in Les Miserables that states, “To love another person is to see the face of God.” We are humbled to see the face of God in those we serve at Catholic Charities. Pope Francis reminds us that we must be “living signs of hope.” When you support Catholic Charities efforts to provide help and hope for the poor and marginalized in southern Minnesota, you are a living sign of hope for all. Together on May 13th and 14th we can be a sign of hope in this world by supporting the Catholic Charities Annual Appeal. Your compassionate generosity is a life-changing blessing!

YOU’RE INVITED to the 100th Anniversary of Fatima Celebration on Saturday, May 13th, beginning at 12:45 PM at the farm of Andy and Natalie Price, Kasson. Guest Speakers include Rev. Thien Nguyen, Rev. Msgr. Thomas Cook, and Mother Assumpta, Prioress General of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. Mass will be celebrated by Most Rev. Bernard Harrington at 5:00 PM. There will be Adoration, Rosary Procession, Benediction and Confessions will be available throughout the day. The farm is located at 23274 670th Street, Kasson, MN (15 miles west of Rochester on Highway 14). For more information see or call Andy Price at 507-259-7675 or email .

They knew him in the breaking of the bread

Summer Schedule: May 1 - Sept 30


7:00 pm - Sacred Heart, Heron Lake


8:00 am - Sacred Heart, Brewster
10:00 am - St. Francis Xavier, Windom
12:00 am - Spanish Mass - St. Francis Xavier, Windom

The Catholic Ministries Appeal 2017

Parish Goal $ Received From # of Parishioners
SFX 15,630 6,013 37
SH-HL 11,610 6,040 23
SH-B 5,850 1,355 15

FOR MOTHER’S DAY, honor your mother, daughter, sister, aunt, godmother or any woman who has played an important role in your life by making a contribution in their honor to the National Council of Catholic Women. Those we honor will be remembered in Masses celebrated on Mother's Day weekend at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

NCCW has maintained a very strong connection to the shrine over the years highlighted by our donation of Mary's Garden on the grounds of the Shrine. Mary's Garden is a beautiful sanctuary for visitors and students of Catholic University to gather in prayer before a fountain and beautiful statue of our beloved Mother, Mary. Donations we receive will be split between NCCW and the Basilica for their continued care of Mary's Garden.

A minimum donation of $20 per name is requested. Please send your form listing the name of the woman (or women) you would like remembered directly to the NCCW office using the form inserted in next weekend’s bulletin. If you wish to let those you are honoring know of your special remembrance, please send their name(s) and address(es) along with your donation and a prayer card with a picture of Mary's statue in the garden will be sent to them with a note that a donation has been made in their honor by you (or you may request your gift be given anonymously).

Thank you for your continuing support and have a blessed Easter!

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