Fifth Sunday of Easter
May 14, 2017

Behold, I am with you always, alleluia!

Weekend Liturgies

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.

You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, the LORD's people, so that you may announce the praises of the LORD.

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












7:00 pm  -  Heron Lake  -  For the People


8:00am  -  Brewster  -  Vernon Konradi
10:00 am  -  Windom  -  David Krueger
3:00 pm  -  Spanish Mass  -  Windom  -  JoAnn Wisdorf

Next Week's Readings

ACTS OF APOSTLES 8:5-8, 14-17 1
PETER 3:15-18
JOHN 14:15-21

The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.

Liturgical Roles - Brewster
Sunday 8:00 am

Servers Tanner Hennings
Ethan & Kayden Haberman

Lectors Kendall Clarke
Pam Clarke

Gifts Seniors

Eucharistic Ministers Dawn Haberman
Alice O’Connor
Denise Schmitz

Ushers Steve McNab
Randy Schmitz

Greeters Lon & Martha Eichenberger

Contribution Stewards Randy & Kay Schmitz
Kim Lambert & DJ

Liturgical Roles - Heron Lake
Saturday 7:00 pm

Servers Anna Volk
Jackie Fuentes
Sam Freking

Lectors Mark Fest
Jim Salentiny


Eucharistic Ministers Mark & Kathi Haberman
Suzanne Iverson

Ushers Kevin & Colette Leopold
John Wagner
Larry Wagner

Greeters Marty & Cathy Henkels

Rosary Dave & Rose Freking

Contribution Stewards Ryan & Carrissa Haberman
Erin Haberman

Liturgical Roles - Windom
Sunday 10:00 am

Servers Trent LaCanne
Trey LaCanne

Lectors Mary Theesfeld
Chris Elzenga

Cantor Katelin Brown

Gifts Joe & Barb LaCanne

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

Ushers Kevin & Linda Pribyl
Dan Ortmann
Brian Busch

Greeters Laurie Schmit Family

Sogge Home
May 20th
Rose Winker

Contribution Stewards Helen Haugen
Cindy Reid

Church Support - Week 45/52

Weekly Contributions:  $ 557
Year To Date:  $ 59,701
Heron Lake
Weekly Contributions:  $ 1,313
Year To Date:  $ 115,934
Budget:  $ 145,176
Over / Under Budget:  $ (29,242)
Weekly Contributions:  $ 2,729
Year To Date:  $ 121,705

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: Don’t let your hearts be troubled. The Lord shows the way, just ask him. (John 14:1-12)

BAPTISM: Welcome to the family of God, Lincoln Jeffrey Low, son of Nathan and Sarah Low, baptized Sunday, April 30th at St. Francis Xavier Church in Windom.

FUNERAL: Eternal rest grant unto Maurita “Rita” Henkels, whose funeral Mass was Saturday, May 13th, at Sacred Heart Church in Heron Lake. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen. We remember her loved ones in prayer.

the risen lord
the Son of God


My friends,

In case of emergency or funeral needs while I am away, please feel free to contact the parish in St. James (375-3542) or the parish in Jackson (847-2719), or your respective parish coordinator.

In Christ, Fr. Arens

Bless our Mothers!

Brewster News & Notes

VBS: If you have not registered with Dawn Murphy for our VBS- "The New Kingdom of David" program, please do so now. The program runs from June 5th – 8th for PreK 4 year-olds – 5th grade at Fury's Island. Contact Dawn for more information at 507-360-0401.

BACCALAUREATE MASS will be celebrated Sunday, May 21st, for our Seniors. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy breakfast following Mass. Come congratulate and give your best wishes to our graduates, Branden Anderson, Kendall Clarke, Mason Ellenbecker, DJ Lambert, and Ashley Thompson. May God continue to shower them with His blessings as they continue on their chosen paths.

THE CATHOLIC MINISTRIES APPEAL has been up and running since February. We have 16 contributors thus far, giving $1605. Remember, whatever amount is not donated to reach our goal, our church has to pay from parish funds. Please give generously and send in your contribution to this important appeal or drop it in the collection basket and it will be mailed in for you.

Heron Lake News & Notes

MEALS ON WHEELS for May 22nd – 26th, will be delivered by Jerry and Carol Wagner. For the week of May 30th – June 2nd, meals will be delivered by Agnes Lohse.

BACCALAUREATE will be celebrated with our seven graduating Seniors next Saturday, May 20th, with a reception after Mass in the Church Hall. Congratulations to this year’s Senior Class of 2017 - Bailey Collin, Brooke Freking, Wyatt Henkels, Valeria Juarez, Sarah Madsen, Jessica Reyes, and David Volk. May God continue to be your guide as you go forward in this life to do what God has planned for you! Thank you for all you have done over the past years as students here at Sacred Heart. You will be missed.

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!

CHURCH RESTORATION PRESENTATION: There will be a presentation on the Liturgical Principles of Church Restoration given by Michael Raia on Saturday evening, May 20th, following the evening Mass. Michael is a degree candidate at the Liturgical Institute in Mundelein and currently is part of the Jackson Galloway Architecture firm in Austin, Texas. Michael is active in his own Diocese of Austin in various capacities, especially in church construction projects and in campus and youth ministry. Recently, he designed a new and very beautiful chapel for the Texas A&M University Catholic Center. All are welcome to attend this very informative presentation on the restoration and preservation of beauty in churches and the liturgy. Michael will offer reflections and points to consider regarding our own church restoration that we are currently undertaking. Presentation will begin immediately after the Graduate Baccalaureate reception. Please join us.

Windom News & Notes

PLEASE NOTE: as of May 15th, parish office hours will change. Kathy will be in the office on Wednesday 9-4 and on Thursdays 9-2 only. She can also be reached by cell phone at 507-848-0806 for questions/concerns after hours.

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.

PARISH COUNCIL AND FINANCE COMMITTEE will be meeting on Wednesday, May 31st. Finance meeting will start at 6:00PM and Parish Council at 6:45PM.

PLEASE NOTE THESE IMPORTANT DATES: National Cancer Survivors’ Day is Sunday, June 4th.

The 19th Annual Cottonwood County Relay for Life will be held on Friday, July 28th, from 4:00PM to Midnight in Tegels Park. This is a family event and all are invited. There will be a special Survivor Celebration, food for everyone, White Bird Release and hundreds of Luminarias in honor or memory of loved ones with cancer. Plan to attend and show your support.

RESPECT LIFE: Happy Mother’s Day!
“That special power of loving that belongs to a woman is seen most clearly when she becomes a mother. Motherhood is the gift of God to women. How grateful we must be to God for this wonderful gift that brings such joy to the whole world, women and men alike! Yet we can destroy this gift of motherhood, especially by the evil of abortion, but also by thinking that other things like jobs or positions are more important than loving, than giving oneself to others. No job, no plans, no possessions, no idea of “freedom” can take that place of love. So anything that destroys God’s gift of motherhood destroys His most precious gift to women – the ability to love as a woman.”
~ Mother Theresa

To contact your parish nurse:

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

Our second collection this weekend supports the Catholic Charities Annual Mother’s Day Appeal. While we are ever mindful that you are encouraged to support numerous worthy causes, please prayerfully consider embracing the Catholic Charities Annual Appeal with compassionate generosity. Your generous gift cares for those most in need right here within our diocese. Over 30% of funding that sustains Catholic Charities’ services to provide help and hope for the poor and marginalizes here in southern Minnesota comes from the selfless generosity of our donors. If you are unable to contribute today, simply mail your donation in the reply envelope in the Catholic Charities pamphlet you received in your mailbox recently or DONATE ONLINE at Hope Lives Here— Because of You! We send our heartfelt thanks and prayers for God’s blessings to you and your loved ones.

Summer Schedule: May 6 - Oct 1


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 REVEREND ANDREW D. OLSEM who was pastor of the parishes in Windom, Heron Lake and Brewster from 1997-2009 invites you to participate in a Mass of Thanksgiving commemorating his 50th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood to be offered on Sunday, June 4th, at 10:00 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 632 S. Broad Street in Mankato.

There will be a luncheon following Mass. For the luncheon, please RSVP by May 15th, to: or call 507-388-6283.

Your generosity to the Catholic Ministries Appeal from year to year is so greatly appreciated! You are making a difference in our Catholic community through faith-enriching ministries that take place throughout each year. Your gift makes a direct impact in supporting these ministries that are leading people closer to Christ. Please give generously to the Catholic Ministries Appeal.

The Catholic Ministries Appeal 2017

Parish Goal $ Received From # of Parishioners
SFX 15,630 6,191 40
SH-HL 11,610 6,385 27
SH-B 5,850 1,605 16

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