Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 29, 2017

Let the hearts that seek the Lord, rejoice

Weekend Liturgies

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


Arrangements must be made with the priest at least six to eight 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.

On this the whole law is based
You shall love the LORD your GOD with your whole heart, and your whole soul, and with your whole mind.  You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

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: Tuesday - Thursdays, 8:30 - 4:00
Ph:  507.793.2357
Sacred Heart, Brewster
Office Coordinator:  Loretta Smith
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday, 8:30 - 4:30
Ph:  507.842.5584
St. Francis Xavier, Windom
Office Coordinator:  Pat Spencer
Tuesday - Thursday, 9:00 - 2:00
Ph:  507.831.0717

Mass Intentions For The Week

9:00 am  - Windom  -  Frank Schneider
Wednesday - ALL SAINTS DAY – Holy Day of Obligation
9:00am  -  Brewster  -  Bonnell & Bauman Families Liv/Dec
6:00 pm  -  Windom  -  For the People
7:30 pm  -  Heron Lake  -  Deceased Members of COF
Thursday - ALL SOULS DAY
9:00am  -  Brewster  -  Special Intention
12:00pm  -  Heron Lake  -  Holy Father’s Intentions
4:00pm  -  Spanish Mass  -  Windom  -  Mass of the Deceased Faithful
5:30 am  - Windom  -  All the Faithful Departed
9:00 am  -  Windom  -  Joe Maras
10:15am  -  Sogge Home  -  Gordon Shore
5:00 pm  -  Brewster  -  Fr. Charles Quinn
8:30am  -  Heron Lake  -  Ludwig Pelzel Family
10:00 am  -  Windom  -  For the People
2:30 pm  -  Spanish Mass  -  Windom  -  Joe & Marie McCarvel

Next Week's Readings

MALACHI 1:14b-2:2b, 8-10
1 THESSALONIANS 2:7b-9, 13
MATTHEW 23:1-12

Liturgical Roles - Brewster
Saturday 5:00 pm

Jaden & Levi Hennings
Parker Murphy
Kim Lambert
Norma Volk
Derek & Ann Schmitz
Eucharistic Ministers
Dawn Haberman
Mara Eichenberger
Tom Volk
Duane Schmitz
Derek Schmitz
Lon & Martha Eichenberger
Contribution Stewards
Derek & Ann Schmitz
Gerard & Karen Weinandt

Liturgical Roles - Heron Lake
Sunday 8:30 am

Anna Volk
Nolan Madsen
Joseph Bartosh
Eucharistic Ministers
Kim Leopold
Suzanne Iverson
Judy Anderson
George & Carla Olsem
Larry Wagner
Mark Wagner
Mary Mathias
Mahlon Iverson
Judy Anderson
Contribution Stewards
Dave & Rose Freking
Jason & Tracy Freking

Liturgical Roles - Windom
Sunday 10:00 am

Trey LaCanne
Alex Hernandez
Linda Ortmann
Dawn Oddson
Laurie Murphy
Terry & Marsha Libra
Eucharistic Ministers
Jean Hoppe
Ronda Kelly
Dianne Beens
Arlene Bartosh
Tim Jenniges
Gary & Joan Hunter
Gale & Patty Symens
Donna Dewanz
LaVonne Donahue
Sogge Home - November 4th
Danielle McKeown
Contribution Stewards
Rose Schwalbach
John Duscher

Church Support - Week 17/52

Weekly Contributions:  $ 2,028
Year To Date:  $ 18,413
Heron Lake
Weekly Contributions:  $ 855
Year To Date:  $ 28,149
Budget:  $ 53,159
Over / Under Budget:  ($ 25,010)
Weekly Contributions:  $ 1,322
Year To Date:  $ 37,252

THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION will be offered before Mass on Sunday beginning at 8:00AM 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 Sunday morning before Mass at Sacred Heart Church in Heron Lake.

THE ROSARY will be said every Saturday evening before Mass at 4:35PM at Sacred Heart Church in Brewster, and on Sunday 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!

FUNERAL: Eternal rest grant unto Brian Curtin, husband of Mary Jo (Freking) Curtin, whose funeral Mass was Tuesday, October 24th, in New Smyrna Beach, FL. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Minnesota. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen. We also remember his loved ones in prayer.


My friends,

This week we celebrate some very important things in regard to our Catholic Faith.

On Wednesday, we celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints Day. On this day we remember all the souls who have completed their eternal journey to heaven and behold the face of God. We remember these souls because they not only give us a great example to follow, but they also help us with their prayers. This is such an important part of our faith, that the Church designates this a Holy Day of Obligation. If we desire to go to heaven at the end of our lives, it’s important to get to know and celebrate the saints, and this feast provides us with this opportunity. Please see the Mass schedule for time and location of Masses in our cluster.

Thursday is a lesser day, but still very important. On this day we observe All Souls Day. This feast helps us to remember our very important duty to offer prayers for those who have died and recall what our Catholic Faith teaches about Purgatory. Purgatory is a place of purification and preparation for heaven. We can assist the souls in Purgatory with our prayers and sacrifices. Let’s remember to offer prayers for the deceased, especially our loved ones who have gone before us. On this day all priests have the privilege of offering three Masses. Mass will be offered in each parish; again, please check this bulletin for the Mass schedule.

On the days from November 1-8, we can gain a plenary indulgence for the souls of the faithful departed by visiting a cemetery and praying for the dead, and observing the usual conditions of going to confession within 20 days, receiving Holy Communion and praying for the Holy Father's intentions. Fulfilling the conditions of an indulgence for a deceased loved one is one of the greatest gifts we can give to them. A simple internet search for All Souls Day indulgence will bring up a lot of information in regard to this wonderful work of prayer and sacrifice.

November is a very important month for our faith. It is a time of harvest in regard to our faith. May we bring in all the good things that Jesus offers us through the Church, so that we may too someday rejoice with the saints in heaven.

In Christ, Fr. Arens

We will be returning to Standard Time next weekend. Turn your clocks BACK 1 hour upon retiring on Saturday night, November 4th!

Brewster News & Notes

THE MINISTRY ROLES for November are at the entrances of the church. Please remember to ask someone to cover your role if you are not available.
OUR SACRED HEART CCW will meet Tuesday, November 7th, at 7:00PM. Spirituality Commission will serve. Ladies, the meetings are short, to the point and informational. Please attend.
ON BEHALF OF our seminarians at IHM, the Middle School Youth would like to thank those of our parish who gave donations to the Care Baskets. We gave $211.00 and with the monies the other parishes donated, our seminarians will receive bountiful care baskets. Thank you for your generosity.
THE CCW IS SPONSORING a "Notecard Fundraiser" for Aiden Remme. These beautiful cards have a picture of Aiden on the front, in prayer at St. Mary’s Hospital Chapel in Rochester, "Just Me and God." On the back there is a water stamp of Saint Mother Teresa, Aiden's Patron Saint. If you are interested in purchasing a bundle of 8 notecards for $10, please contact Melonie at 507-360- 1841 or Loretta at 507-842-5584 or 507-370-2215.

Heron Lake News & Notes

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED for Eucharistic Ministers for the Wednesday, November 1st, All Saints Day Mass here at 7:30PM.
COF MEMORIAL MASS for deceased members of the Catholic Order of Foresters, Court #970, will be celebrated at the All Saints Day Mass, 7:30PM, on Wednesday, November 1st. This is a Holy Day of Obligation.
COFFEE AND ROLLS will be served after Mass next Sunday, November 5th, in the Church Hall, hosted by Judy Anderson, Marsha Edwards, Steve and Barb Hussong. Everyone is welcome to share in fellowship and refreshments.
CCW INVITES all parish women to our quarterly meeting on Tuesday, November 14th, at 7:00PM. All parish women are members of the CCW. Your attendance and input at these meetings is very important to the success of our council. Please attend.
SACRED HEART RENOVATION: Please think about joining a committee to help with the planning stages of our upcoming renovation. Contact Carmen in the office at 793-2357 to volunteer or please leave a message with your contact information.
BABY BOTTLE CAMPAIGN: Please remember to fill a baby bottle with your spare change throughout the month of October and return the bottles by November 5th. Thank you for your generosity.

Windom News & Notes

COFFEE & ROLLS will be served following Mass on Sunday, November 5th, by the Bristow family. It is time to sign up to host Coffee & Roll Sundays for 2018. There will be a sign-up sheet in the Church Hall. Thank you for volunteering your time.
MEALS ON WHEELS: St. Francis Xavier is responsible for delivering meals for the month of November. Your help is needed so please call Wanda Stone at (507) 831-3600 or 822- 1642 to volunteer. We have 3 delivery routes which require a minimum of 6 volunteers per day. Thanks to all those who continue to volunteer for this service and welcome to all new members.
CCW of ST. FRANCIS XAVIER will meet on Tuesday, October 31st, beginning with Rosary at 6:00PM, with potluck and the meeting to follow. Our speaker for the evening is a new parishioner from Rwanda. Please plan to attend.
BABY BOTTLE CAMPAIGN: Please remember to return the baby bottles to the church or church office by November 5th. Thank you for participating and for your generosity!
FR. FRANCIS GALLES’ autobiography books are currently for sale. If you are interested in purchasing this book at $19.99, please contact Shirley Carter at 831-2408 or see her after Mass.
REINBOWS IS HOSTING their 10th Annual Halloween Trick- or-Treating on Tuesday, October 31st, from 4:00-6:30PM at Reinbows, 43341 480th Ave., Windom. This event is a nice, safe way for families to spend time together and see the horses in their Halloween costumes! Prior to the event all Good Samaritan Society Folks, Families, and Friends are invited to attend Reinbows’ Horse Costume Parade at the Good Samaritan Society Campus starting at 2:30PM! Please bring a canned food item for the Windom Area Sharing Center.
YOU ARE INVITED to attend Mountain Lake Christian’s 51st Annual Borscht Supper on Friday, November 3rd, at the MLC school building, 710 11th St. North, Mountain Lake. Along with the all-you-can-eat supper of homemade soup, bread and pie, MLC middle school students will host a sale of homemade baked goods. Serving times are between 4:30 and 8:00PM. The cost for the supper: Adults - $8, Students K-12 - $4.


“We must listen to God, who speaks to us. Having a well-formed conscience doesn’t mean we have all the answers to the complex problems in the world, but it does mean that we are sensitive to the needs and struggles of other people.”

~ USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities “Understanding Conscience,”

The LORD's Law is Love

HELP US SUPPORT the Bishops’ Initiative on marriage! Couples who attend Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends not only rediscover the joy, intimacy and romance in their relationships, but also become more active in their parish. Together, we are making marriages, families and our Church stronger and healthier. “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.” Listen with your spouse for God’s message of love by exploring a Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) weekend. The next 2 weekends to be held in Windom, MN are: November 17-19, 2017 and February 16-18, 2018. Early sign up is recommended. For more information please visit our website at: or contact us at 507-227-8229 or .

EWTN NEW FALL LINE-UP: EWTN will premiere several new series, such as “The Masterpiece Donut Shop” with Rob Evans and brand new episodes of popular shows like “Catholics Come Home” and “Living Right with Dr. Ray”. From the history of the “Holy Sepulcher” to the works of community activists in the 1960’s in “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing”, to the “EWTN Nightly News” coverage, you will find your faith enriched and your enthusiasm for the Gospel message rekindled. For more information, go to

DO YOU LOVE working with children? Minnesota Reading Corps, a state wide Americorps program, is currently looking for tutors to serve for the current school year! We have both preschool and elementary literacy tutor positions available at Windom Early Learning Center and Winfair Elementary. You must be able to serve every school day, during school hours. We have both part-time and three-quarter time opportunities available.

Together we can create brighter futures! To learn more and apply, visit or call 1-866-859-2825.

God is working things out for you, even when you don't feel it. HAVE FAITH AND BE THANKFUL!

Prayer for Seminarians

God our Father, we thank you for calling men to serve in your Church and at the service of your Son’s Kingdom as priests.

Grant these men the gift of perseverance and send your Holy Spirit to help others to know your call. May our parishes throughout the Diocese of Winona support vocations by prayer and encouragement of our youth and young adults.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.


LET’S ALL GO TO THE MOVIES! The movie entitled “Same Kind of Different As Me” features an all-star cast and is a true story about a fight to make the homeless, and one homeless man, feel wanted, needed, and at home. This movie is excellent and worth seeing. Without giving away too much of the plot, this well- acted film is at times funny, at times sad to the point of tears, and leaves a profound message on its audience. It opened the weekend of October 20th. Invite a friend and go see it!

SOUP SUPPER: The Lakefield Council of Catholic Women will hold their annual Chili/Soup Supper and Bake Sale on Sunday, November 5th, from 4:00 - 6:00PM at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Lakefield. On the Menu: Chili, Chicken Noodle and Broccoli Cheese Soups, Ham Sandwiches, Desserts and Beverages.

Adult's $7 5-10 yrs. $5 4 & under-Free

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