Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 12, 2017

The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.


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.

Five of them were foolish and five were wise.
Stay awake, for you know neither the day or the hour.

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  -  Delores Daggett
5:30 pm  - Windom  -  Donald Frank
12:00 pm  -  Heron Lake  -  Alice Salentiny
9:00 am  - Brewster  -  Theresa Molitor
5:00 pm  -  Brewster  -  Loralie Schmitz
8:30am  -  Heron Lake  -  Leonard F. Liepold
10:00 am  -  Windom  -  Mavis Ratzlaff
2:30 pm  -  Spanish Mass  -  Windom  -  For the People

Next Week's Readings

PROVERBS 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31
MATTHEW 25:14-30

The WORD of the LORD
Renews and give life to my soul

Liturgical Roles - Brewster
Saturday 5:00 pm

Parker Murphy
Cole Hennings
Caleb Ahlers
Melonie Haberman
Darol Schmitz
Ed & Loretta Smith
Eucharistic Ministers
Molly Scheidt
Denise Schmitz
Alice O’Connor
Randy Schmitz
Ed Smith
Jay & Pam Clarke
Contribution Stewards
Derek & Ann Schmitz
Gerard & Karen Weinandt

Liturgical Roles - Heron Lake
Sunday 8:30 am

Tyler Brunk
Adam Perrizo
Elise Rostomily
Diana Madsen
Kevin Leopold
Jeremy & Katie Janssen Family
Eucharistic Ministers
Diana Madsen
Kraig & Sharon Leopold
Jeremy & Katie Janssen
Dave Brunk
Dale Bartosh
Mark & Kathi Haberman
Jeremy & Sara Bartosh
Contribution Stewards
Dave & Rose Freking
Jason & Tracy Freking

Liturgical Roles - Windom
Sunday 10:00 am

Daphne Schleicher
Ethan Schleicher
Patty Symens
John Duscher
Tom Riordan
Char Carlson Family
Eucharistic Ministers
Jean Hoppe
Ronda Kelly
Dianne Beens
Arlene Bartosh
Tim Jenniges
Gary & Joan Hunter
Gale & Patty Symens
Dan & Linda Ortmann
Sogge Home - November 18th
Barry & Vicki Ommen
Contribution Stewards
Barry Ommen
Jean Hoppe

Church Support - Week 19/52

Weekly Contributions:  $ 988
Year To Date:  $ 19,963
Heron Lake
Weekly Contributions:  $ 1,528
Year To Date:  $ 32,451
Budget:  $ 59,413
Over / Under Budget:  ($ 26,962)
Weekly Contributions:  $ 2,404
Year To Date:  $ 42,200

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!

VOCATION VIEW: Oil and time: light and patience – requirements for discipleship. Keep your eyes open! In time, you will see what you are called to do. (Matthew 25:1-13)

BAPTISM: Welcome to the family of God, Seth Anthony Hoppe and Corbin Steven Hoppe, children of Lacie Mosley and Chris Hoppe, who were baptized on Saturday, October 28th, at St. Francis Xavier Church in Windom.

FUNERAL: Eternal rest grant unto Rich Muller, father of Wayne and Scott Muller, whose funeral service was Thursday, November 2nd, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Windom. 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,

As we continue the season of harvesting, the liturgy mirrors in its prayers and readings those things which are going on in nature. But with the liturgy, it is the harvest of grace and the bringing in of souls. In the month of November, the Church helps us to focus on this special harvest and how our prayers play a very important role in that harvest. We remember our loved ones who have died and commend them to the Lord in this special month devoted to the Holy Souls. May they rest in peace.

On Friday of this week, all of the priests and deacons of the diocese will gather together with Bishop Quinn for the annual Mass for deceased clergy in Rochester. In this month of the Holy Souls, we also remember those who have served our parishes in ministry and commend them to the Lord. It's always good to pray for the deceased priests who have been a part of our communities and have ministered to us. May they also rest in peace.

In Christ, Fr. Arens

Brewster News & Notes

SUPPER: Service Commission will serve supper following Mass on Saturday, November 18th. Everyone is invited to attend.
TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH in Brewster is hosting a Harvest Supper on Sunday, November 12th, from 5:00 -7:00PM. A Beef Commercial, sweet corn and homemade desserts will be served. Cost: $8.00 for adults, $6.00 for children 6-12yrs., children 5yrs. & under Free. Everyone is invited to come.
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

THANK YOU to all who participated in the Catholic Order of Foresters’ Memorial Mass.
MEALS ON WHEELS for November 13th – 17th, will be delivered by Lois Rasche and Shirley Wagner. The week of November 20th – 24th, meals will be delivered by Mahlon Iverson.
** If you are interested in participating in the delivery of meals, contact Suzanne Iverson at (507) 360-1948 or (507) 793-2808. Thank you, volunteers!
THIS PARISH OFFICE will be closed November 16th and 21st.
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.
LITURGICAL ROLES for the months of December and January are available for you to pick up from tables at the entrance of the church. Parents, please see that your child is present or find a substitute to serve Mass when they are scheduled but unable to serve. Thank you.
ALTAR SERVER TRAINING: There will be an altar server training on Wednesday, November 15th, starting at 6:30PM for any student in grades 4 and up that currently is serving and all those that would like to volunteer as an altar server. This will be held in the church and Father Arens will lead the training. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend with their child as well.
A SOUP & DESSERT SUPPER will be served at the Heron Lake Evangelical Lutheran Church from 4:30 - 7:30PM, on Sunday, November 12th. Menu: Chili, chicken noodle and broccoli cheese soups, fresh bread, pies and desserts. The Cost: Adults $7, Children 4-12 yrs. $4, and under 3yrs. - Free.
THE ECUMENICAL THANKSGIVING SERVICE will be held Sunday, November 19th, at 2:00PM at Sacred Heart Church in Heron Lake. Refreshments will be served following the service. All donations will go to the HL-O Community Food Shelf. Everyone is welcome; please come!
THIS IS THE TIME to pull together as the Body of Christ to support the Catholic Ministries Appeal. Each of us plays an important role as St. Paul names us the “ligaments of the body,” and we, through our support, bring about the Church’s growth by building it up in love. Sacred Heart-Heron Lake’s 2017 goal is $11,610 of which $8,287 has been donated by just 34 of our families. Please pick up a CMA envelope today from the tables in the church entrance and make your donation so that this remaining balance will not have to come from our general operating funds. Thank you to those who have already sent in their donation.

Windom News & Notes

WINDOM KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS will meet this Tuesday, November 14th, at 7:00 PM. All knights are encouraged to attend.
PARISHONERS WHO ARE ILL: If you know of someone who is ill, please let Father Arens know so he can visit and take them Communion.
MUSIC FOR CHRISTMAS MASS: If anyone would like to provide special music for Christmas Eve Mass, please let the office know.
UPDATES: If you have a new phone number or email address, please let the office know so your record can be updated.
IT’S TIME TO SIGN UP to host Rolls & Coffee Sundays for 2018. There is a sign-up sheet in the Church Hall. Thank you for volunteering your time.
WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER: You've celebrated a few anniversaries... maybe MANY. You've been through some ups and downs and you have learned a lot about each other. But what if there's more to your marriage than you've ever realized? Experience a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend and discover the beauty of your relationship. The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends are November 17-19, 2017 and February 16-18, 2018 in Windom. Early registration is highly recommended. For more information contact Miki at 507-227-8229 or visit our website at:
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.
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.


The Fall 40 Days for Life Campaign ends November 5th. It is a time of Prayer, Fasting, and Outreach that is changing the hearts and minds of those who believe abortion is acceptable. By the grace of God, the movement has been blessed with proven results. Since 2007, 44 nations have taken part, 156 abortion workers have quit, and 86 abortion centers have closed. Best of all, 13,370 preborn babies have been spared abortion, included the 365 babies as of September 5th, with the current campaign! To learn more, see

IHM Seminary Information Retreat Weekend: IHM Seminary will host an Information Retreat Weekend November 11 - 13, 2017. If you know of men who you think would benefit from this opportunity to visit the seminary and see it up close, please contact Fr. Arens for a registration form. The next scheduled information weekend is March 17 - 19, 2018. Visits to the seminary can be arranged outside of these dates as well.

THE CATHOLIC CAMPAIGN for Human Development addresses the root causes of poverty in America through promotion and support of community-controlled, self-help organizations and transformative education. Grants are awarded by the Subcommittee on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.


November is National Adoption Awareness Month

ADOPTION IS AN ACT OF LOVE. People turn to adoption when they want to love and provide for children. Catholic Charities has been creating families in the Diocese of Winona for over 70 years. Visit us at or call Catholic Charities of Southern Minnesota for adoption information at 507-376-9757 in Worthington or 507-387-5586 in Mankato.

FEED YOUR FAITH – Social Ministry Style

At St. Leo’s in Pipestone
415 S. Hiawatha Ave., Pipestone, MN

End of Life Decisions: What’s a Christian to Do?

Join us on Wednesday, November 15th to discuss end of live decisions, livings wills and the implications to our lives and faith.

Schedule of Events:

6:15PM – Light Supper
6:45PM – Talk Begins
7:45PM Q & A 8:00PM - Conclusion

SPEAKER: Sister Mary Hart, RSM, DO

No Registration Required – Free Will Offering

ROST RUSTLERS 4-H CLUB Community Pride Project: The club members have chosen to help the local food shelves while also celebrating the 150th year of the Jackson County Fair. Cash donations are being accepted through Friday, November 17th. For each $20 donation a turkey will be purchased and donated to our local food shelves. Their goal is to reach 150 turkeys and they are encouraging community members to donate to this project. Donations are being accepted at P & J’s Mini Mart in Heron Lake.


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