Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
December 31, 2017
Grant that we may imitate the Holy Family.


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.

Live as the Holy Family.  Unite yourselves in love and respect for each other, live in peace with all people and pray that you may share in the life 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: 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

Monday - New Year's Day-Solemnity of Mary
9:00 am  -  Windom  -  Clara Bartosh
No Mass
No Mass
No Mass
No Mass
5:00 pm  -  Brewster  -  For the People
8:30 am  -  Heron Lake  -  Bill, Kelly & Paul Fest
10:00 am  - Windom  -  Opal Hayes
2:30 pm  -  Spanish Mass  -  Windom  -  Dick Noyes

Next Week's Readings

ISAIAH 60:1-6 (20ABC)
EPHESIANS 3:2-3a, 5-6
MATTHEW 2:1-12


Liturgical Roles - Brewster
Saturday 5:00 pm

Ethan Haberman
Collin & Caleb Ahlers
Norma Volk
Darol Schmitz
Jay & Molly Scheidt
Eucharistic Ministers
Ann Schmitz
Denise Schmitz
Tom Volk
Paul Haberman
Fred Polzine
Darol Schmitz
Contribution Stewards
Larry & Denise Schmitz
Paul & Dawn Haberman

Liturgical Roles - Heron Lake
Sunday 8:30 am

Anna Volk
Taylor DeWall
Arianna Stearns
Larry Liepold
Joanne Waldron
Ryan and Mackenzie Erickson Family
Eucharistic Ministers
Rhonda Ferguson
Mark & Kathi Haberman
Mark Wagner
Larry Wagner
Jeremy & Katie Janssen
Brian & Rhonda Ferguson
Larry & Shirley Wagner
Contribution Stewards
Jim & Lynne Salentiny
Kraig & Sharon Leopold

Liturgical Roles - Windom
Sunday 10:00 am

Hailey & Jackson Veenker
Claire Veenker
Rita Hacker
Heather Bristow
Katelin Brown
Tom & Brenda Resch
Eucharistic Ministers
Lisa Muller
Tami Anderson
Sharon Jenniges
Barb Jones
Barry Ommen
Kevin & Linda Pribyl
Dan Ortmann
Brian Busch
Paul & Pat Reinhardt
Sogge Home - January 6th
Barry & Vicki Ommen
Contribution Stewards
Helen Haugen
Jean Hoppe

Church Support - Week 26/52

Weekly Contributions:  $ 4,097
Year To Date:  $ 30,985
Heron Lake
Weekly Contributions:  $ 18,653
Year To Date:  $ 66,682
Budget:  $ 81,302
Over / Under Budget:  ($ 14,620)
Weekly Contributions:  $ 6,422
Year To Date:  $ 60,992

THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION will be offered beginning at 4:30PM before Saturday Mass at Sacred Heart in Brewster, and beginning at 8:00AM on Sunday at Sacred Heart in Heron Lake, and by appointment in Windom at St. Francis Xavier Church.

THE ROSARY will be said every Saturday before Mass at 4:35PM at Sacred Heart Church in Brewster

YOU ARE INVITED to join in praying the Rosary every Sunday morning before Mass at Sacred Heart Church in Heron Lake and at 9:30AM at St. Francis Xavier Church in Windom.

VOCATION VIEW: Yours may not be THE Holy Family, but you are still a holy family. Share an expression of gratitude for the gift of your family today. Pray for wholeness and holiness for all members of the family of God. (Colossians 3:12-21)

BAPTISM: Welcome to the Family of God Annabelle Mae Leopold, daughter of Andrew and Jennifer (Colby) Leopold, who was baptized on Saturday, December 30th, at Sacred Heart Church in Heron Lake.

pray for us!


My friends,

After a short Advent, our Christmas celebrations were truly blessed occasions and reminded us again of the glory and wonder of the birth of the Savior. Thanks to all who helped make our liturgies beautiful and festive and shared their talents to help us all to pray and participate in the celebrations of Christmas Mass.

My 10 nieces and nephews really enjoyed staying in the rectories over Christmas. It was great to have everyone together again to celebrate Christmas. The last group of them departed on early Tuesday morning, and the rectories went back to peace and quiet.

Congratulations to Chad (Christopher) Griffith who was received into the Catholic Church, Confirmed, and received his First Holy Communion in Brewster on Christmas morning. What a beautiful day to receive Jesus as one's Savior. We continue to keep him in our prayers as he begins his journey of faith in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.

This weekend, we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. It’s very appropriate that we celebrate this feast immediately following Christmas. The truth that Jesus was part of a human family is very significant and this weekend we have a moment to ponder this great mystery.

New Year's Day is usually a Holy Day of Obligation honoring our Blessed Mother. This year, because it falls on a Monday, the obligation is dispensed, and so it is not a Holy Day of Obligation this year. For those who would like to attend Mass on this feast, I will offer a Mass Monday morning at 9:00 in Windom. After that, I will be taking a few days off for Christmas vacation. I'll be back for the weekend.

May the beauty of the Christmas season continue to fill us with joy and much gratitude for all the Savior has done for us.

In Christ, Fr. Arens

Brewster News & Notes

WE WELCOME and congratulate Chad Griffith to our Sacred HeartFamily. Chad was received in full communion during Christmas Mass on December 25th. We also welcome his son Nick.
COFFEE WILL BE SERVED after the 9:00AM Mass on the 2nd Thursday of each month. We will begin on January 11th. Please join us for Mass, coffee and conversation.
CATHOLIC EXTENSION 2018 CALENDARS are available at the entrance of the church. Osterberg Funeral Homes once again has generously donated them to our parish.
THANK YOU to everyone who donated hats, mittens and gloves to those in need. They were taken to the Manna Food Pantry in Worthington.
AIDEN REMME NOTECARDS can be purchased by calling Melonie at 507-360-1841, Loretta at 507-370-2215, or they can be picked up at the Parish Office (507-842-5584). Cost: $10 for 8 cards.

Heron Lake News & Notes

COFFEE & ROLLS will be served after Mass Sunday, January 7th. Our hosts will be Dennis and Rhonda Damm, Tom and Melanie Krumbach. Come wish your fellow parishioners a Happy New Year!
MEALS ON WHEELS: If you are interested in participating in the delivery of meals, contact Suzanne Iverson at (507) 360-1948 or (507) 793-2808. Thank you to all of our dedicated delivery volunteers, old and new!
THERE IS NO BETTER WAY to give and receive than to make a gift that helps others at this time of year. There is still time to help Sacred Heart meet our Catholic Ministry Appeal goal for 2017. Please make a donation if you are able. Thank you.
AN EPIPHANY PROGRAM sharing the Nativity Story will be held here at Sacred Heart on Saturday, January 6th, at 3:00PM. A soup and dessert supper served by our CCW will follow the program in the Church Hall. All are welcome! Free will donation for our church renovation project accepted.
PARISH COUNCIL will meet on Wednesday, January 10th, in the Rectory at 7:30PM.
CATHOLIC ORDER OF FORESTERS TOM & JERRY refreshments will be served on Sunday, January 14th, at 4:00PM in Steger Hall. Save the date and join in the fun!
CATHOLIC EXTENSION 2018 CALENDARS, compliments of the Osterberg Funeral Homes, have arrived. Pick one up from the table at the entrance of the church, and please remember to thank our sponsors for providing them again this year!
SAVE THE DATE: Fun Sunday is scheduled for February 11th. The theme is “JESUS IS MY SUPERHERO”. Watch the bulletin for more details in upcoming weeks.

Windom News & Notes

ROLLS & COFFEE will be served following Mass on Sunday, January 7th. Our hosts will be Tim and Sharon Jenniges, Mike and Sue Curley. Please join in the fellowship and conversation!
ROLLS & COFFEE will be served after Mass each Friday. We look forward to having you join us!
WINDOM KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS will meet Tuesday, January 9th, at 7:00 PM. All knights are encouraged to attend.
SHOW YOUR SPOUSE how much you appreciate them with some quality time together. A Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend makes a great gift for any special occasion. The next available weekend is February 16th - 18th in Windom, MN. Early registration is highly recommended. For more information visit our website at: southmnwwme.org or contact Miki at applications@southmnwwme.org or 507-227-8229.
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.


“What came to be through Him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” — John 1:3-4 “Never tire of firmly speaking out in defense of life from its conception to natural death, and do not be deterred from the commitment to defend the dignity of every human person with courageous determination. Christ is with you: be not afraid!”

~Address of John Paul II to the Bishops and Apostolic Administrators of Albania on their “Ad Limina” Visit, February 3, 2001



Benefit for Sacred Heart Foundation
Church Renovation Project
Saturday, January 6th – 3:00PM
Sacred Heart Church in Heron Lake
*Free will donation
FR. PATRICK ARENS - Playing the organ
Our children and choir will share the Nativity Story
Soup and Pie Supper served following the program in the Church Hall


To aid the Lynne DeRuyter and Shari Voit families with medical and other expenses in their battles with cancer, there will be a Pancake Breakfast Benefit on SUNDAY, JANUARY 7th (snow date: Sunday, January 14th) from 8:00AM – 1:00PM in Okabena at the HL-O High School Cafeteria. Free will offering.
Pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, applesauce and beverages.
~ Sponsored by the Okabena Fire Department

CONTRIBUTIONS FOR 2017 must be received by Sunday, December 31st, to be included for this tax year. ALL contributions received after December 31, 2017, will be reported with 2018 giving statements. Please plan accordingly.

Place the LORD at the center of your families' lives

HAVE YOU BEEN too busy to stop and really talk to your spouse? Take a break from the rat race and spend a weekend together. The next available Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend is February 16-18, 2018 in Windom, MN. Early registration is highly recommended. For more information visit our website at: southmnwwme.org or contact Miki at applications@southmnwwme.org or 507-227-8229.

THE SISTERS OF SAINT FRANCIS request your prayers at the time of their Chapter meeting, January 12-20, 2018.

The Chapter meeting occurs every 6 years, and is a time when all gather in prayer and discernment to determine the focus and direction of the Sisters for the next 4-6 years. They will also be preparing for the March 12-17, 2018, election of a new leadership team, which will be installed in July, 2018.

Thank you for your prayerful support!

Sister Marilyn Geiger - Congregational Minister

January 18-20, 2018
Washington, D.C.
A pro-life event for youth and young adults will be presented by the Diocese of Winona Office of Youth & Young Adults and the Office of Life.
$325 includes: Bus transportation, DC Rally, Mass for Life, hotel, visit to DC landmarks and some meals.
Contact Peter Martin at 507-858-1273, pmartin@dow.org Or visit www.dow.org

WHEN DISASTER STRIKES or emergencies arise, people often wonder what they can do to help. In a small, rural community people are our most valuable resource. Spontaneous volunteers mean well, but actually create additional chaos for emergency responders. Sign up today to be a MN Responds Volunteer with the Cottonwood-Jackson Counties MN Responds Unit. Volunteers can be deployed as needed/requested by local emergency responders/management. Contact Angela Naumann at Public Health for more information: 507.847.6918 or angela.naumann@dvhhs.org

IHM Seminary Information Retreat Weekend: IHM Seminary will host an Information Retreat Weekend March 17 - 19, 2018. 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. Visits to the seminary can be arranged outside of these dates as well.

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