Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord
January 7, 2018
Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.


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.

We have seen his star and its rising and have come to do him homage

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

No Mass
12:00 pm  -  Windom  -  David Krueger
12:00 pm  -  Heron Lake  -  Leonard F. Liepold
9:00 am  -  Brewster  -  Maribeth Oltmans
9:00 am  -  Windom  -  JoAnn Wisdorf
10:15 am  -  Sogge Home  -  James Schneider
5:00 pm  -  Brewster  -  Laurie Haberman
8:30 am  -  Heron Lake  -  Margaret Henkels
10:00 am  - Windom  -  Mavis Ratzlaff
2:30 pm  -  Spanish Mass  -  Windom  -  For the People

Next Week's Readings

1 SAMUEL 3:3b-10, 19
1 CORINTHIANS 6:13c-15a,17-20
JOHN 1:35-42

Liturgical Roles - Brewster
Saturday 5:00 pm

Blake Ahrenstorff
Kaiden Haberman
P. Murphy
Mike McCarvel
Kim Lambert
Derek & Ann Schmitz
Eucharistic Ministers
Bev McCarvel
Dawn Haberman
Martha Eichenberger
Derek Schmitz
Larry Schmitz
Lon & Martha Eichenberger
Contribution Stewards
Larry & Denise Schmitz
Paul & Dawn Haberman

Liturgical Roles - Heron Lake
Sunday 8:30 am

Children's Mass
Andrew Madsen
Evan Madsen
Jackie Fuentes
Eucharistic Ministers
Kim Leopold
Marsha Edwards
Sara Bartosh
George & Carla Olsem
Marsha Edwards
John Volk
Ed & Colleen Freking
Cleo Miranowski
Contribution Stewards
Jim & Lynne Salentiny
Kraig & Sharon Leopold

Liturgical Roles - Windom
Sunday 10:00 am

Ada Smith
Leah Smith
Royce Smith
Linda Ortmann
Dawn Oddson
Tom Riordan
Terry & Jackie Jurgens
Eucharistic Ministers
Lisa Muller
Tami Anderson
Sharon Jenniges
Barb Jones
Barry Ommen
Kevin & Linda Pribyl
Dan Ortmann
Brian Busch
Jeff LaCanne Family
Sogge Home - January 13th
Elaine Tasler
Rose Schwalbach
Contribution Stewards
John Duscher
Cindy Reid

Church Support - Week 27/52

Weekly Contributions:  $ 1,195
Year To Date:  $ 32,180
Heron Lake
Weekly Contributions:  $ 5,408
Year To Date:  $ 72,090
Budget:  $ 84,429
Over / Under Budget:  ($ 12,339)
Weekly Contributions:  $ 1,846
Year To Date:  $ 62,838

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: The Magi brought gold, frankincense and myrrh. What gifts do you have to give? Is God calling you to be a priest, brother, or sister? (Matthew 2:1-12)

Accept our gifts also, Lord

Nations walk by your light

Brewster News & Notes

WINTER HAS COME in with a vengeance! Please listen to the Worthington Radio Stations or go to their website at for cancellation of the weekend Mass.
CMA: There is still time to give to the Catholic Ministry Appeal for 2017. We are $1445.00 under our goal. Please be generous and donate to this very important ministry.
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.
THE CCW DUES envelopes for all women of the parish are at the entrances of the church. Please put your $10.00 either in the collection basket or give it to Loretta Smith. Thank you.
SUPPER WILL BE SERVED by the Spirituality Commission following Mass on Saturday, January 20 . Everyone is invited for good food and conversation. Please come!
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 this morning. Our hosts will be Dennis and Rhonda Damm, Tom and Melanie Krumbach. Happy New Year!
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!
DEFENSIVE DRIVER 4 Hour Refresher Course available for $25 fee Thursday, January 11th, from 12:30 – 4:30PM at the Heron Lake Senior Center. If you would like to register or have questions, contact Lisa Fest at 507-853-4507-Extn 1212 or
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. Sacred Heart-Heron Lake met 86% of our Catholic Ministry Appeal goal. Thank you to ALL who contributed to the 2017 CMA!
PARISH COUNCIL will meet on Wednesday, January 10th, in the Rectory at 7:30PM.
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”. Please contact Lisa Carlson 507-221-0234 or Cheri Rademacher 507-842-5345, if you have a raffle item or cash prize you wish to donate.

Windom News & Notes

ROLLS & COFFEE will be served following Mass today. 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.
THANK YOU to everyone who donated to the Catholic Ministry Appeal. Our goal was $15,630 and $7,724 was donated. Forty-nine families participated in the Appeal. Thank you for your contributions to the 2017 CMA.
WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND: The next available weekend is February 16th – 18th in Windom. Early registration is highly recommended. For more information, visit the at website or contact Miki at or 507-227-8229.

RESPECT LIFE: Upcoming Pro-life Events – Clip & Save

January 19, Friday – March for Life, Washington DC at Noon
January 18 – 26th – 9 Days for Life, prayer and action, see
January 21, Sunday – Sanctity of Life Sunday, see
January 22, Monday – MCCL March, St. Paul at Noon, program at 12:30PM

Please pray for those attending the March for Life in Washington, DC and at the St. Paul Capitol. Please pray for all those affected by abortion and for an increased respect for the awesome gift of life from our Heavenly Father.



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

EARLY DEADLINE: The Parish Office at Sacred Heart in Heron Lake will be closed the week of January 22nd - 26th. Please remember to submit any announcements for the January 28th bulletin before NOON on January 17th. Thank you.

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: or contact Miki at 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!

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

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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