SacredHeart Heron Lake
Schedule
Tri-Parish Mass Intentions
Friday (29)
† Kenneth Winker
Saturday (30)
† Edwin McGillick
Sunday (5-31)
† Karen Mathias & Marlean Horkey
† Lorraine Mathias
Tuesday (6-2)
5:30 - Windom
† Rite Schoberg
Wednesday (6-3)
† Rodney Miranowski
Thursday (6-4)
9:00am - Brewster
† Joan Smith Eich
Friday (6-5)
5;30pm - Windom
† Al Purrington
Saturday (6-6)
5:00pm - Brewster
† Linda Ruehle
Sunday (6-7)
8:00am - Heron Lake
† Fr. Clayton Haberman
10:00am Windom
† Irma Fast

We are hoping to have Mass in the church starting on Sunday, June 7th

Protocols for the public celebration of the Eucharist (MASS) during the Pandemic Restrictions

Wear a Mask, Maintain a social distance of 6 feet from others, Sanitize your hands at the entrance of the Church, Wait for ushers to guide you to a pew.

My Responsibilities when choosing to participate in the celebration of the Eucharist:

  1. When in good health and with no cold, cough and fever, I choose to participate in the celebration of the Eucharist.
  2. I wear a mask to the Church, sanitize my hands at the entrance of the Church and wait for ushers to guide me to a pew. Please do not enter Church without a mask.
  3. Prior to receiving Communion, I sanitize my hands, follow social distancing and receive Communion reverently in my hand. Ushers will direct the Communion line.
  4. If I am able, I’ll take the initiative to keep my whole pew clean with the wipes provided at the end of the Mass.
  5. I’ll drop my offertory envelope in a basket placed at the entrances of the Church.
  6. I will collect my own bulletin.
  7. If I am able, I’ll volunteer to assist in liturgical or ministry roles.
  8. The faithful should be aware that the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains dispensed until further notice.

Click here for the guidelines as suggested by Minnesota Department of Health.

While you are staying safe at home you can find daily gospel messages from Bishop Quinn at the Dioceses FaceBook page. If you have Facebook – go to the page for the Diocese of Winona‑Rochester and “like” the page, and these videos should show up on your Facebook newsfeed. https://www.facebook.com/DioceseWinonaRochester/videos/228448054972275/

You can find the daily readings at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/

Please stay home when you can and stay safe.

Contributions can be sent to Sacred Heart Church, PO Box 377, Heron Lake, MN 56137. You may also continue to support your parish through an online giving option. Giving is an act of worship. Your parish continues to need and appreciate your support.

Online parish donations: An online page has been created on a secure website so that donors can make donations online to any parish in the Winona‑Rochester Diocese. Please visit https://catholicfsmn.org/parish‑donations. Donations made on this site are for the operations of parishes. Donors can use the drop‑down menu to select the parish that they would like to support. If donors would rather call in to provide their information, they can contact Monica Herman directly at 507‑858‑1276.

Pope Francis Prayer for protection from Coronavirus
O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain, with steadfast faith.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need. We are certain that you will provide, so that, as you did at Cana of Galilee, joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial. Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the Father’s will and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.
Diocesan Pentecost Seminar - Living and Growing in the Holy Spirit
DATES: May 30th 8:30am - Noon & May 31st 3pm - 5pm
Follow up meeting: June 7th 3pm - 4:30pm
This online adaptation of a “Life in the Spirit” seminar will awaken the hearts of all those that participate to God’s love and transforming power. The seminar uses material from the popular series, The Wild Goose, along with praise, prayer and witness talks. Parishes and all that receive this flyer are encouraged to invite all who want to go more deeply into living a Spirit-led life. All are welcome. To learn more and to register please contact : Dcn. John Hust (diocesan liaison to Catholic Charismatic Renewal, (deaconjohn@felixagnes.org), Nancy Hust (nhust@aol.com) , or Scott Schwalbe (scttschwlb@yahoo.com) (cell 507-208-0877). **Register via e-mail or phone. Information about the seminar, along with the details on how to attend this free virtual seminar will be sent out a week before to all that are registered.
The Wild Goose with Fr. Dave Pivonka can be viewed on Formed.org if you want to view this before the seminar. All you need to do to prepare for this seminar is to come with a humble and contrite spirit and pray for the Spirit to breathe new life into our hearts.
https://sacredheartheronlake.org/PentecostSeminarFlyer.pdf
Weekly Gospel Meditation
What does faith and religion do for us? Ultimately, they remind us of some truths we conveniently forget: we are created by a loving God, we have imperfections, we sin, we need to be forgiven, we have a mission and a purpose, it’s not just about us, and we hunger for the joy of salvation. These are human truths that are not dependent upon whether we like them. Ignoring them places us on the paths of comfort and satisfaction as we blindly pursue the busyness and superficiality of our empty lives. Instead of pursuing supernatural and lasting pleasure, we choose things that are easier and quicker to obtain: sex, drugs, travel, houses, cars, fame, popularity, self-achievement and satisfaction, physical enjoyment, and the like.
We may also find ourselves falling victim to more negative responses to what life brings us: anger, envy, lust, pride, gluttony, greed, and apathy. Human hearts can become so hardened to the truth that violence becomes the response of first choice. Being a Christian is hard! Yet, as Pope Francis reminds us, the Church needs to be a field hospital that has to be prepared to provide people with the remedy they need. What we need is Jesus Christ. The Church, with all of the glory of the sacraments, exists to help make Christ present and real for us. Once we find Christ, we find joy. Joy is a matter of the heart that is beyond pleasure and happiness. It is not found in some earthly satisfaction, only in Christ.
Once we accept that we are destined to be in Christ, then we will discover eternal life. Namely, “that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.” It is easy to conveniently forget truth and pursue illusions immediately within our grasp, but at what price? A man celebrating 60 years of marriage remarked that it took so much effort and so many attempts to convince his wife that they were meant to be together. Even his friends told him he was foolish. He easily could have given up and pursued other interests. He chose to persevere and is so grateful that he made that choice because he now has a pearl of great price. Do we see a value in persevering in our faith regardless of the cost? If we don’t take the risk, we could lose more than we know.
Funerals and baptisms will continue, but only a small number of immediate family members are to attend. Sacramental ministry is available on an individual basis.
Mass protocols: The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains in effect until further notice. While future guidance will be given, total attendance is not expected to exceed more than 1/3 of the capacity of the church at each Mass, when we are allowed to open.
Church Building remains closed as work continues on refinishing the stone altar floor. Please cooperate for your safety and those of the workers, by not entering the building. Work is to be completed during the first week of June
Thank You Delores Pelzel for donating the beautiful handmade quilt for the CCW’s annual Palm Sunday raffle, and to all those who bought tickets. The lucky winner of this year’s drawing is Terri Stenzel. Raffle and virtual bake sale proceeds totaled $824.
Cemetery Decorations: Please remember to remove ALL planters and decorations placed on the cemetery that obstruct mowing by Monday, June 1st. This includes all flowers and solar lights that are not attached to the head stone base.
We wish to extend sincere appreciation for your continued financial support of this parish. Your sacrifice and willingness to do so has helped us meet ongoing expenses that continue to occur. You can mail contributions to: Sacred Heart Church, PO Box 377, Heron Lake, MN. Thank you.
Out reach: Sacred Heart Church would like to reach out to anyone that is needing assistance with errands such as picking up medications or groceries. If you are feeling isolated and would like to touch base with someone by phone, we are willing to connect with you. Please call or email Sacred Heart office at 793-2357 or sacredhearthl@gmail.com. You may also contact Rhonda Ferguson at 507-468-2265 (private) or 370-2303 (cell) or email pnrhonda@gmail.com. ANYONE in our parish who is willing to assist with this ministry, please also contact us at the above numbers.
Congratulations to our 2020 graduates: Tyson Dirks, Drystan Freking, Adrian Haberman, Brandon Hinkeldey, Dylan Johanning and Rebecca Salentiny. We wish you God’s blessing, and all the best, as you pursue future goals.
Bishop Quinn's Decree: “The faithful of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester continue to be dispensed, for an indefinite period of time, from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation, even while the more fundamental obligation of keeping holy the Lord’s Day still remains. This dispensation will perdure until further notice, even after the celebration of Mass for the general public is resumed.” Please see the parish website for the decree in its entirety.
Mary Joe Copeland Donations should be placed directly into the trailer, which is parked near the Windom Rectory. The trailer will be open the 1st Tuesday of the month from 5-7 pm and the 3rd Saturday of the month from 8 am to noon. PLEASE DO NOT leave items in the hall entry or the back room.
We pray for those who provide help for the abused: counselors, therapists, and advocates that they act with wisdom and compassion in their healing ministry.
Are you struggleing more than usual with anxiety, worry, loneliness, or depression at this time. Catholic Charities’ Counselors are here to help. To maintain social distancing, our therapists are using Telehealth. Please give our office a call to set up an appointment for one‑on‑one counseling or visit our website: https://www.ccsomn.org.
Office locations & phone numbers
Mankato 507‑387‑5586
Worthington 507‑376‑9757
Christ’s Love Compels Us: a discernment retreat for those who want to share God’s goodness. (Held Sept 11-13 at Shalom Hill Farm). Do you feel a nudge (or burning fire) to share what God has done for you with others? But perhaps you don’t know how, or need encouragement? Come to this retreat! Song, holy silence, spiritual talks, discussion. For more information and registration visit: https:// www.dowr.org/offices/missionary-discipleship/retreats.html
As of this month, our weekly televised Diocese Mass is now being aired Sunday mornings on WFTC Minneapolis/St. Paul - the #15 market in the nation! The fruit of many months of renegotiations and maneuvering within our various markets, the addition of the Twin Cities DMA nearly triples our potential audience, and completes the process of providing broadcast access to all of the faithful residing within the DOW-R. Specifically, this move now allows us to fully serve viewers in Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Steele, Wabasha and Waseca counties, not to mention the greater part of Minnesota and much of western Wisconsin. Deo gratias!
THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR TRI PARISH VETERANS FOR YOUR SERVICE!
Congratulations to all of 2020 Tri Parish graduates! “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you...plans to give you hope...” Jeremiah 29:11
Weekly Gospel Meditation
You can feel so small standing by the seashore. The vastness of all that is before you expands much farther than your eye can see. What is happening on the other side? As tides continue to ebb and flow, what occurs as they come and go remains largely a mystery and the effects of their presence unknown in your sight. Yet, things are moving and changing as you gaze upon the water, as the thumbprint of their presence is left behind. The greater the wind and wave, the greater the effect. But even a gentle breeze leaves its humble mark upon the seashore on which you stand. The smallest pebble still makes a ripple in the great blue expanse of ocean waters. It doesn’t need to be big.
You never know the full impact of your smallest gesture or simplest of words. A yes or no, agree or disagree, here or there, this or that can influence time and history in ways you may never know. The Holy Spirit is like that: fierce and torrential, and then almost still and silent, creating and recreating nonetheless. Coming as a gentle breeze or a gusty wind, God’s Holy Spirit continues to move over, around, and into the waters of our lives. The Spirit brings fruit and unknown possibilities to what we humbly bring with us and that same Spirit eventually brings all to fulfillment in Christ.
The first disciples didn’t have much. They possessed simple faith and a willingness to go into unchartered territory with a love of their friend-God, humble offerings, and a knowledge that they were not alone. This allowed them to do amazing things with very little. Do you believe that you are being led and that you have a purposeful life? We often do not realize our value because we do not think that the little we have is good enough. How wrong we are! A little flour mixed with water and embraced by a prayer of blessing transforms simple offerings into the magnificent Eucharistic presence of God. If the Holy Spirit can do such amazing things with these humble gifts of the earth, even more can happen with you. Don’t underestimate the value of the smile you gave a stranger, the door held open for an elderly widow, the listening ear offered to one who was lonely, the tolerance given to the wounded soul who is angry, and the loving shoulder you offered as a cradle under the head of someone in pain. Modest gifts offered with love can be transformed by the Spirit into wondrous blessings you may never know. It’s Pentecost. Trust. You are not alone.
Parish office is open to the public beginning June 2, 2020. Regular office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8:30 am—4:00 pm.
Mass protocols: The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains in effect until further notice. Total attendance at each Mass is limited to 25% of occupancy with proper social distancing of 6 ft between people not living in the same household. If you have a fever or are ill, please stay home. Further guidelines will be posted when we are allowed to have Mass following the completion of our altar flooring. We hope to have Mass on Sunday, June 7th.
Church building remains closed as work continues on refinishing the stone altar floor. Please cooperate for your safety and those of the workers, by not entering the building. Work is to be completed during the first week of June.
Thank You Delores Pelzel for donating the beautiful handmade quilt for the CCW’s annual Palm Sunday raffle, and to all those who bought tickets. The lucky winner of this year’s drawing is Terri Stenzel. Raffle and virtual bake sale proceeds totaled $824.
Cemetery decorations: Please remember to remove ALL planters and decorations placed on the cemetery that obstruct mowing by Monday, June 1st. This includes all flowers and solar lights that are not attached to the head stone base.
We wish to extend sincere appreciation for your continued financial support of this parish. Your sacrifice and willingness to do so has helped us meet ongoing expenses that continue to occur. You can mail contributions to: Sacred Heart Church, PO Box 377, Heron Lake, MN. Thank you.
Out reach: Sacred Heart Church would like to reach out to anyone that is needing assistance with errands such as picking up medications or groceries. If you are feeling isolated and would like to touch parish who is willing to assist with this ministry, please also contact us at the above numbers.
Please read above for important information regarding returning to Mass, etc.
Liturgial roles: Volunteers are needed for lectors, cantors, eucharistic ministers, ushers, sacristans. If you are interested and willing to help, please contact your office ASAP
Paper bulletins are available again!
Message from Biship Quinn
Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord:
Christ is risen! Alleluia!
I wish to let you know of an important breakthrough in our State of Minnesota that will allow for increased opportunities for public worship for all people. This breakthrough is consistent with our need to protect public health as we take significant precautions in how we come together for public worship. A new executive order by Governor Walz will soon allow faith communities to expand indoor gatherings up to 25 percent of normal capacity with a maximum of 250 people and outdoor gatherings of up to 250 people, beginning May 27. Governor Walz and his administration hope that when faith communities gather, they will do so consistent with public health guidance. We pledge to be good citizens when offering worship in our communities and to work with public officials to promote the common good.
The Catholic bishops of Minnesota believe that the prior rules limiting faith-based gatherings to ten people burdened the liberty of the Church to bring Mass and the Sacraments to the faithful. We believe that the Eucharist is the bread of everlasting life and the source and summit of our faith. The life of faith was receiving unequal treatment, as allowances were made for other, less essential activities. The new executive order removes that burden on the Church and allows us to bring the Eucharist, the food of everlasting life, to our community.
I wish to thank Governor Walz, Lieutenant Governor Flanagan, and the other members of the governor’s team for their dialogue with us to come to a consensus about a reasonable and safe path forward. Although we had previously announced that Mass could begin May 26, we need to move that by one day to May 27, to allow the Governor’s executive order clarifying the allowed capacity for gatherings to go into effect.
We will also make small adjustments to our protocols consistent with the guidance that will be issued by the Minnesota Department of Health. I will be communicating with the Presbyterate of Winona-Rochester this week regarding implementation of these protocols, which will be tailored to each parish’s circumstances. The obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended at this time. Parishes are to begin public Masses only when they are able to fulfill all protocols for the safe assembly of people, including sanitization, as well as protocols for the celebration of the Liturgy and the reception of Holy Communion.
As we approach the feast of Pentecost, let us take the opportunity to fervently ask for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon our Catholic community, that we might come to a deeper recognition of God’s love and our responsibility to care for one another. Blessed are you.
Sincerely in Christ,
+John
The Most Reverend John M. Quinn
Bishop of Winona-Rochester
55 West Sanborn Street | P.O. Box 588 Winona, MN 55987
Cross
KneelerCross
A dedicated group of men created this cross from pieces of the original kneelers from Sacred Heart Catholic Church. They are being offered to parishoners and others for a nominal donation to Sacred Heart Foundation, to continue the restoration.
We would like to offer a cross to our eldest current or past Parish members living near Heron Lake or anywhere in the world, especially if living in skilled care facilities, home bound or with health difficulties. For those with the greatest need, it will be sent free of charge to the reciepients immediate family member for the presentation to their loved ones.
Please contact us at sacredheartrestoration@gmail.com.
Church Renovation
Sacred Heart Church was built in 1920‑1921 and is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. This beautiful church has provided the spiritual needs of Sacred Heart Parish for many years. As the church has been there for our needs, it is time we take care of its. We are in the process of renovating the church in preparation of its 100th year anniversary.
After 43 years the carpet on the steps to the alter has been removed, revealing Indiana Limestone. Click here to see the pictures.
Visit the SH Foundation page for information and updates on the renovation. If you would like to make a contribution, please contact the office at or call 507‑793‑2357.
Facebook Page
Please like and share our Facebook page. The page is intended to connect current parish members and members that have moved with the activities of Sacred Heart Heron Lake.
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.
Marriage Preparation
Contact the priest 6 to 12 months in advance of the date of marriage to fill out the forms, to do FOCCUS Test and to attend Marriage Prep Mentoring sessions. Fr. Pratap is seeking married couples who are practicing Catholics, and have children, who would be willing to volunteer to help prepare our engaged couples for marriage. Please contact Fr. Pratap at 507-226-4536, or your parish office, if interested
Baptism Preparation
Contact the parish office a month in advance to fill out the form and to attend Baptism Mentoring Sessions. All Baptisms will be celebrated privately until further notice.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
The Sacrament of Reconciliation still available by appointment for each Parish.