SacredHeart Heron Lake
Tri-Parish Mass Intentions
You are invited to pray the rosary 1/2 hour prior to masses.
Thursday (5-23)
9:00 am  -  Brewster
Living/Deceased Members of Kirchner Family
Friday (5-24)
9:30 am  -  Sogge Home
† Greg Schoborg
Saturday (5-25)
5:00 pm  -  Brewster
† Laurie Haberman
Sunday (5-26)
8:00 am  -  Heron Lake
† Ken Freking
10:00 am  -  Windom
† Colleen Ortmann
Tuesday (5-28)
5:30 pm  -  Windom
† JoAnn Mead
Wednesday (5-29)
9:00 am  -  Heron Lake
† Living/Deceased Family of Rodney Miranowski
Thursday (5-30)
9:00 am  -  Brewster
† Ferdie & Lois Haberman
Friday (5-31)
9:30 am  -  Sogge Home
† Al Purrington
Saturday (6-1)
5:00 pm  -  Brewster
† Jack Strouth
Sunday (6-2)
8:00 am  -  Heron Lake
† Leonard T. Leopold
10:00 am  -  Windom
† Donald Hoppe
Know that our pastor includes all of us in his daily prayers and private Mass intentions.
If a Mass is cancelled, our pastor will include that scheduled Mass Intention at his private daily Mass. If you prefer it be rescheduled, please let your respective parish office know.
An Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Amen

Mass and Faith Formation have been canceled for Sunday, January 14th. St. Francis Xavier will still be having 10 a.m. Mass in Windom on Sunday.

Adoration Schedule
Saturday June 8th 4:00-4:45
Sacred Heart Church Brewster
Sunday June 9th 11:00-12:00
Saint Francis Xavier Windom

2nd Sun:  Windom  11 - 12
2nd Sat:  Brewster  4:00 - 4:45
Weekly Words from The Rock:
The Wind Blows...
Question: What day marks the birth/birthday of the Church?
  1. Christmas
  2. Easter
  3. Ascension
  4. Pentecost
The answer is D. Pentecost. Pentecost marks the birthday of the Church because it marks the day the Holy Spirit was given to the apostles and the apostles being sent into the world to preach the message of Jesus Christ. 40 days after Easter celebrates the Ascension of our Lord to the right hand of the Father. Ten days later, 50 days after Easter, marks Pentecost.
When we think about Pentecost, we speak of the Holy Spirit. There are many images of the Holy Spirit.
  1. Fire
  2. Dove
  3. Breath of Life
I would like to speak of another image and that being wind. Wind is remarkable. The night before I wrote this article, we had an incredible wind in the area at more than 50 miles per hour. When I was a child, I was fascinated by wind. Listening to it howl through the trees. Watching branches bend at its incredible force. What I didn’t enjoy was the work which had to be done after a strong wind. How many of you enjoy picking up sticks one day only to have to do it again a week later after another powerful wind? In all my days of hunting and fishing, there have only been two times where I have become fearful on the water, both due to wind. Let me share with you one story.
My brother and I used to take an annual trip to Leech Lake. During one vacation, about two days into our vacation, the wind picked up, yet we decided to give fishing a try. As the wind was blowing against us, my brother did a great job getting the boat out of the marina and onto the lake. We decided with such a wind to give Pelican Reef a try. The reef is about a six-mile drive from the resort; however, we took our time and eventually made it. We started fishing only to have the velocity of the wind increase steadily. That is when my nerves kicked in. When we rode the crest of a wave one could see for miles, still when in the trough, the waves reached so high that I couldn’t see above a wave. All I saw was a wall of water. This was no place for our 16-foot fishing boat. Our commonsense kicked in and we headed for the shelter of an island. Here we fished until the wind died enough for us to make the journey back to the resort.
Such is the Holy Spirit. Where the wind comes from and where it goes, no one knows, yet its presence is undeniable. How the Holy Spirit works, to whom it decides to give which gifts, no one knows. Still, for those who have felt the power of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit’s impact is unquestioned. Each time I preach I say a simple prayer, “Come Holy Spirit.” At times, when I am finished preaching, I ask myself, “Where did that come from?” Answer: The Holy Spirit.
Don’t be fooled, the Holy Spirit is alive and well. Call on the Spirit as we conclude, “Come, Holy Spirit. Come, Holy Spirit. Come, Holy Spirit.”
Blessings to you!
Father Peter Schuster
Vocation View: Through baptism we become beloved children of the Father of Jesus. Pray for the grace to humbly accept that gift. Listen for what it means in your life. (Romans 8:14-17)
There will be Confession available 1/2 hour before mass on Sundays. (7:30 am—8:00)
Mass Stipends will be $10 beginning July 1st, 2024. Please read the DECREE ON MASS STIPENDS, in the NOTES FOR ALL PARISHES.
The Pilgrimage to Paris and Rome. If you are planning to take part in the tour, please sign up as soon as possible. The tour is scheduled for May 6—17, 2025. Sign up forms are in the brochures at entrances of the church.
Having Trouble Hearing? You are not alone. There have been several parishioners that have raised concern about the sound system in our church and having a hard time being able to hear what is being said at the altar. We will schedule a meeting soon so that people may bring up their concerns, so keep your eyes open for a meeting date in upcoming bulletins.
Cemetery Decorations: Please remember to remove ALL planters and decorations that obstruct mowing before Monday, June 3rd. This includes all flowers and solar lights that are not attached to the head stone base. Anything the cemetery caretakers have to remove, after June 3rd, will be placed by the East gate for a short time. Thank you!
Office Closed: The Office will be closed from June 27th to July 7th.
Baccalaureate Sunday Seniors: Celebrating on May 19th: Thomas Bartosh, Marissa Becker, Braeden Erickson, Logan Hattendorf, Nolan Madsen, Adam Perrizo, and Timothy Salentiny. May God bless you on your next phase of life.
The National Eucharistic Revival
Eucharistic revival – Consider going to the National Eucharistic Revival, Indianapolis, Indiana, in July of 2024 from the 17th-21st. For more information, go to https:// www.eucharisticrevival.org/ and click on the Congress tab. If you wish to go as a procession with the diocese, click here, THIS LINK, (for digital bulletin readers. ) Or contact Zach Rawson, zrawson@dowr.org.
Diocesan Mass at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester - June 2, 2024: Bishop Barron is inviting the whole Diocese to come celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi, the close of the Parish Year, and the beginning of the Year of Mission with Mass at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester. There will be a Eucharistic procession from the Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist to the Civic Center before Mass, and from the Civic Center to St. Francis of Assisi after Mass. All are invited and welcome to participate in the Mass on June 2nd. Mass is scheduled to begin at 2 pm at the Mayo Civic Center.
St. Mary Parish in Worthington invites you to join in our annual Corpus Christi Procession on Sunday, June 2nd (Rain or Shine). The procession will begin at St. Mary’s Catholic Church (1215 7th Avenue) at the conclusion of the 11:00am Mass (Approximately 12:30pm). For those not attending Mass, we invite you to join the procession at the corner of 7th Avenue and 10th Street (near the NW Corner of Sanford Hospital) where there will be plenty of street parking. Watch for Hospitality Escorts in Yellow Vests. Most of us will not be able to get to Rochester in time for the Diocese gathering - so consider this a great option for participating in a beautiful and traditional prayer. Questions? Call Michelle at 507.727.1756.
A Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend is a private weekend away from the distractions of daily life for couples in good marriages. Give your marriage this gift! The next available Weekends are Nov 22-24, 2024 in WINDOM, MN and Aug 17-18, 2024 in Oakdale, 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.
Eucharistic Revival Prayer
Heavenly Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ, present to us in the Most Holy Eucharist. In Your unfathomable love you sent Your Only Son, so that by His Passion, Death, and Resurrection He might free us from sin and gain for us eternal life. Through baptism we become Your adopted sons and daughters, members of the Body of Christ, the Church.
Lord Jesus Christ, at the Last Supper You instituted the Eucharist, when You gave the apostles Your Body and Blood and commanded them to do this in memory of You. As we continue to celebrate this Sacrament at every Mass, enkindle in us a burning love for Your Real Presence. Increase our faith so that we may always believe that You are truly present, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, in the Most Holy Eucharist, and that through partaking in this precious gift You strengthen us to live as Your disciples.
Holy Spirit, pour out on us an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Eucharist, and to worship and adore Him with our entire lives. Help us to approach the Mass and Holy Communion with greater devotion, and to make time for silent prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. Enkindle in our young people a love for the Church and the Eucharist, and raise up many holy and faithful priests who by their service at the altar will continue to nourish the people of our diocese with the Bread of Eternal Life.
We ask for the intercession of all the angels and saints, especially Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, that this Eucharistic Revival may be a time of spiritual fruitfulness for the Diocese of Winona-Rochester and the whole Church, so that all Hearts may be transformed by the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist and come to know Him as the Source and Summit of their lives.
Blessed Carlo Acutis, patron of the National Eucharistic Revival, pray for us! Amen.
Decree on Mass Stipends
The Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass recalls the Paschal Mystery and makes it new in every celebration. Celebrating the Eucharist is the highest form of liturgy celebrated by the Church. As such, it is effective for those who take part in the offering as well as for others who are not present at the Mass.
In particular, it is the immemorial custom of the Church to ask that priests apply the celebration of each Mass for a particular intention. Intentions may be persons who are living or deceased. Intentions may also be made for a particular cause, a group of people, or for a commemoration (e.g., a wedding anniversary). Specific details of private intentions should always be made known to the priest. Pastors are also expected to offer one Mass every Sunday and holy day of obligation for the people of the parish (canon 534).
The Christian faithful themselves are encouraged to make known to priests the intention for which they wish the priest to offer the Mass. In doing so, those who are able may contribute a stipend that would be attached to the particular intention. Priests are encouraged to review canons 945-958 to ensure Mass stipends are treated appropriately and fulfilled in a timely manner.
Jesus tell us in Matthew 10:10 that “the laborer deserves his keep.” The church has interpreted this statement to refer to, among others, the priests of the Church. It is fitting, therefore, that a priest receives a stipend from the Christian faithful who are able to give it, not as a payment for a sacrament, but as part of his wage for the most important work that priests do: confect the Eucharist so that the people of God may benefit.
Therefore, I herby decree that, in accord with the decision of the bishops of the province:
A Mass stipend to which an intention is attached is ten (10) dollars.
This decree is effective July 1, 2024
The 2024-2025 Compensation Policy for Priests will reflect this decree. Any intentions made prior to July 1, 2024 will be honored according to the number of Masses intended with the original offering. All Masses celebrated after July 1, 2024 will be afforded the stipend at the new rate.
The Most Reverend Robert Barron
Bishop of Winona-Rochester

Christmas letter from Lisa Kremer OFS of the Worthington Deanery

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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 during Mass.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
The Sacrament of Reconciliation still available by appointment for each Parish.