Tri-Parish Mass Intentions
You are invited to pray the rosary 1/2 hour prior to masses.
9:30 am - Sogge Home
† Ben & Dorothy Becker
5:00 pm - Brewster
† Dick & Joanne Spada
8:00 am - Heron Lake
For Intentions of Eugene & Kathy Walter
10:00 am - Windom
† Helen Haugen
5:30 pm - Windom
† Herb & Mavis Ratzlaff
9:00 am - Heron Lake
† Deceased Members of Carl & Monica Bartosh Family
9:00 am - Brewster
Briar Rose Smith
9:30 am - Sogge Home
† Colleen Ortmann
5:00 pm - Brewster
† Leo & Fern Strouth
8:00 am - Heron Lake
† Rodney Miranowski
10:00 am - Windom
Know that Fr. Pratap includes all of us in his daily prayers and private Mass intentions.
An Act of Spiritual Communion
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.
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.
Saturday February 24th 11:00-12:00
Sacred Heart Church Heron Lake
Saturday March 2nd 9:00-12:00
Saint Francis Xavier Windom
Saturday March 9th 11:00-12:00
Sacred Heart Church Brewster
March 2, 2024
St. Charles Borromeo, St. Charles
May 18, 2024
St. Thomas More Newman Center, MSU, Mankato
The Unlikely Suspects
Have you ever taken a nature walk? Have you leisurely strolled through a forest or field, with no real destination in mind and your only objective being receptivity to and observation of all God’s creation?
Sometimes, Scripture readings can feel like a nature walk. All of salvation history plays out against the backdrop of the natural world, with all elements of God’s creation — plants and animals and the dust of the earth itself — turning in a supporting performance. How about Jesus in the hot and dusty desert, tempted, living “among the wild beasts?” Noah departed from his ark with the animals he rescued, observing God’s sign in the very clouds of the sky. Even God Himself, offering us salvation from original sin through the waters of baptism.
How often do we remember that God speaks to us through all of His creation, even in the unlikeliest suspects?
Let’s go back to the nature walk. It sounds like a lovely way to pass an afternoon, amongst wildflowers and butterflies, but don’t forget the beating hot sun, mosquitos, and threat of rain on the horizon. Remember, we’re not in heaven yet. Here on earth, God may be present in His creation, but that doesn’t mean it’s always easy to endure.
Lent is, essentially, a time to listen for the voice of God in places we may not expect: the mild irritations you experience when you’re craving the chocolate you gave up, or the dull pangs of hunger during the Ash Wednesday fast. It’s a golden opportunity to see the divine hand in all of creation, even those unlikely suspects.
— Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS
Weekly Gospel Meditation
1st Sunday of Lent
When I feel down, I sometimes watch the famous “Double Rainbow” video on YouTube to feel better. It’s hilarious. A young man camping in Yosemite Park sees two rainbows stretching across the sky. He bursts into a kind of ecstasy. “Double rainbow, all the way! Oh my God!” he announces. Then he starts to weep. He cries out, “What does it mean?” Beneath the humor of his glorious overreaction is the deep intuition we all have, I think, when we see the colorful bow in the sky. This Sunday, God sends a rainbow to Noah, and to us. What does it mean?
Long before YouTube had the double rainbow, Dante’s medieval poem The Divine Comedy featured one in his image of paradise. Seeing two rainbows, he muses that one is born of the other. The bow is God’s promise of peace. For Dante, it’s even more: nature’s encrypted image of the Trinitarian God. One visible rainbow (God the Son) is begotten of another usually invisible one (God the Father) united by invisible light between them (God the Spirit). Like invisible light, Trinitarian glory surrounds us in every moment — but Jesus has made it visible in his glorious body.
Lenten challenge: This might seem silly, but this Lent I invite you to find a rainbow and meditate on it. You might have to make one yourself, like this current desert-dweller will. Gaze on it. See there a natural gift from the Creator, saying to you, “Here I am! I will love and protect you, surrounding you in My glory.” This Lent let’s embrace that with confidence, rain, or shine.
— Father John Muir
Continuing on February 24th the last Saturday of each month, ADORATION AND CONFESSION will be in Heron Lake from 11-12. Adoration and Confession is also available on the 1st Saturday of each month at Saint Francis Xavier Church from 9-12 and the 2nd Saturday of each month at Sacred Heart Brewster from 11-12.
Thank You to everyone who helped or contributed to Fun Sunday on February 4th. It was a wonderful day!
There is a SCHOLARSHIP available for any CATHOLIC ORDER OF FORESTERS member that is due by February 16th. Please contact Dennis Salentiny with any questions.
Scam Emails/Texts: Just a reminder that if you receive an email or text message that seems to come from Father Pratap, please check the email address or phone number to see if it matches his. If it is not his number or email, DO NOT RESPOND! Father Pratap will reach out personally if there is something he needs from you, so if in doubt please check with the office before responding.
Mission Quilt Sewing will be on Tuesdays, at Steger Hall, weather permitting. Extra hands make light work! Do you have any old drapes, mattress pads or blankets that could be used for batting? We could, also, use good used sheets or fabric for the quilt backs. Please drop these items at the Church, Steger Hall or Rectory. Thank you!
Stations of the Cross will take place on February 21st at 7:00 led by the 9th/10th grade Faith Formation students.
This Year’s Chrism Mass is hosted by Sacred Heart in Heron Lake, March 25 at 2:00pm. All parishioners of the tri-parish are encouraged to join the celebration. Contact Sacred Heart Church 507-793-2357 for more details. Let Melanie know if you’d like to volunteer to help prepare for or to assist on March 25th.
The Pilgrimage to Paris and Rome
Consider visiting the cities of Paris, Lourdes, Rome, and Assisi. This is an opportunity to explore the rich Catholic tradition of these places and experience the miracles of our Faith. 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 your church.
The National eucharistic Revival
Eucharistic revival – Consider going to the National Eucharistic Revival, Indianapolis, Indiana, in July of 2024 from the 17th-21st. Parish Galvanizers are: Brewster—Bev McCarvel, H.L.—John Stenzel, Windom—Judy Green.
For more information, go to https://www.eucharisticrevival.org/ and click on the Congress tab.
The Year of the Parish: The formation of the PARISH TEAM begins with you. Please consider joining others from your parish to be part of the founding members that pray for the parish, learn about and attend parish and diocesan activities, and get together to be disciples, who like the first disciples, were called by God. Ask the Lord to inspire you to be utilized and by doing so, have a living relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.
Revival Contact Person: If you have questions or concerns related to the Parish Year of the Eucharistic Revival or the National Congress, contact Zach Rawson, email@example.com.
Catholic Charities of Southern Minnesota offers respectful, compassionate, and professional Mental Health Clinical Counseling services to help individuals, couples and families deal with a variety of concerns. They accept most insurances or offer a sliding fee. For more information call 507-287-2047.
Hallow has provided a QR code to download an app to be engaged in prayer this Lent. There is a free trial period, then there is a charge to continue after the initial trial.
Vocation Information Weekend - February 24 – 26 IHM Seminary will host a weekend for young men to experience seminary life. Any young men interested discerning diocesan priesthood is welcome to contact Fr. Jason Kern (firstname.lastname@example.org), Vocations Director, for more information about this opportunity.
The first quarter of the Franciscan Missions India Collection will be on the weekend of March 2nd and 3rd. Please plan to support this Mission.
Throughout Lent, CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES’ RICE BOWL CAMPAIGN collects your donations to make a difference to those in need. Lenten almsgiving enables us to grow in generosity, actively participate in the body of Christ and respond to God’s call to love and care for others. Visit CRSRICEBOWL.ORG to give online or use your envelope in your contributions packet to give during Lent.
Trauma REBOOT: If you are a person living with the effects of trauma, there is hope. This is a 12-week, faith based, peer-led course empowering everyday people to overcome trauma and embrace a brighter future. To learn more go to https://rebootrecovery.com/trauma/
Dates and locations have changed. To register, please contact Marilyn at email@example.com as soon as possible.
Please remember to check the back page of the bulletin and support our sponsors!
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.
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.
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.
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.