SacredHeart Heron Lake
Schedule
Tri-Parish Mass Intentions
Friday (1-31)
9:30 am  -  Sogge Home
† Lorraine Mathias
Thursday (2-6)
9:00 am  -  Brewster
† Carole Haberman
Friday (2-7)
9:30 am  -  Sogge Home
† Kenneth Winker
Saturday (2-8)
5:00 pm  -  Brewster
† Edwin McGillick
Sunday (2-9)
8:00 am  -  Heron Lake
† Leonard & Viola Liepold
10:00 am  -  Windom
† Albert & Cecelia Frank
11:45 am  -  Spanish Mass (Windom)
† Irma Fast
Tuesday (2-11)
5:30 pm  -  Windom
† Jess & Charlotte Bayliss
Wednesday (2-12)
9:30 am  -  Lakeview A/L
† Viola Liepold
Thursday (2-13)
9:00 am  -  Brewster
† Jared Bohn
Friday (2-14)
9:30 am  -  Sogge Home
† Rodney Miranowski
Saturday (2-15)
5:00 pm  -  Brewster
† Sylvester & Loralie Schmitz
Sunday (2-16)
8:00 am  -  Heron Lake
† Ben & Dorothy Vanderheiden
10:00 am  -  Windom
† Michael Unger
FUN SUNDAY - Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Heron Lake
February 16, 2020 9:00am to 1:00pm
Please join us for Games, Bingo, Cake Walk & Raffle
Menu: Coffee cake and coffee after Mass Bar-B-Q’s – Hotdogs - Chips - Nachos Fruit cup - Pie - Beverages
CCW Fundraiser
Everyone is Welcome!
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, fountain of eternal life, Your Heart is a glowing furnace of Love. You are my refuge and my sanctuary.
St. Gertrude the Great

We, the parishioners of Sacred Heart, welcome you to join our parish community.  On this website you will find information about our parish, including Mass Times, how to contact the Parish Office, information about faith formation programs and more.
Readings: Isaiah 58:7-10, 1 Corinthians 2:1-5, Matthew 5:13-16
Weekly Gospel Reflection
What does it mean to be salt and light? If we listen carefully to Jesus’ words, we gain some direction. To be salt means to bring taste, zest, and joy to life. We are asked to liven things up a bit by allowing the joy of our faith to spill over into the lives of others. Only a sincere and deep relationship with God can freshen up humanity and set it on proper course. To be light means that our faith must translate into action so that we can be Christ for others and extend the same arm of mercy and compassion that Christ did. Our acts of piety, then, cannot be directed solely at ourselves. Prayer is never about self-benefit but must always be directed toward union with God, deepening our relationships with one another and learning how to be effective stewards of the beautiful universe God has entrusted to our care.
The Master gives us wise direction in terms of how we can best become the salt and light he desires. Listen carefully to the Beatitudes. Think about the oppression and alienation that exists in our world, the violence and prejudice, the anger and the hatred, the fear and the shame. All of these things require action. The poor need food, housing, and clothes. Hatred must be replaced by love. Retaliation and violence by forgiveness. Our thoughts and speech can become more like Christ. We can change and continue to change. Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman said, “To live is to change and to be perfect is to have changed often.”
But it doesn’t end with just offering the bandages needed to heal wounds. It must go deeper. We must ask ourselves what has happened that we have found ourselves in this place with these wounds and divisions. What are their causes? Together we must address these systemic problems, politically and spiritually, and face the truth. Only then will we truly be salt and light. But then again, we may not like what the light shows us.
©LPi
THE PARISH OFFICE will be closed the week of February 10th ‑ 15th. Please contact Fr. Pratap if you need a priest. Please plan accordingly.
FEBRUARY ISSUES of the Courier and The Word Among Us are available at the entrances of the church. Please take a copy home of each.
FAITH FORMATION CLASSES will not be held Sunday, February 16th, due to President’s Day break. If Faith Formation Classes are cancelled it will be announced on KDOM radio Windom and Radioworks Worthington Radio. If school is still in session it will be announced at the HS for the Wednesday evening classes.
NEXT CCW MEETING will be in the church hall on Tuesday, February 11th, at 7:00PM. The Council is still looking for a Vice-President, Treasurer and Funeral Committee Chair. Please support your guild chairs as they request your assistance with the upcoming Fun Day.
FUN SUNDAY begins immediately after Mass on Feb. 16th, with coffee cake, games, Bingo, the cake walk, and a raffle. The CCW will be serving Bar-B-Q, hotdogs/ coney, nachos and chips, fruit cups, pie and beverages for lunch. Everyone is welcome to join the FUN! Raffle tickets available.
RAFFLE TICKETS and money can be mailed to: Dianne Freking, 90607 350th Ave, Heron Lake, MN. Preferably drop your tickets in the collection or bring them down to FUN SUNDAY on February 16th. (Alternate snow date is February 23rd)
JUVENILE FORESTERS please see Kevin Leopold down in the church hall on Fun Day to get your free activity/game tickets!
LITURGICAL MINISTRY ROLES for the months of February/ March are now available for you to pick up from the church entrance. Roles are also available for viewing on our website. See sacredheartheronlake.org/bulletin/ and click on the Liturgy Roles Tab. Please remember to find a substitute if you are unable to fulfill your assigned role.
MISSION QUILTING will meet on Tuesdays at 1:30PM in Steger Hall, weather permitting.
THE KICK-OFF for the 2020 annual Catholic Ministries Appeal is February 16, 2020.
SOMEONE HAS BEEN CREATING EMAILS that are supposedly from Fr. Pratap asking for money for various things. These emails ARE NOT from Fr. Pratap. If you receive one, please do not open it. It is a scam!
PRE-CANA RETREAT DATES:
Saturday, March 7: St. Charles Borromeo Parish, St. Charles
Saturday, March 28: St. Thomas More Newman Center, Mankato
Saturday, May 16: St. Thomas More Newman Center, Mankato
Saturday, July 28: St. John Vianney Parish, Fairmont
A DEFENSIVE DRIVER ‑ FOUR HOUR REFRESHER COURSE will take place Thursday March 12, 2020 from 1-5pm at the Heron Lake Community Center. Pre-Registration Fee is $20, At-door Registration Fee is $25. Register by Monday, March 2nd by calling the Heron Lake Okabena High School or Lisa Fest at 507-853-4507 or email lisa.fest@isd330.org.
TRI PARISH EVENT: Sacred Heart of Heron Lake will host a Tri Parish Lenten Day Retreat on Saturday, March 7th, beginning at 1pm. Deacon Vern Behrends will share his faith journey and talk about Lenten practices and their significance. All Tri Parish members are invited and encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served!
RECERTIFICATION TRAINING: The diocesan Safe Environment Office will again launch Keeping Our Promise Alive 3.0, a VIRTUS® online recertification training for anyone who completed the “VIRTUS live training” in 2014 or earlier. In February, a recertification notice will be sent to those who completed the training in 2015. Employees and volunteers of DOW-R parishes or schools that are due for recertification will receive an email from VIRTUS Online with credentials to login and complete the training. This training takes 30-40 minutes. This mandatory recertification training must be completed in order for parishes and schools to be compliant with the diocesan Safe Environment Policy.
OUR TRI PARISH WILL BE PARTICIPATING in a workshop on Missionary Discipleship on March 31st at St. Adrian Church. The purpose of this workshop is 4-fold: 1) To introduce more thoroughly our diocesan initiative, Encounter Jesus: Living as Missionary Disciples developed under the leadership of Bishop Quinn. 2) To give priests and staff/invested parishioners a heads up that we will launch this initiative diocesan-wide beginning with the Easter Season. 3) To offer background and guidance in preparing for our diocesan Ministry Days gathering on June 15-16, which will focus a shift from “maintenance” to a “mission” culture. 4) To share Bishop Quinn’s request that every parish or cluster develop and submit a mission plan by the end of the calendar year. This workshop will explain what this is and the support parishes can receive in developing their plan. Ministry Days will provide part of that support. They would like up to 6 people from each parish to attend. We must RSVP by February 28th. If you are interested in attending, please let Fr. Pratap or your parish office coordinator know.
RESPECT LIFE: 40 Days for Life is an internationally-coordinated 40 day campaign that aims to end abortion locally, through prayer and fasting, community outreach, and a peaceful all-day vigil in front of abortion businesses. Since 2007 when it began, 16,742 pre-born babies have been saved, 104 abortion centers have closed, and 196 abortion workers have quit, plus mothers and fathers have been spared the heart ache of abortion. The next campaign is February 26 -April 5. For a location near you, see www.40daysforlife.com.
PILGRIMAGE TO IRELAND AND NORTHERN IRELAND: Come along Nov. 9-19 to what is claimed by many to be the most beautiful place on earth, the Emerald Isle! We’ll visit Belfast, Derry, Knock, Galway, Killarney, Blarney, Dublin and so much more! Mass each day in great Churches and Cathedrals along the way! Cost is $3,379 with departure from Omaha. For a brochure and more information, contact Fr. Dan Guenther, St. Mary’s Parish, 311 ‑ 4th St. N., Humboldt, Iowa 50548 or call 712-899-6870 or email frdanguenther@gmail.com
ASH WEDNESDAY MASSES IN THE TRI-PARISH
February 26, 2020
Sacred Heart Brewster - 9:00am
Sacred Heart Heron Lake - 6:00pm
St. Francis Xavier Windom - 7:30pm
Malachi 3:1‑4; Hebrews 2:14‑18; Luke 2:22‑40 or 2:22‑32
Weekly Gospel Reflection
“Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in the sight of all the peoples: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel.” Very often, having more light is not something we desire as it forces us to confront something we really do not want to see. There can be comfort found in darkness. It has an eerie sense of security to it. We do not have to challenge ourselves or be challenged and can simply exist in some fabricated state of self‑fabricated blissfulness. Jesus came to bring light, and it is a light that is resisted by many and hated by some. It is a light that causes us to see things as they really are and not as we would want or need them to be.
It is no wonder then that Simeon boldly and honestly proclaims to Mary, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted and you yourself a sword will pierce so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” We have to take the Gospel message as it is and not just use those parts that are useful to us or more palatable. Taking Jesus at face value can and will lead to turmoil and dissention. Hearts will be pierced. Whether we like it, Jesus’ proclamation of what the world God created really ought to look like has real and absolute social implications.
It has a lot to say about how we treat our brothers and sisters: spiritually, personally, economically, and globally. It has everything to do with the poor, the immigrant, the scared, the unborn, the vulnerable, the sick, and the broken. The light opens us to a challenging, table‑turning experience that may not be something we want to see but shows us where we need to be.
©LPi
FAITH FORMATION CLASSES will not be held on Sunday, February 16th, due to President’s Day break. If Faith Formation Classes are cancelled it will be announced on KDOM radio Windom and Radioworks Worthington Radio. If school is still in session it will be announced at the HS for the Wednesday evening classes.
THE PARISH OFFICE will be closed the week of February 10th ‑ 15th. Please contact Fr. Pratap if you need a priest. Announcements for the Feb. 9th & 16th bulletins must beto Carmen by noon on Feb. 4th. Please plan accordingly.
NEXT CCW MEETING will be in the church hall on Tuesday, February 11th, at 7:00PM. The Council is still looking for a Vice‑President, Treasurer and Funeral Committee Chair. Please support your guild chairs as they request your assistance with the upcoming Fun Day.
RAFFLE TICKETS and money can be mailed to: Dianne Freking, 90607 350th Ave, Heron Lake, MN. Preferably drop your tickets in the collection or bring them down to FUN SUNDAY on February 16th. (Alternate snow date is February 23rd)
LITURGICAL MINISTRY ROLES for the months of February/March are now available for you to pick up from the church entrance. Roles are also available for viewing on our website. See http:// sacredheartheronlake.org and click on the Liturgy Roles Tab. Please remember to find a substitute if you are unable to fulfill your assigned role.
MISSION QUILTING will meet on Tuesdays at 1:30PM in Steger Hall, weather permitting.
CHECK THE CHURCH KITCHEN to see if there’s a pan or bowl that belongs to you. As Fun Day approaches it would be nice to remove clutter and have extra work space. Thanks!
FUN DAY is February 16th, from 9AM ‑ 1PM. CCW asks each family to donate $5.00 to help cover expenses, which can be dropped in the collection in a marked envelope. Guild chairs will be soliciting for pies, cakes and workers. Please contact Lisa Carlson 507‑221‑0234 or Cheri Rademacher at 507‑842‑5345, if you have a raffle item or cash prize you wish to donate. You may also drop your raffle prize donations at LISA’S HAIRSTYLING during regular business hours. This year’s theme is Jesus Loves You SNOW Much!
JUVENILE FORESTERS please see Kevin Leopold down in the church hall on Fun Day to get your free activity/game tickets!
THE JR FORESTER SKI TRIP to Mount Kato is Sunday, March 1st, leaving Heron Lake at 12:00PM Skiing from 2 ‑ 6:30PM; cost is $19 for ski rentals. Lift tickets will be paid for by COF. Transportation available. Please call Kevin Leopold ASAP (793‑2894) so plans can be made for the number interested.
PRE‑CANA RETREAT DATES:
Saturday, March 7: St. Charles Borromeo Parish, St. Charles
Saturday, March 28: St. Thomas More Newman Center, Mankato
Saturday, May 16: St. Thomas More Newman Center, Mankato
Saturday, July 28: St. John Vianney Parish, Fairmont
Wedding Question: Why do Catholic weddings need to take place in a church?
Answer: Technically, there is a clause in Church law that could allow for weddings to take place outside of a church, in a suitable space under special circumstances, but it requires the rare permission of the bishop. But the meaning of marriage goes very, very deep, and the Church has a vested interest in protecting that meaning. As Catholics, we don’t see a wedding as an event that needs a pleasing backdrop.
Marriage is a sacrament, both an occasion of joyful promise and symbolic solemnity. It is a spiritual event. The loving bond of marriage symbolizes the mystical union between Christ and his Church. The man and woman profess lifelong vows of fidelity, and they receive supernatural grace from God to keep their promises. Receiving the sacrament of Marriage in a church has broader symbolic meaning for the couple as well. Marriage isn’t simply two people in isolation from the world around them. Marriage is the joining of families and the beginning of a new, holy mission in the life of the couple. Weddings are sacred occasions, and it’s fitting that they occur in sacred spaces.
©LPi
THE KICK‑OFF for the 2020 annual Catholic Ministries Appeal is February 16, 2020.
RECERTIFICATION TRAINING: In January, the diocesan Safe Environment Office will again launch Keeping Our Promise Alive 3.0, a VIRTUS® online recertification training for anyone who completed the “VIRTUS live training” in 2014 or earlier. In February, a recertification notice will be sent to those who completed the training in 2015. Employees and volunteers of DOW‑R parishes or schools that are due for recertification will receive an email from VIRTUS Online with credentials to login and complete the training. This training takes 30 ‑ 40 minutes. This mandatory recertification training must be completed in order for parishes and schools to be compliant with the diocesan Safe Environment Policy.
MUMS: Are you a young mom, interested in meeting other moms? Moms Uplifting Moms is the group for you! MUMS meets at Alliance Church in Mountain Lake from 9 ‑ 11am on the first Tuesday of each month. Every meeting includes fellowship, prayer, snack, and encouragement for moms! Childcare provided. We also need volunteers for childcare during those two hours, as many retired this year. Contact Katelin Brown or Ellie Schulte for more information. We would love to have you!
12 DAY EUROPE & OBERAMMERGAU PILGRIMAGE, July 6 ‑ 17, 2020, Roundtrip airfare from Minneapolis, 2 Meals/Day, 1st Class Hotels, Tips to Guides & Drivers, $4,390/Person from Mpls. For Further Information, please contact Fr. Michael Cronin, 507‑452‑5656, MNGERMANY2020@gmail.com
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RESPECT LIFE: Join us, along with Mary American Life League launched the Marian Blue Wave this past October. Its goal is to end abortion, with the help of our Blessed Mother and her Son. It is a call to Catholics across America to pray a weekly Rosary with the specific intentions of ending all clinical, chemical, medical, and surgical abortions and shutting down every Planned Parenthood facility in the United States. It all began when Bishop Joseph Strickland of the Diocese of Tyler, Texas tweeted that “what this country needs is a Marian Blue Wave.” Please consider joining this prayer movement! For information, see www.marianbluewave.com and https://www.all.org/ marian-blue-wave-aims-for-5000/.
DUE TO THE FLU VIRUS, the Common Chalice will not be offered at Mass until we get past the flu/cold season. Remember, if you are ill you are excused from the obligation to attend Mass.
PILGRIMAGE TO IRELAND AND NORTHERN IRELAND: Come along Nov. 919 to what is claimed by many to be the most beautiful place on earth, the Emerald Isle! We’ll visit Belfast, Derry, Knock, Galway, Killarney, Blarney, Dublin and so much more! Mass each day in great Churches and Cathedrals along the way! Cost is $3,379 with departure from Omaha. For a brochure and more information, contact Fr. Dan Guenther, St. Mary’s Parish, 311 ‑ 4th St. N., Humboldt, Iowa 50548 or call 712‑899‑6870 or email frdanguenther@gmail.com
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. Additionally, it will show the activity and progress as the 98 year old building undergoes a restoration. Posts and pictures will be added as the project moves through each phase. Presently, the steering committee is working through priorities and possibilities of what can be accomplished with the funds available. Please enjoy what we offer.
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 weekend Masses.