SacredHeart Heron Lake
Schedule
Tri-Parish Weekend Mass
Check bulletin for time changes
Tuesday
5:30 pm  -  Windom
Wednesday
9:30 am  -  Lakeview A/L
Thursday
9:00 am  -  Brewster
Friday
9:30 am  -  Sogge Home
Saturday
5:00 pm  -  Brewster
Sunday
8:00 am  -  Heron Lake
10:00 am  -  Windom
11:45 am  -  Windom Spanish
(check bulletin for 11:45 mass)
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 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:37-44
Weekly Gospel Reflection

What does it mean to be worthy? There are a few different ways to approach this question. Today’s Gospel highlights two: the way of the Pharisees and the way of John the Baptist. Our faith values good works and discipleship. Perhaps, then, we “earn” our worth by adhering to the right doctrines and following the right pious practice. The Pharisees thought they were worthy. Due to their religious pedigree and proper procedures, they were self-satisfied. John the Baptist’s words to them are strong. “Do not resume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’” Of course, Jesus (and John) don’t omit the responsibility for moral behavior. John gives the Pharisees quite a strong warning in that regard. “Produce good fruit as evidence of your repentance ... every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”

It’s a question of attitude. Of disposition. It’s a matter of the heart. If anyone would be worthy in this scenario, it’s John the Baptist. Jesus himself will name him the greatest of prophets and a great man. John, however, recognizes his own lowly place in the grand scheme of things. “The one who is coming after me is mightier than I. I am not worthy to carry his sandals.” The Pharisees take pride in being “better” than others. John embraces humility in Christ being “better” than him. We don’t self-generate our own worthiness. We receive it as a gift from God.

In a few short weeks, we’ll celebrate the birth of Christ. Bishop Ven. Fulton Sheen wrote about the Nativity in his “Life of Christ”: “Because [Jesus] was born in a cave, all who wish to see Him must stoop. To stoop is the mark of humility. The proud refuse to stoop and, therefore, they miss divinity.” God invites us to prepare our hearts this Advent. When you consider your own life, where are you looking for your worth? This Christmas, are you prepared to stoop?

OUR TRI PARISH COMMUNAL PENANCE SERVICE will beheld from 6pm to 7pm on Tuesday, December 10th, at St. Francis Xavier Church. We will have 3 – 4 priests available to hear confessions.
DONATIONS to the Annual Catholic Ministries Appeal are the primary source of funding to help sustain and expand ministries in our Diocese. If we fall short of goal, the remainder will be taken from our Parish general operating funds. Please consider a donation if you are able. Thank you.
ANGEL TREE GIFT PROGRAM: Please bring your unwrapped gifts and place them in the box at the side alter. Gifts should be returned to church no later than Sunday, December 15th by 9:00AM. Be sure to attach the gift tag you were given with the number on it, so the correct gift is given to each child.
LITURGICAL MINISTRY ROLES for the months of December and January are available for you to pick up from the church entrance. PLEASE find a substitute if you are unable to be there on your scheduled dates. Roles are also available for viewing on our website. Just visit us on http://sacredheartheronlake.org and click on Liturgy Roles under the Bulletins Tab. Thank you for all you do.
THE SERVICE COMMISSION of Family Concerns is vacant. If you’re interested in filling this position within your CCW please contact Dianne Freking for details. We are also looking for someone to chair the Funeral Care Committee. Please consider volunteering. Thank you.
DID YOU KNOW your purchases can make a difference? AmazonSmile donates to Sacred Heart Church when you do your holiday shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/
CATHOLIC EXTENSION 2020 CALENDARS, compliments of the Osterberg Funeral Homes, can be found on the tables at the entrance of the church. Please remember to pick one up and thank our sponsors for providing them again this year!
MEMORIAL MASS for the deceased of the Catholic Order of Foresters, Court #970, will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 11th, at 7:40pm. Roll call of the deceased COF will be prior to Mass at 7:15pm. Please join the Faith Formation students and their parents at this Mass.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION will be 9:00 11:00am on Saturdays of Advent, December 7th, 14th, & 21st. So that there will be someone present throughout the entire Adoration time, please sign up and com4plete the scheduling on the sheets found in the main entrance to Church. Come and spend a quiet hour with the Lord.
OUR TRI PARISH COMMUNAL PENANCE SERVICE will be held from 6:00 – 7:00PM on Tuesday, December 10th, at St. Francis Xavier Church following the 5:30 Mass in Windom.
A SECOND COLLECTION will be taken this weekend, December 7th / 8th, for Retirement Fund for Religious and Catholic University. There is an envelope in your packets for this DOW-R approved collection.
ON DECEMBER 14th / 15th a second collection for the FRANCISCAN MISSION-INDIA will be taken to help the lepers, and the poor of India. Please be generous.
RESPECT LIFE: Sunday, Dec. 8, 9:00 to 1:00 am nationwide: National Night of Prayer for Life. If you cannot attend and/or your parish is not taking part in this event, please offer a Rosary or pray individually for the pre-born babies at risk of abortion, for reparation for the sins against life, and for a revival of our country back to our God.
TRI-PARISH EVENT: SACRED HEART BREWSTER will be hosting a Tri Parish gathering on Saturday, December 7, beginning at 2:00pm with social time, serving beverages and goodies. From 2:30 - 4:30, Jeannette Fortier from Rochester will be entertaining us with her Bible stories, humor and singing. Jeannette will be speaking about "Special Gifts", and how we all have them. Her engaging personality is contagious! We invite everyone from our Tri Parish to come and celebrate our Advent gathering.
CONTRIBUTIONS FOR 2019 must be received by Sunday, December 29th, to be included for this tax year. ALL contributions received after December 29, 2019, will be reported with 2020 giving statements. Please plan accordingly.
The ‘ARTS AT ST. JOSEPH’ presents the Browns Classic Christmas on Sunday, December 8, 2019, at 4:30pm, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Milford, IA. The Browns bring the JOY of the Christmas Season with their singing and instrumental songs and carols performed in their ‘Branson Style’. A reception will follow this free Advent concert in the Parish Center.
CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE IN TRI PARISH
Christmas Eve: Tuesday, December 24th
Sacred Heart of Brewster 3:30pm
Sacred Heart of Heron Lake 5:00pm
Saint Francis Xavier of Windom 7:00pm
Christmas Day: Wednesday, December 25th
Spanish Mass, Windom 10:00am
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.