Tri-Parish Mass Intentions
You are invited to pray the rosary 1/2 hour prior to masses.
9:00 am - Brewster
† Jack Strouth
9:00 am - Windom
† Ed Grunewald
5:00 pm - Brewster
† Paul & LaVerna Schaffer
8:00 am - Heron Lake
† Fr. Clayton Haberman
10:00 am - Windom
† Donald Frank
5:30 pm - Windom
† Al Purrington
9:30 am - Heron Lake
† Joe Salentiny
9:00 am - Brewster
† Jared Bohn
5:30 pm - Windom
† Lorraine Anderson
5:00 pm - Brewster
8:00 am - Heron Lake
† Milton & Tom Wolff
10:00 am - Windom
† Jerel Ahrens
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.
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.
Total attendance at each Mass is limited to 50% 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
Remeber to remove your mask at communion time, line up in single file staying 6 ft. apart, and sanitize your hands. Thank you.
DO YOU WANT TO FAST THIS LENT?
- Fast from hurting words and say kind words.
- Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
- Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
- Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
- Fast from worries and have trust in God.
- Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.
- Fast from pressures and be prayerful.
- Fast from bitterness and fill your hearts with joy.
- Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others.
- Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
- Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.
~ In the words of Pope Francis
Weekly Gospel Meditation
St. Oscar Romero said, “Aspire not to have more, but to be more.” These powerful words provide the perfect framework for a conversion oriented Lenten experience. God is giving us this Lenten sign to stop being concerned about what you have and focus on who you are. This requires that we create a desert space and listen more attentively for God to reveal His presence. It is all so wonderfully simple on the one hand and so incredibly challenging on the other. The message is simple: love God, neighbor, and self. Those simple words make great sense, but we struggle translating them into reality. Our attachments, compulsions, obsessions, addictions, routines, and busyness all anchor us to the “idol of the self,” keeping us mired in our compulsive need for self‑aggrandizement. It’s not about us!
God vowed, long ago, to nurture, sustain and protect the relationship He has with His people. He called us into being, nurtures us in being, and sustains us in being. Without the Loving Divine Presence, all life would cease. Once we slow down a bit and clear away some of the clutter, we can see how the journey of our life is unfolding. We can see what brings us in and out of tune with God’s love and how we can better imitate God’s loving fidelity in our relationship with Him. In short, we will see our myopic short sightedness and figure out how we can better share the Divine Fire with others. Lent isn’t just about giving stuff up for forty days and indulging again at Easter. We need to push things much farther and wrestle with the question of how we can be more. “Being more” means becoming more fully alive and in touch with the holiness of life and the divinity that lives in and empowers all beings and things. It is realizing that the “quality” of our presence is crucial to being an effective witness and herald of God’s unconditional love.
The illusion we have bought into causes us to believe that the wrong things and systems matter. We tirelessly fight to keep things the way they are, to return to the former ways of doing things or restore some nostalgic fantasy memory of “life in the good old days.” Lent isn’t about maintaining what we have or returning to something that is gone. It’s about becoming something new. It’s about being more focused, centered, convicted, and grounded so that we can be a person who truly loves and treasures being made in the image of God. The secret to Gospel living is not found in accumulating anything for ourselves, even merit points for heaven. Gospel living means learning how to live with less so that others can live with more. The thought of permanently giving something up makes us feel uncomfortable. Truth often does.
God’s Grace and blessing to Cora Haberman, Easton Holden and Morgan Liepold for completing the requirements for First Reconciliation on Feb. 3, 2021.
Stations of the Cross, led by our Faith Formation students, will begin at 7:00PM, each Wednesday of Lent. There will not be Mass. FF classes will meet immediately after Stations. A presentation of the Stations may also be viewed on the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Facebook page.
Faith Formation Lenten project will include each family taking a Rice Bowl home for their donations, plus each classroom will also have one available for collection until the end of Lent. Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl is a Lenten Almsgiving Program to support their work in over 100 countries each year. 25% of donations to the Rice Bowl stay in the local diocese, supporting hunger and poverty alleviation efforts. The other 75% benefits those suffering overseas. Please support project Rice Bowl; you may also use the envelope available in your packets.
CCW Vacant Positions: The Service Commission of Family Concerns and the CCW Vice President position are still vacant. If you’re interested in filling any one of these positions, please contact Dianne Freking for details.
Support your church by placing your contributions, before or after Mass, in the baskets available on the tables in the church entrance. You may also mail them to Sacred Heart Church, PO Box 377, Heron Lake, MN 56137. Thank you for your support.
The Christian Steward is one who receives God’s gifts gratefully, cherishes and tends them in a responsible and accountable manner, shares them in justice and love with others, and returns them with increase to the Lord. Please support the 2021 Catholic Ministries Appeal so that we may Share the Light of Hope!
Ditty Bags: Please participate in this worthwhile CCW Lenten project, helping the less fortunate with the list of personal hygiene items attached to the bag. Filled ditty bags should be returned to the tubs at church by Palm Sunday, March 28th. Thank you.
Cancellation of Sunday Mass will be announced on KDOM, Worthington Radio Stations, and on Sacred Heart’s FB page. If public school is closed due to adverse weather, then weekday Mass is also cancelled. Families will receive a message from your child’s teacher if Wed. Faith Formation classes are cancelled.
Respect Life “Just before “Brianna’s” scheduled C‑section, physician Brent Boles asked her if she’d allow a photo to be taken once the baby was born. He wouldn’t share any identifying information with the world, he said, just the photo ‑ a photo to celebrate human life, a photo to explain just why he provides the ever‑growing Abortion Pill Reversal regimen to women looking to undo their chemical abortions. Brianna happily agreed, and a little bit later, a gripping photo of a newborn baby, crying under the blaze of operating room lights was captured. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but it is worth the effort.” For information, see www.abortionpillreversal.com .
The Mary Jo Copeland trailer will be open on the first Tuesday and the third Saturday of each month. Please do not leave items in the church entry.
2021 Catholic Ministries Appeal Kick‑Off on Feb. 13‑14: Each year, the Bishop asks for the participation of the more than 34,000 Catholics living in the Diocese to support the Catholic Ministries Appeal. He asks us to generously support the many ongoing ministries of the Church that provide educational, pastoral, and charitable outreach to those living in the Diocese. This year’s theme is Share the Light of Hope. Letters to parishioners have been mailed out. Please consider making your charitable donation to this important appeal soon.
Mercy In Motion Campaign: ‘Give Drink to the Thirsty: ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again; but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life’ (Jn 4:13‑14). This week, answer Christ’s call to Give Drink to the Thirsty by
- Using Lectio Divina to pray with the story of the Woman at the Well;
- Drinking only water for a day (no other beverages) or making a conscious effort to conserve water when you shower or brush your teeth;
- Giving the gift of water by supporting the work of Catholic Relief Services in digging wells in other countries.
For more ideas on how to put Christ’s Mercy in Motion this Lent, visit www.ccsomn.org/mercyinmotion.’
Courier’s February 2021 issue can be found at the link below. Enjoy!
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.
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 privately until further notice.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
The Sacrament of Reconciliation still available by appointment for each Parish.