SacredHeart Heron Lake
Tri-Parish Mass Intentions
Friday (08-07)
5:30 pm  -  Windom
† Communion Service
Saturday (08-08)
5:00 pm  -  Brewster
† Joe & Marie McCarvel
Sunday (08-09)
8:00 am  -  Heron Lake
† Nick Henkels & Paula Eidhammer
10:00 am  -  Windom
† Greg Schoborg
Tuesday (08-11)
5:30 pm  -  Windom
† Jim Schwalbach
Wednesday (08-12)
9:30 am  -  Heron Lake
† Karen Mathias
Thursday (08-13)
9:00 am  -  Brewster
† Laurie Haberman
Friday (08-14)
5:30 pm  -  Windom
† Al Purrington
Saturday (08-15)
5:00 pm  -  Brewster
† Sylvester & Loralie Schmitz
Sunday (08-16)
8:00 am  -  Heron Lake
† MaDonna Hullerman
10:00 am  -  Windom
† Jim Schwalbach
Know that Fr. Pratap includes all of us in his daily prayers and private Mass intentions.
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.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FR. PRATAP!!
Thursday, July 2nd

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

Protocols for the public celebration of the Eucharist (MASS) during the Pandemic Restrictions
Wear a Mask, Maintain a social distance of 6 feet from others, Sanitize your hands at the entrance of the Church, Wait for ushers to guide you to a pew.

My Responsibilities when choosing to participate in the celebration of the Eucharist:

  1. When in good health and with no cold, cough and fever, I choose to participate in the celebration of the Eucharist.
  2. I wear a mask to the Church, sanitize my hands at the entrance of the Church and wait for ushers to guide me to a pew. Please do not enter Church without a mask.
  3. Prior to receiving Communion, I sanitize my hands, follow social distancing and receive Communion reverently in my hand. Ushers will direct the Communion line.
  4. I’ll drop my offertory envelope in a basket placed at the entrances of the Church.
  5. I will collect my own bulletin.
  6. If I am able, I’ll volunteer to assist in liturgical or ministry roles.
  7. The faithful should be aware that the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains dispensed until further notice.

Click here for the guidelines as suggested by Minnesota Department of Health.

While you are staying safe at home you can find daily gospel messages from Bishop Quinn at the Dioceses FaceBook page. If you have Facebook – go to the page for the Diocese of Winona‑Rochester and “like” the page, and these videos should show up on your Facebook newsfeed. https://www.facebook.com/DioceseWinonaRochester/videos/228448054972275/

You can find the daily readings at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/

Please stay home when you can and stay safe.

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.

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
Weekly Gospel Meditation
Many people in our world are hungry and thirsty. This hunger and thirst go well beyond physical needs for food, security, and shelter. Many are emotionally and spiritually parched, too. Behind every act of violence is a soul who hungers. People live with relationships that actually starve them. They are abused, exploited, disrespected, laughed at, and marginalized. There is a lot of confusion and inner pain that needs to be acknowledged and expressed. We all long to be understood and loved, even when our inner demons or who I am make it difficult to be. Do you live with inner confusion and pain? Folks often wander through life without any real direction or purpose and take their cues from what seems satisfying or popular at the moment. The deeper dots of our lives can easily remain unconnected, and we can find ourselves without grounding, purpose, or real happiness. Life becomes shallow and without real purpose as we hunger and thirst for an ultimate love.
It’s easier to see the physical hungers and thirsts. We try to respond to these as best we can. Much more needs to be done. With all that God’s earth can provide, nobody ought to face sleep at night with a belly that’s empty. It’s sinful. It’s unjust. But isn’t all hunger unjust? It doesn’t need to be, and it should not be. Just as no one ought to be physically hungry and thirsty, there is really no need to be emotionally or spiritually deficient either. If we have more privileges at our fingertips, it is easier to try to satisfy our emotional and spiritual hungers and thirst by acting on impulse or self‑indulgence, carelessly following passions, or by seeking self‑destructive ways to dull the ache of emptiness.
Folks need to know where to look for nourishment and need the right friends to help them find it. We may not think that we have enough to respond to and to satisfy all of the needs, but we do. It doesn’t take much. Five loaves and two fish provided for a huge crowd. With God, all things are possible. Our faith provides the direction for where God’s children must go to find the nourishment they seek. It also tells us how to structure life so that justice and equity can be a reality for all. It also tells us how to respond to pain, sinfulness, and confusion. Come to the water and then help another get there.
Remember to remove your mask at communion time, line up in single file staying 6 ft. apart, and sanitize your hands. Thank you.
Support your church by placing your contributions, before or after Mass, in the baskets available on the tables in church entrance. You may also mail them to Sacred Heart Church, PO Box 377, Heron Lake, MN 56137. An online option is also available. Without the financial assistance and prayers of our faithful members, we would not be the parish that we are today. Thank you for your contributions!
For more information on COVID relief fund ‑ Sponsored by Catholic Charities of So. Minnesota, check with your office.
Flower donations appreciated. If you have flowers from your gardens or wish to purchase and donate flowers for summer altar décor, contact Mary Mathias at 793‑2615, and, please leave message.
Contribution statements reflecting your sacrificial giving from Jan. 1—June 30, 2020 have been mailed out. Please contact Carmen at 793‑2357 if you have any questions. (Parish office will be closed on Tues., August 11th.)
First Communion will be Wednesday, August 19th, at 6:00 PM, for our 1st Communicants and their families only. Masks are mandatory. Please keep Trae Janssen, Brynn Erickson and Braiden Olsem in our prayers as they receive the Holy Eucharist for the first time.
The CCW quarterly meeting has been canceled for August at SH ‑ Heron Lake.
Extra contribution baskets will be available for the FRANCISCAN MISSION‑INDIA collections, and for the Mission Appeal for Catholic Diocese of Butare located in Rwanda‑Africa. Please be aware of which basket you are placing your special and regular contributions in. Thank you.
The Mary Joe Copeland trailer is full!! Please do not leave items in the Church entry, hall, or by the trailer. We will announce in the bulletin, the announcements , and our FB page when it is open again.
The missalettes will be placed in the back of the churches. Please feel free to take one but be sure to take it home and bring back to use each week. If left behind, it will have to be thrown away.
These last months have been incredibly difficult on all of us and marriages have suffered! Please let us help you to find enrichment, joy, and hope in your relationship! Register for the August 29‑30 Marriage Encounter Weekends are held at Mt. Olivet Conference and Retreat Center in Farmington. Visit www.marriages.org for additional information or call 651‑454‑3228.
Sacred Heart Parish of Heron Lake has a job opening for office personnel performing secretarial work, answering phone, recording historical records, and other duties. Minimum 4 hours per week. Flexible schedule. Requires good people skills, organizational and computer skills, preferably including MS Word, Excel and Publisher. The candidate needs to be a practicing Catholic and willing to work with people of all ages. If interested, please contact Carmen at 507‑793‑2357 or stop in the office.
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.
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 privately until further notice.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
The Sacrament of Reconciliation still available by appointment for each Parish.