SacredHeart Heron Lake
Tri-Parish Mass Intentions
You are invited to pray the rosary 1/2 hour prior to masses.
Friday (7-12)
9:30 am  -  Sogge Home
† Colleen Ortmann
Saturday (7-13)
5:00 pm  -  Brewster
† Laurie Haberman
Sunday (7-14)
8:00 am  -  Heron Lake
† Deceased Members of Carl & Monica Bartosh Family
10:00 am  -  Windom
† Jim Sotebeer
Tuesday (7-16)
5:30 pm  -  Windom
† Thomas Brown
Wednesday (7-17)
9:00 am  -  Heron Lake
† Benny Seifert
Thursday (7-18)
9:00 am  -  Brewster
† Deceased Members of the Damm Family
Friday (7-19)
9:30 am  -  Sogge Home
† Ed Grunewald
Saturday (7-20)
5:00 pm  -  Brewster
† Judy Ouellette
Sunday (7-21)
8:00 am  -  Heron Lake
† Victor & Jean Carlson
10:00 am  -  Windom
† Richard Krueger
Know that our pastor includes all of us in his daily prayers and private Mass intentions.
If a Mass is cancelled, our pastor will include that scheduled Mass Intention at his private daily Mass. If you prefer it be rescheduled, please let your respective parish office know.
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.

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.

Adoration Schedule
Saturday July 13th 4:00-4:45
Sacred Heart Church Brewster
Sunday August 4th 11:00-12:00
Saint Francis Xavier Church Windom

1st Sun:  Windom  11 - 12
2nd Sat:  Brewster  4:00 - 4:45
Welcome to the family of God,
Paola Mendoza Flores, daughter of Jairo Anilder Mendoza Cordoba and Maria Carmen Flores Guzman, who was baptized on Saturday, June 29, 2024 at Sacred Heart in Heron Lake . God bless her and her family and a warm welcome from Sacred Heart Church to Paola.
Weekly Words from The Rock:
When God Says Yes to Our Prayers
In Chapter 9 of his book, Simple Steps to a Virtuous Life, Father Andrew Apostoli deals with “When God Says Yes to Our Prayers.” Last week, I began sharing the contents of Father Apostoli’s works and today I pick up where I left off.
It is Father Apostoli’s belief that God says yes to our prayers more often than no. When He does say yes, however, He may qualify his reply. He may say “Yes, right now,” for example, or “Yes, but you will have to wait a little while,” or “Yes, but you are going to have to wait a long time,” or “Yes, but you will be surprised.” The two we are going to look at today are “Yes, but you are going to have to wait a long time,” and “Yes, but you will be surprised.”
Sometimes God responds to our prayers by saying, “Yes, but you’re going to have to wait a long time.” This answer isn’t easy to take, but it reminds me of cooking with a slow cooker. You put a stew in the cooker at eight o’clock in the morning, and it’s still cooking at four o’clock in the afternoon. The juices blend together throughout the day, and you end up with a delicious stew.
The slow cooker symbolizes those prayer responses that are too important in fact, too precious to hurry through. God wants to give a savory gift, one that usually has a grace-filled impact not only for the petitioner but for many others who are affected by this slow-cooker prayer in ways only God could foresee.
Usually these slow-cooking prayers involve significant religious experiences, especially a person’s conversion. St. Francis, for example, prayed for nearly three years before he understood the form of religious life that Jesus wanted him to embrace so that he could be a special instrument in rebuilding the Church.
Saint Monica, another example of the rewards of long simmering prayer, prayed for years for the conversion of her husband. It was the conversion of her son, the great Saint Augustine, however, for which she is best known. Augustine said that his mother prayed for his conversion for sixteen years. She prayed in church twice a day, morning and evening, and Augustine said that the floor where she knelt in prayer was always wet with tears. She even asked a bishop to talk to her son, but he told Saint Monica that her son was not ready to listen to anyone. At this, Monica burst into tears, prompting the bishop to say, prophetically, that it would be impossible that the son of so many years would be lost.
God heard Monica’s prayers and saw her tears and said yes, but He made her wait a long time. Her prayers and her example have touched countless people over the centuries who identify with her anguished plea. What a marvelous grace God was preparing all those years “in the slow cooker.”
Sometimes the answers to our prayers involve an element of surprise, and God gives us more than we ever thought possible. At other times, He gives us something we really need although we may not have known we did. Since it’s not exactly the thing we prayed for, we find ourselves disappointed. Later, however, when we look back, we recognize the hand of God and know that the things that took place were really the answer to our prayer.
In closing, persevere in prayer and believe that, in some fashion, God answers our prayers.
Blessings to you!
Father Peter Schuster
Vocation View: Pray today for those whom God calls and sends as ministers of Good News. (Amos 7:12-15)
There will be confession available 1/2 hour before mass on Sundays.
Meetings: Pastoral and Finance Council meetings have been postponed to Tuesday, July 23rd. Pastoral at 6:30 PM and Finance at 7:15 PM.
All Youth Foresters will receive 2 free milkshake coupons for the Jackson County Fair. Please contact Mackenzie Erickson to pick up your coupons at 605 376-6638.
Thank You to the Catholic Order of Foresters for their donation of $3,504.24 towards the Raise The Roof repairs. This is the total with matching funds from their annual pancake breakfast. Thank you to everyone who helped make this a success!
Seminary Greetings,
Sacred Heart parish family. I am excited to announce that I have officially been accepted as a Seminarian for our Diocese of Winona Rochester. Over the past year I became aware of God’s call for me to enter the seminary and discern priestly formation and I must say it’s been a crazy and beautiful journey thus far. I also feel very blessed by the diocese for offering me a nine month pre-seminary online program that I have taken this past school year with around 80 other young men from across the country. It has taught me so much about our great faith! I am beyond excited to begin my time at Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Winona beginning on July 14th where I will partake in various retreats and semi nary life before classes begin in September. I would like to thank everyone who has shepherded, educated, guided, and supported me over the years, truly it’s been wonderful! If I could just humbly ask for each of your prayers as I begin this new journey I would be truly grateful. I firmly believe that prayer is the greatest gift we can give to each other. Please know that I am praying for each of you here at Sacred Heart as well. God is so good!
Joseph Bartosh
Heron Lake Senior Citizens Center will have Coffee & Rolls every Thurs. morning from 8-10 AM through the end of August. Everyone is welcome to attend.
A Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend is a private weekend away from the distractions of daily life for couples in good marriages. Give your marriage this gift! The next available Weekends are Aug 17-18, 2024 in Oakdale, MN and Nov 22-24, 2024 in Windom, MN. Early registration is highly recommended. For more information visit our website at: or contact Miki at or 507-227-8229.

Registration & information:
Pray For The National Eucharistic Revival which starts on July 17th and runs through the 21st in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Eucharistic Revival Prayer
Heavenly Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ, present to us in the Most Holy Eucharist. In Your unfathomable love you sent Your Only Son, so that by His Passion, Death, and Resurrection He might free us from sin and gain for us eternal life. Through baptism we become Your adopted sons and daughters, members of the Body of Christ, the Church.
Lord Jesus Christ, at the Last Supper You instituted the Eucharist, when You gave the apostles Your Body and Blood and commanded them to do this in memory of You. As we continue to celebrate this Sacrament at every Mass, enkindle in us a burning love for Your Real Presence. Increase our faith so that we may always believe that You are truly present, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, in the Most Holy Eucharist, and that through partaking in this precious gift You strengthen us to live as Your disciples.
Holy Spirit, pour out on us an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Eucharist, and to worship and adore Him with our entire lives. Help us to approach the Mass and Holy Communion with greater devotion, and to make time for silent prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. Enkindle in our young people a love for the Church and the Eucharist, and raise up many holy and faithful priests who by their service at the altar will continue to nourish the people of our diocese with the Bread of Eternal Life. We ask for the intercession of all the angels and saints, especially Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, that this Eucharistic Revival may be a time of spiritual fruitfulness for the Diocese of Winona-Rochester and the whole Church, so that all Hearts may be transformed by the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist and come to know Him as the Source and Summit of their lives.
Blessed Carlo Acutis, patron of the National Eucharistic Revival, pray for us!
Decree On Mass Stipends
The Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass recalls the Paschal Mystery and makes it new in every celebration. Celebrating the Eucharist is the highest form of liturgy celebrated by the Church. As such, it is effective for those who take part in the offering as well as for others who are not present at the Mass. In particular, it is the immemorial custom of the Church to ask that priests apply the celebration of each Mass for a particular intention. Intentions may be persons who are living or deceased. Intentions may also be made for a particular cause, a group of people, or for a commemoration (e.g., a wedding anniversary). Specific details of private intentions should always be made known to the priest. Pastors are also expected to offer one Mass every Sunday and holy day of obligation for the people of the parish (canon 534). The Christian faithful themselves are encouraged to make known to priests the intention for which they wish the priest to offer the Mass. In doing so, those who are able may contribute a stipend that would be attached to the particular intention. Priests are encouraged to review canons 945-958 to ensure Mass stipends are treated appropriately and fulfilled in a timely manner.
Jesus tell us in Matthew 10:10 that “the laborer deserves his keep.” The church has interpreted this statement to refer to, among others, the priests of the Church. It is fitting, therefore, that a priest receives a stipend from the Christian faithful who are able to give it, not as a payment for a sacrament, but as part of his wage for the most important work that priests do: confect the Eucharist so that the people of God may benefit.
Therefore, I hereby decree that, in accord with the decision of the bishops of the province:
A Mass stipend to which an intention is attached is ten (10) dollars.
This decree is effective July 1, 2024 The 2024-2025
Compensation Policy for Priests will reflect this decree. Any intentions made prior to July 1, 2024 will be honored according to the number of Masses intended with the original offering. All Mases celebrated after July 1, 2024 will be afforded the stipend at the new rate.
The Most Reverend Robert Barron

Christmas letter from Lisa Kremer OFS of the Worthington Deanery

click here to view the PDF

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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 Mass.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
The Sacrament of Reconciliation still available by appointment for each Parish.