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Father Atwood attended Columbus High School and Drake University in Des Moines, where he received a bachelor of arts degree in journalism/ mass communications.  He earned a master of divinity degree and a master of arts degree in systematic theology from the Josephinum Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. He was named pastor of Sacred Heart and Immaculate Conception in July  2017.

Office hours are Monday 9-12 a.m., 1-3 p.m., Wednesday 1-3 p.m., Thursday 9-12 a.m., 1-3 p.m. You may call 319-283-9577 if he is not in the parish office. 

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Deacon for:
Sacred Heart, Oelwien
Immaculate Conception, Fiarbank

Cell: 319-509-1210
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 It is a blessing from God that I have been called to ordination as a Permanent Deacon in the Archdioceses of Dubuque.  I am married to my wife Cheryl, have two wonderful married adult children and six fantastic grandchildren.   Currently I am serving as Deacon at Sacred Heart Parish in Oelwein, IA and Immaculate Conception Parish in Fairbank, IA.

Some of the ministry that I am blessed to work with include: Assisting Fr. Ray Atwood our Pastor at Masses at Sacred Heart and Immaculate Conception. From time to time I am also called upon to give a weekend homily. At the parish level I am the initial parish contact for Baptism Prep for parents who want to have their child Baptized.  I also serve as the coordinator for Marriage Prep for anyone wishing to be married at Sacred Heart or Immaculate Conception.

Parish Secretary / Bookkeeper

Rachelle is the first contact in the parish office for most parish business. In person at the office or on the phone, Rachelle will either be able to help you or direct you to the person who can.   If you have questions or needs concerning Sacred Heart, you can contact Rachelle at our Parish Center who will provide you with the information you need.

The Face of Sacred Heart at the Center, Rachelle is here to help you.  It is a true blessing to have her as our first contact for the Sacred Heart Team.

Thank You Rachelle for all you do!     


  • Rachelle Troupe 
  • phone: 319-283-3743  ext. 1
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  • Office Hours are Monday - Thursday  8:30 - 4:30

In the event of an emergency, where the services of a priest are needed to administer the Sacrament of the Sick, please call Fr. Atwood at 319-283-9577 if you are not able to reach him at the office.

Director of Faith Formation

Nancy Kastli

Office:  319-283-3743

Cell:      319-283-3019

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As Director of Faith Formation, Nancy is charged with the responsibility of facilitating the work of the Parish Faith Formation Commission, directing the Religious Education Program, coordinating the Sacramental Education of our children in the RE program together with the staff from school working with the Catholic School children.  She is also the contact person for NCYC (National Catholic Youth Conference), parish youth ministry, RCIA (Right of Christian Initiation for Adults) and assists with the efforts of general parish life at Sacred Heart.

  • Carol Hamilton
  • Office:  319-283-3743  Ext. 4
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As Pastoral Associate, Carol is often considered the "Face of Sacred Heart" with the people, especially the home-bound, hospitalized and those in need of assistance.  Her ministry includes not only the care of those in need but also leadership facilitating the work of the Parish Liturgy Committee, coordinating the giving tree at Christmas Time, serving as Sacristan, helping coordinate music ministry for Masses and the overall environment of the church.   One cannot list all that Carol does, as when there is work to do, she quietly steps up and gets it done.  Sacred Heart is very grateful for her dedicated service of giving.

 Director of Maintenance and Custodial Services

Phone:  319-283-3743

Randy is responsible to work with the parish and school in general maintenance of facilities at our parish.  He assists with custodial duties and helps coordinate work that is needed to be done to maintain all of the grounds and buildings at Sacred Heart.