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Tomorrow, January 22, is the 45th anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, which legalized abortion in this country. More than 50 million innocent babies have been murdered in the name of "choice" since that date. Holy Mother Church has asked us to pray for an end to abortion tomorrow. An equally noble Christian act would be to fast and abstain on this day. This means eating two small meals and one regular meal, with nothing in between. In addition, no meat would be eaten on this day. Fasting and prayer are powerful spiritual weapons in the fight against the evil one. Let us deploy these weapons for the innocent babies threatened by and victims of abortion, and our country to respect human life. 





The Announcement of Easter and the Moveable Feasts 2019



Know, dear brothers and sisters,

that, as we have rejoiced at the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, so by leave of God’s mercy

we announce to you also the joy of his Resurrection,

who is our Savior.


On the sixth day of March

will fall Ash Wednesday,

and the beginning of the fast of the most sacred Lenten season. 


On the twenty-first day of April

you will celebrate with joy Easter Day,

the Paschal feast of our Lord Jesus Christ. 


On the second day of June

will be the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ.


On the twentieth day of May,

the feast of Pentecost.


On the twenty-third day of June,

the feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.


On the first day of December,

the First Sunday of the Advent of Our Lord Jesus Christ,

to whom is honor and glory forever and ever.




The Creed and Universal Prayer follow.

Merry Christmas from all of us at Sacred Heart Parish! We hope it was a blessed and joyous one for you and yours. The Christmas Season lasts from Dec. 25 (the birth of the Lord) to Jan. 13 (the Baptism of the Lord). In these joyous days, we reflect on the mystery of the Word made Flesh. Jesus, the tiny Bethlehem Babe, is the manifestation of God's love for humanity. The Infant, wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger, foreshadows the One who would become the "Bread of Life." In fact, Bethlehem means "house of bread." A terrific way to celebrate the season is to gather in front of the Blessed Sacrament and adore the Christ-Child. Spend time alone (or better bring a friend!), and tell Jesus how much you love Him. Time spent with someone is a sign of love for that person. Your time with Christ will pray off handsomely. Come to the tabernacle and pray in adoration, after the simple shepherds and wise men who came that first Christmas. You won't regret it!

Join us for First Friday Mass and Devotions. Mass begins at 8:45 a.m. Following Mass, we will spend time in Eucharistic Adoration and recite the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This devotion goes back four centuries, and is a fitting way to honor the patron of Sacred Heart Parish. So come and experience the power of God's grace in this anointed time. 

Marriage on Fire:

The next Marriage on Fire presentation will take place on Thursday, Jan. 3 in the Sacred Heart Parish Center. We are discussing Pope St. Paul VI's encyclical Humanae Vitae (On Human Life) as it pertains to married love. Please join us at 6:30 p.m. for a dynamic conversation about this important document, and how it can enhance your married life and love. 

Students attending NCYC will be selling coffee mugs with the Sacred Heart logo to raise money for their trip

RE students make Advent calendars

  • In the weeks ahead, our parish representative from Solutio, Inc., will be setting up the advertising for our website for the year.
  • Please consider participating in this effort since the revenue from the ads is what makes the website possible at no cost to the parish.
  • It’s a great way to get your name in front of the families in the parish. Advertisements may be purchased for a business, family memorial, or you can sponsor an ad supporting Catholic Charities, Knights of Columbus, Vocations, etc.
  • Please give these ideas some thought. We need and appreciate your help! If you are interested or just curious as to prices and want more information, please contact 284.6129 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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The Sign of Peace which we exchange at Saturday/Sunday Mass, is an expression of fellowship and charity before the community receives Holy Communion. This is an optional part of the Mass. With the flu season approaching, many parishes choose to suspend the Sign of Peace. This is a prudent precaution against spreading germs. I agree with this policy, and so, beginning the first Sunday of Advent we will suspend the Sign of Peace at all Masses. We will resume the sign at Easter. While some may be disappointed at the loss of this fellowship, there are many ways to greet one another, and this is an opportunity to exercise them. 

Join us Sunday, December 2 at 5:30pm at the Oelwein Columbus Club. Our guest speaker will be Mary Pedersen, the Director of Adult Faith Formation for the Archdiocese of Dubuque. She is an outstanding speaker and motivator; you will certainly enjoy listening to and dialoguing with. 

Brews and Beliefs is a Catholic outreach geared to the young and old of our community. Our mission is to provide lively and relevant faith-based presentations and discussions with our adult family and friends, all while enjoying our favorite beverage and snack. For more information, contact Nancy Kastli in the Parish Office.