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  • Nov 28

    Dear Brothers and Sisters,

    This past Friday I had planned on visiting the graves of my parents in Ft. Madison, Iowa. November is ending and I wanted to visit the cemetery during this month of November when we remember our beloved deceased.

    However, the deaths of two very prominent people took precedent over my travel. Being new to the parish, I didn’t get to know Bruce Hoffmeier and Dr. John Fudge as some of you had. However, I was blessed in these past months to meet them and discover the depths of their faith and the impact they’ve had on our community. Dr. Fudge was not of our Catholic faith, but felt a connection to our parish through his wife, Kate. He helped make the festive season of Christmas brighter by sharing his musical talents with our choir. He was a healer as a doctor and well respected. Bruce Hoffmeier was an active member on our Finance Council, a stalwart supporter and active member of our community. He was able to raise funds for the hospital and had an impact on the lives of many through his work in the Newton Schools. We will miss them both. May they rest in loving arms of our Heavenly Father.

    This Monday, God willing, I will visit my parents graves on the last day of November.

    As Advent begins this weekend, I share the following reflection from Fr. John Foley, SJ:

    “I want patience and I want it now,” or so the joke goes. Fine. But remember, the purpose of Advent is to wait. Did you ever stay awake on Christmas eve as a child and sneak into a hiding place in order to see the Christmas tree being decorated? I surely did. I was impatient. We kids also had big felt stockings hung on each of our doors and I remember during the night trying to keep an eye open to see Santa or the Good Fairy or at least someone putting the prizes into it.

    Did I keep my eyes open all night? No. I woke in the morning to find a bulging stocking, mysteriously full, having arrived by magic alone. So, I had gone to sleep instead of patiently spying. Patience is not often a virtue of the young.

    Our most beloved plans and purposes come often to wreckage, just like ancient buildings.

    God’s kindness provides us with comfort and also time to prepare—an allowance of days, weeks, years, and even a lifetime—to get ready, to desire, and gradually, along the way, to receive. With patience. Even though infants demand their every wish be granted right now, our adult humanity is simply too deep to get an instant fill-up.

    If there were nothing worth waiting for, then patience would be silly. The birth of Christ into this world and into our hearts is well worth the wait. We know that his birth has happened already—but also, in a surprising way, it has not happened at all. We are still mean to our neighbors.

    We still hide truth from those who love us. We envy and lust after what is not ours., and there is horrendous evil all around us in this twenty-first century.

    We need the birth of Jesus to heal our hearts and heal our world.

    We need Advent patience.

    Fr. Tony Herold

  • Nov 28

    Confessions During Advent

    We have two more opportunities for confessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays after Mass until 6:30 PM along with our regular time on Saturdays from 3:00-3:30 PM. If these times do not work, you may make an appointment with Fr. Tony.

    Confessions During Advent
  • Nov 28

    Poinsettias for Christmas

    The church decorating committee asks for your support of the parish flower fund. The flower fund is supported by donations normally given for poinsettias in memory of a loved one. The flower fund will provide the poinsettias needed to tastefully decorate for Christmas, and the additional funding will support living flowers and plants needed to decorate the church throughout all the liturgical seasons. Please consider a donation to the flower fund in memory of a loved one this Christmas. As always, the name of your loved one, and the name of the donor will be announced in the bulletin.

    Poinsettias for Christmas
  • Nov 24

  • Nov 20

    Advent Giving Tree

    This Christmas season, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are only able to have one Advent Tree, which is the one that supports the Salvation Army Christmas Drive. This decorated tree will be in the Gathering Space by the first weekend of Advent. If you would like to participate in this activity, please place new, unwrapped items under the tree by Sunday, December 13.

    Wish List Items:

    • fleece blankets
    • one-piece or two-piece fleece pajamas (child through adult)
    • socks (child through adult)
    • mittens, gloves, scarves (child through adult)
    • bathrobes (child through adult)
    • underwear/boxers (child through adult)

    There will not be a tree with cards that have homebound parishioners’ names on them or names of care center residents. Because of the pandemic, we cannot follow the same practice as in previous years.

    Advent Giving Tree
  • Nov 20

    CCHD Collection will be held on November 22nd

    Please be generous in this week’s special collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. In the United States, on in six people live is poverty. With this collection, you support programs that address the causes of poverty and provide a sustainable future for those struggling across the country. In addition, 25% of the funds we collect will remain in our diocese to fund local antipoverty projects. Please prayerfully consider how you can support this collection and work on the margins. More information about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development can be found at www.usccb.org/cchd/collection.

    CCHD Collection will be held on November 22nd
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  • This year because of COVID 19 we will not be able to have members of the parish write the names of deceased loved ones in a book to be remembered by the parish during the month of November. Instead we ask you to contact the parish office, email or phone call, and tell us which loved ones you want included. We will compile the names and display them on the monitor in the gathering space through the month of November.

  • At this time attendance is below capacity.  You do not need to register.

    This can change if attendance increases.

      Saturday, November 28:

      • 4:00 PM Mass will be offered for the repose of the soul of Allen & Erna Hayes, parents of Margaret Ellis

      Sunday, November 29:

      • 9:00 AM Mass will be offered for the members of the parish.

      Monday, November 30:

      • 11:30 AM Mass will be offered for the repose of the soul of Richard Dawson, husband of Beverly Dawson

      Tuesday, December 1:

      • 5:15 PM Mass will be offered for the repose of the soul of Joanna Peterson, mother of Linda Ettelson & Joyce Peck

      Wednesday, December 2:

      • 11:30 AM Mass will be offered for the repose of the soul of Joan Harding

      Thursday, December 3:

      • 5:15 PM Mass will be offered for the Vocations for Priesthood.

      Friday, December 4:

      • 9:00 AM Mass will be offered for the repose of the soul of Joanne Muller & John Morgan, wife and grandson of Paul Muller

      Saturday, December 5:

      • 4:00 PM Mass will be offered for the repose of the soul of Robert Pritchard, husband of Mary Pritchard

      Sunday, December 6:

      • 9:00 AM Mass will be offered for the members of the parish.
    • Welcome to the website of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, located in Newton, Iowa.

      This is a Roman Catholic Church in the Diocese of Davenport. The church is located at 1115 South 8th Avenue East, in the southeast quadrant of Newton.

      Sacred Heart is a vibrant Catholic Community, living its Eucharistic faith in the risen Jesus, proclaimed in word and deed, celebrated in worship and sacrament, and shared in outreach to the parish community, to the diocesan and universal church,  and to the wider secular community.

      Our social center, staff offices, and administrative offices are housed in the McCann Center, dedicated in 1969 to the memory of the Rev. Msgr. Thomas J. McCann, who served as pastor here from 1910-1960.

      The church was dedicated in 1976 and was renovated in 2005, when a courtyard was enclosed to create a gathering space at the entrance to the church. This project included a new sacristy, a day chapel, and the creation of handicapped accessible restrooms. The key element of this construction is the addition of a flowing water baptistry, which also serves as our holy water font.

      Please spend some time browsing our website, but more importantly, come and visit us in person and join us in the celebration of the holy Eucharist. May God bless you this day and always.

    Mass Schedule

    Weekend Mass times at Sacred Heart Church:
    Saturday at 4:00 p.m., Sunday at 9:00 a.m.

    Weekend Mass time at Immaculate Conception Church in Colfax:
    Sunday at 9:00 a.m.

    Weekend Mass times at Saint Mary Church in Grinnell:
    Saturday at 5:30 p.m., Sunday at 9:00 a.m., Sunday at 11:00 a.m.
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    Service Times & Directions

    Weekend Masses in English

    Saturday Morning: 8:00 am

    Saturday Vigil: 4:30 pm

    Sunday: 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:45 am,
    12:30 pm, 5:30 pm

    Weekend Masses In Español

    Saturday Vigil: 6:15pm

    Sunday: 9:00am, 7:15pm

    Weekday Morning Masses

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 8:30 am

    6654 Main Street
    Wonderland, AK 45202
    (513) 555-7856