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  • Jul 31

    Dear Brothers and Sisters,

    In our Gospel this Sunday we hear about the multiplication of the loaves and fishes – a familiar Gospel to our ears. Let’s reflect briefly on the central part of this passage:

    Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds. They all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up the fragments left over— twelve wicker baskets full.

    There are many different ways to view this passage. We can see it for the miracle it is – God providing for His people through Jesus, our Savior; but we also might see it as a challenge. I believe Jesus wants to do with us what he did to the loaves, that is, he desires to take us, bless us, break us and distribute us. That, in a nutshell, is what discipleship is all about. We are not merely passive receivers of grace and holiness. We are called to trust in God who desires to use whatever we have, no matter how small or insignificant, and use it for the good of others and the glory of God. Since we hold tightly to our valued gifts and talents, there is a “breaking” that must occur after the blessing. Often, we must allow ourselves to run the risk of defeat and brokenness, trusting in God, letting go of selfishness, so that we can be used for others.

    I would ask that we pray this weekend for the repose of the soul of Kelsie Auffert and for her husband, Brett and his daughters Aubrie and Lexie along with the other members of the Auffert and Lambert families who mourn Kelsie’s death. There will be a private, invitation only, funeral here Monday at 11:00 AM, thus there will be no Mass this Monday. May Kelsie rest in the eternal peace of God’s kingdom.

    Fr. Tony Herold

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    School Supply Drive: Supplies due Monday, Aug. 7th

    The Social Action Commission is collecting supplies for the Newton Community preschool and the local elementary schools. Many students come to class in need of supplies and other materials. Teachers often have to spend their own money to buy these additional items for their students. Listed below are classroom and student materials, and other supplies teachers need throughout the school year. Collection boxes for these items will be in the Gathering Space and in McCann Center. The commission is grateful for any donation that you can give to this worthy cause. Cash donations will be accepted at the parish office. We would like these supplies by Monday, August 17th.  See this week’s bulletin for a list of supplies.

    School Supply Drive: Supplies due Monday, Aug. 7th
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    Mass Online

    Even though we have returned to a limited celebration of Mass, you may continue to find Masses on line or on television, and also find whatever devotional aids suit your needs and interests. Look for Mass from Sacred Heart to be available on-line on Sunday mornings.

    Mass Online
  • Jul 12

    Parish Picnic & Pool Party

    One of our favorite summer gatherings is the Parish Picnic and Pool Party at Maytag Park. Due to the social distancing requirements that are still in effect, this annual event has been cancelled. We were hoping that this would be an occasion for us to meet and greet our new pastor. But since we will not have this opportunity to get together, please be extra mindful of introducing yourself several times to Father Tony Herold over the course of the next several weeks.

    Parish Picnic & Pool Party
  • Jul 12

    Mass Registration

    At this time there is no need to call to pre-register for weekend Masses. We have been under our capacity. Your name will still be taken as you enter the church in case there is someone diagnosed with COVID-19, then we will know who to contact. If the attendance increases there may be a need to change our policy

    Mass Registration
  • Jun 27

    Monthly Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet for the Ladies of the Parish

    We invite all ladies of the parish to our once-a-month Saturday morning Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will not be meeting in person until further notice. We will be meeting virtually via Zoom. If I (Teresa Gregory) did not contact you last month and you would like to join us for this meeting, please text or call me at 970-520-3207, and I will send you a link to join the meeting when I set it up. If you would prefer to receive the link by email, please cont a c t m e a t t e r e s a k r o g – meier@gmail.com. Also, if you would like me to email you with the Rosary and Chaplet reflections before we meet so you can have them on hand, please send me your email address. We welcome you all to join us in this time of spiritual combat against the powers of darkness. It is a marvelous opportunity to grow closer to God and to build up His kingdom on earth. Our next meeting is Saturday, July 11th at 7:00 A.M.

    Monthly Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet for the Ladies of the Parish
  • Jun 27

    Step-Two in the Opening of the Church

    Bishop Zinkula has announced that we may proceed to step-two in the diocesan protocol for the reopening of churches. Effective Monday, June 22, daily Mass will be scheduled at the customary times. Mass will be celebrated in the church in order to ease the social distancing requirement of six feet between family groups. Those who attend Mass should sanitize their hands in the gathering space, and again before and after Communion, using a personal sanitizer which is to be brought with yu from your home when you come to Mass. On Tuesday there will be Mass only; no exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. We are encouraged to limit the amount of time people are gathered in the church. The celebration of Mass will be brief. For daily Mass please occupy the seats off of the center aisle, leaving the far sections of pews to the far east and far west empty. This will aid in sanitation. Instructions for the reception of Holy Communion will be given at the Mass.

    Weekend Masses will resume on the last weekend of June, June 27/28, at the customary times. There are new protocols for the weekend Masses. These are put in place for your health and for the health and well-being of others in the church. Your patience and cooperation will be greatly appreciated.

     When you arrive at church, you will be asked to provide your name for the hospitality minister to record. We need to keep track of who attends each Mass, in case someone at Mass later is diagnosed with COVID-19, thus we would know who might have been near that person at a previous Mass.

     A face mask or shield must be worn by those over two years of age.

     There will be no bulletins or missalettes.

     You will be seated by a hospitality minister, filling one section of the church before occupying another area. This will be from the front of the church to the back. Please cooperate and take the seat to which you are directed by the hospitality minister.

     Only every third pew will be used.  Social distancing between family groups in the pews will be observed.

     There will be no entrance procession of the priest.

     There will be no altar servers.

     One lector will do both readings.  There will be no singing; only instrumental music is allowed.

     No collection basket will be passed. Receptacles in which you may drop your collection envelope or cash will be placed on a table just inside the carpeted area north of the gathering space.

     There will be no procession of the gifts. The bread and wine for the Eucharist will be in the sanctuary prior to the start of Mass.

     Only the clergy will receive the Precious Blood of the Lord.

     Holy Communion will be distributed to the faithful only under the species of the Sacred Body, and only in the hand. You should bring your own small bottle of sanitizer and sanitize your

     The clergy or Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will come to you, in the empty row ahead of you, to distribute Holy Communion in your hand.

     For exiting the church the faithful will be dismissed by a hospitality minister.

     The Mass is to take no more than 30 minutes. The homily must be brief.

     A thorough sanitization of the church follows each Mass, which may begin one hour after the end of the previous Mass.

     The faithful continue to be dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass each holyday and Sunday.  First Communion and Confirmation may be celebrated at the weekend Masses, but only for 2-3 families at a Mass. Be aware that these policies and practices are very fluid, depending on changes from the Diocese of Davenport and from the next pastor, Fr. Tony Herold, whose term begins July 1.

    Step-Two in the Opening of the Church
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  • At this time attendance is below capacity.  You do not need to register.

    This can change if attendance increases.

    Saturday, August 1:

    • 4:30 PM  Confessions will be heard
    • 5:30 PM Mass will be offered for the repose of the soul of Jerry & Alice Schroyer, parents of Ann Ratliff, Mike Schroyer, Jone Birkenholtz, & Janet Deaton. First Communion will be celebrated during Mass

    Sunday, August 2:

    • 9:00 AM Mass will be offered for the members of the parish. First Communion will be celebrated during Mass

    Monday, August 3:

    • 11:00 AM Private Funeral Service for Kelsie Auffert will be held in the church. (Invitation Only)

    Tuesday, August 4:

    • 5:15 PM Mass will be offered for the repose of the soul of Richard Dawson, husband of Beverly Dawson

    Wednesday, August 5:

    • 11:30 AM Mass will be offered for the repose of the soul of Lauren Stevens Carey, cousin of Geraldine McDermott

    Thursday, August 6:

    • 5:15 PM Mass will be offered for the repose of the soul of Mary Marnell, mother of LuAnn Lucas

    Friday, August 7:

    • 9:00 AM Mass will be offered for the repose of the soul of Mary Nolin, daughter of Esther Henning and sister of Rose Anna Henning

    Saturday, August 8:

    • 4:30 PM Confessions will be heard
    • 5:30 PM Mass will be offered for the repose of the soul of Steve Ratliff, husband of Ann Ratliff  First Communion will be celebrated during Mass

    Sunday, August 9:

    • 9:00 AM Mass will be offered for the members of the parish.   First Communion will be celebrated during Mass
    • 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 5:30 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

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