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  • Feb 27

    Dear Brothers and Sisters,

    I would hope that you would consider taking advantage of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) sometime during this Lenten Season. Most, including myself, don’t necessarily “look forward” to celebrating this Sacrament, however, it is the one of the most liberating and joyful Sacraments to experience.

    Let’s face it, we sin. We do things we shouldn’t do (look at videos, say words, allow our anger to seep into our actions, etc.) and we don’t do things we should do (share with those in need, lend a helping hand, nurture our relationships with God and others). Sin is a common human experience. Personally, it can bring shame and cause us to feel small. Communally, it can hurt or even destroy those around us. Let’s explore this Sacrament:

    In John 3:16, God expresses His love for the world, for us: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” You see – God’s love for us is not something that God keeps to Himself.

    In Jesus Christ, the love of God for all humanity finds its most concrete and palpable expression. Here, we can say that Jesus Christ is the sacrament of the love of God. In his public ministry, Jesus used very concrete and palpable ways to make known to people the love that God has for them: he cured their diseases, he fed them, he taught them about God the Father, and, of course, Jesus allowed them to experience God’s love and mercy by calling them to repentance and forgiving their sins. And Jesus, because he is God, is able to forgive sins (see Mark 2:1-12). Moreover, Jesus shared and entrusted to the Apostles his special ministry of making known and experienced God’s love and mercy (see John 20:22-23; also, Matthew 16:16-19). That the Church continues to celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation even today is our way of acknowledging the real gift of God’s love and mercy for us, and of remaining true to this great responsibility that Jesus gave us.

    In Baptism, we were invited by God to share in His divine life – to be called His sons and daughters. In the same sacrament, we acknowledged such a generous invitation by accepting God to be our Father. In baptism, we begin to live as members of God’s family. As sons and daughters of God, we are called to become like God, holy (Leviticus 11:45) and perfect (Matthew 5:48).

    To be holy and perfect is a tall invitation but by God’s grace, it is possible to mature and grow towards greater holiness and perfection. This is the reason why we recognize countless saints in the church. There are times, however, when we give in to temptation and end up committing sin – which is an offense against God because sin disrupts our relationship with God (Rite of Penance). But God’s love and mercy is for the sinner (Luke 5:32). God unceasingly calls us, not to condemn us, but to save us, through

    • repentance – to humbly and honestly recognize our sins and failures;
    • contrition – to be truly sorry for hurting God and others because of our sins,
    • penance – to concretely show in our thoughts, words and actions the contrition we have expressed
    • absolution – to know beyond any doubt that our sins are forgiven by God through Jesus in the ministry of the priest, and therefore, we are once more reconciled with God and one another, the Church.

    Personally, I know that through this sacrament, God is allowing me to experience His love and mercy so that I may really learn how to be loving and merciful. The grace, the love of God given to me in this sacrament not only allows for my sins to be forgiven (absolution in the confessional) but has also gradually transforms my life, allowing me to grow in holiness.

    This sacrament is celebrated every Thursday night during Lent after the 5:15 PM Mass (around 6:00 PM for those not attending Mass) until 6:30 PM or until all are heard and an hour before the Saturday evening Mass.

    Fr. Tony Herold

  • Feb 13

    Solemn Vespers

    Sunday Evenings at 5:30 PM Sunday evening, February 21st, we will begin our customary Lenten devotion of praying Vespers — the evening prayer of the church—starting at 5:30 PM.

    Solemn Vespers
  • Feb 13


    Communal praying of the Rosary at Noon on Fridays during lent beginning February 19th on our Facebook page. Luke Gregory will lead the Rosary on Facebook live at this time.

  • Feb 13

    Stations of the Cross: Friday Evenings at 5:30 PM

    Stations of the Cross will be held on Friday Evenings of Lent beginning February 19th at 5:30 PM. Let us unite our own particular crosses to Christ’s and follow Him.

    Stations of the Cross: Friday Evenings at 5:30 PM
  • Feb 13

    Lenten Reflections

    Sacred Heart is excited to bring daily Lenten reflections to our parish community. Each day during Lent, we will share a reflection written by one of our parishioners at Sacred Heart. Reading stories of faith from a diverse group of voices is a great way to grow this Lenten season. How it works is the reflections will be posted each day on Instagram (@shcnewton), Facebook (@Sacred Heart Catholic Church), and by email. If you would like to receive the reflections by email, you can sign up by sending your email address to shcreflections@gmail.com. If you want to view the reflections on paper, hard copies from the week will be available after Masses in the gathering space. We hope you will join us on this exciting Lenten journey!

    Lenten Reflections
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  • For parishioners who had requested monthly tithing envelopes, the packets for 2021 are available to pickup in the Gathering Space. If you get the weekly envelopes, you should have already received your packet for January thru March of 2021 in the mail.

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

    This can change if attendance increases.

      Saturday, February 27:

      • 3:00 PM Confessions will be heard
      • 4:00 PM Mass will be offered for the repose of the soul of John Fudge, husband of Kate Fudge

      Sunday, February 28:

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

      Monday, March 1:

      • 11:30 AM Mass will be offered for the repose of the soul of Mike Jones, husband of Carol Jones

      Tuesday, March 2:

      • 5:15 PM Mass will be offered for the repose of the soul of Mary Korey

      Wednesday, March 3:

      • 11:30 AM Mass will be offered for the Souls in Purgatory

      Thursday, March 4:

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

      Friday, March 5:

      • 9:00 AM Mass will be offered for the repose of the souls of Lee & Mary Zmolek

      Saturday, March 6:

      • 3:00 PM Confessions will be heard
      • 4:00 PM Mass will be offered for the repose of the soul of Anne McNeer, mother of Karen Wilson

      Sunday, March 7:

      • 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