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Heart of Jesus Area Faith Community

Heart of Jesus Area Faith Community

Mass Times

Weekend Mass Schedule:
4:00pm - St. Mary - Bird Island
5:00pm - St. Aloysius - Olivia
8:30am - St. Aloysius - Olivia
8:30am - St. John's - Hector
10:30am - St. Mary's - Bird Island
10:30am - Holy Redeemer - Renville

Holy Thursday
7:00pm at St. Aloysius & St. Mary
Good Friday
12:00pm at St. Aloysius
3:00pm at St. Mary
6:00pm at St. John
7:00pm at Holy Redeemer
Easter Vigil
8:30pm @ St. Aloysius & St. Mary
Easter Sunday
8:30am @ St. Aloysius & St. John
10:30am @ Holy Redeemer & St. Mary

One Priest Weekend Schedule:
5:00pm - St. Aloysius - Olivia
7:00pm - St. John's - Hector
8:30am - Holy Redeemer - Renville
10:30am - St. Mary's - Bird Island

Welcome to the Heart of Jesus Area Faith Community consisting of four parish communities: Holy Redeemer Parish in Renville, St. Aloysius Parish in Olivia, St. Mary’s Parish in Bird Island, and St. John’s Parish in Hector, MN. Our four parishes are in the heart of the Diocese of New Ulm. As pastor of the four parishes I want to welcome you to our website and to our parishes. I invite you to come to one of our weekend Masses to worship with us. If you are new to the area and would like more information about any of our parishes, please contact one of our parishes.

 ~ Fr. Denny Labat, Pastor

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Office Hours

St. John - Tue: 9:15am-11:30am
St. Mary - M- Th: 9am -4pm, F: 9am- 12pm (noon)
St. Aloysius - M- Th: 9am -4pm, F: 9am- 12pm (noon)
Holy Redeemer - Please contact St. Aloysius

Reconciliation Times

Regular times schedule for the sacrament of reconciliation are:

  •  Holy Redeemer
    • Sunday - 10:00 – 10:20am
  • St. Aloysius
    • Sunday – 8:00 – 8:20am
    • Monday - 8:00 – 8:20am
    • Friday - 8:00 – 8:20am
    • Saturday – 4:30 – 4:50pm
  • St. Mary’s
    • Saturday – 11:00am
  • St. John’s
    • Sunday - 8:00 – 8:20am

Extra times are scheduled during Advent and Lent. Individual appointments may also be scheduled by calling the parish office.

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