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Heart of Jesus Area Faith Community

Heart of Jesus Area Faith Community

Mass Times

Weekend Mass Schedule:
Saturday
4:00pm - St. Mary - Bird Island
5:00pm - St. Aloysius - Olivia

Sunday:
8:30am - St. Aloysius - Olivia
8:30am - St. John's - Hector
10:30am - St. Mary's - Bird Island
10:30am - Holy Redeemer - Renville

*** One Priest Weekend Schedule***
Saturday:
5:00pm - St. Aloysius - Olivia
7:00pm - St. John's - Hector

Sunday:
8:30am - Holy Redeemer - Renville
10:30am - St. Mary's - Bird Island

See the Mass Schedule Page for the Daily Mass Schedule.

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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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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Word On Fire

Black Elk and the Need for Catechists

At the November meeting of the United States bishops, I heard an impassioned case for the canonization of Nicholas Black Elk, a Lakota Indian medicine man who converted to Catholicism and eagerly took up the task of catechesis within his community. My prayer is that, if the cause of Black Elk moves forward, we might one day invoke him as a real icon for catechists in the Catholic Church.

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The Least Religious Generation in U.S. History: A Reflection on Jean Twenge’s “iGen”

Jean Twenge’s book “iGen” about the generation born between 1995 and 2012 is one of the most fascinating—and depressing—texts I’ve read in the past decade. Her chapter on religious attitudes and behaviors among iGen’ers unambiguously indicates what is leading this most unreligious generation in our history away from the churches.

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What is Happening at Mass?

Why is the Mass so important? Why is it the “source and summit” of the Christian life? It is the most beautiful encounter between friends and it is an anticipation of the play that will be our permanent preoccupation in heaven.

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Vatican News

Pope Francis: Cultural colonization ends in persecution

(Vatican Radio) Cultural and ideological colonization does not tolerate differences and makes everything the same, resulting in the persecution even of believers. Those were Pope Francis’ reflections in his homily morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta, which centered on the martyrdom of Eleazar, narrated in the book of Maccabees from the First Reading (Maccabees 6: 18-31).

The Pope noted that there are three main types of persecution: a purely religious persecution; a “mixed” persecution that has both religious and political motivations, like the Thirty Years War or the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre”; and a kind of cultural persecution, when a new culture comes in wanting “to make everything new and to make a clean break with everything: the cultures, the laws and the religions of a people.” It is this last type of persecution that led to the martyrdom of Eleazar.

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Pope addresses Italian road and railway police

While commending Italy’s police force for ensuring the safety and security of those travelling by road and train, Pope Francis on Monday called on them to also inculcate humanity, uprightness ‎and “mercy”.  ‎  The Pope met some 100 top leaders and officials of Italy’s road police that celebrating its 70th anniversary and railway police that is marking its 110 years. 

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Pope on World Day of the Poor: they open for us the way to heaven

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Sunday – the XXXIII Sunday in Ordinary Time and the first-ever World Day of the Poor – in St. Peter’s Basilica. The Holy Father announced the World Day of the Poor during the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, and entrusted its organization and promotion to the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization.

There were some 4 thousand needy people in the congregation for the Mass, after which Pope Francis offered Sunday lunch in the Paul VI Hall.

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