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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: Jan 27/28, 2019
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

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.

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

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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.

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Word On Fire

The Internet and Satan’s Game

By now the entire country has seen a video of a supposedly racist confrontation, in front of the Lincoln Memorial, between a grinning young high school student and a Native American elder, chanting and beating a drum. The immediate and ferocious judgment of the internet community was that the boy was effectively taunting and belittling the elder, but subsequent videos from wider angles as well as the young man’s own testimony have cast considerable doubt on this original assessment. My purpose in this article is not to adjudicate the situation, which remains, at best, ambiguous, even in regard to the basic facts. It is to comment, rather, on the morally outrageous and deeply troubling nature of the response to this occurrence, one that I would characterize as, quite literally, Satanic.

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“Birdbox” and Spiritual Warfare

The film “Birdbox,” based on a British novel of the same name, started streaming on Netflix around Christmas time. Starring Sandra Bullock and John Malkovich, it is a taut thriller that manages, perhaps despite itself, to shed considerable light on the parlous spiritual condition of contemporary culture.

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Talking to Some Young Jesuits About Social Justice and Evangelization

While I was in Chicago for the Christmas break, I had a wonderful meeting with around thirty young Jesuits. They were massively impressive people: smart, articulate, passionate about their work, and dedicated to the Gospel. Toward the end of our time together, one of the men posed a question that, he warned, would “put me on the spot”—and the discussion then became especially lively and illuminating.

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USCCB News

Pope Francis Names New Auxiliary Bishops of Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has appointed the Rev. Joseph Coffey and Rev. William Muhm as Auxiliary Bishops of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA.

The appointments were publicized today in Washington, DC, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.

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U.S. Bishops President Along with Chairman of Bishops’ Migration Committee Issue Statement Urging the President and Lawmakers to End the Shutdown

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, of Houston, Texas, President of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez, of Austin, Texas, Chairman of USCCB Committee on Migration, issued the following joint statement in response to the President’s January 19th remarks:

“We urge the President and lawmakers to end the shutdown. Political leaders must come together to ensure a bipartisan solution is reached which recognizes the economic struggle that many families are facing including those dependent on federal workers and those assisted by critical nutrition and housing programs.

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Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Issues Invitation to Celebrate Annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

WASHINGTON--Bishop Joseph C. Bambera of Scranton, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, invites all to celebrate the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which takes place January 18-25, 2019. This week provides an opportunity to join together and pray as Jesus did “that they may all be one.” (John 17:21) The practice, originally called the Christian Unity Octave, was first observed in 1908 by Fr. Paul Wattson and Sr. Lurana White, co-founders of the Society of Atonement. Today, it is a collaborative project by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches.

This year’s theme is “Justice, Only Justice, You Shall Pursue.” (Deuteronomy 16:20). It was chosen by Christians from Indonesia, highlighting the unique opportunity the call for justice plays in our ecumenical efforts. According to Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute (GEII) who promotes the Week of Prayer in the United States, Christian communities "become newly aware of their unity as they join in a common concern and a common response to an unjust reality. At the same time, confronted by these injustices, we are obliged, as Christians, to examine the ways in which we are complicit. Only by heeding Jesus’s prayer 'that they all may be one' can we witness to living unity in diversity. It is through our unity in Christ that we will be able to combat injustice and serve the needs of its victims."

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