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Heart of Jesus Area Faith Community

Heart of Jesus Area Faith Community

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.

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 Weekends: October 20/21
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

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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Word On Fire

Getting out of the Sacristy: A Look at Our Pastoral Priorities

For the past several days, I’ve been with my Word on Fire team, filming for the Flannery O’Connor and Fulton Sheen episodes of our “Pivotal Players” series. Our journey has taken us from Chicago to New York to Washington, DC, and finally to Savannah and Millidgeville, GA. At every step of the way, we have met numerous people who have been affected by Word on Fire materials: sermons, podcasts, YouTube videos, and the “CATHOLICISM” series. Many have told me that their exposure to Word on Fire started a process that led them back to the Church. Now I’m telling you this not as an advertisement for my media ministry, but rather as an occasion to muse about what I consider to be a needful change in the way the Church thinks about its essential work.

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What “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” Gets Right and Wrong

The original “Jurassic Park” film from twenty-five years ago rather inventively explored a theme that has been prominent in Western culture from the time of the Romantic reaction to the Enlightenment—namely, the dangers of an aggressive and arrogant rationalism. But what is bothersome in the latest film, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” is the emergence of a new and much more problematic motif.

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The Question Behind the Question

On the afternoon of June 14, a rather spirited, fascinating, and unexpected debate broke out on the floor of the USCCB spring meeting about the use of videos rather than texts. I will confess that as this lively discussion unfolded, a smile spread across my face, for I have believed for some time that the issue of how we communicate is perhaps as important as what we communicate—that is, if we are interested in moving the conversation beyond a very narrow circle.

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 WASHINGTON—The Migration and Refugee Services of

USCCB and Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) today issued the following statement

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Lucas Koach Named as Director of the Office of International Justice and Peace for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

 WASHINGTON—Lucas Koach has been appointed as Director

of the Office of International Justice and Peace for the United States

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Pope Francis Names Bishop Oscar Cantú as Coadjutor Bishop of San Jose

 WASHINGTON— Pope Francis has appointed the Most Reverend Oscar Cantú as

Coadjutor Bishop of San Jose, California. Bishop Cantú was up until now Bishop

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