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Holy Redeemer Turkey Dinner Dinner, November 1, 2020

Everyone is welcome to Holy Redeemers Turkey Dinner on November 1. Please click on the link to see more information. 

Holy Redeemer Turkey Dinner November 1, 2020

Mask Requirements

On Wednesday, July 22nd, Governor Walz issued an executive order mandating mask use for indoor public spaces.  The mandate takes effect early morning, Saturday, July 25th, just before our weekend Masses.

This mandate includes churches and so beginning this weekend everyone will be required to wear a face mask at Mass.  Expectations are in place for people with medical or mental health conditions that make it "unreasonable for the individual to maintain a face covering."  Children under the age of 5 are also exempt, though masks are still encouraged for children between the ages of 2 and 5.  The order states that  "those who are under 2 years old should never wear a face covering due to the risk of suffocation."
We thank you in advance for taking this mandate seriously and following it by wearing a face mask at Mass.

6/5/20 AFC Update and Message from Fr. Joe

Dear Parishioners of the Heart of Jesus Area Faith Community,

Please pray for all the parishioners of St. John’s Parish as we celebrate the closing liturgy this Sunday, June 7th at 10:00am at St. John’s Church.  We will be live streaming the Mass on our AFC Facebook page for all to see.  I did not imagine 34 years ago that I would ever be celebrating a closing liturgy of a parish on the anniversary of my ordination.  In this historic time in our world, I am reminded that life is ever changing and we need to adapt to new realities within the Church and world.

St John’s Parish Administrative Council has approved placing the church building, rectory and property up for sale.  Anyone interested in purchasing this property should contact Fr Joe.

To the members of St. Mary and St Aloysius, please extend a warm welcome to those members of St. John’s who will be joining us as new members.  We will officially welcome these members next weekend at our Sunday liturgies.   I am sure the other parishes where members will be joining will also give them a warm welcome.

This weekend mass schedule is: 

  • Saturday, June 6th
    • at 4pm St Mary 
    • 5pm Holy Redeemer 
    • 7pm St Aloysius
  • Sunday, June 7th
    • 8:30am St Aloysius,
    • 10am St John LIVE STREAM
    • 10:30am St Mary. 

We will return next weekend to our regular Mass schedule posted in the bulletin.  

Please remember our social distancing protocols should you attend Mass at one of our parishes.  Also remember that we will have Holy Communion available on Sunday at the Church of St. Mary’s.  Drive up the handicap entrance to the archways and receive communion in your car, from 1pm to 1:30pm this Sunday.

Please pray for John Hayes and Shawn Polman who will be ordained to the Priesthood this Saturday, June 6th for the Diocese of New Ulm.


Fr. Joe Steinbeisser

May 29, 2020 - AFC Update and Message from Fr. Joe

May 29, 2020

Dear members of the Heart of Jesus Area Faith Community,

We look forward to celebrating our weekend masses here in our four parishes this weekend as we celebrate the great feast of Pentecost.  Our Bishops have asked us to implement strict social distancing practices as we return to Mass.  These procedures were mailed to each household last week and the main highlights are listed below.   If you feel comfortable returning to public worship, we ask that you follow these guidelines and procedures.  It is the only way we can keep each other safe during this time.

The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass will continue until such a time when it is safe for everyone to return to Mass. If you do not feel safe about attending Mass you are not obligated to attend; please do only what you are comfortable doing for you and your family’s well-being and safety. Anyone over the age of 65 is strongly encouraged not to attend public Mass on the weekends; rather you should plan to attend one of our daily Masses where there are fewer people in attendance. Also, anyone showing any symptoms of sickness, or anyone who has a household member who is sick or showing signs of sickness and/or those with a compromised immune system should not come to Church.

We are trying our best to return to the celebration of mass with everyone and implement the health and safety protocols that we have been given.  These are trying and confusing times and there is much debate about how and what we do during this pandemic.  The Great Command to love our God, Our Neighbor and Our Selves continues to be our guide.

For those who will be remaining home we will be broadcasting the 8:30am Mass from St. Aloysius on our Live Stream Facebook Page.  It will be broadcast on our local cable channels at 11:00am on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

1:00pm Communion Service:   We will also be making Holy Communion available Sunday afternoon at 1:00pm at the Church of St. Mary for those who wish to receive Holy Communion without attending Sunday Mass.  

You may drive up the south side of St. Mary’s Church from the street to the arched canopy and remain in your car.   Father will be there to say a short prayer with you and distribute communion to those in the car. 


Next Sunday, June 7th Bishop LeVoir will be celebrating the closing Mass at the Church of St. John’s in Hector.  We are adjusting next weekend’s Mass schedule to accommodate this event.

     Saturday Mass on June 6th: 4pm @ St Mary, 5:00pm @ Holy Redeemer, 7:00pm @ St. Al’s.

     Sunday, June 7th: 8:30am at St Aloysius, 10:30am at St Mary and 10:00am at St. John’s.


We will be welcoming the members of St. John’s who will become part of the Church of St. Mary at our weekend masses at St. Mary’s on June 13th & 14th.

Congratulations to all of our 2020 High school Graduates and to those who are graduating from college this year.  We are proud of your achievements and pray that you may always follow the guidance of the  Holy Spirit.

We have adjusted our Weekday Masses, please see this weeks bulletin for the new weekday mass schedule.

Highlights for returning to public mass.

  • We can only seat 25%  capacity of our Churches. Once we are filled to this capacity, you may not be able to attend.  You may feel comfortable attending a weekday verses a Sunday Mass.
  • Everyone needs to enter through the front of the church, sanitize their hands and be seated where the ushers direct you.  .  We will fill the church from the front to the back.
  • We will seat people as families, couples or individuals at the ends of each pew.  Keeping one pew apart.
  • Plan to remain in your pew, until the end of Mass, when you come forward for communion and then exit from the side doors.
  • We encourage everyone to wear a face mask as directed by the Center for Disease Control and Minnesota Health Officials.
  • Our Plan for returning to mass will require more walking and use of stairs, then you are accustomed to.  Those with mobility issues should keep this in mind if you are planning to attend a mass.


Fr. Joe

Office of Bishop May 23, 2020

Office of Bishop Letter May 23, 2020

Office of Bishop May 20, 2020

Bishop letter 5-20-2020

May 8, 2020 AFC Update and Message from Fr. Joe

Dear Members of the Heart of Jesus Area Faith Community.

Our prayers and thoughts are with all of our parishioners as we continue in this “Stay at Home” phase of the pandemic.  We wish all of our Mothers, Grandmothers and Godmothers a very Happy Mothers Day!

Please continue to pray for all in the world and especially are farmers and gardeners as during this spring planting season.  Let us remember all who labor to produce food for the world.

We are making plans to return to Mass in Church on May 18th.  We will be sending out a letter to all our parishioners this coming week.  We will continue to live stream our Sunday Mass at 10:00am.

Blessings and Prayers!

Returning to Mass - Office of Bishop May 1, 2020

Communication from Bishop May 1, 2020

May 1, 2020 - AFC Update and Message from Fr. Joe

Dear Members of the Heart of Jesus Area Faith Community.

Happy May Day as we celebrate the Feast of St Joseph the Worker.  Through the intercession of St. Joseph may God continue to protect us from all harm and help us overcome this current pandemic.  Pope Francis said at his morning mass,  “Today, on the feast of St. Joseph the Worker and the day dedicated to workers, let us pray for all workers, so that no one might be without work and all might be paid a just wage. May they benefit from the dignity of work and the beauty of rest.”

We will continue to live stream our Sunday Mass until Bishop LeVoir gives us permission to return to public worship.  Hang in there, keep safe and healthy.

Fr Joe

3/23/2020 - Pope Francis - pray the Our Father on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at noon.

March 23, 2020

Pope Francis has called for all Christians throughout the world to join in praying the Our Father on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at noon.

He made the appeal after praying the noonday Angelus on March 22, broadcast from Apostolic Library in the Vatican.

The Pope also announced that on the following Friday, March 27, he will preside over a moment of prayer on the sagrato of St Peter’s Basilica, the platform at the top of the steps immediately in front of the façade of the Church, reported Vatican News.

“I invite everyone to participate spiritually through the means of communication”, he said.

The ceremony will consist in readings from the Scriptures, prayers of supplication, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; and will conclude with Pope Francis giving the Urbi et orbi Blessing, with the possibility of gaining a plenary indulgence for all those who listen to it live through the various forms of communication. The blessing “to the City [of Rome] and to the World” is normally only given on Christmas and Easter.

The Director of the Holy See Press Office confirmed that the moment of prayer on Friday will be broadcast live from the Vatican, beginning at 6 pm Rome time. He noted that the plenary indulgence attached to the Urbi et orbi blessing is subject to the conditions foreseen by the recent Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary.