Mandates from COVID-19 Task Force & Bishop Nickless - November 12, 2020
Saturday at 5:00 p.m.
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CATHOLIC CHURCH - BANCROFT
Sunday at 8:30 a.m.
SACRED HEART CATHOLIC CHURCH - LEDYARD
Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
-ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST & SACRED HEART OFFICES
204 S. Summit Ave.
PO Box 195
Bancroft, IA 50517-0195
Monday - Friday
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
ST. JOSEPH OFFICE
405 East St. S.
PO Box 38
Wesley, IA 50483-0038
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- Father Steven J. McLoud, Pastor
- Prayer Requests, Will be sent to the office via Email
- Lori Geitzenauer, Secretary & Director of Religious Education - St. John the Baptist & Sacred Heart
- Judy Vaske, Business Manager - St. John the Baptist and Sacred Heart
- Deb Trenary, Business Manager & Spiritual Coordinator - St. Joseph
ACH & Bill Payer Donations to Blessed Trinity Catholic Parishes
ACH Electronic Contributions & Bill Payer Donations are now more important than ever for your parish - Sacred Heart - Ledyard, St. John the Baptist - Bancroft & St. Joseph - Wesley! This is any easy way for you make recurring monthly contributions to your parish without having to write a check or use contributions envelopes. There is no fee for you or your parish for ACH or Bill Payer services!!
Bill Payer Instructions - St. Joseph - Iowa State Bank customers (and some others) can use “Bill Payer” to make electronic contributions to St. Joseph. You determine the amount and frequency of your gift and a check is sent to the parish from the bank for the amount determined by you. Call Deb Trenary at 515.679.4279 for details.
Debit/Credit Card & PayPal Donations to Blessed Trinity Catholic Parishes
Sacred Heart Quasquicentennial
Sacred Heart Quasquicentennial - June 13, 2021 Established in 1896, for nearly 125 years Sacred Heart Parish in Ledyard, Iowa, has remained a vital part of the Diocese of Sioux City. Next year in 2021, we will celebrate this major milestone in our parish’s his-tory. A committee has been formed to see how our community of faith would like to observe the 125th Anniversary. If you would like to be a part of the planning committee, please contact Fr. McLoud or Mary Gelhaus. We will be having our first meeting soon. More information about the special quasquicentennial celebration will be published as the details become available.
New Mobile App
New Members Welcome
Welcome to Sacred Heart, St. John the Baptist and St. Joseph!
Please click on the link below to print a Membership Questionnaire for your parish
Current members of Blessed Trinity parishes - please provide your e-mail address and cell phone number if you are no longer using a land line. You can easily send your information via e-mail to [email protected]
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The Lumen newspaper (formerly The Catholic Globe) subscription direct mail letters are on the way to your mailbox! If you are a paid subscriber, the renewal notices are coming. You will want to renew your subscription to the new The Lumen newspaper with our new look, more diocesan news, vibrant photos, to the point articles, new columnists in addition to Father Meinen and Sr. Walsh, Enlightened Catholic feature to learn more about your faith in a few paragraphs. All this for $30 per year. Return the The Lumen renewal form or log on to our new website at www.lumenmedia.org to participate in this new era of diocesan media! Questions? Call us at 800-352-9035 or e-mail at [email protected] We want to hear from you. Remember Lumen = The Light from Latin, the official language of the Catholic Church!
LumeNotes and Notas Lumen –
“News for the time-starved Catholic!”
We have developed two quick-read electronic news formats – English and Spanish – that will be distributed in June for the diocesan faithful from our Lumen Media Office. Twice a month at no charge, you can receive a quick-read newsletter on your phone, tablet or computer with the latest diocesan announcements. If there is a last- minute notice, you’ll receive that also. Just text:
Notes to 84576 for English or Notas a 84587 – para en Español
Or e-mail [email protected] if you don’t text, and give us your name and we will sign you up for the latest Lumen Media platform.
Blessed Trinity Bulletin
Please send bulletin items to [email protected]
before 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday!
St. John Food Pantry
OPEN!!! OPEN!!! OPEN!!!
The St. John - Sacred Heart Food Pantry will be open on the 4th Tuesday of each month!!
Boxes of food will be filled and ready for you to pick-up curbside from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Many people struggle to keep food on their tables. The St. John/Sacred Heart Food Pantry is a place people can turn to when the find themselves with an empty cupboard. If you are struggling, we would like to help!
4th Tuesday of Each Month - 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
St. John Parish Center - 212 E. Center St.
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Readings for the Week
Readings for the week of November 29, 2020
- Sunday: Is 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7 / Ps 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19  / 1 Cor 1:3-9 / Mk 13:33-37
- Monday: Rom 10:9-18 / Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 11  / Mt 4:18-22
- Tuesday: Is 11:1-10 / Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17 [cf. 7] / Lk 10:21-24
- Wednesday: Is 25:6-10a / Ps 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 [6cd] / Mt 15:29-37
- Thursday: Is 26:1-6 / Ps 118:1 and 8-9, 19-21, 25-27a [26a] / Mt 7:21, 24-27
- Friday: Is 29:17-24 / Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14 [1a] / Mt 9:27-31
- Saturday: Is 30:19-21, 23-26 / Ps 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 [cf. Is 30:18d] / Mt 9:35—10:1, 5a, 6-8
- Next Sunday: Is 40:1-5, 9-11 / Ps 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14  / 2 Pt 3:8-14 / Mk 1:1-8
Saint of the Day - Catholic News Agency
12/03/08 8:00 am
On Dec. 3, the Roman Catholic Church honors St. Francis Xavier, one of the first Jesuits who went on to evangelize vast portions of Asia. Francis Xavier was born during 1506 in the Kingdom of Navarre, a region now divided between Spain and France. His mother was an esteemed heiress, and his father an adviser to King John III. While his brothers entered the military, Francis followed an intellectual path to a college in Paris. There he studied philosophy, and later taught it after earning his masters degree.In Paris, the young man would discover his destiny with the help of his long-time friend Peter Faber, and an older student named Ignatius Loyola – who came to Paris in 1528 to finish a degree, and brought together a group of men looking to glorify God with their lives. At first, personal ambition kept Francis from heeding God's call. Ignatius' humble and austere lifestyle did not appeal to him. But the older student, who had undergone a dramatic conversion, often posed Christ's question to Francis: “What will it profit a man to gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”Gradually, Ignatius convinced the young man to give up his own plans and open his mind to God's will. In 1534, Francis Xavier, Peter Faber, and four other men joined Ignatius in making a vow of poverty, chastity, and dedication to the spread of the Gospel through personal obedience to the Pope.Francis became a priest in 1537. Three years later, Pope Paul III confirmed Ignatius and his companions as a religious order, the Jesuits. During that year, the king of Portugal asked the Pope to send missionaries to his newly-acquired territories in India. Together with another Jesuit, Simon Rodriguez, Francis first spent time in Portugal caring for the sick and giving instruction in the faith. On his 35th birthday, he set sail for Goa on India's west coast. There, however, he found the Portuguese colonists causing disgrace to the Church through their bad behavior.This situation spurred the Jesuit to action. He spent his days visiting prisoners and the sick, gathering groups of children together to teach them about God, and preaching to both Portuguese and Indians. Adopting the lifestyle of the common people, he lived on rice and water in a hut with a dirt floor.Xavier's missionary efforts among them often succeeded, though he had more difficulty converting the upper classes, and encountered opposition from both Hindus and Muslims. In 1545 he extended his efforts to Malaysia, before moving on to Japan in 1549. Becoming fluent in Japanese, Francis instructed the first generation of Japanese Catholic converts. Many said that they were willing to suffer martyrdom, rather than renounce the faith brought by the far-flung Jesuit. St. Francis Xavier became ill and died on Dec. 3, 1552, while seeking a way to enter the closely-guarded kingdom of China. In 1622, both St. Francis Xavier and St. Ignatius Loyola were canonized on the same day.
12/03/20 8:00 pm
Rome Newsroom, Dec 3, 2020 / 12:00 pm (CNA).- Giuseppe Dalla Torre, a jurist who retired last year after more than 20 years as president of the Vatican City tribunal, died Thursday at the age of 77.
Dalla Torre was also the longtime rector of Libera Maria Santissima Assunta University (LUMSA) in Rome. He was married and had two daughters, one of whom is deceased.Read More
12/03/20 7:00 pm
CNA Staff, Dec 3, 2020 / 11:00 am (CNA).- A Catholic scholar who specializes in dyslexia has warned that children must be exposed to physical books - and not just screens - if they are to develop the skills necessary for analysis and in-depth thinking.
Maryanne Wolf was featured on a podcast entitled, “The Power of Reading: Changing Our Own Brains – Screens vs. Books,” which was produced by the Simbi Foundation as part of its “Impact in the 21st Century” series.Read More
12/03/20 6:00 pm
CNA Staff, Dec 3, 2020 / 10:00 am (CNA).- In an apparent victory for religious freedom during state efforts to impose necessary COVID restrictions, the Supreme Court on Thursday vacated the Ninth Circuit’s ruling against California churches.
Last week, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of the Brooklyn Diocese and Orthodox Jewish synagogues in their case against the state’s COVID restrictions. On Thursday morning, the Supreme Court accepted the appeal of California churches against the state’s restrictions and vacated the Ninth Circuit’s decision, sending the case back to the lower courts for reconsideration in light of its opinion on the Brooklyn Diocese case.Read More