Sacred Heart Catholic Church - 205 Logan Street - Ledyard, IA  50556

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church - 208 S. Summit Avenue - PO Box 195 - Bancroft, IA  50517-0195

St. Joseph Catholic Church - 403 East Street S. - PO Box 38 - Wesley, IA  50483-0038 

 

Mandates from COVID-19 Task Force & Bishop Nickless - November 12, 2020

Mandates from the COVID-19 Task Force and Bishop Walker Nickless as of Nov. 12, 2020 
 
• The Bishop and COVID Task Force MANDATE, due to the risk of heighted spread of COVID-19, that effective on Friday 11-20-2020 all school program activity involving music/singing is to be done virtually with no live audience until further notice.
• As there is no clear line of authority to make a definitive decision as it applies to school sports the Bishop & the Task Force highly RECOMMEND that all audiences for school sports events be virtual in nature until further notice.
 
There will be no change to the current attendance and scheduling protocols for the following:
• Weekend/Weekday Masses
• Sacrament of Reconciliation
• Weddings
• Funerals
• Adoration
• All Sacraments
 
MANDATE - All in-person parish group meetings/events (regardless of size) must go virtual effective 11-20-2020 until further notice including:
• Religious Education Programs
• Board & Leadership Meetings
• Meetings in General
• KC Meetings @ Parish Facilities
• Women’s Guild
• Bible Study
• Adult Education
• RCIA
• Marriage Prep
• Baptism Prep
• Youth Groups
• Parish Facilities are closed to outside group meetings.
 
With distancing and masks the following live events are approved:
• Private Meetings with one or two people
• Drive Through Fund Raisers – Dinners, Sold Products, etc.
• No Funeral Dinners
• No Receptions or Parties
• No Facility Rentals
 
Mandate - Singing / Music during Liturgies - Effective 11-20-2020 until further notice
• The use of cantors is prohibited with the exception of Liturgies on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
• No Singing of Mass Parts
• Recorded Music is not allowed during liturgies
• NO Congregational Singing
• Instrumental Music is allowed during Liturgies
 
Mandate - Effective 11-20-2020 until further notice
• All parish and Central Catholic Office staff are to wear their masks when they leave their personal work area and are to constantly wear their masks when working in a common workspace with other co-workers.

Mass Times

ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC CHURCH - WESLEY
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.

Office Hours

BLESSED TRINITY CATHOLIC PARISHES

RECTORY
-ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST & SACRED HEART OFFICES
-PRIEST RESIDENCE
204 S. Summit Ave.
PO Box 195
Bancroft, IA 50517-0195
Monday - Friday
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
515.885.2462

ST. JOSEPH OFFICE
405 East St. S.
PO Box 38
Wesley, IA 50483-0038
Tuesday-Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
515.679.4279

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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!!

ACH Authorization Form - St. John the Baptist

ACH Authorization Form - Sacred Heart

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.

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Donations to Sacred Heart - Ledyard, St. John the Baptist - Bancroft and St. Joseph - Wesley are secure and easy by clicking the Donate button above to use your debit card, credit card or PayPal account. 

Please indicate which parish and/or project you would like your donation to go to and we will take care of it! 

One-Time gifts and Ongoing gifts to any of the Blessed Trinity Catholic Parishes are greatly appreciated and can easily be set up using the Donate button.  

Thank you for your support of Sacred Heart, St. John and St. Joseph Catholic Churches!

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.

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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

Sacred Heart Membership Questionnaire

St. John Membership Questionnaire

St. Joseph Membership Questionnaire

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

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. 

 

 

 

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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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Saint of the Day - Catholic News Agency

St. Francis Xavier

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.

 

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Former Vatican court president Giuseppe Dalla Torre dies at 77

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.

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Scholar: Paper books essential for kids' developing brains

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.

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Supreme Court vacates ruling on California church closures

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.

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