26 July 2023
2020 6th Grader: Aedan Althoff
My name is Aedan Althoff. Some of my interests include 4H, triathlons, hunting, raising chickens, running, swimming, and hiking. In my family, I have one brother, one sister, my Mom, my Dad, my dog, and 17 chickens. My brother, Higdon, is in 1st grade, and my sister, Emma, is in 9th grade. My dog, Simon, is a mini American Shepherd and I have eleven meat birds and six layers. My family likes to be outside and stay active. Some things I will miss about Sacred Heart are the amazing lunches, the kind staff, and cantoring at mass.
Every week until the end of the school year, we will be celebrating a sixth grade who will graduate this year from Sacred Heart! This week’s sixth grader is Halle.
My name is Halle Recker, and I’m 11 years old. My dad’s name is Cory, and my mom’s name is Emily. My dad is a farmer, and my mom is a chiropractor. I have 3 sisters: Marissa, Karli, and Lydia. Marissa is 19 and is finishing her freshman year at the University of Nebraska Omaha. Karli is 17 and is finishing her junior year at Monticello High School. Lydia is 15 and is a sophomore at Monticello High School. We live on a farm outside of Hopkinton, Iowa. I like to ride my horse and spend time with my heifers. I am going to miss the school lunches and church on Thursdays. I will also miss the small classes and the teachers.
2020 6th Grader: Gabby Donovan
Hi my name is Gabby. I have three sisters, two cats, a dog, and my parents. My twin sisters and I like doing gymnastics. I’ve been doing it for eight years. I also play volleyball. Something I like about Sacred Heart are the students. I’ve been going here since fourth grade. The classmates I have are so nice and are some of my closest friends.
2020 6th Grader: Kennedy Hermsen
My name is Kennedy Hermsen. I live with my Grandma Laurie, Grandpa Steve, and my two brothers, Kade and Keaton. We have a dog named McCoy, and he is my best friend. My favorite hobby is playing sports, and my number one sport is basketball. I have played on an AAU basketball team called Team Iowa for two years. I have a great coach and great teammates. It’s a lot of fun. I enjoy playing volleyball for Monti Heat in Monticello. The things I like most about Sacred Heart are the students, staff, and the bond that we all have. The things I will miss most are my friends, the lunches, Leo, Fr. Paul, Mr. Westhoff, Mrs. Lampe, and our weekly masses together. Thank you to all Sacred Heart staff, mostly Ms. Schlueter, for helping us finish school work and for helping us be able to share these memories with the rest of our parish.
May 21, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I have been in consultation with the Archbishop along with members of the Councils from both parishes and a decision has been made to postpone the reopening of our two parishes until the weekend of June 6th & 7th. This will give us more time to prepare for the reopening without rushing things. I know that we want to get back to the public celebration of Holy Mass as soon as possible but we also want to reopen the Churches in a responsible way. Thank you for your understanding as we prepare to come together again on June 6th & 7th.
God bless you and please stay safe,Fr. Paul
May 20, 2020
April 4, 2020
Good Friday Prayer
Archbishop Gomez, president of the USCCB, will lead the nation in praying the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Good Friday, 10 April 2020, at 11 am Central Time, to seek healing for all who are unwell, wisdom for those whose work is halting the spread of coronavirus, and strength for all God’s children.
By a special grant from the Vatican, a plenary indulgence is available for those who join Archbishop Gomez in praying the Litany of the Sacred Heart on Good Friday.
A plenary Indulgence removes all of the temporal punishment due to sins, and may be applied to oneself or to the souls of the deceased.
To receive this indulgence, the faithful need to: pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart on Good Friday; be truly repentant of any sins they have committed and receive the sacrament of reconciliation (at the earliest opportunity); and pray for Pope Francis’ intentions.
March 16, 2020
Message from Archbishop Jackels, to the Catholic faithful of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, regarding the coronavirus
After consultation and considerable prayer, it has been decided – out of an abundance of caution and with devotion to the common good – to take steps aimed at slowing down the spread of the coronavirus, to flatten the curve, as they say, so as not to overburden the healthcare system.
Therefore, beginning on 19 March 2020 and until further notice, the following provisions have been taken:
· All public celebrations of Holy Mass are cancelled. All Catholics in the Archdiocese of Dubuque are dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass.
· The Chrism Mass will be celebrated, but with only the liturgical ministers present. The oils will be blessed, bottled, and distributed in some way to the parishes.
· During this time, the Archbishop will live stream a celebration of Holy Mass each Sunday, as well as the Chrism Mass (and the Triduum, if the situation has not changed by then), and will lead the Rosary each week on Thursday. Visit www.DBQArch.org for more information about these live streamed events.
· The existing schedule for Confirmation is cancelled (the Archbishop’s office will contact the parishes to reschedule).
· Funerals, Weddings and Baptisms may be held, but limited to the immediate family, or at least no more than 50 people present, according to the current CDC guidelines.
· Communal penance services should not be held. The present circumstances do not constitute the grave necessity required for use of general absolution. Private, one-on-one confession can be scheduled by appointment.
· All archdiocesan-sponsored events where 50+ people are gathered are cancelled.
Pray to God for speedy deliverance from the evil of the coronavirus, for those who are sick or who live in fear of infection, for those who care for the sick and elderly, for those whose lives and livelihood are adversely affected by the spread of the virus, and that we might all remain calm and confident in God’s wisdom, power, and goodness.
Conscious of our great need, and confident of God’s loving care, with the above intentions in mind, all the faithful of the Archdiocese of Dubuque are invited to join in a day of fast, abstinence, and prayer on Wednesday, 25 March 2020; this is voluntary, not obligatory.
On that day, people ordinarily bound on Ash Wednesday to fast (only one full meal, taking less at the other meals) and abstain from meat are invited to make those same sacrifices. And as far as prayer is concerned, the Rosary is recommended as a powerful prayer, prayed alone or with others.
God, come to our assistance. Lord, make haste to help us. Mary, health of the sick, pray for us. St. Raphael, patron of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, and patron of healing, pray for us.–
Several men and women from Sacred Heart Parish have dedicated their lives to the service of the Church as priests, brothers, and sisters. The men that became diocesan priests are: Fr. Placed McGee, Fr. James d’Autremont, Fr. Thomas Keating, Fr. Carl Manternach, Fr. James Goedken, Fr. Andrew Lawrence, and Fr. Kyle Digmann. Br. Craig Digmann is a Glenmary Missionary.
Annie Green from Monticello served as Sr. Aiden Green with the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM) from 1872-1879. This congregation of sisters served Sacred Heart School from 1922-1926. In 1926, Constance Meyer joined the BVMs.
The Sisters of the Order of St. Francis (OSF) staffed the school from 1926 until 1993. Grace Mary Smith joined this congregation as Sr. May Vianney; Elizabeth Fothergill joined as Sr. Mary Garnier; Phyllis Manternach joined as Sr. Anthony Mary; and Dorothy Schwendinger is Sr. Dorothy. Lillian d’Autremont and Audrey Welch also became religious sisters.
Sr. Laura Goedken serves in the Order of Preachers (OP), the Dominican Order.
Stephanie Hogan, serving as Sr. Maria Stefania of the Immaculate Coredemptrix, is a member of the Franciscan Family of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and St. Maximillian.
From Fr. Daniel Cogan in 1868 to Fr. Paul Baldwin in 2018, Sacred Heart has had numerous pastors serving our parish. We thank them all for their ministry to the parishioners of Sacred Heart for 150 years.
Fr. Daniel Cogan
Fr. James Walsh
Fr. J.P. O’Dowd
Fr. P.J. O’Connor
Fr. John Tobin
Fr. John McCormick
Fr. George Hauck
Fr. Anton Lorenz
Fr. Herman Dietz
Msgr. Eugene Lorenz
Fr. Joseph Kirk
Fr. Fred Bahning
Fr. Justin Kane
Fr. Thomas Braak
Fr. James Chappell
Msgr. Neil Tobin
Fr. Donald Schmitt
Fr. Keith Birch
Fr. Paul Baldwin
Fr. William Holzer
Fr. Thomas Rhomberg
Fr. Carl Manternach
Fr. William Wilke
Fr. John Herzog
Fr. John Ptacek
Fr. LaVerne Manternach
Fr. John Hussmann
Fr. Paul McManus
Fr. John Casey
Fr. Al Carmen
After overseeing the building of our present church, Father Hauck promoted plans for a Catholic school. In the spring of 1922, construction began on a brick school on the corner of Maple and Third Streets, east of the church. Just a few months later, Sacred Heart School opened on September 4th welcoming grades 1-9.
Four Sisters of Charity arrived from Mount Carmel in Dubuque to staff the new school. The rectory was moved from the school site to north of the school. It was then used as a convent for the arriving sisters. In 1923, 10th grade was added and in 1924, a full high school curriculum was offered. Janice Schneider and Marcus McAleer were the first graduates of Sacred Heart School.
The Sisters of St. Francis came to teach at Sacred Heart in 1926. They served the parish and the school for 67 loyal years. Sister Madonna Friedman was the last of the Franciscans at the school, leaving in 1993.
On August 30, 1959, a new Sacred Heart High School building located south of the church was dedicated by Archbishop Leo Binz. The final high school graduating class was that of 1969. The building now houses Sacred Heart elementary students, in PreKindergarten – 6th grade.