St. Mary's - Danbury, IA.
St. Mary's - Mapleton, IA.
Sacred Heart - Ida Grove, IA.

Observances and Readings for the Week
Monday (4-1)
Monday within the Octave of Easter
Acts 2:14, 22-33
Mt 28:8-15
Tuesday (4-2)
Tuesday within the Octave of Easter
Acts 2:36-41
Jn 20:11-18
Wednesday (4-3)
Wednesday within the Octave of Easter
Acts 3:1-10
Lk 24:13-35
Thursday (4-4)
Thursday within the Octave of Easter
Acts 3:11-26
Lk 24:35-48
Friday (4-5)
Friday within the Octave of Easter
Acts 4:1-12
Jn 21:1-14
Saturday (4-6)
Saturday within the Octave of Easter
Acts 4:13-21
Mk 16:9-15
Sunday (4-7)
Second Sunday of Easter (or Sunday of Devine Mercy)
Acts 4:32-35
1 Jn 5:1-6
Jn 20:19-31
Monday (4-8)
The Annunciation of the Lord - Solemnity
Is 7:10-14; 8:10
Heb 10:4-10
Lk 1:26-38
Tuesday (4-9)
Tue Easter Weekday
Acts 4:32-37
Jn 3:7b-15
Wednesday (4-10)
Wed Easter Weekday
Acts 5:17-26
Jn 3:16-21
Thursday (4-11)
Saint Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr - Memorial Acts
Jn 3:31-36
Friday (4-12)
Easter Weekday
Acts 5:34-42
Jn 6:1-15
Saturday (4-13)
Saint Martin I, Pope and Martyr
Acts 6:1-7
Jn 6:16-21
Sunday (4-14)
Third Sunday of Easter
Acts 3:13-15, 17-19
1 Jn 2:1-5a
Lk 24:35-48
Monday (4-15)
Easter Weekday
Acts 6:8-15
Jn 6:22-29
Tuesday (4-16)
Easter Weekday
Acts 6:8-15
Jn 6:22-29
Wednesday (4-17)
Easter Weekday
Acts 8:1b-8
Jn 6:35-40
Thursday (4-18)
Easter Weekday
Acts 8:26-40
Jn 6:44-51
Friday (4-19)
Easter Weekday
Acts 9:1-20
Jn 6:52-59
Saturday (4-20)
Easter Weekday
Acts 9:31-42
Jn 6:60-69
Sunday (4-21)
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Acts 4:8-12
1 Jn 3:1-2
Jn 10:11-18
“You know well enough that Our Lord does not look so much at the greatness of our actions, nor even at their difficulty, but at the love with which we do them.”
St. Thérèse of Lisieux
Prayer for Vocations
Loving and generous God, you called the prophets to bring your word to your chosen people. Your Son, Jesus, called the first disciples to be bold proclaimers of the good news.
In the modern world, you continue to call your sons and daughters to the priesthood, diaconate, and consecrated life. Calm the chaos and soothe the sounds of our world, and allow more to hear your soft voice calling them to pick up their cross and follow.
May the Holy Spirit fall upon your church in a profound way, so that we may experience a tremendous harvest of grace. May vocations increase ever abundantly and may your church stand as a witness to the world of the good news of your Son, Jesus Christ.
Ignited By The Spirit
My thanks to all who prepared for the Easter season. The decorating and music have been incredible. The beauty stirs our senses and helps those assembled embrace the Easter Season of “New, Abundant Life.”
This weekend, the St. Therese of Lisieux Parish celebrates First Holy Communion. This year it takes place on Divine Mercy Sunday, as the Church, in no uncertain terms, points to one of the greatest Charisms of Jesus. The Son of God came to forgive sin. The Divine Mercy Chaplet includes the words: “Through the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and the whole world.” These words remind us that it was on the Cross that Jesus poured out his blood and water from His side to cleanse our sin.
Today we also Adore the Son of God for the gift of His Body and Blood as nourishment. This First Communion moment is to be treasured and remembered for the rest of your earthly life. I can still recall the day of my First Holy Communion, and as a special treat, went to my grandparents’ home to celebrate. My hope is that all those who celebrate First Holy Communion will make this event one never to be forgotten. To the teachers, parents and all who helped make this day happen, may God bless you!
Easter Joy,
Fr. McCarthy.
Events in our Parish Family
April 9 - Plant Ordering Deadline Approaches
Danbury Catholic School's 6th annual plant sales are happening now! High-quality annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, hanging baskets and patio planters are available for order from any DC student or online at
Order early, because plants sell out. Orders due April 9th. Pickup is Friday, May 10th at the school in time for Mother's Day!
Thank you for supporting our Catholic school.
April 9 - No Mass in Danbury
There will be no Mass on Tuesday, April 9th in Danbury. Msgr. will be on a Retreat.
April 14 - Bingo Time!
Join us for St. Therese Bingo Day! The Bingo party for our entire parish family will be held on Sunday, April 14th from 2:00-3:30 at Danbury Catholic School.
One non-perishable food item will get you one Bingo card. Additional cards will require an additional food item. These food items will be the prizes, and whatever is left over will be donated to the local food pantry.
Join us for some fun, fellowship and Bingo!
Sacred Heart - Ida Grove
First Holy Communion
Congratulations to our 2nd Grade students receiving their 1st Communion: Tonie Boysen, Keeton Forbes, Elliot Hahn, Jordan Snyder, and Hunter Hasbrouck.
May the Body and Blood of Christ bless them and bring them peace, hope, and joy.
April Schedule is Ready
The April Minister Schedule is available in the entrance to the Church. Thank you for your service.
St. Mary's - Danbury
Funeral Dinner Help Needed
We are in need of extra help at funeral dinners. If you could help us out, please contact Carol Weber at 712.880.5000.
Thank you in advance.
Sweeeet Saturdays
Do you enjoy a little treat after Mass once a month? Are you willing to make a donation to keep these treats coming?
If you would like to donate towards Sweeet Saturdays, please contact Lynn Buth at 893-2160 or 840-0327.
St. Mary's - Mapleton
First Holy Communion
Congratulations to our First Communicants who will receive the Precious Body and Blood for the first time this weekend: Garrett Brown, Myla Cloud, Brynlee Dose, Hunter Koerselman, Paisley Koerselman, John Sass, Clay Smith, and Kian Volkmann.
May the Body and Blood of Christ bless them and bring them peace, hope, and joy.
Hey, Charlene, When Are You In the Office?
Hey, parishioners, I am in the office at Mapleton on Tuesday afternoons. Thanks for asking!
Danbury Catholic School
2024-25 Job Openings
DANBURY CATHOLIC SCHOOL has the following opening for the 2024-25 school year:
Preschool teacher
Elementary Classroom Teacher
Part-time music teacher
Applicants may send a letter of interest and resume to:
Danbury Catholic Elementary
Deidre Drees, Principal
602 Peach Street
Danbury, Iowa 51019
Event Outside the Cluster
Apr. 7 - Breakfast Time
The Danbury Fire Department asks you to let them make your breakfast on Sunday, April 7th between 8:00 and 11:00 a.m. at the Danbury Fire Station. A free will donation gets you pancakes, sausages, and scrambled eggs along with juice, coffee and milk.
Please join the department for breakfast on the 7th.
Diapers for Mary’s Choice
Mary’s Choice is doing a fundraiser to buy more diapers. If you would like to help them out, the link is
Miscellaneous Information
Thank the advertisers who support our bulletin, they are much appreciated
Please remember to check the back page of the bulletin and support our sponsors!
If interested in advertising in the bulletin, please contact Janelle Clausen at 712-883-2406.
How to Give When you Can’t Get to Church
Can’t make it to Mass? Please to continue to support your parish by mailing your contributions:
St. Mary’s Catholic Church
604 Peach St
Danbury, IA 51019
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
PO Box 203
Ida Grove, IA 51445
St. Mary’s Catholic Church
703 Heisler St.
Mapleton, IA 51034
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Baptism Preparation
Please call Father Bill to make an appointment to do Baptismal preparation and to set a date.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Anytime by appointment in any of the three parishes.
Danbury & Mapleton: Thirty (30) minutes prior to weekend Masses.
Ida Grove: Tuesday and Thursday before and after daily Mass.
Anointing of the Sick
If you or a family member is sick, facing surgery, or in the hospital, please contact Fr. McCarthy or Deacon Stover immediately for visits and to be anointed with the Sacrament by Fr. McCarthy. Also, when one leaves the hospital, please notify Father or Deacon; this assists us to continue our care for the sick.
Marriage Preparation
Planning a wedding? Contact Fr. William McCarthy a minimum of nine months prior to the wedding date to ensure all diocesan requirements are completed.
Bulletin Announcements
Due by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesdays. Send info to or call Lynn at 712‑893‑2160.
New Parishioners and Change of Address
We welcome you into God’s family! If you are interested in learning more about our church, or would like to join, please contact the rectory of your city of residence to register as a new member or if you have change of address or telephone number.
Prayer Tree
To have a name added to this unpublished list/tree, please contact the following:
Danbury - Pat Brouillette at 880‑0519
Ida Grove - Sherry Hittle at 371‑2070
Mapleton - Pat Sullivan at 881‑2420 or Marilyn Seuntjens at 253‑0603