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

Observances and Readings for the Week
Monday (6-11)
1 Kgs 17:1-6
Mt 5:1-12
Tuesday (6-12)
Saint Barnabas, Apostle, Memorial
Acts 11:21b-26; 13:1-3
Mt 5:13-16
Wednesday (6-13)
1 Kgs 18:20-39
Mt 5:17-19
Thursday (6-14)
Saint Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church, Memorial
1 Kgs 18:41-46
Mt 5:20-26
Friday (6-15)
1 Kgs 19:9a, 11-16
Mt 5:27-32
Saturday (6-16)
Weekday [BVM]
1 Kgs 19:19-21
Mt 5:33-37
Sunday (6-17)
Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Ez 17:22-24
2 Cor 5:6-10
Mk 4:26-34
Monday (6-17)
1 Kgs 21:1-16
Mt 5:38-42
Tuesday (6-18)
1 Kgs 21:17-29
Mt 5:43-48
Wednesday (6-19)
Saint Romuald, Abbot
2 Kgs 2:1, 6-14
Mt 6:1-6, 16-18
Thursday (6-20)
Sir 48:1-14
Mt 6:7-15
Friday (6-21)
Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious, Memorial
2 Kgs 11:1-4, 9-18, 20
Mt 6:19-23

Saturday (6-22)
Saint Paulinus of Nola, Bishop
Saints John Fisher, Bishop, and Thomas More, Martyrs
2 Chr 24:17-25
Mt 6:24-34
Sunday (6-23)
Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jb 38:1, 8-11
2 Cor 5:14-17
Mk 4:35-41
Prayer for Our Current and Incoming Bishop
Let us pray...
Heavenly Father, eternal Shepherd of the faithful, who tend your flock in countless ways and watch over us in love, we come to you with hearts filled with gratitude for providing us with a true shepherd after Christ's own heart, our beloved Bishop Walker Nickless.
We give thanks for the gift of his episcopal ministry, for his wise leadership, for his integrity and faithfulness, for his steadfast care and solicitude and for all the spiritual blessings that we and so many others have received through our Bishop's generous self-giving service throughout these 16 years. We ask that you continue to bless him as he has generously blessed us with his love and service.
As we await your will for the future of our diocese, we renew our faith and trust in your loving providence, confident that you will once again bless us with a shepherd who will inspire us to commit ourselves to living and bearing witness to the Gospel. Draw us ever closer to you, O Lord, that your light may shine and radiate from us as a beacon of faith, hope and love for the world. Together, may we always glorify you and open our hearts to embrace your holy will. We ask this through Christ Our Lord.
Ignited By The Spirit
There is a form of prayer called Brief Moments. The context of this prayer is that one has a small amount of time, but just enough time to encounter God in one’s eternal soul. Here is an example: I ADORE YOU, BECAUSE. You are my God, you are truth, you are the Lord of the world, you are the source of all, you are the Light, you are beyond time, you are my trust, you are my companion, you draw me to your love, you are the fulfillment of all my hopes.
In our conversations with God, we can use various types of prayers to lift our mind and heart to the One who loves us beyond measure. God seeks our love and our role is to “will prayer.” To even include Brief Moments of prayer throughout the day, both honor God and bring us the grace of a joy-filled life.
God bless,
Fr. McCarthy.
Events in our Parish Family
June 15 -16 - Baby Bottles for Change
The Holy Rosary Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a Baby Bottles for Change campaign to raise money for Mary’s Choice.
People who took baby bottles home are reminded that they need to be returned by Father’s Day, June 15-16th.
Last year we were able to donate $2,000 to Mary’s Choice from your change. This amount was supplemented by the National Program ASAP (aid and support after pregnancy) with an additional $800.
Use this opportunity not only to donate but to discuss with your spouse, children, and grandchildren the importance of support for women with a difficult or unplanned pregnancy. Together we save lives and support families in need.
We are grateful for the past generosity of all parishioners in supporting mothers in their choice for life and request your support again this year. Your pocket change can change lives for those in need.
June 19 - No IG Mass
Due to a funeral in Ida Grove on June 19th, the usual 7:30 a.m. Mass will not be held.
June 30 - Omelets for All
The Holy Rosary Council 2839 will hold an omelet breakfast on Sunday, June 30th from 8:00 a.m. until noon at the Mapleton Community Center. The free will offering will fill you with a made to order omelet, hash browns, cinnamon rolls, and beverages.
Proceeds from this breakfast will be used towards the needs of the Catholic school students. Please join the Knights of Columbus for brunch.
Aug. 25 - DC BBQ/Auction
The Danbury Catholic School 32nd Annual BBQ/Auction will be held on Sunday, August 25th. .Along with the auction, we are raffling off the following: Grand Prize your choice of 2024 48” John Deere X384 Mower w/ bagger OR 2024 60” Bad Boy Maverick HD Mower OR $5,000.00 Cash. Winner pays taxes. Ten 2nd Place Prizes $100.00 each will also be raffled.
The drawing will be held the day of the auction. Tickets are (1) for $50.00 or (3) for $125.00.
Danbury parish members and the Danbury Catholic School parents: Raffle tickets have been mailed to you. We kindly ask you to purchase or sell your raffle tickets.
Thank you for your support to Danbury Catholic!!
Sept. 30 - Oct. 5 - National Eucharistic Rosary Congress
We are gearing up for our third annual National Eucharistic Rosary Congress to be held this fall. Mark the dates on your calendar.
National Eucharistic Rosary Congress coming to St. Therese of Lisieux Parishes on Monday September 30th through Saturday, October 5th. Theme: Do Whatever He Tells You.
We are planning some special evenings. Be listening and watching for more information to come.
Sacred Heart - Ida Grove
June 28 - Charlene is In
Because of the priests being on retreat, I will be in the Ida Grove office on Friday, June 28th in the afternoon that week.
St. Mary's - Danbury
June 17 - Knights Meal and Meeting
There will be a Holy Rosary Knights of Columbus meeting in Mapleton at Andrew Friedrichsen's "shoust" at 611 Sioux Street on Monday, June 17th. Wives and significant others are invited!
We will gather at 6:30 PM for a meal. The Council will supply the meat. Attendees are asked to bring a salad or a dessert to share.
Please bring a bag chair if you'd like; folding chairs will be available.
Please RSVP to Andrew or to Mike Gaspers if you plan to be there so we can prepare enough meat.
Meeting to follow the meal.
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
June 17 - Knights Meal and Meeting
There will be a Holy Rosary Knights of Columbus meeting in Mapleton at Andrew Friedrichsen's "shoust" at 611 Sioux Street on Monday, June 17th. Wives and significant others are invited!
We will gather at 6:30 PM for a meal. The Council will supply the meat. Attendees are asked to bring a salad or a dessert to share.
Please bring a bag chair if you'd like; folding chairs will be available.
Please RSVP to Andrew or to Mike Gaspers if you plan to be there so we can prepare enough meat.
Meeting to follow the meal.
June 27 - Charlene is In
Because of the priests being on retreat, I will be in the Mapleton office on Thursday, June 27th in the afternoon that week.
Church Open Times
During the warmer months, St. Mary's, Mapleton will be unlocked 8 AM until 6 PM (earlier when morning Mass is scheduled).
Danbury Catholic School
2024-25 Job Opening
DANBURY CATHOLIC SCHOOL has the following opening for the 2024-25 school year:
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
Your Cans and Bottles Can Benefit DC
Do you drink out of bottles and cans that require a deposit? Please consider donating your returned deposit to Danbury Catholic School.
All cans and glass bottles that are redeemable can be dropped off at Danbury Catholic School. Please place the redeemable cans and glass bottles in bags and place them in the grey container that's on the east side of the school.
Thank you for your cooperation!
Event Outside the Cluster
July 17 - 21 - Eucharist Congress
Join fellow Catholics as we gather for the Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis, IN, from July 17th through the 21st. Be prepared to leave bright and early in the morning so we can experience the Eucharistic procession as it gathers from the four directions of the United States at approximately 7:00 PM. We don’t want to miss this! Check out
Cost: Because of an anonymous donor, the original cost of $750 has been lowered to $650 double occupancy hotel room. This price includes discounted ticket for the entire Congress; hotel room at the Hampton Inn in Greenfield, IN (based on double occupancy); breakfast each morning at the hotel; and bus to and from Sioux City to Indianapolis, IN, and the Lucas Oil Stadium. Additional costs to you would be your lunch and dinner during the Congress.
Reserve your seat on this bus by contacting either Betty Pratt at 712-490-3550 or Mary Lehr at Mary.lehr@
Job Opening - Coordinator of Formation
The Diocese of Sioux City is seeking a Catholic in good standing for the position of Coordinator of Formation. This position will assist the Bishop and the Director of the Permanent Diaconate in the supervision of the spiritual and personal formation of men in formation and their families and will be officed in Storm Lake St. Mary’s Parish. A Deacon, man or woman religious, lay person with a Bachelor’s degree in Theology or related field or equivalent work experience preferred; Master’s degree preferred. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills required; able to communicate with Pastors, staff, parishioners, and administrative boards and committees. Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team. Must be able to handle confidential information and be well-organized with attention to detail. Previous supervisory experience preferred. Bilingual preferred. The Diocese offers a competitive compensation / benefits package including tuition assistance for children enrolled in Diocesan Catholic Schools. Position available immediately & remains open until filled. Send resume, cover letter w/ salary requirements & 3 professional references to Juli Singer, Director of Human Resources, Diocese of Sioux City, E-mail:;
Marriage Encounter
Married Couples. Would you like to relive the excitement, romance and passion from your honeymoon? Rekindle that spark on a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. For more information call Denise and Greg at 563-920-9419 or sign up at Upcoming dates are September 27-29 in Dubuque, IA and November 8-10 in Holstein, IA.
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.
Giving in our Parish Family
Writing a check? Remember: When writing a check for your contribution, please make your check payable to St. Therese of Lisieux Parish.
Online Giving: Online Giving is available to all parishioners. To give online, go to herlittleway/giving/funds. Select the fund to where you want your contribution to be credited. Enter your account and bank information. Enter the amount you want to give.
For all donations (including grain) to the parish: Please make checks payable to St. Therese of Lisieux Parish.
For donations (including grain) to Danbury Catholic School: Please make checks payable to Danbury Catholic School.
The ongoing financial support of our parish is always appreciated. Thank you!
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