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

Observances of the Week
Monday (11-20)
Tuesday (11-21)
The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Wednesday (11-22)
Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr
Thursday (11-23)
Saint Clement I, Pope and Martyr
Saint Columban, Abbot
Blessed Miguel Agustín Pro, Priest and Martyr
Thanksgiving Day
Friday (11-24)
Saint Andrew Dũng-Lạc, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs
Saturday (11-25)
Saint Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin and Martyr
Sunday (11-26)
Thirty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Monday (11-27)
Last Week in Ordinary Time
Tuesday (11-28)
Wednesday (11-29)
Thursday (11-30)
Saint Andrew, Apostle
Friday (12-1)
Saturday (12-2)
Sunday (12-3)
First Sunday of Advent
Monday (12-4)
Saint John Damascene, Priest and Doctor of the Church
Tuesday (12-5)
Wednesday (12-6)
Thursday (12-7)
u Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Friday (12-8)
Immaculate Conception of the Bessed Virgin Mary
Saturday (12-9)
Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin
Sunday (12-10)
Second Sunday of Advent

Readings for the Week
Monday (11-20)
1 Mc 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63
Lk 18:35-43
Tuesday (11-21)
2 Mc 6:18-31
Lk 19:1-10
Wednesday (11-22)
2 Mc 7:1, 20-31
Lk 19:11-28
Thursday (11-23)
1 Mc 2:15-29
Lk 19:41-44
Friday (11-24)
1 Mc 4:36-37, 52-59
Lk 19:45-48
Saturday (11-25)
1 Mc 6:1-13
Lk 20:27-40
Sunday (11-26)
Ez 34:11-12, 15-17
1 Cor 15:20-26, 28
Mt 25:31-46
Monday (11-27)
Dn 1:1-6, 8-20
Lk 21:1-4
Tuesday (11-28)
Dn 2:31-45
Lk 21:5-11
Wednesday (11-29)
Dn 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28
Lk 21:12-19
Thursday (11-30)
Rom 10:9-18
Mt 4:18-22
Friday (12-1)
Dn 7:2-14
Lk 21:29-33
Saturday (12-2)
Dn 7:15-27
Lk 21:34-36
Sunday (12-3)
Is 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7
1 Cor 1:3-9
Mk 13:33-37
Monday (12-4)
Is 2:1-5
Mt 8:5-11
Tuesday (12-5)
Is 11:1-10
Lk 10:21-24
Wednesday (12-6)
Is 25:6-10a
Mt 15:29-37
Thursday (12-7)
Is 26:1-6
Mt 7:21, 24-27
Friday (12-8)
Gn 3:9-15, 20
Eph 1:3-6, 11-12
Lk 1:26-38
Saturday (12-9)
Is 30:19-21, 23-26
Mt 9:35—10:1, 5a, 6-8
Sunday (12-10)
Is 40:1-5, 9-11
2 Pt 3:8-14
Mk 1:1-8
We, the parishioners of St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parishes, welcome you to join our parish community.  On this website you will find information about our parish, including Mass Times, how to contact the Parish Office, information about faith formation programs and more.
Ignited By The Spirit
Late November has been spectacular this year. I traveled on the new cement road that goes north and south out of Ida Grove. The scenery was amazing. This beautiful season of the year should move our hearts to be a people of thanksgiving. God calls us to live in peace and harmony. Too often we try to live in pleasure, and it just doesn’t last. A better way is to be centered on what matters most and what lasts forever, and that is in the Word of God and the Spirit of God.
Read Sacred Scripture and make the sacraments of the Church with its life-giving grace a nourishing routine of your daily life. As Advent approaches we can ask: What can we give to the Lord? We live in a world that is frantically busy; we just don’t have extra time. But if you make time for God and give God the gift of being the center of your day, blessing will surely follow, by that everything else will fall into place.
The gift of God first in your day and last before sleep will bring you peace and new hope like nothing else can give. One’s relationship with God serves as a foundation an unfailing strength that helps one bear any hardship or burden.
This weekend we celebrate Christ the King of the Universe, may Christ the King reign in your heart and reign in your daily life.
God bless,
Fr. McCarthy.
Events in our Parish Family
Nov. 28 - No Mass in Danbury, Mapleton
Fr. Ball and Msgr. Seifried will be gone on November 28th, so there will be no Mass in Danbury or in Mapleton on that day.
Nov. 29 - Poinsettias, Wreaths to Arrive Wed.
Julie Hamann, organizer of the Danbury Catholic Christmas greenery fundraiser, is happy to announce that the poinsettias and the wreaths are scheduled to arrive on November 29th. As of Monday afternoon, the exact time is unknown as of the bulletin printing. She adds that the pick up time will most likely be after school on the 29th. Please watch the Review or the St. Mary's Facebook pages for more information as the times will not be available in time for in time for publication this week, and next week will be too late.
While there are no extra wreaths for sale, there will be a limited number of poinsettias to purchase on a first come, first served basis. Perhaps you wish to give your loved ones a poinsettia as an early Christmas gift. Perhaps you would like to donate a plant to your church for decorations. If interested, watch Facebook for updates.
Donate to Mary’s Choice All Year ‘Round
The Knights of Columbus is finishing their Mary’s Choice October campaign, and they received lots of great items for babies and new parents who need a little assistance. The donations are much appreciated, but help is needed year ‘round.
To help with these year ‘round needs, each parish now will be accepting second hand items each month.
A crib is in the basement at St. Mary’s Mapleton.
A Pack N Play is in the west entrance at St. Mary’s Danbury.
A crib is in the back entrance at Sacred Heart Ida Grove.
Please include only second hand baby/toddler clothes or maternity clothes. This does NOT include diapers, new items, etc. The Knights will continue to do their drive for those things each October.
Thank you for your help.
Community Life Committee
Dec. 14 - Danbury Catholic’s Christmas Program
Danbury Catholic School students will perform their Christmas program on Thursday, December 14th at Danbury Catholic School.
Dress rehearsal will be at 10:00 a.m., and the evening program will be at 7:00 p.m.
All are welcome to attend.
St. Therese Chaplets
We now have Chaplets of St Therese available at all three churches. These include a medal with beads and prayer instructions. The Chaplets are at the entries of all 3 churches. Thank you, Deacon Stover for ordering these.
At this time we are asking that you take one per household. We may order more when we have a better count.
Thank you,
Community Life Committee
Sacred Heart - Ida Grove
December Ministry Schedule is Here!
The December Ministry schedule is ready for pick up in the entrance of the church.
Thank you for your volunteerism.
St. Mary's - Danbury
Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13 - Help Decorate the Church
Remember how beautiful the church looked last year for Christmas? You can help make it look beautiful this year. All help is appreciated.
We will be decorating on Wednesday evenings beginning on November 29th. Join us at 7:00 p.m., or contact Lynn Buth at 840-0327 if you want to help but at a different time.
Thank you!
Dec. 3 - Rosary Society Brunch
The Danbury Ladies Rosary Society Holiday Brunch will be held on Sunday, December 3rd at 10:00 a.m. at the Beef N Brew Meeting Room in Mapleton. All members of the rosary society are invited.
For those who would like to participate in a Grab Bag Gift Exchange, we have a set a limit of $20.00.
Dec. 22 - Christmas Poinsettias
If you would like to donate a poinsettia or two for Christmas, please bring them to the church sacristy on Friday, December 22nd by 2:00 p.m.
Thank you!
Pray the Rosary With Us
We will pray the Rosary every Wednesday at approximately 6:45, just prior to Faith Formation. Join us! We will also livestream on the St. Mary’s Danbury Facebook page.
St. Mary's - Mapleton
Dec. 17 - Adopt-a-Family
St. Mary’s is again adopting families this Christmas season. These families consist of children, single parent, and older couples. Please check St. Mary’s Facebook page and the back of this bulletin for a list of family needs. Ornaments will adorn the two evergreen trees at both entries of Church beginning November 15th when the trees and ornaments will go up.
Items donated to help these families may be left in the church basement, entering via the north church door, every Sunday until noon on Sunday, Dec. 17th.
Any cash donations to assist may be sent to St. Mary’s Adopt-a-Family, 703 Heisler St. Mapleton, IA 50134 or left in the collection basket at the church entrances.
The Adopt-a-Family committee extends their thanks in advance for your heartfelt generosity!
Click here for a listing of the families
Danbury Catholic School
SRTS Driver Needed
Siouxland Regional Transit System is in need of a driver for the Danbury Catholic School route 2 days a week. Please contact Brenda at 712.223.8682 or Principal Drees at 712.883.2244.
Event Outside the Cluster
Dec. 13, 16 - Walk Through Bethlehem
Walk Through Bethlehem at Faith Bible Church in Mapleton on Wednesday, December 13th from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. and again on Saturday, December 16th from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Free family-friendly events are a great way to share the true meaning of Christmas and create fond memories. To conclude the tour there will be a live petting zoo outside and a small treat to enjoy.
Giving in our Parish Family
Contribution Envelopes: St. Mary’s, Danbury and Mapleton, your contribution envelopes will now be delivered every other month directly to your mailbox just as is currently being done for Sacred Heart. Watch for your first packet of envelopes in mid-December. These will be for your January and February parish contributions.
Writing a check? Remember: When writing a check for your contribution, please make your check payable to St. Therese of Lisieux Parish.
Online Giving for ALL Now: Online Giving is now available to all parishioners. To give online, simply
go to 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.
Whether you choose to give to St. Therese of Lisieux Parish using your contribution envelope or wish to give online, the ongoing financial support of our parish is always appreciated. Thank you!
Miscellaneous Information
Thank the advertisers who support our bulletin
Please remember to check the back page of the bulletin and support our sponsors!
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