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

Observances and Readings for the Week
Monday (2-19)
Lv 19:1-2, 11-18
Mt 25:31-46
Tuesday (2-20)
Is 55:10-11
Mt 6:7-15
Wednesday (2-21)
Saint Peter Damian, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Jon 3:1-10
Lk 11:29-32
Thursday (2-22)
The Chair of Saint Peter the Apostle
1 Pt 5:1-4
Mt 16:13-19
Friday (2-23)
Saint Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr
Ez 18:21-28
Mt 5:20-26
Saturday (2-24)
Dt 26:16-19
Mt 5:43-48
Sunday (2-25)
Second Sunday of Lent
Gn 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18
Rom 8:31b-34
Mk 9:2-10
Monday (2-26)
Dn 9:4b-1039a, 40-42
Lk 6:36-38
Tuesday (2-27)
Saint Gregory of Narek, Abbot and Doctor of the Church
Is 1:10, 16-2039a, 40-42
Mt 23:1-12

Wednesday (2-28)
Jer 18:18-2039a, 40-42
Mt 20:17-28
Thursday (2-29)
Jer 17:5-1039a, 40-42
Lk 16:19-31
Friday (3-1)
Gn 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28a39a, 40-42
Mt 21:33-43, 45-46

Saturday (3-2)
Mi 7:14-15, 18-2039a, 40-42
Lk 15:1-3, 11-32
Sunday (3-3)
Third Sunday of Lent
Ex 20:1-17 or 20:1-3, 7-8, 12-1739a, 40-421
Cor 1:22-2539a, 40-42
Jn 2:13-25 (29)
or, for Year A,
Ex 17:3-739a, 40-42
Rom 5:1-2, 5-839a, 40-42
Jn 4:5-42 or 4:5-15, 19b-26, 39a, 40-42
Ignited By The Spirit
This past Sunday, two members of St. Therese` of Lisieux Parish were welcomed into the Catholic Church by Bishop R. Walker Nickless. They were in attendance at the Cathedral of the Epiphany for an afternoon prayer service. This “Rite of Election” step allows Malinda and Alex Bengford to be designated as “Elect,” and on the Easter Vigil Mass they will be baptized into the fullness of the Catholic Faith and receive the Sacraments of Holy Communion and Confirmation. That Mass will be at the Sacred Heart Church beginning at 8:00 PM. I ask you to please pray for them and their family.
If you are looking for a powerful prayer to recite this Lenten season; why not renew your baptismal promises. It doesn’t take long to recite the prayer, and by doing so, you are saying “yes” to God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Your heart is opened to receive the love of God that heals every brokenness.
God bless,
Fr. McCarthy.
Events in our Parish Family
Feb. 25 - Easter Raffle
Raffle tickets for an Easter basket filled with items for the holiday will be sold at Mapleton St. Mary’s during the month of February. The basket will be in the east entrance of the church with tickets $5.00 each or 6 for $25.00.
Proceeds will go to the Mapleton St. Mary’s Improvement Fund.
Drawing for the winning ticket will be at end of Mass on February 25th.
Mar. 1, 15 - It’s Fish Fry Time
The Father Harry E Dailey knights will be having our annual fish fries on Friday March 1st and Friday March 15th at Sacred Heart in Ida Grove. See any of the Knights for tickets.
Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, 27 - Pray with the Pupils
Stations of the Cross with the Danbury Catholic School students will be on Friday, March 1st and Friday, March 15th at 2:30 p.m. in the church.
On Friday March 8th and Friday, March 22nd the Rosary will be led at the church at 2:30 p.m.
Living Stations will be on Wednesday, March 27th at 12:30 p.m. in the school gymnasium.
All are welcome to attend.
March 22 - Danbury Catholic School Preschool Destination
Danbury Catholic School’s Preschool Destination will be held on Friday, March 22nd from 10:30 -11:30 a.m. The current preschoolers will not have school on the 22nd.
To register or for more information, please contact the school at 712.883.2244.
March 22 - Danbury Catholic School Kindergarten Round Up 2024-2025
Danbury Catholic School’s kindergarten roundup will be held on Friday, March 22nd from 9:00-10:00 a.m.
The current kindergarteners will not have class on the 22nd.
To register or for more information, please contact the school at 712.883.2244.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Wanted: Crocheters and knitters to help with the St. Therese of Lisieux prayer shawl ministry. If you don't know how to crochet, Lisa Jacobsen would be happy to teach you.
People really appreciate a gift from the church when they are in need, sick, lost a loved one, or to help celebrate the joy of a new baby or wedding.
If interested, please call Lisa Jacobsen at 712-371-3297.
Give me faith, Lord, and let me help others find it.
Sacred Heart - Ida Grove
Mar. 1, 15 - Desserts, Please
As Lent is fast approaching, the Knights of Ida Grove are asking the fine ladies of our parish to donate desserts for the fish fries. We have had some amazing desserts and look forward to many more. The dates are March 1st and March 15th.
March Ministry AND Holy Week Sign Up
The March ministry schedule is ready to pick up in the entrance of the church. Thank you to those who have volunteered.
Holy Week Ministry sign up is available in the entrance of the church. We appreciate your assistance in this very important week.
St. Mary's - Danbury
Stations of the Cross
Join us for the Stations of the Cross every Wednesday at approximately 6:45, just prior to Faith Formation. We will also livestream on the St. Mary’s Danbury Facebook page.
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.
Easter Flowers and Lilies
If you would like to donate an Easter lily or Easter flowers in memory of a loved one to our Easter Mass, please bring it to the church by 12:00 noon on Friday, March 29th.
Thank you.
St. Mary's - Mapleton
Feb. 27, March 5, 12, 19 - Stations of the Cross
The Stations of the Cross will be at Mapleton St Mary’s on Tuesdays during Lent at 5:00 p.m. before the 5:30 Mass. Please join us.
Danbury Catholic School
2024-25 Job Openings - Preschool Teacher, Part-time Music Teacher
DANBURY CATHOLIC SCHOOL has the following opening for the 2024-25 school year:
Preschool 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
2024-25 Job Opening - Principal
DANBURY CATHOLIC SCHOOL has the following opening for the 2024-25 school year:
Elementary Principal
Applicants may send a letter of interest and resume to:
Father William McCarthy
800 Main Street
Ida Grove, Iowa 51445
Application Deadline: March 4, 2024
Jesus ... He’s not just for weekends
Event Outside the Cluster
Apr. 1 - Health Care Worker Scholarship
Ida Area for Life is accepting applications for a $1000 scholarship for any Ida or Sac County student going into a medical field such as nursing and who is also a pro-life supporter.
Applicants will make a YouTube video or a written essay that will be made public. The video (or essay) will be a ten minute maximum speech answering the question: Why does the life of the unborn matter? The winning video or essay will be presented at a Pro Life event. Payment will be made directly to the school. Payment of $500 will be made after completion of one semester. If GPA is not at least 2.0 out of 4.0 the second payment will not be made. Judging will be done by a board. Application deadline is April 1st. Ask for an application from Pastor Mark Kluzek at For an example watch “Why the Unborn Matter” and “Let me open up my eyes” on Mark Kluzek’s Defend the Unborn Youtube channel:
April 6 - Leonetti to Keynote for Men’s Conference
National Catholic speaker, youth minister, parish mission leader, author and Des Moines Catholic radio host, Jon Leonetti will be the keynote speaker for the April 6 Men’s Conference in Le Mars.
The “Men of the Cross” conference is co-sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of Sioux City and the Le Mars All Saints Catholic Parish Men’s Ministry group.
“He is from Central Iowa – is always great and has a similar background as the men who are attending,” said diocesan Director of Faith Formation Karmen Bower. “He is high-energy and charismatic – very inspiring and motivating. He’s passionately Catholic and living his faith.”
Leonetti shared that he will be talking to the conference participants about humans being created in God’s image and likeness, as described in the book of Genesis. He pointed out that humans are the “highest form of God’s creation.”
“That’s important to know because that means all the things in our life are worth less than us,” the speaker said. “If we try to fill our unquenchable desire for meaning, reason and purpose in everything that is worth less than us, we will never find what we’re looking for ... We’re looking for the cross of Jesus Christ. As men, it’s time we embrace Christ’s call to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Jesus. And in so doing, we find what we’ve been looking for all along.”
Men of the Cross will include three keynote presentations from Leonetti, two 30-minute breakout sessions, lunch and Mass at 2 p.m. with Bishop Nickless. The Plymouth County Pork Producers will be providing a hearty pork chop lunch for the men, which has become an annual favorite for the participants.
Bower explained the breakout speakers will include Father Zach Jones, Father Michael Erpelding and Daniel Swalve, parishioner and father of young children.
To register for the conference, participants can go to Cost is $40 per person if registered by March 22. After March 22, the fee increases to $50 per person. Fathers and sons registering together will receive a $5 discount off of each registration. The conference will be held at All Saints Catholic Parish - St. Joseph Church, 605 Plymouth St. NE in Le Mars.
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.
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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