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

Observances and Readings for the Week
Monday (5-20)
The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church
(Seventh Week in Ordinary Time)
Gn 3:9-15, 20 or Acts 1:12-14
Jn 19:25-34
Tuesday (5-21)
Saint Christopher Magallanes, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs
Jas 4:1-10
Mk 9:30-37
Wednesday (5-22)
Saint Rita of Cascia, Religious
Jas 4:13-17
Mk 9:38-40
Thursday (5-23)
Jas 5:1-6
Mk 9:41-50
Friday (5-24)
Jas 5:9-12
Mk 10:1-12
Saturday (5-25)
Saint Bede the Venerable, Priest and Doctor of the Church
Saint Gregory VII, Pope
Saint Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi, Virgin
Jas 5:13-20
Mk 10:13-16
Sunday (5-26)
The Most Holy Trinity
Dt 4:32-34, 39-40
Rom 8:14-17
Mt 28:16-20
Monday (5-27)
Saint Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop
1 Pt 1:3-9
Mk 10:17-27
Tuesday (5-28)
1 Pt 1:10-16
Mk 10:28-31
Wednesday (5-29)
Saint Paul VI, Pope 1
Pt 1:18-25
Mk 10:32-45
Thursday (5-30)
1 Pt 2:2-5, 9-12
Mk 10:46-52
Friday (5-31)
The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Feast
Zep 3:14-18a or Rom 12:9-16
Lk 1:39-56
Saturday (6-1)
Saint Justin, Martyr, Memorial
Jude 17, 20b-25
Mk 11:27-33
Sunday (6-2)
The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), Solemnity
Ex 24:3-8
Heb 9:11-15
Mk 14:12-16, 22-26
“In spite of our sinfulness, in spite of the darkness surrounding our souls, the grace of the Holy Spirit, conferred by baptism in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, still shines in our hearts with the inextinguishable light of Christ ... and when the sinner turns to the way of repentance the light smooths away every trace of the sins committed, clothing the former sinner in the garments of incorruption, spun of the grace of the Holy Spirit. It is this acquisition of the Holy Spirit about which I have been speaking.”
St. Seraphim of Sarov

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
Writing this for this week’s bulletin is a challenge because there are so many good things happening for which to give thanks to God.
Blessings come in many different ways, but as I write, rain clouds are coming in from the West which reminds me how the last five years the spring seasons have been so dry, absent from life-giving rains. This year is certainly a change with an abundance of moisture. The grass, trees and flowers are growing rapidly.
Speaking about flowers, the prayer garden in Ida Grove is looking awesome. Why not think about have senior pictures (class of 2025) in the prayer garden? The same question goes to family pictures or special announcements. The prayer garden is a beautiful spot.
Congratulations to all graduates. May the Holy Spirit direct you to lasting happiness and joy.
It is such a relief to see the tuck pointing moving along so quickly at the Ida Grove church. It was so needed, and we are able to do the work because we had donations that came in to pay off the Sacred Heart New Church debt. The overflow allows for repairs that should last many years.
God is good all the time! May each of you receive an abundance of God’s grace in your life and family!
Fr. McCarthy.
Events in our Parish Family
Danbury Friday Mass Time Change
Now that the students are free for the summer, Friday Mass will change to 8:00 a.m. Please join us in worship.
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.
Sacred Heart - Ida Grove
June Schedule is Ready
The June Ministry Schedule is available in the entrance to the Church. Thank you for your service.
St. Mary's - Danbury
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
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@
Donate to Mary’s Choice
Mary’s Choice has year ‘round needs of donations. To help, each parish is accepting second hand items.
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.
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