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

Observances of the Week
Monday (9-25)
Tuesday (9-26)
Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs
Wednesday (9-27)
St. Vincent de Paul, Priest
Thursday (9-28)
St. Wenceslaus, Martyr
St. Lawrence Ruiz and Companions, Martyrs
Friday (9-29)
Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels
Saturday (9-30)
St. Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church
Sunday (10-1)
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Respect Life Sunday
Monday (10-2)
The Holy Guardian Angels
Tuesday (10-3)
Wednesday (10-4)
Saint Francis of Assisi
Thursday (10-5)
Saint Faustina Kowalska, Virgin
Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, Priest
Friday (10-6)
Saint Bruno, Priest
Blessed Marie Rose Durocher, Virgin
Saturday (10-7)
Our Lady of the Rosary
Sunday (10-8)
Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings for the Week
Monday (9-25)
Ezr 1:1-6
Ps 126:1b-2ab, 2cd-3, 4-5, 6
Lk 8:16-18
Tuesday (9-26)
Ezr 6:7-8, 12b, 14-20
Ps 122:1-2, 3-4ab, 4cd- 5
Lk 8:19-21
Wednesday (9-27)
Ezr 9:5-9
Tb 13:2, 3-4a, 4befghn, 7-8
Lk 9:1-6
Thursday (9-28)
Hg 1:1-8
Ps 149:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6a and 9b
Lk 9:7-9
Friday (9-29)
Dn 7:9-10, 13-14 or Rv 12:7-12a
Ps 138:1-2ab, 2cde-3, 4-5
Jn 1:47-51
Saturday (9-30)
Zec 2:5-9, 14-15a
Jer 31:10, 11-12ab, 13
Lk 9:43b-45
Sunday (10-1)
Ez 18:25-28
Ps 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9, (6a)
Phil 2:1- 11 or 2:1-5
Mt 21:28-32
Monday (10-2)
Zec 8:1-8
Mt 18:1-5, 10
Tuesday (10-3)
Zec 8:20-23
Lk 9:51-56
Wednesday (10-4)
Neh 2:1-8
Lk 9:57-62
Thursday (10-5)
Neh 8:1-4a, 5-6, 7b-12
Lk 10:1-12
Friday (10-6)
Bar 1:15-22
Lk 10:13-16
Saturday (10-7)
Bar 4:5-12, 27-29
Lk 10:17-24
Sunday (10-8)
Is 5:1-7
Phil 4:6-9
Mt 21:33-43
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.
Eucharistic Rosary Congress Sacred Heart Catholic Church • Ida Grove, IA
OCTOBER 7-13, 2023
Everyone! including Families are Encouraged to sign up
Ida Grove: Sign up sheets in the Gathering Space
Holy Rosary - Every hour on the hour
Rosary CD’s available to use during your hour. After rosary, silent personal prayer & meditation. Sit quietly and allow God to speak to your heart.
Schedule of Events
Sunday Oct. 1st
Feast of St. Therese of the Child Jesus (150th anniversary)
  • Mass 10:30 /Adoration immediately after Mass/ Scheduled sign-ups begin at 12:00 noon
  • 6:30 – 7:20 p.m. Sr. Hesed speaking on her experience with Mother Teresa and on the Real Presence/ Question and Answer session
  • beginning at 7:20 p.m. Bars and Drinks after talk in the hall
Monday Oct. 2nd
Feast of the Holy Angels Adoration throughout the day
  • 6:30 p.m. Healing Mass – Fr. Bill, Fr. Dan Rupp, Fr. Rich Ball, (homily on guardian angels/experiences with how they protect and keep us alive) Msgr. Ken Seifried
  • Healing Service - Kay and the Odebolt choir singing Divine Mercy Chaplet/ Confessions/Anointing/ Prayer Teams/ Adoration through the evening
Tuesday Oct. 3rd
Feast of Our Lady of the Place
  • Adoration throughout the day
  • 6:30 p.m. Patriotic Rosary with readings from our Forefathers/Kay and the Odebolt choir singing Patriotic songs
Wednesday Oct. 4th
Feast of St. Francis of Assisi
  • Adoration throughout the day
  • 6:30 p.m. Isaac Pipp speaking to Youth group 7th-12th grades on Theology of the Body
Thursday Oct. 5th
Feast of St. Faustina Kowalski
  • Adoration through the day
  • 6:30 p.m. Candlelight Eucharistic Procession through the prayer garden and Fatima Shrine/ Divine Mercy Chaplet with Kay and the Odebolt choir/ Veneration of St. Faustina and St. Therese of Lisieux Relics/ Bars and drinks after the service in the hall/ Adoration through the evening
Friday Oct 6th
Feast of St. Bruno
  • 1st Friday/6:30p.m. Mary’s Way of the Cross with Stabat Mater by Kay and the Odebolt choir/ prayers of reparation/ Adoration through the evening
Saturday Oct. 7th
Our Lady of the Rosary, Our Lady of Victory
  • 1st Saturday/ Brief History of Miracle of Lepanto with rosary 9:30/ Mass 10:00/ Consecration of Families to the Immaculate Heart of Mary/ Blessed Miraculous Medals
Daily mass times posted in bulletin & on bulletin board
Sherry Hittle • 712-371-2070
Joan Godbersen • 712-661-9359
Ignited By The Spirit
It is a special weekend as on the first day of October we celebrate the life of Saint Therese of Lisieux who is the Patroness of our three Churches located in Ida Grove, Mapleton and Danbury.
St. Therese was born on January 2, 1873, and passed away at the age of 24 years old on September 30, 1897. Therese lived a very quiet and hidden earthly life. She could scarcely be distinguished from any other Carmelite nun in prayerful service to the Lord. But after her death, there was almost an immediate awareness of her unique gifts originating through her letters and through the many miracles and Godly graces that were quickly poured out. Twenty-eight years later, she was officially canonized by The Catholic Church.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church writes to us saying: "We can and should ask the saints to intercede for us and for the whole world." St. Therese herself said, "I want to spend my heaven doing good on earth." St. Therese wants us to ask for her intercession, to prayerfully ask for whatever can assist each of us on our journey to Christ.
I invite you to please join in this special week of Adoration of the Eucharist, reciting the Rosary, at- tending Mass and additional prayer opportunities that will be offered this upcoming week.
God bless,
Fr. McCarthy.
Events in our Parish Family
Please Bear With Us
The bulletin is a rough draft for an upcoming change in our bulletin. Why? So that we will have bulletins on time and to support a local printing business and our Catholic school. Please bear with us in this transitional period.
The missing info can be found at
40 Days for Life
October is known as Respect Life Month. Every October, we consider more deeply why every human life is valuable and reflect on how to build a culture that protects life from conception to natural death. Here are opportunities to participate:
Life Chain - join us on Sunday, Oct. 1 from 2 - 3 pm at the 4-way stop in Mapleton to stand for life. Signs and materials will be provided. Feel free to bring your own sign too. Fellowship to follow. (Questions call: Dave or Sharyl @ 880-7749)
Baby Shower for Mary's Choice - There will be a crib in the back of each church from Oct. 1 – Oct. 30 for donations. Mary's Choice is a nonprofit resource center with free services during pregnancy and during early childhood. Items they can use: diapers, baby wipes, baby/ toddler/ maternity clothes (new / gently used), baby blankets, bottles, unexpired/accident-free car seats, pak ‘n-plays, etc.
Prayer - a sheet of prayers is available in the back of each church. Please join in praying them daily for 40 Days for the respect of life and the end to abortion.
Fasting - Offer penance, fasting and suffering for the end of abortion.
Read the Catholic Lumen for info on how to participate in 40 Days for Life.
Eucharistic Rosary Congress
Falling within the dates of the Eucharistic Rosary Congress is an important date...October 7th. That date is celebrated in our Catholic faith as the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary/Our Lady of Victory. Do you know how that Title for Our Lady came to be?
It was on this date in 1571 that one of the most famous and bloodiest naval battles in history took place on the Bay of Lepanto, off the Coast of Greece. The opposing forces were Christians against a far superior Turkish navy.
The Turks believed Christianity had become so weak, it was time to move in and "deal the last blow." Outnumbered, Pope St. Pius V called upon the world to pray the rosary. Our Holy Mother responded and miraculously, victory was won on October 7, 1571, which brought the Feast of Our Lady of Victory.
Here we are again, my brothers and sisters. The enemy appears to be attempting to "deal the last blow." There is no doubt we are living in diabolically influenced times. This, while Godless leaders and influencers in our nation have usurped the phrase, “This is a battle for the soul of America,” as their evil abominations unto God easily become a “new normal” in the lives of our loved ones! Those who choose to stand in the “Spirit of Truth” are mocked, persecuted, abandoned and put out! The time is now to do the "Lepanto thing!"
With our rosaries in hand this week, we have a great opportunity to pray and ask Our Lady to bring a victory over the evil that wants to dominate us and deal us a last blow. You are being asked to come for an hour of adoration and to pray a rosary and beg Our Lady to be with us, to bring us a victory and to assist us in our every need. Show up with that intention in your heart and on your lips.
Dutch Apple Pie Time
It’s time for the annual apple pie take and bake in Danbury. The pies will be assembled on Saturday, October 14th. Please plan to help.
Orders are being taken for pies, priced at $12 each, and pie crusts in tins are 2/$5. Order early! Only 750 pies will be made!
Please order by October 7th by calling the Danbury parish rectory at 712-883-2406 or Carol Weber at 712-880-5000.
Rosary Prayer
Since 2007 there have been over 207,000 public square Rosary rallies praying to save America.
Please consider joining us to pray on Saturday, October 14th at noon at Godbersen Park in Ida Grove.
Any questions please call Lisa at 712-371-3297.
Gobble Up Some Turkey
St. Mary's, Mapleton will have their annual turkey supper on Sunday, October 15th from 4:00 until 6:30 p.m. The cost to enjoy the meal is $12. Catered by Staley’s, they are doing drive thru only. A line will form on Heisler Street from the west.
Mapleton residents may also have their meal delivered. Please call 882-1780 for delivery.
Tickets are available at all 3 Mapleton Banks, Hometown Variety, and First Security Bank in Danbury.
Enjoy a Harvest Meal
The Knights of Columbus in Ida Grove will be serving a harvest meal on Sunday, October 8th from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Church Hall. Just $8 gets you a hamburger or pork tenderloin sandwich, mac & cheese, chips and dessert. Want more sandwiches? Additional sandwiches are $2 each.
Sacred Heart - Ida Grove
Harvest Dinner Dessert, Please
The Knights are in need of Bars for our harvest dinner on Sunday, October 8th. You have all done a wonderful job in the past, and we can't wait to see what you all make this time.
Please deliver to parish hall by 2pm on October 8th.
October Ministry Schedule is Here!
The October Ministry schedule is ready for pick up in the entrance of the church.
Thank you for your volunteerism.
St. Mary's - Danbury
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
Mass Time Change
Mass on Tuesday, October 3rd will be at 7:30 a.m.
October Ministry Schedule is Here!
The October Ministry schedule is ready for pick up in the entrance of the church.
Thank you for your volunteerism.
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. If interested, please contact Brenda at 712.223.8682 or Principal Drees at 712.883.2244.
Event Outside the Cluster
Odebolt Life Chain
The Odebolt Life Chain will take place on Sunday, October 1, 2023 at Hwy 175 and 39, across from Cubby’s from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.; signs will be provided.
Questions? Call Joan at 712-661-9359
St. Therese of Lisieux Chaplet
How to Pray the Chaplet:
On the chaplet medal, the following prayer is said:
St. Therese of the Infant Jesus, Patroness of Missions, pray for us.
Then 24 Glory Bes are recited in thanksgiving for the gift of this little and powerful saint.
Finally, the chaplet concludes with this prayer to St. Therese:
St. Therese, the Little Flower, please pick me a rose from the Heavenly Garden and send it to me with a message of love. Ask God to grant me the favor I thee implore, and tell Him I will love Him each day more and more. Amen.
Miscellaneous Information
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