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Shepherd of Souls Area Faith Community

Returning to Mass:Guidance for Parents of Children

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Full-Time St. Philip School Principal

Qualified candidates will be asked to provide leadership in faith and academics, administration of the Preschool – 5th grade Catholic school, and serve as the liaison to parents and the community. We seek a dynamic leader who has a current MN teaching license, a bachelor’s degree, and a master’s degree in education.

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Full-Time AFC & Parish Catechetical Leader

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From the Diocese of New Ulm

May 1, 2020

Public Mass suspension continues through May 18

NEW ULM (April 30) - The Catholic bishops of Minnesota are in communication with the Governor’s Office, the Minnesota Department of Health, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the Minnesota Catholic Conference with regard to lifting the suspension of public Masses in Minnesota, as well as what protocols would be required when public Masses are resumed. As of today (April 30), nothing definite has been decided. Please continue to pray that as soon as it is deemed safe, with protocols in place, public Masses can be resumed.

All Catholics in the diocese remain dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass. I encourage all the faithful to participate in Sunday Mass via televised, online, or radio broadcast.

Letter from Fr. Jeff

April 9, 2020

Dear Shepherd of Souls Area Faith Community,         

On behalf of our AFC staff, I wish you a Happy Easter and Easter season.  We have been posting our weekend Masses on our website and Easter Mass will also be there.

Bishop LeVoir sent the following news:  “In consideration of today’s (April 8) extended `Stay at Home’ order issued by Governor Tim Walz, I have extended the suspension of all public Masses in the diocese of New Ulm to Monday, May 4, as an effort to slow the rapid spread of the coronavirus. I understand how difficult it is for everyone not to gather together for Mass during this time. However, the fundamental operating principles of the Diocese of New Ulm are the prevention or the slowing down of the spread of the coronavirus and the spiritual well-being of our parishioners, while not endangering ourselves. All Catholics in the diocese remain dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass. Still, please continue to encourage the faithful to participate in Sunday Mass via televised, online, or radio broadcast.”

During this difficult time, our Knights of Columbus have offered to help those who need someone to do their grocery shopping.  For St. Philip and Our Lady parishioners, you may call Grand Knight John Dufresne 320-224-7589.  For St. John parishioners, you may call Grand Knight Steve Resop 320-455-1897. 

Some may be wondering about signing up for Meals on Wheels.  Please call 320-693-3454.

Please continue to reach out to each other through calls, texts and emails.

Daily Mass is available at  The daily Scripture readings can be found at by clicking the day on the calendar on the right hand side.  Up-to-date information pertaining to the coronavirus, including diocesan announcements, prayers, links to online and television Masses, and other resources, can be found on the Diocese of New Ulm website,

Please remember that your parish depends on your financial generosity more than ever while we will not be gathering for weekend Masses.  Please consider mailing your contributions or donating online at, and please specify the name of the parish or fund you are donating to in the comments area.

Fr. Brian and I are available for the sacrament of Reconciliation or other pastoral needs.  

May you know the Risen Christ’s presence,

Fr. Jeff Horejsi

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4:00 pm Our Lady, Manannah
5:00 pm St. John, Darwin

8:00 am St. Philip, Litchfield
8:30 am Our Lady, Manannah
10:00 am St. John, Darwin
10:30 am St. Philip, Litchfield
12:00 pm St. Philip, Litchfield (Spanish)

Individual Reconciliation (Confessions):
3:30 pm Saturday at Our Lady, Manannah
4:30 pm Saturday at St. John's, Darwin or by appointment