St. John's, Darwin St. Philip's, Litchfield Our Lady, Manannah St. Philip School

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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


Shepherd of Souls Area Faith Community

Sunday 8:00AM Mass will be streamed live on the website every Sunday beginning at 7:50AM.

Tuesday and Friday masses at St. Philip will be live streamed on our new facebook page.
You do not need a facebook account to view the videos.

Click Here for the 2021 Mission Talks and Masses


End of Mass Dispensation in Minnesota

Returning to Mass: July 1 Marks End of Dispensation in Minnesota

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a painful time of separation that necessitated, for a short while, suspension of public Masses and the dispensation from the Sunday obligation to attend Mass. Nonetheless, since May 2020, Minnesota’s bishops have made available the public celebration of Mass to those who wished to attend. Parishes have done an amazing job creating safe spaces for worship and the sacraments during the past year.

Now, as the pandemic subsides, and public gathering restrictions and safety protocols are lifted, it is time to gather as the Body of Christ once again. Therefore, the bishops and diocesan administrators of the Minnesota Catholic Conference have decided to reinstate the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation beginning the weekend of July 3-4, 2021.

Why is attending Mass in-person so important?

St. John Chrysostom reminds us, “You cannot pray at home as at church, where there is a great multitude, where exclamations are cried out to God as from one great heart, and where there is something more: the union of minds, the accord of souls, the bond of charity, the prayers of the priests” (CCC 2179).

Attending the in-person celebration of Sunday Mass and receiving Jesus in the Eucharist are vital to our lives as Catholic Christians. We were created for Communion. Whether you are returning to your home parish, or seeking a local parish on vacation, your participation in the Mass unites you with the Church — the Body of Christ. This communion transforms us as persons and enables us to make manifest the Kingdom of God in our world. The celebration of the Eucharist truly is the source and summit of our faith.

Pope Francis, in his homily on the Feast of Corpus Christi in 2018, said, “Jesus prepares a place for us here below, because the Eucharist is the beating heart of the Church. It gives her birth and rebirth; it gathers her together and gives her strength. But the Eucharist also prepares for us a place on high, in eternity, for it is the Bread of heaven.”

Does this mean there will no longer be any dispensation from the Sunday and Holy Day obligations?

Although the general dispensation will no longer be available, the Church has always recognized that certain circumstances can excuse a person from the requirement to observe the obligation. Persons are excused from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays or Holy Days under the following circumstances:

1. You have reason to believe your health would be significantly compromised if you were to contract a communicable illness (i.e., you have underlying conditions or are in a high-risk category).
2. You exhibit flu-like symptoms.
3. You have good reason to think you might be asymptomatic of a contagious illness (e.g., you were in recent contact with someone who tested positive for a contagious illness such as COVID or influenza).
4. You care for the sick, homebound, or infirmed.
5. You are pregnant or you are 65 years of age or older (per the CDC’s recommendation for high-risk individuals).
6. You cannot attend Mass through no fault of your own (e.g., no Mass is offered; you are infirm; or, while wanting to go, you are prevented for some reason you cannot control, such as your ride did not show up).
7. You have significant fear or anxiety of becoming ill by being at Mass.

If situations 1 through 3 apply to you, prudent concern for your neighbor should lead you to stay home. If you fall within situations 4-7, please exercise good judgment, consider the common good, and know you would not be held to the obligation of attending Mass. For further questions about the application of any of these situations, please contact your pastor. These categories will be reviewed in due course and revised as needed.

Those within the categories enumerated above must still observe the Lord’s Day and are encouraged to spend time in prayer on Sunday, meditating on the Lord’s passion, death, and resurrection; an excellent way to do this is by praying the Liturgy of the Hours and participating in a broadcast/livestream of the Sunday Mass.

More information, answers to frequently asked questions, and a portal to each diocese’s protocols can be found at the website

The return of our faith family to Mass is a joyous occasion. With that in mind, we also encourage the faithful to post on social media about their return-to-Mass worship experiences using the hashtag #backtomassmn. Wherever you may be, welcome home!

Most Rev. Bernard A. Hebda, Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis
Most Rev. Andrew H. Cozzens, Auxiliary Bishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis
Most Rev. John M. Quinn, Bishop of Winona-Rochester
Most Rev. Donald J. Kettler, Bishop of St. Cloud
Most Rev. Daniel J. Felton, Bishop of Duluth
Most Rev. Richard E. Pates, Apostolic Administrator of Crookston
Very Rev. Douglas L. Grams, Diocesan Administrator of New Ulm


Ordination of Nathan Hansen

Congratulations to Nathan Hansen and Parents Deacon John and Ruthann Hansen on his upcoming ordination to the Sacred Order of the Diaconate on Saturday, June 5 at the Cathedral of New Ulm.

We are proud of Nathan and his yes to God as he continues on his journey toward priesthood. 

You can watch the livestream of the ordination service on Saturday, June 5 at 10:00AM.

Live Stream — Diocese of New Ulm (

You may also be a part of his first mass as a Deacon this Sunday and 10:00AM at St. John's in Darwin.

You can also stream it on the link below.

New Camera - Sunday 10:00AM Mass - YouTube


Employment Opportunity

Click here for the Music Teacher Job Description

K-5 Music Teacher School of St. Philip, Litchfield, MN

The School of St. Philip has a partl-time vacancy for an elementary music teacher starting with the 2021-22 school year.  The position will require about 6 hours a week

For more information or to appy click here.


Pre School VBS - Camping With The Saints


Scammers are pretending to be Fr. Jeff and are sending text messages and sometimes emails asking for assistance. 

Please note that Fr. Jeff or any staff member will not send a text message asking for assistance in this manner.

Things to look for when you receive a request like this are:

  • Verify cell phone number. Most of these text messages do not come from a phone number with a local area code.
  • Verify first, pay second. Email accounts can become compromised and an email you receive may be fake. If you receive payment instructions in an email from what appears to be a trusted customer or vendor, call the individual who made the request, prior to initiating payment, to ensure it is an authentic request. Never use the phone number listed in an email. Call a phone number you know to be theirs.
  • Scrutinize Overpayments. A popular scam is to request a refund by cashier’s check or wire transfer for an alleged overpayment that was deposited into your account. Be sure to question how the overpayment occurred and wait for the initial deposit to clear before initiating a refund.
  • Beware of confidentiality. Whenever wire transfer instructions specify keeping the transaction a secret, verbally verify with an authorized individual or the person requesting the transaction.
  • Take your time and be cautious. A common red flag of a perpetrator is trying to rush a wire transfer or payment.
  • Verify Changes.  Any time you receive new payment instructions or a change to existing payment instructions, verbally confirm with a trusted source that they sent the request.
  • Double Check Email Addresses. A common trick is to slightly modify a trusted email address. For example, [email protected] might be changed to [email protected] Another common trick is for a fraudster to spoof a display name to look like the email is coming from a trusted source. To verify the sender of a payment request, use your computer cursor to hover over the display name in the “From” field to verify it is the email address of a trusted source. Illegitimate emails will show a different email address.
  • Use Forward Instead of Reply. Do not reply to an email with a wire or payment request. Instead, forward the email to the email address that you have on file.