Sons of Norway Lodge will visit Heron Lake Church – The Globe

WINDOM – The Sons of Norway Stavanger Lodge 1-538 will meet at 7 p.m. on July 21 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Heron Lake.

The first known Catholic settlers arrived in what is now Sacred Heart Parish of Heron Lake in the early 1860s. Sacred Heart is part of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester. Built in 1921 at a cost of $150,000, the church was designed by architects Parkinson and Dockendorff of La Crosse, Wisconsin. The design is neo-baroque with neoclassical touches. It was modeled on central European churches and based on a basilica plan with prominent twin steeples. It was consecrated in August 1921 in a ceremony presided over by Bishop Patrick Heffron of the Diocese of Winona. The church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.

A major renovation of the church began in September 2018 and was completed in June 2020.

The history of Sacred Heart Church is reflected in Father Andrew Olsem’s homily on August 7, 2009.

“This Church breathed in and breathed out. Some people say the building takes their breath away. The souls of the people of the Sacred Heart exhaled love. If walls could talk, what would they say? The windows displayed the seven sacraments, but people live them. If the walls spoke, we would hear them speak of birth, forgiveness, eucharist, people confirmed in the faith, marriage, healing, priesthood and dying to new life. People of the Sacred Heart were, are and will continue the Word of God. Families become the Church in miniature.

There have been 125 years of sermon-homilies preached, mostly experienced by those who listened.

The church building suffered from deterioration, cracks, breakage, requiring constant maintenance and renovation. The people of the Sacred Heart knew it body and soul. People welcomed the elevator to rise so they could more easily witness the raising of the body and blood of Jesus onto the altar.

Whenever someone comments on the beauty of this building, invite them to visit the people of Sacred Heart. Invite them to the cemetery to pause in silence. These people had “the Heart of” the Sacred Heart of Jesus the Lord. And U.S. too !

Please join Sons of Norway Stavanger Lodge for a presentation and tour of the sanctuary of the Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart in Heron Lake, led by congregation and community life member Marita Volk.

The event is free. Guests are always welcome at any Lodge meeting. Refreshments will be served in Heron Lake City Park adjacent to the church property.

The mission of the Sons of Norway is to promote, preserve and cherish an enduring appreciation of the heritage and culture of Norway and other Nordic cultures while developing soundly as a fraternal relief society and providing maximum benefits to its members. The local Stavanger Lodge was established in 1974 and currently has 60 members.

Martha J. Finley