Sons of Norway Lodge to tour Heron Lake church
Event is July 21.
WINDOM — The Sons of Norway Stavanger Lodge 1-538 will meet at 7 p.m. July 21, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Heron Lake.
The first known Catholic settlers came to what is now Sacred Heart Parish of Heron Lake in the early 1860’s. 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 after Central European churches and based on a basilica plan with prominent twin bell towers. It was dedicated in August 1921 in a ceremony officiated 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 the homily from Father Andrew Olsem 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 Sacred Heart exhaled love. If the walls could speak, what would they say? Windows displayed the seven Sacraments, but the people live them. If the walls did speak, we would hear them tell of birth, forgiveness, eucharist, people confirmed in faith, matrimony, healing, priesthood and death to new life. People of Sacred Heart were, are, and will continue the Word of God. Families become the Church in miniature.
There were 125 years of sermons-homilies preached, more importantly lived by those who listened.
The church building endured deterioration, cracks, breaking, in the need of constant maintenance and renovation. The people of Sacred Heart in body and soul knew of the same. People welcomed the elevator to elevate themselves so they might more readily witness the elevation of the body and blood of Jesus on the altar.
Whenever anyone comments on the beauty of this building, invite them to visit the living 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 so do we!”
Please join the Sons of Norway Stavanger Lodge to hear a presentation and tour the sanctuary of The Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Heron Lake, led by Marita Volk, a lifelong member of the congregation and community.
The event is free of charge. Guests are always welcome at any Lodge meeting. Refreshments will be served in the Heron Lake city park adjacent to the church property.
The mission of the Sons of Norway is to promote, preserve and cherish a lasting appreciation for the heritage and culture of Norway and other Nordic cultures while growing soundly as a fraternal benefit society and offering maximum benefits to its members. The local Stavanger Lodge was chartered in 1974 and currently has a membership of 60.