2001 College Place

        Harlan, Iowa 51537

Parish News and Information

Masses:  WILL BE HELD at 5 pm Saturday and 9:30 am Sunday.                                                         

Weekday masses: Regular Schedule, Fr. Dan Gehler & Fr. Clement Owusu will alternate weeks.

Mass Schedule When There Is A Funeral: During the pandemic, there will be a daily Mass when there is a funeral. This way our daily Mass parishioners can still attend daily Mass without having to attend the funeral since our maximum capacity is 125. 

Father's other Parish's Mass Times: 

St. Peter's, Defiance - Tuesday & Thursday 8:30 am - Saturday 4 pm

St. Joseph's, Earling - Wednesday & Friday 8:00 am - Sunday 9:30 am

Should I be going to Mass?? 

Shelby County is experiencing another up-tick in Covid-19 positive cases. Coming to Mass does pose a significant health risk. At this time you must weigh the risk to your own hearth and that of those around you. Please give thoughtful consideration before making your decision to attend Mass or not.

Before deciding also keep in mind Bishop Joensen has suspended the Sunday obligation to attend Mass for EVERYONE. Please know that God’s infinite grace and mercy remain abundantly available weather or not you attend Mass. Bishop Joensen has also granted a plenary indulgence* (forgiveness of all sins).

* please see explanation on our web site stmichaelparish.com

Children's and Youth Ministries: Please return completed registration and payments as soon as possible – drop off in basket at Mass, mail or drop off at Parish office. Faith Formation will begin in September – Family Formation the 1st Weds and Defenders Youth Group will begin for 7/8 graders 2nd Weds, Confirmation (9/10) on 3rd Weds. and Jr/Sr on 4th Weds..

Please keep an eye on your email, Facebook, Flocknote and the bulletin for important dates and updates . Weekly emails will be going out to parents and kids with activities, videos, prayers, etc. for use at home. The Domestic Church and Praying will be a thread thru this school year for us. The parish and the parents are truly a partnership in the faith formation of our children.

If you are wanting to be part of a Facilitator Team for Teens please let me know. The commitment would be a Planning Session on the 1st of every Month 6:30-7:30 and then 1 – 4 Wednesday evenings a month based on your desire/schedule. Email – [email protected] or office 712-755-5366 cell 712-404-8319 Thank you for your prayerful consideration!

If you have any other questions about Sunday Saints, Family Formation or Defenders Youth Group please don't hesitate to call.

West Central Community Action:  We are currently partnering with SCCO and other community partners for the 2020-2021 Backpack Ministry program and we are still seeking monetary donations in order to supply families with a gift card to purchase school supplies needed for the upcoming school year.  The deadline for families to apply is July 31, and monetary donations may be sent to SCCO, PO Box 69, Harlan, IA 51537. 

Our food pantry is still offering assistance with relaxed guidelines due to the corona virus pandemic.  This means there are currently no guidelines for how often a family may utilize the food pantry. This service is available to any family or individual residing in Shelby County (no income guidelines). 


Meet the New Pastor - Fr. Dan Gehler

Fr. Dan Gehler will take over as pastor of St. Michael's on July 9, 2020. He will continue his duties as pastor at St. Joseph's and St. Peter's. His time will be spent equally during the week at all three parishes. The weekend schedule will see both Fr. Dan and Fr. Clement saying masses at different times. 

Please welcome Fr. Dan as he begins his ministry here in Harlan! 


Meet the New Associate - Fr. Clement Owusu

Fr. Clement Owusu will be St. Michael's associate pastor, serving under Fr. Dan Gehler. He will share liturgical duties with Fr. Dan at St. Joseph's and St. Peter's. Please give Fr. Clement a warm welcome when he arrives July 9, 2020! 


Farewell Fr. John

Father John's new (temporary) address

4300 74th Street

Urbandale, Iowa 50322


home email - [email protected]

Sunday Mass at St. Michael's

You can access the Knights of Columbus YouTube channel to view Mass at St. Michael's here - https://tinyurl.com/y4ax6z3g

You can also go to YouTube channel and search Knights Of Columbus Harlan Iowa and Masses should pop up listed by date. 

We also try to put a link on Facebook page St. Michael's Catholic Church - Harlan, IA (please like and share)




LivingFaith Daily Catholic Devotions is available for all in the MAILBOX just outside of Parish Office Door.

This devotional is for months of July, August and September. There is no charge thanks to generous donors.


Saturday - 5:00 pm
Sunday - 9:30 am
Weekdays - varies, click on bulletin below
Holy Days - click on bulletin below

Saturday 4:00 pm or by appointment

First Friday Adoration
9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Benediction 12:00 noon


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Daily Mass

Daily mass is celebrated every day from Bishop Barron's chapel, join in at Word On Fire

Daily Readings

Weekly reading

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Covid - 19 Relief Fund - Donate Now!

The Diocese of Des Moines has created a relief fund in partnership with Catholic Charities to provide immediate assistance to the most vulnerable individuals and families in our Diocese. They will receive help with monthly rent, utilities, medical bills etc. This will allow them to spend money on basic needs like groceries, gas and other essentials during this time of uncertainty. Catholic Charities will administer this aspect of the relief fund through a grant application process. Payment will be made directly to vendors such as landlords, utility companies, hospitals/clinics, etc. 

The fund will also be available to parishes and schools to help with their most pressing needs as collections have taken a downturn. The Diocese will be working with ministry leaders to identify the most vulnerable parishes and their urgent needs. 

This is an excellent opportunity for those who can offer financial assistance to help their fellow human beings. You can find out how to donate by visiting the Covid Relief Fund on the Diocesan web-page. There you will find all the information to send in your donation, or if you prefer you may send your donation to St. Michael's marked "COVID-19 Relief Fund" (1912 18th Street Harlan, IA 51537). Thank you for your generosity!!

Plenary Indulgence Has Been Granted

A Plenary Indulgence is the Church's way of granting forgiveness of sins when normal means are unavailable. 

For those individuals that contract COVID-19 Bishop Joensen has granted a plenary indulgence (forgiveness of all sins). The conditions for receiving plenary indulgence are a spirit of repentance for the sins committed in a person's life by utilizing a prayer like this, "Lord, forgive me of my sins." or "Lord, have mercy on me a sinner." After recovering from COVID-19 the person need to have the intention to go to confession, receive Holy Communion, and pray for the needs of the world as soon as possible. 

A plenary indulgence is also granted to a person at the moment of death when they are unable to be anointed with the Sacrament of the Sick. The only conditions shall be the person be properly disposed, that is, express an attitude of faith or sorrow for sin and that a cross or a rosary should be present in the room.

Prayers During This Time of Emergency

While we are restricted from attending Mass, we are not restricted from praying! We encourage spending time together as a family with the Lord. Gather your family nightly before bed or around the breakfast table each morning and offer your thanks for the preventive measures that are being taken. Here are a few prayers you may want to include. 

Prayer to the Archangel Michael

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust into hell, Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world seeking the ruin of souls.  Amen.

Prayer of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

              Prayer for the Sick

God our Father we come to You in our need to ask Your protection against the Corona virus that has claimed lives and has affected many. We pray for Your grace for the people tasked with studying the nature and cause of this virus and its disease and of stemming the tide of its transmission. Guide the hands and minds of medical experts that they may minister to the sick with competence and compassion and of those governments and private agencies that must find a cure and solution to this pandemic. We pray for those afflicted. May they be restored to health soon. Grant us the grace to work for the good of all and to help those in need. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever. Amen.


Office Hours

8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday
1912 18th Street
Harlan, Iowa 51537
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