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 Presider Changes**

Beginning the week of October 4, 

Fr. Clement will have Mass on  Tuesday & Wednesday

and Fr. Dan will have Mass on Thursday & Friday each week.

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 Dan'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

Father John's Address: Father's finally at 'permanent' address, 6121 NW 49th St, Johnston, IA 50131

Heart and Hands Ministry and Fellowship:

Will begin meeting again in the Parish Office Meeting Room at 9 am on the Second and Forth Thursday of each month. See you on Sept 24!

CYO Basketball: There will be NO CYO Basketball for 20/21 -revisit fall of 2021 to continue or not

Harvest Festival:

The Harvest Festival scheduled for Sunday, October 11, has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.  See you in 2021!!

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

Christ Our Life Conference: 

You are invited to the Christ Our Life Regional Catholic Conference, scheduled for September 26th & 27th at Wells Fargo Arena. This year there will be 3 options to attend: in person at Wells Fargo, live stream at home, come to St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Earling. At St. Joseph's Parish Hall, we will offer Communion, Adoration, and Confession. 

Pricing and details on purchasing tickets can be found at www.ChristOurLifeIowa.com/tickets/ (Attending at St. Joseph's Parish Hall is the same as live streaming when purchasing a ticket on-line.) Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for youth, “hardship” tickets are available. You can purchase tickets online or, if you are coming to St. Joseph Parish Hall, at the door the day of the event but please call one of the people below to let us know you are coming.  All CDC recommended prevention measures will be followed. The Bishop requests masks to be worn. 

If you are live streaming, you should receive an email on September 21st for a trial run. It will let you test things out and provide you with assistance so you are ready to go on September 26th.

For more information and see the schedule, goto christourlifeiowa.com

If you plan on coming to St. Joseph's Parish Hall, please call one of the people listed below to let us know so we can plan appropriately: 

Defiance: Cathy Flies: 712-627-4286 

Earling: Karen Chamberlain: 712-747-6301  

Harlan: Sandy Wingert :712-310-9779 

            Joan Chamberlain (Jerry): 712-755-2502 

Panama: Shirley Chamberlain: 402-409-4433 

Portsmouth: Linda Reinig: 712-743-3382 

Westphalia: Maribeth Zimmerman, 712-627-4677 


We have received requests to start a prayer chain. Since St. Michael's is blessed to have Flocknote! It’s been decided to use it to facilitate a Prayer Chain!

Prayer requests can be sent to [email protected] or [email protected] with PRAYER CHAIN in subject line. When you send us your prayer request please make sure to  note if we may use your name or not and if we have the permission of prayer recipient. We want to be sure and respect people’s privacy as we lift them up in prayer.

This group will only be used for those requests that are specifically emailed in for PRAYER CHAIN. Prayers placed in the prayer basket, the sick listed in the bulletin and such will NOT be included in the Prayer Chain. You are welcome to pray for those things as well, we just won’t be sending out a Flocknote request with those names or requests.

If you would like to pray for those who request prayers you can go into Flocknote to join, just click on “Prayer Chain”. Pray is so very powerful and needed, thank you in advance!




Emmaus House



You are invited to our upcoming events, please invite anyone you know to attend: https://www.theemmaushouse.org/upcoming-events 

We are also on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Emmaus-House-109615844056603/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel&eid=ARBSI_xk6e8-SFc4hgCW3_yhoUMbHEskN_GcdPlkDYHSDigif_lZ-6v7zaHUCViy9adcf9vvosdLd-YH and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emmaushousedesmoines/ Like us on those pages for weekly content. 

Emmaus House link to their home page:   https://www.theemmaushouse.org/ 


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 back of Church and the MAILBOX just outside of Parish Office Door.

This devotional is for months of October, November and December. There is no charge thanks to generous donors.

Father Paul Koch

Fr. Paul Koch is residing at St. Michael’s. He is a retired priest with the Diocese of Des Moines. He grew up in Panama and was ordained in 1961. He taught at Dowling Catholic High School in Des Moines for the first two years of his priesthood. The rest of his priesthood was spent in South America as a volunteer with the Missionary Society of St. James the Apostle founded by Cardinal Cushing. Cardinal Cushing began this in response to the Popes appeal to send priests and sisters to Latin America to help the church. Please give a warm welcome to Fr. Paul!



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

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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