2001 College Place

        Harlan, Iowa 51537

St. Michael's Church Closed

For the safety and well being of our parishioners, St. Michael's is no longer open for private devotions due to the occurrence of COVID-19 in Shelby County. 

Watch here for further updates regarding Masses and Holy Week events. 

Pope Francis' Blessing

Pope Francis imparted a Papal blessing on the world during his Friday address. You read the article that appeared in America Magazine  here

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.

Daily Mass with Bishop Barron

Join Bishop Robert Barron for daily mass by going to his website Word On Fire

3/30/20 Updates and Information

Family Formation At Home Lessons:  April lessons are available at the parish office. Please call ahead to let us know you are coming. 755-5366 Thank You! 

Tithing: Please remember to mail your tithe since we are unable to have the Sunday collection. Our bills and salaries must still be paid and because we rely on your generosity, it is all the more important now that we receive your gift. We also suggest that this is a good time to set up automatic payments to St. Michael's through your bank. You can access an automatic deduction form at the top of the page on the tab "Tithing." If you need help, please call the parish office and talk to Cindy. 755-5244

Annual Diocesan Appeal Update: This year's assessment from the Diocese has been set at $52,675. As of March 23, we have had 100 donors pledge or given $27, 940. This is over half of the parish goal!! THANK YOU!!! If you have yet to make your pledge or donation, please send it directly to the diocese, or go online to donate - www.dmdiocese.org/giving

Church is CLOSED: Due to the recent occurrence of COVID-19 in the area, the church will no longer be open for private devotions. We are sorry for this inconvenience. Please continue to pray each day for the end to the pandemic. 

Confessions By Appointment: Fr. John is available to administer the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Please call the office (755-5244) to make an appointment. 

Fr. John's Letter of Support: You can read Fr. John's letter here

Communion: Communion to the home-bound is suspended until further notice. The Sacrament of the Sick will be administered in emergencies. 

Parish Office: The Parish Offices are CLOSED to all parishioners. Please do not come to the parish office for anything. Please call, email or mail your donation. Please do not leave anything in the dropbox.

Masses: The Weekend and daily Masses will not be celebrated for the parish until further notice. However, the Sunday Mass will be recorded and televised on HMU, Mediacom, FMCTC, and Harlan Knights of Columbus YouTube. Remember to pray for each other during this trying and difficult time. Pray also for those that have died from this virus, those that are sick, and for an end to the pandemic.

Diocesan Website: For more information from Bishop Joensen and the Diocese please follow this link to the Diocesan website:  https://www.dmdiocese.org/resources/worship/coronavirus                   

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. St. Michael's Church is open for prayer but prayer is not limited to the church building. 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 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 adn 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 coronavirus 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.

Mass Times

Saturday - 5:00 pm
Sunday - 8:30 am and 10:30 am
Weekdays - varies, click on bulletin to the right
Holy Days - click on bulletin to the right

Saturday - 4:00-4:30 pm
or by appointment

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





Office Hours

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

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