COVID-19 Resource Page

Sacred Heart will be available for private prayer, starting on June 22. It will be twice a week, allowing for parishioners of all ages to come in and pray privately. Restrictions have been implemented by the Sioux City Diocese to ensure the health and safety of our beloved Parishes. Please take a moment to thoroughly read each protocol prior to attending the Private Prayer Sessions. Also, understand that Father Tim Hogan will not be available during the Prayer Sessions. Please make sure you bring a face mask; you will not be allowed into the church without one. There can only be a maximum of ten people in the church at a time.

Schedule for Private Prayer Sessions:

*Sacred Heart Church (Spencer): Available every Monday from Noon-1:00 p.m.
*Sacred Heart Church (Spencer): Available every Wednesday from 8:00-9:00 a.m.

*St. Anthony Church (Primghar): Available every Monday from Noon-1:00 p.m.
*St. Joseph Church (Hartley): Available every Wednesday from 8:00-9:00 a.m.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Megan Wagner at or Mollie Maurer at

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Church Support: 

While the church activities are suspended by our Diocese, we still need the ongoing financial support from our Parish family. We have salaries and bills to pay; as well as property to maintain. Please continue your monthly support of Sacred Heart and St. Joseph O'Brien County.  There are several options to send in your donation.

Sacred Heart

1. Mail to the Parish office: Sacred Heart Church, PO Box 817, Spencer,IA 51301
2. Set up an automatic withdrawal directly from your bank account.  Complete this form: Automatic Withdrawal Form and either mail to the Parish Office or scan and email to:

3. Pay via PayPal or debit/credit card.  Sacred Heart PayPal

St. Joseph O'Brien County

1. Mail payments to: 
St. Joseph O'Brien County Parish, PO Box 555, Sanborn, IA 51248

New Tax Rules for Charitable Giving

Waiver of required distribution rules. Required minimum distributions that otherwise would have to be made in 2020 from defined contribution plans (such as 401(k) plans) and IRAs are waived. This includes distributions that would have been required by April 1, 2020, due to the account owner’s having turned age 70 1/2 in 2019.

Charitable deduction liberalizations. The CARES Act makes four significant liberalizations to the rules governing charitable deductions:

(1) Individuals will be able to claim a $300 above-the-line deduction for cash contributions made, generally, to public charities in 2020. This rule effectively allows a limited charitable deduction to taxpayers claiming the standard deduction.
(2) The limitation on charitable deductions for individuals that is generally 60% of modified adjusted gross income (the contribution base) doesn’t apply to cash contributions made, generally, to public charities in 2020 (qualifying contributions). Instead, an individual’s qualifying contributions, reduced by other contributions, can be as much as 100% of the contribution base. No connection between the contributions and COVID-19 activities is required.
(3) Similarly, the limitation on charitable deductions for corporations that is generally 10% of (modified) taxable income doesn’t apply to qualifying contributions made in 2020. Instead, a corporation’s qualifying contributions, reduced by other contributions, can be as much as 25% of (modified) taxable income. No connection between the contributions and COVID-19 activities is required.
(4) For contributions of food inventory made in 2020, the deduction limitation increases from 15% to 25% of taxable income for C corporations and, for other taxpayers, from 15% to 25% of the net aggregate income from all businesses from which the contributions were made.

 The Diocese of Sioux City has announced that ALL Masses will be suspended immediately for eight weeks. 
All Parish activities are canceled until further notice. This includes all weekday and weekend Masses, Holy Week liturgies, Stations of the Cross, Faith Formation classes, Lenten meals, Confirmation and First Communion Masses, Adoration and other church related functions.

Please read the complete updated Diocesan Guidelines: 


Message from Fr. Hogan


As we all know, this Virus Crisis is making life more difficult for all of us. People are concerned about their health, their children, their jobs, their finances, and all of the aspects of their lives that are now suddenly changed. Everyone is having to deal with some difficulty. Even our Faith may be tested.

As a church, it is sad that we will not be able to enjoy our Lenten devotions, Holy Week, and Easter. First Communion will not be on the scheduled date. Faith Life events that we were joyfully anticipating are suddenly taken away for now.

Please know that my prayers are with you in this trial. Prayer and our relationship with Jesus can help us through this unprecedented problem. We are giving you as many spiritual resources as possible for your nourishment, aid, and comfort.

I plan to record a Mass for each weekend that you can access on your television, computer, or phone. The Sacred Heart website will continue to give you fresh information and resources. Although there will be no bulletin, I will provide a weekly message for you. If anyone needs the Anointing of the Sick, please contact  me. You may also contact me with any questions or concerns.

We will continue to provide information for you as the situation continues to develop. Hopefully we can be there for each other in prayer and support even when we are unable to be physically present in worship.

God Bless Us All!
Fr. Tim Hogan


Sacred Heart Church Hours:

The Diocese of Sioux City and Bishop Nickless have updated their mandates and all churches must be closed until further notice.  Meetings with any parish staff are by appointment only.