COVID-19 Resource Page

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. Pay via PayPal or debit/credit card.  Sacred Heart PayPal
3. Send payment through the Online Offertory provided by the Diocese of Sioux City. Online Offertory
4. 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: sbaxter@spencersacredheart.com

St. Joseph O'Brien County

1. Mail payments to: 
St. Joseph Church, PO Box 555, Sanborn, IA 51248
2. Send payment through the Online Offertory provided by the Diocese of Sioux City. Online Offertory

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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.

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 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: https://scdiocese.org/coronavirus 

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Message from Fr. Hogan

Greetings!

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

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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.

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