St. Lambert Parish has a history of Permanent Deacons serving the people of God and the Church. Deacon Jerry Wathen and Deacon Ralph Counter have been ordained for 30 years each, though now retired, they have been wonderful icons of the Servant Jesus Christ for the people of St. Lambert. I understand Deacons Pete Mehlhaff and James Boorman also served at St. Lambert for a short time. My current assignment at St. Lambert has been for 7 years. With the appointment of our new pastor, Fr. John Rutten some of my responsibilities will change in the parish. Each deacon enters an agreement with the pastor and parish on the ministries he will be involved in every year. This agreement is then approved by Bishop Paul J. Swain.
Beginning in September I will have the privilege of leading the baptismal program, presiding at wakes and funerals without Mass, assisting at weekend liturgies and preaching at least 2 weekend Masses every month. In addition there are times when I may work with pre-marriage preparation and witness weddings when there is no Mass celebrated. I will also continue to be the Director of Deacons as well as the diocesan ministry of deacon formation. Other ministry opportunities may be presented as the year unfolds. I will have an office in the parish and will be open for appointments primarily in the evenings and Saturday.
Most Permanent Deacons work without a salary paid for by the parish, and I will not draw a salary. We do however receive an educational allowance for the year. Finally a gentle reminder that deacons are not priests, and we do not take the place of a priest. We receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders and are ordained as icons of Christ the Servant. Please pray for me as I serve you, the people of St. Lambert and the Diocese of Sioux Falls and pray for my wife Diane, as she has so generously allowed me time to be the icon of Christ the Servant.
Deacon Roger R Heidt
St. Lambert Mass & Confession Schedule (as of Sept. 1, 2014)
Monday – Fr Rutten’s day of rest.
Tuesday-Saturday – Daily Mass 8:30am
Wednesday – Confessions 6:15-7:00pm
Saturday – Confessions 3:00-4:00pm; Mass 4:30pm
Sunday Masses – 8:00am, 9:30am, 11:00am
Funerals – A Funeral Mass will replace the Parish Mass of the day, unless it is the Friday School Mass.