St. John Baptist de La Salle Pastorate 
P.O. Box 398 * Holy Cross, IA  52053 * 563-870-4041
St. Francis of Assisi * Holy Cross * Holy Trinity * St. Joseph * SS. Peter & Paul

A Word of Welcome...  
from Fr. Diehm and your friends at the St. John Baptist de La Salle Pastorate

Thinking about becoming Catholic?

A new  RCIA program is starting in the pastorate in September. This program is designed to accommodate your busy lifestyle. Please call Jim and Cindy Roberts for more information @ 870-4428. 

Dear friend,

Thanks for visiting the website for the St. John Baptist de La Salle Pastorate within the Archdiocese of Dubuque, IA.  The Pastorate is composed of five parishes: Holy Trinity in Luxemburg, Holy Cross in Holy Cross, St. Joseph in Rickardsville, St. Francis of Assisi in Balltown, and Ss. Peter & Paul in Sherrill.  The parishes of the Pastorate are all located in the northern part of Dubuque County, IA. 

The main page of the website should be helpful in finding the times for both Sunday and daily Masses.  Other than that, there is a lot of other information on the website, and we hope it will be helpful to you as you get oriented with the parishes and the geography of the Pastorate.  Also, please feel free to check out our social media page on Facebook; and be sure to “like” the page so you can get the latest Pastorate status updates in your Facebook newsfeed.   
If I can help you in any way along that journey, please don’t hesitate to call or e-mail and I’d be happy to talk to you and answer any questions you might have.  May God richly bless you and all the members of your family!

Sincerely in Christ,

Fr. Noah J. Diehm, Pastor

Office Phone: (563) 870-4041       
Address: PO Box 398, Holy Cross, IA  52053
Faith Formation Registration:  Faith Formation registration after each weekend Mass - August 25 and 26.

Confirmation Program:
Introductory meeting for students and parents, Wednesday, August 29, at La Salle School gym in Holy Cross.

- Pastorate Calendar


- Mass Times, Locations, and Information

 Weekend Mass Schedule *

Saturday: Sunday:
4:00 p.m. - Balltown 8:00 a.m. - Rickardsville
6:00 p.m. - Luxemburg 10:00 a.m. - Sherrill

This Week's Daily Mass Schedule *

 Tuesday:   Wednesday:
8:00 a.m. - Balltown
8:00 a.m. - Sherrill
Thursday:  Friday:
8:00 a.m. - Luxemburg 8:30 a.m. - Holy Cross

(Red text in above schedules denotes a change)

 * All Mass times and locations are subject to change
Yearly Weekend Mass Schedule *

July - Sept.



Oct. - Dec.


Balltown Saturday - 4:00 p.m.

Holy Cross
Luxemburg Saturday - 6:00 p.m.

Rickardsville Sunday - 8:00 a.m.

Sherrill Sunday - 10:00 a.m.


Jan. - March



April - June


Rickardsville Saturday - 4:00 p.m. Sherrill
Balltown Saturday - 6:00 p.m. Holy Cross
Holy Cross Sunday - 8:00 a.m. Luxemburg
Luxemburg Sunday - 10:00 a.m. Balltown

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*Mass Fund

*In Need of Prayers?
*Contact Info

Please use the above calendar to view Mass schedules, Faith Formation schedules, and other important Pastorate information.

- Pastorate Links 

Click on the following links to learn more about our Pastorate and our Faith **

Christ Our Life Conference: September 29th & 30th  *  The sign-up for the pastorate bus trip to the Christ Our Life conference will be coming SOON! We're now in July, and we are three months away from this big event. Since the Pastorate has never done anything like this before, it's taken us a little longer than expected to get all of the details lined up for making this trip happen. Fr. Diehm apologizes if you were looking for more information and have felt like we've been behind on providing it. But the good news is that the details are falling into place and we'll soon be ready to start accepting registrations. There will be a formal registration that will be included in the bulletin as an insert likely by next weekend. In the meantime, please consider checking out the website: One of Fr. Diehm's personal favorite speakers, Bishop Robert Barron, will be among the speakers at this conference. The Pastorate has shown multiple adult faith formation series from him and his team at Word on Fire. The other speakers are all excellent as well. The emcee of the event, Jon Leonetti, is a personal friend of Fr. Diehm's with whom he went to college at Loras and whose wedding he attended in Des Moines. Jon is a gifted speaker and the author of several books. Please strongly consider planning to register for what promises to be a great trip!

** Red links are newly added links.  The color will change after two weeks to the conventional blue link color.  Green links are the most commonly used links.


 Cancellation Policies

If Western Dubuque Schools are postponed or canceled, there will be no regularly scheduled morning Mass. However, if Western Dubuque Schools are delayed, a Mass will be celebrated at Rickardsville at 10:00 a.m. for those who can safely attend.

If there is a funeral Mass held within the Pastorate during the week, the weekday Mass will be canceled for that day.

The Pastorate office will be closed on Holy Days of Obligation and when Western Dubuque Schools are closed due to the weather.


 - New books for your child to read during Mass!

In the back of each church is a container that contains books that your child can read during Mass.  Just pick up a book before Mass, let him or her enjoy learning about a Bible story, and then return the book after Mass to the container.  Share a children's Bible lesson for your young child during Mass and check out these wonderful books.


St. John Baptist de La Salle... Pray for us.         Live Jesus in our hearts... Forever!