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

 Quick Announcements: 
  • The Pastorate office will be closed on Monday, May 29th in observance of Memorial Day.
  • Thank you DRA! Thank you to the Dubuque Racing Association for a grant of $5000 to La Salle Catholic School. The grant money will be used for the music program and stage area. 
  • Pastorate Cemetery Guidelines: Please do not place any items around monuments that hinder grounds care, the person placing flowers on the gravesite has the sole responsibility of these flowers. Memorial Day Exception: Graves may be decorated 3 days prior but must be removed after 10 days or items will be discarded. 
  • Learn about the miracle at Fatima.
  • Bulletin for May 28-June 3.


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

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 
The St. John Baptist de La Salle Pastorate Staff      

Mass Times and Locations

 This Weekend's 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. - NO MASS
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)

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.
Yearly Weekend Mass Schedule 

April - June



July - Sept.


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.

Oct. - Dec.



Jan. - March


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

 * All Mass times and locations are subject to change

Reconciliation: By appointment - please call the Pastorate Office at 563-870-4041.

Baptism: During any weekend Mass or by appointment for special circumstances.  No baptisms during Advent or Lent.  Contact Cindy or Jim at 563-870-4428 if you are planning a Baptism.  Baptism classes are usually held the first Tuesday of each month (August-June) at 6:30 p.m after contacting Cindy or Jim.  All parents having a child baptized in the Pastorate need to attend a baptism class even if they have had a child previously baptized.

Marriage:  Please reserve the Church one year in advance.  Contact Fr. Diehm at 563-870-4041 to arrange.

If you are homebound and would like Communion brought to you, contact the Church office.  At this time, volunteers from Holy Cross, Holy Trinity, and SS Peter & Paul are available.

La Salle Mass Fund: Due to so many Mass intention requests, we may have to add names onto dates (at our discretion).  Please be understanding as we do not want to turn people away nor do we try to hurt anyone's feelings.  If a Mass needs to be rescheduled, we will try to reschedule as soon as possible.

Do you know someone who needs prayers?  Send an e-mail to our pastorate prayer chain coordinator at and they’ll forward the prayer intention to all those who sign-up to receive prayer requests.  Do you want to receive prayer requests by e-mail?  Send an e-mail to our pastorate prayer chain coordinator at, identify that you want to be added to the list of e-mail recipients, and they’ll add your e-mail to the distribution list to which all pastorate prayer requests are sent.  All prayer requests can be either specific or general, depending on how much information the submitter wants to make known about the prayer request.

If you have changes to your contact information (address or phone), please contact the pastorate office by phone at 563-870-4041 or e-mail so we can make the changes in our system. Thank you!  

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

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