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: 
  • Thanksgiving Mass: November 23, 9:00 AM, at Sherrill.
  • TRUE REFORMERS: Join the upcoming Pastorate Adult Faith Formation series, True Reformers, to be held during Advent and Christmas on Saturdays from 9:00-10:15 a.m. at St. Joseph Church in Rickardsville.  Dates are Dec. 2nd, 9th, 16th, 30th, and January 6th and 13thSee the bulletin insert or the below "True Reformers" button for more details.
  • The Social Justice nonperishable food item collection is now underway.  Baskets are at the back of all churches.  The collections will go to the Dubuque Food Pantry.  Call Judy at 563-580-0654 if you have questions.
  • December 3: There will be a second collection by the Social Justice Committee.
  • Practices for the Advent/Christmas program will be on Mondays: November 20thNovember 27th,  and December 4th, all at 7:00 PM.  Anyone who likes to sing is welcome!  Please invite your friends.   Please let Andi Bihl know if you can make it so she has an idea of how many folders to prepare!  The program is on December 10th, 6:00 PM, at Rickardsville.
  • The Pastorate Office will be closed on November 23 and 24 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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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, Locations, and Information

 Weekend Mass Schedule *

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

This Week's Daily Mass Schedule *

 Tuesday:   Wednesday:
8:00 a.m. - Balltown
8:00 a.m. - NO MASS
 Thursday:  Friday:
9:00 a.m. - Sherrill
Thanksgiving Mass
8:30 a.m. - NO MASS

(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 *

Oct. - Dec.



Jan. - March


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

April - June



July - Sept.


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

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Please click on the Pastorate Calendar button to view Holy Day Mass schedules as well as other important Pastorate information.

 * All Mass times and locations are subject to change

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