• St. Paul Catholic Church, Traer, IA
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church, LaPorte City, IA
  • St. Mary of Mt. Carmel, Eagle Center, IA

We are a Catholic cluster of three parishes located in Tama and Blackhawk Counties, Iowa.  These parishes are Sacred Heart located in LaPorte City, St. Mary of Mt. Carmel located near Eagle Center, and St. Paul located in Traer.  We were clustered in July 2006.  Our cluster offers a variety of activites designed to meet the spiritual, pastoral, and social needs of area Catholics.  Each parish has its own programming and identity, but we share resources to better serve the wider community.

Our cluster purpose is to welcome and inspire the community to share and nurture our Catholic faith through prayer, sacraments, service, and love of God.  Our core values are community (understanding, caring and addressing the needs of individuals, couples and families), encouragement (giving hope, inspirations and support to others), excellence (maintaining the highest ministry standards that bring glory to God in Faith Formation, sacred liturgy and community service), and prayer (communicating with God in words, in song and in the silence of one's heart).

Mailing address for all three parishes:  St. Paul Catholic Church, 1102 Walnut Street, Traer, IA 50675.

Website contact:  Alice McGrath (319-478-8189 home) (319-830-9759 cell) or e-mail amcgrath@iowatelecom.net.  All other needs, contact the parish office (319-478-2222).

Mass Times

Mass times rotate every 4 months in January, May, and September on the first full weekend (Saturday and Sunday) of the month.

See "Mass Schedule" tab for current schedule.

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Precious Blood and Sign of Peace

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SH and SM Church Mailings

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Office Hours

Office in Traer
Monday through Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. Closed on Tuesday mornings.


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