Farewell Fr. Joe

Please join us Sunday, July 1 as we bid farewell to Fr. Joe. 

Pray for his strength and wisdom.

Pray for his peace of mind.

Pray that he offers healing to parishioners at Holy Family and St. Mark, as he did for us at Sacred Heart and St. Mary.

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends, you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.”   John 15:12-15

Donuts and coffee will be served in the Sacred Heart Parish Hall following the 11:00am Mass.  No gifts please.

Fr. Joe Final Bulletin, July 1 2018

Greetings in Christ!

It’s with a heavy heart that I submit this bulletin, my last one for you, my beloved parish families.

July 1 of this year would’ve started my seventh year with you guys and apparently, the Bishop decided that it was penance enough for you all!

All kidding aside, I want to tell you with all sincerity that I love you. You have helped me become a better priest than I was when I walked into our parishes six years ago.

Through all of you, the Lord healed my broken heart and I am eternally grateful to all of you for that.

I’m going to type up my last homily and submit it to both parishes to put on the website or whatever means is deemed most appropriate. It is in that homily that I will offer you my thanks, as well as some challenges for the future.

I ask you to welcome Fr. Todd, to cherish him and love him like you did me.

I will hold both of my parish families in my heart for the rest of my life.

I’m heading off now to minister to two parishes closer to my family which of course is a blessing to me. In the same way that I tried to give you the entirety of myself, I will now offer that to them. This means that I will not be coming back to help with weddings or funerals or other such things. It’s not a lack of love on my part at all, but a desire to be faithful to what the Lord is calling me to now.

Thank you for loving me as I am and helping me become more.

Your brother,

FJK

 

 

 

Welcome Fr. Todd Koenigsknecht

Fr. Todd Koenigsknecht will start moving in on Monday. Lets give him a very warm welcome. In 2016 Fr. Todd and his identical twin brother were part of the CNN interview with Lisa Ling “Called to Collar”. If you have not watched this interview, take the time and you will get to know our new pastor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, July 1 2018

 

Stay Bold on Your Journey

It is hard to put a finger on why we feel a certain way about certain people. Sometimes you meet someone and you just hit it off. Sometimes you know someone for years and are thrown into circumstances that change the way you see them. We view the world through a lens that is filtered by experience and vision. As we grow, so does the way we see the people God has put on our path. One of the beautiful things about the Catholic Church is the sacraments. The sacraments make us holy and impart Grace as they are teaching us of Christ’s love. When we celebrate the sacraments with our loving community it deeply changes us. Not only are we filled with the Holy Spirit but we are forever changed to be closer to God. To see the world in a Divine light.

We are meant to be out in the world, gaining experience and knowledge; maybe spreading around a little wisdom of our own. This isn’t always easy and sometimes we are very guarded (we all have good reasons to protect ourselves). Giving ourselves to things that are new can be difficult. Embracing change takes a lot of courage and faith. Facing new challenges has very little to do with the work involved, it the risk of rejection or failure. In these times, we can turn to our “forever people” who make us feel safe and warm. But we also know when it is time to boldly head out for new experiences again. We are meant for adventures; challenges and we have been given all of the gifts that we need to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. You might fail. You might be rejected but by sheer virtue of this happening, you develop a clearer lens to look through when you see God’s people on your path. Take a deep breath. Open your eyes and get out in the world. You were made to be a part of something bigger than you.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Deacon Corner, July 1 2018

At the Second Virginia Convention on March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry shouted to his colleagues “Give me liberty or give me death!”  It was the dawn of the Revolutionary War.  The following year, the Declaration of Independence was signed, and the rest is history as we celebrate the birth of our nation this week.

The founding fathers of our great nation did much more than put up a good fight to win the freedoms we enjoy today.  They relied on God for guidance and protection to build the nation we live in.  Patrick Henry spoke for only about 8 minutes.  At the end, he called on God saying “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” 

Just about all our founding fathers were Christian.  They had a Biblical worldview of how a government is subject to Divine Providence to govern their affairs.  Although they knew that the Church and State must be separate, they also knew prayer, worship, and faith in God was necessary to guide the young nation so its people could govern themselves.   I often wonder what they would say to us after seeing the headlines lately – activist groups openly bullying and threatening public officials, legislative deadlocks over how to treat human beings, government agencies conspiring to overthrow our government, disrespect for our flag, and a society so polarized between liberals and conservatives that it’s hard to talk about anything but the weather at a social gathering.  Over the past 242 years of independence, our self-government seems to have moved from faith in God to ignoring God altogether.

George Washington said, “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the Providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly implore His protection and favor.”  In short, if we don’t consult God in everything we do to govern our self, then we fail miserably by creating a society which ignores human dignity, disregards human life, and goes against the plan God has in mind for us.

This week, as we celebrate the freedoms we enjoy in our Great Country, let’s take a moment to pray about how we can put God back into our government and our society, so that, as Abraham Lincoln said this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Deacon John

 

Fr. Joe Homily, June 24 2018


Some things never change. That’s what scripture offers us.  Our readings today is filled with things that were true 200o years ago.

When John the Baptist was born, his dad said to him…

You my child will be called the Prophet of the Most High

For You will go before the Lord and prepare his way

To give His people knowledge of salvation, through forgiveness of their sins.

 

 

Deacon’s Corner, June 24 2018

We rush to church, get there just in time for Mass, then sit down only to be distracted.  Maybe it’s something different in church, someone to talk to, or just getting the kids settled into the pew.  When that happens, here are a few simple tips to help stay focused:

 Begin to prepare before you arrive:  Drive to church in silence.  Turn off the radio.  Shut your phone off.  Leave those important conversations for after Mass.  Let the silence sink in to transition your mind from the secular to the sacred.

Get to Mass early and pray.  If praying is difficult, just sit and talk to God.  Remind yourself you are in His presence and about to receive Jesus in the Eucharist.  Thank Him for this gift of grace.  The more time, the better, but ten minutes before Mass is better than none at all.

Sit close to the front.  The front pews are the best seats in the house.  But they are often empty during Mass.  Kimberly and I discovered when our kids were very young they behaved better in the front pew than the back pew.  They were fascinated to watch what was going on.  It works for adults too.

Keep your hands folded in prayer.  Posture is important.  Your body reminds your heart and mind what they should be doing.  Keep a reverent posture while sitting, standing, and kneeling.  After all, you are in the presence of the King of the Universe!

Participate in the Mass.  Mass is not a spectator sport. You are not there to be entertained.  Say the prayers and sing the songs.  Listen to the Scriptures.  Wonder how they are speaking to you.  Live in the Sacred Mystery of the bread and wine becoming the Precious Body and Blood of Jesus.  The more you stay engaged, the more rewarding Mass is to your mind.

Bring back those wandering thoughts.  Mass is the highest level of prayer we offer God.  It’s the place where heaven and earth are joined.  St Francis de Sales said if the heart wanders, gently bring it back into the Lord’s presence.  Remind yourself you are in the Lord’s presence!

Add your prayers and sacrifices to those of the Mass.  You bring your special prayer intentions and your personal sacrifices to every Mass.  Offer them up Mass.  When the priest says “Pray brethren, that my sacrifice AND YOURS may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father” consciously think of what these are for you.

Ask for help.  Your Guardian Angel is always with you.  Simply ask your guardian angel, who is adoring Christ in the eternal Mass along with you, to help you pray well and stay attentive.

We live in a fast-paced world.  When we bring that world into Mass, so many things are bouncing around in our heads that we forget the most important thing happening in our world in that moment – Jesus is in the house!  May we pray to stay focused at Mass and enjoy the special time in the presence of our God.

Deacon John

 

Fr. Joe Bulletin, June 24 2018

Greetings in Christ!

I want to start this off with a reminder for us all.  Next week is a big one for our Sacred Heart family.  We begin our massive project of repairing the floors all through the Church, re-carpeting and all sorts of yummy goodness, including work on the entrances and exits.  Because of that, the only masses we will celebrate from July 2-6 is on July 4th at St. Mary on the Lake at 9:00am.   We will pray mass together that day and ask God to bless our country and help us to grow closer to Him.

The Catholic Church also offers us a pretty big celebration this week: On Friday, we celebrate the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul.  This is the day when we remember the martyrdom of both of these extraordinary men.  It’s unclear why this date is picked: its either because one of them died on that date or because it is the day their relics were moved to Rome…we are not sure which.

Either way, its a time to remember their deaths and honor the faith, hope, love and courage that gave them the strength to lay down their lives for Our Faith.

St. Peter was crucified upside down on Vatican Hill in Rome in the year 64 AD, during the reign of Nero.

In 1950 human bones were discovered beneath the alter of St. Peter’s Basilica and many claimed they belonged to Peter. In 1953 an excavation found St. Peter’s tomb in Jerusalem bearing his previous name Simon, as well as the tombs of the other apostles, Mary, and Jesus.

In the 1960s, discarded debris from the excavation beneath St. Peter’s Basilica were re-examined and were identified as the bones of a male human. This discovery caused Pope Paul VI in 1968 to announce they were likely to belong to the Apostle Peter. On November 24, 2013, Pope Francis revealed the relics of nine bone fragments for the first time in public during a Mass celebrated at St. Peter’s Square.

As for St. Paul, he was beheaded in 67AD, also by Nero. As an interesting sidenote, St. John Chrysostom wrote that Nero actually knew St. Paul personally.  St. Paul’s body rests at St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome.

In 2006 National Geographic confirmed the remains were his.  You can read about that discovery here:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/vaticancityandholysee/5685157/Bone-fragments-confirmed-to-be-Saint-Paul.html

Let’s pray to stay faithful to that which was handed on to us by the wonderful Sts. Peter and Paul!

fjk

 

Please Note:

The Parish office will be closed the following dates:  June 14 & 15 AND July 4, 5, 6

Due to our renovation projects, there will be NO Daily Masses June 18 & 19 and the week of July 2-6.  

Beginning July 7, our Masses will be held in the parish hall.