Deacon’s Corner, March 29, 2020

With everything essentially shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be a while before we gather again to celebrate Mass on Sunday.   Who would have ever imagined that our Lenten sacrifice would include Mass?  So, as I considered what to write for the bulletin this week, I thought I would spend the next few weeks dusting off some of my old Deacon’s Corners which talk about what the Mass is and why we go to Mass in the first place.  Let’s begin with what Sunday is all about.  It is the Sabbath: The Lord’s Day.

There was a time when Kimberly and I had our Sunday routine down pretty good – Mass in the morning, rush home, quick lunch, do all the yard work and house projects, quit about 6pm, be too tired for dinner, call the parents and kids to see how they’re doing, then get ready for the upcoming week.  One hot Sunday afternoon, we took a break from mowing the lawn.  Across the street we noticed our neighbors.  Mom and Dad were sitting on the front porch.  He was strumming his guitar.  She was reading a book.  The kids were running around the yard playing soccer.  Then, it hit us both at the same time – why don’t we do that?  Why can’t we just relax on Sunday afternoon?  Kimberly and I walked over and talked to our neighbors, then decided to follow their example of setting Sunday aside as a day of rest.  You see, our neighbors were also our very good friends.  And still are.  They are Mormon, and take the Third Commandment quite literally.  They believe in family values and honoring the Sabbath as a solemn day of rest to thank God for their blessings.

Funny thing, so do we.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church says: “The seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, holy to the Lord” (2168).  It goes on to say that “God entrusted the Sabbath to Israel to keep as a sign of the irrevocable covenant, and set the day apart for the praise of God and his work of creation” (2171)…“If God rested and was refreshed on the seventh day, then we, too, should rest and let others do the same…The Sabbath brings everyday work to a halt and provides a respite.  It is a day of protest against the servitude of work and the worship of money” (2172).

Sunday is a day of rest and leisure to nurture our spiritual, family, and social life.  It is a day to avoid unnecessary demands on ourselves and others.  Of course, there are always emergencies, and some people do have to work on Sunday to keep the paycheck coming.  And that’s OK.  But we must always remember, Sunday is the Lord’s Day – the Sabbath.  It is a day to attend Mass and worship our God.  A day to enjoy the world God created for us.  It is a day to do humble works of service for others, as Jesus did.

The word “Sabbath” comes from the Hebrew verb shabbat, meaning “to rest from labor”: the day of rest.  It is first used in the Bible for the seventh day of Creation when God rested (Exodus 16:23).  So, if God rested on the Sabbath, why can’t we?   That’s something to think about when life gets back to normal after the COVID-19 shutdown ends.

May you always enjoy the Sabbath, and have a blessed week!

Deacon John


Fr. Todd Update on the Effects of Michigan Stay at Home order

Thank you for your continued prayers during this crisis.   Sacred Heart Parish (Church and Office) will be closed effective Tuesday, March 24 – April 13, 2020.

The church will not be open for private prayer or confessions, as it was last week.   Fr. Todd and Fr. Tomy will be praying daily Mass and it will be uploaded to our Facebook page and our website.

The staff will be working from home. If you need assistance from Tammy, please call the Parish number at 517-448-3811 and leave a message or email to

If there is an emergency and someone is near death, and you are in need of a priest, please call the emergency line at 517-258-0448.

All deliveries must be made to the Rectory Drop Box.

Thank you for understanding during this time.

God Bless,

Fr. Todd Koenigsknecht

For Fr. Todd’s update on the Effects of Michigan Stay at Home order, click here

Mass Intentions through April 13

Fr. Todd and Fr. Tomy will be praying Mass every day.  Please know that your scheduled Mass intention will still be offered.  

The Masses will be recorded and uploaded to our Facebook page, website and weekly newsletter.

May God bless you all during this time!   



MASS INTENTIONS for Sacred Heart

Thursday, March 19 – Sheldon Peltier ~ 1st Anniversary by Chres Reuter Family

Friday, March 20 – The Intentions we hold in our hearts

Saturday, Mach 21 – Sheldon Peltier ~ 1st Anniversary by Family

Sunday, March 22 – Dorothy Meredith by the Sacred Heart Choir

Monday, March 23 – Ruth Price by Mickey Dietrich

Tuesday, March 24 – Beth Beal by Joe & JoAnn Kimling

Wednesday, March 25 – Pat Monahan by the 5 Camp Girls

Thursday, March 26 – John Hartley

Friday, March 27 – Mary Smith & Fred Sword by Family

Saturday, March 28 – Karen Commenator by Cathy, Cindy & Chrys

Sunday, March 29 – Linda Gutierrez by Altar Rosary Society

Monday, March 30 – Margaret Krauss ~ 5th Anniversary by Betty Camp

Tuesday, March 31 – Norma Frankowicz ~ 5th Anniversary by Marie Hartley

Wednesday, April 1 – Jack Weaver by Joe & Pam Marry

Thursday, April 2 – AJ Marry

Friday, April 3 – Shawn Reuter McWhirter by Chres Reuter Family

Saturday, April 4 – Madeline Duwve by Family

Sunday, April 5 – Bill Martin by Family

Monday, April 6 – Jan & Henry Reuter Family by Chres Reuter

Tuesday, April 7 – Hazel Monahan by Janet Kingsley-Fisher

Wednesday, April 8 – Rosie Shaffer by Joe & Pamy Marry

Thursday, April 9 – Our Deceased Loved Ones

Friday, April 10 – The Intentions we hold in our hearts

Saturday, April 11 – Our RCIA Candidates

Sunday, April 12 – Betty Kimling – 1st Annivesary by Dick & Wilma Bade

Monday, April 13 – People of the Parish