DSA Update

Each year, we invite the faithful across our diocese to contribute to the many good works of the Catholic Church through the Diocesan Services Appeal.  This year, amid the ongoing effects of the pandemic, the world needs our Catholic Church to fulfill her divine mission – bringing the unity, the mercy, and peace of Jesus Christ to the world around us.

For the past two months, we have shared information and invited your prayerful consideration of support for the 2021 Diocesan Services Appeal, “The word of God is at work in you who believe.”

Each week, we  are closer and closer to reaching our goal.  However, our participation rate is currently at 18%.  We would love to see our participation rate increase!

If you have recently submitted your contribution, thank you!  Because of you, the love of Christ is manifest in ministries touching lives in our parish and across our diocese.

If you have yet to make your 2021 DSA gift decision, I invite you to do so today.  You may use the pledge envelopes that were mailed to you or are available in the pews at church or you may visit the secure online DSA giving page at www.dioceseoflansing.org/dsa to participate in sharing Christ’s love through the many good works of the Church.

May you be blessed for your generosity.

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

Fr. Todd Koenigsknecht

Fr. Todd Bulletin, May 2, 2021

Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s,

This weekend we celebrate May 1st, the feast of St. Joseph the Worker.  In this year Pope Francis has dedicated to St. Joseph, I want to turn again to his example of both the dignity of work and fatherhood.  That example sheds light on the ways in which God wants to be present in our work and our vocation.  I quote here a part of a 1983 homily from St. John Paul II on the feast of St. Joseph.  https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?id=3329

“Today the Church is honoring St. Joseph, the “just man”, who in the humility of the shop in Nazareth by the work of his own hands, provides support for the Holy Family. Today, therefore, is above all the day of men of work. To you, therefore, workers, farmers, artisans, fishermen, to you workers of the land and the sea, who with daily sweat earn what is necessary for your families, I wish to address in a special way my thought and my word in order to point out for your reflection the example of one who, having shared your experience, can understand your problems; take up your anxieties, direct your efforts toward the building of a better future.

Saint Joseph stands before you as a man of faith and prayer. The Liturgy applies to him the word of God in Psalm 89: “He shall say of me, ‘You are my father, my God, the rock, my Savior'” (v. 27). O yes: how many times in the course of long days of work would Joseph have raised his mind to God to invoke him, to offer him his toil, to implore light, help, comfort. How many times! Well then, this man, who with his whole life seemed to cry out to God: “You are my father”, receives this most special grace: the Son of God on earth treats him as his father.

Joseph invokes God with all the ardor of his soul as a believer: “my Father”, and Jesus, who worked at his side with the tools of a carpenter, addressed him calling him “father”.

A profound mystery: Christ, who as God directly experienced the divine fatherhood in the bosom of the Most Blessed Trinity, had this experience as a man through the person of Joseph, his foster father. And Joseph in his turn, in the home in Nazareth, offered the child who was growing beside him the support of his well-balanced virility, his far-sightedness, his courage, his gifts which every good father has, deriving them from that supreme source “from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name” (Eph 3:15).

The great role of fatherhood

A great role, this role of fatherhood, which not a few parents today have tried to abdicate, opting for a relationship on a par with their children, which ends up depriving the children of that psychological support and that moral backing which they need to successfully get through the precarious stage of childhood and early adolescence. Someone has said that today we are experiencing the crisis of a “fatherless society”. We notice ever more clearly the need to be able to count on fathers who can fulfill their role, combining tenderness with seriousness, understanding with strictness, camaraderie with the exercise of authority, because only in this way will children be able to grow harmoniously, overcoming their fears and preparing themselves to meet courageously the unknown factors in life.

But where, dear fathers, will you be able to draw the energy necessary to assume in various circumstances the right attitude that your children, even without knowing it, expect from you? Saint Joseph offers you the answer to this: it is in God, the source of all fatherhood, it is in his way of acting with men, which is revealed to us by Sacred Scripture that you can find the model of a fatherhood capable of making a positive impression on the educational process of your children, not smothering their spontaneity on the one hand, nor abandoning their still immature personality to the traumatizing experiences of insecurity and loneliness on the other.”

God Bless!





Congratulations to our Confirmation Candidates from Sacred Heart and St. Mary on the Lake, who received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Boyea on Tuesday, April 27.

Come Holy Spirit, fill the Hearts of your faithful; and kindle in them the fire of your love.


Ainsley Brezvai

Alex Czeiszperger

Ania Glinski

Lauren Houser

Dinah Horwath

Austin Marry

Cole Marry

Olivia Marry

Kloee Monahan

Sydney Nichols

Sean Parker

Jonah Raglow

Liam Taylor

Jonah VanderHoff

First Communion

Congratulations to our First Communicants  from Sacred Heart and St. Mary on the Lake, who will receive their First Communion on Sunday, May 2. 

May you draw closer to Jesus as you receive your First Holy Communion and remember that you will always live as a child of God.

Bella Fox

Jaeda Hall

Levi Johnston

Jenna Kimling

Brylee Luma

Margaret Meyers

Parker Monahan

Lane Nickles

Casie Parker

Harper Rogers

Parker Rudd

Paisley Shaffer

Kingsley Shaw

Bentley Vanlerberg

Andrew Veres

Prayer Intentions for May

Prayer intention for May:

An increase in our devotion to the Holy Spirit.

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord,



Mass Intentions for May 1-May 9

Saturday, May 1

4:30pm ~ Phil Fether by Chan & Bernadette Barrett

Sunday, May 2

8:00am ~ Judy Friedrich by Dixie Wright

11:00am ~ Our First Communicants

Monday, May 3

8:00am ~ People of the Parish

Tuesday, May 4

4:45pm ~ Confession & Adoration

5:45pm ~ Pat Geeting by Dennis & Melody Brown

Wednesday, May 5

8:00am ~ Mary Rita Seel by Mike & Susan Marry

Thursday, May 6

8:00am ~ Shawn Reuter-McWhirter ~ 9th Anniversary by Chres Reuter Family

Friday, May 7

9:00am ~ Edward & Loretta Werstein by Steve & MaryAnn Kingsley

Saturday, May 8

4:30pm ~ Marie Schange ~ 4th Anniversary by Kathy

Sunday, May 9

8:00am ~ John V. Roney ~ 10th Anniversary by Children

11:00am ~ Our Mother’s Day Intentions


News from outside the Parish

  •  A Lifeline for Married Couples May 7-9 at St. Francis Retreat Center, DeWitt, MI Retrouvaille is a Christian marriage program, Catholic in origin, for Married Couples facing difficult challenges in their relationship. This is a practical program which aims to improve communication, build stronger marriages, and help couples reconnect. For more information or to register, visit www.helpourmarriage.org, or call Theresa at 517-290-5596. Registration fee is $350 per couple.


  • LANSING CATHOLIC LAWYERS GUILD LUNCHEON – Tuesday, May 4, 2021 ~ Spring Luncheon with speaker Dennis M. Barnes, Former President, State Bar of Michigan.  Starts at 12 noon at St. Mary Cathedral Parish Hall, Lansing.  Lunch will proceed in accord with applicable governmental orders.  Masks may be removed once seated at your table.  If state or local public health bodies impose further restrictions due to the pandemic, this event is subject to cancellation or modification as required by law.   Please pre-register at www.lansingcatholiclawyersguild.com/events  or contact Executive Director, Diane Arzberger at 517-402-1562 (call or text) or lclguild@gmail.com


  • Join us for a One-Day Seminar on the Holy Spirit on SATURDAY, May 22  9:30 am-3:30 pm in the Education Building at St. Anthony (St Teresa of Calcutta Room) to learn more about The Holy Spirit and to pray for a rekindling of the Spirit in our hearts. The day will include praise & worship along with video talks: Who is the Holy Spirit?, What Does the Holy Spirit do? and How Can I be Filled with the Holy Spirit?  Lunch will be provided.  If you are interested in attending please register (space is limited) by May 20:  Call the Parish Office (437-3305) or Lonnie Applegate 517-902-5714 or Maria Ansett 517-974-2330.  For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and love and self-control”     —2 Timothy 1:6-7=


  • Knights of Columbus Council 9937 from St. Elizabeth’s Church in Tecumseh will be having their Annual Flower Sale on May 6-9th and May 14-16.  Please see the attached document for information.   Tec k of c


  • To everything there is a season. God even designed “seasons” into a woman’s fertility. Couples trained in Natural Family Planning have learned to recognize the seasons, which effectively allows them to achieve or postpone a pregnancy.  The next scheduled Introduction to NFP will be THURSDAY MAY 13 from 7-9 pm at St. Mary Star of the Sea parish, IMMACULATA HALL  ANYONE interested in learning more is welcome!  Pre-Registration is required. Call the Parish Office (517-784-7184) or Maria Ansett RN at 517-974-2330.