Fr. Todd Bulletin, July 4, 2021

Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary on the Lake,

Blessed 4th of July Weekend!  This weekend I want to share the powerful Mass prayers used on the 4th of July in parishes in the United States.  May these prayers on behalf of our country be our own!



Father of all nations and ages,

we recall the day when our country

claimed its place among the family of nations;

for what has been achieved we give you thanks,

for the work that still remains we ask your help,

and as you have called us from many peoples to be one nation,

grant that, under your providence,

our country may share your blessings

with all the peoples of the earth.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.


Prayer over the Offerings

Father, who have molded into one our nation,

drawn from the peoples of many lands;

grant, that as the grains of wheat become one bread

and the many grapes one cup of wine,

so before all others be instruments of your peace.



It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,

always and everywhere to give you thanks,

Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God,

through Christ our Lord.

He spoke to us a message of peace

and taught us to live as brothers and sisters.

His message took form in the vision of our founding fathers

as they fashioned a nation where we might live as one.

His message lives on in our midst as our task for today

and a promise for tomorrow.


Prayer after Communion

May the love we share in this Eucharist, heavenly Father,

flow in rich blessing throughout our land

and by your grace may we as a nation

place our trust in you

and seek to do your will.

Through Christ our Lord.


God Bless!


Mary’s Meeting #1 by Seamus

Mary’s Meeting #1

Ave Maria! I pray you are all well as we begin this beautiful month of July. With all that rain in June, I believe God will bless us with many sunny days these upcoming weeks. Enough with the weather, we’re on to how Seamus, the intern seminarian, got assigned to a weekly bulletin article. I was attending another wonderful weekly staff meeting when all of a sudden someone brought up the topic of bulletin articles. I saw index fingers go to the noses and was too slow to the punch. Yes, the famous Nose Goes to settle who would write the next 6 bulletin articles. Well, it all seems fair. The staff deserves a summer vacation too. Right kids? Help me Blessed Mother to not write anything too boring!

Ah, this is a perfect transition as to what I’ll write about next. Our Lady! Yes, the Blessed Virgin Mary and the essence of Marian Consecration will be our topic of discussion for today. What is it? “Marian Consecration basically means giving Mary our full permission (or as much permission as we can) to complete her motherly task in us, which is to form us into other Christs” (33 Days to Morning Glory, Intro pg.26). An even shorter way to say this is to let Mary mold us into saints. We may ask ourselves is it really possible for me to be a saint? YES! This is God’s desire for you. “For this is the will of God, your sanctification” (1 Thessalonians 4:13). Jesus wants us to be made perfect and sanctified. He has modeled a beautiful way for us to imitate—go to Mary.

As you may know, there is a group of parishioners going through a preparation for Marian Consecration. We are holding a weekly Mary Meeting every Tuesday at 630PM. It ends at 730PM. I invite you all to come and join! It does not matter if you missed the first meeting or any meeting. Come any Tuesday you can.  This brief Marian weekly blurb will give a cliff notes version of the teaching we learned and the testimony we heard. Two things: teaching and testimony. I have already shared the teaching, and so it is time for the testimony. I shared last week two ways Marian Consecration has helped me in my spiritual life. First, Mary helps me pray with a pondering heart. She has taught me that I don’t have to figure out God’s ways, but to humbly accept them. Secondly, Mary is my Mother who protects the precious gifts of grace I have received from God. She helps me remember all God has done for me throughout my life and this teaches me to have a grateful heart. I asked Tammy, our diligent and delightful Bulletin advisor, what the word count is. She said nothing over 500. Well, I better respect that and not go over. I don’t want to get fired the first week. Ave Maria!

In the Immaculata,



Mass Intentions July 3 – July 11

Saturday, July 3

4:30pm ~ Dick Bade ~ 1st Anniversary by Chres Reuter Family

Sunday, July 4

8:00am ~ Leona Raftery by Chres Reuter Family

11:00am ~ Miller Family by Nancy

Monday, July 5

8:00am ~ People of the Parish

Tuesday, July 6

4:45pm ~ Confession & Adoration

5:45pm ~ John Hartley by Marie

Wednesday, July 7

8:00am ~ Joe Michener ~ 8th Anniversary by Chres Reuter Family

Thursday, July 8

8:00am ~ Shelly Veneros

Friday, July 9

8:00am ~ Rick & Sheila Gregg by Chres Reuter Family

Saturday, July 10

4:30pm ~ Marie Schang by Delmar & Peggy Marry

Sunday, July 11

8:00am ~ Patricia Kingsley by Steve & MaryAnn

11:00am ~ Marybeth Cottington by Bade Family


Mr. & Mrs. Koenigsknecht celebrate 40 years!


Congratulations to Brian and Agnes Koenigsknecht on celebrating their 40th Wedding Anniversary!

Brian and Agnes are Fr. Todd’s parents! Their kids sent them on a 4 day trip and then they came home to a 2 1/2 day party with their kids and grandkids! They had a private family Mass on their anniversary. The pic was taken at their church with the flowers they placed on the Mary altar. They had yellow roses for their wedding.

Knights of Columbus News

K of C News

The Hudson Council of the Knights of Columbus invites all members, wives and family members to pray the rosary daily for the return of our country to God.  We invite all parishioners of Sacred and St. Mary on the Lake to join us our effort for the recommitment of our country to God the Father..

Brother knights are also encouraged to the Eucharistic Adoration on the third Tuesday of the month for our country. Please ask your family and friends to pray that our country may return to God and again become a Christian nation, our weapon against the evil that is over taking our country is prayer.

Jim Friedrich