3 Thank yous
This is not good-bye, we will meet again at the next Eucharist.
3 Thank yous
This is not good-bye, we will meet again at the next Eucharist.
Thank you Fr. Joe for 6 wonderful years at Sacred Heart.
This is our Farewell Message to you!
Please stop by and meet Fr. Todd Koenigsknecht on Sunday, June 8, in the Parish Hall following the 11:00am Mass.
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Entry Fee: $40 per person (members & non-members)
Get your son, daughter, father, mother, brother, sister, niece, nephew, grandma, grandpa and anyone you can think of to sign up for this event. Teams of 4! If you don’t have a full group, that’s ok too ~ we’ll find someone for you to team up with. DEADLINE FOR TEAM REGISTRATION IS Wednesday, July 11
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.
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.
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.
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.
Anne Atkin, Principal
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.”
I believe names are a very defining experience for many people. What is the most important element of St. John Feast Day, that we may know that John will go on to proclaim and say Prepare for Christ. Make ready for Jesus.