Dear Parish Family,
I write this letter to invite you join me in support of the 2021 Diocesan Services Appeal – “The word of God is at work in you who believe.” This scripture text from the first letter of Paul to the Thessalonians affirms a fundamental truth and teaching of the Catholic Church – the word of God is alive here and now, it is active in you and in the work of all who believe. Thanks be to God for His Holy Word!
My friends, DSA is an opportunity to put God’s word into action, to participate personally in the many good works of our Church in communion with fellow Catholics. I ask you to join me, and join together, in support of the good works of our Catholic Church. Our contributions are put to work, right away, in a multitude of ministries to offer direct assistance to individuals and families and to parishes, Catholic schools, and Catholic Charities agencies.
Please prayerfully consider making a DSA contribution this year. A DSA video message from Bishop Boyea is available online at www.dioceseoflansing.org/dsa. You may also use this link https://donate.dioceseoflansing.org/DSAdonations to make a DSA gift via credit card or electronic funds transfer from a bank account. Pledge forms will also be provided at liturgies on DSA Commitment Weekend, March 6 & 7.
Our DSA parish goal for 2021 is $30,335.00 and with your help, I am confident we can reach that goal. Once we reach our goal, 50% of any contributions received, over and above our parish goal, will be returned to our local parish.
Thank you for your generosity. Be assured of my prayers for you and your loved ones.
Sincerely Yours in Christ,
Fr. Todd Koenigsknecht
St. Mary on the Lake Parish
Manitou Beach, MI
Thursday, February 25, 2021
The Mass was offered for the intention of the deceased members of the Palazzolo Family+
The Mass at Sacred Heart was offered for the intention of Kathleen McDermott+
Readings of the day: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/022521.cfm
Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s,
It is a blessing that we have these forty days every year to acknowledge that we need a Savior. Then, over the course of these days, we strive to grow and experience His saving grace in those places in our lives that need it the most.
Well, we are now a couple weeks in, so we remember again how difficult this can be! I want to mention a few Lenten pitfalls for us to avoid/climb out of as we continue toward Easter.
¨ Don’t be afraid of the hard things Jesus asks of you: There are many examples of Jesus asking hard things of people that ended up transforming their lives. He asked Peter to drop everything and follow Him. He commanded that if we want to be like our Heavenly Father, then we need to forgive our enemies. He asked the Apostles in the midst of the storm to not be afraid. After overturning their tables and releasing the animals, he told the businessmen in the Temple to stop making His Father’s house a marketplace. Sometimes what Jesus is asking of us for Lent is hard, but it is also the very thing needed. Remember—God is never outdone in generosity.
¨ It is never too late to get back up: How many times should we get back up after falling on our faces? Every single time. This is an important part of Lent and an important overall spiritual lesson. Every time we fall, God’s hand is there to help us back up if we are willing to grab it. There have been studies done on how often we fall when we are learning to walk. The average is 17 times an hour and almost 70 times an hour for those just figuring it out! Lent can be a time we are learning how to walk spiritually. That process will involve falling.
¨ Live the patience you want others to show you: This can be very hard! I have found, though, that remembering the patience with which I have been treated can be a great motivator for trying to do the same for others. St. Philo of Alexandria once said: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.” How true! We never know fully what someone else is going through.
¨ Don’t let your Lenten penance make you into a penance for those around you: We were given this bit of advice at seminary with the classic example given of the seminarian who gives up coffee for Lent. Turns out he really needs coffee and without it is an absolute bear to everyone else. Our penances shouldn’t be a penance for someone else! This can mean a little course correction about how we are handling our penance or, if needed, the switching of a penance to something else. If you want to exercise humility, ask someone close to you for their opinion of how you are handling Lent!
March is Reading Month
During the month of March, we celebrate the wonderful books that exist in the world. Reading is fundamental for brain development and experts agree that reading an extra 20 minutes per night increases brain development monumentally, especially for elementary age children. Our goal is to read, read, read for the whole month of March. This is a tradition at Sacred Heart School and we have a lot of fun reading and growing our brains. As a school, we have a goal to read 2500 books during the month. If the students reach this goal, we have a fun party planned for the whole school the Thursday before spring break.
We have many fun events planned during the month including Reading Madness. Mrs. Schutte developed a March Madness type contest for the students to play, only we use books instead of basketball teams. Each class will pick (2) read-aloud books to enter into the contest. The teachers will read all of the books to the students and each week we will continue to eliminate books until we are down to the top two books. The class that chooses the winning book wins a pizza party.
In an attempt to inspire the students to keep reading, we offer many fun days during the month for the students if they are on track to meet their reading goal. We have a pajama day, crazy hat day and crazy sock day planned and we are confident the students will read enough to get to participate in all of them.
We love March is Reading Month and we are excited to read about many new places, adventures and learn wonderful lessons on the journey.
Anne Atkin, principal
Sacred Heart School
Students are balanced: confident of mind, academics and Catholic Faith.
Serving the Community. Teaching our students to live and model the Catholic faith. Reflecting the unconditional love of Jesus. Remaining structured with the purpose of graduating students who are prepared to persevere.
Saturday, February 27
4:30pm ~ Alvin Timberman ~ 7th Anniversary by Kathy
Sunday, February 28
8:00am ~ Michael Emrick by Dan & Ann
11:00am ~ Richard Dunn by Dorothy & Family
Monday, March 1
8:00am ~ Deceased Members of Marge Kelsch Harris Family
Tuesday, March 2
4:45pm ~ Confession & Adoration
5:45pm ~ John M Hartley by Marie
Wednesday, March 3
8:00am ~ Ralph Mapes by Family
Thursday, March 4
8:00am ~ Bette Baron by Dee Bellman
Friday, March 5
9:00am ~ Sue Maher-Muck by Steve & MaryAnn
Saturday, March 6
4:30pm ~ Phyllis Sword by Family
Sunday, March 7
8:00am ~ Dora Reuter ~ 31st Anniversary by Chres Reuter Family
11:00am ~ Linda Gutierrez ~ 1st Anniversary
Lenting Well With:
Fr. Todd Koenigsknecht – Pastor of Sacred Heart & St. Mary on the Lake Manitou Beach
Fr. Gary Koenigsknecht – Pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Howell, MI
Fr. John Whitlock – Seminarian Director for the Diocese of Lansing
Fr. Tomy’s Homily: