Fr. Todd Bulletin, July 14 2019

Dear Sacred Heart Family,

It was a blessing to have my brother Fr. Gary last Tuesday for the morning of reflection.  We don’t get to do many events like that together so it was a rare treat for me.  Some people asked if we could have an event like that in the evening so those who work could come- we will take that into consideration for the future.  I would like to say thank you to all who came out and supported the Sacred Heart Golf Outing on Saturday.

On Saturday July 20th we will be hosting a youth game night with our two seminarians.  It will be held in the Sacred Heart Parish Hall from 6-8 pm.  7th graders and up are welcome.  Please bring your favorite game and a snack.

This coming week we will be listening to the first talk from last year’s Made for Happiness Assembly.  The first talk was given by Fr. Mike Schmitz and is on happiness and Christian Joy.  Some highlights from his presentation:

  • Happiness is to find out God’s plans for one’s life and then pursue it.
  • Happiness rooted in virtue will be resilient.
  • Happiness rooted in God’s grace becomes joy.
  • True joy can’t be taken away from you

If you were not able to go to the Assembly last fall, I would encourage you to come either 6pm at Sacred Heart in the Parish hall on Wednesday, July 17th or 10am at St. Mary the Lake on July 18th.  If you did go the Assembly, this can be a good refresher and will lead to good discussion.

Fr. Mike Schmitz has a great podcast on a whole variety of questions and topics.  Each one is about 8-10 minutes and offers good insights.  Here is a link at which you can find more information :


God Bless,

Fr. Todd


This past Tuesday the Diocese released a statement regarding Fr. William Auth.  I quote part of it here:

“The concerns were regarding the finances and activities of both Reverend Auth and Maya Indian Missions.  Although Reverend Auth has not had an assignment with the diocese for nearly 30 years, from time to time, he has lived within the diocese and has solicited on behalf of Maya Indian Missions within the diocese.

Based on the concerns raised, Bishop Boyea has prohibited Reverend Auth from fundraising within the Diocese on behalf of Maya Indian Missions and has withdrawn Reverend Auth’s faculties to serve as a priest within the diocese. Additionally, the diocese has forwarded the concerns regarding Maya Indian Missions and Reverend Auth to the Michigan Department of Attorney General for further investigation.”

You can see the statement in its entirety on the Diocesan website at this link:

In years past Fr. Auth has visited both Sacred Heart and St. Mary on the Lake and fundraised for Maya Indian Missions.  He was last at Sacred Heart in 2012 and at St. Mary on the Lake in 2016.


Fr. Todd Bulletin, June 30 2019

Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary Families,

I want to say thank you to the families who donated money last fall to redo the basement entrance of Sacred Heart Church.  The money left over from that is being used to redo the flooring in the central multipurpose room in the school basement.  Dan and Randy have been working with a parishioner to help install it- all part of their pastoral training!

Last week a group from St. Mary on the Lake came to the farm for the day.  It was an auction item at last years Sacred Heart School Gala.  We had a beautiful day and a great time.  It came up that I have only once ridden a cow- here is the photographic evidence!

I want to continue the theme of concrete ways to grow in your faith.  This weekend I want to mention the Catholic Biblical School of Michigan.  This is a four-year study taking you through the whole Bible.  They are just about to start another session with a campus being held in Adrian (at Holy Family Parish‘s St. Mary Campus) — Tue 7-9 pm

What is the Catholic Biblical School of Michigan ? 

CBSM (Catholic Biblical School of Michigan) is a lay apostolate incorporated as an independent non-profit organization [501 (c) 3 status] listed in the Official Catholic Directory,with a Board of Directors approved by the Archdiocese of Detroit.

CBSM exists to invite Catholics to encounter Jesus in and through the inspired Word of God and grow as missionary disciples, fueled by daily connection to God in His Word.

What’s a lay apostolate?

The Church speaks of the lay apostolate in two ways: one is the apostolate common to all of the baptized laity, “spreading the kingdom of Christ throughout the earth for the glory of God the Father, to enable all men and women to share in His saving redemption” (Pope St. Paul VI, Apostolicam Actuositatem, 1965). We do this seemingly spontaneously, led by the Holy Spirit as individuals to bring the Good News to the world and strengthen the faith of fellow believers. The other form of a lay apostolate is a specific organization of (mostly) laypeople ministering in a specific way in a cooperative relationship with ordained Church leaders. CBSM is exactly this, an organization entrusted with a ministry of teaching and proclaiming the Word of God, so that all of us as baptized believers might be strengthened and become more confident, bold, and loving in spreading the kingdom of God.

CBSM operates with ecclesiastical approval from the Archbishop of Detroit and the Bishops of Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Kalamazoo. Our Board of Directors includes clergy and lay leaders. Like many lay apostolates, we operate without financial support from Arch/dioceses, giving us a spirituality of seeking to bless the Church through the ministry of teaching, prayer, and proclamation of the Word we offer.

Ask the Lord if this is the way He is calling you to grow, to take the next step

God Bless,

Fr. Todd


Fr. Todd Bulletin, June 23 2019

Dear St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart

My youngest brother, Randy Koenigsknecht, will be staying at the rectory for a few weeks this summer.  He just completed his second year of seminary.  With Dan already having a college degree and needing two less years of seminary they will be classmates.  They will be helping around the parishes both with maintenance things and helping out with various ministries.  (An added bonus is that he will be the fourth player for a variety of card games!)  Thank you for all of your prayers of vocations!

When it comes to our life of faith, we can have the desire to grow, to feel the Lord calling to something more.   The question than becomes – how?  I want to take the next couple of weeks and mention a couple of opportunities available for growing deeper.

The first is Encounter Ministries (  They are based out of St. Patrick’s parish in Brighton, Mi.  Their vision is:

“Evangelization cannot be reduced to words and persuasion only.  Our vision is to see a Church truly empowered by the Holy Spirit where disciples are confident to proclaim the Gospel and then demonstrate it through signs, wonders and miracles.  God’s love is supernatural and he wants to raise up a Church that can bring heaven to earth through the power and love of God in their life.

My message and my proclamation were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of spirit and power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God (1 Cor 2: 4-5)”

Our logo with the Eucharist in it is very important.  In the Eucharist, we receive the mighty Sacrament of Jesus’ body so that we too might become a sacrament to the world.  CCC 521 says “Christ enables us to live in him all that he himself lived, and he lives it in us. ‘By his Incarnation, he, the Son of God, has in a certain way united himself with each man.’ We are called only to become one with him, for he enables us as the members of his Body to share in what he lived for us in his flesh as our model.”

At times we feel hindered in our walk with God by obstacles and hurts in our lives.  Other times we feel prompted to take a concrete step of faith like praying over someone but we don’t feel comfortable or equipped for it.  Encounter Ministries is a powerful place to receive both inner healing and to be equipped for learning how to pray with and for others.

To that end you will see us advertising Encounter Ministries’ Summer Intensive.

“The summer intensive is an evening school happening July 22-25 that provides a survey of the content offered in the first four quarters of the Encounter School of Ministry over a fast four-day period.  The summer intensive is perfect for anyone desiring to attend the Encounter School during the year but unable to do so because of distance or schedule.  It is also ideal for those discerning their enrollment in the school of ministry but needing greater discernment.”

Ask the Lord if this is the way He is calling you to grow, to take the next step!

God Bless,

Fr. Todd


Fr. Todd Bulletin, June 6 2019

Dear St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart,

We had a great (and busy) week last week at both St. Mary on the Lake and Sacred Heart. Thank you to all those who helped make the varied events so successful (St. Mary’s rummage sale and the 25cent event, 5k and Taste of Summer Raffle at Sacred Heart).  I didn’t have quite enough gas in the tank to beat our resident seminarian, Dan Lacroix, in the 5k!

This past weekend I was hoping to get some farming in on my day off but my presence had the wrong effect- I brought 1 ½ inches of rain with me.  Like many others they are still trying to get the corn planted.  My parents said I am still allowed to come home!

We are launching into summer.  As we head into vacation season, I want to mention a great resource –  They provide worship times, church locations, contact information, website links and maps. There are 117,000 churches in 201 countries/territories.  I don’t know who said it first but the old adage is true – don’t take a vacation from Jesus while on vacation!

We will be continuing Bible study through June.  For July, August, and September I want to take the opportunity to revisit the three keynote talks from 2018’s Made for Happiness Assembly.  That was a great event that brought 15,000 people from the Diocese together.  Not all of us were able to go through (plus revisiting them is a great way to be renewed in the Spirit).


July 17th at Sacred Heart (6pm)

July 18th at St. Mary on the Lake (10am):

Father Mike Schmitz has gained a national following for his inspiring and joy-filled preaching about the love of God and the call of Jesus Christ.  A priest for the Diocese of Duluth, Minnesota, he directs Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the diocese and serves as chaplain for the Newman Center at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Ascension Presents YouTube channel provides weekly straight talk informative messages from Father Mike. HIGHLIGHTS • Happiness is to find out God’s plans for one’s life and then pursue it. • Happiness rooted in virtue will be resilient. • Happiness rooted in God’s grace becomes joy. • True joy can’t be taken away from you.


August 21st at Sacred Heart (6pm)

August 22nd at St. Mary on the Lake (10am):

Jennifer Fulwiler is a writer, speaker, radio show host, wife and mother of six children. SiriusXM radio subscribers can find her daily talk show on channel 129 or search for “The Jennifer Fulwiler Show” on iTunes. Jennifer Fulwiler takes us on her journey from lifelong atheism to Catholicism, pointing out that her quest was a search for happiness as much as it was a search for truth. She weaves in tips and suggestions for how we can each reach out to our own non-believing loved ones.



Sept 18th at Sacred Heart (6pm)

Sept 19th at St. Mary on the Lake (10am):

Deacon Larry Oney, a permanent deacon for the Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans, serves at Divine Mercy Parish in Kenner, Louisiana. With a passion for lifting people up and sharing the faith, he leverages humor, joy, Scripture, love and personal insight to speak to people’s hearts and encourage them to live Spirit-filled lives. Deacon Larry’s ministry can be found at HIGHLIGHTS • Every Christian is meant to be filled with the Holy Spirit. • The Holy Spirit is the animator upon earth today in the body of Christ. • Every Christian has the authority and power to evangelize all the world. • By the power of the Holy Spirit, God calls us to be receivers, healers and deliverers.


God Bless…. Fr. Todd


Fr. Todd Bulletin, June 2 2019

Dear Sacred Heart Family,

I hope that you enjoyed Memorial Day weekend! I was able to get together with my priests from my ordination class from Sacred Heart Seminary – some of whom I don’t get to see very often – and then spend some time with family and friends.

Congratulations to our graduates during this season!  It can be one of those strange bittersweet moments that is both exciting and terrifying- sometimes in equal parts.  These words God gave to the prophet Jeremiah are always true but are especially important to remember during a time of transition.  “For I know well the plans I have in mind for you—oracle of the LORD—plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope.  When you call me, and come and pray to me, I will listen to you.  When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart”.   (Jeremiah 29:11-13).  One great resource for staying plugged into your relationship with the Lord can be found through using the Newman centers found on many, many college campuses.  The following resource ( can help find it ahead of time for the particular college you are planning on attending.

Looking ahead I am happy to announce we are organizing a pilgrimage to the Holy Land for October 22-November 1, 2020.  We will have brochures with more information available.   This can be a beautiful opportunity to see the sites we hear and read about every Sunday.  It can be a powerful way to enter more deeply into our walk with Jesus by walking in the same places he did.

There is a beautiful meditation by a Catholic wife, mother, and evangelist, Sonja Corbitt, that captures well what a pilgrimage to the Holy Land is like.  She wrote:

“Since I have a demanding speaking schedule that sends me traveling every week during peak seasons, my Southern home is a place of deep comfort.  I need the land’s silence and greenness, perhaps because I am an introvert and extrovert in almost equal measure.  My husband and I spend mornings together with our coffee, on the porch or by the fire, in quiet meditation, savoring home and children, and bathing them in prayer.  “There’s no place like home.”  Although the classic movie line expresses my heart exactly, I never thought the sentiment could also be a matter of faith until a recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  Back home I had just done a radio show on the “place” of the Bible- the climate, agriculture, geography, and topography of the Holy Land.  I knew the land, but by faith, not sight.  Now walking his paths and seeing his sites, I realized Jesus loves his “place” too. With profound appreciation I received his words from a fishing boat on the Sea of Galilee.  On the bow of a “Jesus boat” (as these replicas of ancient vessels are called), my arms thrown wide in thanksgiving and praise pounding through my heart at the beauty of the landscape, I felt Jesus speak into my heart a gift and sentiment I deeply appreciate: “See?  I wanted to share my home with you, Sonja.”

Immediately I remembered his words, I go and prepare a place for you (Jn 14:3).  If earthly homes are so satisfying to us, I can only anticipate what heaven will be like”


God Bless!

Fr. Todd


Fr. Todd Bulletin, May 26 2019

Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s,

Our intern, Dan Lacroix, has been formally accepted as a seminarian for the Diocese of Lansing.  He will be attending Sacred Heart Seminary this coming fall. Since he is entering seminary with a college degree his seminary track will take six years – two years of Pre-Theology and then four years of Theology.  We will keep him and his discernment in our prayers.  This past weekend he visited the farm and returned largely unscathed!

Welcome back to all of our Summer parishioners at St. Mary on the Lake!  Memorial Day weekend we begin our summer schedule at the Lake with the addition of a Saturday evening Mass at 6pm.  This continues through Labor weekend.

On Memorial Day, weather permitting, we will have Mass at Calvary Cemetery in Hudson at 8am  (5560 Meridian Road Hudson, Michigan).  Please bring lawn chairs or a blanket for sitting on the grass.  If it is raining that morning, we will have Mass at       Sacred Heart Church.

On this Memorial Day weekend, I think particularly of friends who have lost siblings, for whom this weekend carries a particular weight.  Let us pray this prayer for all who have given their lives in the defense of our country and their families who remain.


Gracious God, on this Memorial Day weekend,

we remember and give thanks

for those who have given their lives

in the service of our country.

When the need was greatest,

they stepped forward and did their duty

to defend the freedoms that we enjoy,

and to win the same for others.


O God, you yourself have taught us

that no love is greater than that

which gives itself for another.

These honored dead gave the most precious gift they had,

life itself, for loved ones and neighbors,

for comrades and country – and for us.


Help us to honor their memory

by caring for the family members

they have left behind,

by ensuring that their wounded comrades

are properly cared for,

by being watchful caretakers of the freedoms

for which they gave their lives,

and by demanding that no other young men and women

follow them to a soldier’s grave

unless the reason is worthy and the cause is just.


Holy One, help us to remember that freedom is not free.

There are times when its cost is, indeed, dear.

Never let us forget those who paid so terrible a price

to ensure that freedom would be our legacy.


Though their names may fade with the passing of generations,

may we never forget what they have done.

Help us to be worthy of their sacrifice,


O God, help us to be worthy.


– J. Veltri, S.J.


God Bless,

Fr. Todd


Fr. Todd Bulletin, May 19 2019

Dear Sacred Heart Family,

Our family had a great surprise for Mother’s Day with one of my sisters announcing that she was expecting her second child.  The 10th grandchild will be joining the Koenigsknecht clan right around Thanksgiving of this year.  That kind of news trumps any other Mother’s Day present!

While I was home for my day off this past week I was able to see one of my favorite spring time events- the cows being let out on the pasture after the winter months of being confined to the yard.  They are a picture of joy that never gets old- running, bellowing, frisking and kicking their tails in the air.  It is a scene the prophet Malachi references for the joy that comes from following God and His ways, of the confidence found living under His protective care: Malachi 3:20 “But for you who fear my name, the sun of justice will arise with healing in its wings; and you will go out leaping like calves from the stall”.

The world of spring time in is meant to shout out a reminder of God’s presence and providence.  That just as the world and the universe in all its immensity is ordered so He can bring order to what can be at times a chaotic life.

Spring time, Eastertime is an invitation to lean into our Father’s loving care.  There is a beautiful old Hymn that captures this reality much better than I can: “I sing the mighty power of God” by Issac Watts.


I sing the mighty pow’r of God, that made the mountains rise,
That spread the flowing seas abroad, and built the lofty skies.
I sing the wisdom that ordained the sun to rule the day;
The moon shines full at His command, and all the stars obey.

I sing the goodness of the Lord, who filled the earth with food,
Who formed the creatures through the Word, and then pronounced them good.
Lord, how Thy wonders are displayed, where’er I turn my eye,
If I survey the ground I tread, or gaze upon the sky.

There’s not a plant or flow’r below, but makes Thy glories known,
And clouds arise, and tempests blow, by order from Thy throne;
While all that borrows life from Thee is ever in Thy care;
And everywhere that we can be, Thou, God, art present there.


Of this song I think the verse that captures the greatest nugget of truth is the last line: “While all that borrows life from Thee is ever in Thy care; And everywhere that we can be, Thou, God, art present there.”  This Easter time be reassured of Jesus’ presence with you.  Be amazed at the world coming to life around us and simply ask Jesus to bring that new life into your own.


God Bless,

Fr. Todd


2019 DSA Update





DSA 2019 

Thank you to all who have pledged to the Diocesan Services Appeal.  Sacred Heart 2019 DSA goal is $25,627.00.

We have reached our goal!!  We have 89 families, pledging $25,715.00 to DSA.

You can still contribute to DSA.  A portion of our overage will come back to 0ur parish!!
Every gift is tax deductible. You can make a one time gift using cash, check or credit card or make a pledge to be paid over time on a schedule of your choosing. Envelopes can be found at the end of the pews and at the entrances in church, or you may use the envelope included in the DSA edition of FAITH magazine, or you may click here for the DSA brochure or click here for a pledge form. 

If you would like to give your gift online, please click here.



2019 DSA Prayer

Loving and gracious God, we praise you and we thank you for the bountiful gifts that you have bestowed upon us.

You have called us to discipleship, to share your gift of salvation with everyone we meet.

Please bless our efforts to form our parish as a community of missionary disciples, united across the diocese in our commitment to go and announce the Gospel of the Lord.

Instill in us the courage to sow bountifully, without sadness or compulsion, so that we may produce a bountiful harvest in service to all and enduring forever.





Please take a few moments to listen to Bishop Boyea Appeal for DSA.

Fr. Todd Bulletin, May 5 2019

Dear Sacred Heart Family,

This week we will be a busy week!  Our First Communicants will receive the Eucharist this Sunday at the 11:00am Mass.  We will also celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation on Wednesday, May 8th, at Sacred Heart Church at 7pm.  Thank you for all of your prayers and support of our young people.

Here is part of an article explaining the sacrament of Confirmation.

Growth is vital to human life; the body and mind must grow to stay alive. Catholics believe that the soul also needs to grow to maturity in the life of grace, just as the human body must grow through childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Catholics believe the Sacrament of Confirmation is the supernatural equivalent of the growth process on the natural level. It builds on what was begun in Baptism and what was nourished in Holy Eucharist. It completes the process of initiation into the Christian community, and it matures the soul for the work ahead.  The Byzantine Church confirms (chrismates) at Baptism and gives Holy Eucharist as well, thus initiating the new Christian all at the same time.

So, what occurs during a Catholic Confirmation? The Holy Spirit is first introduced to a Catholic the day that she’s baptized, because the entire Holy Trinity — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — are invoked at the ceremony. During Confirmation, God the Holy Spirit comes upon the person, accompanied by God the Father and God the Son, just as he did at Pentecost.

This sacrament is called Confirmation because the faith given in Baptism is now confirmed and made strong. Sometimes, those who benefit from Confirmation are referred to as soldiers of Christ. This isn’t a military designation but a spiritual duty to fight the war between good and evil, light and darkness — a war between the human race and all the powers of hell.

Confirmation means accepting responsibility for your faith and destiny. Childhood is a time when you’re told what to do, and you react positively to reward and negatively to punishment. Adulthood, even young adulthood, means that you must do what’s right on your own, not for the recognition or reward but merely because it’s the right thing to do. The focus is on the Holy Spirit, who confirmed the apostles on Pentecost (Acts 2:1–4) and gave them courage to practice their faith. Catholics believe that the same Holy Spirit confirms Catholics during the Sacrament of Confirmation and gives them the same gifts and fruits.

Traditionally, the twelve fruits of the Holy Spirit are charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, long-suffering, mildness, faith, modesty, continency, and chastity. These are human qualities that can be activated by the Holy Spirit. The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. These gifts are supernatural graces given to the soul.


The challenge is for all of us to activate the graces God gives us in Confirmation.  It is easy to treat these milestones as just a stepping stone that we leave behind. God longs to keep on pouring the Holy Spirit into our lives.  Even as we pray for those about to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation let us seek to engage this more fully in our own lives.  One thing I have found helpful to make this sacrament more concrete is to always be praying for a particular grace I need.  Confirmation is meant to help us live our faith in the world- so when we are aware of what we are lacking we should instinctually ask for it. The ones I pray for quite regularly are wisdom and understanding.

God Bless,

Fr. Todd


Fr. Todd Bulletin, April 28 2019

Dear Sacred Heart Family,

Happy Easter!

It is a funny thing- we can have a hard time knowing exactly how to celebrate Easter. We just spent 40 days of Lent.  That is a season that has clearly outlined parameters to enter into a penitential season to help us prepare for Easter through a renewed focus on fasting, prayer, and almsgiving.  But now that we are here, at Easter, the Church doesn’t give us specific guidelines.   They are simply to celebrate Jesus alive and present in our hearts, victorious over the realities of sin and death.  The cues for how we are to celebrate this Season are to be found in the stories and encounters we will hear in the Gospel’s throughout Easter.

Immediately after Jesus’ resurrection He began showing up to the Apostles and disciples, often in times of their own fear or confusion.  In a way that surprised and shocked them Jesus addressed people’s hurts, their fears, their lack of belief.  All things that seemed insurmountable until they could be surrendered to His presence.  Often, He was not recognized at first but He came and spoke the words each needed to hear.  Over time they came to realize exactly who was present with them giving them the comfort and direction they needed.  Even when the doors were locked, He would come in.  We will meet all of these people as we move through Easter- Mary Madelene, the disciples on the road to Emmaus, the twelve in the upper room, Thomas who wouldn’t/couldn’t believe, Peter on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.

This is exactly how we are meant o celebrate Easter.  It is exactly how Jesus longs to come to us.  Some of the graces of the Holy Season of Lent is that is brings us face to face with our wounds, our hurts, our sins, our fears, our doubts, our questions.  Far from being a discouraging reality let this be the very foundation for celebrating Easter.  Just like Jesus did after His resurrection invite Him into those places Lent highlighted that He might heal and make new.  This Easter time invite Jesus intentionally again into your life, your heart.  Like those who walked with Jesus and didn’t recognize that He had actually been with them for a while may this season be a time to realize just how close He is to us.

I will be gone this April 22nd-30th for my yearly retreat.  My twin brother and I are going to a retreat center outside the twin cities for the week long retreat and then we will spend a couple days visiting our brother who is in seminary in St. Paul along with the other seminarians for the Diocese of Lansing studying there. Please keep us in your prayers and I will be praying for you!


Several times in recent months, parishioners have been contacted by someone claiming to be me and asking them to buy gift cards or to just send money. This is a scam! All of our local pastors have experienced the same thing. From what we gather, people overseas read church bulletins online and look for advertisers or parishioners whose contact information is in the bulletin. They then use it to perpetrate this hoax. It goes without saying: I do not ask parishioners to give me money personally, only for support of the parish. Disregard these messages if and when you receive them and encourage others to avoid them as well. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.


Fr. Todd