Diocesan Services Appeal 2020



“Happy the one who trusts in the Lord” (Proverbs 16:20).

2020 DSA Prayer

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

Help us to understand that it is only in You that we find the truth and happiness we seek – the happiness we are made for.

Help us to understand and embrace the Diocesan Services Appeal as a way to faithfully participate in the good works of Your Holy Catholic Church.

Please bless our united efforts and help us to see Jesus in all whom we encounter.





Dear Sacred Heart Parishioners, 

I write this letter to invite you join me in support of the 2020 Diocesan Services Appeal   – “Happy the one who trusts in the Lord!” This scripture text from the Book of Proverbs affirms a fundamental teaching of the Catholic Church – only in God will we find the truth and happiness that we seek, the happiness that we were made for.

Our annual DSA is an opportunity to participate personally in the service and care provided through the many good works of the 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.  Vitally important is the impact these efforts have in our parishes, where so much of the Church’s work occurs in the activities of everyday life.

Please prayerfully consider making a DSA contribution this year.  The special DSA edition of FAITH magazine and a DSA video message from Bishop Boyea are available online at www.dioceseoflansing.org/dsa.  You may also use this link to make a DSA gift via credit card or electronic funds transfer from a bank account.  Pledge forms will be provided at liturgies on DSA Announcement Weekend, March 1 and Commitment Weekend, March 7 & 8.

Our DSA parish goal for 2020 is $28,190.00, 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, Pastor



The weekend of March 7-8, you will be asked to make your DSA commitment to the Diocese of Lansing.   Two-thirds of the operating budget of the Diocese of Lansing comes from the Annual Diocesan Services Appeal.  The goal for Sacred Heart Parish for 2020 is $28,190.00.  Please pray about your participation in this annual effort that funds more than 100 programs and ministries, which are vital to the parishes and agencies of the Diocese of Lansing.

2020 DSA F&Q

2020 DSA Cash/Check Pledge Form

2020 DSA Credit Card/EFT Pledge Form





Upcoming Bible Study Dates:

6:00pm at Sacred Heart                10:00am at St. Mary

March 4                                                      March 5

March 18                                                   March 19


As we begin the Lenten Season, please pick up a copy of the Little Black Book, your companion for Lent.   Also available are the Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl.  Both of these are at each entrance of the church and there is no charge.



In March, Sacred Heart will have the Shop & Share bags for the Food Pantry.


Please turn in your baby bottles for the Alpha Omega Baby Bottle Blessing Drive by March 1.



United Hudson Easter Egg Hunt. 

The Hudson area churches are getting together to put on an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4, for the children in our community.  We are asking for donations of individually wrapped Easter candy (no hard candy please) to stuff in the Easter eggs.  Please drop off your candy donation to the Parish Office by March 15.


The Diocese of Lansing Finance Department is accepting applications for two open positions:  Accounting Specialist and Parish Auditor.  To learn more about these positions and to apply, please visit our website at www.dioceseoflansing/employment


Please call Julie Jones at 517-740-4351 if you would like to share a room with Julie. Julie is a friend of Denice Combs, parishioner at St. Mary on the Lake.



Marriage Planning?  The Catholic Church urges all couples contemplating marriage to receive instruction in Natural Family Planning.  Natural Family Planning builds strong families. It is medically safe, morally acceptable and highly effective.  Those attending will to learn more about fertility awareness and related Church teaching.  The class is taught by a Registered Nurse, who is also certified to teaching the Billings Method.  The next scheduled Intro to NFP class is Monday March 9, 2020 from 7-9 pm at St. Mary Star of the Sea, IMMACULATA HALL.  Pre-Registration is required. Please call the St. Mary Parish Office 517-784-7184 or contact Maria Ansett RN at 517-974-2330.   Individual appointments are also available




Special thanks to ALL who made the Live Free Conference a success; those who attended, those who helped behind the scenes and team members that came from out of town for prayer sessions. It was a thoughtful way to start out Lent 2020. If you are interested individual prayer sessions will be available at St. Anthony and various other parishes. Contact Nancy at nancy4unbound@gmail.com for more information.


Life in the Spirit

The next Prayer and Praise is THURSDAY MARCH 5 from 7-9 pm in the Blessed Solanus Casey Room at St. Anthony. Join us for SONG, PRAYER and SHARING the ways the Holy Spirit is present in our lives. There will be an update on the Healing Team Ministry we have been working on developing the past two years.  We hope you will join us!

The Encounter School of Ministry (St. Patrick’s, Brighton) is presenting a three day School of Prophetic Ministry March 12-14. The goal is to provide the foundation for you to be equipped to hear God’s voice more clearly for yourself and the world around you through training and activation of the prophetic gifts of the Holy Spirit in your life. Speakers will include Fr. Mathias Thelen and Patrick Reis. Register at www.encounterministries.us



Mid-life Singles (mid-30s to 50s): Are you looking for a renewed sense of purpose & belonging?   Many never-married, divorced, or widowed people in mid-life (mid-30s to 50s) feel alone, out-of-place (even in church!), and wondering what this phase of life means for them. Register today for a life-changing REFLECT weekend retreat at the St. Francis Retreat Center, in DeWitt, MI (10 miles north of Lansing), on April 17-19, 2020. Take a chance and get involved… you won’t regret it!  Cost is $185 for meals and a single room. Visit www.ReflectRetreat.com, e-mail reflect.michigan@gmail.com, or call (586) 770-1772 for details.


AN INVITATION TO HAPPINESS: Bishop Earl Boyea would like to invite you to discover the surest path to happiness over the coming weeks.
“Happiness. Everybody in our society seems to be seeking it. Yet very few seem to find it. So where is true happiness to be found?” writes Bishop Boyea, February 11.  The Four Levels of Happiness seminar is coming to a Catholic high school near you and registration just opened. First come first served. Space is limited!  CLICK HERE to check out all the exciting details. You and your parishioners are not going to want to miss this. It’s life changing!

Altar Rosary Society

Altar Rosary Society will be meeting Monday March 2nd at 1:30 pm.  We will be inducting our new President.  All ladies are welcome please come and support her.  Any questions call Janice Wilson 517-306-0684


The Significance of Ash Wednesday by Fr. Mike Schmitz

Sacred Heart ~ Wednesday, February 26 at 8:00am & 6:30pm
St. Mary on the Lake ~ Wednesday, February 26 at 9:15am & 6:00pm

They may just be ashes, but Fr. Mike points out that what they represent goes far beyond mere dust of the earth. With a simple cross on the forehead, we are recognizing that we are far from perfect, but that God loves and redeems us—not despite our brokenness, but in the midst of it. If you want to start off your Lent with a reminder of Ash Wednesday’s deeper meaning, listen to Fr. Mike’s heartfelt words in this video.


BISHOP BOYEA INTERVIEW ON SHALOM WORLD TV: Sunday, 16 February 2020, saw Shalom World TV broadcast a half-hour interview with Bishop Earl Boyea of Lansing as part of their Heart Talk series. The conversation focussed on his upbringing, his path to the priesthood, his life as bishop, his hopes for the future and his own pursuit of holiness in everyday life. The interviewer is David Kerr, Director of Communications for the Diocese of Lansing. To know more about Shalom World TV go to: https://www.shalomworld.org/

Bishop Boyea on Shalom World TV

BISHOP BOYEA INTERVIEW ON SHALOM WORLD TV: Sunday, 16 February 2020, saw Shalom World TV broadcast a half-hour interview with Bishop Earl Boyea of Lansing as part of their Heart Talk series. The conversation focussed on his upbringing, his path to the priesthood, his life as bishop, his hopes for the future and his own pursuit of holiness in everyday life. The interviewer is David Kerr, Director of Communications for the Diocese of Lansing. To know more about Shalom World TV go to: https://www.shalomworld.org/

Posted by Diocese of Lansing on Thursday, February 20, 2020

Baby Bottle Blessing for Alpha Omega

The Alpha Omega Care Center in Hillsdale is a safe and confidential haven, where all women and men facing unexpected pregnancies can come to receive accurate information and compassionate care.  Alpha Omega Care Center is funded local by the generous support of individuals, businesses, churches and other organizations.

Our Mission:  We exist to empower women and men to make life-affirming decisions regarding pregnancy through counseling, education, compassionate care and the truth of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Core Values:  We believe in the sanctity of human life and therefore abortion at any stage is the taking of human life.  We uphold and defend the sanctity of marriage.

We invite you to participate in our Baby Bottle Blessing, a daily fundraising opportunity.  Baby bottles are distributed throughout the area to be filled with change and turned into our center.  Since we are solely funded by donations, this program is very important.  The generous support of our donors makes Alpha Omega’s mission possible.

Please pick up a Baby Bottle at the back of the church and return full bottles to the parish office.

Please return bottles by March 1.   Checks should be made out to Alpha Omega Care Center.


Disciple Maker Index Survey is Officially Open!!


Disciple Maker Index Survey is Officially Open!!

The Survey is now available for you to take between February 8th through March 1st.

The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete, and is available:

  1. Online at www.disciplemakerindex.com.
  2. By obtaining a paper copy at the parish entrances or by contacting the parish office. Please return your completed paper copy to the parish office in a sealed envelope no later than March 3rd.

The survey results will provide feedback to Fr Todd, the staff, and our many volunteers as we seek ways to best support everyone in their discipleship journey.  YOUR RESPONSES WILL BE HELD IN STRICT CONFIDENCE as they are processed by the Catholic Leadership Institute.  The survey is intended for all parishioners age 18 and older.  Thank you for your time in taking the survey.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Deacon John or the parish office.

Following all masses this weekend (Feb 22-23), staff and volunteers will be available in the parish hall for anyone wishing to complete their survey (online or paper).