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This past weekend the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, celebrated their 25th anniversary. They are one of the fastest growing orders in America and already have nearly 150 sisters. I saw our own Sr. Francis de Sales (Amber Czeiszperger) at their celebration. She is entering her second year of Novitiate with the Sisters. God willing, she will make her first vows next summer. There is also a young woman from my home town that just finished her first year with them. Please continue to pray for all the sisters and for an increase in vocations to the consecrated life. They are such a powerful witness in the world.

The family baptism also went well. The child to adult ratio is getting close to even so it was a lively time. The child that was helping me as the book bearer during the baptism nearly passed out ¾ of the way through. All in all, pretty standard for the Koenigsknecht family!

Next Saturday, the 13th, we will have our youth group Mass and Hiking adventure. We will meet at Sacred Heart at 8am to carpool to Lost Nations for the hike and Mass. Hope to see you there!

I really enjoyed our Theology on Tap events this past month. We had good turnouts, questions, and conversation at both of them. People have been asking if we will have any more. I don’t have any dates yet, but I would like to. I am thinking of a time this winter when it would be good to get out the house and have some good conversation.

I want to thank Jack and Thomas for the blessing they have been for us this summer. Jack jumped into his internship - helping out at the school, helping host events, taking part in the youth group, leading a Bible Study, taking communion to the Homebound, accompanying me on visits to the hospital and other ministerial activities, and other projects as they came up. Thomas did a ton of work for us in the school and cemetery and took part in many parish activities. We would begin every day with a Holy Hour at 7 and in the evenings after meetings were done often catch a game of something. A great summer with great community. Thank you both!

Bishop Boyea will be hosting his annual discernment dinner August 21st in Dewitt, Mi at the retreat center 3-6pm. It is a great afternoon to learn about the vocation of priesthood, hear about what seminary is like, have time for Q&A with the seminarians and Bishop, some prayer time and we end with dinner. Jack and Thomas and other seminarians we have hosted over the years will be there. It is open for incoming high school juniors and older. I would love to have a few guys come up. Please let me know if you are interested.

God Bless!

Fr. Todd

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