Fr. Joe Homily, Good Friday

 

There is no greater indication of love, than through sacrifice.

 

God loves you.  What a powerful statement.  The love that our Lord has for us is not a daily decision, it is who he is.   We are loved by God.    When we doubt this, look at a that cross, that crucifix.  He not only said it, He proved it…we are worth all of his blood and all of his breath.

News from the Bulletin!!

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT Seminar   Life in Spirit Seminar

Sacred Heart Parish is offering the 8 week series on Sundays from 1:00-3:00, Beginning Sunday, April 8

Lower level of Sacred Heart School.  Handicap entrance.  Lunch will be provided.  Free Babysitting is available.

To have adequate supplies, please call the parish office to RSVP.

 

 

There will be a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, April 12th at 6:30pm in the church to discuss the progress of the flooring replacement project and receive feedback on the carpet selection options.  All are welcome to attend.

 

 

 

The Altar Society will meet on Monday April 2nd at 1:30 pm in the parish hall.  All Ladies of the Parish are welcome. If you have any questions call Jan Wilson 517-306-0684.

 

 

 

The Lenawee County Health Department & Hudson American Legion are hosting a Food Handlers Class on Thursday, April 19 from 6-8pm.  This is open to the public, cost is $5 per person.    You must pre-register by April 12.  Please call Phil Lawrence at 517-605-0586 or the Legion at 517-448-8111.

 

Principal Bulletin, EASTER

Happy Easter from Sacred Heart School

We have finally made it, and boy, did we need it. Lent is over, Spring Break is here, the promise of warmer weather beckons. At Sacred Heart School, we have spent the days since Christmas break working very hard to reach our true potential.

4th Grader Adam Parker, read 40 hard books and wrote a comprehensive summary about each book. Wonderful job Adam!

Ryden Luma started school at SHS as a first grader and is fitting in great, making friends and making huge academic strides.

Mrs. Martinez has seen her 5th/6th grade class mature and tackle projects as they improve study skills and learn the importance of teamwork.

The preschool is the perfect combination of hands-on learning and structured discipline. When our preschoolers graduate to kindergarten, they are ready to be at the top of the class.

Our hallways are filled with happy, loving children who know God is always with them.

This Easter, with hearts overflowing, we rejoice! Our Lord has made all of this possible and we are grateful for our little school where we can love You all day long.

Have a beautiful Easter and May God Bless You,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Deacon’s Corner, EASTER

A month before my ordination, Kimberly and I met for an interview with Bishop Boyea.  These interviews were an annual occurrence for me to be accepted into the next year of diaconate formation.  The purpose of this interview was to receive his final approval for me to be ordained.  After talking with us for a while, the Bishop asked me to leave the room so he could talk with Kimberly in private.  He needed to make sure she had no reservations about sharing me with him in my ministry.  After all, the last thing he wanted was to disrupt our Sacrament of Marriage with me receiving the Sacrament of Holy Orders.  When satisfied there were no concerns, Bishop Boyea asked, “is there anything else?”  Kimberly said “Yes, there is one thing.  I need to make a deal with you.  I understand the importance of Easter.  It’s the highlight of the Church year.   But, at Christmas, we travel to see our kids and grandchildren.  It’s the only time we can all get together.  You can have John for Holy Week, but I get him at Christmas.  Deal?”   The Bishop leaned over his desk with a big smile, shook her hand, and said “DEAL!”

Why is Easter greater than Christmas?  If Easter had not happened, Christmas would have no meaning.  If the tomb was not empty, the cradle makes no difference.  If Jesus did not rise from the dead, then he really was just another misguided Jewish rabbi with delusions of grandeur to be the promised messiah.  If Easter is not true, then Christmas is just one more cute Hallmark story about an obscure baby born in an out-of-the way village in a forgotten land 2000 years ago.  It’s Easter that gives Christmas its meaning.

Easter is the very foundation of Christianity.  Jesus rises from the dead and He is God.  His death and resurrection on the most important of all Jewish feasts, the Passover, fulfilled all that the Passover had meant.  It was an exodus, or passage, from the days of oppression and slavery to spiritual freedom.  Jesus was the Paschal Lamb (Pasch, from Hebrew Pesach, meaning “Passover”) slain and sacrificed to achieve this freedom.  Jesus’ resurrection was the beginning of a New Covenant with God.  A Covenant freeing us from the slavery of earthy temptations and delivering us into God’s world of happiness – spiritual growth through our sufferings while finding peace with the blessings He gives us.

What is Easter all about? It’s about our Christian roots and celebrating what Jesus did for us.   As the Exsultet decrees on Easter Vigil “THIS IS THE NIGHT, WHEN CHRIST BROKE THE PRISON BARS OF DEATH, AND ROSE VICTORIOUS FROM THE UNDERWORLD. OUR BIRTH WOULD HAVE BEEN NO GAIN, HAD WE NOT BEEN REDEEMED!

May you have a joyous and Blessed Easter!

 

Fr. Joe Bulletin, EASTER

Greetings in Christ!

A blessed, happy and holy Easter Season to you all!  Christ is risen, not just in the past, but in the here and now and everyday of the future until the end of the world.

His love has triumphed over sin and death and, as a result, we need fear nothing, we need bind ourselves to nothing but him for the rest of our lives.  He has made his victory our victory, his resurrection our resurrection; praise His name!

Our Easter is not just a day, but a 50 day season that ends on the feast of Pentecost.  During that time, I will be preaching on the 7 Sacraments of our Church, using a different Sacrament each Sunday.  This will follow the same basic format as the 7 Deadly Sins homilies I gave during Lent.  I pray God bless my efforts!

Three things for this week:

¨ I’ll be gone Monday through Thursday, spending time with my Dad and getting some spring projects done around his house.

¨ Next Sunday, April 8th is called “Divine Mercy Sunday”.  The Divine Mercy Chaplet is a devotion I pray very often and it has changed my life.  I cannot encourage you strongly enough to learn this simple, quick devotion and pray it with fervor.  I have cards in the confessional with the instructions, should you need them.  Please don’t hesitate to ask.

¨ On April 11th, our Church, along with many other Churches will honor Yom HaShoah.  This is a day the Jews have given us to set aside and remember the Holocaust.  In the last year of the Nazis in Germany, approximately 6,000,000 Jews were brutally tortured and killed in various camps around Europe.  We call out to heaven on this day, remembering the evil that was done and the evil all of us are capable of.  We pray on that day for our Jewish brothers and sisters.

So…that’s our week.  I want you to know that I thank God everyday for the wonder, the joy and the blessings of being your priest.

In the Risen Christ,

fjk

 

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

Holy Thursday

7:00pm at St. Mary on the Lake

 

Good Friday

Ecumenical Service – 12:00pm at Sacred Heart

Good Friday Service – 3:00pm at Sacred Heart

Tenebrae – 8:00pm at St. Mary on the Lake

 

Holy Saturday

Blessing of Easter Food – Noon at St. Mary on the Lake

Blessing of Easter Food – Noon at Sacred Heart

Easter Vigil – 8:00pm at Sacred Heart

 

Easter Sunday

9:30am at St. Mary on the Lake

10:00am at Sacred Heart