Knights of Columbus Events

Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner

Saturday, March 17, 2018

5:30pm in the Parish Hall

Call the office for tickets!





Feather Party

Friday, March 23, 2018

7:30pm in the Parish Hall

Bring your family and come enjoy of evening of fun.





Life in the Spirit Seminar



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

Beginning Sunday, April 8 in the Lower level of Sacred Heart School

St. Anthony in Hillsdale will also offer the same series on Thursdays from 1:00-3:00 beginning April 5.

Click Here for more info


It is enrollment season at Sacred Heart School. On March 12th we will begin signing students up for the 2018-2019 school year.

At Sacred Heart our teaching approach is focused on virtue. Character and moral purpose are not just add-ons, they’re at the heart of everything we do. Obedience, courtesy and respect are the foundation of our academic life. The virtues are what make children feel safe, appreciated and encouraged- free to discover their talents; develop their personalities; build lasting friendships; become balanced, confident people of faith. This is our educational vision at Sacred Heart. Our mission to remain deliberate and structured with the purpose of graduating students who are prepared to persevere.

Please take a few minutes to explore our website at which describes our preschool through 6th grade programs.  Then consider how Sacred Heart can enrich your child’s life and the life of your whole family.

Anyone who is interested in Catholic education for their child should call 517-448-6405 or email me at to set up an interview and a shadow day.

Friday, March 16th– – Open House for Preschool – 6th Grade

Thursday, March 22nd – Open House for Preschool, Dev. Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Wednesday, April 18th – Open House for preschool- 6th grade

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal


Deacon’s Corner, March 12, 2018


The history of the Church is a history of holiness.   Not just bishops, priests, deacons, and religious – but each and every one of us.  By virtue of our Baptism, we are all called to be holy witnesses of Christ in every aspect of our daily life.  That’s what it means to be a Christian.  Anyone who dares to call themselves a Christian will outwardly carry the marks to identify them as a disciple of Christ.  Do YOU carry these marks?

Do you conform yourself to Christ in word and deed?  Jesus spoke out against sin and injustice, yet He treated everyone with love and compassion.  He worked for the good of everyone by offering His love, care, and healing regardless of their wealth or social status. He had a special place in His heart for the poor, the outcast, the sick, and the grieving.

Do you seek the will of God in everything you do?  Do you regularly pray and receive the Sacraments?  Because, all of the Sacraments are an abundant source of Grace.  Do you allow yourself to be guided by the wisdom of the Church?  Do you continuously strive to join your will to God’s will?

Do you devote yourself to God’s glory?  God is the ultimate source of the very gifts we have.  Do you recognize His glory and might so the good you accomplish is done in His name?  Are you humble in doing so?

Do you seek to love your neighbor?   God places people in our lives who need our help.  Are you vigilant to recognize them, and help them the best you can?  Do you take care of those less fortunate or outside your circle of friends?

Do you accept the crosses that inevitably come your way?  Suffering in this life is inevitable.  And being a Christian does not give you a free pass to avoid suffering.  But, Jesus showed us how to give value to our suffering especially when we join our suffering to His.  When you offer up your suffering for others, you can experience a liberating transformation which helps you grow closer to God.  You can, in essence, be “Born Again”.

God invites us to holiness so we can experience the same happiness on earth that we will in Heaven.  His universal call to holiness demands nothing less than to always live with the ultimate goal of Heaven in our hearts.  Jesus came into the world to show us how to do just that. How many marks of His disciple do you carry?   Deacon John

Adapted from “Introduction to Catholicism for Adults” by Rev. James Socias




Mrs. Atkin Bulletin, March 18, 2018

So you had a bad day…….

You are having a bad day. Everything that could go wrong, did; you stepped on a Lego piece; you burned the cookies you were making; you got hit in the head by something; you ran over the cat; you forgot to do something you were supposed to do; you made a huge mistake and it is already done and you cannot change it. When the day is truly a bad one, you are hyper focused on that one part of your life.  It’s consuming most of your thoughts and the thoughts are negative.

Interacting with our kids when, they or we, are having a bad day gives us an opportunity to think about how God deals with us. He will give us grace. He will give us mercy. But he will not let us give in to temptation and just say “I am going to go to bed and hide in the covers.” He will not let us run away and give in. For those of us that have tried, we know it doesn’t work and problems can get very ugly, very quickly.

God is polite and He will not interject Himself into your life without permission. God has given us the power to decide how much we would like to lean on Him. It is the power of free will. You have to ask for help and the more you ask, the more you receive. The amount of help given is infinite. So, ask every day. Simple. But it just isn’t that simple and we forget to ask, sometimes when we need it the most.

When you have a bad day ask Jesus to wrap Himself around you and protect you. Ask Him to keep you safe and to be with You as you face the negativity and challenges. Ask Him to keep you calm and to be kind to others. Strap in and weather the storm together. It will be alright. It will all be okay. You will feel good again. God will never make you handle a bad day alone.

Lord, Help me to remember that nothing is going to happen today that You and I can’t handle together. Amen

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal


Fr. Joe Bulletin, March 18, 2018

Greetings in Christ!

Just like last weeks bulletin, I’m writing this on March 3rd, before I head out for a week off.  Because of that, I obviously won’t be commenting on anything current.  Instead, its my hope to use this and the next article to hype our upcoming Triduum Feasts at Sacred Heart and St. Mary.  Last week, I posted on Good Friday and, this week, I want to walk us through Holy Saturday.

On Holy Thursday, we sat at the Last Supper with Jesus.  He washed our feet and gave us the gift of the Eucharist.  We then walked to the Garden with him.  On Friday, we walked through the passion with Jesus and spent Friday night “in the tomb” with Jesus.

With our service on Holy Saturday, we move from the tomb to the Glory of the Resurrection.   The service contains four parts: the service of Light, Liturgy of the Word, Christian Initiation and Renewal and Holy Eucharist.

The Service of Light begins outside where we bless our Easter Fire and Pascal Candle.  The mass continues inside in darkness to remind us of Jesus in the tomb.

The Darkness in Church continues as we move into the Liturgy of the Word, where we read multiple readings from the Old Testament.

Then, the lights will all come on as we sing the Gloria together and read from the New Testament.   The lights coming on and the Gloria being sung are the sign of our movement from the darkness of the tomb into the Glory of the Resurrection.   We haven’t sung or said the Gloria in more than six weeks and we rejoice at this time.

If you wish, you can bring bells to this service and ring them as we sing. We will read from the New Testament and Gospel and have a homily.

We then move into the time when we bring into the Church those who have been going through RCIA for the last many months.   This is a great and beautiful time where we remember our own baptism and thank God that we are a part of an unbroken chain of Catholicism and rejoice in those who join our faith.

Mass then proceeds as normal while we move into the Liturgy of the Eucharist as we usually do.

This service is long, but absolutely beautiful and, as with Holy Thursday and Good Friday, I strongly encourage all of us to make this our first priority: don’t miss this joy!

May Jesus bless our Lenten efforts!


Cross Catholic Outreach

Fr. John Quinn will be visiting our parish this weekend on behalf of Cross Catholic Outreach, which was founded to create a meaningful link between parishes in America and the Church overseas in the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Central and South America.


To learn more about Fr. Quinn and Cross Catholic Outreach, click here.

Deacon John Bulletin Article March 11, 2018

In the Second Reading, St Paul writes because of God’s mercy and great love for us, He “brought us to life with Christ – by grace you have been saved.”   The word “grace” comes from the Greek word charis, which means “favor, blessing, or kindness.” We can extend grace to others; but when the word grace is used in connection with God, it takes on a more powerful meaning. Grace is God choosing to bless us rather than curse us as our sin deserves.  Grace is His gift to us of kindness, compassion, generosity, and goodwill.  Because grace is a gift, we can choose to accept or reject it.  But, only by accepting God’s grace, then showing His mercy and great love to others, can we turn something evil into something good.

In the wake of the tragedy at a high school in Florida three weeks ago, Sam Houser posted on Facebook:  “Recently, I have been seeing a lot of conflict following the tragedy in Florida.  I’ve seen a lot of arguing, name-calling, and blaming going around, like the Left blaming the Right or the Right blaming the Left.  However, I think that we can agree that what happened was a lack of love and respect for fellow people. I know that there’s still going to be conflict, especially those who you don’t particularly care for. Going forward, I have no idea what’s going to happen regarding any legislation.  However, I do have an idea that if we treat others with love and respect, we may be able to help the world become better.  Just remember that no act of love is too small or insignificant; rather, every act of love is important.”

I have known Sam for almost 4 years.  He is an alumnus of Sacred Heart School and currently studying mathematics at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids.  Sam is a humble, kind, gentleman who will do anything for anyone, whether they agree with him or not.  His words remind us of what it means to be “brought to life with Christ”.  Jesus did not take sides on politics.    He didn’t place blame or exclude anyone from His social circle.  He didn’t bully those who disagreed with Him.  Jesus always treated others with respect and showed the same love for his friend Lazarus as he did to the soldiers who nailed him to the cross.  Through His example, Jesus invites us to accept God’s grace to save us from the anger and bitterness that exists in our society today.  For it is only through our kindness, compassion, generosity, and goodwill are we able to do those acts of love that are so important to bringing harmony into the world even though we have no idea what will happen next.

Deacon John