HYMN SING

Sacred Heart will be HOSTING the local HYMN SING on Sunday, April 15 ~ from 6:00 – 7:00pm.

Hymn Sing is where many different people, from several local churches join together the 3rd Sunday evening every month, to sing songs together as a whole, as well as individual specials.   (Specials being solos, duets, choirs, playing a guitar, a bell choir, playing the piano, anything musical).  All are welcome!!

We are in need of finger foods following the event.  Please contact Linda Borck if you can assist.

 

It’s not too late!!!

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.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FR. JOE!!!

Wishing you a Birthday filled with God’s Blessings.

Thanking God for the gift of your faith filled life.

Praying that the Holy Spirit will strengthen you as you continue to serve the church.

Happy Birthday Fr. Joe!

 

 

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, April 8 2018

 

We hope everyone had a wonderful & relaxing Spring Break!!

We had a successful March is Reading Month. The students read over 4,800 books and earned a carnival in the gym, complete with a pie throwing booth where they could pick a member of the staff to throw a pie at. It was hilarious and we made good use of some of the carnival games from the shed. The staff at Sacred Heart has so much energy when it comes to creating an educational environment where the students are the focus and learning is happening in many different ways, all day long. We are so very blessed.

Enrollment is open for the 2018-2019 school year.

Families who are interested in a Catholic education can visit our website at sacredhearthudson.org for all information about Sacred Heart School. Enrollment packets are also available at the school office.

Call 517-448-6405 for more information.

Deacon John Homily, April 8 2018

Holy Week is over.  What a week it was for our two parishes!   We prayed together on Palm Sunday, at weekday Masses and Adoration, Stations of the Cross, the Mass of the Last Supper, Good Friday, an evening Tenebrae service, Easter Vigil, and Easter Sunday.  We became one community of believers celebrating the biggest week of our church liturgical year with 18 liturgies, including the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral.

Combining two unique parishes into one, week long, celebration was no small task.  Planning began last January with a combined team from both parishes. Many people, adults and children alike, spent long hours and late nights pulling together all the little details so these Sacred Liturgies would be joyful celebrations of our rich Catholic heritage.  I counted over 100 volunteers between our two parishes working together as lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, servers, masters of ceremony, choir and musicians, ordering supplies, setting up, and preparing our churches for worship.  Many went unnoticed behind the scenes.  I couldn’t possibly begin to name them all, but it couldn’t have happened without all of them involved.

From the beginning of planning in January, to the end of the last Mass on Easter Sunday, we had only one goal in mind – a joyful experience giving glory and praise to God with our two parishes worshipping together in harmony.  Despite all the planning, not everything went smooth.  We had miscues, disagreements, last minute changes, and mistakes (including myself).  Some you may have seen, others you didn’t.  And, yes, some things we will change for next year.  But, with God’s grace, we persevered.  You would think after planning and celebrating these liturgies for almost 2000 years, things would just go “perfect” – that we could get it right at least once.  But, as Kimberly’s Grandmother used to say, only God makes things perfect.

We hear in our first reading today from Acts about the first-generation Christians living immediately after Jesus ascended into Heaven.  It says, The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common (Acts 4:32).”  I’m sure they had their fair share of miscues and disagreements, too.  After all, they were human like us.  But in the end, they must have figured it out or we wouldn’t have celebrated Easter last Sunday.  Our job is to be like them.  To work out our differences as two unique parishes and worship as one faith family – two parishes, one flock, one pastor, one Shepherd.  I think last week was one more step in bringing us together in Christ.

As the early Christians used to say in greeting each other, “HE HAS RISEN!  HE HAS RISEN INDEED!!”  May you have a blessed and joyous Easter Season!

Deacon John

 

Fr. Joe Bulletin, April 8 2018

Greetings in Christ!

I’m writing this at midnight on Easter Vigil night/Easter Morning…what a glorious experience!

I have so much to say, but I don’t think any words I can muster will catch my gratitude.  Nonetheless, I’ll try…..

I’m grateful.  I’m grateful beyond belief for all of you.  I was absolutely blown away by the wonder of our two Parish Families working together to make our Holy Week the best one ever.  To be honest, I prepared for some complaining when we announced that the two parishes would be celebrating Holy Week together.  I know it’s different and I know it made it a bit more inconvenient for some but I heard nothing but positive and supportive comments.

The end result was stunning.

I don’t know if you can tell, but there are hours and hours of work that begin months before Holy Week.  The celebrations are very complex, very intricate and there are a lot of planning meetings, lots of practices and an incredible amount of work.  On Holy Week alone, there are many hours of heavy duty set up and lots of running around.  None of this could have happened without many sacrificial, loving and hard working hands.  It all came together so nicely!

The music was incredible, our servers were faithful and on time, our lectors obviously practiced and on and on and on.  The only weak point of the Holy Week was the priest.   🙂

For me, my favorite thing was seeing St. Mary on the Lake and Sacred Heart people working hand in hand together; joyfully giving their all no matter where the celebration was held.

If you worked on these celebrations, I am so very grateful.  Whatever you did, if I did not personally thank you, if God’s People didn’t thank you, know this: our Heavenly Father saw you and honors your hard work and sacrifice.  Unlike us goofy, sinful humans, He never forgets those who serve Him!

A lot of people told me that the Tenebrae celebration was new to them and something we should do every year: I agree.  I was blown away by it.  Deacon John and Janet McGrath did absolutely incredible work in putting this together and frankly, during the whole week they were in constant motion serving us…Blessed be God!

Okay.  I’m way to excited and its showing with my multitude of exclamation points, so I’ll wrap this up and get to bed, ready to rise for morning masses.

As I will mention in the Easter Masses, I cannot encourage you strongly enough to check out the Life in the Spirit seminars we are offering at the parish.  These are wonderful sessions that are designed to teach any who come how to encounter and work with the Holy Spirit in everyday life. It is through the Life in the Spirit program that my life was transformed and I’m so happy its here now.  Please check out the bulletin for details.

Bible Study this week at Sacred Heart: we’ll gather Wednesday at 6pm in the Church Hall and cover the   beatitudes or continue our introduction to the Gospel of John.

My heart is filled with gratitude for the blessing of being your priest.

Happy, Holy and Joyful Easter Season to all of you.

 

Homilies Uploaded!!

We began recording our Homilies in early 2017.  These have now been uploaded to our website!!   They are uploaded by date, feel free to listen at your leisure.  Simply go to Homilies, under the NEWS tab!

Thank you to Fr. Joe, Fr. Tomy, Fr. Dan, Deacon John and a few quests who have spoken God’s word.