Fr. Joe Bulletin, May 13 2018

 

Greetings in Christ, all!

This blessed and holy Easter Season is drawing to a close: can you believe it?

I wanted to take this time to run the DSA by you for this year.  I had received some questions about why we are doing a DSA since we just did the big Witness to Hope Campaign and I thought this would be a good format to tackle it.  I understand people feeling frustrated or confused…especially at Sacred Heart, where we literally just finished the campaign.  I’ll ask us to think of two things when we think of DSA and then, at the end of this article, I’m going to ask everyone to consider a radical approach to our yearly DSA efforts.

The first thing is this: DSA is Diocesan Service Appeal and it is the way the diocese funds herself for the year.  They don’t have a parishes per se, they don’t have weekly collections, they are totally dependent on the yearly DSA collection to operate; they have no other means of funding.

The second thing is this: as you may remember from the handouts, the Witness to Hope campaign was done to accomplish two things: help parishes meet any extra needs they have and help the diocese shore up its numerous trusts and efforts to help people. At both parishes, we benefitted greatly from the Campaign, as the diocese basically footed the bill for our fundraisers.

So, here we are, as we are every year (except last year!) asking God’s People to chip in and help the diocese with its numerous offices and ministries.  At our Parish, we recognize that we are part of a bigger reality: we are a part of the diocese of Lansing and we need to do our part.

I want to pitch an idea that I hope will make it easy to hit our DSA goal every year and I am asking you with all my heart to consider this.  Every year, we meet our DSA because a couple people step up and write big checks.  For the most part, we do not have a large number of people participating and I’d love to change that.

Here is what I am getting to: if every family within our parish would commit to pledging $20.00 a month to the DSA, we would go over our goal and help our diocese.

In order for this to work, we would need everyone to participate…we would need everyone to commit to this and, if we did, we would easily make our goal.  To be clear, I hate asking for money.  I really do.  This time of year is one where my hunger to help us do our part clashes with the realization that money is tight and many people don’t like it when I ask.  But here is the thing: the diocese is not separate from us, it is a family we are part of and the diocese is counting on us to help them help us and all the other parishes in our diocese.

I am asking you to please challenge yourself and consider doing your part, especially if it is not your custom to participate in the DSA campaign.  Let’s not put all the burden on 5% of our parish family, but take it all on together.

I will be preaching on the DSA next weekend, May 19-20 and I will share some very specific examples of what your DSA dollars do…I think it will blow you away.

Please help me spread the word and this challenge…I would be so grateful.

God bless you…thank you for who you are and all you do.

I’m blessed.

 

Happy Birthday Fr. Tomy

Our Sacred Heart School kids visited Fr. Tomy to sing HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Fr. Tomy thank the children with a treat!!

We are truly blessed for our wonderful school families and parish community!

Anne Atkin, Principal Bulletin Article, May 6 2018

May – the Month of Mary

On Tuesday, May 1st all of the girls at Sacred Heart were invited to attend a crowning of Mary. The event was planned and hosted by Bev Applegate and it was a lovely chance for our girls to experience and adore Mary as the  mother of Jesus and the Queen of Heaven. The girls were taught the history of this tradition and were invited to bring wreaths of flowers to our statue of Mary and lay them at her feet. We all sang an adoration together and finished the ceremony with prayer. The girls were given an invitation to attend the Crowning of Mary hosted by the Alter Rosary Society at the Church on May 7th.

As we enter into May, all of the students are shown the power of prayer to our mother Mary. We have been praying to Mary all year and asking her to intercede with all people and situations that are near and dear to us. It is so comforting to be able to start our day by sharing the things that are heavy on our hearts, with our friends at school. We rely on Mary to guide us, to love us and to open our mind to the faithfulness that can heal all things.

“When you see the storm coming, if you seek refuge which is Mary, there will be no danger of your wavering or going down.”   –St. Josemaria Escriva

 

Deacon John Bulletin Article, May 6 2018

While answering the usual questions asked by reporters, Pope Francis spotted a little boy named Emanuele a short distance away crying and wanting to ask him a question.  He called the boy over and embraced him.  With their heads touching, Emanuele told Pope Francis his father passed away a little while ago.  He said his dad was a nonbeliever but had all four of his children baptized.  Emanuele said his dad was a good man, then asked, “Is my dad in heaven?”

Pope Francis replied to the crowd, “How beautiful to hear a son say of his father.  He was good.  And what a beautiful witness of a son who inherited the strength of his father, who had the courage to cry in front of all of us.  If that man was able to make his children like that, then it’s true, he was a good man.  He was a good man.  That man did not have the gift of faith.  He wasn’t a believer.  But, he had his children baptized.  He had a good heart.  God is the one who decides who goes to heaven.”

Then Pope Francis asked Emanuele to think about what God is like and, especially, what kind of heart God has.  He said, “What do you think?  A father’s heart.  God has a dad’s heart.  And with a dad who was not a believer, but who baptized his children and gave them that bravura [great understanding], do you think God would be able to leave him far from himself?  Does God abandon his children when they are good?”  The children shouted, “NO!”   Pope Francis turned to Emanuele and said, “There, Emanuele, that is the answer.  God surely was proud of your father, because it is easier to be a believer to baptize your children than to baptize them when you are not a believer.  Surely, this pleased God very much.  Talk to your dad, pray to your dad.”

Pope Francis avoided placing himself above God.  He didn’t pass judgement.  Pope Francis chose to act on what he knows about God rather than limit God’s mercy.   We can argue forever among ourselves about how many angels dance on the head of a pin, the doctrine in the Catechism, or the latest debate on Catholic radio talk shows.  But at the end of the day, God is the one who decides who gets into heaven.  Not me.  Not you.  Not even the Pope. But God.

How would you have answered Emanuele?  How would you explain this to a non-believing friend?  How do we know our loved ones are in heaven?  We don’t.  But, I think if we really believe in God’s love, we can trust him to do the right thing.  

Deacon John

Adapted from “Is my dad in heaven? Little boy asks pope”, Catholic News Agency;  April 16, 2018

 

Fr. Joe Bulletin, May 6 2018

Beckett Campbell           Landan Cramer

Justin Falater                  Caden Glinski

Maci Godfrey                   Leah Gramlich

Brooke Houser                Ethan Parker

Elizabeth Schulte           Wyatt Shaffer

Veronica Tinkey             Carter Vanlerberg

Rylee Wilson                   Cali Wismer

Grace Wright

We are so very blessed to celebrate First Communions this week!  Our beautiful young people have spent many hours learning about the wonder of the Eucharist and God’s deep, unchanging love for them.  I pray that today and everyday, we thank God for the gift of the only Sacrament that we call “The Blessed Sacrament”.

Pray for our wonderful young people who will be receiving their First Communion.  Pray that God bless them with a sense of His closeness.

Pray for each of us here whom may have grown used to such a wonderous gift…pray that God remind us of how blessed we are to receive him today.

Pray for the parents of our First Communicants, that God will bless them for their “yes!” to him and for giving their children the most important and best gift they can.

Pray for our teachers, Angelo Gutierrez and April McCaskey who sacrifice so much time and give so much of their talent to help our young people know the wonders of the Eucharist.

Pray for Chloe, Quentin, Carson and Derick who received their First Communion at St. Mary on the Lake on April 22.

I am truly blessed to be your priest! FJK

 

Did you know that May is traditionally the “Month of Mary” in the Catholic Church?  Mary, a humble handmaid of the Lord and who is “full of grace”, was chosen by God the Father to be the Mother of his only Son.

Here are seven simple ways you can honor her his month:

Daily Mass ~  Make an effort to attend daily mass. If you can’t make it everyday, go a couple of times during the week.

Pray the Rosary ~ The rosary is one of the most powerful prayer on earth.  Pray the Rosary every day, as a family and  as often as you can.

May crowning ~ Attend a May crowning.  It is a lovely service to show Mother Mary our love for her.

Pray a novena ~ Find prayer that you can say each day in the month of May in honor of Our Lady.

Take a pilgrimage ~ Visit a Marian shrine for a day of prayer and recollection.

Short aspirations ~ As you go about your busy day, lift your heart up to the Lord and Our Lady and say a little prayer.

May flowers ~ If you have a statue of the Blessed Mother at home, put some flowers at her feet.

While all of these are all wonderful ways to honor the Blessed Mother to show our love and affection, the absolute best way to honor the Blessed Mother is to honor, love and worship her Son.

Adapted from www.simplecatholicliving.com

All ladies of the parish are invited to the Crowning of Mary, Mother/Daughter Banquet on Monday, May 7, 2018 at 6:00pm in the parish hall.  Please bring a dish to pass and your own table service.

 

ATTENTION GRADUATING SENIORS

**Attention Graduating Seniors**

We invite all graduating seniors in our parish to participate in the Graduation Mass on Sunday, June 3 at the 11:00AM Mass.  Please contact the office to get the appropriate

information for Mass.   You may call 448-3811 or email thouser@sacredhearthudson.org.

 

Also, Knights of Columbus scholarship applications are due Monday, May 21.

 

Deacon John Homily, St. Mary on the Lake, April 28 2018

Humanae Vitae–Proclaiming God’s gifts of love and life to husband and wife

The papal encyclical, Humanae vitae (HV) written by Blessed Pope Paul VI in 1968, provides beautiful and clear teaching about God’s plan for married love and the transmission of life. 

July 25, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Humanae vitae. Throughout this anniversary year new resources will be published and special events will be held. Please visit www.usccb.org for a number of resources that will help you deepen your understanding of these teachings.