Enrollment

It is enrollment season at Sacred Heart School.

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 www.sacredhearthudson.org 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 aatkin@sacredhearthudson.org to set up an interview and a shadow day.

Fr. Joe Homily, June 10 2018

Evil is out there, we see it all the time.  We may work with people who are evil, we may daily deal with people who are evil.  It’s out there and we see the effects of that.   What do we do?  We need to recognize and pick out evil is at work.  We need to know when evil is at work around us, in us or God help us, through us.

FAITH FEST, June 23 2018

Bishop Earl Boyea seeks to further “equip the Household of Faith” to become disciples of Christ so that, in His friendship, they can reach out and evangelize the wider community. Among the initiatives to achieve this goal, FaithFest offers families and young people a day of live music, social and recreational activities, food, fireworks and fun — all  centered around a vigil Mass held “under the stars.” This extraordinary family festival will take place on the grounds of St. Francis Retreat Center, a beautiful 95-acre campus, where rolling hills, wooded trails and ample accommodations permit a unique and memorable summer festival of faith. Don’t miss it!

FAITH FEST is a day for Christian families to gather together and celebrate their faith in an atmosphere of upbeat, joyful participation! Parish and school groups, youth ministries, small groups or large apostolates — all are welcome to reunite at FaithFest!

Attend Mass “under the stars” as Bishop Earl Boyea, assisted by priests and deacons of the diocese, celebrates a unique liturgy with musical direction from Matt Maher.

 

Deacon’s Corner, June 17 2018

Why do we go to Mass?  Essentially, we go to grow spiritually and worship as a faith community.  At Mass, we profess what we believe and bear witness to Christ by openly celebrating our Catholic faith before the world.  We go to Mass to share in the wonder of God’s love and be transformed by the Spirit of holiness.  When that happens, we go forward to live our faith and share with others that there is something greater in life to come.

Our Mass has not changed much over the past 2000 years.  In 155 AD, St Justin Martyr wrote a letter to Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius to explain and defend how the Early Christians worshiped.  St. Justin wrote: “On the day we call the day of the sun [Sunday], all who dwell in the city or country gather in the same place.  The memoirs of the apostles and the writings of the prophets are read, as much as time permits.  When the reader has finished, he who presides over those gathered admonishes and challenges them to imitate these beautiful things.  Then we all rise together and offer prayers for ourselves…and for others, wherever they may be, so that we may be found righteous by our actions, and faithful to the commandments, so as to obtain eternal salvation.  When the prayers are concluded we exchange the kiss.  Then someone brings bread and a cup of water and wine mixed together to him who presides over the brethren.  He takes them and offers praise and glory to the Father of the universe, through the name of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and for a considerable time he gives thanks [in Greek: eucharistian] that we have been judged worthy of these gifts.   When he has concluded the prayers and thanksgivings, all present give voice to an acclamation by saying “Amen.”  When he who presides has given thanks and the people have responded, those whom we call deacons give to those present the eucharisted bread, wine and water and take them to those who are absent.”  Ten years after he wrote this, Marcus Aurelius had St. Justin condemned, scourged, & beheaded for not worshiping Roman gods.  St Justin Martyr loved the Mass and gave his life for it.

In his book, Rediscovering Catholicism, Matthew Kelly writes Catholics have lost their sense of wonder about the Mass.  He asks are we “so unaware of the mystery and the privilege [of the Mass] that we can hardly wait to get out of church?”  He says if we truly believe Christ is present in the Eucharist, then the power unleashed within us through receiving the Eucharist is “unfathomable.”  But we cannot experience this feeling if we simply go to Mass because it’s our Sunday “obligation” or someone told us to.  The only way to grow spiritually at Mass and enjoy the camaraderie of our faith community is to rediscover the same wonder those First Christians experienced celebrating Jesus’ presence among them when He said, ‘do this in memory of me’.

Deacon John

 

Fr. Joe Bulletin, June 17 2018

 

Greetings in Christ!

I pray that these warm days in Michigan bring you great joy, productive work and wonderful time with you family. Speaking of family, it is Father’ Day. I want to take this opportunity to thank the Lord for my dad. The older I get the more I realize I will probably never finish learning all the beautiful things he has to teach me. Let’s all pray for our dad weather living on earth or in heaven.

This is going to be an unusual week at our parish families……

The bad news is that Tammy, Fr. Tomy and Deacon John are all going to be away and you guys are stuck with me!

The good news is that Bishop Sean will be here throughout the week and we will carry the mass schedule as best we can, as well as any emergencies that may pop up.

Bishop Sean is going to offer Bible Study this week at Sacred Heart on Wednesday night at 6pm.   I haven’t asked him what topic he would like to cover, but I’m sure that he will knock it out of the park as he usual does!

On Thursday of this week, we celebrate St. Aloysius Gonzaga, a Jesuit priest.  Here’s a little bit on him from Catholic.org:

¨ St. Aloysius was born in Castiglione, Italy. The first words St. Aloysius spoke were the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. He was destined for the military by his father (who was in service to Philip II), but by the age of 9 Aloysius had decided on a religious life, and made a vow of perpetual virginity.

¨ A kidney disease prevented St. Aloysius from a full social life for a while, so he spent his time in prayer and reading the lives of the saints. Although he was appointed a page in Spain, St. Aloysius kept up his many devotions and austerities, and was quite resolved to become a Jesuit. His family eventually moved back to Italy, where he taught catechism to the poor. When he was 18, he joined the Jesuits, after finally breaking down his father, who had refused his entrance into the order.

¨ He served in a hospital during the plague of 1587 in Milan, and died from it at the age of 23 after speaking the Holy name of Jesus for his last words.

¨ He received his First Holy Communion from St. Charles Borromeo and his Last Rites from St. Robert Bellarmine.  St. Robert went on to write a book about the life of St. Aloysius.

May God bless us to hunger for Him like St. Aloysius did and pour ourselves out in loving service to those in need!

God bless you all

FJK

 

Made for Happiness Assembly – September 22, 2018

Save the Date!  Saturday, September 22 – Diocese of Lansing Made for Happiness Assembly!

You are invited to join thousands of Catholics of all ages from all 77 parishes in the Diocese of Lansing for the September 22 “Made for Happiness” Assembly.  Admission is FREE.

The day’s events will begin with an outdoor Eucharistic Procession from St. Mary Cathedral in Lansing to the Breslin Center in East Lansing.  The Eucharistic Procession begins at St. Mary Cathedral in Lansing and will follow a four-mile route to the site of the Assembly’s afternoon events at the Breslin Center on the campus of Michigan State in East Lansing. You are welcome to join in for the whole four-mile route or just a portion of it.   At the Breslin Center we will be inspired by presenters such as, Fr. Mike Schmitz, Jennifer Fulwiler, Fr. Joe Krupp, Bishop Boyea and more. 

The gathering will come to a joyful culmination with a celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with Bishop Boyea and all the clergy of our diocese. Please note that the Saturday evening vigil Mass at our parish and all parishes of the Diocese of Lansing will be canceled that day.

To learn more about the September 22 “Made for Happiness” Assembly, and to register for the full day of events, refer to the website: madeforhappiness.org.

 

FOOD FAIR & RAFFLE

Thank you to everyone who participated in our First Food Fair & Raffle!  We had a remarkable turnout and the weather was beautiful and we made approximately $7,400….. GOD IS GOOD.

We cannot being to express our gratitude for the volunteers, vendors and all who participated in one way or another.  The Food Fair will continue to be a fun family event that will kick off the summer for the parish, school and community. As we move forward, we’d like to engage you and many more people like you. Our hope is that the people who enjoyed the Food Fair or heard about it will come back to support it next year.

Thank you to our Raffle Sponsors:

Hudson Collision                   CR Motors                      Demlow Products                    

Dr. Matt Taylor                      RIMA Mfg.                    Anonymous Donor

Hudson Pharmacy                Luma Insulation           Adrian Animal Clinic             

Alumi Span                            Burdick & Associates             Matt & Angie Monahan            

Shaffer Tental Rental           

 

Congrats to our Raffle Winners & Sellers:

1st Place:  Liz Fergus/Seller:  Liz Fergus

2nd Place:  Heather Pearce/Seller:  C Johnston

3rd Place:  Butch’s Bar/Seller:  C Johnston

4th Place:  Mike & Randi Monaghan

5th Place:  Butch’s Sports Bar

6th Place:  Mike & Randi Monaghan

7th Place:  Don Ladd

8th Place:  Ellen Mooney

9th Place: Randy Button

10th Place:  Elmer D Marry

 

Christen Johnston was Top Ticket Seller

 

Our 50/50 Winners were:

Tim Stanley, Ed Engle & Joe Houser

 

 

 

FLOORING PROJECT UPDATE

 

Good news!  Last Friday, we received final approval of our flooring project from the diocese which now allows construction to move  forward.  After the 11am Mass on July 1, the main level of the church will be closed for about 2 months.  During the week of July 2, the Parish Hall will be converted into a liturgical worship space for daily and weekend Masses, Adoration, Confessions, and a dignified environment to come in and pray during the day.  The contractor will  mobilize on July 9 to begin pew and carpet removal.   The project is on schedule and budget for completion by September 15, hopefully by Labor Day if everything goes according to plan.  As required by the Witness-to-Hope project process, oversight of the project now falls under the parish   Finance Council.  This means Finance Council    approval is needed for any major decisions or scope changes regarding the project. Progress updates will be provided on a regular basis in the bulletin and our website.  More to follow as the final details are worked out.   Deacon John

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, June 10 2018

Moderation- Finding A Healthy Balance

It is time to say goodbye for the summer. Even though we have experienced a magical year of growth in faith, academics and mind it feels so right to be ending and heading out in to the bright sunny summer. The shoes are coming off and the schedules are thrown away. Our minds are about to move in a whole new direction and we can’t wait.

Summer is for personal growth and personal exploration. It is the time to use your imagination and lose track of time. Be silly, get dirty and take in all of the different sounds, smells and colors of summer.

Why is this time off from the daily grind so important to our children as they develop and grow? It is because they are working on the virtue of moderation. It is attention to the balance in our lives. In order to find balance, we first need to    experience freedom. Push the limits to see how far is too far. Take risks to see what    consequences look like. Then, find your balance level. Moderation doesn’t seem to be that popular these days: supersize, extreme flavor rush, addiction to screens etc. Yet, it is our job as parents to grow children who know when enough is enough. Moderation is the key to healthy living but it takes practice. It is the ability to keep your mind focused on the bigger picture in your life. To see yourself the way God sees you, full of curiosity and spirit but capable of doing great things for the people in the world. This is what will keep us balanced and full of life. Never forget that God is in charge and He will help you moderate so you can make the most of each day. Moderation…..it makes perfect sense.

Have a wonderful summer!

Anne Atkin, Principal