Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, July 15 2018

What a Beautiful Place

As I look around the campus at Sacred Heart, there is a lot going on.  Volunteers are working on small projects like weeding the yard and patching the walls.  Construction companies are working on the large project of restoring the altar and refinishing the floors of the sacristy and carpeting the main church.  Semi- trailers are moving in Amish made playground equipment for the students to enjoy next year.  The offices are planning golf outings, coordinating busy schedules, creating a calendar of year-long school events and preparing the building for a fresh start in August.

The people of Sacred Heart Community are busy creating God’s presence.  Our faith is not something that can sit on a shelf at home.  It has to be shared and nurtured and exposed.  It isn’t easy to live our faith everyday and to say yes to God’s call.  It is clear that the personal connection and desire to be a part of a loving community is very strong here.  The campus itself is so beautiful and the history so magnificent, that just by being on the steps of the school or in the basement of the church, we can feel our connection to God’s community. None of this is by chance.  We are all supposed to be here, in Hudson, connected to Sacred Heart.  My hope is that when we look around, we can see God in all things and in all people. Let’s be careful with each other and let God do His work.

Anne Atkin, Principal

Deacon Corner Bulletin, July 15 2018

Gossip or Rumor?  What’s the difference?  Is there a difference?  The Oxford Dictionary defines “gossip” as “a casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details that are not confirmed as being true.”   A “rumor” is defined as “a currently circulating story or report of uncertain or doubtful truth.”  So, what’s the difference?  Gossip is talking about someone with other people.  A rumor is spreading specific information about someone.  Both have been around forever, but that doesn’t mean they are acceptable behavior for God.  That’s why He gave us the Eighth Commandment which says, “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”   The Eighth Commandment requires we speak the truth and forbids misrepresenting the truth in our relations with others.

One of the biggest things that separates us from other animals is we are made in the image and likeness of God with the ability to ask questions and seek knowledge.  As children of God, we are called through our Baptism to pursue the truth and share it with others.   So, we are bound to a moral obligation to seek the truth.  Spreading gossip or rumors, especially with the intent to harm someone, defames that person’s dignity with an unjust attack against their reputation.  Gossip and rumors are called Calumny which is a doubly malicious sin because it offends both truth and justice.

What is the difference between gossip and rumors?  Does it really matter?  St James warned early Christians to guard against the great evil of speaking falsely and warned of its serious consequences.  He wrote “The tongue is an unrighteous world among our neighbors, staining the whole body, setting on fire the cycle of nature, and set on fire by hell.  For every type of beast and bird, reptile and sea creature, can be tamed…by humankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. (James 3:5-8).” Gossip and rumors leads to hurting other people.  Both can lead us into sin, especially when we influence others with our negative thoughts to sin.

As disciples of Christ, we are called to seek the truth and allow it to govern our lives through His grace.  That means we are obliged to speak honestly to honor the good names of others to uphold their dignity and protect our own dignity.  Truth is sacred, and Christ, who is the truth, expects us to testify to Him everyday by the truthfulness of our lives, our actions, and our words.

Deacon John

Adapted from “Introduction to Catholicism” by Father James Socias

 

Fr. Todd Bulletin, July 15 2018

Dear Sacred Heart Family,

I really enjoyed my first weekend with you.  Some of my family was able to join me for the 9:30 at St. Mary’s and the 11:00 at Sacred Heart.  With my big family, you will be seeing one sibling or another from time to time.  I enjoyed giving them a tour of both Churches.  Sunday evening, I went back for my day off and helped bale hay.

I need to apologize for the mess up with Mass this past Monday morning.  I had a key to give to Fr. Tomy so he could access the sacristy and celebrate the Mass.  With my family visiting and greeting, I forgot all about it and the key stayed in my pocket!  Again, I am sorry about that.

They are making great progress in the floor restoration.  When the viewing port is set up please take a peek.  Sacred Heart is already a beautiful Church and this will make it even more beautiful.  I am looking forward to celebrating Mass there when it is done.

Thank you for all those who came out for the Sacred Heart Golf outing this past weekend to support our parish and school.

I really love the fact that we are entrusted to the two hearts- that of Jesus and Mary together.  We could not ask for better caretakers!  Below are two prayers, one to Jesus and one to Mary. May we keep each other lifted up in prayer and ask for their help in living our mission.

I look forward to getting to know you as we go along.  I have always enjoyed joining families for dinner and, if it hasn’t been done yet, blessing the house while I am there.  A game of cards thrown in wouldn’t be amiss either!  Some people have been asking what I like to eat – I pretty much enjoy all food and I don’t have any allergies.  I don’t eat a lot of sweets and the only food I really don’t like is Mayonaise!

God Bless ~ Fr. Todd

 

 

Holy Heart of Jesus, Sweet Sanctuary of rest, bring peace to my soul and settle my spirit, especially in the matter of (special request)

I vow to place all of my worries and fears into the wound of your Sacred Heart, there to be tended to in accordance with your perfect will, which desires only the best and highest good.

Your love alone is enough, and I surrender to it; clinging to the hope of a swift resolution and trusting with confidence in all of your promises.

Amen.

 

O Most Blessed Mother, heart of love, heart of mercy, ever listening, caring, consoling, hear our prayer. As your children, we implore your intercession with Jesus your Son. Receive with understanding and compassion the petitions we place before you today, especially …(special intention).

We are comforted in knowing your heart is ever open to those who ask for your prayer. We trust to your gentle care and intercession, those whom we love and who are sick or lonely or hurting. Help all of us, Holy Mother, to bear our burdens in this life until we may share eternal life and peace with God forever.

Amen.

 

Playground Arrival

This week our new train and Noah’s Ark were delivered to the school. They came all the way from Indiana on a huge flat bed trailer. With the help of Krieghoff construction, and a wonderful truck driver named Fred, we were able to unload the solid wood pieces. The new playground equipment will be ready for the students to play on for the new school year. Thank you for your generous support. We will soon have a large area for our students to play, explore, laugh and learn while they grow closer to God, together. God Bless You!

 

 

 

Flooring project update

 

 

The week of July 2 began our flooring project.  The altar was moved down to the parish hall.

 

 

 

On Friday, July 6, they began pew removal.

 

 

 

On Monday, July 9, they began carpet removal.

 

 

Tuesday, July 10, they began to scrape the layer between the hardwood and carpet.

 

As well as uncovered the Altar and showed a section of marble that was cleaned.

 

Thank you to Janet Kingsley-Fisher for providing this 360 video of the renovation!!

 

Wednesday, July 10 they removal of old flooring in going nicely, and Cliff from Kreighoff Construction is beginning to lay the underlayment for the new floor!

 

Fr. Todd Homily, July 8 2018

I am greatful!   Here I am.  What a blessing Fr. Joe has been to you.  He has poured himself out to you.  We thank God to Fr. Joe for all he’s done.

On my first weekend here, let me begin by sharing grace that has been a real help to me.  Every now and again God will reach down and grab your head, and redirect!  A few weeks ago that moment happened.

We all need a reminder!

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, July 8 2018

 

This is what we are working on for the upcoming school year.

Updated and Published School History

Sacred Heart School opened its doors in September 1929 and will begin a new school year in August for the 89th year. It has been my vision to restore the historical presence of the school; with renovation to the facilities, updated published history, historical pictures, banners and milestones show cased in our halls and alumni outreach in preparation for our Centennial Celebration in 2029.

The most obvious place to start is by finishing the history of the school; publishing the history on the website and displaying the history at the school. Professor Timothy Cook says “whenever someone enters a school, walks through the halls, and carefully observes what is displayed, the experience should reflect a keen sense of what the school community holds sacred” (Cook, T 2001 p. 74). This year, we would like to incorporate the history of Sacred Heart school into our weekly newsletter, classroom social studies curriculum and Catholic Schools Week Celebrations.

Founders Day- Sacred Heart School was completed in April of 1929 and it would be so fun to celebrate Founders Day each year. We could invite the community to a day of prayer and remembrance for the school which has been a pillar in the community for almost 90 years. It would be a great way express to the church community that we are grateful for the sacrifices and donations made to keep the school operating. The students can learn the history of the school they attend with the hope that they continue to be a part of our growth in the future.

I wanted you to know that we will be working on our Action Plan and will be contacting many of you for input.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

 

 

Deacon Corner, July 8 2018

 

America’s 13 original colonies met in a hot room in Philadelphia and decided to break ties with Britain.   Signing the Declaration of Independence was an act of treason.  They knew full well the penalty would be death if captured.  Of the 56 original signers, 5 were captured by the British as traitors and tortured before they died.  12 had their homes ransacked and burned.  2 lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.  9 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.  So, who were these men who signed and pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor?

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy farmer and trader, saw his ships captured by the British Navy.  He sold his home and properties to pay his debts and died in rags.

Thomas McKeam was hounded by the British and forced to live on the run with his family in hiding.  McKeam served in the Congress without pay.  His possessions were taken from him leading to a life of poverty.  Soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson saw British General Cornwallis take over his home for a headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire on it.  Nelson’s home was destroyed and he died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The British jailed his wife and she died within a few months.

John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and gristmill were laid to waste.  For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.

During a speech in Raleigh, North Carolina this past April, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said, “Our [Country’s] Founders recognized that religion and religious people play a key role in strengthening our society. They feed the hungry, heal the sick, and comfort the grieving.  They teach right behavior and give meaning to life. They are present at birth and at death….That’s why the Founders gave the public expression of religious belief a triple protection in our Constitution by protecting the “free exercise” of religion—not just worship in secret, [but] banning an established religion and ensuring the freedom of speech…Our Founders reserved a space for people of faith in the first lines of the First Amendment…ensuring that people of faith can find have a fair shot at finding space in every town and every city in America.”

As we return home this weekend after celebrating the birth of our Country, let’s remember that religious freedom was something the Founders of our Great Nation fought hard and gave their life for.  We can honor their sacrifice by exercising that freedom every day – by going to church, voting our faith, fighting for the rights of the unborn and the oppressed, and openly praying in public that God continues to bless our nation with prosperity and freedom for all.

Deacon John

 

Fr. Todd Bulletin, July 8 2018

 

Dear Families at Sacred Heart and St. Mary on the Lake ,

I am very excited to be joining you.  I know Fr. Joe has loved his time with you and I am to be following him.  He has told me many great things about both communities.  Every time we talked over the past couple of weeks all he would do is brag about you and the good things the Lord has been doing.  I look forward to continuing the good work Jesus has already begun.

I know this has been a shock for you as it was for me and St. John the Evangelist, the parish I came from. I was struck by the fact though that the announcement happened on the feast day of the birth of St. John the Baptist.  He is an incredible example of what it means to follow God’s call, even with its unexpected twists and turns.  It was a reminder to me of the Lord’s providential hand in all of this and the call to trust in His love and His plan.

I wanted to share a bit about me.

I grew up in Fowler, MI on my parent’s 260-acre organic dairy farm.  They sell their milk to Horizon organic.  I am the 4th of ten children (seven boys, three girls).  My twin brother, Fr. Gary, is number five being born four minutes after me!  Five of my sibling are married and I am blessed to have nine nieces and nephews.  I am hopeful that there are many more to come.

I entered seminary right after high school in 2006.  My first four years were at St. John Vianney College Seminary at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.  I then spent four years at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit for Theology.

For my first assignment I spent three years at St. Thomas the Apostle in Ann Abor, MI.  I spent this past year at St. John the Evangelist in Fenton, MI.  Both of my assignments have had schools so I am very excited to have our school at Sacred Heart.

I enjoy running, fishing, playing cards (euchre, pinochle, cribbage to name a few), board games, reading, and generally hanging out.  I love being a priest and I love farming (I usually go back to my parent’s farm on my day off) so this assignment seems particularly providential.

It is an honor to be able to serve here.  I look forward getting to know all of you.  I have been praying for you since I received the call from Bishop Boyea.

God Bless,

Fr. Todd