Thank you to everyone who made this renovation happen!  What a beautiful church we have!

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, September 2 2018

 

Children Are Special Gifts

The school is filled with children again. Parents are falling into a routine. Father Todd has blessed the classrooms, playground, gym and offices. The students are smiling and the teachers are in control of the learning and classroom management is working. We are off to a very good year. But let’s face it…children are noisy, energetic and dirty. They have trouble keeping their hands to themselves, interrupt, get distracted, whine and want to be the boss. At the same time, they are also observant, extremely loving, complementary, interested in everything and easy to teach.  They’re kids. They are not adults. They do not think like adults and they most definitely do not act like adults. That is why they are so special and they need to be treated that way. When we talk to kids, it is better if we remember to put ourselves in their shoes first. Children are so fresh from God and they have a lifetime ahead of them. They are learning and growing every day.

The world is a mysterious place and even I have trouble making sense of it all. Imagine if you have only been here for 5 or 10 years. They truly have just so much to learn and they will experience many, many things for the very first time. Let’s do our best to set them up for success. Expect them to be frustrated and to struggle. Prepare the day with structure but learn the words that get them on the path to Christ’s love. Learn the language of virtue when they misbehave. Remind them, that they are God’s special gift to the world and they are made to shine in His light. Remember that obedience, meekness, self-control, respect and courage are the Steps to Sainthood. We can build our children up and raise them to the next level by giving a positive message and by being their mentors. Children are God’s gift to us. Let’s see the world from their vantage point as we guide them. Let’s humble ourselves and let God in to the way we discipline.

 God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Deacon’s Corner, September 2 2018

Thirty years ago this week, on September 6, 1988; Reverend Father Gerald R. Loewen went home to the Lord.  As a deacon, I have the privilege of raising Fr Loewen’s presider chalice at Mass on Sunday.  It is an honor to do so.  It makes me think of him and the impact he had on people’s lives.

I never knew Fr Loewen.  I’ve seen his picture hanging in the halls of both parishes and wondered what he was like as a pastor.  His “smile” gives me the impression of a loving priest who had high expectations for his parishioners and himself.  From the fond memories some of you have shared with me, he was firm but fair, kind and humble.  Whether he was commenting on the proper attire for Mass, passing out report cards to students at Sacred Heart School, celebrating Mass, teaching you our Catholic faith, or being your friend – Fr Loewen loved education, loved being a priest, and loved each one of you.

Sometimes I stop at his photo on the wall and talk to Fr Loewen, or spend a few minutes of silence by his grave at St Mary on the Lake.  I like to ask him how he would handle certain aspects of parish life that I deal with from day to day.  I ask him to help me find the strength, the courage, and the wisdom to be the best deacon I can be in serving you.  Doing all these things helps me find the inner peace and perseverance to continue on.

This Thursday, I invite you to take a moment to remember Fr Loewen.  He touched the hearts of many people at both parishes, and I believe he continues to touch the hearts of those of us who pray to him for help.  May eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.  May perpetual light shine upon him.  May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen

Deacon John

 

Fr. Todd Bulletin, September 2 2018

Dear Sacred Heart Family,

What a blessing to be back in the newly renovated and restored church and sanctuary at Sacred Heart. Thank you again for your generosity in supporting the project through Witness to Hope and for the many, many volunteers who have given of their time to help it go so smoothly.

At St. Mary’s this is the official end of the summer season and a time when we say goodbye to our summer parishioners.  Thank you for all of your prayers and support and know of ours for you.  I have enjoyed getting to know you in my short time this past summer and I look forward to you return next year.  Thank you to our faithful fish fry crew- another delicious success.

The school year is off to a good start – it is great seeing the school full again.  For many of us the start of the academic year is a good time to take an intentional step to deepen our walk with the Lord.  That is the theme I started last week that I would like to continue.

Another great opportunity we have here at Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s is the biweekly Bible Study that has been going on for the last 5-6 years.  I will plan meeting for roughly an hour.  Previously Fr. Joe alternated the bible study with St. Mary’s – he was at one parish one week and at the other the next week.  I am going to sync them up so I will be at both parishes the same week.  Sacred Heart’s Bible Study meets on Wednesday’s at 6pm in the Parish Hall.  St. Mary’s meets on Thursday mornings at 10am.  Both will be covering the same chapter so if it works to go to one or the other parish, we will be covering the same material.

What a blessing these times are.  Scripture is transformed when we realize it is not just recounting a story but it is my story.  I have heard it said that the stories in the Bible never change – only the faces do.  We see ourselves in them and we meet Jesus reaching into our lives just as he reached into the lives of those we read about.  Please consider coming.  You will not only learn more about Jesus but you will come to know Him more fully.  Paul told Timothy that “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness,” (2nd Timothy 3:16).  In any encounter with the Lord in the Bible we will experience at one time or another each of these elements.  And doing so we grow.

At our last meeting we picked up at the 3rd Chapter of the Gospel according to John.  At our next meeting this coming week, we will jump into the 4th Chapter of John.

¨ Wednesday, September 5 at Sacred Heart at 6pm

¨ Thursday, September 6 at St. Mary’s at 10am. 

 

God Bless!

Fr. Todd

 

Fr. Todd Homily, August 26 2018

 

EPH 5:21-32 OR 5:2A, 25-32

Brothers and sisters:
Be subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord.
For the husband is head of his wife
just as Christ is head of the church,
he himself the savior of the body.
As the church is subordinate to Christ,
so wives should be subordinate to their husbands in everything.
Husbands, love your wives,
even as Christ loved the church
and handed himself over for her to sanctify her,
cleansing her by the bath of water with the word,
that he might present to himself the church in splendor,
without spot or wrinkle or any such thing,
that she might be holy and without blemish.
So also husbands should love their wives as their own bodies.
He who loves his wife loves himself.
For no one hates his own flesh
but rather nourishes and cherishes it,
even as Christ does the church,
because we are members of his body.
For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother
and be joined to his wife,
and the two shall become one flesh.

This is a great mystery,
but I speak in reference to Christ and the church.

WELCOME BACK

 

 

Welcome Back SHS Students & Staff

As a reminder, Friday Masses will be at 9:00am!

Sacred Heart School ~ Where Learning & Virtue are Sacred

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, August 26 2018

Let’s Begin the Year with Confidence

It is a new school year! Time to get back in the groove. It is so fun to see all of the excited kids jump into a new school year and bring their A game. With a little help from Moms and Dads, who buy everything we need, get us on a routine and pack our healthy lunch, the students are ready to roll. School is their job and they are good at it. I challenge you to stop by Sacred Heart School any time and see if the kids are on top of their game. You will find them engaged in class discussion, working hard on assignments and proudly explaining the finished product. I know, this may sound a bit exaggerated but Sacred Heart School is special. The students from preschool to 6th grade are amazing kids and they are working every day to be the light of Christ. Challenges are met with enthusiasm. Struggles and failures are explained as growth in virtue. School makes sense. A little prayer, a little fun, a little more work and a lot of joy. That is God’s formula and we are blessed to be the people who can share it. The goal is confidence. The mission at Sacred Heart School is to be structure and diligent so we can graduate students who are confident: balanced of mind, academics and faith. How do we make students confident? First, we have to gain your confidence and theirs. We do that by being purposeful in our planning all year long.

Confidence is having faith in someone. Self-confidence is trusting that you have what it takes to handle whatever happens. You feel sure of yourself and enjoy trying new things, without letting doubts or fears hold you back. When you have confidence in others, you rely on them. When you have confidence in yourself, others can rely on you. Our confidence comes from God. We look to God for all things and we trust that his love for us will bring us all closer to Him. So everyday the teachers and everyone involved at Sacred Heart set out, with purpose, to reach our mission. It is simple and God has given us the map to success. So let’s work together this year to always be the light of Christ. To trust and love each other as we strive for confident and balanced students.

 

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal