Attention Singers & Potential Singers!
If you’re involved in music ministry, if you’re thinking about joining the choir, or if you just love to sing at Mass and want to do it better, please join us for a special music workshop focusing on the basics of vocal technique and group singing. The three-hour session will be conducted by Dan Koshelnyk, an accomplished professional musician and parish music director from Kalamazoo. The session will be held at Sacred Heart Church on
Saturday, September 29, from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.
The week of October 1st, Fr Todd and Fr Tomy will be attending the annual priest convocation.
During our regular Mass times, you are invited to come, pray and spend time before the Blessed Sacrament.
Monday, Oct 1 ~ Daily Mass at 8am
Tuesday, Oct 2 ~ Exposition at 4:45pm, Benediction and Repose at 6pm (No Mass)
Wednesday, Oct 3 ~ Exposition at 8 am, Benediction and Repose at 9am (No Mass)
Thursday, Oct 4 ~ Exposition at 8 am, Benediction and Repose at 9am (No Mass)
Friday, Oct 5 ~ Children’s Mass at 9:00am
The week of October 1, Bill Cross, a representative from our bulletin publisher, Diocesan Publications, will be seeking new and renewing present parish bulletin ads. If you are interested in advertising please call the parish office for contact information. We feel this is an excellent opportunity for local businesses to increase their visibility in the community. Advertising in the bulletin allows this publication to be printed each week at no cost to the parish.
Annual Mission Appeal
Each year, a missionary is assigned to our parish from the diocesan Mission Office for an appeal asking our assistance for the very poor. The weekend of October 6-7, we will welcome Fr. Gary Weismann, on behalf of the Diocese of Mandeville, Jamaica. Please consider supporting the evangelization programs and outreach to the extremely poor people of this diocese in our second collection.
From Fr. Gary……
When we think of Jamaica, we think of Ocho Rios, beautiful beaches, vacations and wonderful scenery. But, Jamaica is among the poorest countries in our hemisphere and the Diocese of Mandeville is the poorest of the three dioceses in Jamaica where 68% of the people have no running water. 25% of youth are “functionally illiterate;” there is an alarming number of destitute elderly and abandoned children; and, the average Sunday collection is 10% of the operating cost. On behalf of the Diocese of Mandeville, we thank you for your prayers and support or our poor.
I Choose Happiness
This week we had the opportunity to find out what it means to be Made for Happiness. God gave us the free will to think our way in or out of any situation. William Shakespeare once said “Things are neither good nor bad but thinking makes it so.” If this is our philosophy, then every situation can bring us closer to God. If that is how we think about it. Knowing that you have every opportunity to make the choice to be happy is part of God’s plan. The little decisions we make every day, the milestones we cross, the people we raise up, the words we choose; can all bring us closer to God. When we listen to the Gospel during Mass, we cross our mind, our lips and our heart. Everything we think, everything we say and everything we feel. When we listen and act this way, we can really be open to God’s perfect love.
The virtue that always makes me think about happiness is Acceptance. Acceptance is not to be confused with approval. When we trust and accept, it means we do not doubt our circumstances. That old “everything happens for a reason,” and we are supposed to think our way into a better situation for ourselves. We do not run away or continually search. We handle it with grace. This can be very difficult. People will disappoint you and mistakes can become huge problems that are very scary to tackle. But we are never alone. It is amazing to see the help that is given through the Holy Spirit when we stay strong and prayerful. We must remember to be grateful. Not just for the gifts and the good times but for the constant opportunity to struggle and to be challenged. Through the challenges, we break down and then grow; so we can become stronger of spirit. It is the acceptance that we will always be given a path to the light. That we will always have the power to pray and we will never be alone. Life is good. It is more than good, it is beautiful and that makes me happy.
Anne Atkin, Principal
Our Catholic Mass is the highest form of prayer we can offer God. It is made up of two parts – the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. The Liturgy of the Word is the 1st part of the Mass with roots in early Jewish synagogue worship. It includes the Gloria, Scripture readings, the homily, and Intercessory Prayers (the petitions). The Liturgy of the Eucharist is the 2nd half of the Mass originating from the Last Supper. It includes preparing the Altar, presentation of the gifts, prayer, and receiving Holy Communion. “Liturgy” comes from the Greek word “ergos”, meaning “work”; and “leiton”, meaning “of the people. So, our Liturgy is the work of the people to give glory and honor to God.
God uses our human senses to reveal Himself in our physical world so our worship of Him can involve our entire being – body and soul. Throughout Mass, we use symbols and gestures to help our senses connect our human body to our soul. They remind us to turn our hearts and minds towards God. Many of these symbols are handed down from Early Christian worship. So, what are they?
The Sign of the Cross is a symbol of our faith and salvation that is used to bless people and objects. Christians have marked themselves with the Sign of the Cross since the Early Church. Striking of the Breast is a sign of repentance, contrition, and humility. Standing is a sign of joy, respect, and our adoration of God. Kneeling is a sign repentance or adoration. Genuflecting is a sign of reverence in the presence of God. This is why we genuflect in front of the Blessed Sacrament, or the Tabernacle containing the Blessed Sacrament, which is the Real Presence of Jesus. Bowing of the head is a sign of reverence often made when saying the name of Jesus, or Mary, or before receiving the Eucharist. Bowing of the body is a sign of respect and submission. This gesture replaces genuflecting by bowing to the Altar when there are no hosts in the tabernacle. Processions are a symbol of the Pilgrim Church. They occur several times within the Mass, and sometimes in and around the church (such as at Easter Vigil or a Eucharistic Procession for the Feast of Corpus Christi.)
Understanding the meaning of the signs and symbols we use at Mass can have a positive influence on our attitude towards prayer and reverently being in the presence our loving and gracious God.
Adapted from an “Introduction to Catholicism” by Father James Socias
Dear Sacred Heart Family,
Fr. Tomy and I went out fishing last Saturday with some parishioners. I have to be honest and say that Fr. Tomy out fished me. It made me feel better that he also out fished everyone else on the boat!
There have been some questions about the placement of the statues at Sacred Heart. There have been a few different iterations so I had to make the call on who goes where when we moved everything back upstairs from the basement. We have Mary and Joseph on their own respective side altars in the Sanctuary with the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the side shrine. I wanted the Sacred Heart statue in the Votive Candle area for two reasons. Firstly, the Sacred Heart is front and center in the middle window in the Sanctuary. Secondly, with the Sacred Heart being our Patron I wanted him to be in the side shrine so people can stop and pray and, if they want, light a candle for a particular intention.
This past week we had the parking lot resealed at St. Mary’s, much like it was done at Sacred Heart. It is part of the regular maintenance required to keep a parking lot in good shape. That is not a bad analogy for our souls- we also require regular maintenance to keep us healthy and in good working order. So, I want to mention briefly some good Catholic Maintenance that should be a consistent part of our lives.
Daily Prayer time– this should be a measurable time that we plan into our day everyday no matter what. Usually we don’t have an issue praying to much so I always encourage people to find their minimum. What is the minimum amount of time I am called to give to Jesus each day? Once we know that we can plan it in and also hold ourselves accountable to it.
Reading the Bible– This can easily be a part of our regular daily prayer time. But in some way scripture should be a part of our lives. When is the last time the bible at home as been cracked? Pope Francis once asked “Do you read the Bible as often as you check your phone?” The only caveat I would put on that is if you have a Bible App on your phone- which is something I would highly recommend!
Confession– This is a great sacrament that cleans us up. For healing things need to be named, claimed, and then tamed by God’s grace. Confessions are available at Sacred Heart Tuesday’s 4:45-5:45pm and Saturday’s from 3:45-4:15pm. At St. Mary’s they are available Thursday’s and Sunday’s from 8:30am-9:15am. Never be afraid of not knowing the right words- either Fr. Tomy and I are happy to walk through this sacrament with you. The whole point is to give Jesus our hearts and whatever is in them for His healing.
Acts of service– We heard last weekend the reading from James where he tells us faith with out works is dead. It is the that any claim to faith that doesn’t reach outside of ourselves isn’t real. One way to measure that is acts of love for the people around us. Is there someone I keep an eye on and watch out for? We are our brother’s keeper. Look for someone to help and if there is someone you haven’t seen in a while consider reaching out.
Our beloved Fr. Paul Ruddy will turn 96 on Sunday, September 23.
He enjoys receiving cards and well wishes from his parish families. If you wish to send a card, his address is:
Fr. Paul Ruddy
3403 Loren Drive
Jackson, MI 49203
Mass intentions for Monday, September 24 will be for Fr. Paul.
St. Alphonsus wrote, “In this valley of tears, every man is born to weep and all of us suffer by enduring the evils that take place every day.”
St. Alphonsus experienced his fair share of suffering and persecution. Thru all of this, he never complained.
Let St. Alphonsus be a model for each of who face the difficulties of being a Christian, amid our life of problems, pains, misunderstandings and failures. He picked up his cross to follow Jesus.
Take up your cross, accept your suffering as part of life, so we can grow from it. Embracing our suffering not only allows us to surrender ourselves to God, but at some point realize that we have to make peace with our frustrations, disappointment, pain, misfortunes, illness, sadness, unfairness, and death that are part of life. A part we must accept without bitterness. Bitterness opens the door for Satan to claim our hearts.
I encourage you to say “Get behind me, Satan. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”
There is a big gap between how the world trains us to think and how God tell us to think.
for the villages of Caesarea Philippi.
Along the way he asked his disciples,
“Who do people say that I am?”
They said in reply,
“John the Baptist, others Elijah,
still others one of the prophets.”
And he asked them,
“But who do you say that I am?”
Peter said to him in reply,
“You are the Christ.”
Then he warned them not to tell anyone about him.He began to teach them
that the Son of Man must suffer greatly
and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed, and rise after three days.
He spoke this openly.
Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
At this he turned around and, looking at his disciples,
rebuked Peter and said,
He summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them,
“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself,
take up his cross, and follow me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake
and that of the gospel will save it.”
We are so happy that it is cooler this week. We prayed the Act of Love and the Prayer to Saint Michael this week as we remembered the people who lost their lives on 9/11. Remember to read for 20 minutes every night. Studies show that this simple habit increases academic achievement greatly.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Recently, we have been horrified by more revelations of predatory sexual conduct by Catholic clergy as well as by the abuse of power and sexual sin by a cardinal. The horrid behavior described in a grand jury report from Pennsylvania is shocking. Not only are these acts deeply sinful, they are criminal. Anyone guilty of causing such pain to victims, as well as those at any level within the Church’s leadership who protected sexual predators, must be held accountable. Justice demands it.