Fr. Todd Bulletin, September 16 2018

Dear Sacred Heart Families,

One of the hard realities of life is suffering.  Suffering often can feel like being abandoned and we can ask God where He is, why did He allow this or that to happen.  Jesus didn’t promise that he would remove all suffering and hurt but He did promise that no matter what happened He would be with us.  It is part of our life of Faith to continue walking and trusting in times of trial and hardship.  Usually this is much easier said than done.  To that end I am grateful for the feast we celebrated on September 15th, Our Lady of Sorrows.  Mary experienced great suffering and still remained with the Lord throughout it. She can help show us the way and we can lean on her intercession for us.

I have included a brief explanation and reflection on this feast day (https://www.catholiceducation.org/en/culture/catholic-contributions/the-feast-of-our-lady-of-sorrows.html) .

The title, Our Lady of Sorrows, given to our Blessed Mother focuses on her intense suffering and grief during the passion and death of our Lord. Traditionally, this suffering was not limited to the passion and death event; rather, it comprised the seven dolors or seven sorrows of Mary, which were foretold by the Priest Simeon who proclaimed to Mary, This child [Jesus] is destined to be the downfall and the rise of many in Israel, a sign that will be opposed and you yourself shall be pierced with a sword so that the thoughts of many hearts may be laid bare (Luke 2:34-35). These seven sorrows of our Blessed Mother included the flight of the Holy Family into Egypt; the loss and finding of the child Jesus in the Temple; Mary’s meeting of Jesus on His way to Calvary; Mary’s standing at the foot of the cross when our Lord was crucified; her holding of Jesus when He was taken down from the cross; and then our Lord’s burial. In all, the prophesy of Simeon that a sword would pierce our Blessed Mother’s heart was fulfilled in these events. For this reason, Mary is sometimes depicted with her heart exposed and with seven swords piercing it. More importantly, each new suffering was received with the courage, love, and trust that echoed her fiat, let it be done unto me according to Thy word, first uttered at the Annunciation.  …

Focusing on the compassion of our Blessed Mother, our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, reminded the faithful, Mary Most Holy goes on being the loving consoler of those touched by the many physical and moral sorrows which afflict and torment humanity. She knows our sorrows and our pains, because she too suffered, from Bethlehem to Calvary. ‘And thy soul too a sword shall pierce.’ Mary is our Spiritual Mother, and the mother always understands her children and consoles them in their troubles. Then, she has that specific mission to love us, received from Jesus on the Cross, to love us only and always, so as to save us! Mary consoles us above all by pointing out the Crucified One and Paradise to us! (1980).

Therefore, as we honor our Blessed Mother, our Lady of Sorrows, we honor her as the faithful disciple and exemplar of faith. Let us pray as we do in the opening prayer of the Mass for this feast day: Father, as your Son was raised on the cross, His Mother Mary stood by Him, sharing His sufferings. May your Church be united with Christ in His suffering and death and so come to share in His rising to new life. Looking to the example of Mary, may we too unite our sufferings to our Lord, facing them with courage, love, and trust.

God Bless!

Fr. Todd

 

Fr. Todd Homily, September 9 2018

 

GospelMK 7:31-37

Again Jesus left the district of Tyre
and went by way of Sidon to the Sea of Galilee,
into the district of the Decapolis.
And people brought to him a deaf man who had a speech impediment
and begged him to lay his hand on him.
He took him off by himself away from the crowd.
He put his finger into the man’s ears
and, spitting, touched his tongue;
then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him,
“Ephphatha!”— that is, “Be opened!” —
And immediately the man’s ears were opened,
his speech impediment was removed,
and he spoke plainly.
He ordered them not to tell anyone.
But the more he ordered them not to,
the more they proclaimed it.
They were exceedingly astonished and they said,
“He has done all things well.
He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

From the Principal, September 16 2018

Thank you to Catholic Charities

This week many of us attended the “Back in Black”- Faith in Action Fundraising Dinner for Catholic Charities. It was a beautiful evening hosted by Father Joe Krupp and Father Tim McDonald. We are so grateful for Catholic Charities and the way they support catholic schools. At Sacred Heart School and we have a Vision: Students are balanced: Confident of mind, academics and faith. We have teachers who form the students in academics and we all work to form the students in faith but we need Catholic Charities to guide us on forming their minds. Every Friday we have Mr. Marshall, our school counselor from Catholic Charities, to share his expertise. He focuses his efforts on the challenges that any of our students are facing. He knows to pull the new students aside and really talk to them about transitioning. He knows to team build with our 5th/6th graders because they can be pretty insensitive. He knows that second grade boys want to win at all costs and he explains how it feels to be on the losing side. He knows that when little girls form a club, other little girls feel isolated. He makes a difference that we can not measure but the impact is felt in the culture of trust that is created. Marshall is able to see the day through the eyes of the students and meet them to talk about ways to stay positive and joyful.

“A school’s mission is to develop the sense of the true, the sense of the good, the sense of the beautiful.”     Pope Francis 2014.

This is not an option for a Catholic school. It is our Mission to be the Light of Christ and to grow in confidence. We are so grateful for Marshall and Catholic Charities who help make this happen. Thank you for helping us to form loving disciples of Christ.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Deacon Corner, September 16 2018

Prayer does not always come easy or natural.  There are times for me it can be a real struggle.  Our Catechism calls this THE BATTLE OF PRAYER.  It’s a battle against ourselves to stay focused, and Satan doing all he can to keep us from getting closer to God (CCC 2725).  Our Catechism lists four common struggles in prayer and how to overcome them – lack of time, distractions, dryness, and being uninspired.

Lack of time comes from the failure to see prayer as a necessary part of our life.  There is no simple solution to this one.  Prayer is not optional.  Prayer is absolutely essential to stay close to God and keep the devil away.  We need to find time in our busy day for prayer just as we would any other activity that is important to us.  Even 15 minutes of prayer each day is better than no prayer at all.

Distractions are real and make prayer difficult.  The solution is not to give up but be persistent in refocusing on God.   C.S Lewis wrote it is better to accept distractions as our present problem and make them the main theme of our prayer than ignore they exist.  God understands and wants us to grow closer to Him rather than drift away with frustrating distractions.

Dryness is feeling like you are in the middle of the desert.  No water, no shade, and no hope of ever getting out.  Nothing is working.  Our prayer feels hollow, even futile, and we become no longer interested in our spiritual growth.  Even St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta experienced dryness in prayer.  When we do, we can think of Jesus’ own experience of forty days the desert.  No matter how tempted we are to quit, we can focus on our desire to become closer to God and emerge on the other side with renewed spirit and energy.

Being uninspired can happen when we are overwhelmed, have not prayed for a while, or can’t find the words to pray.  When uninspired, remember St. Ignatius said praying is like talking to Jesus as a friend.  Simply ask Him for forgiveness, protection, and wisdom about the problems you face.

Our Catechism reminds us we cannot pray without “humility, trust, and perseverance” (CCC 2728).  Praying is not rattling off a list of wants and needs (CCC 2650).  We pray to be ever mindful that God is with us no matter what we face in life.  We pray to express both our sorrow and thanksgiving.  We pray to do our best and exalt God in everything we do.  We pray for strength and courage, and yes, we even pray for miracles.  God calls us, and prayer is our response to that call. Through prayer, we train our minds and hearts to focus on what is good and holy to receive the peace of heart we all desire.

Deacon John

Adapted from an “Introduction to Catholicism” by Father James Socias

 

Music Workshop, September 29

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.

Workshop to be held at:

Sacred Heart Church

Saturday, September 29

9:00 a.m. to Noon

 

Important Religious Education News

Religious Ed Meet &Greet – Please mark your calendar!

Sunday, September 30

There will be an informational meeting for anyone interested in Religious Ed, Youth Group, Confirmation and Café on September 30 at 9:00am in the school.   Come meet the catechists, review the curriculum and ask any questions you may have.

Registration forms and Religious Education schedule will be available next week.  Bring completed registration packet to informational meeting on September 30.

 

 

 

 

 

Confirmation:

We are making plans for our Confirmation Prep Class.  If you have a child or know of someone that would like to be a part of this years Confirmation program, please contact Nancy Kuenzer (517-425-8736) or Deacon John as soon as possible.

Confirmation Retreat will be October 20-21.

 

 

 

 

 

Emmaus Group

The Emmaus Group is in need of prayer shawls. We realize not everyone can knit or crochet.  If you would like to make a prayer blanket instead that is fine.  When you are making the blankets or shawls pray for the person who will be receiving it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Youth Group:

Open to High School students and will meet on Sundays at 9:00am.

SAVE THE DATE….. November 4, Diocese of Lansing Catholic Youth Conference. 

 

 

 

 

 

CAFÉ:

Please join us to learn more about our Catholic Faith, the Catechism, and how it applies to living a Christian life surrounded by the issues in today’s society.  All are welcome to attend Café on Sundays from 9:15am – 10:30am.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RCIA ~ Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Begins on Tuesday, September 11

We will be meeting in the church hall at 7:00pm.  If you are planning on attending the sessions, please contact Linda Higgins at 517-286-6426 to set up an appointment.

 

 

 

Who is RCIA for?

¨ A person who has had a longing to learn more about the Catholic faith who isn’t already Catholic.

¨ A person who has come to Mass with their spouse and would like to learn more about the Catholic faith.

¨ A person from another religious tradition who is interested in learning about the Catholic faith.

¨ A Catholic who was baptized as an infant but never had any formal religious formation and would like to renew their faith, and receive the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation.

¨ A person who has never been baptized in any religion but would like to see if God is calling them to the Catholic faith.

 

 

Bible Study:

Bible Study will be held every other week.  Both parishes 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.

Beginning next week, Sacred Heart will have Bible Study Wednesday, September 5 at 6pm in the School and St. Mary will have Bible Study on Thursday, September 6 at 10am.

 

Please read…. Made for Happiness Info UPDATE

 

DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY UPDATE: 
Over 11,500 people have registered to attend the Made For Happiness Diocesan Assembly on Saturday, September 22nd. The diocese is sure they will be hitting 15.000 before the end of next week.  To sign up please go to www.madeforhappiness.org.

MASS WITH 15,000 OTHERS
Here are some of the highlights you won’t want to miss (other than JESUS becoming substantially present to us in the Eucharist, of course!):

  • Bishop Boyea will be the main celebrant.
  • Nearly ALL of our priests and deacons will be there.
  • There will be NO Mass at the Parishes on September 22.
  • There will be a 100 person choir made up of people from all across our diocese.
  • There will be a Plenary Indulgence available to everyone who receives the final blessing.

Assembly T-shirts have arrived!  Cost is $5.    Please stop by office to pick yours up!  

 

*URGENT* GENERAL HELPERS ARE STILL NEEDED FOR THE DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY

We have filled 385 of 500 slots for volunteer helpers. Please help us fill all of these spots. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0a4ba9ad23a4f85-made

 

*LITURGICAL HELPERS STILL NEEDED
We still need more people to help with the following liturgical roles: Cross Bearer, Candle Bearer, Thurifer, Boat Bearer, Canopy Bearer, Torch Bearer, MC.
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0a4ba9ad23a4f85-procession

 

*myParish APP

Download the Assembly App for all the latest and greatest details:

·      Text “HAPPY” to 88202
·      Enter the app
·      In the “FIND MY PARISH” search bar, type “HAPPY”
·      Select “Diocese of Lansing Assembly”

Or, if you already have myParish App:

·      Enter the app and tap the three horizontal lines on the top left.
·      Tap “FIND A PARISH” and in the search bar, type “HAPPY”.
·      Select “Diocese of Lansing Assembly”

 

*If you cannot attend, please listen on Ave Maria Radio!!

 

 

 

Altar Rosary Society News

 

We would like to thank everyone who donated to   cover for the loss of not having our the Garage Sale.  We will be meeting Monday Sept. 10 at 1:30 pm in the church basement.  All ladies of the Parish are welcome.  Any questions call President Janice Wilson at 517-306-0684.