Fr. Todd Homily, October 28 2018

Gospel MK 10:46-52

As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging.
On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.”
And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent.
But he kept calling out all the more, “Son of David, have pity on me.”
Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”
So they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you.”
He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus.
Jesus said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?”
The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.”
Jesus told him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.”
Immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.

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Did you know?  Catholic Charities now has counseling available in Hillsdale!  Our new office space (inside St. Anthony Parish) includes a play therapy room, foster care visit room and counseling office.  For information about scheduling appointments, contact our office at 517-263-2191.

OPEN HOUSE  ~ Sunday, November 11th ~ 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church (Catholic Charities’ entrance is off Cook Street)





Nun Run ~ Convent Visit ~ November 17, 2018

Women, ages 16-40, who are in discernment and open to exploring Religious/Consecrated life, are welcome to join us in visiting convents of various communities in mid & lower Michigan.  We will be visiting:  Servants of God’s Love, Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist, Cloistered Dominicans, Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, SOLT Sisters in Detroit, and a home of a Consecrated Virgin.

Please bring a water bottle and bit of cash with you in case we stop for a snack along the way.  To apply for this event, contact Dawn Hausmann: or call 517-342-2506.  For more info, visit




Women of the Magnificat:  A Contemplative Retreat for Women
St. Francis Retreat Center, DeWitt MI
November 16-18, 2018

Come away and spend some quiet time with Mary and Elizabeth in preparation for the Advent and Christmas season at this silent retreat. Topics covered include Church Teaching on the Magnificat, The Annunciation, Mary’s Fiat, and The Visitation. Daily Mass is offered, as well as the opportunity for Reconciliation and Spiritual Direction. Cost is $175 per person with $25 due at registration as a non-refundable deposit. This includes all lodging, meals, and materials. Register online at or call 517-669-8321.




If you or anyone you know has been the victim of child sexual abuse by someone representing the Catholic Church, contact appropriate law enforcement.  Please believe in the possibility for hope and help and healing. We encourage you to come forward and speak out. Every diocese in the United States now has a victim assistance coordinator who is available to obtain support for your needs, to help make a formal complaint of abuse to the diocese and to arrange a personal meeting with the bishop or his representative, if you desire.

Diocese of Lansing Victim Assistance Coordinator

Cheryl Williams-Hecksel, LMSW

1-888-308-6252, or via email:

 In addition, you may also report through the law enforcement toll-free reporting hotline at (844) 324-3374 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or by email at


Fr. Todd Homily, October 21 2018


Reading 1IS 53:10-11

The LORD was pleased to crush him in infirmity.

If he gives his life as an offering for sin, he shall see his descendants in a long life, and the will of the LORD shall be accomplished through him.

Because of his affliction he shall see the light in fullness of days; through his suffering, my servant shall justify many, and their guilt he shall bear.


Fr. Todd Bulletin, October 28 2018


Dear Sacred Heart Family,

This past Monday I was home- a beautiful fall day on the farm.  The day’s task was butchering chickens.  Good for us, not so much for the chickens!

I want to encourage you to consider attending Sacred Heart’s Gala this year on November 10th.  I want to mention two of the auction items available that night.

  • The first item is a day at my family’s farm. The day will include a tour, milking cows, feeding calves, collecting eggs, tractor driving, lunch provided by parents (really this means my Mom!), and Mass at the house to end the day.  We host a group around 20-25.
  • The 2nd item is dinner at the rectory for up to 10 people with myself and Fr. Tomy. A homemade curry dinner is available upon request.

This is Sacred Heart’s one big fundraiser of the year. Tickets are available at the office.  My folks are coming that night as well and we are all looking forward to it.

This week we have two important days.  November 1st is All Saints Day, a holy day of obligation.  We celebrate this day to remember that this is what all of us are called to- to be saints.  It reorients are vision back on Heaven and gives us the encouragement of all of those who have gone before us and show us the way.

November 2nd is All Souls day. This is the day where we remember all of our loved ones who have died and especially remember those who need our prayers in purgatory.  Sadly, we have lost this sense that we have to pray for the dead so this day is a powerful reminder to do so. I want to share two great quotes on purgatory.

The first is from Pope Benedict….

“I would go so far as to say that if there was no purgatory, then we would have to invent it, for who would dare say of himself that he was able to stand directly before God. And yet we don’t want to be, to use an image from Scripture, “a pot that turned out wrong”, that has to be thrown away; we want to be able to be put right. Purgatory basically means that God can put the pieces back together again. That he can cleanse us in such a way that we are able to be with him and can stand there in the fullness of life.  Purgatory strips off from one person what is unbearable and from another the inability to bear certain things, so that in each of them a pure heart is revealed, and we can see that we all belong together in one enormous symphony of being”.

The second is from Msgr. Charles Pope, priest from the Archdiocese of Washington, DC…..

“You know, honestly, is there anyone here carrying stuff with us we know we can’t take to heaven? I’m not just talking about our sins, I’m talking about our heartaches, our hurts, some of those regrets we might carry with us. We can’t take those things to heaven, it wouldn’t be heaven! And so there is a beautiful line in the Book of Revelation that says of Jesus, regarding the death, that He will wipe every tear from their eyes. (cf Rev 21:4) And this is part of what we call in the Catholic tradition the process of purgation. The Lord wipes the tears form our eyes: any sorrows, any regrets, any rough edges of our personality, those effects of sin that still cling to us. The Lord takes good care of it all…he wipes the tears and purifies us with holy fire.”

Let us pray for all of our loved ones who have gone before that they might be brought swiftly into the home of Heaven.  That if there was still any sin or pain still clinging to them that it might be set right.

God Bless!

Fr. Todd


Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, October 28 2018

Saint John Paul II

“There is no place for selfishness and no place for fear!

Do not be afraid, then, when love makes demands.

Do not be afraid when love requires sacrifice.”


October 22nd was the Feast day of Pope John Paul II.  As we take a look at his life, his courage and love are striking. Saint John Paul spoke and wrote about God’s love through challenges for much of his life. We are not out traveling to 139 countries to meet with world leaders or establishing a “World Youth Day” but we are entrusted with raising our children to be saintly adults.

Raising our children can be challenging. It is easy to give God’s love to our children when they are obedient. But what about the times when they do not meet our expectations? That is when we can grow closer to God by responding with a loving attitude. Love without conditions. John 15:12 “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” This is really some of the best parenting advice ever. Unconditional love means we give a loving and respectful response even when our kids don’t deserve it. We have all been there. Your child is the one who throws tantrums. Your child is the one who is uncoachable. Your child is the one who forgets their homework. Your child is the one who can’t handle college. Your child is the one who learns lessons the hard way. Your child makes a really big mistake. This is when we must trust our God and love as He does. It is not what our child is failing to be; it is about what God is calling us, as parents to be. Loving without condition, is not natural. These disappointments make us angry and when we act out of anger the result does not enlighten us. It darkens the soul. Stop and remember how God loves. Pray. God is God and he is infinitely grander than we are. It is time to redirect our energy into prayer for our children. God has a plan. The path for our children will become more clear when we let God into our parenting. This does not mean we remove requirements and become permissive. We are not giving in; we are opening up to a new reality; a new path. Take time to think about what your child’s actions are really telling you about this beautiful child of God. Perhaps we are not looking with the correct lens. Maybe our perspective needs to change to be guided by the divine. Maybe raising our children should force us to grow up too.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal


“Yours is the gigantic task of overcoming all evil with good, always trying amidst the problems of life to place your trust in God, knowing that his grace supplies strength to human weakness. You must oppose every form of hatred with the invincible power of Christ’s love.”                   Saint John Paul II.


Deacon’s Corner, October 28 2018

“As I make my prayer to you, Lord, listen to my voice in the morning; in the morning I will stand before you and await you.”  These beautiful words from Psalm 5 tell us how the psalmist eagerly awaits each morning as he prepares to talk to God.  Prayer is an important part of our life.  Unfortunately, too many of us don’t pray enough, or even at all.

St. John Vianney says “not only is prayer very powerful; even more, it’s of the utmost necessity for overcoming the enemies of our salvation.  Look at all the saints: they weren’t content with watching and fighting to overcome the enemies of their salvation and with keeping well away from all that could offer them temptation. They passed their whole lives in prayer, not only the day, but very often the whole night as well. Yes, my dear children, we watch over ourselves and all the motions of our hearts in vain, and in vain we avoid temptation, if we don’t pray. If we don’t continually resort to prayer, all our other ways will be of no use at all to us, and we’ll be overcome. We won’t find any sinner converted without turning to prayer. We won’t find one persevering without depending heavily on prayer. Nor will we ever find a Christian who ends up damned whose downfall didn’t begin with a lack of prayer (Manual for Spiritual Warfare, pg 155).”

St. John Vianney warns us that if we don’t pray we will lose the spiritual battle with evil.   He says, “We can see how much the devil fears those who pray, since there is not a moment of the day when he tempts us more than when were at prayer. He does everything he can to prevent us from praying.”  That’s why Bishop Boyea has challenged each and every one of us with a year of prayer – prayer to help make us missionary disciples to spread the Gospel and stop Satan cold in his tracks from attempting to lead people away from God.

This week, I invite you to re-read Fr. Todd’s bulletin write up from last Sunday.  Find the time to pray 10 minutes at home with your children, 30 minutes if you’re empty nesters, or an hour if you are retired or single.  For its only when we pray “that we may lead a quiet and peaceful life, godly and respectful in every way (1 Timothy 2:2).”   May you have a Blessed and prayerful week with our Lord!

Deacon John


All Saints Holy Day of Obligation

All Saints Holy Day of Obligation

Wednesday ~ October 31 ~ 6:00pm at St. Mary on the Lake

Thursday ~ November 1 ~ 8:00am at Sacred Heart

Thursday ~ November 1 ~ 9:15am at St. Mary on the Lake

Thursday ~ November 1 ~ 6:30pm at Sacred Heart

First Annual Trunk or Treat

Join us in our First Annual Trunk or Treat!!!

Bring your car to the church parking lot, decorate your trunk and pass out Halloween treats to our kids!!

Thank you to the Sacred Heart Altar Rosary Society, Knights of Columbus and Parent Group for providing hot dogs, donuts & cider and popcorn.

Prizes for Best Decorated Trunk and Best Costume!