Deacon’s Corner, October 14 2018

Why do we pray? St Ambrose said we pray to “offer God a sacrifice of praise and pay your vows to the Most High.” 

He wrote “Jesus taught you about the goodness of the Father, who knows how to give good things: and so you should ask for good things from the One who is good. Jesus told us to pray urgently and often, so that our prayers should not be long and tedious but short, earnest and frequent. Long elaborate prayers overflow with pointless phrases, and long gaps between prayers eventually stretch out into complete neglect…when you ask forgiveness, you must take special care to grant it also to others…when you pray you must be free from anger and from disagreement with anyone, so that your prayer is not disturbed.”

St Ambrose tells us we can pray anywhere.  He writes “Jesus said go into your room and pray in secret…this “room” is not the room with four walls that confines your body when you are in it, but the secret space within you in which your thoughts are enclosed and where your sensations arrive. That is your prayer-room, always with you wherever you are, always secret wherever you are, with your only witness being God”

St Ambrose says “Above all, you must pray for the whole people…for the whole body, for every part of your mother the Church, whose distinguishing feature is mutual love. If you ask for something for yourself then you will be praying for yourself only, and you must remember that more grace comes to one who prays for others. If each person prays for all people, then all people are effectively praying for each other… If you ask for something for yourself alone, you will be the only one asking for it; but if you ask for benefits for all, all in their turn will be asking for them for you. For you are in fact one of the “all.” Thus it is a great reward, as each person’s prayers acquire the weight of the prayers of everyone… it is a sign of greater humility and more abundant fruitfulness.”

Our Catechism tells us our prayer is God’s gift of grace to us (CCC 2563).  As we enter our prayer-room this week to receive God’s grace, may our prayer be always guided by the Holy and centered in our hearts.   Deacon John

Adapted from the Office of Readings, October 8, 2018


Be in Our Heart GALA



Saturday, November 10th at 5:30

Sacred Heart School and Church Hall

Sacred Heart School is hosting a gala celebration of our school on November 10th. We have decided to present an event that brings our church and alumni community together.  This year, we will begin downstairs at the school with strolling musicians amid a wine & cheese and silent auction. Take a minute to tour the school and look at some of Luxury Raffle Items.  We will also offer hors d’oeuvres and an open bar over at the church.  Dinner will begin at 6:30 and then Christian comedian Tim McClendon will perform.  After the performance, ticket pulls from the reverse raffle will be displayed and the auctioneer will begin auctioning our live auction items. Winners for the Money Raffle and Luxury Raffle will be pulled at the end of the evening by Father Todd.

Get ready for the excitement.

Each ticket is $100 and includes comedian, hors d’oeuvres, wine & cheese, elegant dinner with dessert, open bar, reverse raffle ticket (cash prize), luxury raffle ticket, paddle for the live auction and the opportunity to support SHS. Tickets are available at SHS 448-6405 or or

Please consider donating a bottle of wine or pack of craft beer for our prize wall of wine. All donations can be dropped off at the school office.  If you cannot make the fundraiser, but would like to sponsor, please call the office for sponsorship opportunities!!

Thank you so much for all of your continued support. I hope we have put together an evening you will truly enjoy!!

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal


For more info on our comedian, please visit


Hymn Sing

You are invited to join the many people from our area churches to join together one Sunday evening, every month for Hymn Sing.  Sing together as a whole or as individual specials.  (Specials being solos, duets, choirs, playing a guitar, a bell choir, playing the piano, anything musical.)

All Hymn Sings are held on the 3rd Sunday at 6pm, EXCEPT for April 2019 (Easter)

November 18th ~ St Mary On the Lake

December 16th ~ Rollin Baptist

January 20th ~ North Rome Baptist

February 17th ~ Rollin Center United Methodist

March 17 ~ Rollin Friends

April 14th ~ Sacred Heart, Hudson

Fr. Todd Bulletin, October 14 2018

Dear Sacred Heart Family,

This past week I went on a field trip with 5th and 6th graders to Notre Dame. It is a beautiful campus with a great connection to our Irish heritage.  Just so you know this is not in conflict with being a Spartan fan.  As Fr. Joe helped us learn, MSU is where Jesus went to school so we know His mother would have cheered them on as well!

This coming Tuesday I will be in Lansing for the day for Orientation of New Parish Ministry Leaders.  When a priest is made a bishop, he goes to what is called “Baby Bishop School”.  I imagine this is the equivalent for pastors- “Baby Pastor School”.

We have a great opportunity in our local area available to us through Catholic Charities and St. Anthony’s in Hillsdale.  Antonia Busch now works at St. Anthony’s and offers counseling and therapy.  Any parishioner from Sacred Heart or St. Mary’s that would like to receive counseling can do so.  This counseling is free of charge.  Catholic Charities may ask if they can bill insurance but no one will be asked to pay.

Antonia graduated this past spring from the Franciscan University of Steubenville with a M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  She has clinical experience with treatment for substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, and personality disorders.  She also has preparation for dealing with problems that may be unique to Catholics, such as NFP, marriage, divorce, annulments, as well as more general problems with parenting or within families.

Antonia has begun the process to become both a Nationally certified Trauma Therapist and a Nationally Certified Play therapist for children and adolescents.  Given those trainings along with generous support from Fr. David and the parishioners at St. Anthony’s they have almost finished creating a Play Therapy Room in Hillsdale so that children can find healing from traumatic experiences.

Antonia is available in Hillsdale on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  On Wednesdays she is in Adrian.  You can contact Catholic Charities’ Adrian office at 517-263-2191.

God Bless,

Fr. Todd


Religious Education

Religious Education has begun

Students in grades 1-8 & High School/Youth Group meet Sunday from 9:15am-10:30am.

Confirmation students meet monthly.

If you have a child that needs to register for CCD, registration forms are available in the parish and school office.

Click here for Religious Ed Registration Form.


Help Spread the Faith

THANK YOU for contributing to last year’s Help Spread the FAITH Appeal.

By supporting the Help Spread the FAITH Appeal, you will help us continue to answer Christ’s call to reach out with the Gospel message.

Your gift to Help Spread the FAITH will support:

  • FAITH magazine: a monthly magazine sent to you and every Catholic in the diocese – 70,000 homes.
  • an interactive online resource with daily changing content.
  • Television Outreach Mass: a weekly broadcast of the Diocese of Lansing.
  • U.S. bishops’ national evangelization efforts: impacting the media and our society.
  • FAITHpub app: Free iPhone/iPad mobile apps.

Christ called us to proclaim the Gospel from the mountaintop. In today’s society, that is a big challenge. We all know the power of the media. With your support, we can use that power to reach out with a positive message – a message that we belong to someone – Jesus. Thank you for your consideration.

Contribution envelopes at the entrances of the church.

Church Remodel!

Fr. Gary Weismann, Mission Priest, October 7 2018

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.


Fr. Todd Homily, September 30 2018

GospelMK 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

At that time, John said to Jesus,
“Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name,
and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.”
Jesus replied, “Do not prevent him.
There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name
who can at the same time speak ill of me.
For whoever is not against us is for us.
Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink
because you belong to Christ,
amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward.

“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin,
it would be better for him if a great millstone
were put around his neck
and he were thrown into the sea.
If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off.
It is better for you to enter into life maimed
than with two hands to go into Gehenna,
into the unquenchable fire.
And if your foot causes you to sin, cut if off.
It is better for you to enter into life crippled
than with two feet to be thrown into Gehenna.
And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out.
Better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye
than with two eyes to be thrown into Gehenna,
where ‘their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.'”