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Friday, December 7 at 7:30pm

Saturday, December 8 at 7:30pm

Sunday, December 9 at 3:00pm

We are in need of finger foods for all performances.  We are also in need of 4-6 people to help with the afterglow party following all performances.   Please call Linda Borck at 448-8776 for more information.

ANGEL TREE

Every year the Hudson community hosts several Angel Trees that give local children the things they need to get through the winter and a few gifts to let them know we care.

This year, we have a family of 5 children that we will be helping.  Please help us to give these families a wonderful Christmas.  We have Angel Trees set up at the school and at the back of the church.  Each tree is filled with paper ornaments that let us know the child’s age and one item he/she needs.

If you take an ornament please return your gift to the Parish Office by Wednesday, December 12th.  Be sure the item is wrapped and the paper ornament tag is attached to the gift.

 Thank you so much for helping us bring the joys of Christmas to the Hudson community!

THANK YOU

Dear Parish Communities,

I just want to say what an outstanding job you did this week, our first week, at the shelter.  Things were so smooth and calm.  Your volunteers were wonderful as was the food.  Laundry was done on time.  Everything contributed to a great week.  Thank you!

Helen Henricks, Director of Share the Warmth, Adrian

Bob’s Market House Rewards!

Sacred Heart School is participating in a new rewards program at Bob’s Market House.  For every dollar you spend, the school receives one point.  Accumulated points can be redeemed for school supplies and equipment.

Simply drop your receipt in the canister near the elevator or in the collection basket.  We will record your receipt number for you.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact school secretary, Christie LaRussa at 448-6405..

HOLIDAY HOURS at Parish Office

The Parish Office will be closed December 24 thru January 2.

There will be daily Mass during Christmas Week:

8:00am Wednesday, December 26

8:00am Thursday, December 27

9:00am Friday, December 28.

Bulletins for December 30 and January 6 will need to be sent by Thursday, December 20 for publication.  Please plan accordingly if you want anything published in the bulletin.

Remembering the less fortunate during the season of Advent

The Emmaus Group will be collecting new baby items during the season of Advent.  There will be boxes in both entrance ways to put the items.  We will also be hosting a baby shower for kindergarten through the sixth grade students at SHS on Friday, December 14 and for all the Religious Ed students on Sunday, December 16.

Both showers will be during class time.  Please bring an unwrapped baby gift.  Sleepers, blankets, onesies etc.  If you have any questions, contact Deacon John or Linda Higgins.

Altar Rosary Society

We will be meeting on Monday Dec 3rd at 1:00 pm in the Church basement.  All ladies of the Parish are welcome. This is our Christmas potluck and $5.gift exchange.  Please bring your own table service drinks will be furnished. We will also be inducting our new Secretary and Treasurer.  Questions please call President Janice Wilson at 517-306-0684

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, December 2 2018

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Christ is Coming- Advent for the Weary

Every year when the Christmas season starts to roll out, I think of the VeggieTales movie “The Toy That Saved Christmas.” In the beginning of the movie, the kids are home alone and a package is delivered. They tear into it and a metal circle with a red button on it is revealed. They all look at each other and then one of them says, “push it.” He pushes it and a Christmas tree, fully decorated pops up to the ceiling. They all look back at it in wonder with a collective “oooohhhh”…Instant Christmas! One of the veggie kids receives the brand new Buzzsaw Louie in the mail and when he pushes his nose, the Buzzsaw Louie toy says, “You need more toys.” Larry, the cucumber says, “now that is the true meaning of Christmas!” Buzzsaw Louie unexpectedly says, “No, it isn’t.” The kids are confused. “Christmas isn’t about whining and begging for toys,” continues Louie. “Well then, what is it about?” asks Larry. Louie doesn’t know but he sets out to find the true meaning of Christmas.

I love this movie because it pokes fun at us. Advent is about waiting and preparing. Waiting is really hard for kids. It is really hard for adults. We want to begin celebrating Christmas earlier and earlier. That is okay. We are all ready to enjoy the fun and celebration that is connected to Christmas. Many of us have to think about Christmas very early to have time to prepare: to make cookies, to assemble packages, to rehearse for the Christmas pageant, to buy presents, to coordinate the company Christmas party; the list is endless. We are so busy and we have high hopes for the enjoyment our hard work will bring the people we love during our beautiful celebration.

But Jesus was born in a manger; in a stable. No glitter. No bling. No sparkle lights. Simple. Pure. Joyful. The most perfect gift ever given. A savior.

This advent, let’s remember that the best gift we can give is us. The gift of kindness to everyone. The gift of dedication to the people who count on us, the gift of hard work and service to our people. Come Holy Spirit and light my path to Christmas. Let us remember that we are enough. That we are a gift from God and we are truly blessed by God’s gift of Jesus. Let Jesus be our light, our truth and our savior this advent. The rest will figure itself out. Let this be an advent for the weary. May we find peace and solace as we do Your work to bring love and joy to the best celebration the world will ever know. Let our hearts be calm and our spirit joyful.

 

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

If you would like to watch this Veggie Tales story, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifIIayHN1po.

 

Deacon’s Corner, December 2 2018

Today is the First Sunday of Advent and it always seems to sneak up on me.  With Thanksgiving still in the rear view mirror, trying to clean up the to-do list before year end, and making final plans to visit the kids and grandkids for Christmas, it’s easy for me to get distracted and forget just what Advent is all about.

Advent is a season of hope.  It’s a time to remember that we can find contentment without commercialism and social pressures, without the latest designer fashions or next spectacular video game.   It’s a time to ask God to mold us into the person He wants us to be.  A time to wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savoir – not just celebrating his first coming as an infant Savior 2000 years ago, but waiting and watching for Jesus to come again.  Waiting with all the anticipation of a small child waiting for Santa.  Watching so we don’t miss out on seeing God with our own eyes.

That’s the message from Jesus in today’s Gospel.  His words are short and sweet – be vigilant, be watchful, be alert.  For we do not know when God will come looking for us.  Jesus isn’t trying to scare us.  He just doesn’t want us to miss out on the biggest moment of our life – that joyous instant when we finally get to see God and have the peace of mind we have been searching for.

St Paul said in the second reading today – strengthen your hearts, be blameless in holiness, and conduct yourselves to please God.  As we enter this Advent season, let’s take time to do these things in preparation for Christmas to receive our God.  Let’s take time from our busy schedule to look for the ways God is acting in our life.  Because if we are too busy to prepare ourselves – if we are too busy to spend time with God – then we ARE just too busy – and Advent becomes another Christian holiday tradition lost in the glitter and glamor of a commercialized Christmas season.

May you have a Blessed and joyful Advent preparing for the coming of our Lord.

Deacon John

 

Forgiven: The Transforming Power of Confession

As a Parish, we have subscribed to Formed.org.  We invite all our parishioners to visit sacredheart-stmary.formed.org and register for free.   As a FORMED Subscriber, you will have access to all 9 sessions of Forgiven: The Transforming Power of Confession.

Forgiven explores the grace and healing offered in Confession and shows how this sacrament of mercy reveals the depth and bounty of God’s love. By looking at God’s revelation of his  mercy in Scripture and making a step-by-step examination of the Rite itself, Forgiven          communicates God’s invitation to each one of us to come experience his indescribable love in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

There is a lot of information on growing your faith, especially during the Advent Season.  You can also download an app to your smartphone.

 

Fr. Todd Bulletin, December 2 2018

Dear Sacred Heart Family

Advent has begun!  Like always it is hard to believe that the holiday season is upon us.  The challenge always is to not let this season pass us by. During this season the liturgical color is purple.  A good way to remember the meaning of purple is that purple is for preparation.  Advent is preparing us for something incredibly important, the coming of God Himself into our midst.  And so we get ready.  That is why we wear purple during the other great preparation time of the year- Lent.

There are many ways to enter into this holy season. One way I want to highlight is to simply take advantage of the area Penance services.

  • St. Anthony in Hillsdale ~ Tuesday, December 4th at 6pm
  • Light of Christ in Deerfield ~ Thursday, December 6th at 7pm
  • St. Elizabeth in Tecumseh ~ Sunday, December 9th at 7pm
  • Sacred Heart/St. Mary on the Lake ~ Wednesday, December 12th at 7pm (at Sacred Heart)
  • St. Joseph Shrine ~ Thursday, December 13th at 6:30pm
  • St. Mary’s/St. Joseph in Adrian ~ December 17th at 7:00pm (at St. Mary’s)

When it comes to confession there are a lot of great resources to help us enter into this powerful and healing sacrament.  If it has been a while since your last confession don’t be worried about not remembering the right words.  Any priest will be happy to help guide you through the sacrament.  I want to mention a couple of apps you can use on your phone that can help you prepare for confession.  Many people can find it helpful to bring their phone to confession and to simply follow the guide.  Feel free to do so.

The first app is call “myParish”.  This app is free, and has a lot of great resources about the faith, our own parish activities, and a helpful examination of conscience.  All you need to do is download the app and on the home screen that appears select the icon labeled confession.

Another excellent (and free) App is “Laudate”.  It is filled with great resources- The Bible, the daily readings, a guide for confession, the liturgy of the Hours, many, many prayers, links to current news, etc.  You now have in one place an incredible trove of resources.  These can be a great way to augment your spiritual life and/or help get your prayer life going

As a Parish, we have subscribed to Formed.org.  We invite all our parishioners to visit sacredheart-stmary.formed.org and register for free.   As a FORMED Subscriber, you will have access to all 9 sessions of Forgiven: The Transforming Power of Confession.   Forgiven explores the grace and healing offered in Confession and shows how this sacrament of mercy reveals the depth and bounty of God’s love. By looking at God’s revelation of his  mercy in Scripture and making a step-by-step examination of the Rite itself, Forgiven communicates God’s invitation to each one of us to come experience his indescribable love in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

There is a lot of information on growing your faith, especially during the Advent Season.  You can also download an app to your smartphone.

St. Mary’s will be hosting an ADVENT HOLY HOUR on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 6:00 pm.  The Advent Hour will be a time of Adoration, with a Gospel and Homily followed by a procession throughout the church.  In all of the busyness of this season this is an opportunity to give the Lord time, to draw near to Him and let Him draw near to you.

Happy and Holy Advent!

Fr. Todd

 

Cemetery Clean Up

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The Cemetery Committee will be doing Cemetery Clean Up on Saturday, November 24 beginning at 9:00am.    All are invited to come help!  What a great way to honor our loved ones and our parish family!

Please bring rakes, leafblowers, tarps, etc.