Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest


The Knights of Columbus Council No. 6331 at Sacred Heart is sponsoring the annual “Keep Christ in Christmas” poster contest for all boys and girls from ages 5 through 14.  The contest is conducted locally, with winning entries advancing through district/regional and state competitions to the international level.  The winning entries will serve as a basis for a series of international “Keep Christ in Christmas” posters with creative credit going to the artists.  By engaging the talents of our young people, we hope they come to a deeper understanding of the true meaning of Christmas, and their artwork will bring others to remember Christ in Christmas.

Entry forms are available in the parish office, via the link below and in the entrances of church.  The forms include the contest rules and judging criteria.  POSTERS AND COMPLETED ENTRY FORMS MUST BE    SUBMITTED TO THE PARISH OFFICE NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 21, 2018.  The Council No. 6331 judging panel will perform judging for the local level.  Prizes for the local competition will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places for each of 3 age groups (ages 5-7, 8-10, 11-14).  Winners will be announced the week of  January 7th.   If you have any questions, please contact Deacon John at

Christ in Christmas poster contest

Upcoming Bible Study


Dec 19 – Sacred Heart at6pm

Dec 20 – SMOL at 10 am

Jan 9 – Sacred Heart at6pm

Jan 10 – SMOL at 10 am

Jan 23 – Sacred Heart at 6pm

Jan 24 – SMOL at 10am


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Christ has given us the great gift of Himself in the Eucharist and may we draw ever closer to Him through Communion, especially our homebound and those in care facilities.  This is truly a spiritually rewarding experience for all involved.

We are in need of individuals who would like to take Communion to our Homebound parishioners.  If you are able to assist, please contact Pam Marry at 448-8865.


Deacon John Homily, December 9 2018

Gospel LK 3:1-6

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar,
when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea,
and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee,
and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region
of Ituraea and Trachonitis,
and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene,
during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas,
the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the desert.
John went throughout the whole region of the Jordan,
proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins,
as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah:
A voice of one crying out in the desert:
“Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.
Every valley shall be filled
and every mountain and hill shall be made low.
The winding roads shall be made straight,
and the rough ways made smooth,
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”


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A Holy day will soon be upon us.

Saturday, December 8, is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

This is the patronal feast of the Catholic Church in the United States, and Mary the Immaculate is also the patroness of the Diocese of Lansing.

Holy day Masses are set for:

Friday, December 7, at 6:00 pm at St. Mary on the Lake

Saturday, December 8, at 9:00 am at Sacred Heart.

Baby Items for Advent

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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.

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, December 9 2018


As we move through the advent season at Sacred Heart School, we have many special activities planned for our students and their families. This past week the 5th/6th grade orchestra students performed at the Anderson~Marry Funeral Home Open House. Under the direction of Mrs. Martinez, they made beautiful music. This is so amazing considering this is the first year for orchestra and the students have only had their violins or violas for 2 and a half months.

Next week, the 1st/2nd grade class will tour the Thompson Museum and on Tuesday we are taking an all-school field trip to the Hudson Cinema to watch the movie The Grinch with our families. On Friday, December 14th, the Emmaus Group will be hosting a special birthday celebration for Jesus. A special thank you to Linda Higgins for coming to the school to celebrate.  On Saturday, December 15th, the students will be performing Carol and the Bells at 3:00 in the Church Hall, followed by a cookie exchange. All are welcome to attend.  Our hope is that the students will learn that they are able to bring a lot of joy to our community during this season of preparing and waiting for Jesus.

May God bless you this advent season!

Anne Atkin, Principal

Posted by Anne Ellison Atkin on Sunday, December 2, 2018

Deacon’s Corner, December 9 2018

Our Gospel today finds us listening to John the Baptist in the desert of 1st Century Palestine as he cries out echoing the message of the prophet Isaiah from 700 years earlier – God is coming so be ready.  You don’t want to miss it!  Fix the roads He will travel on.  Make them flat and smooth.  Eusebius, who became the Bishop of Caesarea in 313, makes it clear in the Office of Readings today that Isaiah’s prophecy is not to be fulfilled in Jerusalem where the Temple is neat and tidy, but in the desert.  It is this wilderness, this deserted place, where God will appear and make his plan for salvation known to humankind.  Eusebius says John the Baptist commands us to prepare the way to our heart so we can receive the Word of God.  That the “rough and trackless ground is to made level, so that our God may find a highway when he comes.”  In short, God is coming whether we know it or not.  Whether like it or not.  Whether we are ready or not.  So, be ready.

With only 2 weeks of Advent left, I must ask myself – are my pathways for God to enter my heart crooked, hilly, and rough?  Or have I fully opened my heart to allow Him in?  If not, just what am I doing to prepare the way of the Lord and be ready to receive Him when He comes?  Because, God’s plan is for us to spend eternity with him – and there is nothing on this earth that even begins to represent how awesome that will be!  But to receive God into our hearts and realize His plan, we must be ready.  And that’s what Advent is all about.

Advent is a time to turn away from our sins, from the distracting things of our material lives, and turn toward God, asking His pardon and forgiveness as we pardon and forgive others in our life.  Advent is a time for letting go of feelings that we have been wronged by someone.  It is a time to make peace with the things that are holding us back – a relative we haven’t spoken to, a friend or neighbor we are angry with, a co-worker that has slighted us or driven us crazy.   This Advent, may we turn to God and prepare our hearts to receive Him again at Christmas, with peace inside of us and leaving the sadness that stops us from really living.  By leveling the mountains and valleys of our lives, we will be ready for the coming of the little child who will be born in each of us again this Christmas.  May you have a Blessed week preparing to receive our God.

Deacon John