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THROAT BLESSING ON THE FEAST OF ST. BLAISE, BISHOP and MARTYR
Fr. Todd will do the traditional blessing of throats for anyone who would like the blessing after Mass this Sunday, February 3rd.

 

WORLD MARRIAGE DAY IS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10th.  There will be a special blessing to all married couples at Mass.

 

 

ALTAR SERVER TRAINING

Sunday, February 10

12:00 – 2:30

Fr. Todd and Deacon John will offer training to learn the skills of being an Altar Server.  Open to all kids, grades 3 and up, who would like to become an Altar Server and anyone needing a refresher!   Lunch will be provided.  In order to have an accurate lunch count, please RSVP to the parish office, 448-3811

 

RCIA SNACK SCHEDULE

  • February 5:  Christ Hoyt
  • February 12:  Bernadette Barrett
  • February 19:  Linda Komarynski
  • February 26:  Stephanie Bean
  • March 5:  Stacy Parker

 

UPCOMING BIBLE STUDY DATES: 
Feb 6  – Sacred Heart at 6:00 pm
Feb 7 –  St. Mary on the Lake at 10 am
Feb 20 – Sacred Heart 6:00 pm
Feb 21 – St. Mary on the Lake 10:00 am
*There will be No Bible Study during Lent

 

THE ALPHA OMEGA CARE CENTER

We will be participating in the Alpha Omega Care Center Annual Baby Bottle Drive fundraiser.  Alpha Omega Care Center exists to empower men and women to may life affirming decisions regarding pregnancy through counseling and education and providing a safe and welcoming environment that projects the love of Christ.

You can help… simply pick up a bottle after Mass, fill it with loose money.  If you would like to write a check, please make it out directly to Alpha Omega Care Center.  Please drop off bottles to the Parish office by February 28.

For more information, please visit our website:  www.alphaomegacc.org

 

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINAR

Two opportunities are coming to attend a 7 week series: As By a New Pentecost, designed to help us grow in our under-standing of the Holy Spirit and how the Spirit acts in our lives and the life of the Church…Sacred Heart in Hudson (beginning Sunday February 24 from 1-3 pm) and St. Mary on the Lake, Manitou Beach (beginning Saturday, March 2 from 10 am-Noon). All are welcome! (Even if you attended a seminar in the past.) Great opportunity to meet fellow Catholics! To register please call Sacred Heart (517-448-3811) or St. Mary on the Lake (517-547-7496).

 

Online Giving

Have you considered using Online Giving? By creating a login and contributing online you’ll always have a report of your giving history available. You can access your giving report easily and securely via the web, and your information will always be up-to-date with your latest contributions.

ParishSoft is offering the Youth Scholarship Program.  For every 25 NEW recurring givers, they will donate $200 to our Youth Program. 

You can find the Online Giving link on our website: www.sacredhearthudson.org

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The Man Event

THE MAN EVENT 2019: Diocese of Lansing Catholic Men’s Conference

Men, come to grow in your faith at the annual Diocese of Lansing’s Catholic Men’s Conference. In carrying out the tradition of providing an atmosphere of support and helping the Catholic men among us to courageously live a Christ-centered life in today’s world, this year’s theme will focus on how to ‘wear the armor of God’.   Ephesians 6:10-18

“In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all [the] flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”   – Ephesians 6:16-17

When: February 23, 2019

Where: Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church (913 Napoleon Road, Michigan Center, MI 49254)

Time: 10 AM – 5 PM

Individual Ticket Prices: Adults $40 / Students $30

 

What to Expect:

  • Motivating messages from Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Fr. Tim MacDonald
  • Adoration and confessions
  • A mouth-watering pig roast BBQ lunch from Stick-A-Pig-In-It
  • Music by Brian Flynn & Band
  • Mass with Bishop Boyea (4 PM)

Registrations are now open. For more information or to purchase your tickets, visit www.themanevent.org.

Fr. Todd Bulletin, January 27, 2019

 

Dear Sacred Heart Family,

We kickoff Catholic Schools week this weekend.  Our school was a long-time hope that found fruition in 1928 and we are blessed to have it continue to this day.  Thank you for all of your support.  I am grateful for being able to go to Catholic Grade School in my home town.

I want to finish our series on New Year’s resolutions.  Our first was patience with God, Faith, patience with ourselves, Hope.  Our last is patience with others, Love.

I have found this to capture a good part of what Love asks of us- patience, patience, patience.  It is the patience a parent has watching their child grow and develop at the pace a child grows. They don’t turn into an adult over night and we can’t expect them to.  On the spiritual side we grow in a very similar way and we need to have that same patience to walk with someone through the awkwardness that growing includes with it.  A few things to remember as we ask for this grace this year:

Pray that you can love others like God has loved You

We read in Deuteronomy 1:30-31: “The LORD, your God, who goes before you, is the one who will fight for you, just as he acted with you before your very eyes in Egypt, as well as in the wilderness, where you saw how the LORD, your God, carried you, as one carries his own child, all along your journey until you arrived at this place.”

Moses is talking about how God carried Israel for 40 years in the desert.  Those 40 years were not all that pretty though.  They included much kicking and screaming by the Israelites and the Lord had great patience with them, has the same patience with us.  It can be really helpful to think of the ways God has been so patient with us, even as we perhaps kicked and screamed, doing anything but following Him, doing what He asked of us.  When we consider the love and patience God has had for us, we can then turn around and pray that we can be patient with this person in the same way Jesus has been patient with me.

Pray that you can love others like people have loved you

We need to remember those who have been so incredibly patient with us and then pray for the grace to pay it forward. Think of those who have done this for you, parents, family member, mentors, teachers, coaches, employers.  It is always funny to talk to someone when they are raising their children and that moment of clarity comes where they realize they understand what they themselves put their parents through!

Take time tonight thanking God for His Patient love, for the patient love of others in your life

Often enough is only in hindsight that we can realize the gift given to us by another.  In the midst of our gratitude we can realize that we are simply praying for the grace to do for another what so many, God included, have done for us.

Place the people you have the hardest time being patient with before the Lord

God loves whoever this person might more than we ever can or will.  No matter how difficult something has become this something we can always do.

God Bless!  Fr. Todd

 

Deacon’s Corner, January 27, 2019

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“Rejoice in the Lord Always! Finding joy at the foot of the cross.” That was the theme of the annual retreat I attended last weekend with over 80 men at the St Paul of the Cross Retreat Center in Detroit.  It was a great way to escape from the world and spend some quiet time with God.  Finding joy at the foot of the cross is not easy.  After all, how often do we feel like rejoicing when life isn’t going our way?

Finding joy at the foot of the cross means we look beyond the world, beyond our human feelings, and focus on knowing God is with us through it all.  That is the mystery of our Christian faith – finding joy in our sorrow, comfort in our pain, and new life through death.  Its a mystery we may not understand, but a mystery we can experience if we believe.  Because joy is not found in what we do, it’s found in our attitude toward life.

Rejoicing in the Lord brings us joy in 3 ways – by remembering what God has done for us, being in sync with what God wants for us, and putting ourselves into His hands to see what He will do with us.   Joy is the first characteristic of Christian life.  It is not a by-product of following Jesus.  Joy is the reason we follow Jesus.  Rejoicing is the mark of a Christian even at the foot of our crosses.  It simply means to remain mindful of our ever-present and loving God to find joy through the peace He brings.  A kind of joy that far overshadows anything of the world that makes us happy.

That is the model for Christian living St Paul gave us when he wrote: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice!  Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near.  Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.  Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds…whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things…Then the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:4-9)”

 After a weekend of praying and reflecting on how to “Rejoice in the Lord, always”, I re-discovered finding joy at the foot of my crosses.  God reminded me that even during my trials of pain, sorrow, disappointment, failure, and difficulty I can find joy through His love and blessings I treasure the most –  my family, my friends, my prayer, and my ministry.

What brings YOU joy?  Rejoice in the Lord, always! and the peace of God will remain with you.

Deacon John.

 

CAFE – The Dignity of Life

At Cafe Sunday, January 27, we will discuss Advance Care Planning and End of Life decisions as directed by our Catholic teaching.

Coffee and donuts at 9:15am.  Class starts at 9:30am.

Advance Directives will be available to take home.

All are welcome!

Fr. Todd Bulletin, January 20 2019

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Dear Sacred Heart Family,

It has been great having Dan join us. One of the things he will be getting involved in is our confirmation program.  That began last week with helping them prepare and serve food for Share the Warmth in Adrian.  I also taught him and Fr. Tomy how to play dice – one more game for the repertoire.

I want to continue with our theme of new Year’s resolutions.  Last week was faith – patience with God.  This week is Hope –  patience with ourselves.  A few things to consider:

How well do we know ourselves, or weaknesses and our strengths?

St. Ignatius says the evil one is like a robber who comes to our walled city and, after having examined all of our defenses, attacks us where we are weakest. The best way to defend ourselves then is to know our weak points so we can shore them and so we won’t so easily be tripped up.  While it can be discouraging to think of our weaknesses it is simply good information to help us better live.

We learn to see ourselves in the same light that God sees us in:

Psalm 25:7: “Remember no more the sins of my youth; remember me according to your mercy, because of your goodness, LORD.”  This is how God thinks of us, not with condemnation but with love.  He thinks of us in the light of His mercy and love.

There is a prayer I love that paraphrases Psalm 25:7 like this “Lord forgive the sins of my youth and stupidity”.  Any introspection will dredge up stuff that we are not proud of and we can wonder what God thinks of us, if He can help grow through our mistakes.  The answer is yes and we need to see ourselves the same way He see us and move forward with Him.

 Don’t despise the small, practical beginning

We hear in the prophet Zechariah 4:6-10: “Then he said to me: “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: Not by might, and not by power, but by my spirit, says the LORD of hosts.  Who are you, O great mountain?  Before Zerubbabel you become a plain. He will bring forth the first stone amid shouts of ‘Favor, favor be upon it!’”  Then the word of the LORD came to me: The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundations of this house, and his hands will finish it. Thus you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you.   For whoever has scorned such a day of small things will rejoice to see the capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel.”

 Zechariah was looking at the impossible task of rebuilding of the Temple.  God encouraged the people to just be faithful and persevere even with small steps.  For us, is it any surprise that it takes a little while to break a habit that has gotten entrenched over years of my life?  We persevere in the small steps of growth that we can too easily overlook, these works of grace in our lives.

Choose truth consistently:

We hear in 1 John 3:1-3: “See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.  Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed.  We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Everyone who has this hope based on him makes himself pure, as he is pure.”

 This is the truth of who are, our identity that nothing can take away.  When things get really hard, when we really don’t have any more patience with ourselves, we lean back on these truths.

God Bless!

Fr. Todd