Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, March 3 2019

A Student’s Experience Should Be Nothing Short of Inspiring

A great school must be ready to serve the families who are enrolled by having a clear mission. High standards, that include the latest technology and data assessment for each student, is not enough. Personal relationships that create an environment where students can learn and grow has to be the priority. Children should be joyful and comfortable in school. The classrooms should be a place of calm, purposeful teaching with the goal of making student stronger. It is clear, teachers are the most important part of any school. Students with teachers who care deeply about them, will carry a love of learning into adulthood. At Sacred Heart, our teachers are what make us special. Our teachers are able to see the potential in each student and nurture them through discipline, special attention and clear academic strategies.

SHS has a rich tradition of educating students who are confident in their abilities and their role as children of God. Each student has the right to be seen as unique and special with a learning plan that fits their needs. Students have the right to be prepared for the world. It is not good enough to have strong academic standards. A great school has high expectations for behavior and virtue in tandem with a passion for exploring and embracing the possibilities each student has for an enlightened future. SHS is rooted in diligent classroom work and we are determined to inspire our students to continue to seek greatness long after they have left our hallways. This year alone, our 5th and 6th graders will see the Toledo Symphony and a Broadway play, serve at a major fundraising event, learn hands-on life skills, visit Notre Dame University and Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, face their fears at camp, and have many opportunities to perform and public speak; all while acting as role models for the younger students. It is in this tradition that we are able to promise and live up to our mission that our students are balanced: confident of mind, academics and faith.

If you, or anyone you know, is interested in enrolling a child at Sacred Heart School, contact us at 517-448-6405 to schedule a tour. Let’s raise each child to their full potential.


Open Houses: Everyone is welcome

March 21st – Beach Party 5:00-7:00

Preschool, Developmental Kindergarten and Kindergarten


March 28th– Magic of Science 5:00-7:00

Kindergarten – 6th grade


God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal


Fr. Todd Bulletin, March 3 2019

Dear Sacred Heart Families,

I had a great time this past Tuesday giving a tour of Sacred Heart Major Seminary for our 4th, 5th, and 6th graders.  It is always a privilege to be able to celebrate Mass in that chapel where I spent four years of my formation.

We are on the cusp of Lent with Ash Wednesday being this week.  On the front of this bulletin we have a list of all of the opportunities to walk with God here at Sacred Heart and at St. Mary on the Lake.  I encourage you to hang this up on your refrigerator or whatever in your house serves as the bulletin board and pick some things to go to.  Lent is a time where we can focus on prayer in a particular way- all of these things provide practical ways to do that.

Here are some tips for engaging in this Holy season of preparation for Easter.

  •  Be practical- Don’t take on a regime that is impossible because that sets us up for failure.  Look at what is missing in your spiritual life and look for one practical thing to address that lack.  Look at what needs to be taken out of your life or put into the proper place and look for one practical way to do that.
  •  Lent is just as much about cutting things out as it about adding things in.  Sometimes you can’t do both so don’t be afraid to choose one or the other for a really blessed Lent.
  • Prioritize our Lenten fasts.  Too often we focus on things like giving up chocolate or other similar things that can be helpful to give up but at the end of the day are not that important.  But if our prayer life is what is lacking that has a priority- eat the chocolate and start praying in some way.  Bring the chocolate to your prayer time if that helps!
  • Use your car time well- This can be a gem of built in time in our day that we can use well.  Listen to a podcast that addresses some aspect of our faith.  One of my favorites is The Fr. Mike Schmitz Catholic Podcast by Ascension.  You can find it in on apple or android by simply typing in his name.  He gives great 6-8 minute reflections on a whole range of topics.  With my 1 ½ hour trip home on my day off I have a whole series of podcasts that I can choose from.

The forty days of Lent are a reflection of the forty days Jesus spent in the Desert fasting yes, but more so than that, forty days of being with His Father.  At its heart that is what Lent is about- drawing close to Jesus who longs to draw close to you.  To help in achieving that we try to cut out the things that get in the way and build in opportunities to spend time with Him.

God Bless,

Fr. Todd


Deacon John Bulletin, March 3 2019

The Deacon’s Corner

This past week, our 5th and 6th Graders became Dragon Slayers.  Dragons are obstacles and temptations which detract from leading a virtuous life.  For the past 2 months, they have been learning how Dragons Slayers of old (the Saints) wrestled with the same dragons in their life.  They learned about the The Chief Dragon Slayer (Jesus), the Mysterious Three (the Trinity), and the Ancient Manual (the Bible), how to use Spiritual Armor, and the Heros of our Faith (the Saints and other famous people).  Dragon Slayers fight the Obstaks and Sinisters who are led by the Chief Dragon Rider (Satan).  Obstaks are dragons which get in our way of doing the right thing.  They cause us to procrastinate and avoid making tough decisions.  Sinisters tempt us to do bad things.  All dragons lie to us, scare us, and try everything they can to lure us away from following the Chief Dragon Slayer.  They will do anything to destroy our souls.

There are 17 dragons, each dragon with its own distinctive stench which warns us they are near.   Although they look cute and friendly, dragons are dangerous.  The 4 dragons which bothered us to most were Braggen, Slackbottom, Stinkmouth, and Frantix.  Braggen is a Sinister who smells like boasting and pride. It has 2 heads.  One head attacks us by bragging, while the 2nd head attacks others by making them feel inferior.  Slackbottom, also a Sinister, smells like laziness and procrastination.  It attacks by telling us to put off doing homework and chores because there are more fun things to do.  Stinkmouth, another Sinister, stinks with gossip, rumors, and bad-mouthing.  It tempts us to make snide remarks about friends or family, or attacks by making us feel bad when others do the same to us.  Then there is Frantix, both an Obstack and a Sinister.  It’s the one that bothers me the most.  Frantix smells of never having enough time to get things done, panicking, and doing everything in a rush.  Frantix lives in the Whelming Sea, and exhausts me by giving me too much to do, then blocks my path, while the Whelming Sea opens up and sucks me in.

In becoming Dragon Slayers, our children learn how to gain control of their emotions and actions as they identify and conquer the dragons that personally attack them.  By doing so, they can grow spiritually, assume accountability, and discover the awesome goodness of God.  As adults, we are never too young to do the same.

St. James said Where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every foul practice. But the wisdom from above is first of all pure, then peaceable, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits (James 3:16-17).”  As you go out this week to face the Obstarks and Sinisters, may the Mighty One bless you with wisdom and good fruits so you can become a Dragon Slayer, too.

Deacon John


Altar Rosary Society will be meeting Monday, March 4 at 1:00pm in the Parish Hall.  All ladies of the parish are welcome.  For any questions, please call Jan Wilson at 517-306-0684.


*There will be No Bible Study during Lent




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).





The next Prayer and Praise is scheduled for THURSDAY, MARCH 7 from 7-9 pm in the St. Teresa of Calcutta Room in the St. Anthony Education Building. Join us for SONG (mostly contemporary Christian), Prayer and Sharing how the Holy Spirit is acting in our lives.   This month parishioners from St Anthony and Sacred Heart, who attended the School of Healing at St. Patrick’s in Brighton, will share about their experience.  All are welcome. Invite a friend.  We plan to gather the first Thursday of every month through June.



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:

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Fr. Todd Homily, February 24 2019

“Stop judging and you will not be judged.
Stop condemning and you will not be condemned.
Forgive and you will be forgiven.
Give, and gifts will be given to you;
a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing,
will be poured into your lap.
For the measure with which you measure
will in return be measured out to you.”

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, February 24, 2019

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The support of the 100 Club is a blessing. As you know, our parents make financial sacrifices to send their kids to a school that can put God into every part of the day. From the moment the doors open, the hallways and classrooms are filled with guidance from the Holy Spirit. It is evident from the joy on the student’s faces that they are guided to use their God given talents to meet challenges and live to their full potential.

Last year we were able to purchase all of the items on the teacher’s wish lists for their classrooms. We are so grateful for your generous support of the students and staff at Sacred Heart School.

This year the money received from the 100 Club will go toward the betterment of the gym. As you know, we have a large functional gym on the third floor of the school. The gym floor has been replaced in recent years and the students have a wonderful place for gym and indoor recess. With a fresh coat of paint and new tumbling pads, basketballs and jump ropes, we will have a fun, clean space for the students to run off extra energy.

To join the 100 Club, simply send your $100 donation to the Parish Office, marked 100 Club.  Your donation to the 100 Club can make all the difference to our students.

Thank you for your vision that Sacred Heart School will continue to inspire the next generation of faithful, lifelong learners.


May God Bless You,

Anne Atkin, principal