Fr. Todd Bulletin, March 31 2019

 

Dear Sacred Heart Family,

This past Tuesday I was able to visit my brother, Fr. Gary, and go through his school tricking his kids and teachers much like he did at Sacred Heart this past fall.  The best response I may have received is a kid who whispered concernedly to his teacher when I came in “What happened to Fr. Gary?!”.

This weekend we hear this famous story of the Prodigal son- a story that brings us to the heart of God.  I want to share a song that tells the story of the Prodigal called “When God Ran” by Phillips, Craig, and Dean.  Below are the lyrics and also a You Tube Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGDU2H1tZCI

God Bless,

Fr. Todd

 

Almighty God, The Great I Am,
Immovable Rock, Omnipotent, Powerful,
Awesome Lord.
Victorious Warrior, Commanding King of Kings,
Mighty Conqueror and the only time,
The only time I ever saw him run,
Was when

He ran to me,
He took me in His arms,
Held my head to His chest,
Said “My son’s come home again!”
Lifted my face,
Wiped the tears from my eyes,
With forgiveness in His voice He said
“Son, do you know I still love You?”

He caught me By surprise, When God ran

The day I left home,
I knew I’d broken His heart.
And I wondered then, if things could ever be the same.
Then one night,
I remembered His love for me.
And down that dusty road, ahead I could see,
It was the only time,
It was the only time I ever saw Him run.
And then

He ran to me,
He took me in His arms,
Held my head to His chest,
Said “My son’s come home again!”
Lifted my face,
Wiped the tears from my eyes,
With forgiveness in His voice He said
“Son, do you know I still love You?”

He caught me by surprise.
And He brought me to my knees.
When God ran, I saw Him run to me.

I was so ashamed, all alone, and so far away.
But now I know, that He’s been waiting for this day
I saw Him run to me,
He took me in His arms,
Held my head to his chest,
Said “My son’s come home again!”
Lifted my face,
Wiped the tears from my eyes,
With forgiveness in His voice
I felt his love for me again.
He ran to me,
He took me in His arms,
Held my head to his chest,
Said “My son’s come home again!”
Lifted my face,
Wiped the tears from my eyes,
With forgiveness in His voice
He said “Son”
He called me Son.
He said “Son, do you know I still love You?”
He ran to me (When God Ran)
(I saw Him run to me)
And then I ran to Him
(When God ran)
When God ran

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, March 31 2019

What Does It Mean to Have Confidence?

When people think of confidence, it is often with the idea that we can fake it. “Fake it ‘till you make it.” This is not bad advice and it generally works, but where does that gumption and courage to tackle challenges come from? I would wager that many times it comes from prayer or faith or at least hope. But what exactly is confidence? Does it come from having the correct appearance? Are we confident if our clothes fit well or our hair is the right color? Can confidence be gained with success? The more success we have, the more confident we become? Are we only allowed to be confident on our good days? What about the days when everything is falling apart?

If we are not careful, it is easy to put our hope and trust into the wrong things.

A hopeless life is in despair. A life without faith is controlled by the human mind. True confidence comes from hope and trust in God. A life led without comparison to others. A life without the highs and lows that come from the constant need for adoration. A confident life is stability and serenity. So how do I get it?

We tell our students that they are made in God’s image and they are perfect just the way they are. They are meant to struggle and to grow; it is their destiny, just as God has planned it. Relax. Confidence must be worked at. It is a virtue. The graces are there; the opportunities are there. We must cultivate confidence if we are to grow in it. “Do not be afraid. Do not let your hearts be troubled.” John 14:1

As our students are growing, they know what it means to have faith and hope. We pray for them every day. Our students know that their worth does not come from an award or a struggle. It can only come from God. They know they are each special and unique and have a purpose that is divine. It is in this knowledge that they are able to build confidence. It is our mission that are students do not need to fake confidence or worry; they pray for what they need to live in God’s image. Our students are balanced: confident of mind, academics and Catholic faith. We know that for our students to leave Sacred Heart School and tackle challenges, they will need the virtue of confidence. We work to build it every day.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Deacon Corner, March 31 2019

One topic I seem to write about the most is prayer.  Maybe that’s because prayer is something I struggle the most with.  So, for Lent, rather than “give something up”, I decided to take something on – to become more disciplined in my prayer.  Specifically, to make sure I make the time each morning and night to pray as I promised I would when I was ordained to be a deacon.

Two weeks ago while dashing through the church to get to a meeting, I realized I had not taken time yet for Morning Prayer.  I sat in the front pew and struggled to focus as I prayed the Breviary, I was speaking the words, but my mind was wandering.  So, I just sat there and talked with God. He helped me sort out my priorities for the day and remember a few things to do that were not on my list.  Although I felt a little guilty for struggling with my Breviary prayer, I also felt refreshed and “ready to go” after talking with God.

Later that evening I read a reflection on prayer by St. Francis de Sales.  He said, “If during vocal prayer your heart is drawn to mental prayer, do not restrain it, but let your devotion take that channel, omitting the vocal prayers which you intended to say: that which takes their place is more acceptable to God, and more useful to your own soul.”   I think that’s what I experienced earlier in the morning while praying.  Was I forcing my mind to vocal and written prayer?  Was God calling me to talk to him through mental prayer?  I’m not sure, but those are questions to add to my list of “things to ask God” someday when I meet Him.

Our Catechism says prayer is God’s gift of grace to us.  Whether we pray through words or gestures, prayer is centered in our hearts (CCC 2563.)  Prayer is not presenting a list of wants and needs to God.  We don’t pray to give Him our grievances about life.  We pray to be ever mindful that God is with us no matter what we are facing.  We pray in thanksgiving and to honor Him.  We pray to do our best in the given situation to keep our focus on God and exalt him in everything we do.  We pray for strength and courage, and yes, we even pray for miracles.  But most of all, we pray to be ever mindful of God’s presence in our life, and keep us focused on doing His will.

To quote my first Deacon’s Corner on prayer: “St. Ignatius said praying is like talking to Jesus as a friend.  Ask forgiveness.  Ask for protection and help.  Ask for wisdom about the problems you face.  Do all this in the spirit of gratitude to receive the grace of peace in your heart that comes through prayer.”

May you have a Blessed week in prayer with our Lord.

Deacon John

 

 

 

Parish News

Altar Rosary Society

Will meet Monday April 1st at 1:30 pm in the Church basement.  All ladies of  the Parish are welcome.   Questions please call President Janice Wilson at 517-306-0684

 

 

Now that the weather is getting warmer, it is time to get motorcycles out and enjoy the fresh air!   We will be having a “Blessing of the Bikes” on Sunday, May 19 following the 11:00am Mass.

 

 

We now have Wi-Fi in the parish hall.

Wi-Fi name:  JCisLord

Password: 49247shh

 

Interchurch Ladies & Girls Brunch

May 11 ~ 10:00-12:00

Hudson Wesleyan Church

 Guest Speaker Bronna Kahle, 57th District Representative

Anyone who belong to Christ has become a new person.  The old life is gone; a new life has begun……….. II Corinthians 5:17

RSVP to 448-6411 or online at www.hudsonwesleyan.org/brunch.

Cost is a Free will donation.

 

Knights of Columbus Retreat

Saturday, March 30th

Camp DeSales – Brooklyn, MI

9AM – 5PM (Includes Vigil Mass)

RSVP Required

To RSVP or Questions, please email Fr. Tim McIntire, OSFS at:

timcintire620@yahoo.com

 

 

A WEEKEND RETREAT FOR WOMEN

 The women of Sacred Heart Parish are invited to St. Francis Retreat Center in DeWitt on April 26-28, 2019 for annual retreat.  This retreat is a great opportunity for you to spend a weekend away from the distractions of daily life and focus on deepening your relationship with Christ in fellowship with other Catholics.

This year’s retreat theme is;  “From Chaos to Order: A Scriptural Guide to Building a Life Giving Community.” 

You may register by call St. Francis Retreat Center at 517-669-8321 or by visiting www.stfrancis.ws.  The suggested offering for this retreat is $175.00.

 

 

YEAR OF PRAYER

Send your Holy Spirit to form our parish as a community of missionary disciples…… guide me to deepen my commitment as a disciple of Jesus”…Sharing ways to answer the bishop’s call in this Year of Prayer

 

PRAYER and PRAISE

The next Prayer and Praise is scheduled for THURSDAY, APRIL 4 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. All are welcome. Invite a friend. We plan to gather the first Thursday of every month through June.

 

To Walk By the Spirit Renewal Ministries Gathering April 5-7, 2019 Ypsilanti, MI.  To register or for more information visit www.renewalministries.net/gathering Featuring Dr. Mary Healy, Patti Mansfield, Ralph Martin, Dr. Peter Williamson

 

SHS Spirit Wear

Sacred Heart School is selling School Spirit Wear.

If Interested please fill out form, make check payable to “Sacred Heart School”, and turn form into school office by March 29th.

Deacon Homily, March 24 2019

Gospel LK 13:1-9

Some people told Jesus about the Galileans
whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices.
Jesus said to them in reply,
“Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way
they were greater sinners than all other Galileans?
By no means!
But I tell you, if you do not repent,
you will all perish as they did!
Or those eighteen people who were killed
when the tower at Siloam fell on them—
do you think they were more guilty
than everyone else who lived in Jerusalem?
By no means!
But I tell you, if you do not repent,
you will all perish as they did!”And he told them this parable:
“There once was a person who had a fig tree planted in his orchard,
and when he came in search of fruit on it but found none,
he said to the gardener,
‘For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree
but have found none.
So cut it down.
Why should it exhaust the soil?’
He said to him in reply,
‘Sir, leave it for this year also,
and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it;
it may bear fruit in the future.
If not you can cut it down.'”

 

Fr. Todd Bulletin, March 24, 2019

Dear Sacred Heart Family,

I think Spring has finally come!  It has been great to see some of our snow birds returning from down south.  I must say they chose a good winter to be away!

During this season of Lent, the liturgical color is purple.  A good way to remember the meaning of purple is that purple is for preparation.  Lent is about preparing us for something incredibly important, receiving Jesus into our hearts and the grace of His act of redemption that we celebrate at Easter time.  One of the ways we are invited to turn to Him, to invite Jesus into our lives during this time of Lent is through the sacrament of confession.

Make sure you get to a penance service. Here are the remaining dates for our Vicariate…

***Lenten Penance Services***

March 24 ~ St. Elizabeth, Tecumseh – 7:00pm

March 25 ~ Light of Christ, Blissfield – 7:00pm

March 27 ~ Sacred Heart/St. Mary’s on the Lake, 6:30pm at St. Mary’s

March 28 ~ St. Anthony, Hillsdale – 6:00pm

I want to mention again some of the great resources available 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

A good website that has a variety of examination of Consciences can be found at this link: http://www.thelightisonforyou.org/confession/.

God Bless your Lent!

 

Deacon’s Corner, March 24 2019

For the second year in a row, our parishes have joined together in a single effort to prepare our young adults to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Since last September, 17 candidates from our 2 parishes, representing 5 different schools, have met monthly on a Sunday evening with a common goal – preparation to receive the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation.  The curriculum for the Confirmation program is “Called to Mercy” by St. Mary Press which uses group study and service projects to focus on the Seven Corporal Works of Mercy:  feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, shelter the homeless, visit the sick, visit the imprisoned, give alms to the poor, and bury the dead.  Their service projects included making and serving dinner at the Share-the-Warmth homeless shelter in Adrian, making cookies for food pantry Christmas baskets, and making comfort blankets for children facing family issues at Catholic Social Services.

At Mass last Sunday and this Sunday, these young adults took part in the Rite of Enrollment to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this Spring.  Fr. Todd asked them a series of questions to reaffirm certain promises they made at the beginning of their Confirmation journey to prepare them to receive the special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the Faith as a witness of Christ.  These promises were:  have an open mind and heart, and commit to praying daily to grow in faith, hope, and love; attend Mass every Sunday and on all Holy Days of Obligation; receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation before the day of Confirmation; and continue to accept more responsibility in their family, parish, and community by putting their talents and gifts at the service of others.  At the end of the Rite of Enrollment, Fr. Todd asked us to continue supporting these young adults in faith, prayer and example.  When he said that, I wondered how many of us could stand up and make those same promises to our children.

These young adults of our parish are the future of our country and our Catholic faith. I am very proud of them.  Not only do they set the example for how to love God and serve others – they are yearning to learn more.  It’s our job to teach them, our job to nurture and mentor them – to show passion for our Catholic faith – and help them grow into the Christian leaders our society so badly needs.

We thank our Confirmation catechists, Angie Atkin of St. Mary on the Lake and Nancy Kuenzer of Sacred Heart, for their hard work in preparing our candidates for Confirmation.  Confirmation will be at 7pm on May 8th at Sacred Heart.  Please join us with 28 candidates from five parishes for a blessed evening to celebrate receiving this Holy Sacrament at Mass.

Deacon John