Dear Sacred Heart Family,
This weekend is DSA commitment weekend- our once a year collection to fund the yearly services of the Diocese. I want to encourage your support which makes the work of the greater Diocese of Lansing possible.
I find the DSA a helpful time to look back and see ways in which I, or someone I know, has been blessed through the various ministries of the Diocese. Here are a few that hit closes to home for me.
I spent eight years in seminary and all along the way I was supported by the Diocese. I find this time of year a good time to say thank you- you were supporting me long before I came to Sacred Heart and St. Mary on the Lake. Currently my youngest brother is in seminary and Dan LaCroix- our intern- is applying to enter seminary this fall.
Catholic Charities an important piece of our wider Church’s call to serve those most in need. Quite often we can feel helpless when we see people’s needs- a combination of feeling un-equipped and inadequate for helping someone in the way that is required. But that doesn’t mean we can’t support the organization that is equipped and trained for helping those most in need. As a priest I am grateful to be able to turn to Catholic Charities for referral to take the next step in their lives. In our own area Catholic Charities provides a counselor for our school, Mr. Marshall Hesslau, and we have access to additional counseling services through St. Anthony’s in Hillsdale.
The DSA helps support Catholic Schools. We are so blessed at Sacred Heart to have a Catholic School and the Diocese of Lansing is a great support for us. Part of our DSA supports both our own school but also the Catholic Schools throughout our Diocese.
Lastly, the DSA is a great reminder of the fact that we are part of the wider Church and the needs people have throughout it. Even though we are in Hudson and Manitou Beach we are connected to everyone else in our Diocese. St. Paul reminds us that “If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.” (1 Corinthians 12:26). May this always be true for us.
Thank you for your generosity!