Deacon John Homily, April 28 2019


How often do we doubt?  What kind of faith do we have?  Doubt is a feeling of uncertainty or lack of conviction.   We doubt ourselves with hesitation and indecision.  We doubt God, skeptic and cynical if things don’t go the way we want.   We doubt others, we even doubt the doubters.  In today’s Gospel, Jesus presents us with a life or death predicament.  Our salvation totally depends on our belief in Jesus.



Gospel JN 20:19-31

On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,
for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood in their midst
and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,
“Receive the Holy Spirit.
Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
and whose sins you retain are retained.”

Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve,
was not with them when Jesus came.
So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.”
But he said to them,
“Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands
and put my finger into the nailmarks
and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

Now a week later his disciples were again inside
and Thomas was with them.
Jesus came, although the doors were locked,
and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.”
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands,
and bring your hand and put it into my side,
and do not be unbelieving, but believe.”
Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me?
Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples
that are not written in this book.
But these are written that you may come to believe
that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,
and that through this belief you may have life in his name.

SHS Founder’s Day


Please enjoy this brief timeline and video of Sacred Heart School.  If you have old pictures that you would like to share for future videos, please scan and email them to or stop by the office and we will scan them for you!!


1928 – Sacred Heart School construction begins!

1929– Sacred Heart School is completed in April. A brick building, with six well-lit classrooms, and auditorium which seats 650 people.

1929– School opens September 3 with 130 students 1st-9th grade. Taught by Franciscan nuns from Minnesota who lived in a convent south of the school.

1932– Graduates first class of high school Seniors.

1937– Franciscan nuns went back to Minnesota and were replaced by Dominican nuns from Adrian, MI

1947– High School is shut down.

1948, 1953 and 2012– School buses were purchased.

1959– No tuition is charged just “pink envelopes” in the collection basket at church.

1962- Enrollment is at its largest. 205 students taught by 6 Dominican Nuns and 2 lay teachers.

1965– First Uniforms–  Girls– white blouse, pleated plaid jumper.     Boys– blue shirt, dress pants and tie.

1970– Dominican Sisters left. 7th/8th grade was dropped.

1971– Only Catholic school still open in the county.

1982– Lowest enrollment of 30 students. New priest, new principal and all new staff. Grew to 70 students by the  Fall of 1970.

1983– Kindergarten and PK were added. 7th/8th grade added.

1983– Tuition program started. $280– kindergarten     $335 1st-8th grade.  $167 for each additional student.

1983– 96 new windows were installed.

2004– Auditorium was turned into a computer lab.

2017– New Playground.




Fr. Todd Bulletin, April 28 2019

Dear Sacred Heart Family,

Happy Easter!

It is a funny thing- we can have a hard time knowing exactly how to celebrate Easter. We just spent 40 days of Lent.  That is a season that has clearly outlined parameters to enter into a penitential season to help us prepare for Easter through a renewed focus on fasting, prayer, and almsgiving.  But now that we are here, at Easter, the Church doesn’t give us specific guidelines.   They are simply to celebrate Jesus alive and present in our hearts, victorious over the realities of sin and death.  The cues for how we are to celebrate this Season are to be found in the stories and encounters we will hear in the Gospel’s throughout Easter.

Immediately after Jesus’ resurrection He began showing up to the Apostles and disciples, often in times of their own fear or confusion.  In a way that surprised and shocked them Jesus addressed people’s hurts, their fears, their lack of belief.  All things that seemed insurmountable until they could be surrendered to His presence.  Often, He was not recognized at first but He came and spoke the words each needed to hear.  Over time they came to realize exactly who was present with them giving them the comfort and direction they needed.  Even when the doors were locked, He would come in.  We will meet all of these people as we move through Easter- Mary Madelene, the disciples on the road to Emmaus, the twelve in the upper room, Thomas who wouldn’t/couldn’t believe, Peter on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.

This is exactly how we are meant o celebrate Easter.  It is exactly how Jesus longs to come to us.  Some of the graces of the Holy Season of Lent is that is brings us face to face with our wounds, our hurts, our sins, our fears, our doubts, our questions.  Far from being a discouraging reality let this be the very foundation for celebrating Easter.  Just like Jesus did after His resurrection invite Him into those places Lent highlighted that He might heal and make new.  This Easter time invite Jesus intentionally again into your life, your heart.  Like those who walked with Jesus and didn’t recognize that He had actually been with them for a while may this season be a time to realize just how close He is to us.

I will be gone this April 22nd-30th for my yearly retreat.  My twin brother and I are going to a retreat center outside the twin cities for the week long retreat and then we will spend a couple days visiting our brother who is in seminary in St. Paul along with the other seminarians for the Diocese of Lansing studying there. Please keep us in your prayers and I will be praying for you!


Several times in recent months, parishioners have been contacted by someone claiming to be me and asking them to buy gift cards or to just send money. This is a scam! All of our local pastors have experienced the same thing. From what we gather, people overseas read church bulletins online and look for advertisers or parishioners whose contact information is in the bulletin. They then use it to perpetrate this hoax. It goes without saying: I do not ask parishioners to give me money personally, only for support of the parish. Disregard these messages if and when you receive them and encourage others to avoid them as well. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.


Fr. Todd


Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, April 28 2019

The Joy of the Easter Season

The Catholic church always marks Easter by the first Sunday after the first full moon of the Spring Equinox. That is why the date changes each year and falls somewhere between March 22 and April 25. At the Easter Vigil, we are given the opportunity to strengthen our commitment to our faith. We renew our sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation. We continue our faith and God’s commitment to humanity. The sacraments of initiation are important to Sacred Heart School because our students are learning about them and receiving some of them while they are here. We want our children to belong.

We want them to be aware that they are a part of something much larger than themselves. From the beautiful church, to the formality of prayer, the Rosary, the statues, the Saints, the Stations of the Cross and the presence of clergy, we know we are living with the presence of Jesus. Now we are living in the season of Easter and we are filled with joy. The Easter message of the devastation of Good Friday and the Resurrection on Easter is not lost on our children. This perfect example of faith is what will guide our young people through the trials of growing up. We know, all too well, that it is hard. We know the rough days that lie ahead for our children. They will be left out. They will be lost and they will hurt. There is no way to protect them from the trials of living in the world.  We want them to live a full life and experience each day but that means they will have to handle the hard times too.  When the days are filled with uncertainty and life seems unfair, we can remind them to have faith; to never give up hope. Continue to let Christ be your light; your guide and we will never be disappointed.  We can conquer all things when we believe and live with the story of Easter in our heart.  As adults, we know they will need this gift as they struggle and develop in the world. Let’s celebrate the joy of Easter.  We are truly blessed with the gift of love. All things are possible through the love of Christ.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal



The Catholic Faith Store. True meaning of Easter. Retrieved April 24, 2019


Deacon’s Corner, April 28 2019

Webster defines “doubt” as a “feeling of uncertainty or lack of conviction”.   We doubt ourselves with feelings of uncertainty, hesitation, and indecision.  We doubt God with skepticism and being cynical when things don’t work out the way we want them to.  We doubt others.  We even doubt the doubters.


Holy Week is the biggest week of the year.  And now it’s over.  Many people, most volunteers, spent many hours and late nights pulling together all the little details so these Sacred Liturgies of Palm Sunday, the Triduum, the Tenebrae, and Easter Sunday became joyful celebrations of our rich Catholic heritage.  Each year, the planning begins in January.  Even so, there are always last minute changes and overlooked details that make things a little chaotic – candles get misplaced, there is confusion with readings, incense won’t burn, the weather doesn’t always cooperate, and miscues happen during Mass.  Although we have been celebrating these liturgies for almost 2000 years, things never seem to go “perfect”.


When the chaos hits, the doubt creeps in.  That’s because the Devil is literally is in the details – and Satan thrives in chaos.  Satan knows that we know what doubt is.  So he gets sneaky.  He plants seeds in of doubt in our minds causing us to second-guess ourselves or criticize others – especially in the midst of the chaos.  So, it shouldn’t surprise us when we begin to doubt ourselves or others in the midst of things falling apart around us.


In the Gospel today, Thomas doubted, and I wonder how the disciples really felt.  Did they take his doubt as criticism and become discouraged.   Did they feel disheartened and want to give up because their colleague would not believe them. They could have rejected Thomas – but they didn’t.   Whenever we feel like doubting ourselves or others, let’s remember that Thomas doubted then believed – the disciples were doubted then vindicated.  The devil is in the details and Satan thrives in chaos.  However, Jesus blesses those who do not doubt – but believe.

Deacon John


Fr. Tomy Homily, Easter

The Lord Jesus has risen in glory! As the time of Easter finally comes, we celebrate after the long wait and expectation during the season of Lent, because we have had true joy in Christ, Our Lord and Savior by all that He has done for us. He has released us from the tyranny of sin and the bondage of death, and showed us all the path to eternal life. On this day, Christ showed His power and might, revealing His victory over sin and death, two things that have kept us under their dominion all these while. He has fulfilled completely all that the Lord has promised His people from the beginning of time, their liberation and reconciliation, which He has done by His loving sacrifice on the cross, and bringing the souls of the faithful to God, their loving Father and Creator.

The most important aspect of Easter that we must realize is one of transformation of our lives. Through Easter, by Our Lord’s resurrection, and earlier on through His suffering and death, God has united us all to Himself, and we have been called to share in His suffering and death, to endure the pain and suffering, the challenges and difficulties of denying our own selves, our prideful, our egoistic, our greedy, our lustful and our sinful selves, and embrace the new existence in Christ.

Our celebration of Easter reminds us that the darkness of evil and hatred will never have the last say. For the resurrection of Jesus proclaims the ultimate triumph of light over darkness and goodness over evil, both in us and in our world.

Jesus was buried at sunset, as darkness was once again creeping over the earth, to all appearances a victim and a failure. But on the third day the sun came up on him victorious and triumphant, alive, powerful and influential. Once again, ‘the true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world” (Jn 1:9)

So we celebrate his resurrection today by rising from darkness and death ourselves. The Risen Lord himself, represented here by this beautiful Easter candle burning in our midst, is asking us to leave behind the works of darkness, to renounce and reject anything and everything in our lives which is dark, sinister and evil, and as persons connected to him by baptism, to ‘walk always as children of the light‘, following in his footsteps.

Let us all turn towards Him, and be truly filled with the spirit of Easter joy, that we may be committed to share this joy with one another, especially with those who are doubting, those who are unsure about their faith, and those who are faltering in their dedication to God. And let us bring the light of Christ to more people, to all those who are still enslaved by sin and by the darkness of this world.



Fr. Todd Homily, Holy Thursday

Gospel JN 13:1-15

Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come
to pass from this world to the Father.
He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end.
The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over.
So, during supper,
fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power
and that he had come from God and was returning to God,
he rose from supper and took off his outer garments.
He took a towel and tied it around his waist.
Then he poured water into a basin
and began to wash the disciples’ feet
and dry them with the towel around his waist.
He came to Simon Peter, who said to him,
“Master, are you going to wash my feet?”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“What I am doing, you do not understand now,
but you will understand later.”
Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered him,
“Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me.”
Simon Peter said to him,
“Master, then not only my feet, but my hands and head as well.”
Jesus said to him,
“Whoever has bathed has no need except to have his feet washed,
for he is clean all over;
so you are clean, but not all.”
For he knew who would betray him;
for this reason, he said, “Not all of you are clean.”

So when he had washed their feet
and put his garments back on and reclined at table again,
he said to them, “Do you realize what I have done for you?
You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master,’  and rightly so, for indeed I am.
If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet,
you ought to wash one another’s feet.
I have given you a model to follow,
so that as I have done for you, you should also do.”