Day of Reflection, July 9, 2019

SAVE THE DATE

Tuesday, July 9th at St. Mary on the Lake.

Day of Reflection for all St. Mary on the Lake & Sacred Heart Parishioners

Presented by The Dynamic Identical Duo: Fr. Todd & Fr. Gary

Fr. Todd Bulletin, June 2 2019

Dear Sacred Heart Family,

I hope that you enjoyed Memorial Day weekend! I was able to get together with my priests from my ordination class from Sacred Heart Seminary – some of whom I don’t get to see very often – and then spend some time with family and friends.

Congratulations to our graduates during this season!  It can be one of those strange bittersweet moments that is both exciting and terrifying- sometimes in equal parts.  These words God gave to the prophet Jeremiah are always true but are especially important to remember during a time of transition.  “For I know well the plans I have in mind for you—oracle of the LORD—plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope.  When you call me, and come and pray to me, I will listen to you.  When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart”.   (Jeremiah 29:11-13).  One great resource for staying plugged into your relationship with the Lord can be found through using the Newman centers found on many, many college campuses.  The following resource (https://www.newmanconnection.com/) can help find it ahead of time for the particular college you are planning on attending.

Looking ahead I am happy to announce we are organizing a pilgrimage to the Holy Land for October 22-November 1, 2020.  We will have brochures with more information available.   This can be a beautiful opportunity to see the sites we hear and read about every Sunday.  It can be a powerful way to enter more deeply into our walk with Jesus by walking in the same places he did.

There is a beautiful meditation by a Catholic wife, mother, and evangelist, Sonja Corbitt, that captures well what a pilgrimage to the Holy Land is like.  She wrote:

“Since I have a demanding speaking schedule that sends me traveling every week during peak seasons, my Southern home is a place of deep comfort.  I need the land’s silence and greenness, perhaps because I am an introvert and extrovert in almost equal measure.  My husband and I spend mornings together with our coffee, on the porch or by the fire, in quiet meditation, savoring home and children, and bathing them in prayer.  “There’s no place like home.”  Although the classic movie line expresses my heart exactly, I never thought the sentiment could also be a matter of faith until a recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  Back home I had just done a radio show on the “place” of the Bible- the climate, agriculture, geography, and topography of the Holy Land.  I knew the land, but by faith, not sight.  Now walking his paths and seeing his sites, I realized Jesus loves his “place” too. With profound appreciation I received his words from a fishing boat on the Sea of Galilee.  On the bow of a “Jesus boat” (as these replicas of ancient vessels are called), my arms thrown wide in thanksgiving and praise pounding through my heart at the beauty of the landscape, I felt Jesus speak into my heart a gift and sentiment I deeply appreciate: “See?  I wanted to share my home with you, Sonja.”

Immediately I remembered his words, I go and prepare a place for you (Jn 14:3).  If earthly homes are so satisfying to us, I can only anticipate what heaven will be like”

 

God Bless!

Fr. Todd

 

Deacon’s Corner, June 2 2019

St. Paul and St. Silas were preaching in Philippi when they were brutally attacked and imprisoned.  They were stripped, beaten, and locked in chains deep within the prison.  While praying that night, a large earthquake shook the foundations of the prison.  The cell doors flew open, the chains pulled loose, and Paul and Silas were freed (Acts 16:22-34).

During morning prayer last week, I prayed to be freed from the despair of a culture that seems to be losing its focus on God.  Then, the Lord led me to a meditation by the Venerable Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan.  Thuan would overcome despair by putting his trust in God and praying to love others as God loves them – unconditionally.   Feeling hope through Thuan’s words, I wondered who he was.  With a little research, here’s what I found….

On April 24, 1975, Bishop Nguyen Van Thuan was appointed Archbishop of Saigon.  One week later, the city fell to the communist North Vietnamese Army.  He was immediately imprisoned to endure thirteen years of harsh treatment and deplorable conditions.  Nine of those years were spent in solitary confinement.  During his years of isolation, rather than give in to despair and self-pity, Thuan found God in the darkness: he was never alone, never without comfort.  His life still had purpose, even in the midst of incredible suffering.  Thuan used scraps of paper to compose a tiny Bible; and write messages of hope which were smuggled out to his fellow believers, many who were also suffering for their faith.  He even made a small crucifix from a piece of wood and wire smuggled in by sympathetic guards.

In November 1988, Archbishop Thuan was released but kept under house arrest in Hanoi.  Three years later, he was allowed to visit Rome and did not return until after Vietnam’s government eased restrictions on him.  By now, Thuan was a Cardinal working on the Pope’s staff in Rome.  He died of cancer in 2002 at the age of 74 in Rome.  In 2007, on the fifth anniversary of his death, Pope Benedict began the beatification process for Cardinal Thuan.

Over a thousand of Cardinal Thuan’s messages were smuggled from the damp darkness of his prison cell – passed between barbed wire, traveled thousands of miles across oceans, and handed down over the years to compose a book: “The Road of Hope – a Gospel from prison.” I bought the book and began reading it.  In the first chapter, Cardinal Thuan writes “I have traveled along life’s road where I have experienced both joys and sorrows; but always I have been overflowing with hope because I have our Lord and his mother at my side…If you wish to set off on this road, you must go regardless of what other people may say to ridicule you.  The Magi set off hoping to find the newborn Savior, and they found him…St Paul knew imprisonment and affliction awaited him (Acts 20:30) and Jesus foresaw the road to Jerusalem would lead to his great Passion (Matthew 16:21).  Yet both continued forward…The Lord guides you on this road so you will ‘go and bear fruit’ (John 15:16) which will endure.

As we face our joys and hardships, our happiness and despair, may we pray to be courageous to trust in God and travel the Road of Hope.  For as Psalm 43 says, “Why are you cast down, my soul.  Hope in God; I will praise him still, my savior and my God.”

Deacon John

 

Parish News & Upcoming Events

Father’s Day Spiritual Bouquets

Want to honor your Father, Grandfather, Uncle or Special Man in your life?  We will be publishing Spiritual Bouquets for our special men on June 16.  Please pick up an envelope in the entrances of the church, fill it out, and return.  There is a $5 stipend per request. 

 

Summer is rapidly approaching!!  Please note summer hours for the Parish office, as well as Friday Mass.

Beginning Friday, June 14, Friday Mass will be at 8:00am. 

Beginning Monday, June 10, the parish office hours will be:

Monday ~ 8:00am-Noon

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday ~ 8:00am-4:00pm

Friday ~ 8:00am-Noon

 

SAVE THE DATE

Tuesday, July 9th at St. Mary on the Lake.

Day of Reflection for all St. Mary on the Lake & Sacred Heart Parishioners

Presented by The Dynamic Identical Duo: Fr. Todd & Fr. Gary

A full itinerary for the day and sign up information will be in a bulletin insert in the next week or so. Stay tuned.

 

 

 

The Altar Rosary Society is collecting new towel sets (bath towel, hand towel & washcloth) for the Neighbors for Hope Women & Children Shelter in Tecumseh.  Anyone who would like to donate a set, please place in a plastic bag and put in the box in the church hall.  Please call Jan Wilson at 517-306-0684 with any questions.

 

It’s that time of year!!  Church league softball will start on Monday, June 10 at 6pm at Will Carleton Park.   Sign up sheets are in the entrances of the church.   Any questions, please call Nate Bellman at 517-306-8937 or Levi Natzke at 517-881-6599.

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS at Sacred Heart

Sunday, June 2 ~ Graduation Mass ~ 11:00am Mass (K of C to host breakfast ~ all are welcome to attend)

Friday, June 7 ~ 25 Cent Event

Saturday, June 8 ~ SHS 5K, Food Fair & Raffle

Saturday, July 13 ~ SHS Annual Golf Outing

 

 

Upcoming Bible Study at Sacred Heart.  6:00 pm in Parish Hall ~ June 12th ~ June 26th

 

 

 

Volunteers are needed for the Food Fair & Raffle!!   Please call the office.

If you are in need of more, please call the office.

If you would like to join the cook-off, please contact Anne Atkin at 517-448-6405.

 

Outside our Parish

Heart of Christ Spiritual Direction Training Program is now accepting applications for a new class beginning in September of 2019.  Classes are held weekly on Tuesday evenings at Christ the King parish in Ann Arbor. If you are interested in becoming a spiritual director, visit our website for more information www.heartofchristspiritualdirection.com or contact Jeannette Barbacane
jbarbacane@gmail.com or Tesa Fleming tesafleming@gmail.com

 

Catholic Summer Camps
Camp Sancta Maria, Gaylord. Looking to spark the faith of your children or grandchildren while they have a blast at the same time? We provide fun experiences in a technology-free zone (and they won’t even miss their cell phones!) while immersed in a faith-filled environment. We offer separate camping experiences for boys and girls that include daily Mass, horseback riding, swimming, archery, sports, high and low ropes, campfires, crafts and more. For additional information go to www.CampSanctaMaria.org or call 248-822-8199.

Our Lady of the Fields Camp, Brighton. Serene waterfront activities including canoeing and swimming, high and low ropes course, basketball, soccer, softball, wilderness survival, nature and wildlife awareness, adventure games. Boys and girls camps as well as family camps. For more information call 248-379-0943 or go to ourladyofthefieldscamp.org.

 

The Knights of Columbus is seeking a Field Agent for a career opportunity representing their insurance program.  We offer a complete benefits package with this full time position.  In order to qualify, one must be eligible for membership in the Knights of Columbus.  For more info, please call Jack Jerzewski at 313-334-6396 or email Jack.Jerzewski@kofc.org

 

 

THE ST. MARY ON THE LAKE ANNUAL RUMMAGE SALE

JUNE 6-8, 2019 – Proceeds to benefit SHARE THE WARMTH.

COLLECTION DAYS:
Sunday, June 2 – 10:30 am-4:00 pm

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (June 3-5) from 8:00 am-5:00 pm

We will not accept tires, liquids or clothing.

RUMMAGE SALE:

Thursday & Friday, June 6-7 from 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday, June 8 from 8:00 am-2:00 pm

 

 

PRAYER and PRAISE

The next Prayer and Praise is scheduled for THURSDAY, JUNE 6 from 7-9 pm in the St. Teresa of Calcutta Room at St. Anthony of Padua in Hillsdale. Join us for SONG (mostly contemporary Christian), Prayer and Sharing how the Holy Spirit is acting in our lives. This month: Part 2 of sharing from the seminar on how to hear God’s voice more clearly for yourself and the world around you. All are welcome. Invite a friend. JUNE 6 will be our final meeting until October.

 

Parish News & Upcoming Events

Summer is rapidly approaching!!  Please note summer hours for the Parish office, as well as Friday Mass.

Beginning Friday, June 14, Friday Mass will be at 8:00am. 

Beginning Monday, June 10, the parish office hours will be:

Monday ~ 8:00am-Noon

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday ~ 8:00am-4:00pm

Friday ~ 8:00am-Noon

 

SAVE THE DATE

Tuesday, July 9th at St. Mary on the Lake.

Day of Reflection for all St. Mary on the Lake & Sacred Heart Parishioners

Presented by The Dynamic Identical Duo: Fr. Todd & Fr. Gary

A full itinerary for the day and sign up information will be in a bulletin

insert in the next week or so. Stay tuned.

 

ATTENTION Graduating Seniors:

  • Graduation Mass will be Sunday, June 2. If you would like to participate, please call the office ASAP.  There is some information we need to get from you.

  • K of C Scholarship applications are available in the Parish Office. Deadline to apply is May 20, 2019.

  • The K of C will be hosting a breakfast in your honor between Masses on Sunday, June 2. All members of the parish are invited to honor our Graduates.

 

 

The Altar Rosary Society is collecting new towel sets (bath towel, hand towel & washcloth) for the Neighbors for Hope Women & Children Shelter in Tecumseh.  Anyone who would like to contact a set, please place in a plastic bag and put in the box in the church hall.  Please call Jan Wilson at 517-306-0684 with any questions.

 

It’s that time of year!!  Church league softball will start on Monday, June 10 at 6pm at Will Carleton Park.   Sign up sheets are in the entrances of the church.   Any questions, please call Nate Bellman at 517-306-8937 or Levi Natzke at 517-881-6599.

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS at Sacred Heart

Monday, May 27 ~ Memorial Day Mass at Calvary Cemetery, 8:00am

Sunday, June 2 ~ Graduation Mass ~ 11:00am Mass

Friday, June 7 ~ 25 Cent Event

Saturday, June 8 ~ SHS 5K, Food Fair & Raffle

Saturday, July 13 ~ SHS Annual Golf Outing

 

 

Upcoming Bible Study at Sacred Heart.  6:00 pm in Parish Hall ~ May 29th ~ June 12th ~ June 26th

 

 

 

Raffle Tickets for the Food Fair & Raffle have been sent out!  If you are in need of more, please call the office.   If you would like to join the cook-off, please contact Anne Atkin at 517-448-6405.

 

Outside our Parish

Heart of Christ Spiritual Direction Training Program is now accepting applications for a new class beginning in September of 2019.  Classes are held weekly on Tuesday evenings at Christ the King parish in Ann Arbor. If you are interested in becoming a spiritual director, visit our website for more information www.heartofchristspiritualdirection.com or contact Jeannette Barbacane
jbarbacane@gmail.com or Tesa Fleming tesafleming@gmail.com

Millennial Church Conference –  Wednesday, May 22, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. St. Agnes Parish, Fowlerville. Understand, Empower, Connect . Featuring Pete Burak, Sarah Kaczmarek & Emily & Pete Burds. Register online at https://millennialchurch2019.eventbrite.com

Catholic Summer Camps
Camp Sancta Maria, Gaylord. Looking to spark the faith of your children or grandchildren while they have a blast at the same time? We provide fun experiences in a technology-free zone (and they won’t even miss their cell phones!) while immersed in a faith-filled environment. We offer separate camping experiences for boys and girls that include daily Mass, horseback riding, swimming, archery, sports, high and low ropes, campfires, crafts and more. For additional information go to www.CampSanctaMaria.org or call 248-822-8199.

Our Lady of the Fields Camp, Brighton. Serene waterfront activities including canoeing and swimming, high and low ropes course, basketball, soccer, softball, wilderness survival, nature and wildlife awareness, adventure games. Boys and girls camps as well as family camps. For more information call 248-379-0943 or go to ourladyofthefieldscamp.org.

 

The Knights of Columbus is seeking a Field Agent for a career opportunity representing their insurance program.  We offer a complete benefits package with this full time position.  In order to qualify, one must be eligible for membership in the Knights of Columbus.  For more info, please call Jack Jerzewski at 313-334-6396 or email Jack.Jerzewski@kofc.org

 

 

THE ST. MARY ON THE LAKE ANNUAL RUMMAGE SALE

JUNE 6-8, 2019 – Proceeds to benefit SHARE THE WARMTH.

COLLECTION DAYS:
Sunday, June 2 – 10:30 am-4:00 pm

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (June 3-5) from 8:00 am-5:00 pm

We will not accept tires, liquids or clothing.

RUMMAGE SALE:

Thursday & Friday, June 6-7 from 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday, June 8 from 8:00 am-2:00 pm

 

 

PRAYER and PRAISE

The next Prayer and Praise is scheduled for THURSDAY, JUNE 6 from 7-9 pm in the St. Teresa of Calcutta Room at St. Anthony of Padua in Hillsdale. Join us for SONG (mostly contemporary Christian), Prayer and Sharing how the Holy Spirit is acting in our lives. This month: Part 2 of sharing from the seminar on how to hear God’s voice more clearly for yourself and the world around you. All are welcome. Invite a friend. JUNE 6 will be our final meeting until October.

 

Fr. Todd Bulletin, May 26 2019

Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s,

Our intern, Dan Lacroix, has been formally accepted as a seminarian for the Diocese of Lansing.  He will be attending Sacred Heart Seminary this coming fall. Since he is entering seminary with a college degree his seminary track will take six years – two years of Pre-Theology and then four years of Theology.  We will keep him and his discernment in our prayers.  This past weekend he visited the farm and returned largely unscathed!

Welcome back to all of our Summer parishioners at St. Mary on the Lake!  Memorial Day weekend we begin our summer schedule at the Lake with the addition of a Saturday evening Mass at 6pm.  This continues through Labor weekend.

On Memorial Day, weather permitting, we will have Mass at Calvary Cemetery in Hudson at 8am  (5560 Meridian Road Hudson, Michigan).  Please bring lawn chairs or a blanket for sitting on the grass.  If it is raining that morning, we will have Mass at       Sacred Heart Church.

On this Memorial Day weekend, I think particularly of friends who have lost siblings, for whom this weekend carries a particular weight.  Let us pray this prayer for all who have given their lives in the defense of our country and their families who remain.

 

Gracious God, on this Memorial Day weekend,

we remember and give thanks

for those who have given their lives

in the service of our country.

When the need was greatest,

they stepped forward and did their duty

to defend the freedoms that we enjoy,

and to win the same for others.

 

O God, you yourself have taught us

that no love is greater than that

which gives itself for another.

These honored dead gave the most precious gift they had,

life itself, for loved ones and neighbors,

for comrades and country – and for us.

 

Help us to honor their memory

by caring for the family members

they have left behind,

by ensuring that their wounded comrades

are properly cared for,

by being watchful caretakers of the freedoms

for which they gave their lives,

and by demanding that no other young men and women

follow them to a soldier’s grave

unless the reason is worthy and the cause is just.

 

Holy One, help us to remember that freedom is not free.

There are times when its cost is, indeed, dear.

Never let us forget those who paid so terrible a price

to ensure that freedom would be our legacy.

 

Though their names may fade with the passing of generations,

may we never forget what they have done.

Help us to be worthy of their sacrifice,

 

O God, help us to be worthy.

 

– J. Veltri, S.J.

 

God Bless,

Fr. Todd

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, May 26 2019

Dear Sacred Heart Families,

Our students pray every day for our veterans. It is always an intention offered by our students during morning prayer. They seem to truly understand the great sacrifices that have been made by our brave men and women throughout our history. We have talked this week about the importance of Memorial Day to our country. I wanted to share some of what we talked about with you.

National Moment of Remembrance-established by Congress in 2000, asks Americans, wherever they are at 3:00pm local time on Memorial Day, to pause in an act of national unity for a duration of one minute.

  • Memorial Day is a day to honor and remember all of the men and women who died fighting for our country. These men and women dedicated their lives so we can be a free nation.
  • Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday in May.
  • The original name was Decoration Day because family members of fallen soldiers decorated their graves with flowers.
  • Decoration Day originally only honored the soldiers who died in the Civil War. After World War I, it was changed to all soldiers who lost their lives in war.
  • In 1950 Decoration Day was changed to Memorial Day.
  • President Nixon declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.
  • The official flower of Memorial Day is Red Poppies.

People celebrate Memorial Day by placing flowers on soldier’s graves, flying the flag at half- staff, attending parades and remembering soldiers who lost their lives.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

References: kidsplay and create, retrieved on May 22, 2019. Memorial Day Facts For Kids.

 

Deacon Corner, May 26 2019

As Americans, we are blessed by God with freedoms to do or say almost anything we want, with more food than one nation can possibly consume, more resources than we can possibly use, and the protection of the mightiest military ever assembled.  As Christians, we strive to be more than the material world.  By virtue of our human reason and free will, we are unique among all other created things.  We can freely choose to accept or reject God’s graces. Turning away from God is not true freedom.  It is an abuse of our freedom that enslaves us into a culture of apathy and violence which threatens human life and dignity.  The Church teaches to understand freedom we must consider the nature and purpose of our humanity – that each of us are made in the image and likeness of God.

St. Pope John Paul II said freedom destroys itself when it is not based on objective truth.  By virtue of our ability to reason and our free will, we are compelled to seek the truth. Our Creator instilled this divine drive within us so we would seek Him, for God is the truth.  Once we find the truth, we are obligated to live it to the best of our ability.  Those obligations include sacrificing our blessings to ensure everyone can enjoy the “certain unalienable Rights” that we believe in.  We cannot satisfy this obligation knowing there is coercion in our society.  After all, how can we thank God for our blessings but ignore the suffering and death of people at the hands of ruthless oppressors, natural disasters, and in famine stricken regions of the world?

As Americans we have the moral responsibility to stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves when these privileges are threatened or violated.  This Memorial Day we honor our fallen brothers and sisters who gave their life so others may choose freedom and seek the truth.  The “truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”  May we pray for those who sacrificed their lives for a purpose they believed was greater than themselves.  May perpetual light shine upon them, and may they rest in peace.

Deacon John

 

Memorial Day Mass

On Memorial Day, weather permitting, we will have Mass at Calvary Cemetery in Hudson at 8am  (5560 Meridian Road Hudson, Michigan).  Please bring lawn chairs or a blanket for sitting on the grass.  If it is raining that morning, we will have Mass at Sacred Heart Church.