Deacon’s Corner, May 12 2019

The Deacon’s Corner

Sometimes, I think the hardest thing a parent must do is love their children enough to say ‘no’ because saying ‘yes’ may only harm them even more.

Even God says “no”.  When Jesus prayed in the garden for this cup to pass him by – God told Him “no.”  Jesus said “no”, too.  He told the devil “no” in the desert.  He told Peter “no” a number of times.  He told the man “no” who wanted to be a disciple but first bury his dead father.  Jesus told Martha “no” when she wanted her sister to help prepare for the guests.   He told His Apostles “no” when they were not ready to hear the answers to the questions they asked.  He told them a very strong “no!” when they wanted fire from heaven to destroy those who rejected them.  At first, Jesus said “no” to healing his best friend Lazarus lying on his death bed.  He told his disciples “no, you feed them” when they were looking for a way out of feeding the massive crowd just before His miracle with a few pieces of fish and bread.  Jesus even said ‘no’ sometimes when people wanted miracles worked.  Jesus knew when to say “no”, and when to say “yes.”

So, what is love if we cannot always say “yes” to our children or agree with what they are doing?  That’s a great question to ask on Mother’s Day.  Because, we only need to look at a mother’s love to see how Jesus loved others and how God loves us.  Mom’s love with self-giving sacrifice by putting their family’s needs ahead of their own.  A love so intense that they would rather die on a cross before seeing us harmed by something evil.

God loves us so much that there is nothing we can do to make Him stop even if we don’t like it when He says “no.”  Moms do too.   Thank you, moms,  for showing us how to love as Jesus loved, and loving us enough to know when to say yes and when to say ‘no’.   May you have a very Happy and Blessed Mother’s Day.

Deacon John

 

First Communion and Confirmation

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
Please pray for the First Communicants from Sacred Heart who will be receiving their First Communion on Sunday, May 5. May their awe and wonder in the Real Presence of the Most Blessed Sacrament help us all regain and reclaim our Eucharistic faith!

Elizabeth Beggs, Elizabeth Falater, Elisabeth Hartin, Alyssa Hines, Ryden Luma, Abigail Meyers, Jesse Monahan, Mason Monahan, Tobias Mueller, Zophia Shepherd, Jase Sword

 

 

 

CONFIRMATION
Please pray for the following young adults from Sacred Heart who will be Confirmed on Wednesday, May 8th at Sacred Heart:

Alecia Carr, Rebecca Cuthbertson, Emily Czeiszperger, Olivia Darnell, Zachary Houser, Elaina Kuenzer, Jackson Miller, Samantha Nichols, Nathan Perryman, Payton Rogers, Bailey Surque, Robert Taylor

All are invited to attend a reception in the Parish Hall following Mass.

 

 

Fr. Todd Bulletin, May 5 2019

Dear Sacred Heart Family,

This week we will be a busy week!  Our First Communicants will receive the Eucharist this Sunday at the 11:00am Mass.  We will also celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation on Wednesday, May 8th, at Sacred Heart Church at 7pm.  Thank you for all of your prayers and support of our young people.

Here is part of an article explaining the sacrament of Confirmation.

Growth is vital to human life; the body and mind must grow to stay alive. Catholics believe that the soul also needs to grow to maturity in the life of grace, just as the human body must grow through childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Catholics believe the Sacrament of Confirmation is the supernatural equivalent of the growth process on the natural level. It builds on what was begun in Baptism and what was nourished in Holy Eucharist. It completes the process of initiation into the Christian community, and it matures the soul for the work ahead.  The Byzantine Church confirms (chrismates) at Baptism and gives Holy Eucharist as well, thus initiating the new Christian all at the same time.

So, what occurs during a Catholic Confirmation? The Holy Spirit is first introduced to a Catholic the day that she’s baptized, because the entire Holy Trinity — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — are invoked at the ceremony. During Confirmation, God the Holy Spirit comes upon the person, accompanied by God the Father and God the Son, just as he did at Pentecost.

This sacrament is called Confirmation because the faith given in Baptism is now confirmed and made strong. Sometimes, those who benefit from Confirmation are referred to as soldiers of Christ. This isn’t a military designation but a spiritual duty to fight the war between good and evil, light and darkness — a war between the human race and all the powers of hell.

Confirmation means accepting responsibility for your faith and destiny. Childhood is a time when you’re told what to do, and you react positively to reward and negatively to punishment. Adulthood, even young adulthood, means that you must do what’s right on your own, not for the recognition or reward but merely because it’s the right thing to do. The focus is on the Holy Spirit, who confirmed the apostles on Pentecost (Acts 2:1–4) and gave them courage to practice their faith. Catholics believe that the same Holy Spirit confirms Catholics during the Sacrament of Confirmation and gives them the same gifts and fruits.

Traditionally, the twelve fruits of the Holy Spirit are charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, long-suffering, mildness, faith, modesty, continency, and chastity. These are human qualities that can be activated by the Holy Spirit. The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. These gifts are supernatural graces given to the soul.

(https://www.dummies.com/religion/christianity/catholicism/what-is-confirmation-in-the-catholic-church/)

The challenge is for all of us to activate the graces God gives us in Confirmation.  It is easy to treat these milestones as just a stepping stone that we leave behind. God longs to keep on pouring the Holy Spirit into our lives.  Even as we pray for those about to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation let us seek to engage this more fully in our own lives.  One thing I have found helpful to make this sacrament more concrete is to always be praying for a particular grace I need.  Confirmation is meant to help us live our faith in the world- so when we are aware of what we are lacking we should instinctually ask for it. The ones I pray for quite regularly are wisdom and understanding.

God Bless,

Fr. Todd

 

Deacon’s Corner, May 5 2019

Kimberly and I like to sit down together with a cup of coffee and watch reruns of the old, classic TV shows from when we were kids.  They remind us of growing up when life seemed much simpler and television programs promoted moral living, family life, and God. One of our favorites is “Leave it to Beaver”.

Leave it to Beaver was a TV series during the late 1950s and early 1960s about a young boy named “Beaver” and his older brother “Wally”.  Each episode, Beaver and Wally would make some kind of mistake or use poor judgement and get into trouble.  Even their mom and dad struggled at times to make the right decisions on how to handle the situations.  By the end of each episode, the boys learned a lesson about virtue.

We all make mistakes.  I’ve certainly made my fair share of them and continue to so.  Last week, while reading my Magnificat during Adoration, the Lord led me to a short story about St. Asicus who also made mistakes.  He is the patron saint of coppersmiths and the Diocese of Elphin in Ireland.

Asicus was married and lived in the 5th Century.  He was a disciple of St. Patrick who converted Asicus to Christianity.  As a skilled metalworker, he used his talents to craft crosses, patens, and book covers.  Eventually, Asicus became the first Bishop of Elphin.  He founded a monastery and a school of the arts, where students learned to craft copper and silver into beautiful artwork.  A deeply humble man, Asicus never felt totally comfortable as bishop and abbot.  When he became aware of a growing scandal, he decided to resign his office and go into hiding.  Some sources say Asicus told a lie that scandalized his people.  Others say that a serious lie was told about him and spread around.  Whatever the case, Asicus no longer felt worthy to lead his parishioners, so he left.  Asicus spent 7 years in solitary hiding on an uninhabited island.  His monks finally found him and convinced him to come home. By now an old man, Asicus was in poor health and died on the journey home.  He is buried in the village of Balintra in Ireland.

Like Beaver and Wally, mistakes and misunderstandings are a part of life that we must learn from and grow so we become a better person because of it.  No one knows for sure why Asicus fled his post.  Did he make a mistake?  Was he scandalized by people speaking falsely about him?  What we do know is that Asicus was very holy and never felt worthy of holding such a high office in the church.

May the life of St. Asicus be a reminder for us to be humble and remain close to our Merciful Father, especially when we are misunderstood and disliked.  St. Asicus, pray for us.

Deacon John

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, May 5 2019

TASTE OF SUMMER

Friday, June 7th– 25 Cent Event in the Church Hall. Doors open at 5:30. Bidding begins at 7:00

Saturday, June 8th– SHS 5K. Registration begins and packets can be picked up starting at 7:15.   Start Times:   Running Runts 1k: 8:30 am.   5K will begin at 9:00.   Truckin’ Tots: after the 5k

Saturday, June 8th– 2nd Annual Food Fair and Raffle- Church Parking Lot. 5:00-8:00

 

Begin the summer with a lot of Sacred Heart excitement!. We begin with a ladies night out on Friday. This a great way to unwind and have some fun with your friends. See how lucky you are with a quarter and some lucky numbers. Over 75 prizes will be given away, but the that is not the only way to enjoy the night. Summer cocktails and dinner are available from the kitchen and our vendors are open for business to purchase products that are sure to satisfy.

 

 

The 5K is a tradition at SHS and the atmosphere is energetic and supportive. Whether you are a true racer or just want to get some exercise, this 5K is great! The route takes you on a scenic route through the southside of Hudson and finishes with a cheering crowd. A great way to start your Saturday.

5K Start time: 9:00 am
Running Runts 1k: 8:30 am
Truckin’ Tots: after the 5k

Packet Pick-Up begins at 7:15 am in the School Cafeteria (208 S. Market St. Hudson, MI)

5k Cost: $20.00
Running Runts 1k: $13.00
Truckin’ Tots Cost: $10.00

Registration Form 2019

 

 

The 2nd Annual Food Fair and Raffle! Mass will be at 4:00, following Mass come to the Church Parking Lot and sample food from our local amateur chefs. Each ticket is $2 and will give you a taste of something delicious. BBQ, cheesy side dishes, hot dogs, desserts and much, much more. We will have professional face painting, a balloon artist and bounce houses for the kids. Get some food and enjoy the beginning of summer with fun, music and good eats!

Contact me at aatkin@sacredhearthudson.org if you want to be food vendor or volunteer for the food fair. We supply all of the serving wear and set up your spot. Just bring enough food for 150 tastes and something to decorate your table. It is that simple!

If you need more raffle tickets, please contact Tammy at the parish office, 4448-3811 or thouser@sacredhearthudson.org.

 

 

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal

 

Parish News & Upcoming Events

Mother’s Day Spiritual Bouquets

Want to honor your Mother, Grandmother, Aunt or Special Lady in your life?  We will be publishing Spiritual Bouquets for our special ladies on May 12.  Please pick up an envelope in the entrances of the church, fill it out, and return.  There is a $5 stipend per request.

 

ATTENTION Graduation Seniors:

The Knights of Columbus Scholarship Applications are available in the parish office.  Please stop by and pick one up or call 448-6405 and request one to be mailed.  Scholarship will be awarded at the Graduation Mass on Sunday, June 2.  The Knights of Columbus will be hosting a breakfast between Masses to honor our graduates.  All are invited to attend.

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS at Sacred Heart

Sunday, May 5 ~ First Communion ~ 11:00am Mass

Wednesday, May 8 ~ Confirmation ~ 7:00pm at Sacred Heart

Sunday, May 19 ~ Blessing of the Bikes ~ following the 11:00am Mass

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

 

We now have Wi-Fi in the parish hall.

Wi-Fi name:  JCisLord

Password: 49247shh

 

 

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

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Natural Family Planning builds strong families.  It is medically safe, morally acceptable and highly effective.   A class to learn more about NFP and the Billing Ovulation Method will be offered at St. Mary Star of the Sea, Immaculata Hall on Monday, May 6, 2019 from 7-9 pm. Pre-Registration is required.  To register, please call the parish office at 517-784-7184 or Maria Ansett at 517-974-2330. Info on the Billing method is available online at www.billingslife.org or www.boma-usa.org