Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, August 4 2019

*Upcoming SHS Summer Events*


Saturday, August 10

Playground Clean-Up and Mulching, 9am


August 12-16

Vacation Bible School.  9:30-11:00am


August 15

Holy Day Mass at 6pm, followed by Share & Care Dessert Reception at School


August 22

Open House & Back to School BBQ, 6pm


August 25

Fr. Todd Installation Mass at 11am.  Followed by reception in Parish Hall


Deacon Corner, August 4 2018

Is God real?  Last week, I began sharing five very compelling reasons for God’s existence from the book “The God Answers.”  The first reason, The Universe, is a powerful pointer to the existence of God.  It’s big and beautiful, and all of its parts work together very well.  Everything in it was created by something else and depends on something else.  The cause of all this must be something uncreated, eternal, and self-sufficient.  The only being that could fit such a description is God.  This week, Reason No. 2 – The Creator.

Everything created – houses, clothes, automobiles, artwork, music, you name it – tells you a lot about whoever created it.  That’s the gist of the second reason for the existence of God – every design reflects its designer.  The beauty and complexity of the universe point not only to a God, but hint at what God must be like.  Chart the path of the stars, measure the decay rate of an atom, examine the laws of physics.  Everything in the universe is well-ordered, precise and complex.  Stare up to the night sky, walk along a beach at sunset, put a snowflake under a microscope.  Everywhere you look, our world is saturated with beauty.  These are pointers not only to a Creator, but also to the nature of the Creator – ingenious, beautiful, and detailed.

A good example is the banana.  The banana fits in your hand, even better than a Pepsi can which was designed by humans to do so.  The banana is curved toward the face to make the whole eating experience easier and convenient.  It’s thoughtfully made with a non-slip surface, and comes with a time sensitive indicator on the outside to let you know it’s condition before you even open it.  Green means “keep going”, yellow means “ready to eat”, and brown means “you’re too late.”  The banana has a convenient “pull tab” on top just like the Pepsi can, and is full of bodybuilding calories which are easy for the stomach to digest.  The banana wrapper peels into four pieces and hangs perfectly over your hand.  Unlike the Pepsi can, the wrapper is bio-degradable and will, in time, enrich the soil it grew in.  If left uneaten, the banana is pre-programed to reproduce itself into a whole new fruit-bearing plant which makes it a virtually inexhaustible food-producing source.

Plato decided it was reasonable to believe in God based on “the order of the motion of the stars, and of all things under the dominion of the mind which ordered the universe.”  Sir Isaac Newton said, “When I look at the solar system, I see the earth at the right distance from the sun to receive the proper amounts of heat and light.  This did not happen by chance.”  In talking about God, the Bible says, “Your workmanship is marvelous!” (Psalm 139:14)  From looking at the design of the banana and the universe, there must be a God who is brilliant, creative, and thoughtful.  A Creator who loves to delight us though our wonder, curiosity, and senses!  What do YOU think?  Next week, Reason Number 3 – Our Sense of Morality.

Deacon John


Fr. Todd Homily, July 28 2019

GospelLK 11:1-13

Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished,
one of his disciples said to him,
“Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.”
He said to them, “When you pray, say:
Father, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread
and forgive us our sins
for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us,
and do not subject us to the final test.”

And he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend
to whom he goes at midnight and says,
‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread,
for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey
and I have nothing to offer him,’
and he says in reply from within,
‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked
and my children and I are already in bed.
I cannot get up to give you anything.’
I tell you,
if he does not get up to give the visitor the loaves
because of their friendship,
he will get up to give him whatever he needs
because of his persistence.

“And I tell you, ask and you will receive;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks, receives;
and the one who seeks, finds;
and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
What father among you would hand his son a snake
when he asks for a fish?
Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg?
If you then, who are wicked,
know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will the Father in heaven
give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?”

Fr. Todd Bulletin, July 28 2019

Dear Sacred Heart Family,

This coming week I will be gone Sunday afternoon on the 28th– August 2nd for vacation with my twin brother and a couple of friends.  My brother Randy’s last day here at the parish was the 25th.  Dan will be leaving us the end of August for Seminary at Sacred Heart.  It has been a blessing to have them here both serving and helping on a list of projects around the parish and at the school.  I have gotten pretty used to a game or two of cards at the end of the evening but it will be back to two person games with Fr. Tomy!  Please continue to pray for them and for all those discerning a call to religious life in our diocese.

I would like to mention a resource as a follow-up to last week’s reading about Martha and Mary.  Jesus gently reminded Martha not to be anxious or worried and to learn to do everything with Him and for Him. To see the many little duties of life not as mere duties but as acts of love, something that God wants to present in.  It is a struggle for all of us to unite the entirety of lives with Jesus.  Too often we divide up our lives into God Time and then Our Time.  They are meant to be one such that even as we are going about like Martha with daily activities we are still like Mary at the feet of Jesus.

The resource is a little short book by Brother Lawrence called “The Practice of the Presence of God”.  (

“Brother Lawrence was a man of humble beginnings who discovered the greatest secret of living in the kingdom of God here on earth. It is the art of “practicing the presence of God in one single act that does not end.” He often stated that it is God who paints Himself in the depths of our souls. We must merely open our hearts to receive Him and His loving presence.

As a humble cook, Brother Lawrence learned an important lesson through each daily chore: The time he spent in communion with the Lord should be the same, whether he was bustling around in the kitchen—with several people asking questions at the same time—or on his knees in prayer. He learned to cultivate the deep presence of God so thoroughly in his own heart that he was able to joyfully exclaim, “I am doing now what I will do for all eternity. I am blessing God, praising Him, adoring Him, and loving Him with all my heart.”

Look to those things in your life that have drifted into mere duty and invite Jesus into them.  At the beginning of the day when you roll out of bed stop for a second on your knees and offer that thing, whatever it might be, to Jesus ahead of time.  Then in the midst of it ask Jesus to be with you and for you to be with Him.


God Bless!


From The Principal, July 28 2019

Sacred Heart School is accepting resumes for the position of Gym/Tech/Art Teacher for the 2019-2020 School year.  This position will be approximately 16 hours per week.  Applicants should be energetic, dedicated, outstanding, and certified in the State of Michigan.  Applicants must support Catholic Education and carry out the Mission of Sacred Heart School.  Teaching experience in Elementary Education is strongly preferred.  We are looking for an exceptional individual who seeks teaching as a vocation, not just a job.

If you are interested, please contact Anne Atkin at 517-403-2824 or email your resume to


Deacon Corner, July 28 2019

How you know God is real?  Many people don’t think there is an answer to this question.  I’m reading a book right now called “The God Answers” which provides five very compelling and practical reasons to why God is real.  Over the next few weeks, I would like to share those reasons here in my corner with you.  So, let’s get started.  Reason Number 1 – The Universe.

The universe itself is a powerful pointer to the existence of God.  It’s big and beautiful, and all of its parts work together very well.   The very existence of the universe raises the question:  “How did it get here?”  Because, think about it.  If nothing existed, would you have to explain that?  Of course not!  But the moment something exists, it raises the question, “How did this thing get here?”

The answer is obvious.  “It came from something else.”  Animals came from their parents, plants came from seeds, houses came from a builder, and cars come from factories.   Everything comes from something else.  Everything in the universe is contingent on something that came before it.  What’s more, everything is dependent on something else for its existence.  Humans depend on food to live.  Plants depend on the sun for photosynthesis.  The sun depends on gravity to keep it from breaking apart.  So, everything in the universe seems to be dependent on something else to exist.

The universe has not always existed.   Everything in it was created by something else and depends on something else.  The cause of all this must be something uncreated and independent or, in positive terms, something that is eternal and self-sufficient.  The only being that could fit such a description is God.  Even the 16th Century French philosopher and skeptic, Voltaire – who incidentally was an outspoken critic of Christianity and the Catholic Church – said “I shall always be convinced that a watchmaker proves a watch.  In the same way, the existence of the universe proves there is a God.”

God communicates to us through the universe.   Psalm 19 says “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands! (verse 1)”  Through the Universe, God says, “I am here.  I exist.  You can tell, because I made this place.”  How objective are you about weighing the evidence for and against God?  Reason Number 1, The Universe, shows me it takes more faith to believe there is no God than to believe there is.  How about you?  Next week, Reason Number 2 – The Creator.

Deacon John


Parish News & Events

Altar Rosary Society – We will be accepting good clean items for our Rummage Sale, which will be held August 1-3.  You can bring your items and place them in the Church basement July 27-July 31.  If you have any questions call Jan Wilson 517-306-0684. 


RCIA ~ If you are interested or you know someone who is interested in the RCIA sessions, please contact Linda Higgins at 517–286-6426.   The sessions will begin in September.



Catholic Charities invites all Lenawee/Hillsdale seniors to join us in celebrating Mass with Bishop Boyea on Friday, September 6, 2019, at 11:00AM at Sacred Heart Parish, Hudson.  Lunch will be served following Mass.  Call Catholic Charities at (517)263-2191 to reserve your seat for the luncheon by August 23rd


Mid-Summer Renewal

St. Rita Church

July 30 & 31 at 7:00 pm

August 1, 2019 ~ Mass at 6:30pm followed by the session

Who the Heck Needs a Renewal Anyway?

For eight months now we’ve been praying, “Teach us how to hear Jesus, to love Jesus and to share Your gift of salvation with everyone we meet.” You may not be able to place it, but if it sounds familiar it’s because it’s part of the Prayer for the Year of Faith we’ve been praying after the intercessions at every Mass since the beginning of Advent. It’s a nice prayer, but just how can we hear, love and share Jesus more deeply and effectively? That’s what our Mid-Summer Renewal is all about. Each evening, I’ll focus on a different aspect of living our faith, from Receiving it to Embracing it to Giving it. You can expect some interesting perspectives, some thought-provoking suggestions, a good dose of affirmation, some opportunities to discuss and even some songs. And you can expect to enjoy some tasty food and good companionship after each session as well. Ah, there’ll be a Mass on Thursday…. Blessings, Fr. Tom Helfrich



How is God speaking to you through the Sacred Scriptures?

 Start your journey through the Bible with the Catholic Biblical School of Michigan (CBSM)’s new class on Tuesdays 7-9 pm at Holy Family Parish in Adrian, starting Sep 17th.

CBSM brings the Scriptures to life with in-depth study of the entire Bible led by seminary professors, so that our faith as Catholics is vibrant and more deeply rooted in Christ. Through donations, CBSM is open to all, regardless of ability to contribute financially.

 Learn more by attending an Information Night at Holy Family Parish (St. Mary Campus, 305 Division St. Adrian, MI 49221) on August 8th at 7:00 pm or register by Sep 4th at, or by calling Colleen Vermeulen at 586-438-3085.





The 13th Annual St. Mary on the Lake Fish Fry

Friday, August 30, 2019

5:00-7:00 pm





Live Free! Unbound Ministry

Does your Faith = Freedom? Jesus came to set you free from everything that holds you back from living the life God always intended for you.  Attend the Live Free! Conference on OCTOBER 26/27, 2019 at St. Mary’s in Williamston, MI (near Lansing) and let the Lord speak to your heart about the chains, small or large, that hinder and hurt you. Go to Live Free! Unbound Ministry on the web or search Live Free, Lansing on Eventbrite for information, registration and e-announcements.



SAVE THE DATE: LIVE FREE! is coming to St. Anthony of Padua in Hillsdale next year: FEBRUARY 28-29, 2020. Details available after Labor Day.



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 or contact Jeannette Barbacane or Tesa Fleming



**October 12**

HOPE RESTORES – Catholic Women’s Conference

 Deanna McCrate, Regional Core Captain for the Diocese of Lansing, is in need of someone to serve as Sacred Heart Parish Captain.  It’s a very simple, but very rewarding undertaking. The task simply requires promoting the Catholic women’s conference with in our parish.  You will receive a packet with posters and Parish Captains information to pass along to the ladies of our parish.  She is more than willing to meet with you or speak with you over the phone if you have questions.

The main goal is to make sure every that all women/ or young ladies in our diocese is made aware of the opportunity to attend the catholic women’s conference (CWC).

The CWC invites women throughout Michigan to refuel, reconnect, rejoice and restore their hope in the Lords grace to make them strong firm and steadfast. This year’s conference is called Hope Restores.  Women, especially in this time and age, trying to raise good and holy families need to open their hearts to our healing Lord so that he can Strengthen their reserve to in times of despair in their personal lives and in these sad times within mother church.

If you are interested, you may contact Deanna directly at 810-287-7272 or email to OR you can call the parish office and we will relay the info to Deanna.




“Help me to deepen my commitment…

SAVE the DATES:  beginning SEPTEMBER 12 through October 17 THURSDAY EVENING (6:30-8:30 pm) Unbound Study Group at St. Anthony’s, Hillsdale.  Learn more about the Unbound Ministry Model. The study will feature real live speakers from Live Free Unbound Ministry (Michigan). Contact Nancy DeBacker at or 517-262-4528 for details.




SEPTEMBER 25, 2019


St. Patrick’s Brighton

Christopher West (well-known Catholic speaker on Theology of the Body) and Mike Mangione. More information at


Holy Land Artifacts

This coming weekend, a representative of the Holy Land Family will be selling beautiful hand carved religious art work made from olive wood and mosaics to help the Christian families in the Holy Land who rely on the selling of their religious work to make a living. These families livelihood have been largely affected due to the political conflict in the region. The Christian population in Bethlehem is decreasing and with the support to help these families continue their work, will help maintain their employment so that they stay in their homeland. We invite you to come and browse after each mass, and we greatly thank you for your support!

God Bless You.

Fr. Todd Homily, July 21 2019

Gospel  LK 10:38-42

Jesus entered a village
where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him.
She had a sister named Mary
who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak.
Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said,
“Lord, do you not care
that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving?
Tell her to help me.”
The Lord said to her in reply,
“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things.
There is need of only one thing.
Mary has chosen the better part
and it will not be taken from her.”

Fr. Todd Bulletin, July 21 2019

Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary on the Lake,

Last week we had Fr. Ernie join us for our annual Mission appeal.  As you all know Fr. Tomy is also a Missionary Priest serving us.  I’m not sure if you all have gotten to know his story so I interviewed him for this bulletin.

Fr. Tomy is the 5th of six children (three boys and three girls). He has four nephews and nine nieces.  Currently he has three grand nephews.  He grew up on a rubber tree farm in the Southern part of India.  There were 200 trees on the farm and growing up he would collect sap from the trees to make rubber every day.

Fr. Tomy likes to play basketball, going for walks, readings, playing cards (Canasta, Euchre, Cribbage), and watching Cricket and Soccer.  He enjoys traveling and visiting places when he has the opportunity.

When he was 19 years old, he went to seminary in India.  At first, he didn’t want to become a priest.  Rather he went to seminary to complete his 11th and 12th grades and then come back home.  God had a different plan.  He also found out that his Mom was praying an extra Rosary for him every day after he joined the seminary.  That was in addition to the Rosary that they would pray every day as a part of their family prayers.  (This is just like Mary going to Jesus as the wedding of Cana on behalf of that young couple who were about to run out of wine).

In his first year of seminary he had a retreat on which the director spoke of the priesthood, one’s duties as a priest, how and why someone is called. That really inspired him.  From that point on he knew that he wanted to be a priest.  It was an additional bonus that he found the seminary studies went more smoothly than back home.

When he joined the seminary, his older brother was already in the seminary.  It was he who brought him to the seminary.  Fr. Tomy told his mom that while both of them were there only one would become a priest.  Since his brother was very holy and prayerful with a great desire to be a priest, he figured that would be his brother.  Again, God had another plan.  After one year his brother went back home and Fr. Tomy continued on.  (His brother is married now and eventually became a school principal).

After seven years of studies he went to Tanzania to complete his seminary studies.  His first year in Africa he spent a time in a parish getting ministry experience and learning the language, Swahili.  (Fr Tomy speaks three languages- Swahili, English, and Malayalam). After a one year of parish experience he finished with four years of Theology.   He was ordained on August 4th 2001 at his home parish in India.  He belongs to the order of the Missionaries of St. Francis De Sales.  They are more commonly known as Francesalians.

After ordination he went back to Tanzania to serve.  During his time in Tanzania he had four different assignments (Two years as an associate priest, two years helping in the seminary, and then two different parishes as Pastor.  His first pastorate was to a large Church that included 25 village chapels that he would drive to off road through the bush.  Over the course of three months he could make his way to all 25 of the villages.  At his first parish he had one associate helping him.  He was in this assignment for 5 ½ years.

At his second pastorate to a smaller parish that had 8 village chapel but he was by himself.  Over the course of one month he would make the rounds to the villages.  He was also in this assignment for 5 ½ years.

After twenty years in Africa he came to us where he helps both of our parishes and Hillsdale.  And we are blessed to have him serving with us so far from his own home!


God Bless!