The Foundation – Men’s Discernment Group

Fr. Todd will lead a group of young men through the discernment process.

Who:  Any adult man over the age of 18 who has graduated from high school and desires to join a group of men who are not afraid to talk about priesthood and be open to God’s call – whatever it is.

What:  Peer support and prayer are the main focus of the group, along with diving into topics surrounding priestly discernment and Catholic identity.  All meetings are centered around a discussion about the chapter of the day from the book “To Save a Thousand Souls” (books will be provided).

Where & When:  Saturdays at St. Anthony Pauda, Hillsdale.  Click on the link below for dates!


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Fr. Todd Bulletin, July 14 2019

Dear Sacred Heart Family,

It was a blessing to have my brother Fr. Gary last Tuesday for the morning of reflection.  We don’t get to do many events like that together so it was a rare treat for me.  Some people asked if we could have an event like that in the evening so those who work could come- we will take that into consideration for the future.  I would like to say thank you to all who came out and supported the Sacred Heart Golf Outing on Saturday.

On Saturday July 20th we will be hosting a youth game night with our two seminarians.  It will be held in the Sacred Heart Parish Hall from 6-8 pm.  7th graders and up are welcome.  Please bring your favorite game and a snack.

This coming week we will be listening to the first talk from last year’s Made for Happiness Assembly.  The first talk was given by Fr. Mike Schmitz and is on happiness and Christian Joy.  Some highlights from his presentation:

  • Happiness is to find out God’s plans for one’s life and then pursue it.
  • Happiness rooted in virtue will be resilient.
  • Happiness rooted in God’s grace becomes joy.
  • True joy can’t be taken away from you

If you were not able to go to the Assembly last fall, I would encourage you to come either 6pm at Sacred Heart in the Parish hall on Wednesday, July 17th or 10am at St. Mary the Lake on July 18th.  If you did go the Assembly, this can be a good refresher and will lead to good discussion.

Fr. Mike Schmitz has a great podcast on a whole variety of questions and topics.  Each one is about 8-10 minutes and offers good insights.  Here is a link at which you can find more information :


God Bless,

Fr. Todd


This past Tuesday the Diocese released a statement regarding Fr. William Auth.  I quote part of it here:

“The concerns were regarding the finances and activities of both Reverend Auth and Maya Indian Missions.  Although Reverend Auth has not had an assignment with the diocese for nearly 30 years, from time to time, he has lived within the diocese and has solicited on behalf of Maya Indian Missions within the diocese.

Based on the concerns raised, Bishop Boyea has prohibited Reverend Auth from fundraising within the Diocese on behalf of Maya Indian Missions and has withdrawn Reverend Auth’s faculties to serve as a priest within the diocese. Additionally, the diocese has forwarded the concerns regarding Maya Indian Missions and Reverend Auth to the Michigan Department of Attorney General for further investigation.”

You can see the statement in its entirety on the Diocesan website at this link:

In years past Fr. Auth has visited both Sacred Heart and St. Mary on the Lake and fundraised for Maya Indian Missions.  He was last at Sacred Heart in 2012 and at St. Mary on the Lake in 2016.


Parish News & Events

Please welcome Fr. Ernie Martello from the Crosier Missions . We will be taking up a second collection for their mission.  Envelopes are in the pews.   Please give him a warm Sacred Heart welcome.




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.

Altar Linen Schedule:  I will be updating the Altar Linen Schedule  in  September 2019. If you would like to volunteer  or be removed from the schedule, please let me know by August 24th.  We do not do the Altar linens just the linens Father uses during the Mass.  Thanks to everyone who volunteers.  You All are Greatly Appreciated . God Bless.  JANICE WILSON – 517-306-0684

We are also still 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.






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

Friday, August 30, 2019

5:00-7:00 pm

To the many avid fishermen in the area!  We would appreciate any fish you can donate.  Please bring them to the church during regular office hours Tues-Friday 7:30 am-4:00 pm or call Nancy Nichols at 517-403-2078 for after hours.  Please have the fish fileted and labeled as to kind and quantity.  We will freeze them so that we have a good amount for the August 30th fish fry. Thank you for helping St. Mary on the Lake.






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.


Year of Prayer: Forming Missionary Disciples UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES “…to help us grow as an intentional community…


JULY 22-25 (Monday-Thursday EVENINGS 6-9 pm)


St. Patrick’s, Brighton.  Presenters include Fr. Mathias Thelen (Pastor St. Patrick’s) and Dr. Mary Healy (Sacred Heart Major Seminary).  The course will provide a survey of the content offered in the Encounter School of Ministry. Topics covered: Identity & Transformation, Power & Healing, Hearing God & the Prophetic Gifts of the Holy Spirit, Inner Healing.  For more information or to register go to




“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


Deacon’s Corner, July 14 2019

Ever have a day when nothing seems to go right?  It starts out with something small, like maybe forgetting where you put the car keys (don’t ask me how I know that).  Then, the domino effect takes over and circumstances seem so bleak that nothing even remotely positive will come out of the day.  And, the hope of tomorrow becomes the only escape from today’s overwhelmingly difficult situations.

Why do we do this to ourselves?  Why are we so easily defeated?  Maybe it’s not because we are too pessimistic, but rather because we try to be too optimistic.  If you are like me, I can put enormous pressure on myself to handle whatever life throws at me with composure and fortitude, rather than facing the reality that in a fallen world, nothing will ever be perfect.

We can treat our spiritual health the same way.  When we don’t set aside quiet time the morning for prayer, we immediately treat it as if it were a “cheat day” on a diet:  assuming the damage is already done and we’ll just have to get it right tomorrow.  When that happens, I think God looks at us as says “HELLO!  Today is still here!”  After all, He’s given us many examples in the Bible of His power to transform miserable days into joyous ones.  Scripture records Jesus performing dozens of miracles.  Some of the most notable were raising people from the dead, on what had to be their family’s worst day of their life.   John tells us Jesus did many other incredible things as well, too numerous to cover in his Gospel (John 21:25).  So, we can only imagine what He did to make things work out for his followers.   And He will do the same for us.  Every single day, the Holy Spirit will comfort and encourage us to overcome seemingly impossible obstacles we face.  But, only if we believe.

Unlike our human instincts, God doesn’t want us to rush through our bad days.  He wants us to use them as an opportunity to lean on Him, so we can learn that He and He alone is what we need for fulfillment.  Every bad day we have is actually a chance for us to grow more intimate with Him.  And as our trust in God develops, we are then able to help others to find comfort in Him as well.  So, the next time you’re having a bad day, don’t wish it away.  Pause and ask God to for help.  Because, it’s never too late for God to bring goodness out of a situation you are in.

As we go through the week, may we pray to our God of compassion to comfort us, so we can comfort others in trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from Him.

Deacon John

Adapted from a July 7, 2019 Fox News commentary.


Catholic Biblical School of Michigan

I want to continue the theme of concrete ways to grow in your faith.  This weekend I want to mention the Catholic Biblical School of Michigan.  This is a four-year study taking you through the whole Bible.

What is the Catholic Biblical School of Michigan ? 

CBSM (Catholic Biblical School of Michigan) is a lay apostolate incorporated as an independent non-profit organization [501 (c) 3 status] listed in the Official Catholic Directory,with a Board of Directors approved by the Archdiocese of Detroit.

CBSM exists to invite Catholics to encounter Jesus in and through the inspired Word of God and grow as missionary disciples, fueled by daily connection to God in His Word.

What’s a lay apostolate?

The Church speaks of the lay apostolate in two ways: one is the apostolate common to all of the baptized laity, “spreading the kingdom of Christ throughout the earth for the glory of God the Father, to enable all men and women to share in His saving redemption” (Pope St. Paul VI, Apostolicam Actuositatem, 1965). We do this seemingly spontaneously, led by the Holy Spirit as individuals to bring the Good News to the world and strengthen the faith of fellow believers. The other form of a lay apostolate is a specific organization of (mostly) laypeople ministering in a specific way in a cooperative relationship with ordained Church leaders. CBSM is exactly this, an organization entrusted with a ministry of teaching and proclaiming the Word of God, so that all of us as baptized believers might be strengthened and become more confident, bold, and loving in spreading the kingdom of God.

CBSM operates with ecclesiastical approval from the Archbishop of Detroit and the Bishops of Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Kalamazoo. Our Board of Directors includes clergy and lay leaders. Like many lay apostolates, we operate without financial support from Arch/dioceses, giving us a spirituality of seeking to bless the Church through the ministry of teaching, prayer, and proclamation of the Word we offer.

Ask the Lord if this is the way He is calling you to grow, to take the next step.

Scott Wright will be at our Parish on July 13-14 to discuss with you the opportunities of Catholic Biblical School.  Please be sure to stop by and speak with him!  Click on the link below for the CBSM Brochure.

CBSM Brochure2019-2020

Fr. Todd Homily, Sunday, July 7 2019


LK 10:1-9

At that time the Lord appointed seventy-two others
whom he sent ahead of him in pairs
to every town and place he intended to visit.
He said to them,
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest.
Go on your way;
behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.
Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals;
and greet no one along the way.
Into whatever house you enter, first say,
‘Peace to this household.’
If a peaceful person lives there,
your peace will rest on him;
but if not, it will return to you.
Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you,
for the laborer deserves his payment.
Do not move about from one house to another.
Whatever town you enter and they welcome you,
eat what is set before you,
cure the sick in it and say to them,
‘The kingdom of God is at hand for you.'”

Fr. Todd Bulletin, July 7, 2019

Dear Sacred Heart Family,

I want to continue the theme on ways to grow in your faith by having a parishioner, Ron Stacey, share his testimony.

Hello faith family. My name is Ron Stacey. If you already knew that, it is because of the Holy Spirit driving me toward active participation in our beautiful faith. Because of your support I recently graduated from the Siena Heights Theological Studies Program (TSP). This program is sponsored by our own Lansing Diocese. This has been an exciting journey and Father has asked me to share some of it with you.

Around 2011 or so I was lost. I felt a deep loneliness. I was a single father with little to no local friends. I felt like I needed to strengthen my faith. I was lukewarm, at best. Service was the only way I knew to connect. So, being new to the area I asked Father if there was anything at the rectory that needed fixed. This was a great place to start and boy did I get a list. This list took me over a year to complete. During that time, I got to spend a lot of time with an exceptional and fluffy source of knowledge in faith. Father was eager to answer my questions. My faith grew with every question that was answered. I wanted to know more and serve more. The fire was growing.

Throughout that year I researched different things I could do with, and for the Church. Everything I felt called to do requires a deep understanding of our faith. We have 5000 years of history with 2000 years of tradition. This is going to take more than a couple nights a week working on a kitchen with a priest. This was terrifying. I went to trade school with a couple of college classes over 15 years ago. I am a journeyman shop rat that plays at being an engineer. I was not a good student let alone a theologian. This was way beyond my capabilities. I would just embarrass myself. Or so I thought.

I kept all of this to myself and didn’t let on that I was looking into anything. Until one day, I was approached by my fiancée (now wife) and Father telling me that they have felt a push for me to serve in a greater way. Would I be open to it? It was then, I shared all of the research I had done. This could only be the Holy Spirit.

I started the TSP program late in 2013. Since that time, you have opened your hearts to me in ways I cannot express. The love and peace I feel today is what I was looking for so long ago. This is only done from service to my faith. Active participation in my salvation story. Over the last few years the small spark that started on the floor of the rectory has been stoked by the hands of Jesus. One class at a time I met like minded men and women from all over the diocese. I now have lifelong friends working in many parishes in all sorts of capacities. Knowing that I am not alone in faith, I now have the courage to share it with anyone who will listen.

A good friend of mine recently said “you will know that the Holy Spirit is working in you when you are doing something you never thought you would be doing.” I am no longer the lost, lonely soul I once was. I am a student of Christ. I really do not know what my future is in the Church. I do know, that whatever it is, I will do it with joy and peace in my heart. This is entirely because my faith journey began with service.

I urge each of you to look in your heart and take Fathers call to “deepen your faith” very seriously. The TSP program is a wonderful way to do so. We also have Bible Study, Café, Light House Media, Formed and a new faith study that will be beginning soon. Know that you are not alone. We have a rich and beautiful faith.  We need to really get to know it. When we serve God, we get to know God. When we serve his people, we get to know his people.


Thank you, Ron for sharing your story.  May it help all of us take that next step in our own walk of faith.

God Bless!


Deacon’s Corner, July 7 2019

Our Catechism tells us a society cannot be well-ordered or prosperous unless the people with authority to govern devote themselves to work and care for the common good.   It says the foundation of this authority must lie in moral order derived from God, and must follow His Natural Law.  The common good has three essential elements:  respect for fundamental rights and dignity of each person; development of society’s spiritual and material needs; and the peace and security of the people.  Our Catechism says everyone should be concerned to create and support institutions that improve the conditions of human life (§1897 – §1927.)

The founding fathers of our country understood these principles and knew their young country must rely on God to make the right decisions.  They wrote in the Declaration of Independence “We hold these 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…and for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor”; and again in the Constitution “We, the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Prosperity, do ordain and establish this Constitution of the United States of America.”   Our leaders who wrote and signed these documents knew the importance of establishing a country founded on faith in God and following His laws.

Let’s face it, our great country is being threatened as it may have never been before.  Not a threat from a Cold War adversary or mounting attack by fascist regime, but the threat of being divided within over the basic principles this country was founded on.  As we celebrate the birth of our country, let’s not forget what our founders stood for.  No matter our political affiliation, may we pray together for the Divine Providence of God to secure the Blessings of our Liberty so we have the courage to openly embrace our faith and choose leaders who protect life at all stages, ensure religious freedom, respect human dignity, form a more perfect union, and work for the common good of all.   Deacon John