Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, September 15 2019

Sacred Heart Families,

This week, one of our kindergartners, Sam, brought an arrangement of fall flowers in a mason jar for the teachers and the staff at school. The flowers are so fresh; they look like he and his mom cut them from his yard. Sam grabbed the vase out of the box his mom held and ran over to each one of us and then ran back to his mom. The flowers were so beautiful and the gesture was so unexpected that we smiled and gushed over the thoughtful gift. Sam seemed unfazed by our reaction and just smiled and ran off to his duties as a student. He never came to check on the flowers or ask again if we liked them. He was done after his initial drop off and we are left with a colorful reminder of the fall season that is to come and the joyful colors of God’s landscape.

It made me think about gratitude. I needed that. It is easy to be overwhelmed with deadlines and to have one day run into another and another. We have all had those times when we lose sight of the big picture and get lost in the details of the day. That is when we need gratitude. A moment to stop and smell the flowers. To enjoy the little things that make us feel brighter and calmer. Gratitude is such a powerful virtue and yet it is so simple. Just remember to pray a thank you for all that has been given to us. This lasts for a little bit and then we are back to the grind of life. What we are missing is the faith that accompanies the gratitude. The flowers from Sam are sweet but the bigger picture is that God will never leave you. Have faith that the challenges will be overcome. The challenges are meant to happen. You will make it through the struggle. Faith is blind and it doesn’t matter how big the struggle is, faith will get you through. For that, I am grateful.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal


Fr. Todd Bulletin, September 15 2019

It is hard to believe that Fall is already here.  In this coming week or two, my parents will be taking in their final cutting of hay.  (I am hoping this happens on a Monday so I can get some tractor time.)

Fall reminds me of this passage from Mark 4:26-29: “He said, “This is how it is with the kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how.  Of its own accord the land yields fruit, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.  And when the grain is ripe, he wields the sickle at once, for the harvest has come.”

What we see mirrored in the fields round about us that are growing ripe for the harvest reflects something of the way Jesus works in our hearts.  At this time of the year we are in a privileged place of reflection.  What in my life in the past has been a seed of grace that has grown, perhaps even imperceptibly, but now is bearing fruit in my life?  What are the good things He has been doing even amidst times of difficulty or trial?  When you think of those blessings, think of their beginning and see if you can remember when the seed was planted: a prayer, a conversation, a homily (every priest’s fervent hope!), an unexpected road block?  God can bring even good out of evil, and these exercises of remembering can help us see His hand more clearly.   Doing so, we not only rejoice more in God’s loving providence but receive hope that even now Jesus is sowing seeds of grace in our heart.

This coming week, we will watch Deacon Larry Oney’s talk from last year’s Made for Happiness Assembly.


Sept 18 – at Sacred Heart (6 pm in the School Basement)

Sept 19 – at St. Mary on the Lake (10 am)


Deacon Larry Oney, a permanent deacon for the Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans, serves at Divine Mercy Parish in Kenner, Louisiana. With a passion for lifting people up and sharing the faith, he leverages humor, joy, Scripture, love and personal insight to speak to people’s hearts and encourage them to live Spirit-filled lives.  Deacon Larry’s ministry can be found at  HIGHLIGHTS of his talk:


  • • Every Christian is meant to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
  • • The Holy Spirit is the animator upon earth today in the body of Christ.
  • • Every Christian has the authority and power to evangelize all the world.
  • • By the power of the Holy Spirit, God calls us to be receivers, healers and deliverers.


God Bless,

Fr. Todd


As a side note:  

The Parish Secretary will be on Vacation September 19-29, returning on Monday, September 30.  If you need immediate assistance, please contact Deacon John or the school office.


Our Financial Report for Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2019 has been submitted to the Diocese of Lansing.  We have also provided a bulletin stuffer this weekend.

Click here if you wish to preview the FYE 18.19 Parish Financial Report.

Religious Education

Religious Education Meet & Greet & Registration

On Sunday, October 6th, there will be a “Meet and Greet” for all parents and students from 9:15 am until 10:30 am in the School.  Beginning at 9:15am, you will be able to meet the Catechists, view the curriculum and ask any questions you may have.  Students will be dismissed to their classroom with their teachers at 9:45am.   Parents will remain for a parent meeting, registration, and a a short overview of the faith formation programs we offer for adults.


The first class for the Confirmation Students will be Sunday, Sept 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart School. We will be meeting from 6:30-8 p.m. Any questions please contact Jen Loar 517-673-1185 or

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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“The Church is the Ark of Salvation”

St. Anthony Catholic Church in Hillsdale Invites you to partake in their Parish Mission “The Church is the Ark of Salvation”.


St. Anthony’sParish Mission THIS week in Hillsdale!

Fr. Lou Guardiola of the Fathers of Mercy will be preaching a mission on “The Church is the Ark of Salvation” starting Sunday evening at St. Anthony’s in Hillsdale. Sunday night, he will hear confessions from 6:30-7:00 p.m. before speaking from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on “The Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, Hell.” Monday through Thursday, Fr. Lou will give the talks listed here at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. in the church and hear confessions for a half an hour before each talk. From 3:30-5:00 p.m., free babysitting will be available in the parish hall for children six months to age five. Mass will be said at 5:00 p.m. each day.  All are welcome!

The daily topics will be as follows.

Monday, September 15, 4:00 & 7:00
Confession: The Sacrament of the Father’s Mercy

Tuesday, September 16, 4:00 & 7:00
The Eucharist: Sacrifice, Real Presence, & Communion Sacrament

Wednesday, September 17, 4:00 & 7:00
The Culture of Life vs. the Culture of Death: The Eucharistic Solution

Thursday, September 18, 4:00 & 7:00
Mary: Mother of God, Mother of the Church, Mother of our Salvation



Hillsdale Parish Mission


Fr. Todd Homily, September 8 2019

Reading 2 PHMN 9-10, 12-17

I, Paul, an old man,
and now also a prisoner for Christ Jesus,
urge you on behalf of my child Onesimus,
whose father I have become in my imprisonment;
I am sending him, that is, my own heart, back to you.
I should have liked to retain him for myself,
so that he might serve me on your behalf
in my imprisonment for the gospel,
but I did not want to do anything without your consent,
so that the good you do might not be forced but voluntary.
Perhaps this is why he was away from you for a while,
that you might have him back forever,
no longer as a slave
but more than a slave, a brother,
beloved especially to me, but even more so to you,
as a man and in the Lord.
So if you regard me as a partner, welcome him as you would me.

Fr. Todd Homily, September 1 2019

Reading 1SIR 3:17-18, 20, 28-29

My child, conduct your affairs with humility,
and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts.
Humble yourself the more, the greater you are,
and you will find favor with God.
What is too sublime for you, seek not,
into things beyond your strength search not.
The mind of a sage appreciates proverbs,
and an attentive ear is the joy of the wise.
Water quenches a flaming fire,
and alms atone for sins.

Fr. Todd Bulletin, September 8 2019

Dear Sacred Heart & St. Mary Parishioners,


There has been a lot going on the past couple of weeks, so this bulletin article is a bit of a catch all.

A big thank you to all who helped with the fish fry at St. Mary on the Lake—delicious as always!  Now that we are past Labor Day, we will no longer have our 6 pm Mass on Saturdays.  Our winter schedule is Confessions at 8:30 am followed by Mass at 9:30.  The Mass rotation Fr. Tomy and I try to stick with is one will take the 4:30 pm Mass at Sacred Heart and then on Sunday will take the 9:30 am Mass at St. Mary’s.  The other will take both morning Masses at Sacred Heart.  The following weekend, we swap that schedule.  There is an attempted method to the madness!

A word from Dan LaCroix:

Thank you for being so welcoming to me in the time I was at the parishes. I really enjoyed getting to know you, and my time living in a parish was very helpful in my discernment. Working in the school and going to all the parish events (as well as meals you invited me over for) was a very welcome break between graduating from Michigan Tech and beginning seminary. I’ve just moved into Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, and I begin classes September 3. I look forward to being able to come back to visit over breaks. Please pray for me as I begin seminary, that my formation may go well and I may follow God’s will for my life.

Fr. Tomy will be on retreat this week (September 9th-13th).  Please pray for him and all the priests from his community serving here in America as they gather for their annual retreat.

A big thank you to Jim and Bea Cuthbertson who removed the hive of honey bees that had taken residence in the back wall of Sacred Heart.  They moved into a space under a window sill by the air conditioning units.  They brought an extra bee suit so I was able to help safely remove them with a shop vac and then relocated to their farm.  What a really neat experience.  Jim estimates there were 25,000-30,000 bees in the hive.  I look forward to hearing how the Church hive does in its new home!

We are approaching the beginning of many religious education classes and opportunities.  Please stop by the Church offices to register or sign up.  There are ways for all of us to grow in this coming year.

God Bless!

Fr. Todd