***Special Discount on Holy Land Pilgrimage***

There is a special deal for our upcoming pilgrimage to the Holy Land for Cyber Monday (December 2nd) through Select International tours.

On Cyber Monday, we will extend a $250 per person/$500 per couple discount on New Bookings for any 2020 Program. The discount will only apply to NEW Bookings where the pilgrim registers and pays the deposit online via our website from 12:00AM-11:59PM Monday, December 2.

This offer may not be combined with any other discount or offer.

 

Altar Rosary Society

Our next meeting will be held on Monday, December 2nd at DJ’s Restaurant in Pittsford at 1:00 PM for our Christmas meeting.  We will meet in the church parking lot at 12:30 and then travel to Pittsford. Please make your $10 reservation in advance with Marie by calling 517-448-8892 by Monday, November 25th. We will also have a $5 gift  exchange if you’d like to participate.   All women of the parish are welcome to attend.

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, December 1 2019

Blessing the Family Christmas Tree

Before Christianity came to be, trees that remain green all year round warded off evil spirits and were special to people during the winter. It wasn’t until the sixteenth century in Germany that trees were brought inside and decorated. When does the Christmas tree go up in your home or parish?  Continue the tradition by gathering together and blessing this special symbol.

You may bless the tree as soon as you put it up, or you can wait until after you have decorated it. When you are ready to do the blessing, gather everyone around the tree and designate someone to lead the following prayer.  You will need water or holy water (if available) to celebrate this blessing.

Leader: Loving God, we stand before you once again. We stand here ready to celebrate the birth of your son, Jesus.

All:  Extend a hand in a gesture of blessing. Sprinkle water or holy water on the tree while praying the following prayer.

Leader: Bless this tree, this sign of life and freshness and perseverance in our midst. It stands as a reminder that you are born anew in us each day. Bless our family and friends as we celebrate this joyous season. Keep us safe in our travels, kind in our conversations, and gracious in our giving and receiving. We ask you this in confidence, because we know you love us.

All: Amen.  Join in singing a favorite Christmas carol, such as “O Christmas Tree” or “Joy to the World.”

Peace,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Sacred Heart School

Students are balanced: confident of mind, academics and Catholic Faith

Serving the Community. Teaching our students to live and model the Catholic faith. Reflecting the unconditional love of Jesus. Remaining structured with the purpose of graduating students who are prepared to persevere.

 

Deacon’s Corner, December 1 2019

If you are like me, you may not have realized today is the 1st Sunday of Advent until you saw the wreath in the front of the church. I write every year how Advent sneaks up on me, and this year is no different.  Today marks four weeks until Christmas.  But, before we rush ahead and think about everything to get done by December 25th, let’s take a look at why we celebrate Advent and what the wreath is all about.

“Advent” is from the Latin adventus for “coming” or “arrival.” It originally described the whole mystery of the Incarnation – the Word made Flesh – or Jesus, God with skin, as I like to think.  Once Christmas became a popular Christian feast in the 4th century, Advent evolved as a distinct liturgical season to help people prepare for the second and final coming of the Lord with a joyful theme of getting ready to celebrate His first coming.

The Advent wreath tradition originated among Lutherans in Germany in the 16th century.  It was probably adopted from a Germanic pagan custom of burning festive lights at the end of November and beginning of December as the darkness of winter set upon them.  The Advent wreath was brought to America by German immigrants and became popular among Catholics in the mid-1900s.  Wreaths have always symbolized victory and glory.  So, the lighting of one wreath candle each Sunday of Advent represents the Light of Christ increasing to push out darkness, until all four candles are burning.  The Advent wreath represents the long time when we lived in spiritual darkness, waiting for the coming of the Messiah, the Light of the World.

Each year during Advent, we wait in darkness for the coming of the Lord – His historical coming in the mystery of Bethlehem, His final coming at the end of time, and His special coming every time we accept God’s grace.  This year during Advent, don’t just write a letter to Santa, but say a prayer of thanksgiving to God for the gift of Jesus’ birth.  May you have a joyful Advent preparing for the coming of Our Lord.

Deacon John

 

Angel Tree

 

 

 

If you would like to help a child this Christmas, please stop by Sacred Heart School and select a tag from our Angel Tree.

Fr. Todd Bulletin, November 24 2019

Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s,

I pray everyone has a blessed Thanksgiving with your families this coming week.  I can’t wait—a lot of family time, food, and (not quite above all) cards!  We will still have our regularly scheduled Masses at Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s on Thanksgiving morning.

There will be a community Thanksgiving Service held at Hudson First United Methodist Church on November 26th at 7pm.

Thanksgiving, though a secular holiday, dovetails with our faith, for it is the realization of our blessings.  I want to include President Washington’s Thanksgiving proclamation because it captures this reality.  May what he says here be true for us and our country.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor—and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be—That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks—for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation—for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war—for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed—for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted—for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions—to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually—to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed—to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord—To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us—and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

We will have two more Bible Studies this year.  We will be finishing the last two chapters of John’s Gospel.

Sacred Heart Schedule (Meet in the Parish Hall):

Dec 4th at 6pm

Dec 11th at 6pm

St. Mary on the Lake:

Dec 5th at 10am

Dec 12th at 10am

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, November 24 2019

Service to others starts with empathy

What does it mean to serve? The first sentence of the vision of Sacred Heart School is: to serve the community. The school has been serving the church and the city of Hudson for the 90 years that it has been in operation. But what does that really mean? If we serve the community, we must be able to look at who we are and who we are meant to bring comfort. Making people feel comfortable is such a beautiful way to share. In morning prayer, we have been engaging the students with ways they can serve. When we think about service, it is easy to think of the big projects like The Angel Tree or the Community Clean-up at Memorial Park. But we can serve in small ways too. The small ways we serve are hard to measure but they are the ones that develop our soul and bring comfort to our surroundings. How can we raise children to have an open heart to service? It seems like a pretty selfish world sometimes. Can we teach our children empathy? Can we teach our children to ask someone how long it took to make dinner? Or how much time they spent washing the car? They can be curious about what is involved in putting on a play at the theatre or how much thought it takes to make a delicious dessert. Empathy can start at a very young age when children are asked to think about the world around them and how it all works. The desire to relate to people and to want to spread joy begins with the understanding that God made each person beautifully special. With a mindset that it is people and hard work that make everything happen, children can gain empathy and a desire to serve. It is important to point out that people make the toys they play with and people serve us food in a restaurant. Moms and dads work tirelessly to keep the house tidy, and pay the bills. Teachers spend hours patiently teaching us. Police officers protect us, mail carriers deliver packages, priests comfort us at Mass; the opportunities to teach children about the ways people serve are endless.

This week, I asked the students to think about little ways they help. They were excited to share the things they do that help their families. It is clear that they are well on their way to spreading joy through service. I reminded them that the things they do bring comfort to their families. These acts spread joy and it is contagious. Keep up the good work!

 

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

Sacred Heart School

Students are balanced: confident of mind, academics and Catholic Faith

Serving the Community. Teaching our students to live and model the Catholic faith. Reflecting the unconditional love of Jesus. Remaining structured with the purpose of graduating students who are prepared to persevere.

 

Deacon’s Corner, November 24 2019

From crucifixes to candles to the Sign of the Cross, symbols are deeply woven into our Catholic Faith.   These symbols are not pointless items to take lightly.  They exist to enrich our prayer life and help us grow closer to Christ.  We can study our Faith, talk about our Faith, listen to CDs, and hear great homilies.  But the symbols of our Faith provide another layer of teaching to help us understand what we believe.

For example, the Stations of the Cross displayed along the walls of our church allow us to use our imagination to share in the suffering of Jesus on the way to Calvary.   The fourteen stations each portray a different image inviting us to meditate on His Passion and death.  The Stations of the Cross are “symbolic” of that first Good Friday to help us appreciate exactly what Jesus endured for us.  As with all of our Catholic symbols, they touch our whole self:  mind, will, emotions, and body.

A symbol is something that stands for something else.  It literally “re-presents” an idea to us in a different form so we can take it in more fully and deeply.  Some symbols are images, such as the lamb representing Christ as the Lamb of God.  Other symbols are abstract, such as the initials IHS, an abbreviation of the Greek name for Jesus.  Color can be symbolic.  Blue is usually associated with the Blessed Mother, white with purity, and red with martyrs.   Gestures also carry a symbolic meaning.  Genuflecting before the tabernacle, with Christ present inside in the consecrated hosts, represents our reverence and allegiance to Him as our Lord and King.  In each case, the symbol points to something more significant beyond itself.

One important distinction to understand is the difference between a symbol and a sacrament.  A symbol represents something, while a sacrament is something.  The Eucharist is not a symbol of the body and blood of Jesus.  It truly IS the body and blood of Jesus.  The water used in Baptism is not a symbol of the cleansing of original sin.  It IS the means by which we receive God’s cleansing grace of the sacrament.  However, holy water at the entrance of church is a symbol which reminds (re-presents) us of the time we received the Sacrament of Baptism.

Our rich Catholic tradition has many symbols so everyone, no matter their personality or preference, can experience God through their body, senses, emotions, and minds.  All these symbols have something in common:  they remind us of our Faith.  Every time we dip our hand in holy water, make the Sign of the Cross, genuflect, light a candle, or look at the crucifix, we are reminded of our Faith and invited to deepen our reverence and draw closer to the Lord.  What are your favorite symbols of our Faith, and do you know what they mean?  Understanding the meaning of our symbols can have a positive influence on our attitude towards prayer and being in the presence of our loving and gracious God.

Deacon John

Adapted from Catholic Answers Magazine, January-February 2018