Fr. Todd Bulletin, February 3, 2020

Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s,

It was a blessing this past week to celebrate Catholic Schools Week at Sacred Heart.  We are so blessed with our teachers and students!  If you ever want to be encouraged, come over to Sacred Heart for the school Mass on Fridays at 9am.  Their faith and joy are an inspiration for us all.

This weekend, we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple.  It refers to when Mary and Joseph presented the child Jesus in the Temple.  From very early on in the Church, this event has been connected to the imagery of light.  Jesus is the light that has come into the world and darkness does not overcome it.

Because of that symbolism within the Church, candles are a sign of Christ.  We have the Easter candle, which is a symbol of Jesus and the light of faith.  At baptism, children receive a baptismal candle lit from the Easter candle and parents make a promise on behalf of their children to help them keep this light of faith burning brightly.  The Easter candle is used at baptisms and funerals as a sign of the Lord’s presence.

In any Catholic Church throughout the world, a sanctuary light is always kept burning.  This solitary candle is a sign that Jesus is present in the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle.  At St. Mary’s, this candle is right next to the tabernacle.  At Sacred Heart, this candle is hanging from the ceiling right over the altar.   I personally love to go into the Church when that sole candle provides the only light and spend some time with the Lord.

This feast day can also transform the way we pray part of the rosary.  The 4th joyful mystery is the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple.  I like to use this decade to pray for people who are perhaps experiencing a time of darkness or are far from God.  Since this mystery celebrates Jesus entering into the Temple, I will often pray for someone and ask Jesus to please enter their hearts and lives just like He entered the Temple in Jerusalem.  If they are experiencing darkness, I will often pray this decade asking Jesus to enter their darkness with His light and bring them hope.

At our Masses, we will bless candles that will be used for Masses and for the blessing of throats for St. Blaise.  St. Blaise’s feast day, and the blessing of throats, is always the day after the Presentation of the Lord.  Since we won’t have Mass that Monday, we will do the blessing of throats Thursday morning at St. Mary’s on the Lake (the 6th) and Friday morning at Sacred Heart (the 7th).

Let us welcome the Lord anew into our lives just like He entered into the Temple!

God Bless,

Fr. Todd

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, February 2, 2020

Bless all Catholic school teachers and help them to nurture the faith of our children. Give them the wisdom to pass on their own knowledge and experience and show our children your love. Amen.

 

During Catholic Schools Week, the students shared many experiences that brought them closer to God as they promoted the school they love.

Parish Day –  We celebrated an all-school Mass- the students were lectors, servers, and greeters. Our staff and families volunteered in the kitchen to cook breakfast for the parish. This morning felt special because God’s grace was with us. We also added a bake sale sponsoring the 5th/6th grade trip to Mackinac Island. With this many moving parts it is easy to feel overwhelmed or nervous but we just felt joy. Joy as the students prepared to read. Joy as we worked together to prepare a meal. Joy as we celebrated Mass together.

Community Day – The whole school prayed special prayers for all that serve or community or who need the extra help of God’s presence through difficult times. Baskets of appreciation were delivered to community members who help our school. The students loved seeing the gratitude on the faces of the people who received a basket.

Student Day – The day was spent celebrating the blessings that each student brings by being an important member of our school. The 5th/6th graders cooked lunch for the students, we wore Sacred Heart shirts and watched a movie in the gym at the end of the day.

Nation Day – We said a special prayer for our God founded nation. We prayed for our government leaders to feel the Holy Spirit and open their hearts to the great worth of human life and human freedom. All students watched a video about important events in American History.

Vocations Day – The students heard from Deacon John and Father Todd about their call to vocation. They told personal testimonials that helped the students to understand the beauty behind being called to do God’s work. Student from Siena Heights University Women’s Soccer Team came to SHS during the week to talk to the students about faith and the blessings of attending a Catholic University to play sports. A huge thank you to the Soccer Team. The students also made Rosaries in art class to take home.

Faculty, Staff and Volunteer Day – We all came together to have lunch and share how blessed we feel to work with people who respect, support and pray for each other. We feel the purposeful weight of educating our students and we are so grateful to have the support from each other. We finished the week with the 5th/6th grade service project of cleaning the Hudson Food Pantry and then sharing dinner and some fun together.

 

It truly was a memorable and spirit filled week. Our hearts are bursting with God’s love and we our more aware of our abundant blessings because of it. Thank you for all of your support!

 

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal

 

Deacon Corner – WE ARE CALLED FOR MORE

WE ARE CALLED FOR MORE!

Disciple Maker Index Survey Opens This Week!

It’s official! The Disciple Maker Index Survey opens this week and we need your help!

 

The survey will only be available from Saturday, February 8th through Sunday, March 1st.

Please help us participate by completing a 10-15 minute survey as soon as possible.

 

There are 2 ways to take the survey:

  1. Go to www.disciplemakerindex.com
  2. Obtain a paper copy at the parish entrances or by contacting the parish office. Please return your completed paper copy to the parish office in a sealed envelope no later than March 4th.

 

YOUR RESPONSES WILL BE HELD IN STRICT CONFIDENCE as they are processed by the Catholic Leadership Institute.  The survey is intended for all parishioners age 18 and older.  The survey will provide valuable feedback to Fr. Todd about our parish to help plan for the future and become the best disciples we can be.  All responses are confidential and the parish will only receive information about the community as a whole.  We will receive the results sometime this spring or summer, at which time we will share what we have learned with the entire parish.

Thank you in advance for your participation in the survey.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Deacon John

 

**NEWS**

CONFIRMATION NEWS

This past fall and winter, the Confirmation Youth have been using their time in hands of service. Their most recent project was feeding the hungry at Share the Warmth. They all had a special role in preparing the dinner and took pride in the fact that they made all the food. We were welcomed and thanked at the shelter and I hope your child will continually use these experiences to “step up” and keep serving for the Lord and for others!

Dates for February Classes: Feb 9 at St. Mary on the Lake (6:30-8 p.m.) and Feb 23 at Sacred Heart school (6:30-8 p.m).

In March we will lead Stations of the Cross at both parishes and receive our Rite of Enrollment.

Please keep these Confirmation Students in your prayers!

Jen Loar

 

 

“Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman”  

On January 24, three of our young parishioners attended the March for Life in Washington D.C. with the Diocese of Lansing bus.  They represented our parishes and represented LIFE. This March was of historical size – over 200,000 attended. They participated in a vigil Mass at the Basilica, several rosaries, and witnessed many great talks from priests, religious and abortion survivors on how important it is for the young generation to stand up for life. We spent the night camping in a gym at Catholic University and walked many steps around DC and the March itself. They also attended a Catholic Youth rally with 18,000 youth from all over the country where Pope Francis gave a message from his Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Christope Pierre, “The Holy Father is close to you, and believes in you, and with his spirit he marches with you.”  This year’s theme was “Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman” to emphasize the power of women and how important it is that they are to be cared for while carrying life. Support your local care pregnancy centers; we currently have the baby bottle drive at both parishes! They can always use donations, diapers and supplies. We are thankful for our parish support and prayers on our pilgrimage for life! It was an amazing experience for all!

 

Religious Education

On Sunday, February 2 the Religious Ed Classes will be in the church hall.  While the teachers are having a meeting the students will be learning about St. Faustina and the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

 

 

Altar Rosary Society is looking for candidates for President.  This is a 2 year Term. Any interested ladies may call JANICE WILSON at 517-306-0684.   Our next meeting is March 2nd.

 

 

 

Sacred Heart Prayer Line is updating our list.  If you want to be added or taken off the call list or email list, please contact Linda Higgins at 517-286-6426 or contact Sacred Heart Prayer Line at prayerline@sacredhearthudson.org

 

 

Upcoming Bible Study Dates:

6:00pm at Sacred Heart                          10:00am at St. Mary

February 5                                                 February 6

February 19                                               February 20

 

K of C Money Raffle

 Saturday, February 15

Sacred Heart Parish Hall.  Doors open at 5:30pm

$100.00 Per Raffle Ticket (includes a delicious dinner and open bar)

Come Support our local Knights of Columbus.  Tickets can be purchased from any K of C member.

 

 

 

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has announced the observance of National Marriage week February 7-14 and World Marriage Day as February 9, 2020. Every year, it is an opportunity to focus on building a culture of life and love that begins with promoting and defending marriage and the family. (from the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth’s letter to the Bishops 1-15-20).  The theme for this year is Stories from the Domestic Church. In addition to resources available at ForYourMarriage.org and mariageuniqueforareason.org there is a Virtual Retreat for Couples. This retreat offers married couples an opportunity to pray and reflect about marriage in God’s plan. You can sign up for the retreat at https://www.foryourmarriage.org/

 

 

 

40 Days for Life begins on Ash Wednesday FEB 26.  Our hopes are for a greater awareness as to how Prayer Will Save Lives!

Every year with the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade and the March for Life, the issue of abortion is discussed. It is a topic that raises a history of pain for some; for others thoughts of helplessness. Anger, arguments, lines drawn.

God wants to bring healing to pain, balm to wounds, light to darkness, hope to helplessness and love when there is hate.  You, one person, can help bring God’s loving presence to the issue of abortion through 40 Days for Life, February 26 – April 5.

Be a part of the real solution.  To find out more, go to 40DaysforLife.com or email 40daysforlifelansing@gmail.com

K of C Money Auction

K of C Money Raffle

 Saturday, February 15

Sacred Heart Parish Hall ~ Doors open at 5:30pm

$100.00 Per Raffle Ticket (includes a delicious dinner and open bar)

Come Support our local Knights of Columbus.  Tickets can be purchased from any K of C member.

 

Unbound Ministry

UNBOUND MINISTRY

What is UNBOUND? A vital part of the new evangelization because, through a simple method of prayer based on the Gospel, it helps us (and helps us to help others) move beyond our spiritual obstacles into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. The 5 KEYS WILL make a difference in your life!

 

LIVE FREE!  REGISTER TODAY

FEBRUARY 28 & 29th the LIVE FREE Conference is COMING SOON to St. Anthony of Padua in Hillsdale. Invite your family and friends! All are welcome! REGISTER at livefreehillsdale.eventbrite.com

 

HEALING NOTES

We believe that not only does Jesus still heal today, but that healing is one of the most powerful ministries of evangelization. Come and experience God’s supernatural love!  The NEXT ENCOUNTER MINISTRIES HEALING SERVICE is FEBRUARY 8 at St. Patrick’s in Brighton from 7- 10 pm.  Come and see what the Holy Spirit is doing in the Diocese of Lansing. FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC! ALL are welcome!  Want to LEARN more about the Ministry of Healing? Encounter Ministries is offering a weekend Healing School Feb 7 & 8th at The School of Healing in Brighton. Visit encounterministries.us for details.

 

LIFE in the SPIRIT

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 6 is the next Prayer and Praise from 7-9 pm in the Blessed Solanus Casey Room at St. Anthony, Hillsdale.  All are welcome to join us for SONG (mostly contemporary Christian), PRAYER and SHARING how the Holy Spirit is acting in our lives. There will be sharing from the Encounter 2020 Conference as well as information on upcoming events in the diocese.

 

NEWS**

Religious Education

On Sunday, February 2 the Religious Ed Classes will be in the church hall.  While the teachers are having a meeting the students will be learning about St. Faustina and the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

 

The Sanctuary Light is burning with Special Intentions for Recovery  of Gwen Marry.  This was requested by Tony & Linda Marry.

 

 

Altar Rosary Society is looking for candidates for President.  This is a 2 year Term. Any interested ladies may call JANICE WILSON at 517-306-0684.   Our next meeting is March 2nd.

 

 

 

Sacred Heart Prayer Line is updating our list.  If you want to be added or taken off the call list or email list, please contact Linda Higgins at 517-286-6426 or contact Sacred Heart Prayer Line at prayerline@sacredhearthudson.org

 

 

Upcoming Bible Study Dates:

6:00pm at Sacred Heart                          10:00am at St. Mary

February 5                                                 February 6

February 19                                               February 20

 

 

K of C Money Raffle

 Saturday, February 15

Sacred Heart Parish Hall.  Doors open at 5:30pm

$100.00 Per Raffle Ticket (includes a delicious dinner and open bar)

Come Support our local Knights of Columbus.  Tickets can be purchased from any K of C member.

 

 

Fr. Todd Bulletin, January 26 2020

Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s,

Pope Francis has named the 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time (this weekend) the Sunday of the Word of God.  This weekend, then, I want to highlight the practice of Lectio Divina, a way of prayerfully reading and entering into Scripture.  Sometimes we can be a bit daunted by the Bible; the key is just to start.  I remember someone once saying that Scripture tells our story—the faces just change. This is when the Scriptures really come alive: when we realize they are God’s word to us and for us.  In them we encounter our story.

Here is a short description of Lectio Divina from a larger article that can be found at this link: https://www.aquinasandmore.com/blog/how-to-do-lectio-divina-catholic-meditative-prayer/.

Lectio – The first step is reverential listening: listening both in a spirit of silence and of awe. You are listening for the voice of God speaking to you intimately. In lectio, read slowly and attentively, listening for a word or phrase that is God’s Word for you.

Meditatio – Once you have heard your word or phrase that is speaking to you in a personal way, take it in and ponder it. Memorize it, and while gently repeating it to yourself, allow it to interact with your thoughts, your memories, your hopes, your desires. This is the second step or stage. In this step, allow God’s Word to become His Word for you, a word that touches you and affects you at your deepest levels

Oratio – The third step is the prayer step…prayer understood both as dialogue with God and as consecration, or prayer as an offering to God of parts of ourselves that we have not previously believed God wants. Allow the word that we have taken in and on which we are meditating to touch and change your deepest self. Just as a priest consecrates the bread and wine at the Eucharist, God invites us to hold up our most difficult and pain-filled experiences to Him, and to gently recite over them the healing word or phrase He has given us in our lectio and meditatio. Finally, allow yourself to be touched and changed by the Word of God.

Contemplatio – In the final step, simply rest in the presence of God and accept His transforming embrace. No one who has ever been in love needs to be reminded that there are moments in loving relationships when words are not even necessary. It is the same in our relationship with God. Contemplation during the Lectio Divina is a wordless, quiet rest in the presence of God. In silence, let go of your own words and simply enjoy the experience of being in the presence of God.

This prayerful reading of Scripture is one of my favorite ways to pray. This is the foundation of my homily preparation as I read through the Scriptures for each Sunday and ask the Lord what He wants me to preach about.

I hope this helps each of us enter more deeply into God’s Word!

God Bless!