DSA Update

DIOCESAN SERVICES APPEAL

Due to the closing of our churches and the evaporation of offertory, the Diocese has wisely paused the 2020 DSA. The campaign to raise our parish goal of $28,190 will resume when the dust settles and life returns to normal. We are confident we will do the rest when we resume the campaign, hopefully later in the spring.

Of course, we won’t turn down the gifts that trickle in but we are also not actively seeking them for the time being.

To date:  we have received 28 pledges totaling $5,8555.00 and that does not include donors who have given directly to the DSA online.  https://www.dioceseoflansing.org/DSA

Where to find our Masses

Fr. Todd and Fr. Tomy alternate praying mass daily, alternating between Sacred Heart and St. Marys.   Daily Mass is recorded by whichever one is praying that day.

Sacred Heart Weekly News Blast.

The daily Masses are included in our daily newsblast, facebook page and on our website.  One weekly newsblast will go out with more informative information on Fridays. If we do not have your email address and you would like to receive our daily news blast, please email: thouser@sacredhearthudson.org to be added or you can visit http://sacredhearthudson.org/email/  and enter your info!

Sacred Heart Webpage

www.sacredhearthudson.org and it can be found under the NEWS tab.

Sacred Heart Facebook Page

Fr. Todd Koenigsknecht YouTube page:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGsFhX0M428HhExxdtjKAcg

Fr. Tomy Kattikanayil YouTube page:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ5BFwlgMjBLJ_SB2HCdo3A

Online Worship and Prayer Resources

Bishop Robert Barron, Word on Fire www.wordonfire.org/daily-mass/

Catholic Spiritual Resources and Prayers https://teresatomeo.com/resources/

Catholic TV Daily Mass www.catholictv.org/masses/catholictv-mass

EWTN Daily Mass https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/daily-readings

Diocese of Lansing  https://www.dioceseoflansing.org/coronavirus

Prayer to Mary during Coronavirus Pandemic:

Pope Francis’s Prayer to Mary during Coronavirus Pandemic:

O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick. At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain, with steadfast faith.You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.We are certain that you will provide, so that, as you did at Cana of Galilee, joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial. Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the Father’s will and to do what Jesus tells us:He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin. 

Novena Prayer for an End to the Coronavirus Pandemic

O Mary, full of grace, Patroness of this nation and Mother of the Church, in this time of illness and worldwide need we seek your intercession for the human family before your Son’s throne of grace and mercy. We ask for strength in adversity, health in weakness, and comfort in sorrow. Help us, O Blessed Mother, to be filled with confidence and trust in the tender compassion of our God. Let us not be afraid, like our own Saint Marianne Cope, who entrusted her life and ministry among the outcasts of society into the care of our Divine Physician. Continue to watch over all who are sick as well as those who care for them and give wisdom to all who are seeking a cure. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

SPECIAL NOTES**

Parish Office Closed
Staff will be working remotely. Voice mails- (4483-3811) will be checked regularly and dealt with accordingly. Meeting your needs remains a priority, as does the health and wellbeing of our employees. Thank you for your understanding.

We are suspending all visits to our Homebound parishioners.

 

Mother’s & Fathers Day Spiritual Bouquets

We will still be publishing Spiritual Bouquets for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.   Please send in your intentions to the parish office, there is a $5 stipend per request.   What a beautiful way to honor your Mother, Father, Grandmother, Grandfather,  Aunt, Uncle, Godparents or Special Person in your life?

 

The South Michigan Food Bank will be providing a 10% match for all donations made to the Hudson Ministerial Association Food Bank in March & April Donations can be made online at donate.smfoodbank.org

 

Weekly tithing……  If you are unable to do Online Giving, please mail your envelope to the parish office or you may drop it off in the drop box on the rectory steps.  God bless us all during this time.

Still by Hillsong United

We are all finding different struggles within our families and work situations.  God is bigger than all of this, and he will not let us fail.  Be faithful to God and your families.  Let’s use this time to strengthen the family unit.

Fr. Todd Bulletin, March 29, 2020

Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s,

Well, some good news amidst so much upheaval.  My brother, Fr. Gary, has been named the pastor of St. Joseph Church in Howell, MI.  He will be moving there the end of June.  He is a little bummed that with everything being closed down, he hasn’t been able to visit the parish or school yet.  As pastor, his day off will also be on Monday, so I am very much looking forward to seeing him more often for days off at the farm!

It has been a blessing to have two seminarians with us: Dan LaCroix and Josh Bauer.   The seminaries are shut down because of the Coronavirus, so they are completing their studies online.  They have been very helpful in figuring out how to record our Masses and it has been good to be able to pray the Mass and breviary with them each day.  As an added bonus, since there are four of us here at the rectory, we also have a built in Euchre Game!

I have been struck by the fact that we have celebrated two major feast days during our first week of the lockdown: those of St. Joseph and Mary’s “Yes” at the Annunciation.  Both Joseph and Mary are great examples for us to emulate during a time when so many things we have taken for granted are suddenly changed and/or taken away.  Such was the nature of God’s call in both of their lives.

The angel appeared to Mary and asked her to be the mother of the Son of God.  Not understanding the totality of what that would mean, she said these beautiful words: “Let it be done to me according to your word.”  Jesus would take those words and shorten them in the Lord’s Prayer into this four-word phrase: “Thy will be done.”  Mary’s yes was a surrendered yes, open to all that God would call forth from her in the ensuing years.  I am sure that there were many elements of her life that she could never have anticipated.  Yet through it all, her foundation was that request: “Let it be done to me according to your word.”  So often my own yes to God is paired not with that phrase but instead this one: “My will be done.”  Learning to say “Yes” to God and have that yes really be free of my will is the work of a lifetime for every Christian.  Various situations are more adept at providing opportunities for practicing this.  This crisis is one of them.

When it comes to Joseph, I think one of the most beautiful aspects of his life is that we don’t have a single recorded word from him in Scripture.  That is because Joseph had the habit of being told what he needed to do and he simply did it.  At times when I do what God is asking, I might do it, but my actions are accompanied by many words both internally and externally!  Are you sure about this?  Why do I have to do this?  Why is it so hard? (The questions and grumblings can go on for a while.)  Joseph was asked to do something much harder than I have ever had to do, and he did it without a word. He moved his family to Egypt without any time of preparation, but with a healthy dose of trust that when they got there God would make a place for them.

In these times when it is easy to be marked by fear, frustration, and the temptation to rely on ourselves, let us instead lean into God. With Mary and Joseph, let us say “Yes” in a surrendered and trusting way.  Above all else: Thy will be done!

 

Mary and Joseph, pray for us!