Coronavirus Advisory from Bishop Boyea

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

After consultation with the priests of the diocese, who were of mixed minds on this matter, and out of deep concern for the health of all our folks especially our elders, and with due deference to medical and government authorities, it has been decided that all public Masses, events, and gatherings will be cancelled throughout the Diocese of Lansing beginning tomorrow morning (March 18, 2020) lasting, for now, through Wednesday of Holy Week (April 8, 2020). We will see at that time whether these plans will have to change.

Private Baptisms, Marriages, and Funerals may continue but only with immediate family present.  As a reminder, all Catholics in the diocese are dispensed from the obligation of Sunday Mass participation through Easter Sunday.  I ask our pastors to keep Churches open for private prayer.

The Holy Mass is our way to render back to God our worship and thanks for his many blessings to and for us, his beloved sons and daughters.  We are blessed that all our priests will continue to offer daily private Masses in order to fulfill our blessed duty to God and to lift up our needs in prayerful petition to our Heavenly Father.  Many of these daily Masses have intentions applied to them and those will be honored; in addition, feel free to submit other needs to your pastors to include at the altar.

The loss of the regular reception of Holy Communion is a great cross for many; during this fast from receiving our Lord in the Eucharist please pray that Jesus will enter your hearts in an act of Spiritual Communion. As for Sunday, they have always been a day of worship for us.  Please, let these coming Sundays be times of family prayer.

 

St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, Pray for Us.

Our Lady, Health of the Sick, Pray for Us.

Our Lady, Comforter of the Afflicted, Pray for Us.

 

Assuring of my prayers, I am sincerely yours in Christ,

+ Earl Boyea

Bishop of Lansing

 

https://dioceseoflansing.org/news/coronavirus-advisory-bishop-boyea-march-17-2020

 

Sacred Heart Parish will remain unlocked for those who wish to come in for private prayer and adoration.

 

Fr. Todd Bulletin, March 15, 2020

 

Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s,

Thank you in advance for your support for DSA.  We have always had a strong support for DSA—this is a blessing for many throughout our diocese.  DSA always falls during Lent because it is an answer to the Lord’s call for almsgiving during this holy season.  If we exceed our parish goals, 50% of that comes back to us.

I want to highlight Catholic Charities as one of the blessings the DSA helps make possible.  Last year, 286,000 people were served throughout our diocese through the care of Catholic Charities.  These are people whom we couldn’t necessarily serve ourselves, but we can through the good work of Catholic Charities.

On the weekend of March 21st and 22nd, we will have a representative from Catholic Charities present at each Mass to invite us to help with their foster care services.  Last year, Catholic Charities facilitated 31 adoptions.  What a great blessing to help these children find forever homes with families who love and care for them.  The only issue with so many adoptions is that it meant that many families who had previously been foster families dropped off that list.

We have purposely chosen this weekend as the date closest to March 19th.  March 19th is the feast day of St. Joseph who, as the foster father of Jesus, is the ultimate example of being a foster parent.  Pope Francis once said: “God came into the world in a family. And he could do this because that family was a family with a heart open to love, a family whose doors were open.”  Isn’t that an astounding reality?  God, who is all powerful, still waits upon our yes.

This Lent, God will come to us in many ways, and we pray for the grace to always say yes in response.  This call to fostering might be one of those ways!

I want to conclude with a prayer to St. Joseph, Foster Father.

Dear Joseph, foster father of Jesus and protector of the Holy Family, in you we contemplate a model of courage and compassion.

Help us be more courageous in making space for God in our lives, so we may be better guardians of the vulnerable, especially the children and their families seeking our care.  As we contemplate your role, alongside the Blessed Virgin Mary, as first teacher of the faith to Jesus, may we recognize our own call to live with conviction and fidelity God’s mercy and faithfulness.

Help us to be more compassionate, so we may be present and faithful to all, but especially to those children whose lives are chaotic, anxiety-filled and too often marred by violence. As we contemplate the Holy Family’s moments of stress in Jesus’ young life – your betrothal to the Blessed Virgin Mary, your flight to Egypt, losing Jesus in the Temple – may we recognize our own call to give tender care and protection to those whom God brings to us.

Help us to be strong and wise in our faith, yet tender and open to love, as you were.  May God grant that our families, including our parish family, be places of communion and prayer, authentic schools of the Gospel.

Amen.

 

God Bless,

Fr. Todd

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, March 15, 2020

Beach Party – Preschool- Developmental Kindergarten- Kindergarten

SHS will help you find the best start for your child.

Thursday, March 26th ~ 5:00-7:00

Preschool – Religion is part of our daily morning work. The children gain an awesome foundation of the Catholic faith. We focus on learning letters and numbers, colors, patterns, but most importantly the children are learning obedience, honesty, patience, kindness and many other virtues. The children grow so much each year. Our class is deeply centered around God. We start the morning with school wide prayer where our little 3 and 4 year olds have the opportunity to share some heartfelt prayers with the entire school and staff.

Developmental Kindergarten & Kindergarten – The needs and interests of the students are important.  Each child is unique in his or her development and growth, and therefore need different approaches to learning.  Multiple methods and styles are put into action when working with our students.  Curriculum Goals: *Fine motor skills such as use of crayons, scissors, and pencils *Basic Technology use *Core Knowledge Sequence *Count to 100 by 1’s, 5’s and 10’s *Write and recognize numbers to 20 *Addition and subtractions to 10 *Oral Language *Development and Reading Skills *Rhyming, sound/letter relationships, word families and inventive spelling.

 

Tuesday, March 31st ~ 5:00-7:00

Dinner and Music from Around the World by Guy Louis – K-6th grade

Sacred Heart School offers special attention to each student. Our students are given individual, data based instruction. We combine project based learning, small group instruction and individual student work at every grade level. Every student is challenged and taught to persevere. Parents can expect their children to thrive in our culture of trust, love, virtue and discipline. SHS students are given opportunities to live the Catholic faith, speak in public, serve, research and explore, present projects, enjoy new experiences and grow stronger through the Holy Spirit. Our students are balanced: confident of mind, academics and Catholic Faith.

 

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Deacon Corner, March 15, 2020

I remember a few years ago grumbling about Lent to a parishioner.  Then, he reminded me that one of the things I gave up for Lent was complaining about Lent.  I quickly realized that although my mind tried not to complain about Lent, my heart was still hardened against it.

The First Reading from Exodus tells us the Israelites “grumbled” and complained to Moses that he led them into the desert to die of starvation and thirst.  They forgot that he had led them out of slavery.  Moses responds (with God’s help) by producing water for them to drink from the rock of Horeb.  In the Gospel, Jesus talks to a Samaritan woman at the well.  At first, she appears skeptical and keeps her distance, perhaps because Samaritans and Jews had nothing to do with each other.  Jesus responds by promising she can drink “living water” which will become a fountain within her springing up to provide eternal life.  In both of these readings, the immediate need for people is to physically quench their thirst.  But looking deeper, the need is really to soften their hearts.

We know Lent is about prayer, fasting, and doing works of mercy.  But did we know it’s really about softening our hearts?  St. Paul said in the Second Reading that the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit.  A love that makes us a forgiving people to be brought together in unity and peace.  Our goal this Lent is to open our hearts to be concerned for the poor and suffering, to forgive the criminal, to welcome the stranger, to love our enemies, and to lift up the oppressed.

Pope St. John Paul II said that showing mercy and helping others not only fulfills a commandment or moral obligation, it is “also a case of satisfying a condition of major importance for God to reveal himself in his mercy to man.”  When we open our hearts to others and do works of mercy, St. John Paul II said, “the merciful shall obtain mercy.” On this 3rd Sunday of Lent, may we pause to reflect on what we are doing for Lent to change our hearts.  Grumbling about another 3 weeks of Lent does nothing to help us help others.  But opening our hearts to their needs does everything to spread the love of Christ.

Deacon John

 

**NEWS**

Lenten Night of Reflection ~ Sacred Heart ~ Wednesday, March 25 ~ 6:00pm

Come Let Us Adore Him and Experience His Healing Love.

Lenten Holy Hour will include: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Confession, Prayer Time, Worship Music.

 

 

Upcoming Bible Study Dates:

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

March 18                                                   March 19

April 1                                                        April 2

April 29                                                     April 30

 

 

In March, Sacred Heart will have the Shop & Share bags for the Food Pantry.

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 or by picking up a donation slip at the entrance of the church.

 

 

 

 

Hymn Sing ~ Sunday, March 15 ~ 6:00pm at Sacred Heart. 

All are welcome to attend and participate in wonderful music provided by our area churches.   We would also like to ask for snacks and finger foods for the Fellowship gathering following Hymn Sing in the Parish Hall.

 

 

United Hudson Easter Egg Hunt. 

The Hudson area churches are getting together to put on an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4, for the children in our community.  We are asking for donations of individually wrapped Easter candy (no hard candy please) to stuff in the Easter eggs.  Please drop off your candy donation to the Parish Office by March 15.

 

Health Department Food Handlers Class. 

Hudson American Legion ~ April 8 ~ 6:00pm ~ $5 per person

Pre-registration not required, but appreciated for personnel count.  Contact Legion at 448-8111 or Mike Shadbolt at 445-2133

 

 

Realign Resources for Mission Meeting:

Starting Tuesday April 21, the Diocese of Lansing Realign Resources for Mission Committee will be touring the diocese for a series of meetings in order to explain the rationale behind the process, the methodology of the process and, most importantly, to listen to parishioners as to what you think of the process and how it could, potentially, impact upon your parish positively or negatively.  These meetingd will consist of two components: First, a presentation on behalf of the Realign Resource for Mission Committee; Second, small group discussion followed by feedback from parishioners on your hopes and fears for the process; what you love or feel needs to be known about your parish; and any specific suggestions you may have for the future of your parish or the future of the diocese.

All parishioners are welcome to attend.    Sacred Heart – Wednesday, April 29 ~ 7:00pm

 

 

Forgiveness Opens the Door

St. Thomas Catholic Church is Ann Arbor is offering Forgiveness Opens the Door on Sunday March 22 from 12:30-5:30 pm. This will be presented by Live Free Ministry (the same folks who presented the Live Free-Unbound Conference in February). The event is free but registration is required. Go to livefreeub.net to sign up or for more information.

 

 

 

 

Mid-life Singles (mid-30s to 50s): Are you looking for a renewed sense of purpose & belonging?   Many never-married, divorced, or widowed people in mid-life (mid-30s to 50s) feel alone, out-of-place (even in church!), and wondering what this phase of life means for them. Register today for a life-changing REFLECT weekend retreat at the St. Francis Retreat Center, in DeWitt, MI (10 miles north of Lansing), on April 17-19, 2020. Take a chance and get involved… you won’t regret it!  Cost is $185 for meals and a single room. Visit www.ReflectRetreat.com, e-mail reflect.michigan@gmail.com, or call (586) 770-1772 for details.

 

 

 

 

Diocesan Services Appeal 2020

 

DIOCESAN SERVICES APPEAL 2020

To date we have had 11 Pledges for $2,150

 

2020 DSA Prayer

Loving and gracious God, we praise you and we thank you for the bountiful gifts that you have bestowed upon us.

Help us to understand that it is only in You that we find the truth and happiness we seek – the happiness we are made for.

Help us to understand and embrace the Diocesan Services Appeal as a way to faithfully participate in the good works of Your Holy Catholic Church.

Please bless our united efforts and help us to see Jesus in all whom we encounter.

Amen.

 

 

 

I invite all members of our parish community to join in support of our annual appeal. Our parish goal is $28,190.00. No gift is too small…..every dollar donated helps those in our parish and in our unified efforts in the wider church.  Further, one-half of all paid contributions received, over and above our parish goal, will be returned to our parish for our local use here at Sacred Heart Parish.

You can submit your DSA pledge envelope during Mass this weekend – or take your DSA envelope home, prayerfully consider your gift decision.  Those paying by cash or check are invited to return your completed pledge form, in the DSA envelope, to our parish office. Those who wish to pay by credit card or electronic funds transfer may enter your gift online at www.dioceseoflansing.org/dsa.  I encourage every one of our parish households to reflect on the many blessings we have received from the Lord and share these blessings through a generous gift to our DSA.

 

2020 DSA F&Q

2020 DSA Cash/Check Pledge Form

2020 DSA Credit Card/EFT Pledge Form

 

 

 

AN INVITATION TO HAPPINESS

 

AN INVITATION TO HAPPINESS: Bishop Earl Boyea would like to invite you to discover the surest path to happiness over the coming weeks.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Happiness. Everybody in our society seems to be seeking it. Yet very few seem to find it. So where is true happiness to be found? With confidence, we can answer in just four words: Life with Jesus Christ. But how do we best embrace that happiness in our own lives? And how do we share that beautiful truth with others?

To help answer those questions, I would like to invite you to join me, and thousands of others from across our great diocese, at a half-day presentation on The Four Levels of Happiness® by the Spitzer Center ®. In the coming weeks, they will be hosting the seminar at our four regional high schools: Lansing; Jackson; Ann Arbor and Flint. Hundreds of our priests and parish leaders have already benefited from The Four Levels of Happiness. Now it’s your opportunity. Don’t miss out….Space is limited!  To Register at one of the 4 locations, please visit www.fourlevels.org.

March 28, 2020 ~ Fr. Gabriel Richard HS – Ann Arbor

April 18, 2020 ~ Lumen Christi HS – Jackson

April 25, 2020 ~ Powers Catholic HS – Flint

May 2, 2020 ~ Lansing Catholic HS – Lansing

 

Yours in Christ Our Lord,

+ Earl Boyea, Bishop of Lansing