Food Bank Challenge ~ 10% Match

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.  You may also click on the link below to download hardcopy of donation form.  Simply print, fill out and mail directly to South Michigan Food Bank with your donation.  (Please make sure you fill in Hudson Ministerial Association as your Agency Name.)

HMA Donation form

Deacon John homily, March 8, 2020

GospelMT 17:1-9

Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother,
and led them up a high mountain by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them;
his face shone like the sun
and his clothes became white as light.
And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them,
conversing with him.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,
“Lord, it is good that we are here.
If you wish, I will make three tents here,
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
While he was still speaking, behold,
a bright cloud cast a shadow over them,
then from the cloud came a voice that said,
“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;
listen to him.”
When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate
and were very much afraid.
But Jesus came and touched them, saying,
“Rise, and do not be afraid.”
And when the disciples raised their eyes,
they saw no one else but Jesus alone.

As they were coming down from the mountain,
Jesus charged them,
“Do not tell the vision to anyone
until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

Spring Forward

Daylight Savings Time Begins…..in the wee hours of Sunday, March 8. Be sure to set your clock ahead one hour before going to bed on Saturday, or you’ll be late for Mass the next morning.

Disciple Maker Index Survey

The Disciple Maker Index Survey
Thank you to the 133 parishioners who participated! Your help in providing feedback to our parish is greatly appreciated. We will be sharing aggregate results in the future.

Fr. Todd Bulletin, March 9, 2020

Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s,

Thank you all for helping with the Disciple Maker Index Survey.  I very much appreciate your help and I know the feedback will be helpful.

I want to continue to wish all of us a Blessed Lent.  I know that as we come to the first few weeks of Lent we can grow discouraged—a failure in our resolution can make us want to toss in the towel before Lent has really even begun.  The thing is, if we stumble, we get back up.  I think in the end, this is one of the great lessons of Lent: learning how to handle our stumbling and failures with God’s grace.  In the end, we need to realize that God is less shocked by our failings than we are.  Like a loving parent or good coach, His concern is helping us back up.

Someone once told me that on the Way of the Cross, Jesus fell three times.  Yet each time He fell, He fell forward, closer to the goal of Calvary.  It can be a powerful reality to meditate on this as you pray through the Stations of the Cross and imagine each step of that journey.

What a blessing if that were to define our spiritual lives!  We hear this famous verse in Romans 8:28: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”  What a great prayer, to ask Jesus to bring even good out of evil in our lives.

For us then, we need to learn to fall with grace into grace.  In our fight against sin and temptation, if we fall, let us fall into the confessional, this place of the Lord’s mercy.  If we have fallen, let us fall into humility, into that act of asking for forgiveness and working to undo any hurt we caused.

Proverbs 24:16 states:  “The righteous may fall seven times but still get up.”  May the Lord be a part of every step of our Lenten journey—even our stumblings.

God Bless,

Fr. Todd

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, March 8, 2020

March is Reading Month

In March, Sacred Heart School celebrates reading. Our theme this year is “Around the World with a Good Book.”  The teachers have all chosen a country to represent during the month. Each class will research and collaborate to create a fun way to present the country to the whole school. The students will have the chance to visit each classroom and learn about the culture and history of the country. This year the teachers have chosen Japan, Mexico, Russia, Ireland and Germany.

We have also challenged the students to read 2,000 books during the month.  It is always a race to the end to see if we can reach the goal. I f the students are able to read 2,000 books by the end of March, they will win a Beach Party with games, snacks and music the Friday before Spring Break. Also, the class that reads the most books will win an ice cream party and a jean/jersey day. Competition can get pretty fierce!

To keep us motivated to read, we have added Buddy Reading, Mystery Readers, Bowling, A Visit from an Alligator Sanctuary, Crazy Sock Day and a Crazy Hair Day to our March calendar.

March is always a fun month at Sacred Heart School. We are challenging our minds to explore a world far beyond our own experience with great books. We plan many special events to keep us pushing through the end of winter into the spring, and we are preparing for the celebration of Easter. It is busy and we love it.

Sacred Heart School is the best gift you can give your child!

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

March 20 – Enrollment for 2020-2021 begins.  Alligator Sanctuary at 1:00

March 26 – 5:00-7:00 Preschool, Developmental Kindergarten, Kindergarten Open House.  It’s a Beach Party!

March 31 – 5:00-7:00 Open House PK-6th Grade.  Music from Around the World Assembly featuring Guy Louis.  Taco Dinner before the event.

April 2 – 2:00 Beach Party if we reach the 2,000 book goal.

 

Deacon’s Corner, March 8, 2020

In the Gospel today, Jesus invites Peter, James, and John to encounter God as they have never experienced Him before.  They get a sneak peek at the awesome glory of God, and what it will be like to live eternally with Him in heaven.  But first, they had to climb a mountain to find out.

We all need to go up the mountain to find solitude so we can encounter God.  Going up the mountain means we step away from our busy world and take time to be quiet and still and listen for God.  It means we strive to feel His presence with all of our mind and senses.  It means we look for Him in our surroundings and in the people around us, and we truly believe God is present among us every minute of the day.  But to climb that mountain, we must have the emotional desire to not just meet God, but to want to be with God—to experience Jesus.  Because, no one in the Gospels ever just “met” Jesus.  They “encountered” Him.  They “experienced” Him.   And when they were open to His Word, they were filled with grace and felt His mercy.

Pope Francis says we are called to bear the fruit of our experiences with God by sharing the grace we receive. He tells us we must go up the mountain to experience God, then come back down and share our joy with the many brothers and sisters weighed down by fatigue and sickness, injustice and ignorance, and poverty—both material and spiritual.  To these brothers and sisters in difficulty, through our mercy and compassion, Pope Francis says we must help them experience good, too.

As we seek God’s graces this Lent, let’s follow Jesus up the mountain to experience Him like never before.  Then, lead others to do the same.   When we do these things, we can enjoy God’s presence and change our life forever.  It did for Peter, James, and John.  And it will for us, too.  After all, isn’t that what Lent is all about?

Deacon John

 

**NEWS**

The Disciple Maker Index Survey
Thank you to the 133 parishioners who participated! Your help in providing feedback to our parish is greatly appreciated. We will be sharing aggregate results in the future.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Marriage Planning?  The Catholic Church urges all couples contemplating marriage to receive instruction in Natural Family Planning.  Natural Family Planning builds strong families. It is medically safe, morally acceptable and highly effective.  Those attending will to learn more about fertility awareness and related Church teaching.  The class is taught by a Registered Nurse, who is also certified to teaching the Billings Method.  The next scheduled Intro to NFP class is Monday March 9, 2020 from 7-9 pm at St. Mary Star of the Sea, IMMACULATA HALL.  Pre-Registration is required. Please call the St. Mary Parish Office 517-784-7184 or contact Maria Ansett RN at 517-974-2330.   Individual appointments are also available

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Altar Rosary Society

Due to a funeral, the Altar Rosary Society was rescheduled to Monday March 9th at 1:30 pm in the Parish Hall.  All ladies are welcome. Any questions call Vicki Hagreen at 448-6402.

 

 

Fr. Todd Homily, March 1, 2020

GospelMT 4:1-11

At that time Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert
to be tempted by the devil.
He fasted for forty days and forty nights,
and afterwards he was hungry.
The tempter approached and said to him,
“If you are the Son of God,
command that these stones become loaves of bread.”
He said in reply,
“It is written:
One does not live on bread alone,
but on every word that comes forth
from the mouth of God.”

Then the devil took him to the holy city,
and made him stand on the parapet of the temple,
and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down.
For it is written:
He will command his angels concerning you
and with their hands they will support you,
lest you dash your foot against a stone.”

Jesus answered him,
“Again it is written,
You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.”
Then the devil took him up to a very high mountain,
and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in their magnificence,
and he said to him, “All these I shall give to you,
if you will prostrate yourself and worship me.”
At this, Jesus said to him,
“Get away, Satan!
It is written:
The Lord, your God, shall you worship
and him alone shall you serve.”

Then the devil left him and, behold,
angels came and ministered to him.