Mass, Pentecost, May 30-31, 2020

This weekend Masses are for:
4:30pm –  Bernard McGill by Family
8:00am – John Watkins by Fred & JoAnn Morast
11:00am – Healing for those affected by the pandemic

St. Mary on the Lake Mass Intentions are for LuAnne Gillen+

Pentecost Mass can be found here:  https://youtu.be/3CIx2o8wOI8

Mass Readings can be found here:  http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/053120.cfm

Mass Music:
BB 445–Come, Holy Ghost
BB 640–O Breathe on Me, O Breath of God
BB 356–Come to Me and Drink
BB 544–Joyful, Joyful, We Adore The

Message from Bishop Boyea

Mass begins May 30/31!!
Saturday, May 30 at 4:30pm
Sunday, May 31 at 8:00am and 11:00 am.

This weekend will see the parishes of the Diocese of Lansing re-open for public Mass. Deo gratias! To help parishes, priests and parishioners attend Holy Mass safely during this time of pandemic, Bishop Earl Boyea has issued a video aimed at explaining the new health and safety protocols which will apply to those attending Mass. “Such things are important but please don’t let these contemporary realities obscure this timeless truth: He is here. He knows you. He loves you. He is calling you. Welcome home,” say Bishop Boyea in the introduction to the video.

https://youtu.be/FLO1lusVtWQ

Fr. Todd Bulletin, May 31, 2020

Dear St. Mary’s on the Lake and Sacred Heart,

It is great to offer a partial welcome back!  Something is better than nothing, so even though we have restrictions for resuming Mass, I am glad we can at least start.  For those who cannot or don’t feel comfortable yet returning to Mass, please know of our continued prayers for you.  We will continue recording Masses for those who can’t be with us in person.

I want to offer congratulations to Deacon John on the 9th anniversary of his ordination on this past May 21st.  I am very grateful for all he does for both of our parishes.  I am especially grateful for his help in applying for the payment protection program through the Cares act in the midst of this pandemic shutdown.  He navigated through many, many emails of requirements and helped us make sure we had all of the proper paperwork in place.  His training in the nuclear power industry making sure power plants didn’t have a meltdown equipped him well for handling the first international pandemic in 100 years!  He has been a blessing in this time of great uncertainty.  Thank you, Deacon John, for your ministry both temporal and spiritual!

This weekend we celebrate Pentecost, the day when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Apostles and disciples gathered in the upper room.  This is the birthday of the Church.  What we all need to realize is that the Holy Spirit longs to work in us and through us.  God desires to work through us just as He worked in the lives of the Apostles.  Never close yourself off from what God can do!

There is an article talking about 10 ways to be open to the Holy Spirit: https://catholicexchange.com/10-ways-open-holy-spirit.  I want to highlight three things it suggests:

 

Acts of the Apostles

Read the book from the Bible, “The Acts of the Apostles.” Written by the Evangelist Saint Luke, this book clearly shows the powerful working of the Holy Spirit in the Apostles—especially Saint Peter and Saint Paul—as well as the formation of the primitive Church. As you read, be keenly attentive to the presence and workings of the Holy Spirit and beg Him to work powerfully in your own personal life! “Come Holy Spirit come….”

 

Loneliness? Problems?

If you experience loneliness and are weighed down by many problems, then never forget to enter into the depths of your soul and speak to the Holy Spirit whose name is “Sweet Guest of the soul.”  You will recognize that you are really not alone and that your problems and crosses are not as heavy as you think. Rather, the Holy Spirit can help you to resolve your problems, or at least help you to cope with them.

 

Docility

Silence is a prerequisite to move on to the next step—docility to the Holy Spirit.  A person who is living in the state of grace, honestly pursuing a life of holiness and seeking perfection will be exposed to heavenly inspirations that come from the Holy Spirit. The key is an ability to listen to these gentle but insistent inspirations, discern them coming from God, and then the most difficult is to follow and obey these inspirations.

 

The Holy Spirit is, so to speak, a “Gentleman” and will never force Himself upon anybody. Rather, He waits patiently for us to respond and then He can work very powerfully only if we are silent, humble and obedient.

 

God Bless,

Fr. Todd

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, May 31, 2020

Congratulations to Gabby Adams, Kayli Butler, Annabelle Czeiszperger, AJ Hart, Kallie Henning, Ellie Loar, Darcie Marry, Nathan Spangler and Aiden Tedora. The graduating class of SHS 2020 will take Sacred Heart School with them because they didn’t just come to school, they lived their days guided by the Holy Spirit.

Each one of our graduates knows that their worth and gifts are what make them perfectly special and close to God. These nine students are vastly different but they accept what is different about each other. In collaborating with each other through service and classwork, they have been enlightened to how unique each one is. These students understand diversity.

It is our true hope that, as they move on to their new school, each student is able to shine. But, even more important, is to remember that no award or accolade will ever define who they are or how important they are. Their worth comes from God. I believe these students truly understand that God has a plan for them and when they pray, they will find the answers. They will find hard times and failures. We know there is no way to avoid it but these students have developed a strong soul that will guide them through the challenges of the days ahead.

They have served their community with endless service projects: from serving on the altar to collecting food and clothing; and lots and lots of cleaning at the church and the school. They are excellent workers who were always fun to have on any task.

We will always remember the trips to Notre Dame, Sacred Heart Seminary, the Stranahan Theater, Lansing, Kimball Camp, and when we almost made it to Mackinac Island. We will remember all of the practice and performances, the Wax Museum, Saint Art Prize, Orchestra concerts, Appreciations, Life Skills, football, sewing club, and so much more.

I want to thank the parents and extended families for partnering with all of the teachers and staff at Sacred Heart School for your child’s academic and faith formation. We are blessed beyond words to have known you and your children. It is no exaggeration to say we are all great friends and mentors to each other. You are the gold standard for graduating classes from Sacred Heart and we are pleased to have been a part of your lives.

Students, may you always remember to pray and never doubt your special gifts from God.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal

 

An Irish Blessing

May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face;

the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,

may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Deacon’ Corner, May 31, 2020

St. Paul said, “You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of your ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts” (2 Corinthians 3:3).

Nine years ago on May 21st, I was ordained a deacon.  Last week, I was literally overwhelmed by the love and support I received from you through all the Facebook comments, cards, and emails.   In God’s own way, the timing for me to receive so many “congratulations” and “thank yous” was incredible.  Because being cooped up for almost 3 months due to this pandemic, I’ve had plenty of time to think about why God called me to be a deacon in the first place, and wonder if my ministry is really “a letter from Christ.”

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says the deacon is “configured to Christ, who made himself the ‘deacon’ or servant of all” (CCC 1570).  It goes on to say that the deacon assists the bishop and priests in celebrating the divine mysteries (our sacraments and liturgies), proclaiming the Gospel, preaching, presiding over marriages and funerals, and being dedicated to the ministries of charity and service [diakonia] (CCC 1570).

Now, the “assisting” part of the deacon’s ministry is easy for me to see if I’m fulfilling those responsibilities.  The hard part is seeing if what I’m doing is “dedicated to the ministries of charity and service.”  On top of that, during my diaconate formation, we were constantly reminded of the awesome responsibility that accompanies the humbling privilege of receiving the Sacrament of Holy Orders.  We were told that if we think we are worthy to wear the deacon’s stole and submit to a life of serving God and His people, then we are not.  If we think we are worthy, we are not.  Nine years later, I still don’t think I’m worthy.  But, your thoughts and prayers, your congratulations and well wishes, your Facebook “likes”, your words of encouragement and inspiration all answered my prayers to reassure me that I am doing what God wants me to do.

Through my deacon ministry, I have learned that to be a good minister I need to meet people where they live and work.  I’ve learned that ministry is more than committee meetings, outreach programs, newsletters, and liturgies.  Ministry is going out and walking with people in their suffering, step by step, to let them know God cares.  It’s helping people regain their human dignity and understand that we are all made in the image and likeness of God.  I have learned that everyone is entitled to the love of Jesus – from an unborn baby to people locked away for crimes against humanity, confined to a hospital bed, struggling with darkness, unable to get out of a senior home, or wondering if God forgot about them.  Ministry is helping people experience the love of Christ so they can grow closer to God.  But, I can’t do any of that without your help.  In fact, my ministry and YOUR ministry go hand in hand.  We are two sides of the same coin.

Today, we face the same evil in the world as those 1st Century Christians.  We live in a society filled with injustice and turmoil.  A culture where the erosion of human dignity and disregard for life threaten to snuff out the fires lit by the Holy Spirit at that first Pentecost almost 2000 years ago.  But, like them, we cannot let that happen!  All of us must work to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ so everyone can experience the compassion of God written on their hearts.  Together, we must work side by side and bring Christ’s presence into the lives of others.

Thank you for making my 9th anniversary a very special one.  Together, let’s GO AND ANNOUNCE THE GOSPEL OF THE LORD!

Deacon John

 

Memorial Day Prayer

 

Gracious God,

On this Memorial Day, we pray for those who courageously laid down their lives for the cause of freedom. May the examples of their sacrifice inspire in us the selfless love of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Bless the families of our fallen troops, and fill their homes and their lives with Your strength and peace. In union with people of goodwill of every nation, embolden us to answer the call to work for peace and justice, and thus, seek an end to violence and conflict around the globe.

We ask this through your name. – Amen