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

Guidelines for Returning to Public Masses at Sacred Heart:

Guidelines for Returning to Public Masses at Sacred Heart:

-Plans to reopen for weekend mass will begin the weekend of May 30th at 25% of our parish seating capacity which is approximately 115 people at each regularly scheduled mass.

No reservations are required. Once seating is full, we will be at our capacity.

Masses are at 4:30 pm on Saturdays and 8:00 and 11:00 am on Sundays.

-Confession will resume the normal schedule at Sacred Heart starting the first week in June (Tuesday’s at 4:45 and Saturday’s at 3:30pm). For the time being, Confessions will be drive thru in the church parking lot at Sacred Heart.

-Daily mass will begin at 25% capacity on Thursday, June 4, 2020. No reservation required.

–There is no obligation to attend Mass. That will remain the case until Midsummer, at the earliest.

–Those who are 65 or older, or who may have risk factors for Covid-19 are not forbidden to attend, but do know you are considered to be in a heightened state of risk for infection.

–If you are experiencing fever or any type of cough or illness please do not come to Mass.  If you live with someone who is ill, whether they are being monitored for Covid-19 or not, it would be better if you refrained from Mass until everyone in the house is recovered.

What should parishioners do before they arrive at the parish? 
–Ensure that you do not have any symptoms of sickness.
–Wash hands.
–Bring your own hand sanitizer
–Out of respect for fellow parishioners, we ask all in attendance to wear face masks.
–Please refrain from using the restrooms if possible. Only use if there is an emergency, it is not possible for us to sanitize these facilities after every user.
–We will have Holy Water containers in the gathering space and at the Parish hall. Please bring a container if you would like to take some home.

 

What will happen during Mass? 
–The Church now has fixed barriers in the pews to ensure social distancing.  People may sit in a group only with those with whom they share the same residence.
–No sign of peace.
–No Precious Blood.
–There are no hymnals in the pews and there will be no congregational singing.
–There will be no servers, lectors, musicians, sacristans, ushers or extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion at this time.

 

Procedures for receiving Holy Communion.
–Dismissal one pew at a time.
–Individuals not from the same household are to be 6 ft apart at all times.
– We are asking that you receive communion in the hand.  We cannot receive communion wearing gloves.
Dismissal after Mass
–Please respect the 6 ft distance upon dismissal.
–You are kindly asked not to linger after Mass.

TO READ THE  DIOCESE OF LANSING GUIDELINES,  PLEASE CLICK THE LINK BELOW.
https://dioceseoflansing.org/news/return-mass-guidelines-published-diocese-lansing

Mass, Ascension of the Lord, May 24-25, 2020

This weekend Mass Intentions are for Rev. Paul Cummings and May Marry.  St. Mary Mass Intentions are for Anita Schultz.
Today’s Mass can be found here:  https://youtu.be/06Ns3CpBqtU

Music for May 23 & 24, 2020
http://www.saintmarymanitoubeach.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Music-for-Mass-on-May-23.pdf

Today’s Readings can be found here:  http://cms.usccb.org/bible/readings/052420-ascension.cfm

SHS Weekly Newsletter

Dear Sacred Heart Families,

Happy Friday! You have made it to the last week of instruction for the 2019-2020 school year! We are so blessed to have you in the Sacred Heart Family! Thank you so much for being wonderful and partnering with us to teach at home!

This week’s newsletter includes a service project and the students have a chance to win ice cream for participating. It is a great way to share their talents and make some people very happy. See the newsletter for details.
See the attached newsletter for all school news and classroom updates.
5.18.20

Fr. Todd Bulletin, May 24, 2020

 

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

This weekend we celebrate Memorial Day, a weekend to remember all those who have died serving in the armed forces. I know many events that would usually happen are canceled.  Events or not, may we pray for those who have died.  I have included a beautiful prayer written by Tony Rossi:

https://aleteia.org/2018/05/25/a-prayer-for-memorial-day/

 

Heavenly Father,

Today we honor those who gave their life for their country on foreign battlefields and here at home. Though they would have preferred peace to war, they responded to the call to serve and made the ultimate sacrifice defending the ideals in which they believed, defending their brothers-and-sisters-in arms, and defending innocents from violence. May their courage be honored and remembered; may their example influence current and future generations; may their legacy be one of love and sacrifice; and may their souls be embraced by You.

We also remember those service members whose invisible wounds led them to take their own lives. Their minds, hearts, and spirits were in turmoil due to the violence they had experienced, and they thought there was no other way to end their pain. We pray that You welcome these men and women into Your loving and merciful heart. We also pray that those enduring these struggles right now realize that suicide is not the answer. May they find the hope they are looking for because there are good people out there who are willing and able to help them.

We pray also for those designated POW/MIA. Their families have no closure. They don’t know if their loved ones are alive or dead. Bring them the answers they seek and, if possible, bring the missing home.

Finally, comfort the families of all the men and women who have been lost to war and terrorism. To them, the deceased are not just military personnel, but rather father, mother, husband, wife, son, daughter, friend. Help these families remember the good times and look forward to being reunited with their loved ones in Your heavenly kingdom some day where there will be no more mourning.

We ask this in Your loving name, Father.  Amen.

God Bless,

Fr. Todd

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, May 24, 2020

Congratulations to Deacon John Amthor! He was ordained a Holy Deacon 9 years ago.

At Sacred Heart School, we have been blessed by Deacon John in so many ways. He has been my mentor and guide through my beginning years as an administrator and I am grateful for all of his support. His wisdom and experience has led the school down a road for stability and success. Deacon John’s presence at SHS is a major factor for how we are able to serve the community of Hudson and the 70 families who rely on us to educate and inspire the Catholic faith to their children. I started to list off the many hats Deacon John wears but quickly realized there are too many to mention. Just know that he cares about the school and follows a vision and mission of bringing Jesus to any family who chooses to raise and educate their child in the faith. This is not an easy task and requires grueling work behind the scenes. Deacon John does this work with very little recognition and his humility is contagious; creating the culture of the school that is driven by mission and not personal recognition.

Thank you Deacon John for creating a presence at the school that is inspiring and profound. We are so blessed by your call to serve our staff, children and families in ways that are both tangible and divine. We look forward to continuing our growth together and are excited about the unlimited future growth of Sacred Heart School. You have made a legacy here that we will preserve and hold dear to our hearts.

May God Always Bless You,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Deacon’s Corner, May 24, 2020

 

It is difficult for me to write something different each Memorial Day.  Because, no words can describe such a solemn day to remember the men and women who literally gave everything they had so we can enjoy the freedoms we have.  So, I would like to share my favorite Deacon’s Corner for Memorial Day from a few years ago.  I wrote about 2 great men who had a big influence in my life.  This year, I’ve added one more.  Each of them were part of the Greatest Generation we all owe so much.  The generation that taught my generation how to preserve in hard times when the entire world can seem hopeless.  Each of these men were faithful and hardworking.  They loved God, their Catholic faith, and are now home with the Lord.

My dad was 19 and part of a landing craft crew when he landed on Utah Beach the morning of D-Day.  As they hit the beach, his landing craft was disabled.  Under heavy fire, they abandoned their craft, hastily picked up whatever equipment they could find lying in the sand and joined an Army recon unit fighting their way off the beach.  For a month, he fought to liberate French towns in Normandy before returning to his ship.  On one of those Sundays, dad attended Mass at a small, village church.  A little, feisty nun made he and his buddies leave all their guns and ammunition outside the church door before they could enter for Mass.  When he got back to his ship, he discovered half of his crew never made it off the beach.  Dad died suddenly over 10 years ago, never really talking much about his war experience.

Bob was a dear friend who God put in my life after dad died at a time when I really needed a father figure. He was also crewed a landing craft.  Bob was 18 and halfway to Japan for invasion of the mainland when the war finally ended.  Bob provided security for the USS Missouri as the Japanese signed the surrender document aboard it.  He remembers sailing into Tokyo Bay immediately afterward, wondering if it was all really a trap.  Bob spent the rest of the war clearing the rubble from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and bringing food and water to Japanese citizens who survived the devastation.  Bob died 3 years ago when his heart was too tired to pump anymore.

John was a parishioner at St. Mary on the Lake.  He sat at the end of the pew each Sunday and shook my hand as I processed out.  Each time, I thanked him for his service to our country, and he thanked me for serving God.  John was barely 18 when he fought in General Patton’s 7th Army all the way up the Italian peninsula to push the German army out.  John has 3 Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star.  The last time I saw John was this past February as he re-told me his many memories about his wartime experience.  He was bed-ridden at home and I brought him communion.  John died a few weeks later, taking his stories with him.

I remember about a month before Bob died, our son wrote him a letter for his 90th birthday celebration.  The letter said, “instead of me saying ‘thank you for your service,’ I want to say thank you for putting your life on hold 70 years ago to preserve our nation’s freedom and fight tyranny abroad.  Thank for ensuring evil will not triumph or reach our nation shores.  Few people know the unique feeling of signing your life away for a cause greater than one’s self.  Few people know what it is like to raise your right hand and take an oath.  Few people know what it is like to put your life on hold and go to a foreign country to fight, knowing full well that a living, breathing, thinking enemy is waiting for them when they get there.  Your service to our country meant the preservation of our freedom for many years to come, and your sacrifices for our nation will never be forgotten.   Respectfully, Major Justin Amthor USMC.”

While speaking at a memorial service after the war, General George Patton said, “let’s not ask God why these men had to die. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived.”  As we kick off the summer this Memorial Weekend, may we pray for the men and women who sacrificed their lives to fight evil and protect freedom.  May we never forget them – and thank God that they lived.  May perpetual light shine upon them, and may they rest in peace.

Deacon John