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Tired of lockdown? Attend this three-day virtual conference and learn to LIVE FREE, sponsored by the Diocese of Lansing.
MAY 26-28 on ZOOM
Choose Your session: 9:30am—11:00 am OR 8:00pm—9:30pm
In the context of this virtual retreat, you will apply Gospel principles to your own story in three simple steps.
Lay it down
Surrender everything to God––your problems, your pain, your pride, your dreams, your relationships, your deepest desires, your past, your present, your future, your eternity.
Let it go
Receive once and for all the mercy of Jesus and find freedom from guilt, shame, condemnation, insecurity, hopelessness, and fear. Then pass it on!
Make new choices – yes & no
Turn away from ways you’ve cooperated with evil and renounce sin, unhealthy ways of coping, and lies about who you are and what you’re really made for. Say no to the enemy’s terrible plan for your life.
Say yes to freedom, to right living, to truth; say yes to God’s good plans for you.
These three steps clear the way for the Holy Spirit to enter and restore what was lost, mend what was broken, heal what was damaged, unlock what was bound, and raise what was dead!
Each day consists of 30 minutes teaching, 10 minutes testimony, 20 minutes discussion, 10 minutes prayer. We will leave time at the end for Q & A if you would like to stay.
To register for this FREE event, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/3-days-to-freedom-tickets-104781927566
We invite you to attend daily Masses, May 19-29. We can only receive 5% of our parish’s seating capacity, 25 individuals at each daily Mass.
In order to keep track of the attendees, we kindly ask that you please RSVP on the desired date you wish to attend. To register, please click on the following Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/daily-mass-monday-friday-may-19-29-tickets-105282904000
If you have difficulty with online RSVP, please call the office and register.
Please see Fr. Todd Fireside Chat from Thursday, May 14 talking about our reopening. https://www.facebook.com/sacredhearthudson.org/videos/261992201656338/
What should parishioners do before they arrive at the parish?
–Ensure that you do not have any symptoms of sickness. If you live with someone who is ill or being monitored for COVID-19, we ask that you refrain until everyone is your house is recovered.
–Bring your own hand sanitizer.
–Out of respect for fellow parishioners, we ask that all in attendance to wear face masks.
–Please refrain from using restrooms, if possible.
What will happen during Mass?
–No sign of peace.
–No Precious Blood.
–You should be prepared for not having congregational singing.
–The church has barriers to block off pews. Families may sit together.
–There will be no servers, lectors, sacristans, ushers, musicians or extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion.
Procedures for receiving Holy Communion.
–Dismissal one pew at a time.
–Individuals are to be 6 feet apart at all times.
–Holy Communion must be received in the hand and cannot be received with with gloves on.
Dismissal after Mass.
–Please respect the 6 foot distance upon dismissal.
–We kindly ask that you not linger after Mass.
Plans to re-open for Weekend Mass will be on May 31 at 25% of our parish seating capacity, which is approximately 115 people at each regularly scheduled Mass.
If you wish to read the entire Diocesan Policy on reopening Mass, please click on this link: https://www.dioceseoflansing.org/sites/default/files/2020-05/DoL-Guide-to-Masses-with-Small-Groups-of-the-Faithful-18-May-28-May-All-the-Faithful.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1vxqNjSUmvPO6Vo63xYQ8Mq5oW3Bz09RCYe0S1VVNGWarn_OHGrneTBdk
This weekend’s Mass Intentions are for Allen John Marry by Aunt Mel & Aunt Bobbye and Cletus Marry & Margaret Krauss by Tony & Linda Marry.
St. Mary on the Lake Intentions are for Ruth Hinkle+
Sixth Sunday of Easter Mass can be found here: https://youtu.be/Ak4N-834xLI
Today’s Readings can be found here: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/051720.cfm
Music for Sixth Sunday of Easter: Music for Mass on May 16
Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s on the Lake,
Here is a question I have had rolling around my head: Is Jesus Lord of all my days—both good and bad?
During these days of the Easter Season, we are reading the Acts of the Apostles. We see the Apostles and the Church being led and growing through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. That process of growing was a tumultuous roller coaster ride. Through it all, we see the Apostles and St. Paul leaning into the grace of God for direction and guidance. Among other things, they show us how to stay faithful even during suffering and apparent failure. Doing so, they see God reach in and bring good out of what looks like failure. For them, Jesus was the Lord of all of their days—both the good days and the bad ones.
Case in point was this reading we heard on Tuesday, May 12th from the ministry of Paul:
In those days, some Jews from Antioch and Iconium
arrived and won over the crowds.
They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city,
supposing that he was dead.
But when the disciples gathered around him,
he got up and entered the city.
On the following day he left with Barnabas for Derbe. (Acts 14:19-20)
This event with Paul is the epitome of a bad day, a bad day that Paul was blessed to survive at all. In the midst of what was a really bad day, Jesus was still Lord. What is most surprising is Paul’s reaction when waking up from his near death. It wasn’t to bemoan his fate. It wasn’t to throw in the towel on ministry because of the recent evidence he wasn’t being successful. It wasn’t to shake his fist at God for abandoning him and turn away from the faith because he endured unjust suffering. Those reactions make sense and will often cross our minds when we experience a bad day.
Rather, Paul’s reaction was to get back up and go right back into the very town he had just been dragged from. God still had work to do, and he was going to finish it. The question that drove Paul no matter the circumstance was: “Jesus, what do you have for me now?” Jesus was Lord of all his days, both the good ones and the bad ones. It was this position of trust that enabled Paul to tell the Philippians from a jail cell: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4-7)
No matter the kind of day we are having, remember Jesus is Lord. I know these are frustrating days, a time to grow in and practice patience whether we like it or not as we continue wading through the coronavirus crisis. In the midst of it, may we more intentionally lean into Jesus. May we always be willing to ask: “Jesus, what do you have for me now?”
For me, there are two types of people – those who believe God exists and those who don’t. Because, how can you be in the middle? Is “kind of” believing a “yes” or a “no”? The answer to that question determines how someone views life. So, here is something to quietly ponder while sitting around the house waiting to go dine at your favorite restaurant again….
An atheist would say this: I will live my life according to these beliefs: God does not exist. It is foolish to think that there is a God with a cosmic plan. That an all-powerful God brings redemption and healing to the pain and suffering in the world is a comforting thought, however, it is only wishful thinking. People can do as they please without eternal consequences. The idea that I am deserving of Hell because of sin is a lie meant to make me a slave to those in power. The more you have, the happier you will be. Our existence has no grand meaning or purpose in a world with no God. There is freedom to be who I want to be. But “with God, everything is fine”, it is ridiculous to think I am lost and in need of saving.
I have to admit, this view of life is a compelling argument for someone who only wants to be accountable to themselves. But, what about the view of a Christian? To find out, let’s take a look at what the atheist said, and say it in reverse. Let’s begin where the atheist’s belief in God ends.
As a Christian, I say this: I am lost and in need of saving. It is ridiculous to think everything is fine. But, with God, there is freedom to be who I want to be. In a world with no God, our existence has no grand meaning or purpose. “The more you have, the happier you are” is a lie meant to make me a slave to those in power. Because of sin, I am deserving of Hell. The idea that people can do as they please without eternal consequences is only wishful thinking. It is a comforting thought, however, that an all-powerful God brings redemption and healing to the pain and suffering in the world. That there is a God with a cosmic plan, it is foolish to think God does not exist. I will live my life according to these beliefs.
The difference in how an atheist and I view life can be summed up in one simple word – HOPE. Hope that even though my life has been turned upside down, God has a plan, and His plan is good. Hope that God will see me through to the other side of the crosses I carry, and my life will be better because of it.
In our second reading today, St. Peter said we must “always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope” (1 Peter 3:15). What will YOU say when asked? Will it be “because the more I have, the happier I will be”? Or, will you say “an all-powerful God brings redemption and healing to the pain and suffering in the world”? The choice is yours to make. But, the consequences of that choice determine how you view your life.