Fr. Todd Bulletin, August 2, 2020

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

Amber Czeiszperger will be entering the postulancy on August 22nd.  We are going to have a send off party on Sunday, August 16th following the 11am Mass at Sacred Heart.  We plan on having ice cream available outside the church.  If you would like to give Amber a card you can give it to her that day or simply drop one off at the parish and we will make sure she receives it.  Let us keep her and our seminarians in prayer as they get ready for their studies this fall.

I want to continue the series on developing and living our spiritual plan that Craig Pohl shared on our recent staff retreat. That plan has four elements- prayer, community, study/catechesis, and apostolate.

This week I want to focus on the third part of that plan, study/catechesis.  A question we all need to ask ourselves from time to time is this: what is forming me?  Am I more formed by God and what He reveals or am I more formed by the world around me?  A regular manner of study guides us, helps us grow, and helps us understand what the world throws our way.  Regular study also helps us reach out to those around us when they have questions

Ongoing study/catechesis can take many forms.  The important thing is for us to build some time for studying into our schedule.  I know that can be challenging with the busyness of our lives so I want to mention a few options of things that can work with our schedules.

 

Short online Classeshttps://shortcourses.augustineinstitute.org/

– Three to four hours of high-quality video instruction

– Detailed companion presentation slides

– Reading assignments that are modest in length but generous in depth and beauty

– Quizzes

– Related resources: books, video, audio and more

 

Podcasts:

Word on Fire: https://www.wordonfireshow.com/podcast-archive/

Fr. Mike Schmitz: https://media.ascensionpress.com/category/ascension-podcasts/frmikepodcast/

Leah Darrow: A Catholic Women’s Podcast on a variety of topics.  https://leahdarrow.com/category/podcast/

 

Good Books:

Introduction to Catholicism Adults: https://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Catholicism-James-Socias/dp/1936045885/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=introduction+to+catholicism+for+adults&qid=1595618147&sr=8-2

Any Biography or Auto-Biography of a life of a Saint.  Hearing about their stories always helps me see God’s hand more clearly in my own life and walk with Him.

 

With any of these steps you will be built up and you will be Blessed!

God Bless,

Fr. Todd

 

Deacon Corner, August 2, 2020

In the Gospel today we hear the familiar story of Jesus using a few pieces of fish and bread to feed a crowd of 5000.  Actually, the crowd probably numbered 10,000 to 20,000 with women and children included as only the men were counted at that time.  And although this is a miracle indeed, I always wonder who brought the 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish anyway?   Someone in the crowd went out for the day to hear a famous preacher speak, only to find themselves giving up their dinner so the crowd could be fed.  How many of us would have done that?

I also wonder what the person said when they gave away their food knowing they were hungry themselves?  Did they give it freely?  Did they object?  We’ll never know because Scripture doesn’t record these details.  But, we do know that whoever it was responded in the moment to God’s call to share what they had – and something wonderful happened.  Whoever did this shows us how the most unexpected things can happen when we are open to God wanting to do something through us.  With their small gesture to help, God did great things through this person whose name is forever lost to history.

Mother Teresa said that not all of us are called to go great things.  Not everyone is called be a CEO or vice president of a major corporation.  Not everyone is called to be a great athlete, solve the problem of world hunger, win a Nobel Peace Prize, or find a cure for cancer.  But Mother Teresa did say “WE ARE ALL CALLED TO DO SMALL THINGS WITH GREAT LOVE.”  What is God calling you to do?  Not just with your life, but right now in this moment.

When we do even the little things, like give our lunch to someone who’s hungry, then we truly respond to Gods call doing small things each day with great love.  May you have a Blessed week doing small things with great love.

Deacon John

 

ATTN: Graduating SENIORS

Attention Graduating Seniors:

We would like to invite all Graduating Seniors of the Parish to a “Senior Blessing Mass” on August 9 at 11:00am at Sacred Heart Church.  Fr. Todd will bless our Seniors as they move on to the next chapter of their life.  ***PLEASE CALL the Parish Office to let us know of your plans to attend. We’ll reserve a pew for you and your family.***

If you aren’t able to attend the Senior Blessing Mass on August 9, you are welcome to join St. Mary on the Lake Senior Blessing Mass on Sunday, August 2 at 9:30am.

 

RCIA & Religious Ed

RCIA

Because of the Pandemic we aren’t sure how things will be this fall.  However, we are still planning on starting RCIA in some capacity on Tuesday, September 8. If you know someone who isn’t Catholic and is interested in learning about our Catholic faith, please have them call Linda Higgins at 517-286-6426 to set up an appointment.

 

Religious Ed

We have been in contact with the Diocese of Lansing on a safe return to Religious Ed.  Depending on the Governor Mandates, there are a few options we are exploring.  We are developing a survey through Survey Monkey that will allow parents to give input.  Please make sure the parish office has your correct email, so we can get you a link.

 

 

DSA Committments

Thank you to everyone who has made a gift or pledge commitment to our Diocesan Services
Appeal! We are at 85% of our goal!  Our gifts to DSA enable our diocese to provide services crucial to our parish. The
programs and services funded by DSA offer direct assistance to individuals and families, and
to parishes, schools, and Catholic Charities agencies. Our parish staff benefitted greatly
from the timely and professional advice and direction of the diocese during the course of
the pandemic.

If you have not yet made a gift or a pledge, I invite you to do so today. Gift envelopes are
available in church or the parish office. Or you may submit your gift online at
www.dioceseoflansing.org/dsa. Your DSA gift will support the vital services and ministries
that help bring the love of Christ to all we encounter.

Please see the attached F&Q……

DSA-2020-FAQ-FAITH-May-2020

 

Deacon John Homily, July 26, 2020

GospelMT 13:44-52 OR 13:44-46

Jesus said to his disciples:
“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field,
which a person finds and hides again,
and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant
searching for fine pearls.
When he finds a pearl of great price,
he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea,
which collects fish of every kind.
When it is full they haul it ashore
and sit down to put what is good into buckets.
What is bad they throw away.
Thus it will be at the end of the age.
The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous
and throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.

“Do you understand all these things?”
They answered, “Yes.”
And he replied,
“Then every scribe who has been instructed in the kingdom of heaven
is like the head of a household
who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old.”