THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY… …is celebrated next Saturday, August 15th at 9:00 am at Sacred Heart Church. Normally a Holy Day of Obligation, please keep in mind that there is NO obligation to attend any Mass during the coronavirus pandemic. You may come celebrate the Blessed Mother’s heavenly homecoming if you so desire, but you are under no obligation to do so. This Mass will be live-streamed on the Sacred Heart Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/sacredhearthudson.org/
Please keep the following young adults in your prayers as they will be Confirmed on Thursday, August 13 at Sacred Heart Church.
Spirit of God, grant me:
The gift of wisdom
To see the world through your eyes,
The gift of counsel
To make difficult decisions,
The gifts of knowledge and understanding
To use my mind to know you and to love you,
The gift of fortitude
To have the courage to live in the faith
Despite the difficulties and disappointments,
The gift of piety
To be able to express my special love
And commitment to you,
And the right kind of awesome fear
That makes me pause to wonder and revere
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time – August 8 & 9, 2020
Mass intentions at Sacred Heart are offered for the following:
4:30pm – Floyd Braun ~ 12th Anniversary by Carolyn
8:00am – Fr. John Wehrle by Jennifer Ball
11:00am – Rod Bellman by Family
The Mass intentions at St. Mary on the Lake are offered for the following:
6:00pm – Jane Clark+
9:30am – Ed Jeffery+
Readings of the day: https://bible.usccb.org/
Daily Mass for Thursday, August 6, 2020
St. Mary on the Lake Catholic Church, Manitou Beach, MI
The Mass was offered for the deceased members of the Holda Family+
The Mass at Sacred Heart was offered for James John & Norma Day Veneros+
Readings of the day: https://bible.usccb.org/
Saturday, August 8
4:30pm Floyd Braun ~ 12th Anniversary by Carolyn
Sunday, August 9
8:00am Fr. Jon Wehrle by Jennifer Ball
11:00am Rod Bellman by Family
Monday, August 10
8:00am People of the Parish
Tuesday, August 11
4:45pm Confession & Adoration
5:45pm Dick Bade by Marie Hartley
Wednesday, August 12
8:00am Jack Weaver by Bev & Steve Brower
Thursday, August 13
8:00am Shelly Veneros
Friday, August 14
8:00am Rosie Shaffer by Joe & Pam Marry
Saturday, August 15
4:30pm Ted Marry by the SHS Basketball Team
Sunday, August 16
8:00am Mike Sanborn by Tony & Linda Marry
11:00am Jim Stephenson ~ 10th Anniversary by Family
Please join us for a day of Eucharistic Adoration as we pray for our nation.
Wednesday August 19, 2020
8:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.
Please sign up for a time slot. There is a sign up sheet in the entrance of the church or call Linda Higgins at 517-286-6426.
Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s
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 last aspect of that plan: apostolate. That refers simply to the place God is sending me/using me right now. What is the mission God has for me and am I responding to it?
When thinking about our apostolate, there is an immediate obstacle we need to overcome. It is the temptation to think we only have a mission if it takes us across the world. Someone once met Mother Teresa and was so inspired that she shouted out that she was ready to go to Calcutta as soon as she could get a flight. Mother Teresa responded by saying this: “Stay where you are. Find your own Calcutta. Find the sick, the suffering, and the lonely, right where you are — in your own homes and in your own families, in homes and in your workplaces and in your schools. You can find Calcutta all over the world, if you have eyes to see.” Most often the place God has for us is our families, our parish, our school, our workplace. That is our apostolate, the place God wants us to minister. What is that right now for us?
One of the most important apostolates we have is family life. It is there that God works and wants to work. We need to learn to never underestimate the importance of family life. Every family is the seed bed in which every other vocation is sown and takes root. The U.S. Bishops wrote this in a pastoral letter to families: “The profound and the ordinary moments of daily life—mealtimes, workdays, vacations, expressions of love and intimacy, household chores, caring for a sick child or elderly parent, and even conflicts over things like how to celebrate holidays, discipline children, or spend money—all are the threads from which you can weave a pattern of holiness.” All those moments that are part and parcel with being a family are part and parcel with living in your apostolate. Moms and Dads, Aunts and Uncles, Grandpas and Grandmas—know the importance of your mission field! No act of love or sacrifice is ever wasted.
I can’t possibly write the names of all the many people who have Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s on the Lake as their apostolate. They hear God’s call to make our parishes a place to encounter the Lord. As Pastor, thank you!
There is a great call to serve our immediate community. I think this is especially true during the ongoing fight against Coronavirus. Many people are isolated and alone. Our apostolate can be simply reaching out to people who need more than ever someone to give them a phone call. I know people who go out of their way to find those who need such encouragement and love even in our own community.
The way we grow in our faith is by giving it away. Our apostolate is then not just the way we serve God—it is also the very way God helps us grow ourselves. Jesus promised that the way to find life is by losing it. Let us lose our lives in Him, and then we will find the life He made us for.
As I sit down to write this week’s Deacon’s Corner, I can’t help to see how the pandemic dominates every part of our life. We have rules for everything from standing in line, attending church, social gatherings, and even using a public restroom. Some people argue that the government doesn’t do enough to protect us from the virus. Others argue that the government does too much. Sometimes I think my civil liberties are violated because I’m required to wear a mask. But, then the senior living center where my mom lives goes on lockdown again because a resident has COVID-19. Did someone not wear a mask when they were supposed to? Is it a false positive test result? Was there an underlying health condition that mimics COVID-19? Who knows – even the experts can’t agree!
As I tie myself in knots trying to make sense of all this, I remember the story in Matthew 22, when a group of Pharisees confronted Jesus and asked whether it was lawful to pay taxes to Caesar. Jesus responded by asking whose face was engraved on the coins used to pay the taxes. When they answered it was Caesar’s face, Jesus replied, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s” (Matthew 22:21). Jesus is not mixing politics and religion. His response is about how we relate to the government vs. how we relate to God.
The Roman government in Jesus’ day was totalitarian, corrupt, and ruled by a dictator. Still, Jesus promoted an attitude of respect toward the government by obeying the law and paying taxes. If the Roman government deserved the Jews’ respect, doesn’t our much more fair government deserve ours? Even if we don’t like our current political leaders, we must remember that our citizens placed them there through fair and open elections. Following the rules for this pandemic may seem to be an infringement on our constitutional rights to some. But for others, the rules could possibly mean the difference between life and death. Only God knows for sure.
At the beginning of this pandemic, Bishop Boyea wrote a Friday Memo reminding us that wearing masks is a sign of love for each other. When I think about his words, I shouldn’t wear a mask because the government tells me to. I should wear a mask out of love for people who are vulnerable to the virus or fear they will get it. If Jesus were here today, would He say, give to Caesar what is Caesar’s by following the COVID-19 rules, and give to God what is God’s by loving each other? I think He would.