Homilies for August 30, 2020


Jesus began to show his disciples
that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly
from the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed and on the third day be raised.
Then Peter took Jesus aside and began to rebuke him,
“God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen to you.”
He turned and said to Peter,
“Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me.
You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”

Then Jesus said to his disciples,
“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself,
take up his cross, and follow me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world
and forfeit his life?
Or what can one give in exchange for his life?
For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory,
and then he will repay all according to his conduct.”

Fr. Todd Homily

Fr. Tomy Homily

COVID-19 Updates

Now that school is in session, visitors entering the parish offices are required to:

  • Enter and exit through the entrance near the parking lot.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Complete the daily log indicating that they have been symptom free from illness over the past 24 hours.
  • Have a body temperature of 100.4 degrees F or lower to be allowed into the building.
  • Wash hands frequently. If you cannot access a sink and soap, use hand sanitizer.
  • Cover coughs/sneezes with a tissue or crook of elbow. Discard of tissues in the trash.
  • Maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others.
  • Leave immediately if you begin to feel ill so as not to expose others.


Diocese of Lansing COVID-19 Preparedness & Response Plan:   DOL COVID-19 Plan

Sacred Heart COVID-19 Response Plan:  Sacred Heart Parish Re-Opening

Sacred Heart School COVID-19 Response Plan:  SHS Phase 3    SHS Phase 4     SHS Phase 5



Mass, Sunday, August 30, 2020

This weekend Mass Intentions are for:

Sacred Heart

4:30pm – Phil Fether ~ 1st Anniversary by Don & Helen Wines

8:00am – AJ Marry by Family

11:00am – John Mullaly by Family

St. Mary on the Lake

6:00 pm – For the Sick of the Parish
9:30 am – Bernard & Lois Reuter+

Mass – 22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time:  https://youtu.be/xpQUSQ3Rnas

Readings of the Day:  https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/083020.cfm

Bulletin for Sunday, August 30, 2020:  https://bulletins.discovermass.com/download.php?bulletin=ljDRt%2FJ09pZaQ8N43xAys3IQ8Y4YlbFYu0eGOdskckT6II%2Bg2%2BZ8vmGxT856PawA9i%2FVpcT6%2F1iH5p3ouYtmt%2B5cqzdi1BcrF0EtltYrfUo%3D

Fr. Todd Bulletin, August 30, 2020

Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s

I am very excited for the beginning of our new school year.  Please keep our students and staff in your prayers.  I know many of our parishioners work in schools- know of our prayers for you during this pandemic.  Thank you, Anne and all the staff, for your hard work preparing for this upcoming year so we can open confidently and safely.

One of the blessings of having a Catholic School is that the faith is at the heart of everything we do.  The challenge is looking for ways to measure how the faith is being integrated into the day.  A simple tool is this: the faith should be known, seen, and lived.  That same measuring tool is equally applicable in our families and individual lives.

Known– I remember as I drew near to ordination after eight years in Seminary it was stressed to us over and over again that our formation needed to continue after we left formal studies.  We would need to be intentional about continuing to learn we so we could both know and express the richness of our faith.  That has been a great challenge for me to keep in mind.  Even though I am priest I don’t know the entirety of the faith and I never will.  This is the truth of any relationship- there is always more to know.  We all want to love and follow the Lord more closely.  The better that you know someone the deeper your relationship grows.  Even as our kids get ready to return to school may it be a reminder for each of us to keep on learning ourselves.

Seen– The faith should not only be taught but it needs to be evident.  At Sacred Heart the school is decorated with beautiful art and we have images of Jesus, Mary, and the Saints throughout the school.  Our lives and our homes should exhibit who we are without us ever having to say anything.  I know a man whose introduction to faith came from seeing a crucifix and asking himself the question- “Who is that man on that cross?”  That simple question opened the door to seeking out who Jesus was and coming to know Him.  We never know the impact of even the simplest signs of our faith.

Lived– Are we practicing what we preach?  For all of us it is the reminder that an important part of each of our lives is the example of the faith lived out that we provide.  What is the example I am providing to those who see me day in and day out be it in the classroom, at the grocery store, at work, or at home?  It is one thing to talk about prayer and have religious images but do the people around me actually see me praying?  I know a woman who saw her dad take time to kneel down and pray by the front door before he went off to work each day.  For her it was an invaluable lesson of the faith lived out.  It is an old saying that actions speak louder than words. When it comes to our faith it is just as true.

This coming year may we strive to have the faith be known, seen, and lived in us!

God Bless,

Fr. Todd


Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, August 30, 2020

Dear Sacred Heart Families,

It is the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year and Sacred Heart School is ready for another great year! The teachers, staff and parents pay attention to every detail when preparing for the students to come to school. The week before school starts is always a very energetic time as we put the final touches on everything and begin to welcome our families back. Some kids are so excited, others are nervous, some would rather stay busy helping at home, but on Monday, we will all be together to grow and learn.

It is with the hope of each day that we open our hearts to God’s grace. Our children deserve to be respected and loved in all parts of the day. As a school community, we pray for God’s light to guide our thoughts and actions. It is so important that we put God first when teaching and mentoring children. This enables us to see each child as a unique and special gift to the world. Each child is so perfectly unique with strengths that are theirs alone. It is our job to inspire each child to live a life of purpose and to know that their worth comes from God.

The teachers at Sacred Heart know that they have been called to a vocation. They embrace this purpose and are able to teach with passion and love. It is this purpose that gives each of us the confidence to handle every day. There seems to be a peaceful calm about the start of the school year. It was easy to see and feel at our Open Houses this week. The families that attended are so wonderful and having the children back on the playground is nothing short of spectacular. We love Sacred Heart School and we will stay committed to serving our community and reflecting the unconditional love of Jesus with everything that we do.

Thank you all for your continued prayers!

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal



Sacred Heart School

Students are balanced: confident of mind, academics and Catholic Faith.

Serving the Community. Teaching our students to live and model the Catholic faith. Reflecting the unconditional love of Jesus. Remaining structured with the purpose of graduating students who are prepared to persevere.


Deacon Corner, August 30,2020

In our first reading today, poor Jeremiah says, “You duped me, O LORD…all the day I am an object of laughter; everyone mocks me.”  He complains that by acting with integrity and responding to God’s call, he is a daily laughingstock among the people.  Despite his temptation to give up, Jeremiah finds the courage to go on.  In the Gospel, Jesus was tempted to give up, too.  He knew He had to make his last journey to Jerusalem and face the suffering that awaited Him there.  However, Peter, albeit with good intentions, tries to persuade Jesus not to go.  Jesus says, “Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”  Jesus and Jeremiah show us that it takes courage to do what God asks of us, especially in a hostile environment.  Both would be insulted, ridiculed, and the brunt of jokes.  But still, they were prepared to suffer for doing what was right—and Jesus, He gave His life because of it.  Tradition tells us that Jeremiah did too, being stoned to death by his own people.

In speaking to the early Christians in Rome, St. Paul said in the second reading to hold on to your principles and do what is holy and pleasing to God.  He told them not to conform to the behaviors of the world, but to discern the will of God and do what is “good and pleasing and perfect.”  That means we try to live by a higher standard of love and virtue than what is found in the world.  We try to live by the 10 commandments.  We love God with our whole heart, and our neighbor as ourselves.  We do this not only because that’s what Jesus expects of us.  We do these things to teach our children how to live a virtuous life, too.

As disciples of Christ, we must be prepared to be rejected, outcast, and suffer for doing what is right.  That’s why Jesus tells us today to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him.  Having the courage to carry our cross, set a good example, and love each other will lead not only to a much better world, but also to a reward in Heaven much greater than anything possible here on earth.

Deacon John


Mass Intentions August 29-September 6

Friday Masses will be at 9:00am with the School children!


Saturday, August 29

4:30pm             Phil Fether ~ 1st Anniversary by Don & Helen Wines

Sunday, August 30

8:00am             AJ Marry by Family

11:00am           John Mullaly by Family

Monday, August 31

8:00am             Students & Staff of Sacred Heart School

Tuesday, September 1

4:45pm             Confession & Adoration

5:45pm             Rosemarie Shaffer by Elliotts & Sullivans

Wednesday, September 2

8:00am             Deceased Members of Marge Kelsch Harris Family

Thursday, September 3

8:00am Beth Beal by Bill

Friday, September 4

9:00am Dan & Catherine Hartley by Marie Hartley

Saturday, September 5

4:30pm Paul Borck by Anthony & Marcia McDowell

Sunday, September 6

8:00am Idris Roan ~ 30 Day by Chres Reuter

11:00am Steve, Theresa & Stephen Lawrence by Carolyn



RCIA will be starting on Tuesday, September 15 at 6:30pm.   Please call Linda Higgins at 517-286-6426 ASAP if you are planning on attending the sessions.