Fr. Todd Bulletin, October 4, 2020

Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s,

As you are all well aware, we are now one month away from election day.  Over the last few months, I have been receiving many questions about the upcoming election.  All of them are motivated by a sincere desire to have the best for our country.  What makes those conversations difficult is that neither I as a pastor nor the Church can endorse any particular candidate.  As a help, though, I want to point us to two documents whose goal is to instruct us on the most critical issues in the upcoming election so we can make as informed a decision as possible on election day.

The first is from the Michigan Catholic Conference.  It examines conscience formation and provides questions and thoughts for consideration before voting.  This helpful guide addresses the following nine categories:

Human Life and Dignity

Religious Liberty

Preferential Option for the Poor

Children and Families

Education

Health Care

Immigrants and Refugees

Restorative Justice

Care for Creation

For each category, it also offers the examples of saints who were examples of living them well.

https://www.micatholic.org/assets/files/advocacy/focus/2020/focus-20200901-The-Issues-The-Candidates-and-Your-Vote-2020.pdf

The second is a document released by the United States Council of Catholic Bishops on what the formation of our consciences means.  I have included one small quote here:

“The Church equips its members to address political and social questions by helping them to develop a well-formed conscience. Catholics have a serious and lifelong obligation to form their consciences in accord with human reason and the teaching of the Church. Conscience is not something that allows us to justify doing whatever we want, nor is it a mere “feeling” about what we should or should not do. Rather, conscience is the voice of God resounding in the human heart, revealing the truth to us and calling us to do what is good while shunning what is evil. Conscience always requires serious attempts to make sound moral judgments based on the truths of our faith. As stated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, ‘Conscience is a judgment of reason whereby the human person recognizes the moral quality of a concrete act that he is going to perform, is in the process of performing, or has already completed. In all he says and does, man is obliged to follow faithfully what he knows to be just and right’ (no. 1778).”

https://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/faithful-citizenship/upload/forming-consciences-for-faithful-citizenship.pdf

The patron saint of politicians is St. Thomas More.  His final words were: “I die the king’s good servant, but God’s first.”  That is our goal: to be faithful citizens in our country, but God’s first.  St. Thomas More, pray for us!

God Bless,

Fr. Todd

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, October 4, 2020

Autumn Prayer

O God of Creation, you have blessed us with the changing of the seasons. 

As we embrace these autumn months, May the earlier setting of the sun remind us to take time to rest. 

May the crunch of the leaves beneath our feet remind us of the brevity of this earthly life. 

May the steam of our breath in the cool air remind us that it is you who give us your breath of life. 

May the scurrying of the squirrels and the migration of the birds remind us that you call us to follow your will. 

We praise you for your goodness forever and ever.  Amen.

 

I want to thank our students and parents for donating food and money as sponsors of The Walk of Faith. Together we raised. $1,000 and a lot of food. Great Job!  On Wednesday, the students, staff and parents walked through Hudson and prayed for the community. It is nothing short of amazing to be able to pray together for our loving community that has always supported Sacred Heart School. We walked to show our students an appreciation for the food that they are given to eat every day. We teach our students that we need to support the people who do not have enough to eat by giving to the local food pantry. The older students will spend time cleaning the Hudson Food Pantry and stocking the shelves.

 

We also prayed the Autumn Prayer to help us appreciate the change of seasons and the beauty in the world. Each blessing brings our soul closer to God. The Walk of Faith gives us a chance to look at the wonderful town where our ancestors built a school 91 years ago. We stopped to pray at the police station, library, walking trail and Memorial Park to appreciate the blessings of our community and to pray for the people who live and serve here. It was a day that our children will remember as an important part of their time at Sacred Heart School. As young men and women, I hope they still take the time to appreciate all of their blessings and serve their community.

 

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’s Corner, October 4, 2020

In 1917, Mary appeared six times in Fatima, Portugal, telling people to pray the Rosary for world peace.  The last appearance was on October 13.  It had rained throughout the night before, soaking the ground and the pilgrims traveling to Fatima by the thousands to see Our Lady appear at noon as she had promised.  As noon local time passed, Mary did not appear.  However, when the sun arrived directly overhead, Mary was seen rising in the east.  She turned the palms of her hands towards the sky.  Although the rain had stopped, dark clouds still obscured the sun.  Suddenly, the sun burst through the clouds and was seen as a soft spinning disk of silver.  Recorded eyewitness accounts tell how people saw the face of the Blessed Virgin Mary and watched the sun, without any discomfort, as it trembled and danced in the sky.  Some claimed the sun changed colors and whirled on itself like a giant wheel that lowered to the earth as if to burn it with its rays.   The crowd cried out and people fell on their knees to pray.  70,000 people witnessed this Miracle of the Sun, including atheists, Communists, and non-Catholics.  Some of them converted to our faith.   This Sunday, as part of a worldwide celebration of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima, everyone is invited to gather at Noon near the club house at Shaffer’s Evergreen Golf Course in Hudson to pray the Rosary for peace as our Blessed Mother requested 103 years ago.

As Fr. Todd wrote in his bulletin article last week, October is the month our Catholic faith traditionally celebrates praying the Rosary and receiving the graces that come with it.  There are four sets of mysteries of the Rosary based on different aspects of Jesus’ life.  These are the Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious, and Luminous Mysteries.  Praying the Rosary and reflecting on these mysteries gives us a profound, intimate, personal experience with Jesus through the eyes of Mary.

Taking 20 minutes to pray the Rosary can draw out the deepest desires in our souls—desires for God and God alone.  Even taking just a few minutes to pray one decade allows us to slow down, calm our hearts, and rest in God’s presence. This week, let’s all take time to pray the Rosary for peace in our nation.  Then ask our Blessed Mother to help us find peace in our hearts.

Deacon John

 

Mass Intentions October 3 — October 11

Mass Intentions

Saturday, October 3

4:30pm             Lonnie Monahan by Bud Monahan Family

Sunday, October 4

8:00am             Coddie Patton ~ 3rd Anniversary by Jim & Linda

11:00am           Owen Thompson by Lew & Lisa

Monday, October 5

8:00am             People of the Parish

Tuesday, October 6

4:45pm             Confession & Adoration

5:45pm             All our Deceased Priests by Keillor Family

Wednesday, October 7

8:00am Jack Weaver by Charles & Connie Barnes

Thursday, October 8

8:00am Kathy McDermott by Larry

Friday, October 9

9:00am Shelly Veneros

Saturday, October 10

4:30pm Bill Milligan by Kathy Timberman

Sunday, October 11

8:00am Bill Martin by Chan & Bernie Barrett

11:00am Rod Bellman by Dee

 

Thank you from Fr. Paul Ruddy

Many thanks for the birthday cards, prayers and gifts for my 98th Birthday!!  I am grateful to God for giving me an extended lifetime.

Rest assured of my prayers for you, that you will be blessed in many ways.

 

God Bless,

Fr. Paul Ruddy, OSFS

 

Knights of Columbus News

Your Knights are still here and active.
October 10th –  The Knights will sponsor a special Rosary Prayer Service at 12:00 Noon Evergreen Golf Course.  All are welcome!.

 October 13th – There will be a special Casey Corp meeting in our K of C Hall directly following our regular meeting for voting in new officers

October 17-18 – Tootsie Roll drive in front of the Market House from 9:00am-6:00pm.  Contact Ron Stacey if you would like to volunteer or have any questions.

 

 

Pet Blessing – Friday, October 2

 

In honor of the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, Father Todd will be blessing our pets on Friday, October 2nd at 2:00 in the Church Parking Lot.  This is a favorite event for the students and parishioners and we have a great time seeing the dogs, bunnies, cats, birds and even horses.

 

Mass, Sunday, September 27, 2020

Due to technical difficulties, we were unable to record and upload Mass on Sunday, September 27.

Mass Intentions were for:
4:30pm             The 12 children of James & Mary Brogan

8:00am             Phil Fether by Betty Camp

11:00am           Dorothy Meredith by SH Choir

The Mass intention at St. Mary on the Lake was offered for Diane Woggon+

Readings of the Day:  https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/092720.cfm

Deacon John’s Homily from Sunday, September 27: