Fr. Todd Bulletin, April 4, 2021

Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s,

May you know the Lord’s closeness this Easter morning! An image you will often see of the Risen Christ is him standing with the white standard of victory planted over the grave of sin and death.

The goal of this Easter Season, which is fifty days long, is to live the Victory.  We spent 40 days in Lent preparing. These practices usually fall into three categories- battling, balancing, and beginning.  These are the three important B’s of the Christian life.  We did battle with things that needed to be cut out of our lives.  We balanced the things that played an outsized role in our lives.  We begin things that we simply needed to start doing.  Over the course of these 40 days, we found freedom, grew, and learned how to persevere in our walk with Christ.  Undoubtedly there were ups and downs along the way!

How do we transition from Lent to Easter?  It is meant to be a time when we live the Victory.  A time when all that the Lord has been doing in us can grow stronger and the newfound freedom we experienced can be lived out.

That is the goal!  I know I can speak from experience of how not to do that.  There is always a part of me that approaches Easter with this attitude.  Often enough it goes something like this: “Phew – I am tired of my Lenten resolutions and practices.  I am glad that season is over”.  Which translates into beginning to live exactly like I did before Lent started.  Which means the undoing of those three B’s.  The ground taken in the hard fought battles is given up.  The things were beginning to be balanced become, well, unbalanced again.  (I think especially of how tempting it is to waste time on screens, tech, and media but we each have our particular poison).  Habits began during Lent fade away.

The first time I noticed this strange disconnect was an Easter in my high school days.  I had begun as a Lenten resolution to pray the Rosary every day.  I was faithful to it during Lent even on days when I didn’t take time/make time to pray until late at night.  If I can rank my Lents, I put that one close to the top in it being fruitful for me and my prayer life.  Then Easter arrived.  Sadly, after so many straight days of taking time for that prayer Easter was the first day I stopped.  The next day, Easter Monday, I was realized what I had done and indeed what a disconnect it was!  That realization was purely the grace of God.  I didn’t want to lose that habit of prayer but it could happen very easily.   Since then, there have been few days that I haven’t been able or forgot.  I wish I could say this has been the case with all my Lenten resolutions.

What have been the working of God’s grace in this past Lent?  This Easter Jesus wants to plant that standard of victory in our lives and help us live that Victory.  May it be so!

God Bless,

Fr. Todd

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, April 4, 2021

Symbols of Easter

Colors – The beautiful colors of Easter are echoed in the church’s liturgical colors. Lent is full of purple and violet, of course, the colors of penance and sacrifice. But Laetare Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Lent, surprises us with beautiful rose, the color of our joyful anticipation. Easter Sunday brings us pure white vestments, sometimes adorned with gold, the colors of celebration, victory, joy and rebirth.

Eggs – Symbolically, eggs have a long history and it’s easy to see why. To pagans, nothing more closely spoke of fertility and rebirth than an egg, that sterile and shelled little object that suddenly explodes into new life. It’s easy to see why the church adopted eggs as symbols of returning life. And those cracked and no-longer-needed shells certainly resemble an empty tomb. By the 13th century people had begun coloring eggs. In the beginning people dyed eggs bright red to symbolize Christ’s blood. This was followed by an explosion of color, and by the 13th century, King Edward I of England was so into the custom that he prepared 450 magnificently dyed Easter eggs, some covered in gold leaf, for his royal court.

Easter Lilies – Just peer into a lily and you can envision an empty tomb opening toward you. The white of the lily symbolizes purity, and there’s a legend that the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed over his impending death, was full of lilies.

Palms – They’ve been a symbol of victory since before the time of King Solomon, and Jesus was welcomed into Jerusalem with a shower of palms before his Passion began. That’s why they are used on Palm Sunday, and burned before the next Lent to be used as ashes on Ash Wednesday.

Easter Bunny –  It’s harder to place them in religious tradition, and no special ritual prayer exists for our cotton-tailed friends. However, again since pagan times, rabbits have been symbols of fertility, their reproductive prowess well-known throughout history. They, too, embody the rebirth that comes in the Easter season, and our culture has tasked them with delivering all those symbolic eggs that mark Easter Sunday.

Easter bonnets – They used to be prevalent, encouraged in part by the old tradition of head-coverings for women in church. Today, you still see a few. With or without a bonnet, come Easter morning, find something festive, colorful and special in your closet to add a traditional and personal “Alleluia” to the greatest liturgical celebration of our church year.

https://catholiccourier.com/articles/easter-symbols-explained

 

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.

 

Parish News

Welcome to our new Catholics: Sarah Sanborn, Carter and Elyse Courtney.

 

The Sanctuary Light is burning in remembrance of Glenn & John Hackett.   This was requested by Pat & Family.

 

Bible Study with Fr. Todd Wednesdays at 6pm in the parish hall.   April 14 & 28

 

The Altar Rosary Society will meet on Monday, April 5 at 1:30pm in the Parish Hall.  Masks and social distancing protocol will be followed.   All ladies of the Parish are welcome to attend.

 

Mother’s Day & Father’s Day Spiritual Bouquets.  Envelopes are available at entrances of the church, or you can mail your list to the parish office or email to thouser@sacredheaerthudson.org.

 

The Parish Office will be closed April 5-9.   In case of emergencies, please contact the Parish Emergency Line at 517-258-0448 or    Deacon John at 734-904-0637.  Thank you!

 

Mass Intentions April 3-11

Saturday, April 3 ~ Easter Vigil

8:30pm ~ RCIA Candidates

Sunday, April 4 ~ Easter

9:00am ~ Jan & Henry Reuter & Shawn McWhirter-Reuter by Chres Reuter Family

Monday, April 5

8:00am ~ Madeline Duwve by Family

Tuesday, April 6

4:45pm ~ Confession & Adoration

5:45pm ~ Sietze “Stephen” VanderHoff ~ 30 Day by Tim & Laurie Stanley

Wednesday, April 7

8:00am ~ Our Mother’s Day Intentions

Thursday, April 8

8:00am ~ Our Father’s Day Intentions

Friday, April 9

9:00am ~ John Hartley by Steve & MaryAnn Kingsley

Saturday, April 10

4:30pm ~ Barb Renner ~ 4th Anniversary by Kathy

Sunday, April 11

8:00am ~ Judy Friedrich by Altar Rosary Society

11:00am ~ Adrian Dominican Sisters by our Parish Families

 

April Prayer Corner

An Increase of the Devotion to the Divine Mercy of Jesus.

You expired, O Jesus,
but the source of life gushed forth for souls and an ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world.

O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.

O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You.

Amen.

 

Aquinas College Visits

Aquinas College Visit Days

Aquinas College welcomes high school seniors to our inaugural Accepted Student Day on Saturday, April 17 and prospective sophomores and juniors to campus for our upcoming AQDays on Friday, April 16 or Friday, May 7. Experience firsthand what it means to be a Saint! Events include an overview of the college and a campus tour. See our mission in action and how small is indeed mighty! Details and registration can be found at

aquinas.edu/visit.

 

DSA Update

Thank you to everyone who has made a gift or pledge commitment to our Diocesan Services Appeal. 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.  “Every good work” of the Church occurs through dozens of ongoing ministries made possible by our contributions to DSA.

 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.

 We are currently at 17% of our goal of $30,335.00

 

2021 DSA Prayer

Loving and gracious God, we praise you and we thank you for your Word and the bountiful gifts that you have given us.

 Help us understand that your Word is alive here and now, active in the work of the Church and all who believe.

 Help us embrace the Diocesan Services Appeal as a way to put your Word into action through the good works of your Holy Catholic Church.

 Please bless our united efforts and help us to bring Christ’s love to all we encounter.

 Amen.