Elevator Update

If all goes according to plan, OTIS will be on site August 6-8 to replace the cylinder and get the elevator back in service.

Thank you for you patience during this unforeseen project.

RCIA

RCIA   The Journey of Faith begins with your questions?  What is faith?  How does it grow? What do Catholics believe and why is it different from other faith traditions?  The sessions for Christian Initiation of Adults are available for anyone who wants to learn about the Catholic faith. The process begins with an Inquiry Period when questions are explored.  Drop in – no obligation, no commitment, no pressure.

If you would like to take this journey of faith, call Linda Higgins at 517-286-6426 to set up an appointment.  Already Catholic? If you love your faith and would like to help mentor someone on their journey, please sign up to be a sponsor.

 

Fr. Todd Bulletin, August 1, 2021

Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary on the Lake,

St. Mary is hosting a family fun night for both parishes this Friday, August 6th.  Come out for good food, games for kids and adults, and a band.  I am returning that night late and I am bummed to miss it.

After a year and half of recording Masses during Covid, we will be stopping this August.  The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass was lifted this past spring and thankfully there hasn’t been a major resurgence in cases.  As we returned to Mass in person again, the number of people viewing those Masses has steadily declined to just above single digits.  I want to thank Suzzanne and Tammy for all their extra work this past year and half spent on their weekends getting those Masses posted online.  Audio copies of the Sunday homilies will continue to be recorded.

Last week as a staff, we were blessed to have a one-day retreat led by Deacon Aaron Petersen and his wife Kathy.  They live and work in Hillsdale.  Over the course of the day, they shared important steps for living our spiritual lives in balance with all our responsibilities.

One of the lessons was the importance of living a R.I.M. model of Christian discipleship.  This is an image developed by the Institute for Priestly Formation—incidentally, the program my brother Randy and Dan LaCroix have been attending this past summer.  The grace of this model was summed up this way by a seminarian who learned it while attending in 2019:

“A game-changer for me was learning about the “R.I.M. Model of Discipleship,” which stands for Relationship, Identity, Mission. Our Lord tells us, “Remain in me … for apart from me you can do nothing” (Jn 15). IPF really helped me understand the power of the word “nothing,” for often in my own life have I found myself inverting the order of the above model and beginning with mission, while pushing my relationship with him to the side. Early in the summer, I learned that I needed to prioritize first and foremost my relationship with God, trusting that an identity as his beloved son will flow from that relationship — and then comes mission.

Through the development of a richer interior life, specifically through contemplation, God has begun to unlock a lot of key things in my heart. He has helped me to see myself as he sees me and has filled me with tremendous gratitude for the gifts he’s given me. The quality of my relationship with God has transformed into deeper intimacy, and my heart is even more on fire for the Lord. Ultimately, this increased interiority has brought me to fall in love more and more with my Savior. I want to remain in this love, for it has changed everything.” https://www.catholicherald.com/news/catholic_living/falling_more_deeply_in_love_with_christ/

We all need to live our lives this way—starting with our relationship with our Heavenly Father through Christ, living that identity and that being the foundation and source of strength for our mission.  It is truly easy to let mission come first without that foundation and end up relying on ourselves instead of the Lord.

The resource they recommended to help us each live this call in a practical way is the Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales. https://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Devout-Life-Tan-Classics/dp/0895552280/ref=pd_lpo_1?pd_rd_i=0895552280&psc=1

He is very down to earth, practical, and concrete in his wisdom.  May it be a blessing to you.

Sr. Amber Czeiszperger has received her habit and new name.  We learned this on our retreat—her religious name is Sr. Francis de Sales!

 

God Bless,

Fr. Todd

 

Mass Intentions July 31-August 8

Saturday, July 31

4:30pm ~ Pat Kingsley by Kathy Timberman

Sunday, August 1

8:00am ~ Fred & MaryJane Elwer by Omer Elwer

11:00am ~ Bev Mullaly ~ 91st Birthday by Family

Monday, August 2

8:00am ~ People of the Parish

Tuesday, August 3

4:45pm ~ Confession & Adoration

5:45pm ~ John Hartley by Marie

Wednesday, August 4

8:00am ~ Tim Bramer ~ 6th Anniversary by Chres Reuter Family

Thursday, August 5

8:00am ~ Deceased Members of Marge Kelsch Harris Family

Friday, August 6

8:00am ~ The Intentions we hold in our hearts

Saturday, August 7

4:30pm ~ Floyd Braun ~ 13th Anniversary by Carolyn

Sunday, August 8

8:00am ~ Grandma Dorothy & Aunt Jo by Dan & Ann Emrick

11:00am ~ Dorothy Meredith by Matt & Angie Monahan

 

Mary’s Meeting

Mary’s Meeting

Ave Maria! Greetings to you all! Well, I must admit. It has been a little strange not having Father Todd here at the rectory. Luckily, I have Father Ginu to keep me in line. In fact, he cooked me up some excellent fish curry this past week. It was delicious! A wee bit spicy, but who doesn’t want a little spice in their life? It was difficult seeing Father Tomy leave for Our Lady of the Snows. He has a new mission, and he is following it faithfully. I am sure we were all very touched by his words at the end of the Mass last week. Let us continue to keep him in our prayers as he transitions and adjusts to a new home and family. A couple thousand families at the new parish? It will take some time to adapt. From Hudson to Milford, God is with him. May we keep him close in our hearts.

This past week, we were very blessed to hear a fellow parishioner’s testimony at our Mary Meeting. Yes, one of our very own courageously volunteered to share with us his Catholic faith story! He shared with us the ways in which God has been at work in his life the last several decades. These few, short words of mine will not be able to capture all that he told us. I will simply point out two ways that he taught us through his testimony. First, the power of praying the Rosary is very real. He and his family would meet together and pray this meditative Scriptural prayer together during the seasons of Advent and Lent. When prayed in common, the Rosary brings forth powerful graces. Secondly, he showed us the power of Scripture in our own daily prayer. Especially in the psalms, we have the opportunity to cry and lament to our Lord. We can go to Him with all our concerns. We don’t have to go to Him all perfect and cleaned up. We go to Him with our pains and tears. “O LORD, you have searched me and known me (Psalm 139:1)!” Thank you, brother.

The teaching of the week is based on the wisdom of Saint John Paul II and his deep and tender devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. He is the first 21st century saint we have studied, and he has been an inspiration to so many of us. In fact, many at the Mary Meeting shared their own story of when they met or saw St. John Paul II. This was amazing to hear. The crucial point that JPII teaches us in regards to Marian Consecration is the truth of how intimately connected it is to God’s Mercy. And where do we experience and come to know God’s Mercy? At the Foot of the Cross. It is here that Jesus says, “Woman, behold your son! Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” (John 19:26-27). This is an awesome video! Take a look! (I may be fired after this week. I’m at 515 words.). Ave Maria!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeiEkZ6ktKQ

 

Fr. Tomy

This past Sunday, we said Farewell to Fr. Tomy!!   It has been a blessing to our Parish to have Fr. Tomy for the past 5 years.  We wish him the best at his new position as Pastor of St. Mary, Lady of the Snows in Milford.  Fr. Tomy’s new address is:

Fr. Tomy Kattikanayil

1955 E. Commerce Street

Milford, MI  48381

 

Sr. Francis de Sales

Sr. Amber Czeiszperger has received her habit and new religious  name ~ Sr. Francis de Sales!

 Congratulations Sr. Francis de Sales.  May God’s mercy shine through your thoughts, your words and your actions.  

May peace be with you.

 

SHS Upcoming Events

Saturday, Aug. 7th ~ Mulch the Playground at 10:00 w/Pizza after

Thursday, August 19th ~  Back to School BBQ. School Parking Lot 5:30-7:00

Tuesday, Aug. 24th ~ Mass at 5:45 followed by Information Night at Sacred Heart Church

Sunday, August. 29th ~ Back to School Mass and Breakfast. Sacred Heart Church and Church Hall.

Monday, August 30th ~ First Day of School

 

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

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.

 

 

Fr. Todd Bulletin, July 25, 2021

Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary on the Lake,

I am taking off for the next two weeks (July 25-August 6th) for my annual retreat followed by a week of vacation.  We are blessed to welcome Fr. Ginu Abraham (he prefers going by Fr. Ginu).  He is jumping right in with me being gone!

Fr. Ginu Abraham was born on January 13, 1975 at Parippu, Kerala, India as the eldest son of the late Mr. Abraham Mathew and Mrs. Leelamma Abraham. He has two brothers and two nieces and two nephews. He joined the SFS Seminary, Ettumanoor, Kerala in 1990.

He graduated with the degrees of Bachelor of Philosophy from Suvidya College, Bangalore and Bachelor of Arts from Bangalore University in 1997. He had his Theological Studies at Pontifical Institute of Theology Aluva and graduated in 2001. He was ordained a priest on January 29, 2002 at St. Antony’s Church, Olessa, Kerala.  He finished his Master of Arts in Religious Education from the De La Salle University Manila in 2012.

As a young priest he was sent to the Philippine mission of the Congregation on July 17, 2002. He served the Philippine mission in various capacities. He was appointed administrator of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Quasi Parish, Cavite Philippines in 2005. He was instrumental in building the church and the rectory. In 2009 Our Lady of the Sacred Heart became a full pledged parish and Fr. Ginu was appointed its pastor until 2019. As a pastor he rendered daily service administering the Holy Eucharist and other sacraments in the parish and in the schools and colleges within the territory of the parish. He launched a scholarship program for the indigents in the parish and an Alternative Learning System for the school dropouts.

In 2010 the Philippine mission was raised to a Delegation and Fr. Ginu was appointed the Delegation Superior until 2018. Fr. Ginu as the Delegation Superior was instrumental in constructing the Scholasticate (Theology Study House) and constructing the Novitiate House at Amadeo Cavite. He also took initiative in the expansion of the mission to the Visayas region of the Philippines. He brought together the friends of the Fransalians and regularized their meetings and contact with the Delegation. He served the Philippine Delegation until May 2021.

Fun Fact:  His parish in the Philippines had roughly 70,000 parishioners spread around the city and area!  He worked with seven other priests.

 

God Bless!

Fr. Todd