20.21 Year End Report to the Parish

After a year of continued uncertainty, I am so grateful for your ongoing support of our parish and school!  We finished the year in good shape.

This past year saw the emergency repair of our elevator which is up and running again.  Replacement of the failed elevator cylinder was unplanned, and funded as an emergency repair from the Parish Savings Account.  The total cost of replacement was $48,862, and includes replacement of the door edge sensor bar. The amount shown on the report is 50% of the total costs which was invoiced and paid during this Fiscal Year.  The remaining amount was invoiced and paid the following Fiscal Year (FY21-22).

The front steps of the Church were re-carpeted and some exterior work was done to the Apse windows and parapet of the school. In this coming year(s) we are looking at needed work for the cemetery and school as well as options for our organ.  I am excited to continue the work caring for the heritage entrusted to us.  Here is a place to encounter Christ and be filled for our mission ahead.

Along with the brick-and-mortar realities I am so glad we can finally begin hosting parish events again!  Some of our traditional events have been and will continue to return to our parish life.  Keep an eye out for new events to come from special one-day events like the marriage retreat to regularly scheduled groups like the new Mom’s group.  As always, the school brings so much life to our parish!  We have 94 kids enrolled this year.

Let us continue to build one another up in Christ!

Fr. Todd

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20.21 year end report to parish

Fr. Todd Bulletin, October 31, 2021

Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary on the Lake,

Thank you for your support for Fr. M.S. Selvaraj and the needs of the Diocese of Kumbakonam.  This is a way to reach into the homes of the poorest our brothers and sisters with timely help.  Since Fr. Selvaraj is covering the Masses this weekend I am able to go visit my brother Randy and the other seminarians at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit (Dan and Seamus are there as well).  It will be great to spend some time with them.  I will make sure to pass on your regards as well.

Tomorrow we enter into the month of November which carries a certain solemnity for us because we remember and pray in a particular way for those who have gone before us.

A few years ago, I had a meeting with a parishioner who was dying from cancer.  Part of our conversation was about his upcoming funeral Mass.  He wanted the reading from 2nd Maccabees where it talks about the Jewish people interceding for their deceased comrades and emphasized that he wanted me to ask those at the Mass to pray for him.  He had a lively sense of his own imperfections and knew that there was some work still for God to do in his heart!  He was talking about the powerful promise of purgatory, that God would make right in us what had not yet been accomplished.  He also knew that his loved ones could be a part of that process by accompanying him with his prayers.

This is a reality that should be very comforting to us, not a scary one.  I love this quote from Pope Benedict that frames it so well:

There will be few people whose lives are pure and fulfilled in all respects.  And, we would hope, there will be few people whose lives have become an irredeemable and total No.  For the most part, the longing for good has remained, despite many breakdowns, in some sense determinative.

God can pick up the broken pieces and make something of them.  In any case, we need a final cleansing, a cleansing by fire, to be exact, in which the gaze of Christ, so to say, burns us free from everything, and only under this purifying gaze are we, as it were, fit to be with God and able, then, to make our home with him… I think it is something very human.  I would go so far as to say that if there was no purgatory, then we would have to invent it, for who would dare say of himself that he was able to stand directly before God.  And yet we don’t want to be, to use an image from Scripture, “a pot that turned out wrong,” that has to be thrown away; we want to be able to be put right.

Purgatory basically means that God can put the pieces back together again.  That he can cleanse us in such a way that we are able to be with him and can stand there in the fullness of life.  Purgatory strips off from one person what is unbearable and from another the inability to bear certain things, so that in each of them a pure heart is revealed, and we can see that we all belong together in one enormous symphony of being.”

What a promise of grace, that God can put the pieces back together again!  Like my parishioner, when my day comes, I too want those around me to pray for me that I can enter into the purifying love of God.  In the meantime, especially in this month, we remember and pray for those whom we love.

God Bless,

Fr. Todd


Principal Anne Atkin


All Hallows Eve. As you know “hallow” means “holy”. The holy evening before All Saints Day.

All Saints Day is a big day at Sacred Heart School. We learn about the saints all year long as we honor their lives and try to be like them. We ask the saints to intercede for us in Heaven and to be with us as we take on each day.  In 5th and 6th grade, the students present a saint through research and art work to the school community. Halloween is a part of our culture because it is more than a scary holiday.

Courtesy in practice

Kids love Halloween. It is for very obvious reasons that this holiday is a fan favorite for the littles. When else do parents get the chance to ask “what you want to be?” and have the answer be completely about the child’s dreams and wishes? Halloween has turned into a silly holiday without much meaning; a holiday that is just for fun. Yet, it must be so magical, seen through children’s eyes; to see your neighbors, who are generally tucked in their homes, come out into the streets (in the dark, nonetheless) to say “Hi” and to give you candy. Children see everyone getting together with friends and family to walk through town, spreading the joy of just being alive and acting silly in a costume. We spoil the children with way too much candy and it is completely normal behavior for the day. How fun! When you think about it, Halloween is a lesson in courtesy. We marvel at the creativity behind each costume. We put special care into fun, spooky treats that are so cute and tasty. We greet each Trick or Treater with a smile and a generous gift of candy. We spread fun and expect to have a great time. The kids are grateful and say thank you and genuinely feel cared for and appreciated for dressing up and walking up to your doorstep. It is a hoot and we should enjoy every minute by spreading courtesy.


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.


Parish News


It’s not too late to enroll your child in Religious Education.  Students meet Sundays at 9:15am.  Registration packets are available at the entrances of church or the parish office


Sacred Heart School is participating in a new rewards program at Bob’s Market House.  For every dollar you spend, the school     receives one point.  Accumulated points can be redeemed for school supplies and equipment.   Simply drop your receipt in the canister near the elevator or in the collection basket.  We will record your receipt number for you.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact school secretary, Stacy Parker at 448-6405.



This past weekend, we celebrated 2 baptisms.  Baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, let this be a beginning of a new life within the love of Christ.  Congratulations and welcome to the Christian Community.

Leo James Benschoter ~ Son of Grant & Courtney Benschoter.  Godparents are Burke & Kate Hart.

Nora Rose Hart ~ Daughter of Burke & Kate Hart.  Godparents are Grant & Courtney Benschoter.




Called to Serve


October 30-31

4:30 PM

Lector:                      Trish Weaver

Eucharist Min:        Jan Fisher

Servers:                   Volunteer Needed

8:00 AM

Lector:                      Connie Varney

Eucharist Min:        Tony Marry

Servers:                   Tinkey Family

11:00 AM

Lector:                      Ron Stacey

Eucharist Min:        Linda Higgins

Servers:                   E Czeiszperger, Brooke Houser


November 6-7

4:30 PM

Lector:                      Kristie Saunders

Eucharist Min:        Bobbye Sanford

Servers:                   Volunteer needed

8:00 AM

Lector: Cathy Schoonover

Eucharist Min: Jim Friedrich

Servers: Tinkey Family

11:00 AM

Lector: Angie Monahan

Eucharist Min: Dee Bellman

Servers: Sean & Ethan Parker


Mass Intentions October 30 – November 7


Saturday, October 30

4:30pm ~ Fred Sword by Family

Sunday, October 31

8:00am ~ Dean Jacobs ~ 1st Anniversary by Tony & Linda Marry

11:00am ~ Our Deceased Loved Ones

Monday, November 1

8:00am ~ Marybeth Cottington by Anne

Tuesday, November 2 ~ Mass of Remembrance

4:45pm ~ Confession & Adoration

6:00pm ~ Our Deceased Loved Ones

Wednesday, November 3

8:00am ~ All the Holy Souls in Purgatory by Kathy

Thursday, November 4

8:00am ~ People of the Parish

Friday, November 5

9:00am ~ Rosie Shaffer ~ 2nd Anniversary by Kids

Saturday, November 6

4:30pm ~ Jean Laser by Katie Oates

Sunday, November 7

8:00am ~ Judy Friedrich ~ 1st Anniversary by Betty Camp

11:00am ~ The Family of Marjorie Harris


Upcoming Events



Sunday, October 30/31 ~ Mission Appeal Weekend, All Masses.  Please make checks payable to Sacred Heart Church. All funds will be sent to the Mission Office.

Monday, November 1 ~ Altar Rosary Society – 1:30 in Parish Hall

Tuesday, November 2  ~ Mass of Remembrance ~ 6:00pm

Wednesday, November 3 ~ Bible Study, 6:00pm

Thursday, November 4 ~ Young Adult Bible Study, 6:00pm

Thursday, November 11 ~ Young Adult Bible Study, 6:00pm

Saturday, November 13 ~ “Be In Our Heart” Gala

Thursday, November 18 ~ Youth Group Meeting ~ 6:00pm

Thursday, November 18 ~ Young Adult Bible Study, 6:00pm

Friday, November 19 ~ K of C Feather Party ~ 7:30pm

Saturday, December 11 ~ Breakfast with St. Nicholas, St. Mary on the Lake, 9:00-11:00am


Be In Our GALA – November 13, 2021


Be our guest for a much needed night of fun, entertainment, laughs, winning and everything we have missed for the past year and a half. It is time to find a party dress, meet up with your friends and family and support Sacred Heart School.   The Church Hall will be transformed into an elegant ballroom thanks to Lynn Warner of Happenings by L&L.

This year’s entertainment is from Magician Cameron Zvara. Cameron has opened live on stage for the Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan Tour, was named Michigan’s Young Entrepreneur by the National Federation of Independent Business, spoke at TEDxDetroit, received his bachelor’s in marketing, and currently performs over 250 shows every year! In 2019, Cameron performed on a month-long tour across Europe for our military & their families overseas.

Dinner will be cooked by the Czeiszperger family, so we know it will be absolutely delicious and served right to your table.

There are so many fun ways to support Sacred Heart School!  Sponsorship and ticket packages are available.

We are also in need of bottles of wine and craft beer for our “Wall of Wine”.