Fr. Todd Bulletin, January 2, 2022

Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary on the Lake,

Many Blessings on this new year!  How good it is that at the beginning of the year we ask the Lord what He wants to make new in us this year.  May these resolutions bring about the good work He has in mind for you!

For us as Parishes we will also be beginning something new.  This past fall the Diocese concluded the Realigning Resources for Mission (RRM) process after two years of prayer and consultation.  The operating Vision for Parishes from RRM is this:  A healthy parish in the Diocese of Lansing is led by a priest striving for health and holiness, equips and empowers parish staff, makes and forms missionary disciples, and seeks the lost and serves the poor.  The whole point of the RRM process is to help parishes and the Diocese as a whole live this vision.

The final recommendation from RRM was for there to be 21 parish groupings and three standalone parishes.  In consultation with the Priest Assignment Board and Mrs. Deb Amato, who will lead our implementation, they have discerned eight groupings to invite to be early adopters.  Each grouping will have one of the priests from the grouping assigned as a Moderator.  Our grouping, (St. Mary on the Lake, Sacred Heart, St. Anthony’s in Hillsdale) will be one of the initial eight groupings.  Bishop Boyea has asked me to be Moderator for our grouping.

My first task will be to gather with Fr. Ginu and Fr. David for prayer and discernment to develop a covenant.  This will guide how we become a Communion of Priests who are together on Mission.  This agreement will also determine how we will lead the parishes in the grouping to fulfill the Mission together.  Each parish will retain its identity but ever more integration and collaboration will be the means for us to achieve Christ’s Mission to us.

I think our grouping is primed to take this next step because we have already been working together to a certain extent for the last number of years.  This solidifies that relationship and opens the door for us to work together more intentionally as priests and parishes.

I have been blessed to get to know all of the parishes in our grouping.  Obviously, I know Sacred Heart and St. Mary on the Lake the best.  But I see God’s providence at work in paving the way to also knowing St. Anthony’s.  In 2012, as a seminarian, I spent my internship summer (this is what Seamus Kettner did with us last summer) at St. Anthony’s and I was blessed to get to know many of the families.  I have been able to be involved at Hillsdale College with monthly adoration and confession nights and discernment groups during the school year.  Fr. David is a native of Hudson and so also knows the community well.

There are many aspects of this that I am excited for. The one that tops my list though is the increased priestly fraternity.  In my seminary days the importance of making time for fraternity and prayer together as priests was stressed.  Now ordained for as few years I see just how easy it is to have good intentions in this regard and then for it not to happen.  So, I am excited that these regular gatherings will become fixtures on the calendar.

Being the pilot wave there is much to articulated.  I also have questions on what the particulars will look like.  In the end, I like how Bishop Boyea said it the best: “Obviously, we have a lot of work to do to put flesh on these bones.  But as the Prophet Ezekiel saw, it will be primarily the breath of the Spirit of God which will bring these simple beginnings to a good and holy conclusion.”

God Bless!

 

Principal Anne Atkin

As 2021 comes to a close, it is with a huge heart that I acknowledge how filled with blessings we are at Sacred Heart School. It has been a year of growth and joy. This year we welcomed many new families.  Our families are high energy and supportive of the teachers and staff. They bring such optimism and love for Sacred Heart School and Catholic education. With our many partners, we have been able to create a school culture that yields strong academic and personal growth for our students. Many of our families are friends outside of school and have created bonds for their children that will last far into the future.

This year we have also been very blessed by our parish community and I am so grateful. We have had an outpouring financially, and prayerful outreach along with wonderful volunteers who are ready to support the school any way they can. We have had the opportunity to combine the school and church for many events and the outcome has been so fun.

It is a Brand New Year

Help me, God my Savior, for the glory of Your name, deliver me and forgive me for my sins for Your name’s sake. Lord, I pray that You remove my guilt and wipe away my sins so that I can draw closer to You. With You there is forgiveness so that I can, with reverence, serve You. I praise You for forgiving me for my sins even though I do not deserve it! Thank You for loving me unconditionally, Amen!   Psalm 79:9 & Psalm 130:4

Forgiveness

I have a bad habit of hanging on to my hurt. Maybe you do too. The times I have been wounded and the times I have injured, can pop into my head unexpectedly. It is easy to pretend that we are over it. That it is all in the past or that everything worked out in the end. We are wiser and stronger for persevering through the times when we have had to apologize for hurting someone. Or the times when we had to forgive when we are wounded. Yet, it can continue to bubble up when we least expect it. The times I was left out or judged. The times I was misunderstood and not shown God’s grace and had to fight for myself. This type of sin is sneaky because we can harm or be harmed with a harsh word or a quick judgement. Yet, the effect can last in our soul until we truly give the hurt to God.

Our children do it too. Feelings can get hurt quickly when they feel left out or say mean things. These injuries can be long lasting. The students at Sacred Heart are taught that they are beautiful through this sin. They are taught that injuring each other is normal and so is forgiving yourself and others, by talking to God through prayer and confession. We will injure people. We will be injured. It is in how we think about it, that we can find divine purpose in the day. Children who are taught that they are a beautiful gift from God with special talents will be more at peace because they try to shine this light on those around them. So we love them and build them up with respect and understanding and they have an easier time with forgiveness and repentance. The concept is a simple one, but like all things that involve our brain, we must practice it everyday. So, this year, we will really get after forgiveness and repentance. The perfect gift to give our families. A more peaceful me.

Have a Happy New Year and Blessed 2022.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Called to Serve

ASSISTING WITH THE LITURGY

 January 8-9

4:30 PM

Lector:                      Kristie Saunders

Eucharist Min:        Jan Fisher

Servers:                    Needed

8:00 AM

Lector:                      Cathy Schoonover

Eucharist Min:        Matt Monahan

Servers:                    Tinkey Family

11:00 AM

Lector:                      Bob Gilson

Eucharist Min:        Dee Bellman

Servers:                    Annabelle Czeiszperer, Dawson Kurtz

 

Mass Intentions January 1 – 9

Saturday, January 1 ~ Solemnity of Mary

9:00am ~ At St. Mary on the Lake

4:30pm ~ Richard Bade by Jim & Theresa Kearney

Sunday, January 2

8:00am ~ Richard Camp ~ 32nd Anniversary by Betty & Family

11:00am ~ Marta Gilson by Lew & Lisa Thompson

Monday, January 3

8:00am ~ James John & Norma Day Veneros

Tuesday, January 4

4:45pm ~ Confession & Adoration

5:45pm ~ John Hartley by Jeff & Karen Downing

Wednesday, January 5

8:00am ~ Shelly Veneros

Thursday, January 6

8:00am ~ Pat Geeting by Marilyn Geeting Family

Friday, January 7

9:00am ~ Janice Reuter by Chres Reuter Family

Saturday, January 8

4:30pm ~ Connie Kope ~ 30 Day by Marie Hartley

Sunday, January 9

8:00am ~ Ruth Price ~ 2nd Anniversary by Family

11:00am ~ Gloria Bump ~ 1st Anniversary by Family

 

Disciples Together on the Way

Dear Friends,

I want to invite you to join me as Disciples Together on the Way. What’s that? Let me explain.

In the Holy Gospels, Jesus Christ identifies himself as “the way”. Indeed, the early Christians often referred to their new life as disciples of Christ as “the Way” (e.g., Acts 9:2).

Last year, many of us spent time together reading through selected books of Sacred Scripture as part of our Year of the Bible. I really enjoyed doing that with all of you. As we read the Bible, we were encountering the Word of God, that is, Jesus Christ himself. He was making us his disciples. We are his chosen.

Now, he wants us to become even better disciples. He wants us to walk with him; to talk with him; to fall in love with him; and to learn from him. But how do best respond to his loving invitation? That’s where Disciples Together on the Way comes in.

Starting in January 2022, I will send you a specific challenge focusing on a particular habit of authentic discipleship.  Inspired and strengthened by the Holy Spirit, it will then be for each of us to live-out that habit over the subsequent seven days.

Across the coming year, we will then attempt to acquire a different good habit each week in order to help you and me develop in four key areas of discipleship: prayer, catechesis, community and apostolate.

Do you want to take up the Disciples Together on the Way challenge? If so, simply pick up your cellphone and text ONTHEWAY to 84576 or click on this link to register. It’s that easy!

Remember, this life is a journey from God to God. He is our source and our destination. We are each a pilgrim on that narrow path. It’s not an easy journey. We all know that. However, if we co-operate with God’s grace we can make it and, even better, we can make it together.

Assuring you of my prayers, I am sincerely yours in Christ,

+ Earl Boyea
Bishop of Lansing

 

Disciples Together

Dear Friend,
I want to invite you to join me as Disciples Together on the Way. What’s that? Let me explain.
In the Holy Gospels, Jesus Christ identifies himself as “the way”. Indeed, the early Christians often referred to their new life as disciples of Christ as “the Way” (e.g., Acts 9:2).
Last year, many of us spent time together reading through selected books of Sacred Scripture as part of our Year of the Bible. I really enjoyed doing that with all of you. As we read the Bible, we were encountering the Word of God, that is, Jesus Christ himself. He was making us his disciples. We are his chosen.
Now, he wants us to become even better disciples. He wants us to walk with him; to talk with him; to fall in love with him; and to learn from him. But how do best respond to his loving invitation? That’s where Disciples Together on the Way comes in.
Starting in January 2022, I will send you a specific challenge focusing on a particular habit of authentic discipleship. Inspired and strengthened by the Holy Spirit, it will then be for each of us to live-out that habit over the subsequent seven days.
Across the coming year, we will then attempt to acquire a different good habit each week in order to help you and me develop in four key areas of discipleship: prayer, catechesis, community and apostolate.
Do you want to take up the Disciples Together on the Way challenge? If so, simply pick up your cellphone and text ONTHEWAY to 84576 or click on this link to register. It’s that easy!
Remember, this life is a journey from God to God. He is our source and our destination. We are each a pilgrim on that narrow path. It’s not an easy journey. We all know that. However, if we co-operate with God’s grace we can make it and, even better, we can make it together.
Assuring you of my prayers, I am sincerely yours in Christ,
+ Earl Boyea
Bishop of Lansing

Fr. Todd Bulletin, December 26, 2021

Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary on the Lake,

Blessed Christmas Season and celebration of the Holy Family!  This Christmas the  detail I have been struck by is the owner of the stable and the manger.  The name of this family is long lost to history but not to God.  On that Christmas night the very first people to make room for Jesus entering into the world was that family.  In one sense you could say that was a small gesture but an act that bore such weight!

Christmas reveals the utter simplicity of what Jesus asks of us.  He asks that we make room for Him to do what He came to do.  What He came to do was save us, bring us hope, bring us healing, and ultimately bring us home.  The first step in any of those  realities is to first make room and the let Him work.  In the end, the Saints are those who made room for God without reserve and their lives were utterly transformed.

It isn’t just our lives that are impacted.  God also asks us to help make room for Him in other’s lives.  Over the course of our lives hundreds, thousands, of people will cross our paths.  Many of those encounters might seem as insignificant.  Acts of little or no importance.  Yet in those moments we can be making room for Jesus to enter into someone else’s life.  They can be acts of such weight that they will be spoken of in eternity.

It is impossible to judge the weight of any encounter we have and how God will use it. One time I found myself at the bedside of a dying man.  Not having any of his own family he was surrounded by a family who had adopted him as one of their own (talk about making room for Jesus).  That moment, with all its weight and importance, only came about through one of those seemingly throw away moments of no importance.  It happened because of a conversation that I had on the sidewalk.  That person knew this man and because of that prior conversation felt comfortable reaching out- can you visit and pray with our friend?

How often have I walked by moments like that, where Jesus wanted to enter into the world and all that is needed to make room, is to have a simple conversation on the sidewalk?

The lives that pass through ours bear more weight than we may ever know.  The interactions, small though they might be in the moment, can bear a weight far beyond what we can imagine.  It might lead to the bedside of a dying man to comfort and pray with him – all because of a small conversation on the sidewalk.

This season of Advent and Christmas is filled with moments of small things but of great weight.  So, it was for those who made room for Jesus that first Christmas night.  Let us make room in small and big ways and see how God will use them!

God Bless,

Fr. Todd