Fr. Tomy Homily, October 13 2019



The central theme of today’s readings is gratitude – in particular, the expression of gratitude God expects from us. Today’s Gospel story of ‘the forgetful lepers’ presents a God Who desires gratitude from us for the many blessings we receive from Him, and Who feels pain at our ingratitude.

The sincere gratitude of Naaman towards Yahweh and his prophet Elisha brought him a gift far more precious than the healing of his leprosy. He received faith in Yahweh and was determined to serve Him faithfully. Obedience to the prophet healed him and his faith in Yahweh brought him healing of his sins as well. Humility obtained for him the cure of his skin disease. Gratitude to Yahweh obtained for him a far greater grace, faith in the true God. Jesus was pleased to see one of those lepers, the Samaritan, coming back to Him, praising God for the favor received. It pained Him that the other nine had not come back to do the same. He certainly expected them back, not because He wanted to receive their gratitude as to enable Him to complete His work of love, of which their healing was only the first step to bring them to faith.

We must not fail to notice that Jesus did not withdraw His favor from the other nine. They must have happily returned to their village after the priest issued a certificate confirming their cure. But little did they think of the greater blessings they missed on account of their ingratitude. Eucharist means thanksgiving. When we come to take part in the Eucharist we do what Naaman and the Samaritan leper did, we give praise and thanks to God. Let our thanks find joyful expression in this Eucharist. An unreflective heart is an unappreciative heart, an unappreciative heart is an ungrateful heart, and an ungrateful heart is a sick heart. Our ego can become so demanding that it can make endless claims and multiply needs. Hence, it is part of self-discipline to put a check on the demands of our ego and teach it to be reflective, to consider the blessings it has received to enjoy them and to be grateful for them. Thanksgiving has the rare power to refine the person who gives it and to gladden the person who receive it. Ingratitude on the other hand, hardens the former and saddens the latter. Once a son wrote a letter to his mom.

Dear Mama. This morning I cleaned our lawn that will cost you ten dollars. After lunch, I washed the plates and utensils that was worth five dollars. This afternoon, you asked me to buy some items in the grocery, since the sun was hot and the grocery store was far, I would charge you ten dollars. Twenty-five dollars is the total money you owe me. Signed: Your Obedient Son.

The mother wrote back. Dear Son. I carried you in my womb for nine months I charged you nothing. I had a hard time giving birth to you that I almost died I charged you nothing. When you were two years old, you got sick and I was not able to sleep for three days caring for you but I did not charge you anything. Overall, you owe me nothing because I love you. Signed: Your Loving Mother.

Gratitude is the attitude of a sensitive soul appreciative of its gifts. It is the sign of a good heart which, while it enjoys the gifts, is not forgetful of the giver of gifts. The nine ungrateful lepers in today’s gospel were so wrapped up in themselves and engrossed with the blessings they had received that they forgot their benefactor and saddened Him. A grateful heart is a humble heart, a humble heart is a religious heart, a religious heart is a reverential heart, a reverential heart is a liturgical heart, a liturgical is a praising heart, and such a heart cannot but be joyful and healthy.

Our mission consists in leading people to God, in becoming Good Samaritans. Let our celebrations of the Eucharist be done with conviction and let our voice re-echo the Eucharistic prayer Lord we thank you for counting us worthy to stand in your presence and serve you. Amen.




Confirmation NEWS & Religious Education NEWS

Reminder class is Sunday, Oct 13 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary on the Lake, Manitou Beach.

The Confirmation Retreat is Saturday, Oct 19 at Judson Collins Retreat Center in Onsted.  All parents should have info and payment and forms are due at the class on Oct 13.

2019 Diocese of Lansing High School Youth Conference:

Attention all 9-12 grade teens. Mark your calendars for Sunday, November 3rd for the Diocese of Lansing High School Youth Conference, “The Father’s Love?” featuring former NFL player, Bart Schuchts, Andrew Laubacher, Be Love Revolution, Fr. Adam Nowak, Fr. Paul Erickson and Fr. Mark Rutherford. The day will include dynamic presentations, practical breakout sessions, small group time, confessions, Eucharistic adoration, Mass with Bishop Boyea and worship and fellowship with teens from all over the Diocese of Lansing.

Visit or see Jen Loar to register by Oct 20. Mrs. Loar will be driving and may need a few extra adults/parents who are VIRTUS trained to help with transportation. Please call the office if you would like to attend and help!

It’s not too late to register your child for Religious Ed.   Students meet Sundays at 9:15am.

Want to learn more about your Catholic Faith?  Join us for CAFE on Sundays at 9:15am in the Parish Hall.


Religious Ed Registration

Fr. Todd Bulletin, October 13 2019

Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s,

I hope you are enjoying these beautiful fall days!  I was at my parents’ this past Monday and spent a refreshing day outside working on various projects.

This coming week, we have a few special events.

  • On Wednesday, I will be joining a field trip with Sacred Heart students to visit Notre Dame. It is a beautiful campus and it is a treat to be able to celebrate Mass in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart as a part of our tour.  It is always a joy to visit the place where Jesus’ mother Mary went to school.
  • On Saturday, our Confirmation class will be having a one-day retreat with other Confirmation kids from the surrounding region. I will be spending the day there with them.  Please keep us in your prayers that we might powerfully encounter the Holy Spirit.  Come Holy Spirit!
  • On Sunday, October 20th, at the 11am Mass at Sacred Heart, I will be doing a Mass explained. We will celebrate Mass but as I go through each part, I will be taking time to explain the meaning of each step.  Mass will be followed by a brunch in the parish hall.  The following week, on the 27th, I will do the same thing at St. Mary on the Lake at the 9:30 Mass.  (Brunch will follow there as well.)

I am very excited about this opportunity.  The Mass is something at the heart of our faith—a powerful weekly time where we come to encounter Jesus.  It is both a time to give and to receive.  We give something to God: our time, our hearts, and all that is in them.   Then having given, we receive grace from Him.  Something that is astounding is that at Mass we give God simple bread and wine that He takes and then gives back to us, but better and transformed: the very body and blood of His Son.  We are called to surrender all of ourselves and experience that same reality—giving of ourselves and then receiving something back, but better and transformed.  At times, our focus can be solely on what we are receiving, but that is a narrowed vision of what Mass is meant to be.

Fr. Joe once wrote a column in “In the Know with Fr. Joe” about the importance of going to Mass, and he wrote this:

“My friend Father Geoff always points out that no one goes to their grandpa’s birthday party asking, “What am I going to get out of this?” They go to the birthday party because they love Grandpa.  In the same way, our primary reason for going to Mass cannot be, “What am I going to get out of this?” Instead, it should be, “What can I give in the midst of this?” The radical gift of the whole experience is this: When we surrender our need to make this about what we get from it, we’ll receive more than we could ever ask or imagine.”

I once heard someone say that what is done daily will be done dully if not done deeply.  So can be our experience of Mass.  A way to enter more fully into the Mass is to understand why Mass is the way it is.  Many of us growing up Catholic have had parts of the Mass explained at one time or another, but perhaps not fully or recently.  It is my sincere hope that this will help each of us enter into and pray the Mass more fully!


Fr. Todd


Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, October 13 2019

“Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen” (Heb 11:1).


Faith begins as a belief in God. Simple. God the creator of all things visible and invisible. Then, we think about faith as the certainty that God exists and He loves us. Faith becomes the belief that God will guide us, teach us and give us the purpose we need to bring our soul back to God in Heaven. We use our faith to weather the storm as we grow from children to adults. But as we grow in faith, it becomes so much more. According to the catechism of the Catholic Church, “faith is a gift from God. A supernatural virtue infused in Him” (CCC153). Faith can set us free from turmoil and despair. It keeps us from running away when the world is mean and we doubt our abilities or purpose.


For any of us who have forgotten to rely on our faith, we know how difficult life is to figure out if we only use our own mind. I think of the times when I just could not wrap my brain around a problem or I felt attacked and treated unfairly. I have sought advice from friends or even experts and still could not find answers. It is an empty feeling and life feels almost impossible to manage.


Instead, we can take ownership of how we react to the chaotic and unfair world around us. Knowing the world can be unfair, we ask God to give us the strength we need to calm fear and anxiety. This can be a true sense of self control. Faith gives us a chance to take a time out from the intensity. Faith reminds us that God is in charge and He gives us all of the power we need to handle the day. To see God in all things and to not judge; but to become reasonable and open to correction. To learn. To grow. To achieve. The faithful will set their mind to God’s purpose and can learn to rebuild instead of breaking down. To shine. Faith can fill up a worn out person who has given in and give them the strength they need to grow in spirit. Faith can save the weary and inspire the disheartened. Faith, what a gift!


God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal


Deacon Corner

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.


Yesterday, at noon, as part of a worldwide celebration of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima, a group of our parishioners gathered at the club house at Shaffer’s Evergreen Golf Course in Hudson to pray the Rosary for peace as our Blessed Mother requested 102 years ago.  The word ‘rosary’ comes from Latin and means ‘a garden of roses.’  Our Rosary is a form of devotional prayer in honor of our Blessed Mother.   The Rosary prayers come from Scripture and the traditions of the early Christians.  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 world peace.  Then ask our Blessed Mother to help us find peace in our heart.

Deacon John


**Save the DATES**


Wednesday, October 16 ~ Bible Study

Sunday, October 20 ~ Mass Explained, 11:00am

Saturday, October 26 ~ SHS Trunk or Treat

Wednesday, October 30 ~ Bible Study

Saturday, November 9 ~ “Be In Our Heart” Gala

Wednesday, November 13 ~ Bible Study

Saturday, November 16 ~ SHS 25 Cent Event

Sunday, November 17 ~ UNBOUND (Date Change)

Tuesday, November 19 ~ Mass of Remembrance, 6:00pm

Friday, November 22 ~ K of C Feather Party ~ 7:30pm

Wednesday, November 27 ~ Bible Study

December 6,7,8 ~ Community Cantata