Fr. Todd Bulletin, February 3 2019


Dear Sacred Heart Family,

Over the past year, the Diocese of Lansing has been working to align the ownership of its property and assets under Canon Law with the treatment they receive under civil law.

Under Canon Law, every parish is a public “juridic person” with ownership and control of its property and assets subject to the supervision of the Bishop.  In order to clearly align the civil law status of the parishes in the Diocese of Lansing with their Canonical status, Bishop Boyea has directed the civil incorporation of each parish in the Diocese.  In this way, each parish will be a separate “civil” entity and can own and control its property and assets for the benefit of its parishioners.

As part of the process, the Bishop will be transferring legal ownership of all parish real estate, personal property, and accounts to the “new” parish corporation.  All pastors, parish staff and committees will continue to function as before.  Neither the pastor’s nor the Bishop’s authority or responsibilities will be enlarged or diminished by the new “civil” structure.  The names of the parishes will not change, with the exception of adding a geographic designation for identification purposes and the formal legal paperwork (essentially the name and city where the parish is located will be added to the parish name).

As a civil corporation, each parish will have its own Board of Directors.  The Board will have three members consisting of  the Bishop, the Diocese Chief Financial Officer, and the pastor.  The pastor will also take on the role of “president and chief executive officer” of the parish corporation – a role he currently has as pastor under Cannon Law.

A pilot set of parishes made this transition to the civil model last year without issue.  This process was recently completed in January for both Sacred Heart and St Mary on the Lake with the signing of separate Articles of Incorporation for each parish.  All parishes in the Diocese will similarly transition to the civil parish corporation structure in the coming months.

If you have any questions on the parish corporation structure, please feel free to contact me or Deacon John.

May you have a Blessed week!

Fr Todd


Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, February 3 2019

Why We Must Persevere

It is hard to walk through the halls of Sacred Heart School without thinking about the virtue of perseverance. The building is elegant and beautifully historic, reminiscent of times when the world was very different from today. It is easy to imagine the many children who have walked these halls; who have called Sacred Heart School their home. Memories have been made here for generations. Throughout the history our church families have supported our mission and have sacrificed to keep our Catholic school open This has been no easy feat. By my count, SHS has been on the verge of closing 7 times; and yet, we remain. This is a testament to our community. We are special; there is no doubt. What makes us so special. Perseverance! It is who we are at Sacred Heart School. We persevere! Perseverance is the will to see things through to end despite obstacles, discouragement, fear and opposition. I do not like being faced with any of those things. I can only assume the people who have kept the school running all of these years did not like them either. I know they dug deep and received the courage to do whatever it takes, because they believed in the value of Catholic Education.

As we move into enrollment season, it is time to get aggressive about how important SHS is to our families, our community and our future. We believe that learning and virtue are sacred. It is our motto and we take it very seriously. The teachers see the potential in every student. Not just because it is their job to do so, but because they see God in every child. We speak the language of virtue at Sacred Heart School and believe in this faith driven approach to child development. We discipline with the knowledge that the students are going to struggle but we are here to support and guide them with patience and clear virtuous words that encourage them to be strong, confident people. It is our mission: Our students are balanced: confident of mind, academics and Catholic faith.

If you or anyone you know is considering enrolling at Sacred Heart School, we can promise that their children will be given a wonderful gift of a strong, virtuous soul and the desire to meet challenges with courage so they can persevere. Call 517-448-6405 to set up a tour or visit for information.

New Scholarships from the Diocese of Lansing are now available for families. Witness to Hope has made new funding available for student in K-6th grade. We also have scholarship available through our school office.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal


Deacon’s Corner, February 3 2019

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“What good is it…if someone has faith but does not have works?…If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well, but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it (James 2:14:17)?”   Those are the words of St. James in his letter circulating around the house churches in the early days of Christianity.  James’ letter goes far beyond being donors, volunteers, caregivers, and ministers.  It goes directly to the heart of spending our day in the marketplace – those places we where we live, work, study, and play every day.

During a state of the company address in my former life, our CEO presented his thoughts on what it would take to be successful given the global economic crisis at the time.  He said “we must continue to look for ways to be smarter about the projects we bring forward for approval.”  Now that made sense, but I didn’t see projects fail because we weren’t clever enough to know they were bad deals.  I saw projects failing because of greed for personal gain or hastened to meet company goals.

Faith and economics rarely encounter each other in the business world.  St. Pope John Paul II recognized this when he wrote “…on the one hand, [is] the all-consuming desire for profit, and on the other, the thirst for power, with the intention of imposing one’s will upon others.  In order to characterize better each of these attitudes, one can add the expression: at any price (Sollicitdo Rei Socialis §V.37.)”  He argued that accumulation of profit and power cannot be measures of success in business unless they are reinvested back into society to promote the social, cultural, and spiritual well-being of people (§II.9).  In other words, making better projects and business deals is not so much about being smarter as it is to be grounded in our faith.  Making business decisions which consider the greater good, instead of personal gain or maximizing corporate profit, far benefits the company, the employees, and the community as a whole.

For the Christian leader in the marketplace, faith and works are not an “either/or” option.  They are a “both/and” necessity for ethical business life.  To tell an employee “have a good weekend” rings hollow when that same employee is facing low wages, long hours, no insurance, or loss of their job.  Being a Christian leader in the marketplace takes prudence, planning, wise counsel, courage, and compassion.  Daily decisions involving cost cutting, maximizing profits, optimizing equipment maintenance, business unit performance, and product value tradeoffs are a reality in the business world.  But then so does God’s expectation that our faith and works become one.  Ethical life for a Christian in the marketplace is a reflection of Christian discipleship.  For Faith without works is me meaningless.

Deacon John


Parish News

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Fr. Todd will do the traditional blessing of throats for anyone who would like the blessing after Mass this Sunday, February 3rd.


WORLD MARRIAGE DAY IS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10th.  There will be a special blessing to all married couples at Mass.




Sunday, February 10

12:00 – 2:30

Fr. Todd and Deacon John will offer training to learn the skills of being an Altar Server.  Open to all kids, grades 3 and up, who would like to become an Altar Server and anyone needing a refresher!   Lunch will be provided.  In order to have an accurate lunch count, please RSVP to the parish office, 448-3811



  • February 5:  Christ Hoyt
  • February 12:  Bernadette Barrett
  • February 19:  Linda Komarynski
  • February 26:  Stephanie Bean
  • March 5:  Stacy Parker


Feb 6  – Sacred Heart at 6:00 pm
Feb 7 –  St. Mary on the Lake at 10 am
Feb 20 – Sacred Heart 6:00 pm
Feb 21 – St. Mary on the Lake 10:00 am
*There will be No Bible Study during Lent



We will be participating in the Alpha Omega Care Center Annual Baby Bottle Drive fundraiser.  Alpha Omega Care Center exists to empower men and women to may life affirming decisions regarding pregnancy through counseling and education and providing a safe and welcoming environment that projects the love of Christ.

You can help… simply pick up a bottle after Mass, fill it with loose money.  If you would like to write a check, please make it out directly to Alpha Omega Care Center.  Please drop off bottles to the Parish office by February 28.

For more information, please visit our website:



Two opportunities are coming to attend a 7 week series: As By a New Pentecost, designed to help us grow in our under-standing of the Holy Spirit and how the Spirit acts in our lives and the life of the Church…Sacred Heart in Hudson (beginning Sunday February 24 from 1-3 pm) and St. Mary on the Lake, Manitou Beach (beginning Saturday, March 2 from 10 am-Noon). All are welcome! (Even if you attended a seminar in the past.) Great opportunity to meet fellow Catholics! To register please call Sacred Heart (517-448-3811) or St. Mary on the Lake (517-547-7496).


Online Giving

Have you considered using Online Giving? By creating a login and contributing online you’ll always have a report of your giving history available. You can access your giving report easily and securely via the web, and your information will always be up-to-date with your latest contributions.

ParishSoft is offering the Youth Scholarship Program.  For every 25 NEW recurring givers, they will donate $200 to our Youth Program. 

You can find the Online Giving link on our website:

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The Man Event

THE MAN EVENT 2019: Diocese of Lansing Catholic Men’s Conference

Men, come to grow in your faith at the annual Diocese of Lansing’s Catholic Men’s Conference. In carrying out the tradition of providing an atmosphere of support and helping the Catholic men among us to courageously live a Christ-centered life in today’s world, this year’s theme will focus on how to ‘wear the armor of God’.   Ephesians 6:10-18

“In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all [the] flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”   – Ephesians 6:16-17

When: February 23, 2019

Where: Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church (913 Napoleon Road, Michigan Center, MI 49254)

Time: 10 AM – 5 PM

Individual Ticket Prices: Adults $40 / Students $30


What to Expect:

  • Motivating messages from Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Fr. Tim MacDonald
  • Adoration and confessions
  • A mouth-watering pig roast BBQ lunch from Stick-A-Pig-In-It
  • Music by Brian Flynn & Band
  • Mass with Bishop Boyea (4 PM)

Registrations are now open. For more information or to purchase your tickets, visit

Fr. Todd Bulletin, January 27, 2019


Dear Sacred Heart Family,

We kickoff Catholic Schools week this weekend.  Our school was a long-time hope that found fruition in 1928 and we are blessed to have it continue to this day.  Thank you for all of your support.  I am grateful for being able to go to Catholic Grade School in my home town.

I want to finish our series on New Year’s resolutions.  Our first was patience with God, Faith, patience with ourselves, Hope.  Our last is patience with others, Love.

I have found this to capture a good part of what Love asks of us- patience, patience, patience.  It is the patience a parent has watching their child grow and develop at the pace a child grows. They don’t turn into an adult over night and we can’t expect them to.  On the spiritual side we grow in a very similar way and we need to have that same patience to walk with someone through the awkwardness that growing includes with it.  A few things to remember as we ask for this grace this year:

Pray that you can love others like God has loved You

We read in Deuteronomy 1:30-31: “The LORD, your God, who goes before you, is the one who will fight for you, just as he acted with you before your very eyes in Egypt, as well as in the wilderness, where you saw how the LORD, your God, carried you, as one carries his own child, all along your journey until you arrived at this place.”

Moses is talking about how God carried Israel for 40 years in the desert.  Those 40 years were not all that pretty though.  They included much kicking and screaming by the Israelites and the Lord had great patience with them, has the same patience with us.  It can be really helpful to think of the ways God has been so patient with us, even as we perhaps kicked and screamed, doing anything but following Him, doing what He asked of us.  When we consider the love and patience God has had for us, we can then turn around and pray that we can be patient with this person in the same way Jesus has been patient with me.

Pray that you can love others like people have loved you

We need to remember those who have been so incredibly patient with us and then pray for the grace to pay it forward. Think of those who have done this for you, parents, family member, mentors, teachers, coaches, employers.  It is always funny to talk to someone when they are raising their children and that moment of clarity comes where they realize they understand what they themselves put their parents through!

Take time tonight thanking God for His Patient love, for the patient love of others in your life

Often enough is only in hindsight that we can realize the gift given to us by another.  In the midst of our gratitude we can realize that we are simply praying for the grace to do for another what so many, God included, have done for us.

Place the people you have the hardest time being patient with before the Lord

God loves whoever this person might more than we ever can or will.  No matter how difficult something has become this something we can always do.

God Bless!  Fr. Todd


Deacon’s Corner, January 27, 2019

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“Rejoice in the Lord Always! Finding joy at the foot of the cross.” That was the theme of the annual retreat I attended last weekend with over 80 men at the St Paul of the Cross Retreat Center in Detroit.  It was a great way to escape from the world and spend some quiet time with God.  Finding joy at the foot of the cross is not easy.  After all, how often do we feel like rejoicing when life isn’t going our way?

Finding joy at the foot of the cross means we look beyond the world, beyond our human feelings, and focus on knowing God is with us through it all.  That is the mystery of our Christian faith – finding joy in our sorrow, comfort in our pain, and new life through death.  Its a mystery we may not understand, but a mystery we can experience if we believe.  Because joy is not found in what we do, it’s found in our attitude toward life.

Rejoicing in the Lord brings us joy in 3 ways – by remembering what God has done for us, being in sync with what God wants for us, and putting ourselves into His hands to see what He will do with us.   Joy is the first characteristic of Christian life.  It is not a by-product of following Jesus.  Joy is the reason we follow Jesus.  Rejoicing is the mark of a Christian even at the foot of our crosses.  It simply means to remain mindful of our ever-present and loving God to find joy through the peace He brings.  A kind of joy that far overshadows anything of the world that makes us happy.

That is the model for Christian living St Paul gave us when he wrote: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice!  Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near.  Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.  Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds…whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things…Then the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:4-9)”

 After a weekend of praying and reflecting on how to “Rejoice in the Lord, always”, I re-discovered finding joy at the foot of my crosses.  God reminded me that even during my trials of pain, sorrow, disappointment, failure, and difficulty I can find joy through His love and blessings I treasure the most –  my family, my friends, my prayer, and my ministry.

What brings YOU joy?  Rejoice in the Lord, always! and the peace of God will remain with you.

Deacon John.


CAFE – The Dignity of Life

At Cafe Sunday, January 27, we will discuss Advance Care Planning and End of Life decisions as directed by our Catholic teaching.

Coffee and donuts at 9:15am.  Class starts at 9:30am.

Advance Directives will be available to take home.

All are welcome!