Fr. Todd Homily, June 16 2019

Gospel JN 16:12-15

Jesus said to his disciples:
“I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.
But when he comes, the Spirit of truth,
he will guide you to all truth.
He will not speak on his own,
but he will speak what he hears,
and will declare to you the things that are coming.
He will glorify me,
because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.
Everything that the Father has is mine;
for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine
and declare it to you.”

Congratulations Fr. Todd!


Congratulations to Fr. Todd who will be celebrating his 5th Anniversary of Ordination on Friday, June 14, 2019. 
May God sustain you in celebrating the Sacraments, in proclaiming the Gospel and in consecrating your life to God for the good of the people entrusted to your care.

Fr. Todd Bulletin, June 6 2019

Dear St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart,

We had a great (and busy) week last week at both St. Mary on the Lake and Sacred Heart. Thank you to all those who helped make the varied events so successful (St. Mary’s rummage sale and the 25cent event, 5k and Taste of Summer Raffle at Sacred Heart).  I didn’t have quite enough gas in the tank to beat our resident seminarian, Dan Lacroix, in the 5k!

This past weekend I was hoping to get some farming in on my day off but my presence had the wrong effect- I brought 1 ½ inches of rain with me.  Like many others they are still trying to get the corn planted.  My parents said I am still allowed to come home!

We are launching into summer.  As we head into vacation season, I want to mention a great resource –  They provide worship times, church locations, contact information, website links and maps. There are 117,000 churches in 201 countries/territories.  I don’t know who said it first but the old adage is true – don’t take a vacation from Jesus while on vacation!

We will be continuing Bible study through June.  For July, August, and September I want to take the opportunity to revisit the three keynote talks from 2018’s Made for Happiness Assembly.  That was a great event that brought 15,000 people from the Diocese together.  Not all of us were able to go through (plus revisiting them is a great way to be renewed in the Spirit).


July 17th at Sacred Heart (6pm)

July 18th at St. Mary on the Lake (10am):

Father Mike Schmitz has gained a national following for his inspiring and joy-filled preaching about the love of God and the call of Jesus Christ.  A priest for the Diocese of Duluth, Minnesota, he directs Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the diocese and serves as chaplain for the Newman Center at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Ascension Presents YouTube channel provides weekly straight talk informative messages from Father Mike. HIGHLIGHTS • Happiness is to find out God’s plans for one’s life and then pursue it. • Happiness rooted in virtue will be resilient. • Happiness rooted in God’s grace becomes joy. • True joy can’t be taken away from you.


August 21st at Sacred Heart (6pm)

August 22nd at St. Mary on the Lake (10am):

Jennifer Fulwiler is a writer, speaker, radio show host, wife and mother of six children. SiriusXM radio subscribers can find her daily talk show on channel 129 or search for “The Jennifer Fulwiler Show” on iTunes. Jennifer Fulwiler takes us on her journey from lifelong atheism to Catholicism, pointing out that her quest was a search for happiness as much as it was a search for truth. She weaves in tips and suggestions for how we can each reach out to our own non-believing loved ones.



Sept 18th at Sacred Heart (6pm)

Sept 19th at St. Mary on the Lake (10am):

Deacon Larry Oney, a permanent deacon for the Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans, serves at Divine Mercy Parish in Kenner, Louisiana. With a passion for lifting people up and sharing the faith, he leverages humor, joy, Scripture, love and personal insight to speak to people’s hearts and encourage them to live Spirit-filled lives. Deacon Larry’s ministry can be found at HIGHLIGHTS • Every Christian is meant to be filled with the Holy Spirit. • The Holy Spirit is the animator upon earth today in the body of Christ. • Every Christian has the authority and power to evangelize all the world. • By the power of the Holy Spirit, God calls us to be receivers, healers and deliverers.


God Bless…. Fr. Todd


Deacon’s Corner, June 16 2019

Words cannot tell you how grateful I am for all your heartfelt prayers and well wishes during my medical emergency last week.

If you haven’t heard, I spent 3 days in the ICU at Henry Ford Allegiance Hospital in Jackson.  Without warning, my left arm, side of face, and tongue went completely numb.  I was unable to talk.  Kimberly immediately recognized the symptoms as a possible stroke and called 911 for an ambulance.  The symptoms resolved themselves within 20 to 30 minutes with no lasting side effects.   After multiple CT scans, an MRI, EKGs, blood tests, and a heart ultrasound I was diagnosed with a 90% plaque blockage in my right coronary artery.   A heart catheter was inserted to clear the blockage and install a stint.

I was driving at the time and had no warning signs that anything was about to happen.  My cholesterol, blood pressure, and weight were all within the normal ranges.  My condition was diagnosed as hereditary, and I now have prescribed medications to prevent a reoccurrence.   The cardiologist said I was “as good as new” and to return to my regular routine as soon as possible.

Throughout my entire ordeal, I was both surprised and somewhat scared that this could be happening to me.  But, with my family at my side, and your overwhelming response of love, I was able to grasp the reality of my situation and prepare myself to accept whatever outcome the Lord had planned for me.  I am truly blessed to have such caring parish families, and thank God every day for the privilege of being your deacon.

Please always be attentive to whatever signals your body is sending you, and guys, always listen to your wives.  I didn’t know it at the time, but the cardiologist said I was at a very high risk for a massive heart attack within the near future.  He told me he has seen too many cases where a wife saved her husband’s life by immediately calling 911 before the husband knew what was happening.  He said “never forget, wives save lives!”

May you have a wonderful and blessed week!

Deacon John


From The Principal, June 16 2019

Dear Sacred Heart Families,

Last weekend we all came together to support Sacred Heart school and church. With three community events; 25 Cent Event, SHS 5K and the 2nd annual Taste of Summer Food Fair and Raffle, we were able to connect and have a lot of fun! We are so grateful to our sponsors, event coordinators and volunteers. As Sacred Heart school continues to grow, so does our desire to bring the community together in ways that are creative and inclusive. If you have ideas or are willing to help in the future please reach out to me.

Mark your calendars for July 13th. It is the annual Golf Outing to support SHS at Evergreen Golf Course. Get a team together or bring the family out for lunch and ice cream.

We are so very blessed to be a part of the Hudson community and we thank you for all of your continued support. May God bless you!

Anne Atkin, Principal


Fr. Tomy Pentecost Homily, June 9 2019


On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit descended with power upon the Apostles in the image of tongues of fire and thus began the mission of the Church in the world. Once they received the Spirit, they went out boldly and preached to all in Jerusalem and different parts of the world. Jesus himself prepared the disciples for this mission, appearing to them on many occasions after his Resurrection. Prior to his Ascension into Heaven, he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father; that is, he asked them to stay together to prepare themselves to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. All the disciples gathered in prayer with Mary in the Upper Room, awaiting the promised event. Today is also the birthday of the Church. The Church is basically that community and complex of communities spread all over the world which is continuing the visible presence of God and his work by living openly in the Spirit of Jesus and offering its experience of knowing Christ to the world. During his apparitions Jesus gives two gifts to his followers, the gift of his abiding peace and the power to forgive sins. He commissions them to carry on his work, empowered by the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will continue to teach them the message of Jesus.

The feast of Pentecost rounds off the tremendous mysteries that we have been commemorating since Holy Week – the Passion, the Death, the Resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus. This feast culminates in the sending of the Spirit of the Father and the Son on his disciples. This feast indicates the extraordinary intervention of God into our lives by which Jesus makes us partakers in the mystery of the Trinity. Today’s feast indicates that it is an on-going reality, which still touches our lives every single day. Let us reflect upon the purpose of the Holy Spirit in the Church. He can guide and teach us according to the purpose for which he has been sent. Through the power of the Spirit we ask for the grace to be forgiven and the grace to forgive others. Today Jesus fills us with the same Spirit to send us out on his mission to preach, reconcile and to heal.


Anne Atkin, Principal bulletin, June 9 2019

It is Time for Summer

Summer vacation hasn’t always existed. In 1842 Detroit city kids hit the books 260 days of the year. It is commonly believed that summer vacation was not a vacation at all, but a time when kids stayed at home to work on the farm. This is a misconception. Kids went to school during the hottest and coldest months of the year and worked the fields in the spring and the fall. As cities were growing, the brick and concrete became very hot in the summer sun and families were traveling to the cooler countryside for relief from the heat. At the same time, Americans were enjoying more leisure time as labor unions were able to instill the eight-hour work day. Attendance was dwindling in the summer as classrooms were too hot, and by the turn of the century, schools had cut 60 days off of the school year. Businesses saw the opportunity for summer vacation and schools have been operating with a long summer break ever since. It is funny, at the time, the argument was being made that the brain is a muscle(correct) that could suffer from overuse(incorrect) the way workers were incurring injury resulting from repetition. (Reilly, L. 2017, May 3.).

No matter how we have ended up with summer break, it seems to be an important formula for child development. The students are ready to kick off their shoes and sleep in. They are ready to get dirty and lose track of the days. They want to catch frogs, ride their bikes, see the stars; to dream and imagine. We need to let them. Kids are using their brains in the summer in a way that is important. Independence is gained from making your own decisions without the constraints of a schedule and boundaries. Mix in some good reading time and work through a summer math book; voila! We are ready and eager when school begins again in August. Summer vacation is not only practical, but necessary.

May God bless you all this summer. Remember that your child is accustomed to praying every day at school. Pray with them this summer and feel the powerful effects of putting God into all situations.

We have truly been blessed this school year with so much joy and grace from our school and church families and we are grateful. Sacred Heart School is solid for next year! Our enrollment is growing and the facilities continue to be upgraded. Stop by and visit us this summer as we work to make the school excellent for the coming year!

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal

References: Reilly, L. 2017, May 3. Why Do Students Get Summers Off? Retrieved from


Deacon Corner, June 9 2019

This past Saturday, June 8th, is the typical day we would have celebrated priestly ordinations.  Sadly this year we did not have any ordinations (we will have two next year).  Bishop Boyea held a special day of prayer and asked for our particular intercession for an increase in vocations.  I have included a prayer for vocations from Pope Francis that we can continue to pray for more to hear Jesus’ call.


LORD of the Harvest,

BLESS young people with the gift of courage to respond to your call.

Open their hearts to great ideals, to great things.

INSPIRE all of your disciples to mutual love and giving – for vocations blossom in the good soil of faithful people.

INSTILL those in religious life, parish ministries, and families with the confidence and grace to invite others to embrace the bold and noble path of a life consecrated to you.

UNITE us to Jesus through prayer and sacrament, so that we may cooperate with you in building your reign of mercy and truth, of justice and peace.



Parish News & Events

Father’s Day Spiritual Bouquets

Want to honor your Father, Grandfather, Uncle or Special Man in your life?  We will be publishing Spiritual Bouquets for our special men on June 16.  Please pick up an envelope in the entrances of the church, fill it out, and return.  There is a $5 stipend per request. 


Summer is rapidly approaching!!  Please note summer hours for the Parish office, as well as Friday Mass.

Beginning Friday, June 14, Friday Mass will be at 8:00am. 

Beginning Monday, June 10, the parish office hours will be:

Monday ~ 8:00am-Noon

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday ~ 8:00am-4:00pm

Friday ~ 8:00am-Noon



Tuesday, July 9th at St. Mary on the Lake.

Day of Reflection for all St. Mary on the Lake & Sacred Heart Parishioners

Presented by The Dynamic Identical Duo: Fr. Todd & Fr. Gary

A full itinerary for the day and sign up information will be in a bulletin insert in the next week or so. Stay tuned.




The Altar Rosary Society is collecting new towel sets (bath towel, hand towel & washcloth) for the Neighbors for Hope Women & Children Shelter in Tecumseh.  Anyone who would like to donate a set, please place in a plastic bag and put in the box in the church hall.  Please call Jan Wilson at 517-306-0684 with any questions.


It’s that time of year!!  Church league softball will start on Monday, June 10 at 6pm at Will Carleton Park.   Sign up sheets are in the entrances of the church.   Any questions, please call Nate Bellman at 517-306-8937 or Levi Natzke at 517-881-6599.





Saturday, June 8 ~ SHS 5K, Food Fair & Raffle

Saturday, July 13 ~ SHS Annual Golf Outing



Upcoming Bible Study at Sacred Heart.  6:00 pm in Parish Hall ~ June 12th ~ June 26th

 will be no Bible Study in July, August and September.  




JUNE 6-8, 2019 – Proceeds to benefit SHARE THE WARMTH.

Sunday, June 2 – 10:30 am-4:00 pm

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (June 3-5) from 8:00 am-5:00 pm

We will not accept tires, liquids or clothing.


Thursday & Friday, June 6-7 from 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday, June 8 from 8:00 am-2:00 pm




Outside our Parish

Heart of Christ Spiritual Direction Training Program is now accepting applications for a new class beginning in September of 2019.  Classes are held weekly on Tuesday evenings at Christ the King parish in Ann Arbor. If you are interested in becoming a spiritual director, visit our website for more information or contact Jeannette Barbacane or Tesa Fleming


Catholic Summer Camps
Camp Sancta Maria, Gaylord. Looking to spark the faith of your children or grandchildren while they have a blast at the same time? We provide fun experiences in a technology-free zone (and they won’t even miss their cell phones!) while immersed in a faith-filled environment. We offer separate camping experiences for boys and girls that include daily Mass, horseback riding, swimming, archery, sports, high and low ropes, campfires, crafts and more. For additional information go to or call 248-822-8199.

Our Lady of the Fields Camp, Brighton. Serene waterfront activities including canoeing and swimming, high and low ropes course, basketball, soccer, softball, wilderness survival, nature and wildlife awareness, adventure games. Boys and girls camps as well as family camps. For more information call 248-379-0943 or go to



Encounter Healing Service (Fr. Mathias Thelen and Patrick Reis)

“We believe that not only does Jesus still heal today, but that healing is one of the most powerful ministries of evangelization.”


Free and Open to the Public

St. Patrick Church, Brighton

Come and see how the Holy Spirit is working in the Diocese of Lansing. You do not have to be in need of physical healing to attend.

More information at


JULY 22-25 (Evenings)

Encounter School of Ministry SUMMER INTENSIVE

Will provide a survey of teachings on Healing Ministry.

Presenters: Fr. Mathias Thelen (St. Patrick’s, Brighton), Dr. Mary Healy (Sacred Heart Seminary), Patrick Reis and Sara Kaczmarek

6-9 pm ~ St. Patrick Church, Brighton

Enroll at