Deacon’s Corner, October 28 2018

“As I make my prayer to you, Lord, listen to my voice in the morning; in the morning I will stand before you and await you.”  These beautiful words from Psalm 5 tell us how the psalmist eagerly awaits each morning as he prepares to talk to God.  Prayer is an important part of our life.  Unfortunately, too many of us don’t pray enough, or even at all.

St. John Vianney says “not only is prayer very powerful; even more, it’s of the utmost necessity for overcoming the enemies of our salvation.  Look at all the saints: they weren’t content with watching and fighting to overcome the enemies of their salvation and with keeping well away from all that could offer them temptation. They passed their whole lives in prayer, not only the day, but very often the whole night as well. Yes, my dear children, we watch over ourselves and all the motions of our hearts in vain, and in vain we avoid temptation, if we don’t pray. If we don’t continually resort to prayer, all our other ways will be of no use at all to us, and we’ll be overcome. We won’t find any sinner converted without turning to prayer. We won’t find one persevering without depending heavily on prayer. Nor will we ever find a Christian who ends up damned whose downfall didn’t begin with a lack of prayer (Manual for Spiritual Warfare, pg 155).”

St. John Vianney warns us that if we don’t pray we will lose the spiritual battle with evil.   He says, “We can see how much the devil fears those who pray, since there is not a moment of the day when he tempts us more than when were at prayer. He does everything he can to prevent us from praying.”  That’s why Bishop Boyea has challenged each and every one of us with a year of prayer – prayer to help make us missionary disciples to spread the Gospel and stop Satan cold in his tracks from attempting to lead people away from God.

This week, I invite you to re-read Fr. Todd’s bulletin write up from last Sunday.  Find the time to pray 10 minutes at home with your children, 30 minutes if you’re empty nesters, or an hour if you are retired or single.  For its only when we pray “that we may lead a quiet and peaceful life, godly and respectful in every way (1 Timothy 2:2).”   May you have a Blessed and prayerful week with our Lord!

Deacon John

 

All Saints Holy Day of Obligation

All Saints Holy Day of Obligation

Wednesday ~ October 31 ~ 6:00pm at St. Mary on the Lake

Thursday ~ November 1 ~ 8:00am at Sacred Heart

Thursday ~ November 1 ~ 9:15am at St. Mary on the Lake

Thursday ~ November 1 ~ 6:30pm at Sacred Heart

First Annual Trunk or Treat

Join us in our First Annual Trunk or Treat!!!

Bring your car to the church parking lot, decorate your trunk and pass out Halloween treats to our kids!!

Thank you to the Sacred Heart Altar Rosary Society, Knights of Columbus and Parent Group for providing hot dogs, donuts & cider and popcorn.

Prizes for Best Decorated Trunk and Best Costume!

 

 

 

A Voter Resources Guide, From the Diocese of Lansing

On Tuesday, November 6, Michiganders will vote on critical statewide ballot proposals and political offices at the local, statewide, and national level. As Catholics are called to engage in the public realm, this website seeks to provide educational resources for voters.

In the election document Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the U.S. Catholic bishops call for Catholics to “see beyond party politics” and to “analyze campaign rhetoric critically.” Each Catholic voter is charged with the responsibility of choosing the candidate he or she will vote for, guided by Scripture and Catholic teaching through a well-formed conscience. The links below will not only provide information about who the candidates are but will also provide Catholic teaching and issues to consider before voters cast their ballots.

 

http://www.micatholic.org/advocacy/election-2018/

 

 

Gala News

Be in Our Heart Gala

Sacred Heart School is hosting a gala celebration of our school on November 10th. We are presenting an event that brings our church and alumni community together.  This year, we will begin downstairs at the school.  Take a few minutes to tour the school, look at our Luxury Raffle & Silent Auction Items, enjoy wine & cheese, strolling music and games.  We will then head over to the church for hors d’oeuvres, open bar and dinner will begin at 6:30pm.  Following dinner, Christian comedian Tim McClendon will perform.

Following the performance, the auctioneer will begin auctioning our live auction items.   Tickets for the reverse raffle will be drawn during the evening and winners for the Money Raffle and Luxury Raffle will be pulled and announced at the end of the evening by Father Todd.

Each Event ticket is $100 and includes comedian, hors d’oeuvres, wine & cheese, elegant dinner with dessert, open bar, reverse raffle ticket (cash prize), luxury raffle ticket, paddle for the live auction and the opportunity to support SHS.

Thank you so much for all of your continued support. I hope we have put together an evening you will truly enjoy!!

You may purchase tickets by contacting the school office at 517-448-6405 or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/be-in-our-heart-gala-tickets-51301186229.

Click here for Sponsor and Ticket Opportunities

 

10 Reasons to Join Us

10. Open Bar ~ Try a specialty cocktail

9.  Father Todd will be at the microphone throughout the night

8.  Food that not only tastes delicious but will make you feel amazing!

7.  Support the school we love.

6.  Many, many chances to win. No one goes home empty handed

5.  Fun games- Ring Toss (wine bottles), Balloon Darts, Heads/Tails

4.  Chance to win cash

3.  Laugh your head off and forget about your troubles for a while.

2.  Every penny you donate supports the only Catholic school in 2 counties

1.  Feel how much we appreciate your support. We want to dazzle you!

 

Luxury Items for Raffle $5/ticket or 6 for $20

Lizzy Jane jewelry

Vera Wang Purses

Lottery treasure chest

Whiskey basket

Bose speaker

Cooler of specialty meats

Warrior’s Sword Crucifix Pendant 18K Gold

And more….

 

Thank you so much for all of your continued support. I hope we have put together an evening you will truly enjoy!!

 

Fr. Todd Bulletin, October 21 2018

 

Year of Prayer

Father,

You invite each of us to share in the life and ministry of your Son, Jesus. Send your Holy Spirit to form our parish as a community of missionary disciples. Teach us how to hear Jesus, to love Jesus, and to share your gift of salvation with everyone we meet.

Through the witness and intercession of Mary, guide me to deepen my commitment as a disciple of Jesus. Lead our parish to grow as an intentional community, committed to go and announce the Gospel of the Lord. We ask these blessings in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ.

Amen

 

 

 

 

Dear Sacred Heart Family,

I had my meeting in Lansing this past Tuesday for new parish ministers.  It was a quick overview of all that goes into parish ministry.  It made me especially grateful for our great staff and our many volunteers we have that help our parishes run so well!

As a follow-up to our latest Assembly Bishop Boyea has announced a year of prayer for us as a Diocese to implore God’s guidance for forming missionary disciples in our parishes.  The Bishop has offered the following suggestions to help us engage in this year of prayer.

 Each Person is asked:

To Pray the Rosary or another devotion to the Blessed Mother once a week as a family or household for the Holy Spirit to guide our parishes in how to form missionary disciples.

Every Parish is asked:

To offer quarterly a prayer service to pray for the Holy Spirit to guide our parishes in how to form missionary disciples.

To offer a prayer experience for the children of the parish in asking for the Holy Spirit to guide our parishes.

To increase opportunities for Confession

Challenges/Suggestions for the Diocese:

Priests: Two hours of Daily prayer in addition to celebrating Mass

Deacons: One hour of Daily Prayer

Laity:

*  Married with Children at Home- 10 minutes of Daily Prayer

*  Married Empty Nesters- 30 minutes of Daily Prayer

*  Married Retired- One hour of Daily Prayer

*  Single- One hour of Daily Prayer

Make a weekly sacrifice (Fasting, almsgiving, service) for the Holy Spirit to guide our parishes in how to form missionary disciples.

Make a Holy Hour each week praying for the Holy Spirit to guide our parishes in how to form missionary disciples.

Make a pilgrimage to a holy shrine or Eucharistic Chapel to pray for the Holy Spirit to guide our parishes in how to form missionary disciples.

Over the course of this year we will work on implementing what we can of these suggestions on a parish level.  On the individual level we are each challenged to incorporate prayer more deeply into our daily lives.  This will not only be a tremendous blessing for us as a Diocese as we all pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance but it is also a blessing for us.  Anytime we can develop a greater habit of prayer we will see the difference.  Fr. Tomy, Dcn. John and I are not left out of the challenge!

God Bless,

Fr. Todd

 

Deacon’s Corner, September 21 2018

What is the Catholic Church and what do we believe?

We believe God created everything that exists – and he created a universe that was good.  Our story is humanity’s story, and begins before time was even measured.  It is recorded in the Bible, which simply means “book.” Jews and Christians share the first books of the Bible – for Christians, they are called the Old Testament.

We are a community of believers who span the globe – our very name, “catholic,” means universal. We are members of smaller faith communities called “parishes”.  Our core beliefs are summed up in our Creed which we pray at every Mass.  We are the original Christian Church, which began when Jesus himself said to the Apostle Peter, “You are the rock on which I will build my church. The gates of hell will not prevail against it.” Every pope since then has been part of an unbroken line of succession since Peter, the first pope.

Early in the history of the Church, there was the belief that when Jesus said at the Last Supper, “Take this and eat – this is my body; take this and drink – this is my blood,” he was giving us the gift of his real presence in the form of bread and wine. We call this the Eucharist – a name that comes from the Greek word for thanksgiving. The Catholic Mass is a Eucharistic celebration and a celebration of God’s word in Scriptures.

We believe that holy men and women who have come before us still pray for us and aid us. We call them saints, and many of our churches are named for them. First among the saints is Mary, a virgin who gave birth to the child Jesus, and who is honored as the mother of God and the mother of the Church.

From the beginning of Christianity, the Catholic Church has handed on God’s word to each new generation – and defined what it meant to be a follower of Jesus Christ. Through the centuries, it is the Catholic Church that preserved the Bible, as well as many other written works, through its monasteries and libraries. It instituted the university system in order to educate.

We also believe that beauty is a sign of God’s loving presence – and so we have commissioned and preserved some of the world’s greatest art-works. Without the sponsorship of the Church, Michelangelo would never have painted his famous Sistine Chapel nor carved the Pietà.

Today, the Church is the world’s largest charitable organization; we provide a significant portion of social service needs for Americans. There are nearly 250 Catholic universities and colleges in the United States alone, and we also operate this nation’s largest non-public school system.  Mostly, we are a billion people on every continent who profess and express a faith in Christ that spans two millennia.

In case you wonder, no, I didn’t write this.  I found it on the Diocese of Lansing website and wanted to share it with you.  You can read more at www.dioceseoflansing.org.  Happy Reading and may God bless your week!

Deacon John

 

50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae Celebration

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50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae Celebration

This July marked the 50th Anniversary of Bl. Pope Paul VI’s landmark Encyclical, Humane Vitae.  This Encyclical is often erroneously described as “the Church’s stance on Birth Control.” However, it is far more than a teaching on the use of contraceptives.  It shapes our understanding of how God created married love to be and how spouses can live out that intention.

Join us for a celebration of this beautiful encyclical.  We will explore the past, the present and the future of it with Dr. Janet Smith, panel discussions and more!  Start the day with Mass celebrated by Bishop Earl Boyea.

When: October 27.  Mass begins at 8am – Conference ends at 3:45pm

Where: St. Patrick, Church, 711 Rickett Road, Brighton.

Register at: www.dioceseoflansing.com/events

Early bird tickets start at $15.  All ages welcome! Childcare provided on a very limited basis so register early.

Cafe

 

Cafe for Sunday, October 21, will be cancelled.

We will resume Cafe on Sunday, October 28.

Want to learn more about your Catholic Faith?  Join us for CAFÉ, Sundays at 9:15am!