Fr. Todd Homily, July 22 2018

This week’s recording includes the Holy Gospel according to Mark.

The apostles gathered together with Jesus and reported all they had done and taught.  He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest awhile.”  People were coming and going in great numbers, and they had no opportunity even to eat.  So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place.  People saw them leaving and many came to know about it.  They hastened there on foot from all the towns and arrived at the place before them.

When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.

 

Flooring Project update

Our church flooring project is off to a great start!  The pews, old flooring, and wood platforms have been removed.  Installation of the subfloor in the Nave will wrap up this week.  The carpeting is on order and should be delivered the week of August 6th.

With the platforms removed, the original Sanctuary terrazzo/marble mosaic floor and communion rail kneeler step were revealed.  Both are in very good condition.  The restoration contractor inspected the floor and will be able to restore the terrazzo/marble mosaic as originally planned.  Although some cracking in the floor may be visible after restoration, it will blend in as part of a century-plus old floor after he finishes cleaning, repairs, and polishing the floor.

There were 2 unexpected findings when the old flooring was removed.  In the Narthex (main entry), asbestos was found in the adhesive used to glue the carpeting to the wood flooring.  In the main Sacristy, adhesive was also used to glue the carpet to the wood flooring, however, it was tested and found not to be asbestos.  Asbestos abatement was completed without impacting the schedule.

In addition to the flooring work, removal and restoring the main Sacristy cabinetry is underway.  The layout for reinstalling the pews was also finalized and approved by the flooring committee.  The new arrangement will make some accommodations for handicap seating and wheelchair locations, provide more space between the communion rail and front pew, widen the pew spacing to 34 inches, and provide an assembly area in the back of the church which can also be used to place folding chairs when needed.  The total seating capacity of the church will remain unchanged.  A copy of the new pew arrangement drawing will be posted within the next few days on the hall door leading upstairs to the church.  As a side note, pews not used in the new arrangement will be placed in storage.

The project is proceeding on schedule and within budget.  If all continues to go reasonably well, we hope to be back in the church on Labor Day weekend.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me.   Thank you and may God continue to bless our parish!!

 

 

Thank you Jan Fisher for another great video!!

 

 

Made for Happiness

DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY

PRAYER PROJECT
Bishop Boyea is looking for people to pray in a special way for the Diocese of Lansing and the upcoming Made for Happiness assembly. He has blessed 4 framed images of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas, and is asking for these images to rotate between private homes throughout the Diocese of Lansing leading up to the assembly. Each family that volunteers is asked to pray with the image for half an hour or more in their home before passing it onto the next volunteer. Go to madeforhappiness.org and click on “Support” to sign up.

 

Vietnam Memorial Wall

 

The Hudson American Legion Hannan-Colvin Post 180 will be hosting the Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall on August 9-13 in the East parking lot at Hudson High School.

We are in need of help with setting up and tearing down, as well as helping visitors and people to assist with parking cars and guarding the wall 24 hours a day while it is here.

Base construction will start on Sunday, August 5 about 2:00pm and tear down will commence August 13 at 1:00pm.

Please consider helping with this worthwhile community project.  Time slots are available, please contact Jim Friedrich at 517-448-0039.  Donations are being accepted to help defray the cost of bringing the Memorial Wall to Hudson

 

Fr. Todd Homily, July 15 2018

This weekend we have an interesting contrast between the First Reading and the Gospel, depicting the day in the life of a Christian, they look radically different.

In the First Reading, when following the Lord, everything goes wrong.  In the Gospel, when following the Lord, everything is going right.

In these 2 realities, when things are going well, it’s easy to keep trucking along.  We they aren’t going well, frustration comes.

What do you do when the going gets rough?

 

Playground Arrival

This week our new train and Noah’s Ark were delivered to the school. They came all the way from Indiana on a huge flat bed trailer. With the help of Krieghoff construction, and a wonderful truck driver named Fred, we were able to unload the solid wood pieces. The new playground equipment will be ready for the students to play on for the new school year. Thank you for your generous support. We will soon have a large area for our students to play, explore, laugh and learn while they grow closer to God, together. God Bless You!

 

 

 

Flooring project update

 

 

The week of July 2 began our flooring project.  The altar was moved down to the parish hall.

 

 

 

On Friday, July 6, they began pew removal.

 

 

 

On Monday, July 9, they began carpet removal.

 

 

Tuesday, July 10, they began to scrape the layer between the hardwood and carpet.

 

As well as uncovered the Altar and showed a section of marble that was cleaned.

 

Thank you to Janet Kingsley-Fisher for providing this 360 video of the renovation!!

 

Wednesday, July 10 they removal of old flooring in going nicely, and Cliff from Kreighoff Construction is beginning to lay the underlayment for the new floor!

 

Fr. Todd Homily, July 8 2018

I am greatful!   Here I am.  What a blessing Fr. Joe has been to you.  He has poured himself out to you.  We thank God to Fr. Joe for all he’s done.

On my first weekend here, let me begin by sharing grace that has been a real help to me.  Every now and again God will reach down and grab your head, and redirect!  A few weeks ago that moment happened.

We all need a reminder!

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, July 8 2018

 

This is what we are working on for the upcoming school year.

Updated and Published School History

Sacred Heart School opened its doors in September 1929 and will begin a new school year in August for the 89th year. It has been my vision to restore the historical presence of the school; with renovation to the facilities, updated published history, historical pictures, banners and milestones show cased in our halls and alumni outreach in preparation for our Centennial Celebration in 2029.

The most obvious place to start is by finishing the history of the school; publishing the history on the website and displaying the history at the school. Professor Timothy Cook says “whenever someone enters a school, walks through the halls, and carefully observes what is displayed, the experience should reflect a keen sense of what the school community holds sacred” (Cook, T 2001 p. 74). This year, we would like to incorporate the history of Sacred Heart school into our weekly newsletter, classroom social studies curriculum and Catholic Schools Week Celebrations.

Founders Day- Sacred Heart School was completed in April of 1929 and it would be so fun to celebrate Founders Day each year. We could invite the community to a day of prayer and remembrance for the school which has been a pillar in the community for almost 90 years. It would be a great way express to the church community that we are grateful for the sacrifices and donations made to keep the school operating. The students can learn the history of the school they attend with the hope that they continue to be a part of our growth in the future.

I wanted you to know that we will be working on our Action Plan and will be contacting many of you for input.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal