Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, September 1 2019

Dear Sacred Heart Families,

We are off to a very good start. The school year has begun and we are clear about one thing. God is good! We are so blessed to have sweet, smart and well behaved students in the building. We are excited to have Bishop Boyea here next Friday at 11:00am for our Children’s Mass. A special thank you to Catholic Charities for hosting the Senior Mass at Sacred Heart Church this year. If you are a senior, please join the children as we celebrate. Lunch will be provided after Mass for the seniors.

This week we celebrated the feast days of St. Monica and St. Augustine during morning prayer. It is inspiring to hear how a mother’s love and dedication can change the life of her son and give him the strength he needs to be amazing. The life of Augustine reminds us that we are not only given the gift of mercy but when we accept it, we can make the world better. St. Augustine was one of the smartest people who ever lived, but even after changing his sinful ways, he could not forgive himself enough to be a saint. It was only because of St. Monica’s relentless prayer that he was accepting of God’s unconditional love. It is this love that inspires us to do great things. So this week, we remember to pray and to never give up on praying for people who need our prayers. We are reminded that, even sin cannot keep us from being loved by God.

Our goal for this year is to increase our Catholic identity and to share our faith with our families as often as possible. Father Todd, Deacon John and I have scheduled special events that begin with Mass, confession for students in 3rd through 6th grade, Adoration and Holy Hour, and an Instructional Mass. We are adding beautiful artwork to our halls to inspire us to put Jesus in all parts of the day. As always, faith is woven into the instruction in the classrooms by our teachers and the students are encouraged to grow in virtue. The staff attended the KERYGMA retreat, 4 Levels of Happiness and Echo the Good News together this summer. We have had the chance to become more prayerful and to grow spiritually.

Be sure to look at the upcoming events for more information on growing in faith!

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Deacon Corner, September 1 2019

Originally for this week I was going to wrap up the five reasons why God is real from the book, “The God Answers”.   But while praying during Holy Hour in Adoration last Tuesday, I began reflecting on the life of St. Monica.  It was her Feast Day, and the Lord moved me to write about her this week instead.

St. Monica (322-387 A.D.) was raised in a Christian home in North Africa. Early in life she struggled with alcoholism, sneaking wine from the family cellar, before being caught and overcoming the habit. She was given in marriage to an ill-tempered and adulterous pagan Roman official. She suffered greatly because of her husband and unkind mother-in-law who she lived with.  Monica prayed hard for their conversion for many years.  Her patience and kindness became a source of encouragement for other women in similar situations.  Monica gave birth to three children, and was deeply saddened that her husband would not allow them to be baptized. Her oldest son, Augustine, caused her the most pain.

Augustine became very involved with groups who spread heresies about the Church.  He was intrigued with worldly attractions, lust for women, and pagan philosophies.  Monica was distressed to learn that her son was living an immoral life. For a while, she refused to let him eat or sleep in her house. Then one night she had a vision that assured her Augustine would return to the faith. From that time on, she stayed close to her son, praying and fasting for him.  Despite the great anxiety and pain he caused her, Monica never stopped praying for him.

Eventually, through her persistence in prayer and good example, Monica’s husband converted to Christianity shortly before his death.  Augustine experienced a profound conversion.  He was baptized, and lived the rest of his life in holiness, prayer, and penance.  Augustine became a priest, bishop, theologian, writer, and the founder of a religious order of priests. Augustine was declared a Saint and Doctor of the Church.  He is considered one of the most influential saints and theologians to have ever lived.  His writings are widely read to this very day.  As for St. Monica, everything we know of her heroic virtue is from the writings of her son.

As parents, it’s hard to watch our children wander away from the Church and live a wayward lifestyle.  St. Monica is a model of patience for parents.   Her long years of prayer, coupled with a strong, well-disciplined character, finally led to the conversion of her hot-tempered husband, her cantankerous mother-in-law and her brilliant but wayward son.  May she be an example for us to never give up.  St. Monica is the patron saint of home makers, difficult marriages, alcoholism, abuse victims, victims of adultery, widows, and parents facing family difficulties.  Her feast day is August 27th.

May we pray this week… St. Monica, for the sake of my children, please teach me to persist in faithful prayer as you did for your son’s sake.  Inspire me to behave in ways that will gently bring my children closer to Christ.  Pray for me, and for my children, that we may acquire heaven, joining with you, there, in offering constant and thankful praise to God.  Amen  

Deacon John

PS – Next week, we will finish “Is God Real?” with Reason No. 5 – Personal Experience.

 

Parish News & Events

Beginning Friday, August 30, Friday Masses will be at 9:00am with the school children, with the exception of Friday, September 6.  On that day Mass will be at 11:00am for the Catholic Charities Senior Appreciation Mass & Luncheon with Bishop Boyea.

 

**SAVE THE DATE**

The Annual Fall Dinner will be held Sunday, October 6.  Noodle Making will be Monday, September 16 at 6pm!

 

Coming Soon!  Religious Education to Start October 6!

Religious Education classes will begin on Sunday, October 6th for Grades 1 through 8.  As with previous years, classes will take place on Sunday mornings from 9:15 am to 10:30 am in the school.  Catholic Adult Formation Education (CAFÉ) will also begin in October.  CAFE classes meet in the Parish Hall during the same time as children’s religious education.  Watch the bulletin for further details about schedule and registration.

Help Needed on Sunday Morning

We are in need of a volunteer to work as an administrative assistant during Sunday morning Religious Education classes.  The duties include staffing the school office during classes, unlocking and locking the school for classes, take student attendance, make copies of any handouts or materials for teachers as needed, and generally assist during classes as requested.  Hours are 9am to 10:45am on Sunday mornings.  If are interested, or know someone who might be, please contact Deacon John or the office.

 

RCIA ~ Sessions will begin Tuesday, September 10.  If you are planning to attend the sessions, please call Linda Higgins at 517-286-6426. I would like everyone registered by September 1 so I know what supplies are needed.

 

ANNUAL SENIOR APPRECIATION MASS AND LUNCHEON

Catholic Charities invites all Lenawee/Hillsdale seniors to join us in celebrating Mass with Bishop Boyea on Friday, September 6, 2019, at 11:00AM at Sacred Heart Parish, Hudson.  Lunch will be served following Mass.  Call Catholic Charities at (517)263-2191 to reserve your seat for the luncheon by August 23rd

 

 

Altar Rosary Society will be meeting on Monday Sept.9th at 1:30 pm. All ladies of the Parish are welcome. We will be discussing the Roast Beef Dinner.  Questions, please call Janice Wilson  517-306-0684

 

Unbound Ministry

Live Free! Unbound Ministry.  Deliverance is a GOOD WORD! Many Christians think the ministry of deliverance is only for special cases, people with serious problems. The truth is that we ALL have a serious problem: SIN. Both our own sins and the sins of others keep us from living the life God always intended us to live.  Attend the Live Free! Conference on OCTOBER 26/27, 2019 at St. Mary’s in Williamston, MI (near Lansing) and unlock your life! Go to Live Free! Unbound Ministry on the web www.livefreeub.net or search Live Free, Lansing on Eventbrite www.livefreelansing_eventbrite.com for information, registration and e-announcements.

SAVE THE DATE:  LIVE FREE! is coming to St. Anthony of Padua in Hillsdale next year:  FEBRUARY 28-29, 2020.   Details available after Labor Day.

At St. Anthony: THURSDAYS beginning September 12 through October 17 from 6-8pm UNBOUND STUDY GROUP. Learn more about the Unbound Ministry Model from real live speakers from Live Free Unbound Ministry (Michigan).

 

 

 

Bishop Robert Barron speaks on the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church the book Letter to a Suffering Church.

From Bishop Barron’s Preface;

Why stay Catholic with so much Scandal?  I have written this book for my fellow Catholics who feel, understandably, demoralized, scandalized, angry beyond words and ready to quit.  What I urge my brothers and sisters in the Church to do is stay and fight – and to do so on behalf of themselves and their families, but especially on behalf of those who have suffered so grievously at the hands of wicked men.

Copies are available in the entrances of the church.

 

 

WHAT IS UNBOUND? A 1 hour DVD Introduction to Unbound Prayer

At St. Mary on the Lake, Manitou Beach SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13 Parish Hall 11am.

At Sacred Heart, Hudson SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20 in the Parish Hall following the 11am Mass.  Pizza lunch provided.

OCTOBER 19, SATURDAY at St. Anthony, Hillsdale 8:30am-3:30 pm UNBOUND CONFERENCE DVD Series: The FIVE KEYS

Questions? Call or Text Nancy DeBacker at nancy4unbound@gmail.com or 517-262-4528

 

 

 

OUTSIDE OUR PARISH

How is God speaking to you through the Sacred Scriptures?   Start your journey through the Bible with the Catholic Biblical School of Michigan (CBSM)’s new class on Tuesdays 7-9 pm at Holy Family Parish in Adrian, starting Sep 17 or through a fully Online/Virtual option.

CBSM brings the Scriptures to life with in-depth study of the entire Bible led by seminary professors, so that we can Unleash the Gospel with confidence and joy! Through donations, CBSM is open to all, regardless of ability to contribute financially.

Sign up by Sep 4th at cbsmich.org/register, or by contacting info@cbsmich.org | 586-438-3085.

 

 

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  www.heartofchristspiritualdirection.com or contact Jeannette Barbacane jbarbacane@gmail.com or Tesa Fleming tesafleming@gmail.com

 

 

SAVE THE DATE

**October 12**

HOPE RESTORES – Catholic Women’s Conference

 Deanna McCrate, Regional Core Captain for the Diocese of Lansing, is in need of someone to serve as Sacred Heart Parish Captain.  It’s a very simple, but very rewarding undertaking. The task simply requires promoting the Catholic women’s conference with in our parish.  You will receive a packet with posters and Parish Captains information to pass along to the ladies of our parish.  She is more than willing to meet with you or speak with you over the phone if you have questions.

The main goal is to make sure every that all women/ or young ladies in our diocese is made aware of the opportunity to attend the catholic women’s conference (CWC).

The CWC invites women throughout Michigan to refuel, reconnect, rejoice and restore their hope in the Lords grace to make them strong firm and steadfast. This year’s conference is called Hope Restores.  Women, especially in this time and age, trying to raise good and holy families need to open their hearts to our healing Lord so that he can Strengthen their reserve to in times of despair in their personal lives and in these sad times within mother church.

If you are interested, you may contact Deanna directly at 810-287-7272 or email to CaptainofCaptainsCWC@gmail.com OR you can call the parish office and we will relay the info to Deanna.

 

 

MADE FOR MORE

SEPTEMBER 25, 2019

7-9:30pm

St. Patrick’s Brighton

Christopher West (well-known Catholic speaker on Theology of the Body) and Mike Mangione. More information at corproject.com/brighton

Bishop Boyea Homily, August 25 2019

Reading 2 HEB 12:5-7, 11-13

Brothers and sisters,
You have forgotten the exhortation addressed to you as children:
“My son, do not disdain the discipline of the Lord
or lose heart when reproved by him;
for whom the Lord loves, he disciplines;
he scourges every son he acknowledges.”
Endure your trials as “discipline”;
God treats you as sons.
For what “son” is there whom his father does not discipline?
At the time,
all discipline seems a cause not for joy but for pain,
yet later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness
to those who are trained by it.So strengthen your drooping hands and your weak knees.

Make straight paths for your feet,
that what is lame may not be disjointed but healed.

Gospel LK 13:22-30

Jesus passed through towns and villages,
teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem.
Someone asked him,
“Lord, will only a few people be saved?”
He answered them,
“Strive to enter through the narrow gate,
for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter
but will not be strong enough.
After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door,
then will you stand outside knocking and saying,
‘Lord, open the door for us.’
He will say to you in reply,
‘I do not know where you are from.
And you will say,
‘We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.’
Then he will say to you,
‘I do not know where you are from.
Depart from me, all you evildoers!’
And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth
when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
and all the prophets in the kingdom of God
and you yourselves cast out.
And people will come from the east and the west
and from the north and the south
and will recline at table in the kingdom of God.
For behold, some are last who will be first,
and some are first who will be last.”
Listen to Bishop Boyea Homily on the first audio link
Listen to Gospel, Installation and Homily on the second audio link.

 

Fr. Todd Bulletin, August 25 2019

Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary on the Lake,

This weekend I want to highlight Annika Corazzol, a young woman in our parish, who is giving the next year of her life to Jesus by serving teens in the inner city of Sharpsburg, PA.  Her family moved to the area this past year.  Ironically, she went to college with Daniel Lacroix, the seminarian we have been hosting the last eight months.

I asked her to write a short biography for us.

“Hello my name is Annika Corazzol.  I was blessed to be raised in the Catholic Church by an incredibly loving family, I was homeschooled through High School and went to college at Michigan Technological University where I graduated this past May with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering.  During my time there I was given the chance to help found the first Catholic Woman’s house and live there for 3 years, serving as house mom for my senior year, I was involved in the Newman Center and student parish where I had the privilege of sponsoring one of my friends entering the Church and with FOCUS where I was able to walk with two disciples in their lives and relationships with Christ.

For the next year I have decided to follow what I feel is a very strong call to give back and serve the Church by reaching out and evangelizing teens in the inner city to break the cycle of hopelessness and spiritual poverty that are a result of the physical poverty in these communities.  Since a young age I was drawn towards helping children who didn’t have a home and families like I did, and this has only strengthened during my own faith journey and as I have prayed about my vocation.

When I met Bob Lesnefsky and learned about what Vagabond Missions does, reaching out the way Jesus did during the incarnation, meeting teenagers where they are and giving the most valuable things we as Catholics can give, the good news of the Gospel and an invitation to make a home in the Church, I knew this mission was something that God had been putting on my heart for a long time.  I am beyond excited to see how God will be working in Sharpsburg PA where I will be stationed and to have the opportunity to walk with these teens.”

Please pray for her this year.  Anytime anyone gives themselves the Lord is an encouragement for all of us.

If you would like to support her in her work you can do so by going to vagabondmission.com/donate and select “Annika Corazzol” under the “select a campaign” drop down box.   For more information about her mission work you can go to https://www.vagabondmissions.com/

God Bless,

Fr. Todd

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, August 25 2019

Dear Sacred Heart Families,

It is time to come back to school. Our journey through the school year is about to begin and the beauty of God’s love and grace can already be felt in the halls of the school and in the smiles of the SHS community. We are blessed to be together; and through the Holy Spirit, we will grow stronger and closer to God.

We are continuing to grow in enrollment and we are excited to welcome many new families for the 2019-2020 school year. It is our vision to serve the community. We are proud to have more than 50 families who entrust us to educate their children to be confident learners who know virtue and who understand the Catholic faith and the unconditional love of Jesus.

This school year we want to be connected to our school families! We have established 6 new councils: parent, hospitality, facilities, marketing, technology and Catholic identity. Parents and staff joined a council at our Care and Share Dessert Night and we are excited to work together this year.  Please come to our next Care and Share Wine and Cheese on September 17th. We need and value your input and the council meetings are a great way to be together and have some fun!

I dare say, the school has not looked this good in a long time. With a lot of help, we have cleaned and refreshed much of the school. Our seminarians, Dan and Randy, Christie LaRussa, Jennifer and Kyle, our mulching volunteers, Steve Kope and many others have poured their efforts into making our school a beautiful place that inspires learning. We have made huge gains in our school improvement efforts and we are grateful for all of the support that has made this possible. We will continue to implement our strategic plan and meet the goals that will take SHS far into the future.

Enjoy these last days of summer and remember to ask God for his guidance as we start a brand new year. Pray with your children. There is no better gift you can give them. This will keep them calm, give them strength, and show them the beauty that makes each of us a special gift.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Deacon Corner, August 25 2019

Deacon’s Corner

One of the best reasons that God exists is the life of Jesus Christ.  Over the last few weeks, I’ve been addressing the five reasons God is real from the book, “The God Answers”.   Last week was Part 1 of Reason No. 4 – Did Jesus really die?  Jesus wasn’t the first person to die on a cross.  Nor would He be the last.  By the time of Christ, the Romans had crucified over 30,000 men in Palestine alone.   They were so good at using crucifixion as a form of execution that people never had any doubt the victim was actually dead.  Jesus was dead, and everyone knew it.  This week, Reason No. 4, Part 2 – He is alive!

After Jesus was buried and his tomb ordered sealed by Pontius Pilate, his disciples were so scared and in shock they hid so the same thing didn’t happen to them.  When the first reports of Jesus’ resurrection came in, the disciples refused to believe he was alive.  They checked the tomb and found it empty.  But what did that prove?  Did someone steal Jesus’ body and claim he rose from the dead?   To answer that question, consider this…

The penalty for breaking a Roman governor’s seal was crucifixion upside down.  Who would have the courage or motivation to do this?  Even if they did, the huge stone (weighing about 2 tons) covering the tomb opening would have to be rolled uphill to open the entrance.  Who would have the strength and numbers to do this?  Opening the tomb would have taken time and tools and would be difficult to do in secret.  The squad of Roman guards at the tomb were trained to hold their ground against an entire battalion.  Who could have overpowered them?

At least 6 people looked in the tomb on the First Easter Sunday morning and found it empty:  Mary Magdalene; Mary the Mother of James; Salome; Joanna; Peter; and John. They found the burial cloths undisturbed lying in the form of a body, slightly caved in and empty, except for the face cloth which was folded up separately by itself.  How did this happen? Surely, someone stealing Jesus body would not take the time to neatly arrange the tomb before leaving.

Jesus made a number of appearances over the 40-day period after His death.  He walked with two disciples the road to Emmaus.  He appeared to the remainder of the Twelve Disciples, Thomas absent; then later to all of them with Thomas present.  Jesus appeared to seven disciples on the Sea of Galilee, and again to over five hundred people at the same time. He also appeared to James.  Finally, Jesus appeared to Saul of Tarsus – the man who became the Apostle Paul.

The disciples who saw Jesus were convinced, beyond any doubt, that he had risen from the dead.  They experienced something life-changing as the numbers of believers grew from a few dozen to hundreds and thousands over a very short period of time.  Today, there are about 2.3 billion Christians in the world, meaning 1 out of every 3 people is Christian. How would a stolen body have this kind of effect on people 2000 years later – including you and me?

Of the original 12 Apostles, Judas hanged himself believing he caused Jesus’ death.  John died in Roman exile on an island off the coast of modern day Turkey.  The other 10, as well as Paul, were beheaded, crucified, flayed, burned, stoned, or stabbed – all put to death because they saw Jesus alive and proclaimed He was God.  What can explain this?  As the Roman centurion watched Jesus die on the cross said “Truly, this man was the Son of God!”  Jesus is God.  God is real. Next week, Reason No. 5 – Personal Experience.

Deacon John

 

Parish News & Events

Fr. Todd Installation Mass

Sacred Heart & St. Mary on the Lake parishes invite you to celebrate the Installation of our new Pastor, Fr. Todd Koenigsknecht by Most Reverend Bishop Earl Boyea during the 11am Mass on Sunday, August 25th at Sacred Heart Church.  Reception will be held immediately following Mass in the Church Hall. More details to follow.

 

Beginning Friday, August 30, Friday Masses will be at 9:00am with the school children, with the exception of Friday, September 6.  On that day Mass will be at 11:00am for the Catholic Charities Senior Appreciation Mass & Luncheon with Bishop Boyea.

 

**SAVE THE DATE**

The Annual Fall Dinner will be held Sunday, October 6.  Noodle Making will be Monday, September 16 at 6pm!

 

Coming Soon!  Religious Education to Start October 6!

Religious Education classes will begin on Sunday, October 6th for Grades 1 through 8.  As with previous years, classes will take place on Sunday mornings from 9:15 am to 10:30 am in the school.  Catholic Adult Formation Education (CAFÉ) will also begin in October.  CAFE classes meet in the Parish Hall during the same time as children’s religious education.  Watch the bulletin for further details about schedule and registration.

Help Needed on Sunday Morning

We are in need of a volunteer to work as an administrative assistant during Sunday morning Religious Education classes.  The duties include staffing the school office during classes, unlocking and locking the school for classes, take student attendance, make copies of any handouts or materials for teachers as needed, and generally assist during classes as requested.  Hours are 9am to 10:45am on Sunday mornings.  If are interested, or know someone who might be, please contact Deacon John or the office.

 

RCIA ~ Sessions will begin Tuesday, September 10.  If you are planning to attend the sessions, please call Linda Higgins at 517-286-6426. I would like everyone registered by September 1 so I know what supplies are needed.

 

ANNUAL SENIOR APPRECIATION MASS AND LUNCHEON

Catholic Charities invites all Lenawee/Hillsdale seniors to join us in celebrating Mass with Bishop Boyea on Friday, September 6, 2019, at 11:00AM at Sacred Heart Parish, Hudson.  Lunch will be served following Mass.  Call Catholic Charities at (517)263-2191 to reserve your seat for the luncheon by August 23rd

 

 

**SAVE THE DATE**

The 13th Annual St. Mary on the Lake Fish Fry  on  Friday, August 30, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 pm.  

$10.00 Adults, $5.00 Child 5-10, under 5 Free.

Menu: Blue Gill, Cod, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, macaroni & cheese, rolls, dessert, coffee, lemonade and tea.  Beer and wine available for donations.  We are still collecting fish!

Unbound Ministry

Live Free! Unbound Ministry.  Deliverance is a GOOD WORD! Many Christians think the ministry of deliverance is only for special cases, people with serious problems. The truth is that we ALL have a serious problem: SIN. Both our own sins and the sins of others keep us from living the life God always intended us to live.  Attend the Live Free! Conference on OCTOBER 26/27, 2019 at St. Mary’s in Williamston, MI (near Lansing) and unlock your life! Go to Live Free! Unbound Ministry on the web www.livefreeub.net or search Live Free, Lansing on Eventbrite www.livefreelansing_eventbrite.com for information, registration and e-announcements.

SAVE THE DATE:  LIVE FREE! is coming to St. Anthony of Padua in Hillsdale next year:  FEBRUARY 28-29, 2020.   Details available after Labor Day.

At St. Anthony: THURSDAYS beginning September 12 through October 17 from 6-8pm UNBOUND STUDY GROUP. Learn more about the Unbound Ministry Model from real live speakers from Live Free Unbound Ministry (Michigan).

 

WHAT IS UNBOUND? A 1 hour DVD Introduction to Unbound Prayer

At St. Mary on the Lake, Manitou Beach SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13 Parish Hall 11am.

At Sacred Heart, Hudson SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20 in the Parish Hall following the 11am Mass.  Pizza lunch provided.

OCTOBER 19, SATURDAY at St. Anthony, Hillsdale 8:30am-3:30 pm UNBOUND CONFERENCE DVD Series: The FIVE KEYS

Questions? Call or Text Nancy DeBacker at nancy4unbound@gmail.com or 517-262-4528

 

 

 

OUTSIDE OUR PARISH

How is God speaking to you through the Sacred Scriptures?   Start your journey through the Bible with the Catholic Biblical School of Michigan (CBSM)’s new class on Tuesdays 7-9 pm at Holy Family Parish in Adrian, starting Sep 17 or through a fully Online/Virtual option.

CBSM brings the Scriptures to life with in-depth study of the entire Bible led by seminary professors, so that we can Unleash the Gospel with confidence and joy! Through donations, CBSM is open to all, regardless of ability to contribute financially.

Sign up by Sep 4th at cbsmich.org/register, or by contacting info@cbsmich.org | 586-438-3085.

 

 

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  www.heartofchristspiritualdirection.com or contact Jeannette Barbacane jbarbacane@gmail.com or Tesa Fleming tesafleming@gmail.com

 

 

SAVE THE DATE

**October 12**

HOPE RESTORES – Catholic Women’s Conference

 Deanna McCrate, Regional Core Captain for the Diocese of Lansing, is in need of someone to serve as Sacred Heart Parish Captain.  It’s a very simple, but very rewarding undertaking. The task simply requires promoting the Catholic women’s conference with in our parish.  You will receive a packet with posters and Parish Captains information to pass along to the ladies of our parish.  She is more than willing to meet with you or speak with you over the phone if you have questions.

The main goal is to make sure every that all women/ or young ladies in our diocese is made aware of the opportunity to attend the catholic women’s conference (CWC).

The CWC invites women throughout Michigan to refuel, reconnect, rejoice and restore their hope in the Lords grace to make them strong firm and steadfast. This year’s conference is called Hope Restores.  Women, especially in this time and age, trying to raise good and holy families need to open their hearts to our healing Lord so that he can Strengthen their reserve to in times of despair in their personal lives and in these sad times within mother church.

If you are interested, you may contact Deanna directly at 810-287-7272 or email to CaptainofCaptainsCWC@gmail.com OR you can call the parish office and we will relay the info to Deanna.

 

 

MADE FOR MORE

SEPTEMBER 25, 2019

7-9:30pm

St. Patrick’s Brighton

Christopher West (well-known Catholic speaker on Theology of the Body) and Mike Mangione. More information at corproject.com/brighton

 

Gospel  LK 1:39-56

Mary set out
and traveled to the hill country in haste
to a town of Judah,
where she entered the house of Zechariah
and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting,
the infant leaped in her womb,
and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,
cried out in a loud voice and said,
“Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me,
that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears,
the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed
that what was spoken to you by the Lord
would be fulfilled.”And Mary said:

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
and has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever.”

Mary remained with her about three months
and then returned to her home.

Fr. Todd Bulletin, August 18 2019

Dear Sacred Heart,

It is hard to believe that the summer has been going so quickly!  I want to say thank you to everyone who has been dropping off fresh fruits and vegetables over the course of the summer.  Starting with the asparagus in early summer they have been a great addition to our meals.  (While we have had seminarians to feed this summer, I must admit that sometimes whatever was dropped off didn’t make it past me!)

Last weekend was our mulching party working on beautifying our landscaping and preparing the playgrounds for the new school year.  Thank you again to Matt Shaffer who let us borrow his bobcat.  Plus, I do enjoy the tractor time.

Sacred Heart has a rich history of people who has helped build up and support our parish.  It has been a blessing to hear the stories and see what people are doing now to be a good steward of what was given to us.  This has particularly been on my mind since a meeting last week with Tom Meredith who has been working on a labor of love for our cemetery.

Part of the history of Calvary cemetery is that it is actually the third cemetery our Catholic Community has had.  It was preceded by a cemetery at Catholic Hill and on the East Side.  When Calvary Cemetery was dedicated buried parishioners were disinterred and moved from those to other sites to the current location.  Since our parish started with the purchase of one acre of land in 1847 you can imagine the variety and nature of records that have been kept through the different locations our Churches and cemeteries.

In 2012 Tom Meredith began the task of collecting all the pertinent records and maps of past and current cemeteries and assembling from them an accurate account of who is buried in our current cemetery and where.  As a part of this process he researched and helped Sacred Heart purchase a cemetery software program.  He input all of the past information so you can easily search for and find who is buried where.  New information can be easily added to the program so we will have a precise record going forward.

Tom’s work took place in the context of the cemetery committee that over the past few years has been caring for the cemetery with numerous repairs and improvements being made.  This is an important part of our parish that we need to continue building up and caring for.  I particularly think of the beautiful Mass we celebrated there this past Memorial Day.  It is a place of peace and rest.

Thank you, Tom, the cemetery committee, and all those who care for our cemetery!

God Bless,

Fr. Todd