Mission Appeal, October 6-7

Annual Mission Appeal

October 6-7

Each year, a missionary is assigned to our parish from the diocesan Mission Office for an appeal asking our assistance for the very poor.  The weekend of  October 6-7, we will welcome Fr. Gary Weismann, on behalf of the Diocese of Mandeville, Jamaica.  Please consider supporting the evangelization programs and outreach to the extremely poor people of this diocese in our second collection.

 

From Fr. Gary……

When we think of Jamaica, we think of Ocho Rios, beautiful beaches, vacations and wonderful scenery.  But, Jamaica is among the poorest countries in our hemisphere and the Diocese of Mandeville is the poorest of the three dioceses in Jamaica where 68% of the people have no running water.  25% of youth are “functionally illiterate;” there is an alarming number of destitute elderly and abandoned children; and, the average Sunday collection is 10% of the operating cost.  On behalf of the Diocese of Mandeville, we thank you for your prayers and support or our poor.

 

Made for Happiness Assembly

What a remarkable day last Saturday at the Breslin Center!!!!!

History was made Sept. 22, 2018 as approximately 22% of the churchgoing Catholic population of the ten-county Diocese of Lansing gathered for a Eucharistic procession, speakers and an all-diocesan Mass at the Breslin Student Events Center on the campus of Michigan State University. Nearly 14,000 people registered for the event. It was the largest gathering of Catholic faithful in the more than 80-year history of the Diocese of Lansing.

Bishop Boyea called the Catholic faithful to seek out more than their own happiness in heaven, but to be disciples, who help others find faith in God, the source of our eternal happiness. The Mass ended with the bishop announcing a year of prayer, calling all parishes to be dedicated to forming missionary disciples.

If you would like to listen to the speakers again, the Diocese has uploaded audio files of the speakers along with Bishop Boyea’s Adoration Address and Homily.

https://dioceseoflansing.org/news/historic-diocesan-assembly-made-happiness

 

Mass/Adoration Schedule for Week of October 1

Priest Convocation

The week of October 1st, Fr Todd and Fr Tomy will be attending the annual priest convocation.  During this time, you are invited to come, pray and spend time before the Blessed Sacrament.

 

Monday, Oct 1 ~ Daily Mass at 8am

Tuesday, Oct 2 ~ Exposition at 4:45pm, Benediction and Repose at 6pm

Wednesday, Oct 3 ~ Exposition at 8 am, Benediction and Repose at 9am

Thursday, Oct 4 ~ Exposition at 8 am, Benediction and Repose at 9am

Friday, Oct 5 ~ Children’s Mass at 9:00am

 

Fr. Todd Bulletin, September 30 2018

Dear Sacred Heart Family

We had a very blessed day at the Diocesan Assembly last weekend.  It was great to see so many parishioners there.  I heard that many had the occasion to meet my twin brother as well!  All of the talks were recorded and will be made available on the Diocesan website.  I strongly encourage you to listen to them when you have the chance.

This week Fr. Tomy and I will be gone for our annual priest Convocation.  It is the one week of the year when all of the priests of the Diocese gather together with Bishop Boyea for time together.

One evening we will take time to celebrate important anniversaries of ordination- 25, 40, and 50 years.  Another day we celebrate a Mass for all of the deceased priests and deacons who have served in Diocese of Lansing since its founding in 1937.  One of the most profound moments of that Mass is when all of their names are read aloud.  It is powerful to pray for all those who have served before us and to pray that I might be able to serve as faithfully and with the same perseverance and dedication.

Each year we have a speaker offer a series of talks on one aspect of faith or ministry.  This year we will be discussing strategic planning for the coming years in the Diocese.

This coming week we will only have Mass on Monday and Friday at Sacred Heart.  Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday there will be Eucharistic Adoration offered during the usual Mass time if you would like to come and pray during that time.  Please keep all of us in your prayer this week.

Regarding the new floor layout, I have heard from a few different people, questions and concerns about the center aisle width in the Church.  An important part of the restoration was a redesign of the pew layout to accommodate wheel chairs and walkers.  That included making the side aisles wider, which simultaneously reduced the width of then center aisle.  Now that we’ve had two funerals in the church, we have discovered the pall bearers are no longer able to walk alongside the casket as it is brought down the center aisle, as has been our tradition.

I came at the tail end of the planning for this project, but I know Fr. Joe, the flooring committee, Diocesan Liturgical Review Committee and the Historical Architect worked hard on this plan to make our parish accessible for everyone.  Every change, even a good change like making Sacred Heart handicap accessible, has consequences.  I think this was an unforeseen one.

I have been asked why we can’t move the pews back to where they were.  There are two reasons.  The first and most important is that we cannot sacrifice handicap accessibility.  The second is that when the pews where fastened down every place a screw was put in a hole was burned into the carpet so the screw wouldn’t unravel the new carpet.  If they were moved we would see every hole.

I know this has been a beautiful tradition we have had here at Sacred Heart.  To be a pallbearer for a loved one is an honor that I don’t want anyone to lose in all of this.  We will be talking about alternate ways for the pall bearers to process into the Church with the casket so that their role is still acknowledged.

God Bless,

Fr. Todd

 

Fr. Todd Homily, September 23 2018

Reading 1WIS 2:12, 17-20

The wicked say:
Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us;
he sets himself against our doings,
reproaches us for transgressions of the law
and charges us with violations of our training.
Let us see whether his words be true;
let us find out what will happen to him.
For if the just one be the son of God, God will defend him
and deliver him from the hand of his foes.
With revilement and torture let us put the just one to the test
that we may have proof of his gentleness
and try his patience.
Let us condemn him to a shameful death;
for according to his own words, God will take care of him.

 

ASSEMBLY NEWS!!!

DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY – MADE FOR HAPPINESS INFORMATION:

With over 13,200 people and counting, you’re registered to be part of the largest gathering of Catholics in the history of our diocese. Oh happy day!  Below is information you will want for making this day the best it can.

We ask that you PRAY, PRAY, PRAY for a GREAT DAY!!

 

Want to listen to some of the Assembly music before Saturday? Click the link below…

(You will need to create a “Spotify” account.)

https://open.spotify.com/user/justinsmith4393/playlist/4uG4yifnBOsDHKuLPajFeH?si=32vmVABuRNuX_NB3_tULzQ

 

DOWNLOAD THE ASSEMBLY APP: CLICK HERE

Encourage others to do the same!

To download the Assembly App:

·      Text “HAPPY” to 88202

·      Enter the app

·      In the “FIND MY PARISH” search bar, type “HAPPY”

·      Select “Diocese of Lansing Assembly”

Or, if you already have myParish App:

·      Enter the app and tap the three horizontal lines on the top left.

·      Tap “FIND A PARISH” and in the search bar, type “HAPPY”.

·      Select “Diocese of Lansing Assembly”

 

Get the Live Procession Audio linkhttp://edge.mixlr.com/channel/ytcex

(This will go live at 9am on Sat, Sept 22. Until then, nothing will be heard.)

During the procession, there will be prayers and hymns prayed and sung live from Breslin’s mainstage, and live streamed to people’s phones via the Assembly App. That way everyone can participate in unison whether at the Breslin or walking in the procession.  For those who aren’t walking in the procession. The procession will be live streamed to the jumbo-tron in the Breslin Center.

 

Get the Facebook Live video link (live video will stream all day): https://www.facebook.com/dioceseoflansing/

(On the day of, open your Facebook app, search for Diocese of Lansing, and find the live stream there.)

 

Tune into Ave Maria Radio for Live Broadcast!

 

Get your parking map and Breslin Map ….. PARKING MAP and BRESLIN MAP.

 

View the PROGRAM for the day HERE.

 

Breslin Center Security and General Guidelines.

(MSU Police will be providing full security throughout the day)

  • PARKING OPENS AT 6:30AM. $10 CASH parking at all MSU lots.
  • BRESLIN DOORS OPEN AT 7AM
  • THERE ARE NO BAGS ALLOWED IN THE BRESLIN CENTER but each participant is allowed to bring items into the Breslin Center as long as those items are contained in one or more 1 gallon clear ziplock bag(s).
  • No pocket knives allowed.
  • No Food OR Beverage can be brought into the Breslin Center unless there is a special dietary need.
  • Strollers can be brought into and used in the Breslin Center but when participants take their seats, those with strollers must either leave them with guest services (found in Section 117) or place their stroller at the back of a handicap platform.
  • Tickets will NOT be checked at the door but you will be asked to walk through a metal detector before entering the Breslin.
  • Breslin food concessions will be open all day but you are also welcome to pack your own picnic lunch to eat at your vehicles or somewhere else outside. NO GRILLS OR ALCOHOL ALLOWED ON MSU PROPERTY.
  • Wheelchairs are available on a first come first served basis. Go to Guest Services.
  • ACCESSIBLE SEATING IS AVAILABLE. Go to Guest Services and request a ticket to sit at the Wheelchair Platforms on the Concourse Level. Those in need of accessible seating are allowed to be accompanied by one other person. *Also, the top row of most sections in the concourse level bowl will be reserved for accessible seating.

SEATING AT THE BRESLIN CENTER IS FIRST COME FIRST SERVED.

For maps and the most detailed information, got to the Made for Happiness website www.madeforhappiness.org. Check out the FAQ section.

Upcoming Parish Events

Attention Singers & Potential Singers!

If you’re involved in music ministry, if you’re thinking about joining the choir, or if you just love to sing at Mass and want to do it better, please join us for a special music workshop focusing on the basics of vocal technique and group singing. The three-hour session will be conducted by Dan Koshelnyk, an accomplished professional musician and parish music director from Kalamazoo.  The session will be held at Sacred Heart Church on

Saturday, September 29, from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.

 

 

 

 

 

Priest Convocation

The week of October 1st, Fr Todd and Fr Tomy will be attending the annual priest convocation.

During our regular Mass times, you are invited to come, pray and spend time before the Blessed Sacrament.

Monday, Oct 1 ~ Daily Mass at 8am

Tuesday, Oct 2 ~ Exposition at 4:45pm, Benediction and Repose at 6pm (No Mass)

Wednesday, Oct 3 ~ Exposition at 8 am, Benediction and Repose at 9am (No Mass)

Thursday, Oct 4 ~ Exposition at 8 am, Benediction and Repose at 9am (No Mass)

Friday, Oct 5 ~ Children’s Mass at 9:00am

 

 

 

**Diocesan Publications**

The week of October 1, Bill Cross, a representative from our bulletin publisher, Diocesan Publications, will be seeking new and renewing present parish bulletin ads. If you are interested in advertising please call the parish office for contact information. We feel this is an excellent opportunity for local businesses to increase their visibility in the community. Advertising in the bulletin allows this publication to be printed each week at no cost to the parish.

 

 

Annual Mission Appeal

October 6-7

Each year, a missionary is assigned to our parish from the diocesan Mission Office for an appeal asking our assistance for the very poor.  The weekend of  October 6-7, we will welcome Fr. Gary Weismann, on behalf of the Diocese of Mandeville, Jamaica.  Please consider supporting the evangelization programs and outreach to the extremely poor people of this diocese in our second collection.

From Fr. Gary……

When we think of Jamaica, we think of Ocho Rios, beautiful beaches, vacations and wonderful scenery.  But, Jamaica is among the poorest countries in our hemisphere and the Diocese of Mandeville is the poorest of the three dioceses in Jamaica where 68% of the people have no running water.  25% of youth are “functionally illiterate;” there is an alarming number of destitute elderly and abandoned children; and, the average Sunday collection is 10% of the operating cost.  On behalf of the Diocese of Mandeville, we thank you for your prayers and support or our poor.