Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, September 8 2019

Dear Sacred Heart Families,

The moment you look at your child the first time; it is clear that you will never be the same. This little person, who is so fresh from God, is yours to love. While we work to raise our children, love is taking on a much larger meaning than we knew possible. The journey of love that new parents are about to take is tough. We quickly find out that love is not easy. Love is giving. It is giving so much that you might lose yourself along the way. That is okay, you are supposed to. What fills back in is the unconditional love of God that knows no limit and no boundary. By loving this much, you are growing in faith and grace and mercy; things that are all so good for the soul. When we love, the way God does, we become strong and we are able to handle anything the world can throw at us.

What we must remember is that this love is flowing freely all around us. You can never give so much love away that you run out. The whole time you are sacrificing your time, efforts, energy, “me time”, etc., you are receiving God’s love back. God will never stop loving you. Not for a second of the day. He will always give you everything you need to love the way He does. When we make the sign of the cross, it is a reminder of love. Love from our wise Father who guides us and protects us. Love from Jesus, who teaches us with patience and understanding. Love from the Holy Spirit, who gives us the energy and people we need to live our life with courage and faith. God is love. He doesn’t love us only when we are lovable or when we are being good and kind. He loves us always! Through the sin and the dark mistakes, He loves us the same way. We are meant to love the way God does.

We begin the school year talking about love. We think about what love is and how we can follow Jesus’ commandment to the disciples. “Love one another; as I have loved you” (John 13:34–35). It is this love that will protect our children and keep them strong when they doubt who they are. They are loved!

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal

 

 

Act of Love

Oh my God, I love you above all things,

With my whole heart and soul, because you are worthy of all my love.

I love my neighbor as myself for the love of you.

I forgive all who have injured me and I ask pardon of all

Whom I have injured.

Amen

 

Deacon’s Corner, September 8 2019

 

We are finally at the last reason to consider why God is real from the book The God Answers.  Reason No. 5 of five is Personal Experience.”  For doubters, this is the hardest one to accept.  They think the idea of talking to God is absurd.  The author of the book shares his personal experience with God.  I’ve shared mine with you before, and it was so powerful I would like to share it again.  It happened with my dear friend, Mr. Bob, who is now home with the Lord.

Mr. Bob’s life was a struggle. He had his health issues.  He lived with his daughter.  His dad was hit and killed by a car when he was 7.  Mr. Bob survived the Great Depression and World War 2.  His marriage and business failed.  His children left the church.  At 90 years old, his heart was bad and he walked with a cane.  Despite all his setbacks, Mr. Bob was a faithful Catholic who loved the Lord.  He enjoyed life and considered me a son.

Mr. Bob and I were praying together one afternoon in the chapel at a men’s retreat.  He sensed I was troubled and asked me what was wrong.  He knew I was studying to be a deacon.  I told him I was scared.  How could I ever do what God would ask of me?  Could I visit people in prison and the hospital?  Could I feel the pain of the poor and the helpless?  Could I preach the Gospel, provide comfort at funerals, and pray with families as their loved one was dying?  Was this really what God wanted me to do?  And what if I failed?  After listening to me, Mr. Bob gently leaned over until our faces were only a few inches apart.  His face was wrinkled.  He looked worn and tired.  His hair was grey and thinning, and his beard needed a trim.

Then something glorious happened.  Mr. Bob’s face became perfect and dazzling, glowing with awe and tranquility.  I knew just then that everything would be OK.  Then, it struck me – I was face-to-face with GOD!  In a gentle but reassuring voice, Mr. Bob said, “You can put all those fears aside.  You’re going to make a hell of a deacon!”  He put his arm around my shoulder. I was at peace and not afraid any more.  Then, as quick as it began, it was over.  Mr. Bob looked at me with his wrinkled face, grey and thinning hair, his beard still needing a trim and said, “Now, let’s go get dinner.”

Some people believe I saw God.  Others politely say, “Now that’s a nice story,” and walk away.  Still others tell me it only happened because I wanted to believe it did.  Maybe so.  But I do know that my experience with Mr. Bob, and others like it, are enough evidence to convince me there is a God, and God wants to have a relationship with me.  He wants to have one with you, too.

The Bible says everyone can experience God if they sincerely look for Him: “Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened for you”. (Matthew 7:7). Some people really want to believe in God.  They want assurance they are not alone in this universe.  Others have an equally strong desire NOT to believe in God.  The thought of an all-powerful Creator cramps their style.  Admittedly, the five reasons for why God is real are not a slam-dunk case, but they do present some strong evidence to His existence.  For me, it takes more faith to believe there is no God than believe there is.  What about you?  Is God Real?

Deacon John

 

Parish News & Events

**SAVE THE DATE**

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

 

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.

 

 

CONFIRMATION CLASS:

The first class for the Confirmation Students will be Sunday, Sept 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart School. We will be meeting from 6:30-8 p.m. Any questions please contact Jen Loar 517-673-1185 or jenloar@yahoo.com

 

 

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.

 

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).

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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

Fr. Todd Homily, August 18 2019

Gospel LK 12:49-53

Jesus said to his disciples:
“I have come to set the earth on fire,
and how I wish it were already blazing!
There is a baptism with which I must be baptized,
and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished!
Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth?
No, I tell you, but rather division.
From now on a household of five will be divided,
three against two and two against three;
a father will be divided against his son
and a son against his father,
a mother against her daughter
and a daughter against her mother,
a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”

Fr. Todd Bulletin, September 1 2019

Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary on the Lake,

Thank you to everyone who helped make my installation Mass and reception so beautiful.  Thank you to for your warm welcome for my family and friends who came down- I enjoyed being able to give them a tour of parish and rectory.  With eight of my nieces and nephews running around for the afternoon there is a trail of crumbs throughout the first floor- the rectory is nicely lived in!

I have had a couple of questions about who can join the pilgrimage to the Holy Land in October of 2020.  While I want parishioners from Sacred Heart and St. Mary on the Lake to have the first opportunity to come, we are not restricting those who can come to just our parishes.  You are welcome to invite family and friends from outside the parishes to come.

We are officially back to school- which is always hard to believe.  This is a good time of the year to ask the way in which Jesus wants you to grow and learn this year.  The mantra I heard throughout seminary was that while we were in seminary to formed to be priests, formation does not stop after ordination.  In other words, there was the reminder that we would of course need to be keep on learning and growing after seminary. Even though we might not be going to classes regularly anymore we would need to keep on reading and seeking ways to grow.

This is a great challenge for all of us.  As our kids go back to school do ask that.  Jesus, how do you want me to grow this year.  Is it to read a book on a particular subject or simply the life of a holy man or woman that can be an inspiration for me?  Is it to access some of the resources we have here through Bible Study, C.A.F.E. on Sundays, Formed.org, to listen to good podcasts?  I know I have talked about these things and before and you can find information on our website for them. Here I will just mention a few books that you might find helpful:

  • “Something Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found Itby Jennifer Fulwiler. Jennifer gave a presentation at last years Made for Happiness Assembly. This book is a fuller presentation of her story and how Jesus met her as an atheist and walked with her into faith.
  • “A Song for Nagasaki” The Story of Takashi Nagai a Scientist, Convert, and Survivor of the Atomic Bomb by Paul Glynn.  As noted in the books forward “Christians and non-Christians alike were deeply moved by Nagai’s faith in Christ that made him like Job of the Scriptures: in the midst of the nuclear wilderness he kept his heart in tranquility and peace, neither bearing resentment against any man nor cursing God.”  His story is deeply encouraging and is a powerful example of how to walk in and through great suffering.
  • “He Leadeth Me” by Fr. Walter Ciszek S.J..  American Jesuit Father Walter J. Ciszek spent some 23 agonizing years in Soviet prisons and the labor camps of Siberia. He here recalls how it was only through an utter reliance on God’s will that he managed to endure.
  • “Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light: The private writings of the saint of Calcutta By Mother Teresa and Brian Kolodiejchuk.  During her lifelong service to the poorest of the poor, Mother Teresa became an icon of compassion to people of all religions.  This collection of her writing and reflections sheds light on Mother Teresa’s interior life in a way that reveals the depth and intensity of her holiness for the first time.

God Bless!

Fr. Todd

 

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