Fr. Todd Bulletin, April 26, 2020

Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s on the Lake,

This weekend I am preaching on showing Mercy and Forgiveness.  Often it is a wall that needs to be overcome but we simply don’t know how.  I have included here a powerful meditation to help us walk through a process of forgiveness.

The Journey of Forgiveness

Uncovering the Wound:

In your prayer, retell the story of when you were hurt.  Pay close attention to the details and your reaction to them. Do you feel pain, sorrow, anger, resentment?  How intensely?  How do these emotions affect your daily life?  How do you think about the person who hurt you?

Choosing a Different Way:

Very likely, the one who hurt you can’t give back what they took.  Insisting that they do so traps you in your negative emotions.  Can you acknowledge that you have tried, but you cannot make yourself well?  Are you willing to let go of the debt, rather than demand repayment?  If so, ask the Lord to help you forgive.

Working on Forgiveness:

In prayer, behold the life story of the person who hurt you.  What was their life like growing up?  When they hurt you?  Ask God to show you how He sees their story.  Can you see them as another person, someone who also carried pain?  Ask for the gifts of understanding and compassion.  Can you offer them a gift, an act of mercy?  If so, pray the Prayer of Forgiveness (given below).

Embracing Freedom:

Notice the change as you move from demanding to forgiving.  Invite Christ to show you the meaning of your suffering, which has led you to forgiveness.  Offer back to Him any remaining pain; offer it for the one who hurt you, if you can.  Compare the darkness of the wound to the light of forgiving. Resolve to live this way of goodness and bring light to others who are in darkness. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you always on this way.

Prayer of Forgiveness

  • Ask the Holy Spirit to show you whom you need to forgive (could be family, friend, abuser, God, yourself)
  • Picture the person in front of you and pay attention to what you feel in your heart and body
  • Make an account of the debt they owe you (what did they take from you, how did they hurt you? It is okay to feel angry or nothing at all)
  • Imagine yourself telling them what they did to hurt you and how it has affected you
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you any identity lies you believe about yourself based on that incident
  • Renounce the identity lie-“In the name of Jesus Christ, I renounce the lie that I am not loved or cared for, that I have to perform well to be loved, etc.”
  • Announce the truth of your identity in Christ- “In the name of Jesus Christ, I announce the truth that I am seen, that I am valuable, that I am loved, etc.”
  • Bring the person with you to meet Jesus on the Cross at Calvary and look at His face of care and mercy
  • Ask Jesus to forgive the person
  • Ask Jesus to give you the grace to forgive the person.
  • Pray a prayer of blessing for that person-ask God to bless them and heal them on their journey
  • Ask Jesus to seal this forgiveness and heal the wounds in your life
  • Thank God for His healing mercy and grace


Here is a link to Sr. Miriam Heidland and Fr. John Burns walking through this meditation: v=l8rVfw013TQ

God Bless!


Deacon’s Corner, April 26, 2020

I remember the first time our son was deployed.  Justin was a young Lieutenant helicopter pilot in the Marines.  And although he had already logged many flight hours under grueling conditions, this was his first combat assignment.  He and Michelle were married about a year.  When it came time to say ‘good-bye’, the whole family stood quietly just looking at each other.  After a minute of silence, Michelle started crying first, then I broke down in tears, and the whole family followed.   It was a loving but painful moment saying, ‘good bye’ not knowing what the future would bring.

We feel pain being separated from loved ones.  That is the price of love.  But Jesus felt the ultimate pain of separation when He paid the price of his love for us on the cross.  Jesus loves us so much that he came into our world as a vulnerable little baby.  He accepted the abuse of the teachers and elders of the law.  He was scorned, humiliated, and brutally beaten by Roman executioners before they nailed him to a cross and ran their warrior’s lance through his side.  Because of his love for us, Jesus suffered and died to be the perfect Passover sacrifice, standing in our place before the Father so we can live.

In the Gospel today, some disciples meet Jesus while walking home to the village of Emmaus after the Passover. Scripture tells us they were “conversing and debating” and “downcast” about what happened to Jesus just a few days before in Jerusalem.  It must have been painful for them – losing their good friend under such horrible circumstances and wondering what the future would bring.

Then, Jesus approaches and engages them in a conversation.  They don’t recognize him, but still invite him to dinner.  After Jesus leaves they realized who he was and said, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?”  This time, saying “good-bye” was not painful – it was joyful.  And although those disciples may not have understood the big picture yet of Jesus’ Passion, death, and resurrection they were excited and on fire with his love.  And what did they do?  They ran off and told the others!

As we continue celebrating this Easter Season, can we share in those feelings of being on fire with our faith and his love?  Jesus died to give us life.  But, we live today not because Jesus died, but because of His love for us.  Now, like those disciples on the road to Emmaus, our job is to share His love with others – to go out and announce the Gospel of the Lord!

Deacon John


Online BINGO at Sacred Heart

On Friday, April 24, the seminarians at Sacred Heart (Dan LaCroix and Josh Bauer) will be hosting online bingo from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

We will use Zoom to host the event. This is the link:
If you haven’t used Zoom before, just click the link and you should be prompted to either download a program on your computer or an app on your phone. Bingo won’t start until 7:30 p.m., but we will have the meeting open at 7:15 p.m. to allow time to figure out how to join. You can still play even if you don’t have a device with a camera or microphone.

It will work best if you print off your cards before the meeting time. You can print cards from this website:

We will conclude the night by praying night prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours, which is the daily prayer of the church. We will provide the text of the prayers and instructions via Zoom.

If you aren’t sold on online bingo yet, be aware that there will be prizes! We hope to see you there!

Mass, Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Daily Mass for Tuesday, April 21, 2020 

Today’s Mass was offered for the intention of Jack Weaver

Today’s Mass can be found here:

Today’s Readings can be found here:

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

Renewal Ministries – FREE Online event

Renewal Ministries’ annual Gathering is one of the highlights of our year! Typically, more than three hundred of our friends and supporters gather from all over North America to celebrate with us and go deeper in our journey  of holiness and mission. This year, because of current travel restrictions and quarantine orders, we will not be able to celebrate the Gathering physically together, but we can still be together in other ways. I am happy to announce that on the evening of Saturday, April 25, from 6-9 p.m. EDT, Renewal Ministries is hosting a free livestream event featuring music, talks, intercessory prayer, and celebration. You can watch a video invitation to this year’s Gathering below:


Mass, Monday, April 20, 2020

Mass, Monday, April 20, 2020

Today’s Mass Intentions are for Rodney Bellman by Rachel Sackett.

Today’s Readings can be found here:

Today’s Mass can be found here:

O clement, O loving, O sweet Mother Mary,
We, your children of every nation,
Turn to you in this pandemic.
Our troubles are numerous; our fears are great.
Grant that we might deposit them at your feet,
Take refuge in your Immaculate Heart,
And obtain peace, healing, rescue,
And timely help in all our needs.
You are our Mother.
Pray for us to your Son.

Divine Mercy Mass, Sunday, April 19, 2020

Divine Mercy, Sunday, April 19, 2020

Sacred Heart Mass Intentions are for:

Saturday, April 18 – Barbara Renner ~ 3rd Anniversary by Kathy

Sunday, April 19 – James Patton ~ 13th Anniversary by Jim & Linda

St. Mary the Lake Mass Intentions are for Betty Kimling

Today’s Readings can be found here:

Divine Mercy Mass (Part 1):
Divine Mercy Mass (Part 2):