Dear Sacred Heart Family,
It was a blessing to have my brother Fr. Gary last Tuesday for the morning of reflection. We don’t get to do many events like that together so it was a rare treat for me. Some people asked if we could have an event like that in the evening so those who work could come- we will take that into consideration for the future. I would like to say thank you to all who came out and supported the Sacred Heart Golf Outing on Saturday.
On Saturday July 20th we will be hosting a youth game night with our two seminarians. It will be held in the Sacred Heart Parish Hall from 6-8 pm. 7th graders and up are welcome. Please bring your favorite game and a snack.
This coming week we will be listening to the first talk from last year’s Made for Happiness Assembly. The first talk was given by Fr. Mike Schmitz and is on happiness and Christian Joy. Some highlights from his presentation:
- Happiness is to find out God’s plans for one’s life and then pursue it.
- Happiness rooted in virtue will be resilient.
- Happiness rooted in God’s grace becomes joy.
- True joy can’t be taken away from you
If you were not able to go to the Assembly last fall, I would encourage you to come either 6pm at Sacred Heart in the Parish hall on Wednesday, July 17th or 10am at St. Mary the Lake on July 18th. If you did go the Assembly, this can be a good refresher and will lead to good discussion.
Fr. Mike Schmitz has a great podcast on a whole variety of questions and topics. Each one is about 8-10 minutes and offers good insights. Here is a link at which you can find more information : https://media.ascensionpress.com/category/ascension-podcasts/frmikepodcast/.
This past Tuesday the Diocese released a statement regarding Fr. William Auth. I quote part of it here:
“The concerns were regarding the finances and activities of both Reverend Auth and Maya Indian Missions. Although Reverend Auth has not had an assignment with the diocese for nearly 30 years, from time to time, he has lived within the diocese and has solicited on behalf of Maya Indian Missions within the diocese.
Based on the concerns raised, Bishop Boyea has prohibited Reverend Auth from fundraising within the Diocese on behalf of Maya Indian Missions and has withdrawn Reverend Auth’s faculties to serve as a priest within the diocese. Additionally, the diocese has forwarded the concerns regarding Maya Indian Missions and Reverend Auth to the Michigan Department of Attorney General for further investigation.”
You can see the statement in its entirety on the Diocesan website at this link: https://www.dioceseoflansing.org/news/statement-regarding-reverend-william-auth-and-maya-indian-missions.
In years past Fr. Auth has visited both Sacred Heart and St. Mary on the Lake and fundraised for Maya Indian Missions. He was last at Sacred Heart in 2012 and at St. Mary on the Lake in 2016.