Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, October 13 2019

“Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen” (Heb 11:1).

 

Faith begins as a belief in God. Simple. God the creator of all things visible and invisible. Then, we think about faith as the certainty that God exists and He loves us. Faith becomes the belief that God will guide us, teach us and give us the purpose we need to bring our soul back to God in Heaven. We use our faith to weather the storm as we grow from children to adults. But as we grow in faith, it becomes so much more. According to the catechism of the Catholic Church, “faith is a gift from God. A supernatural virtue infused in Him” (CCC153). Faith can set us free from turmoil and despair. It keeps us from running away when the world is mean and we doubt our abilities or purpose.

 

For any of us who have forgotten to rely on our faith, we know how difficult life is to figure out if we only use our own mind. I think of the times when I just could not wrap my brain around a problem or I felt attacked and treated unfairly. I have sought advice from friends or even experts and still could not find answers. It is an empty feeling and life feels almost impossible to manage.

 

Instead, we can take ownership of how we react to the chaotic and unfair world around us. Knowing the world can be unfair, we ask God to give us the strength we need to calm fear and anxiety. This can be a true sense of self control. Faith gives us a chance to take a time out from the intensity. Faith reminds us that God is in charge and He gives us all of the power we need to handle the day. To see God in all things and to not judge; but to become reasonable and open to correction. To learn. To grow. To achieve. The faithful will set their mind to God’s purpose and can learn to rebuild instead of breaking down. To shine. Faith can fill up a worn out person who has given in and give them the strength they need to grow in spirit. Faith can save the weary and inspire the disheartened. Faith, what a gift!

 

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, October 6 2019

Sacred Heart Families,

Thank you to everyone who donated to the Hudson Food Pantry by pledging money for the Walk of Faith last week. We were able to raise over $500 and many food donations. During the Walk of Faith, every student prays for the hungry, the dead, and people who serve. We begin by praying the Act of Faith together and walk to shine a light on how powerful faith is when we pray together. Faith gives us the ability to see, feel, and talk to God. Faith brings Jesus to life and gives us the power to help people. We had a special day practicing faith and using it to be stewards of God’s love.

This week we celebrated the Feast of the Guardian Angel. This is an important Feast Day to the students because we pray the Guardian Angel Prayer often. As the children grow, it is a comfort to know that they each have an individual angel assigned to them. We refer to the Guardian Angel prayer often as an easy reminder that we are always in the presence of God. We have a deeply personal connection that lights, guards, rules and guides us as we live every moment. Our guardian angel is tough and protects us from demons. Our guardian angel shows us right from wrong and reminds us of the virtue we need to be strong people.

Fun Facts about Guardian Angels:

  • We will meet our Guardian Angel in Heaven
  • Each soul, including Christians and Non-Christians, has a Guardian Angel assigned to give guidance throughout its life on earth.
  • Our Angel cannot affect our free will.
  • Protects us from demons and inspires intellect.
  • Feast of the Guardian Angels has been a feast day since 1608.
  • Angels are mentioned 108 times in the Old Testament and 165 times in the New Testament

What a special gift! We will use our guardian angel every day to be closer to God.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Angel of God, who are my guardian, enlighten, guard, govern and guide me, who have been entrusted to you by the heavenly goodness. Amen

Prayer of John Paul II

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, September 29 2019

Sacred Heart School would like to thank Bill Mullaly for his generous donation of three very nice projectors and 4 document readers for the classrooms.

Our Technology Council listened to the needs of the teachers and the students and researched products that will enhance classroom learning. They concluded that with better visual aids, teachers can easily project books, computer images, or videos for everyone to see. The council put together a list of technology for our wish list and we were able to get them ordered and in the classrooms this week.

We are so blessed by our parents and church community who work to make Sacred Heart a wonderful school for all students.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, September 22 2019

Diversity

This week in morning prayer, we have been talking about diversity. What makes us each so perfectly special is how different we are. I asked the students each a question about themselves. “What is your favorite color? What is your favorite thing to do before bed? What is your favorite food? Where would you like to visit?“ The answers were so genuine and so unique that we were all laughing at some of the responses. It was a great time to point out that we are all going to answer these questions differently. Why? Because we are all perfectly different. Never before in the history of the world has someone like you lived and never again will you. We are so very special and that makes us amazing. It was fun to just stop for a minute a look at every beautiful face at prayer and think how privileged we are to know these perfect children. Pointing out how special they are leads to the topic of the week. Diversity. It is our differences that make us perfect. These differences should make us appreciate each other; not pull us apart. We are diverse and we are meant to love through the differences.

Our Catholic faith is a faith that knows no boundaries. We see Jesus in everyone we meet and we are meant to meet a lot of people. When we meet people with hearts that are open, and our minds are interested in the whole person, it is amazing how much we learn from each other. The Holy Spirit generates diversity; as children grow they are developing new and wonderful traits that are unique to them. They are becoming individualized and by growing this way, they are becoming closer to God.

But what if I thought that my special gifts and my unique personality made me better than you? What if I thought that I was better than you because I could run faster? Or I lived in a bigger house? Or I was taller than you? What if I judged you? We decided that would be evil. And yet, it happens. We judge, we compare, we can even hurt others. What should we do? We thought of two things: pray the Guardian angel prayer and ask our guardian angel to rule and guide our thoughts. Secondly, to work on the virtue of hospitality. To open up to being gracious and kind instead of hostile to differences.

Diversity. Celebrating the differences that unite us.

 

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, September 15 2019

Sacred Heart Families,

This week, one of our kindergartners, Sam, brought an arrangement of fall flowers in a mason jar for the teachers and the staff at school. The flowers are so fresh; they look like he and his mom cut them from his yard. Sam grabbed the vase out of the box his mom held and ran over to each one of us and then ran back to his mom. The flowers were so beautiful and the gesture was so unexpected that we smiled and gushed over the thoughtful gift. Sam seemed unfazed by our reaction and just smiled and ran off to his duties as a student. He never came to check on the flowers or ask again if we liked them. He was done after his initial drop off and we are left with a colorful reminder of the fall season that is to come and the joyful colors of God’s landscape.

It made me think about gratitude. I needed that. It is easy to be overwhelmed with deadlines and to have one day run into another and another. We have all had those times when we lose sight of the big picture and get lost in the details of the day. That is when we need gratitude. A moment to stop and smell the flowers. To enjoy the little things that make us feel brighter and calmer. Gratitude is such a powerful virtue and yet it is so simple. Just remember to pray a thank you for all that has been given to us. This lasts for a little bit and then we are back to the grind of life. What we are missing is the faith that accompanies the gratitude. The flowers from Sam are sweet but the bigger picture is that God will never leave you. Have faith that the challenges will be overcome. The challenges are meant to happen. You will make it through the struggle. Faith is blind and it doesn’t matter how big the struggle is, faith will get you through. For that, I am grateful.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, August 11 2019

Sacred Heart Families,

Sacred Heart School is the best gift you can give your child. Enrollment is still open for the 2019-2020 school year for DK through 6th grade. Call 517-448-6405 to set up a tour and see why SHS is a great school for your family.

Sacred Heart developmental kindergarten/ kindergarten is a program that puts your child ahead. As our children develop, it is necessary that they grow closer to God. As they learn the days of the week, the colors of the rainbow, the letters of the alphabet and the joy of books, they are also learning how to behave in a way that brings their soul closer to God. Sacred Heart has a formula of academic readiness and child development that works. It is a mixture of obedience, courtesy, self-control and prayerfulness mixed with learning and play. By the time our students are in 1st grade, they are already on the path to being eager learners who meet academic challenges. 100% of our kindergarten students test proficient in reading and math. This is significantly higher than state standards and is higher than other kindergarten classes in the diocese of Lansing. We are proud to offer a wonderful readiness program to our community. We still have room for a few more students in our kindergarten classroom.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal

 

*Upcoming SHS Summer Events*

August 12-16

Vacation Bible School

9:30-11:00am

All kids grades Pre-K thru 6th are welcome to attend.

 

August 15

Holy Day Mass at 6pm, followed by Share & Care Dessert Reception at School

 

August 22

Open House & Back to School BBQ, 6pm

 

August 25

Fr. Todd Installation Mass at 11am

Followed by reception in Parish Hall

 

From The Principal, July 28 2019

Sacred Heart School is accepting resumes for the position of Gym/Tech/Art Teacher for the 2019-2020 School year.  This position will be approximately 16 hours per week.  Applicants should be energetic, dedicated, outstanding, and certified in the State of Michigan.  Applicants must support Catholic Education and carry out the Mission of Sacred Heart School.  Teaching experience in Elementary Education is strongly preferred.  We are looking for an exceptional individual who seeks teaching as a vocation, not just a job.

If you are interested, please contact Anne Atkin at 517-403-2824 or email your resume to aatkin@sacredhearthudson.org.