From The Principal, June 16 2019

Dear Sacred Heart Families,

Last weekend we all came together to support Sacred Heart school and church. With three community events; 25 Cent Event, SHS 5K and the 2nd annual Taste of Summer Food Fair and Raffle, we were able to connect and have a lot of fun! We are so grateful to our sponsors, event coordinators and volunteers. As Sacred Heart school continues to grow, so does our desire to bring the community together in ways that are creative and inclusive. If you have ideas or are willing to help in the future please reach out to me.

Mark your calendars for July 13th. It is the annual Golf Outing to support SHS at Evergreen Golf Course. Get a team together or bring the family out for lunch and ice cream.

We are so very blessed to be a part of the Hudson community and we thank you for all of your continued support. May God bless you!

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Anne Atkin, Principal bulletin, June 9 2019

It is Time for Summer

Summer vacation hasn’t always existed. In 1842 Detroit city kids hit the books 260 days of the year. It is commonly believed that summer vacation was not a vacation at all, but a time when kids stayed at home to work on the farm. This is a misconception. Kids went to school during the hottest and coldest months of the year and worked the fields in the spring and the fall. As cities were growing, the brick and concrete became very hot in the summer sun and families were traveling to the cooler countryside for relief from the heat. At the same time, Americans were enjoying more leisure time as labor unions were able to instill the eight-hour work day. Attendance was dwindling in the summer as classrooms were too hot, and by the turn of the century, schools had cut 60 days off of the school year. Businesses saw the opportunity for summer vacation and schools have been operating with a long summer break ever since. It is funny, at the time, the argument was being made that the brain is a muscle(correct) that could suffer from overuse(incorrect) the way workers were incurring injury resulting from repetition. (Reilly, L. 2017, May 3.).

No matter how we have ended up with summer break, it seems to be an important formula for child development. The students are ready to kick off their shoes and sleep in. They are ready to get dirty and lose track of the days. They want to catch frogs, ride their bikes, see the stars; to dream and imagine. We need to let them. Kids are using their brains in the summer in a way that is important. Independence is gained from making your own decisions without the constraints of a schedule and boundaries. Mix in some good reading time and work through a summer math book; voila! We are ready and eager when school begins again in August. Summer vacation is not only practical, but necessary.

May God bless you all this summer. Remember that your child is accustomed to praying every day at school. Pray with them this summer and feel the powerful effects of putting God into all situations.

We have truly been blessed this school year with so much joy and grace from our school and church families and we are grateful. Sacred Heart School is solid for next year! Our enrollment is growing and the facilities continue to be upgraded. Stop by and visit us this summer as we work to make the school excellent for the coming year!

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal

References: Reilly, L. 2017, May 3. Why Do Students Get Summers Off? Retrieved from mentalfloss.com

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, May 26 2019

Dear Sacred Heart Families,

Our students pray every day for our veterans. It is always an intention offered by our students during morning prayer. They seem to truly understand the great sacrifices that have been made by our brave men and women throughout our history. We have talked this week about the importance of Memorial Day to our country. I wanted to share some of what we talked about with you.

National Moment of Remembrance-established by Congress in 2000, asks Americans, wherever they are at 3:00pm local time on Memorial Day, to pause in an act of national unity for a duration of one minute.

  • Memorial Day is a day to honor and remember all of the men and women who died fighting for our country. These men and women dedicated their lives so we can be a free nation.
  • Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday in May.
  • The original name was Decoration Day because family members of fallen soldiers decorated their graves with flowers.
  • Decoration Day originally only honored the soldiers who died in the Civil War. After World War I, it was changed to all soldiers who lost their lives in war.
  • In 1950 Decoration Day was changed to Memorial Day.
  • President Nixon declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.
  • The official flower of Memorial Day is Red Poppies.

People celebrate Memorial Day by placing flowers on soldier’s graves, flying the flag at half- staff, attending parades and remembering soldiers who lost their lives.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

References: kidsplay and create, retrieved on May 22, 2019. Memorial Day Facts For Kids.

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, May 19 2019

Our Sin Is What Makes Us Human?

This week in morning prayer we have been talking about what makes us human. The students quickly know it is our ability to use free will, to love, to sin and to forgive. In a nutshell, it is our ability to think. To think ourselves in or out of any situation. The students also realize this is a huge responsibility. I can make absolutely any decision I want to? Yes, you can. You can choose to be kind or happy. You can choose to be lonely or sad. You can choose to be helpful or lazy. You can choose to lie, or say bad words. You can choose to be hard working or be a good friend. You can choose to gossip or be negative. You will do good things and you will do sinful things, because that is makes us human.

Our soul is connected to God. From the moment we were conceived, we are being called back to the Divine. It is a gentle tug at our hearts and we feel it growing as we live and breathe and thrive and struggle. Without this constant pull we would be lost. Sin is everywhere. Even for children. They must be raised in an environment that allows them to be completely human. It is so important for adults to understand that their children will sin and the children around them will sin. The Devil loves to come for us in the doubt we feel when sin is involved. This sin feels terrible and makes joy seem impossible. It is not uncommon for parents to want to believe that their child is the good one and other kids are causing all of the trouble. Does that mean your child is not human? We must own the fact that our children are going to sin and others will hurt them with sin. The bigger their world gets through sports, bigger schools, different friends, social media etc., the more challenges they will meet. So how do we parent this? What do we say to our children whose friends have turned on them or who have been left out of something very important? What do we say to our children when they commit a pretty big sin and we find out about it? Tell them to:

  1. Talk to God first. Forgive yourself. Make things right with God. Really reconnect with your maker and your soul.
  2. Think. Think about what got you into this mess in the first place. Think about what you have already learned from it and what you can learn now that God is involved.
  3. Pray for God to be with you as you heal from your latest sin.
  4. Go to reconciliation.
  5. Pray for the people who have hurt you and/or the people whom you have hurt. This takes a strong soul. That is why we are given the fruits of the spirit. Use them.
  6. Pray for grace. Grace for yourself and for the people God gave you to learn from. They are not in your life by accident. They are a gift to help you grow in spirit.

Remember, that being human means we have endless chances to grow. If lived well, your life will be full of new and challenging people and situations that help you grow closer to God. This is wonderful! We all have the chance to make it to sainthood. We just didn’t know that “girl drama” or “overly competitive boys” might be just what we need to help keep our kids on the path to march with the army of saints. Believe it or not, it is by design. We can handle this struggle, but we have to have God’s help fighting the Devil and his false promises. Just ask, and you will have it.

 

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, May 12 2019

The Invisible Mother ~ By Nicole Johnson

https://justbetweenus.org/relationships/parenting-advice/the-invisible-mother/

One day I was walking my son Jake to school. I was holding his hand and we were about to cross the street when the crossing guard said to him, “Who is that with you, young fella?”.  “Nobody,” he shrugged.  Nobody? The crossing guard and I laughed. My son is only five, but as we crossed the street I thought, “Oh my goodness, I’m nobody?”

As Nobody, I would walk into a room and no one would notice. I would say something to my family, like “Turn the TV down, please.” And nothing would happen. No one would get up or even make a move for the remote. I would stand there for a minute, and then I would say again, a little louder, “Would someone turn the TV down?” Nothing.  That’s when I started putting all the pieces together. I don’t think anyone can see me.  I’m invisible.

It all began to make sense! The blank stares, the lack of response, the way one of the kids will walk into the room while I’m on the phone and ask to be taken to the store. Inside I’d think, “Can’t you see I’m on the phone?”  Obviously not; no one can see if I’m on the phone, or cooking, or sweeping the floor, or even standing on my head in the corner. No one can see me, because I’m the Invisible Mom.

Some days I am only a pair of hands, nothing more. Can you fix this? Can you tie this? Can you open this?  Some days I’m merely a clock to ask, “What time is it?” I’m a satellite guide to answer, “What number is the Disney Channel?” Some days I’m a crystal ball: “Where’s my other sock? Where’s my phone? What’s for dinner?”  Hands, a clock, a crystal ball—but always invisible.

One night, some girlfriends and I were having dinner, celebrating the return of a friend from England. She had just gotten back from a fabulous trip, and was telling wonderful stories. I sat there, looking around at the others all so put-together, so visible and vibrant. It was hard not to compare and feel sorry for myself. I was feeling pretty pathetic when my friend turned to me with a beautifully wrapped package and said, “I brought you this.” It was a book on the great cathedrals of Europe. I wasn’t exactly sure why she’d given it to me until I read her inscription: “With admiration for the greatness of what you are building when no one sees.”  In the days ahead I read—no—I devoured the book. And I discovered what would become for me, four life-changing truths:

  1. No one can say who built the great cathedrals—we have no record of their names.
  2. These builders gave their whole lives for a work they would never see finished.
  3. They made great sacrifices and expected no credit.
  4. The passion of their building was fueled by their faith that the eyes of God saw everything.

In the book, there was the legend of a rich man who came to visit the cathedral while it was being built. He saw a worker carving a tiny bird on the inside of a beam. He was puzzled and asked the man, “Why are you spending so much time carving that bird into a beam that will be covered by the roof? No one will ever see it.” And the worker replied, “Because God sees.”  After reading that, I closed the book, feeling the missing piece fall into place. It was almost as if I heard God whispering to me, “I see you. I see the sacrifices you make every day, even when no one around you does.  “No act of kindness you’ve done, no sequin you’ve sewn on, no cupcake you’ve baked, no last minute errand is too small for Me to notice and smile over. You are building a great cathedral, but you can’t see right now what it will become. But I see.”

When I choose to view myself as a great builder—instead of Invisible Mom—I keep the right perspective.  When I really think about it, I don’t want my son to tell the friend he’s bringing home from college for Thanksgiving, “My mom gets up at four in the morning and bakes homemade pies, and then she hand-bastes a turkey for three hours and presses all the linens for the table.” That would mean I’d built a monument to myself! But I don’t want that—I just want him to want to come home with a friend and share a wonderful meal as a family.

The author of the book went so far as to say that no cathedrals could ever be built in our lifetime because there are so few people willing to sacrifice to that degree. I disagree.

As mothers, we are building great cathedrals. We cannot be seen if we’re doing it right—which is why we may feel invisible some days. But one day, it is very possible that the world will marvel, not only at what we have built, but at the beauty that has been added to the world by the sacrifices of invisible mothers.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, May 5 2019

TASTE OF SUMMER

Friday, June 7th– 25 Cent Event in the Church Hall. Doors open at 5:30. Bidding begins at 7:00

Saturday, June 8th– SHS 5K. Registration begins and packets can be picked up starting at 7:15.   Start Times:   Running Runts 1k: 8:30 am.   5K will begin at 9:00.   Truckin’ Tots: after the 5k

Saturday, June 8th– 2nd Annual Food Fair and Raffle- Church Parking Lot. 5:00-8:00

 

Begin the summer with a lot of Sacred Heart excitement!. We begin with a ladies night out on Friday. This a great way to unwind and have some fun with your friends. See how lucky you are with a quarter and some lucky numbers. Over 75 prizes will be given away, but the that is not the only way to enjoy the night. Summer cocktails and dinner are available from the kitchen and our vendors are open for business to purchase products that are sure to satisfy.

 

 

The 5K is a tradition at SHS and the atmosphere is energetic and supportive. Whether you are a true racer or just want to get some exercise, this 5K is great! The route takes you on a scenic route through the southside of Hudson and finishes with a cheering crowd. A great way to start your Saturday.

5K Start time: 9:00 am
Running Runts 1k: 8:30 am
Truckin’ Tots: after the 5k

Packet Pick-Up begins at 7:15 am in the School Cafeteria (208 S. Market St. Hudson, MI)

5k Cost: $20.00
Running Runts 1k: $13.00
Truckin’ Tots Cost: $10.00

Registration Form 2019

 

 

The 2nd Annual Food Fair and Raffle! Mass will be at 4:00, following Mass come to the Church Parking Lot and sample food from our local amateur chefs. Each ticket is $2 and will give you a taste of something delicious. BBQ, cheesy side dishes, hot dogs, desserts and much, much more. We will have professional face painting, a balloon artist and bounce houses for the kids. Get some food and enjoy the beginning of summer with fun, music and good eats!

Contact me at aatkin@sacredhearthudson.org if you want to be food vendor or volunteer for the food fair. We supply all of the serving wear and set up your spot. Just bring enough food for 150 tastes and something to decorate your table. It is that simple!

If you need more raffle tickets, please contact Tammy at the parish office, 4448-3811 or thouser@sacredhearthudson.org.

 

 

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, April 28 2019

The Joy of the Easter Season

The Catholic church always marks Easter by the first Sunday after the first full moon of the Spring Equinox. That is why the date changes each year and falls somewhere between March 22 and April 25. At the Easter Vigil, we are given the opportunity to strengthen our commitment to our faith. We renew our sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation. We continue our faith and God’s commitment to humanity. The sacraments of initiation are important to Sacred Heart School because our students are learning about them and receiving some of them while they are here. We want our children to belong.

We want them to be aware that they are a part of something much larger than themselves. From the beautiful church, to the formality of prayer, the Rosary, the statues, the Saints, the Stations of the Cross and the presence of clergy, we know we are living with the presence of Jesus. Now we are living in the season of Easter and we are filled with joy. The Easter message of the devastation of Good Friday and the Resurrection on Easter is not lost on our children. This perfect example of faith is what will guide our young people through the trials of growing up. We know, all too well, that it is hard. We know the rough days that lie ahead for our children. They will be left out. They will be lost and they will hurt. There is no way to protect them from the trials of living in the world.  We want them to live a full life and experience each day but that means they will have to handle the hard times too.  When the days are filled with uncertainty and life seems unfair, we can remind them to have faith; to never give up hope. Continue to let Christ be your light; your guide and we will never be disappointed.  We can conquer all things when we believe and live with the story of Easter in our heart.  As adults, we know they will need this gift as they struggle and develop in the world. Let’s celebrate the joy of Easter.  We are truly blessed with the gift of love. All things are possible through the love of Christ.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

References:

The Catholic Faith Store. True meaning of Easter. Retrieved April 24, 2019

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, April 21 2019

Happy Easter

Upcoming Events:

April 26- Founders Day

Join us for Mass at 9:00, followed by a pancake breakfast with alumni in the Church Hall, a slideshow of SHS through the years and a look at our history.

May 19th- Grandparents Day

Grandparents arrive to school at 9:00. Tour the school with the students and visit the Scholastic Book Fair. Mass at 10:00, followed by an all school production in the Church Hall. Lunch provided by the SHS staff.

May 26th- Family Appreciation Day

11:00- All-school production in the Church Hall followed by a luncheon for our families and student celebration!

June 7th- 25 Cent Event

A ladies night out in the Church Hall. Doors open at 5:30. Bidding begins at 7:00.

June 8th- SHS 5K

Registration and packet pick-up begin at 7:15. Race starts at 9:00.

June 8th- Taste of Summer – Food Fair and Raffle

5:00-8:00- Sacred Heart Parish Parking Lot. Sample food from community amateur chefs. Listen to music and let the children enjoy fun activities. Raffle winners pulled at 8:00. It is easy and fun to be a food vendor. Contact Anne Atkin at the school if you can help. 517-448-6405 or email aatkin@sacredhearthudson.org

Alleluia, He is Risen,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, April 7 2019

We would like to share some good news!

Last month, we applied for a grant from the Michigan State Police Competitive School Safety Grant Program.  This program provides funding to improve the safety and security of students and staff through the purchase of technology and equipment from a pre-approved list of projects and resources.  Two weeks ago, we were notified that our grant request for Sacred Heart School was approved to replace the entry doors, install an electronic access control system, and install an intercom system throughout the school.

The grants were provided through the state from a $25 million fund specifically to improve school safety.  In total, 366 applications received, requesting more than $46 million, for security enhancements.  Sacred Heart School was one of 230 applicants to be awarded a grant, and one of 5 schools in Lenawee County.  Grants were awarded based on need and the equitable distribution of funding throughout the state.  The 2019 awards included 135 public school districts, 66 nonpublic schools, 20 public charter schools and nine intermediate school districts or regional educational service agencies.

We are now in the processes of signing the grant contract documents and final planning of the project.  Construction will take place over the summer break in time for the upcoming school year. A special thank you to Deacon John for his work on the school safety analysis and crafting of the grant.  Stay tuned for more details.

May God continue to bless our school and parish!

Fr Todd/Anne

NOTE:  This project is supported by the fiscal year 2019 Competitive School Safety Grant Program, awarded by the state of Michigan and administered by the Michigan State Police (MSP). Points of view or opinions contained within this document do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the state of Michigan or the MSP.

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, March 31 2019

What Does It Mean to Have Confidence?

When people think of confidence, it is often with the idea that we can fake it. “Fake it ‘till you make it.” This is not bad advice and it generally works, but where does that gumption and courage to tackle challenges come from? I would wager that many times it comes from prayer or faith or at least hope. But what exactly is confidence? Does it come from having the correct appearance? Are we confident if our clothes fit well or our hair is the right color? Can confidence be gained with success? The more success we have, the more confident we become? Are we only allowed to be confident on our good days? What about the days when everything is falling apart?

If we are not careful, it is easy to put our hope and trust into the wrong things.

A hopeless life is in despair. A life without faith is controlled by the human mind. True confidence comes from hope and trust in God. A life led without comparison to others. A life without the highs and lows that come from the constant need for adoration. A confident life is stability and serenity. So how do I get it?

We tell our students that they are made in God’s image and they are perfect just the way they are. They are meant to struggle and to grow; it is their destiny, just as God has planned it. Relax. Confidence must be worked at. It is a virtue. The graces are there; the opportunities are there. We must cultivate confidence if we are to grow in it. “Do not be afraid. Do not let your hearts be troubled.” John 14:1

As our students are growing, they know what it means to have faith and hope. We pray for them every day. Our students know that their worth does not come from an award or a struggle. It can only come from God. They know they are each special and unique and have a purpose that is divine. It is in this knowledge that they are able to build confidence. It is our mission that are students do not need to fake confidence or worry; they pray for what they need to live in God’s image. Our students are balanced: confident of mind, academics and Catholic faith. We know that for our students to leave Sacred Heart School and tackle challenges, they will need the virtue of confidence. We work to build it every day.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal