Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, November 11 2018

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GRATITUDE~ OUR LIGHT IN THE STORM

It is the time of year when we talk about gratitude. The days are getting shorter, and the darkness that comes so early in the evening tends to slow us down. It is the time of year when we reflect on how fast the days are going and how quickly we are coming to the end of another year. Where did the time go? The leaves have fallen off of the trees; the growth in the yard is done. We are gearing up for the frost and the wind and the cold. It is the perfect time to think, and with Thanksgiving approaching, to think about what we are thankful for. Most of us feel truly thankful for our family, our health, our home and maybe our job. But what about the times when being grateful is the last thing on our minds?

This week the students were challenged to think about times when things were not going their way. Times that seem a bit like a disaster or, at the very least, a disappointment. It seems that those are times when we need gratitude the most and we are the least grateful. Kallie, in the fifth grade, gave a great example. She told us that her family had adopted two dogs this past week and she had taken them for a walk in the woods. On the walk, she slipped and fell in the mud but she was grateful. Whatever for….we wondered. She was grateful that she was able to hang on to the leash. She knew the dogs would have run off and she might have lost them forever. Being muddy was a consequence that she accepted joyfully when faced with the thought of losing something precious.

It is easy to lose our joyful spirit when times are tough or stressful. I don’t know about you, but the season of gratitude is exactly what I need. My joyful spirit has been waning. Life can get hard, really hard; and the risk of failure can make it hard to see clearly. It is time to thank God for everything. To stop and open our eyes to the things that have become murky in our own struggles. We have so much to be thankful for. I pray that I can open my eyes and see everything in a new Divine light. Lately, I have been thankful to our church and school community. As a stranger to Hudson, Sacred Heart has been my rock and my home and I have learned an immeasurable amount from the people here. It has made all of the difference in my life and I am truly grateful.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, October 28 2018

Saint John Paul II

“There is no place for selfishness and no place for fear!

Do not be afraid, then, when love makes demands.

Do not be afraid when love requires sacrifice.”

 

October 22nd was the Feast day of Pope John Paul II.  As we take a look at his life, his courage and love are striking. Saint John Paul spoke and wrote about God’s love through challenges for much of his life. We are not out traveling to 139 countries to meet with world leaders or establishing a “World Youth Day” but we are entrusted with raising our children to be saintly adults.

Raising our children can be challenging. It is easy to give God’s love to our children when they are obedient. But what about the times when they do not meet our expectations? That is when we can grow closer to God by responding with a loving attitude. Love without conditions. John 15:12 “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” This is really some of the best parenting advice ever. Unconditional love means we give a loving and respectful response even when our kids don’t deserve it. We have all been there. Your child is the one who throws tantrums. Your child is the one who is uncoachable. Your child is the one who forgets their homework. Your child is the one who can’t handle college. Your child is the one who learns lessons the hard way. Your child makes a really big mistake. This is when we must trust our God and love as He does. It is not what our child is failing to be; it is about what God is calling us, as parents to be. Loving without condition, is not natural. These disappointments make us angry and when we act out of anger the result does not enlighten us. It darkens the soul. Stop and remember how God loves. Pray. God is God and he is infinitely grander than we are. It is time to redirect our energy into prayer for our children. God has a plan. The path for our children will become more clear when we let God into our parenting. This does not mean we remove requirements and become permissive. We are not giving in; we are opening up to a new reality; a new path. Take time to think about what your child’s actions are really telling you about this beautiful child of God. Perhaps we are not looking with the correct lens. Maybe our perspective needs to change to be guided by the divine. Maybe raising our children should force us to grow up too.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

“Yours is the gigantic task of overcoming all evil with good, always trying amidst the problems of life to place your trust in God, knowing that his grace supplies strength to human weakness. You must oppose every form of hatred with the invincible power of Christ’s love.”                   Saint John Paul II.

 

Gala News

Be in Our Heart Gala

Sacred Heart School is hosting a gala celebration of our school on November 10th. We are presenting an event that brings our church and alumni community together.  This year, we will begin downstairs at the school.  Take a few minutes to tour the school, look at our Luxury Raffle & Silent Auction Items, enjoy wine & cheese, strolling music and games.  We will then head over to the church for hors d’oeuvres, open bar and dinner will begin at 6:30pm.  Following dinner, Christian comedian Tim McClendon will perform.

Following the performance, the auctioneer will begin auctioning our live auction items.   Tickets for the reverse raffle will be drawn during the evening and winners for the Money Raffle and Luxury Raffle will be pulled and announced at the end of the evening by Father Todd.

Each Event ticket is $100 and includes comedian, hors d’oeuvres, wine & cheese, elegant dinner with dessert, open bar, reverse raffle ticket (cash prize), luxury raffle ticket, paddle for the live auction and the opportunity to support SHS.

Thank you so much for all of your continued support. I hope we have put together an evening you will truly enjoy!!

You may purchase tickets by contacting the school office at 517-448-6405 or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/be-in-our-heart-gala-tickets-51301186229.

Click here for Sponsor and Ticket Opportunities

 

10 Reasons to Join Us

10. Open Bar ~ Try a specialty cocktail

9.  Father Todd will be at the microphone throughout the night

8.  Food that not only tastes delicious but will make you feel amazing!

7.  Support the school we love.

6.  Many, many chances to win. No one goes home empty handed

5.  Fun games- Ring Toss (wine bottles), Balloon Darts, Heads/Tails

4.  Chance to win cash

3.  Laugh your head off and forget about your troubles for a while.

2.  Every penny you donate supports the only Catholic school in 2 counties

1.  Feel how much we appreciate your support. We want to dazzle you!

 

Luxury Items for Raffle $5/ticket or 6 for $20

Lizzy Jane jewelry

Vera Wang Purses

Lottery treasure chest

Whiskey basket

Bose speaker

Cooler of specialty meats

Warrior’s Sword Crucifix Pendant 18K Gold

And more….

 

Thank you so much for all of your continued support. I hope we have put together an evening you will truly enjoy!!

 

Be in Our Heart GALA

 

BE IN OUR HEART GALA

Saturday, November 10th at 5:30

Sacred Heart School and Church Hall

Sacred Heart School is hosting a gala celebration of our school on November 10th. We have decided to present an event that brings our church and alumni community together.  This year, we will begin downstairs at the school with strolling musicians amid a wine & cheese and silent auction. Take a minute to tour the school and look at some of Luxury Raffle Items.  We will also offer hors d’oeuvres and an open bar over at the church.  Dinner will begin at 6:30 and then Christian comedian Tim McClendon will perform.  After the performance, ticket pulls from the reverse raffle will be displayed and the auctioneer will begin auctioning our live auction items. Winners for the Money Raffle and Luxury Raffle will be pulled at the end of the evening by Father Todd.

Get ready for the excitement.

Each ticket is $100 and includes comedian, hors d’oeuvres, wine & cheese, elegant dinner with dessert, open bar, reverse raffle ticket (cash prize), luxury raffle ticket, paddle for the live auction and the opportunity to support SHS. Tickets are available at SHS 448-6405 or aatkin@sacredhearthudson.org or thouser@sacredhearthudson.org.

Please consider donating a bottle of wine or pack of craft beer for our prize wall of wine. All donations can be dropped off at the school office.  If you cannot make the fundraiser, but would like to sponsor, please call the office for sponsorship opportunities!!

Thank you so much for all of your continued support. I hope we have put together an evening you will truly enjoy!!

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

For more info on our comedian, please visit https://www.timmcclendoncomedy.com.

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, October 7 2018

St. Francis of Assisi- A lesson in Compassion

Prayer to St. Francis

Lord make me an instrument of your peace

Where there is hatred let me sow love

Where there is injury, pardon

Where there is doubt, faith

Where there is despair, hope

Where there is darkness, light

And where there is sadness, joy

O divine master grant that I may

not so much seek to be consoled as to console

to be understood as to understand

To be loved as to love

For it is in giving that we receive

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned

And it’s in dying that we are born to eternal life

Amen

 

I don’t know about you, but every time we sing this song in church, I cry a little (or a lot depending on what is going on in my life).  What is it?  What makes this song so powerful? I can’t remember if it made me cry before I had children, but I am guessing it didn’t.  This song is a complete picture of what it looks like to love completely.  The love that makes you small so that others can grow big in your love. The love that lets your issues stay tucked away while you put your family’s growth and importance at the top of the list.  It is in digging this deep into your own soul that you can become compassionate.  I have read articles on how to teach compassion to children.  To teach them that other’s suffering is their concern.  That it is important to be able to put yourself in someone else’s misfortune. I wonder if it is something that we can even teach though.  Compassion is not a virtue but love is.  I make the argument that we can teach our children to love that when we love God, with our whole heart and soul, that we open our hearts to compassion.  St. Francis had compassion.  And that is why he is the most popular saint since the Virgin Mary.  He lived a life that was serious about literally living out Christ’s work.  We celebrated him as the Patron Saint of animals today at our Pet blessing but he really shows us all how to have the greatest compassion for all of God’s creatures; especially the human ones.  I love the prayer to Saint Francis and I am grateful for the chance to love with all my soul, soul, soul!

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Principal Bulletin, September 30 2018

How Do We Keep Our Children Safe?

The best way to keep our kids safe is to develop a strong relationship with them. The world can be a big scary place and our children are out in it. We do our best to stay involved and to communicate about their day but eventually the day will come when they are making decisions and using their own common sense to take care of themselves. Whether it is riding your bike on the sidewalk and knowing the rules of the road or choosing to not play a video game that is rated higher than your age; whether it is choosing to be friends with kids who have the same values as you or being strong enough to trust your parent’s rules and not break them. All of these choices keep our kids safe and all of these choices are taught to children by their parents. How do we build this strong relationship of guidance and trust?

It isn’t easy. Parenting is very, very hard. But if we do our work when they are little, they will be ready to grow independent when it is time to figure things out on their own. Always remember that our children are a gift from God. I believe we are given kids who challenge us on purpose. It is our chance to dig so deep into our soul that we are forever changed by raising them. Having children is our chance to develop patience and to teach unconditional love. When children feel this love, through our service and care for them, and when we are their mentors by the example we set, they are open to our influence and teaching. It is a formula of trust, (not of us trusting them, but them trusting us) understanding and love. This formula will give parents the relationship they need to always be in their child’s mind. They will be able to talk to us about the things they need help with. We can talk to them about how to make safe decisions. We can reaffirm that their worth comes from God and not any outside influence. We can guide them in the true ways of the world and then teach them all of God’s beautiful messages about how to get closer to the Divine. Let’s work together to teach our children that they can handle anything the world can throw at them. Not on their own but with our guidance and love and with the knowledge we give them from the Bible and the teachings of Jesus. Let’s give them the confidence to always grow closer to God and to be safe in the world.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, September 23 2018

I Choose Happiness

This week we had the opportunity to find out what it means to be Made for Happiness. God gave us the free will to think our way in or out of any situation. William Shakespeare once said “Things are neither good nor bad but thinking makes it so.” If this is our philosophy, then every situation can bring us closer to God. If that is how we think about it. Knowing that you have every opportunity to make the choice to be happy is part of God’s plan. The little decisions we make every day, the milestones we cross, the people we raise up, the words we choose; can all bring us closer to God. When we listen to the Gospel during Mass, we cross our mind, our lips and our heart. Everything we think, everything we say and everything we feel. When we listen and act this way, we can really be open to God’s perfect love.

The virtue that always makes me think about happiness is Acceptance.  Acceptance is not to be confused with approval.  When we trust and accept, it means we do not doubt our circumstances.  That old “everything happens for a reason,” and we are supposed to think our way into a better situation for ourselves.  We do not run away or continually search.  We handle it with grace.  This can be very difficult.  People will disappoint you and mistakes can become huge problems that are very scary to tackle.  But we are never alone. It is amazing to see the help that is given through the Holy Spirit when we stay strong and prayerful.  We must remember to be grateful.  Not just for the gifts and the good times but for the constant opportunity to struggle and to be challenged.  Through the challenges, we break down and then grow; so we can become stronger of spirit.  It is the acceptance that we will always be given a path to the light.  That we will always have the power to pray and we will never be alone. Life is good. It is more than good, it is beautiful and that makes me happy.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

From the Principal, September 16 2018

Thank you to Catholic Charities

This week many of us attended the “Back in Black”- Faith in Action Fundraising Dinner for Catholic Charities. It was a beautiful evening hosted by Father Joe Krupp and Father Tim McDonald. We are so grateful for Catholic Charities and the way they support catholic schools. At Sacred Heart School and we have a Vision: Students are balanced: Confident of mind, academics and faith. We have teachers who form the students in academics and we all work to form the students in faith but we need Catholic Charities to guide us on forming their minds. Every Friday we have Mr. Marshall, our school counselor from Catholic Charities, to share his expertise. He focuses his efforts on the challenges that any of our students are facing. He knows to pull the new students aside and really talk to them about transitioning. He knows to team build with our 5th/6th graders because they can be pretty insensitive. He knows that second grade boys want to win at all costs and he explains how it feels to be on the losing side. He knows that when little girls form a club, other little girls feel isolated. He makes a difference that we can not measure but the impact is felt in the culture of trust that is created. Marshall is able to see the day through the eyes of the students and meet them to talk about ways to stay positive and joyful.

“A school’s mission is to develop the sense of the true, the sense of the good, the sense of the beautiful.”     Pope Francis 2014.

This is not an option for a Catholic school. It is our Mission to be the Light of Christ and to grow in confidence. We are so grateful for Marshall and Catholic Charities who help make this happen. Thank you for helping us to form loving disciples of Christ.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, September 9 2018

We celebrated Mother Teresa of Calcutta on Tuesday, September 5th.  What a beautiful way to begin the school year.  She gave us such wonderfully simple ways to become a saint.

“Let no one come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness.”

“I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.”

“Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.”

-Mother Teresa

 

 

 

This Week in Prayer ~ Act of Love

O my God, I love you above all things with my whole, whole heart and soul, because you are all good and worthy of 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 those whom I have injured.

Amen

 

We are praying for protection from our guardian angel and we ask for strength, and encouragement. We are thankful for these power gifts that help us do God’s work.

Prayer to Our Guardian Angel

Angel of God, my guardian dear,

To whom God’s love commits me here,

Ever this day, be at my side,

To light and guard, rule and guide.

Amen.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, September 2 2018

 

Children Are Special Gifts

The school is filled with children again. Parents are falling into a routine. Father Todd has blessed the classrooms, playground, gym and offices. The students are smiling and the teachers are in control of the learning and classroom management is working. We are off to a very good year. But let’s face it…children are noisy, energetic and dirty. They have trouble keeping their hands to themselves, interrupt, get distracted, whine and want to be the boss. At the same time, they are also observant, extremely loving, complementary, interested in everything and easy to teach.  They’re kids. They are not adults. They do not think like adults and they most definitely do not act like adults. That is why they are so special and they need to be treated that way. When we talk to kids, it is better if we remember to put ourselves in their shoes first. Children are so fresh from God and they have a lifetime ahead of them. They are learning and growing every day.

The world is a mysterious place and even I have trouble making sense of it all. Imagine if you have only been here for 5 or 10 years. They truly have just so much to learn and they will experience many, many things for the very first time. Let’s do our best to set them up for success. Expect them to be frustrated and to struggle. Prepare the day with structure but learn the words that get them on the path to Christ’s love. Learn the language of virtue when they misbehave. Remind them, that they are God’s special gift to the world and they are made to shine in His light. Remember that obedience, meekness, self-control, respect and courage are the Steps to Sainthood. We can build our children up and raise them to the next level by giving a positive message and by being their mentors. Children are God’s gift to us. Let’s see the world from their vantage point as we guide them. Let’s humble ourselves and let God in to the way we discipline.

 God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal