Deacon’s Corner, April 14 2019

As we come to the end of Lent this week, we begin a journey which accompanies Jesus into the dark shadows of His last hours on earth.  It’s a journey we take to better understand why Jesus did what He did and remember God is always with us.  We can enhance this journey by attending our Tenebrae Service on the evening of Good Friday.

Just what is a Tenebrae Service?  The word “Tenebrae” is Latin for “shadows.” The purpose of the Tenebrae is to recreate the emotions felt by the Apostles and Jesus’ followers as they dine with Him at the Passover, see Him arrested and beaten for a crime He didn’t commit, watch Him die a brutal death at the hands of a Roman crucifixion, and stand in stunned silence as He is laid in a tomb.  Making this journey as a disciple of Jesus on that first Good Friday would not have been a happy event.   Many fell into despair and hid in fear for their own safety.  Some wandered in a state of shock and disbelief.  Others grew angry at what they did to Him.  The Tenebrae Service is designed to help us experience all of these same emotions as we walk with Jesus during His final hours.

There are no hard and fast rules for a Tenebrae Service.  Our service is adapted from the Jesuit Institute as a solemn liturgy occurring only in candlelight.  There is no music until the very end when the choir sings “Were You There” a cappella as we leave the church.   There are 7 readings, 6 from the Gospel Passion Stories and 1 from Isaiah’s prophecy of the Suffering Servant.  Each reading is followed by a short prayer, then the candles are  extinguished until only one candle remains lit.  This last candle represents Jesus.  At the end of the last reading, the final candle is extinguished and the sound of the stone being dragged across the tomb entrance can be heard.  With the tomb closed, we are left in total darkness to reflect on the devastation we would have felt after Jesus was suddenly and violently taken from our life.  The service ends, a few small lights are turned on to find our way out, and we travel home in silence contemplating what just happened.  The purpose of a Tenebrae is to powerfully recreate the betrayal, abandonment, and the agony of the evening.  It is left unfinished, because the story is not over until Easter Day.
If you are looking to journey through the Passion of Jesus Christ like never before, please consider coming to the Tenebrae on Good Friday, 8pm, at St Mary on the Lake.  It will be a Holy Week experience you will never forget.

Deacon John

P.S. Bring a friend.  All are invited!

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, April 14 2019

“Life is like riding a bicycle, in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

Albert Einstein

If you google “how to achieve balance in your life,” you will see 1.5 billion responses. It seems from the number of articles written, that many of us are missing something that is keeping us from tipping too far in one direction. This makes perfect sense to me because, in our current culture, much is expected out of each one of us. When the word balance is used as a noun, it means “a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions.” When balance is used as a verb, it means “to offset or compare the value of one thing with another (oxford dictionaries).” We live in a fast pace society and even when we are not actively participating, we can see easily what we are missing or what we should be doing. We are busier than we have ever been. Children are very accustomed to family schedules being managed daily. We are always on the go. So how do we achieve that balance so many of us desire? Why is balance so important to the human soul? We are intelligent humans who are designed by the divine. We are complex and seek enlightenment. The Bible says that the soul can work, crave food, eat, obey laws, and touch a dead body. (Leviticus 5:2; 7:20; 23:30;Deuteronomy 12:20; Romans 13:1) Those activities involve the entire person.

We are designed to need to fill all parts of our soul. We innately know this. We know when we are missing very large pieces and we are not moving forward. Balance is key. Listening to God will lead to balance and prayer is the most important thing we can do to achieve this balance. Finding balance does not mean mapping out our lives to include static growth in all areas. It is not a strategic plan to happiness. Balance means that we weave faith, learning, virtue, prayer, service, hard work, love and selflessness into everything we do. We live our life with passion and gratitude. Balance is not something to be achieved; it is to be lived. Balance is a way of life. It is a part of our mission at Sacred Heart School. Students are balanced: confidence of mind, academics and Catholic faith. Every policy, subject taught, event, field trip, discipline, etc. is looked at through the lens of balance. Are we weaving all parts of our student’s soul into everything we do? The answer has to be yes. It is who we are, it is what we do

 

Let’s keep praying for balance.

God Bless,  Anne

 

A Time to Heal Retreat

“Time to Heal” Retreat is a weekend specifically designed for the survivors of sexual abuse by clergy.  If you or someone you know has been affected this way, please consider this weekend.

 

 

 

HYMN SING

Sacred Heart will be HOSTING the local HYMN SING on Sunday, April 14 ~ at 6:00

Hymn Sing is where many different people, from several local churches join together the 3rd Sunday evening every month, to sing songs together as a whole, as well as individual specials.   (Specials being solos, duets, choirs, playing a guitar, a bell choir, playing the piano, anything musical).  All are welcome!!   Come and enjoy of evening of music and song.

We are also in need of snacks for after Hymn Sing.  Please feel free to drop them off in the parish hall.

Parish News & Upcoming Events

 

UPCOMING EVENTS at Sacred Heart

Monday, April 8 ~ Emmaus Group Meeting ~ 6:30pm in Parish Hall

Friday, April 12 ~ K of C Feather Party ~ 7:30pm

Sunday, April 14 ~ Hymn Sing ~ 6:00pm

Sunday, April 14 ~ Called & Gifted ~ 1:00 – 3:00pm

Sunday, April 28 ~ Called & Gifted ~ 1:00 – 3:00pm

Sunday, May 5 ~ First Communion ~ 11:00am Mass

Wednesday, May 8 ~ Confirmation ~ 7:00pm at Sacred Heart

Sunday, May 19 ~ Blessing of the Bikes ~ following the 11:00am Mass

Sunday, June 2 ~ Graduation Mass ~ 11:00am Mass

Saturday, June 8 ~ SHS 5K, Food Fair & Raffle

Saturday, July 13 ~ SHS Annual Golf Outing

 

 

We are in need of snacks for the reception following the Easter Vigil on Saturday, April 20.  There are sign up sheets in both entrances of the church.  If you are able to help serve the food, please contact Linda Higgins at 517-286-6426.

 

 

We now have Wi-Fi in the parish hall.

Wi-Fi name:  JCisLord

Password: 49247shh

 

Alpha Omega Care Center wishes to thank you for placing their mission at the forefront of your thoughts.  Your donations to the Baby Bottle Blessing Drive reached $1,045.85 from our parish families.   You are all Good Samaritans and we appreciate you!   God Bless.

 

 

 

Discover YOUR Spiritual Gifts!

“Whether extraordinary or simple and humble, charisms are graces of the Holy Spirit which directly or indirectly benefit the Church, ordered as they are to her building up, to the good of men, and to the needs of the world.” (CCC,799)

Join us in the Sacred Heart Parish Hall on Sunday, April 14 and April 28 from 1-3 pm for an Introduction to the Called and Gifted program. You will have an opportunity to take a Spiritual Gifts Inventory-to begin to discover your charisms and explore the Spiritual Gifts Discernment Program by Sherry Weddell.

 

 

 

Interchurch Ladies & Girls Brunch

May 11 ~ 10:00-12:00

Hudson Wesleyan Church

 Guest Speaker Bronna Kahle, 57th District Representative

Anyone who belong to Christ has become a new person.  The old life is gone; a new life has begun……….. II Corinthians 5:17

RSVP to 448-6411 or online at www.hudsonwesleyan.org/brunch.

Cost is a Free will donation.

 

 

 

 

 

A WEEKEND RETREAT FOR WOMEN

 The women of Sacred Heart Parish are invited to St. Francis Retreat Center in DeWitt on April 26-28, 2019 for annual retreat.  This retreat is a great opportunity for you to spend a weekend away from the distractions of daily life and focus on deepening your relationship with Christ in fellowship with other Catholics.

This year’s retreat theme is;  “From Chaos to Order: A Scriptural Guide to Building a Life Giving Community.” 

You may register by call St. Francis Retreat Center at 517-669-8321 or by visiting www.stfrancis.ws.  The suggested offering for this retreat is $175.00.

 

 

Parish News

Altar Rosary Society

Will meet Monday April 1st at 1:30 pm in the Church basement.  All ladies of  the Parish are welcome.   Questions please call President Janice Wilson at 517-306-0684

 

 

Now that the weather is getting warmer, it is time to get motorcycles out and enjoy the fresh air!   We will be having a “Blessing of the Bikes” on Sunday, May 19 following the 11:00am Mass.

 

 

We now have Wi-Fi in the parish hall.

Wi-Fi name:  JCisLord

Password: 49247shh

 

Interchurch Ladies & Girls Brunch

May 11 ~ 10:00-12:00

Hudson Wesleyan Church

 Guest Speaker Bronna Kahle, 57th District Representative

Anyone who belong to Christ has become a new person.  The old life is gone; a new life has begun……….. II Corinthians 5:17

RSVP to 448-6411 or online at www.hudsonwesleyan.org/brunch.

Cost is a Free will donation.

 

Knights of Columbus Retreat

Saturday, March 30th

Camp DeSales – Brooklyn, MI

9AM – 5PM (Includes Vigil Mass)

RSVP Required

To RSVP or Questions, please email Fr. Tim McIntire, OSFS at:

timcintire620@yahoo.com

 

 

A WEEKEND RETREAT FOR WOMEN

 The women of Sacred Heart Parish are invited to St. Francis Retreat Center in DeWitt on April 26-28, 2019 for annual retreat.  This retreat is a great opportunity for you to spend a weekend away from the distractions of daily life and focus on deepening your relationship with Christ in fellowship with other Catholics.

This year’s retreat theme is;  “From Chaos to Order: A Scriptural Guide to Building a Life Giving Community.” 

You may register by call St. Francis Retreat Center at 517-669-8321 or by visiting www.stfrancis.ws.  The suggested offering for this retreat is $175.00.

 

 

YEAR OF PRAYER

Send your Holy Spirit to form our parish as a community of missionary disciples…… guide me to deepen my commitment as a disciple of Jesus”…Sharing ways to answer the bishop’s call in this Year of Prayer

 

PRAYER and PRAISE

The next Prayer and Praise is scheduled for THURSDAY, APRIL 4 from 7-9 pm in the St. Teresa of Calcutta Room in the St. Anthony Education Building. Join us for SONG (mostly contemporary Christian), Prayer and Sharing how the Holy Spirit is acting in our lives. All are welcome. Invite a friend. We plan to gather the first Thursday of every month through June.

 

To Walk By the Spirit Renewal Ministries Gathering April 5-7, 2019 Ypsilanti, MI.  To register or for more information visit www.renewalministries.net/gathering Featuring Dr. Mary Healy, Patti Mansfield, Ralph Martin, Dr. Peter Williamson

 

SHS Spirit Wear

Sacred Heart School is selling School Spirit Wear.

If Interested please fill out form, make check payable to “Sacred Heart School”, and turn form into school office by March 29th.

PARISH NEWS

***Lenten Penance Services***

March 24 ~ St. Elizabeth, Tecumseh – 7:00pm

March 25 ~ Light of Christ, Blissfield – 7:00pm

March 27 ~ Sacred Heart/St. Mary’s on the Lake, 6:30pm at St. Mary’s

March 28 ~ St. Anthony, Hillsdale – 6:00pm

 

 

We now have Wi-Fi in the parish hall.

Wi-Fi name:  JCisLord

Password: 49247shh

 

Interchurch Ladies & Girls Brunch

May 11 ~ 10:00-12:00

Hudson Wesleyan Church

 Guest Speaker Bronna Kahle, 57th District Representative

Anyone who belong to Christ has become a new person.  The old life is gone; a new life has begun……….. II Corinthians 5:17

RSVP to 448-6411 or online at www.hudsonwesleyan.org/brunch.

Cost is a Free will donation.

 

Knights of Columbus Retreat

Saturday, March 30th

Camp DeSales – Brooklyn, MI

9AM – 5PM (Includes Vigil Mass)

RSVP Required

To RSVP or Questions, please email Fr. Tim McIntire, OSFS at:

timcintire620@yahoo.com

 

 

A WEEKEND RETREAT FOR WOMEN

 The women of Sacred Heart Parish are invited to St. Francis Retreat Center in DeWitt on April 26-28, 2019 for annual retreat.  This retreat is a great opportunity for you to spend a weekend away from the distractions of daily life and focus on deepening your relationship with Christ in fellowship with other Catholics.

This year’s retreat theme is;  “From Chaos to Order: A Scriptural Guide to Building a Life Giving Community.” 

You may register by call St. Francis Retreat Center at 517-669-8321 or by visiting www.stfrancis.ws.  The suggested offering for this retreat is $175.00.

 

 

YEAR OF PRAYER

Send your Holy Spirit to form our parish as a community of missionary disciples…… guide me to deepen my commitment as a disciple of Jesus”…Sharing one way to answer the bishop’s call in this Year of Prayer

 

PRAYER and PRAISE

The next Prayer and Praise is scheduled for THURSDAY, APRIL 4 from 7-9 pm in the St. Teresa of Calcutta Room in the St. Anthony Education Building. Join us for SONG (mostly contemporary Christian), Prayer and Sharing how the Holy Spirit is acting in our lives. All are welcome. Invite a friend. We plan to gather the first Thursday of every month through June.

To Walk By the Spirit Renewal Ministries Gathering April 5-7, 2019 Ypsilanti, MI

To register or for more information visit www.renewalministries.net/gathering Featuring Dr. Mary Healy, Patti Mansfield, Ralph Martin, Dr. Peter Williamson

Healing Notes:

Jesus promised, “These signs will accompany those who believe…they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover.” –Mark 16:17

Encounter Ministries will be offering the School of Healing on April 26 (evening) and April 27 and St. John the Evangelist Parish in Jackson. Presenters are Fr. Mathias Thelen (St. Patrick’s, Brighton) and Patrick Reis. To register or for more information visit encounterministries.us. 

 Public Healing Service SATURDAY, APRIL 27 at 7:30 pm at St. Mary Star of the Sea in Jackson. Come and experience God’s supernatural love! All are welcome. No registration necessary.