Solanus Casey Tour

Tour the Solanus Casey Center in Detroit, MI with Fr. Todd on Friday, May 3rd. 

We still have a few spots available.  Please call the office reserve your spot.  Cost is $46 and checks must be made out to St. Mary on the Lake.

 

Fr. Todd Bulletin, April 21 2019

 

Dear Sacred Heart Family

Happy Easter!

It is a funny thing- we can have a hard time knowing exactly how to celebrate Easter. We just spent 40 days of Lent.  That is a season that has clearly outlined parameters to enter into a penitential season to help us prepare for Easter through a renewed focus on fasting, prayer, and almsgiving.  But now that we are here, at Easter, the Church doesn’t give us specific guidelines.   They are simply to celebrate Jesus alive and present in our hearts, victorious over the realities of sin and death.  The cues for how we are to celebrate this Season are to be found in the stories and encounters we will hear in the Gospel’s throughout Easter.

Immediately after Jesus’ resurrection He began showing up to the Apostles and disciples, often in times of their own fear or confusion.  In a way that surprised and shocked them Jesus addressed people’s hurts, their fears, their lack of belief.  All things that seemed insurmountable until they could be surrendered to His presence.  Often, He was not recognized at first but He came and spoke the words each needed to hear.  Over time they came to realize exactly who was present with them giving them the comfort and direction they needed.  Even when the doors were locked, He would come in.  We will meet all of these people as we move through Easter- Mary Magdalene , the disciples on the road to Emmaus, the twelve in the upper room, Thomas who wouldn’t/couldn’t believe, Peter on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.

This is exactly how we are meant o celebrate Easter.  It is exactly how Jesus longs to come to us.  Some of the graces of the Holy Season of Lent is that is brings us face to face with our wounds, our hurts, our sins, our fears, our doubts, our questions.  Far from being a discouraging reality let this be the very foundation for celebrating Easter.  Just like Jesus did after His resurrection invite Him into those places Lent highlighted that He might heal and make new.  This Easter time invite Jesus intentionally again into your life, your heart.  Like those who walked with Jesus and didn’t recognize that He had actually been with them for a while may this season be a time to realize just how close He is to us.

I will be gone this April 22nd-30th for my yearly retreat.  My twin brother and I are going to a retreat center outside the twin cities for the week long retreat and then we will spend a couple days visiting our brother who is in seminary in St. Paul along with the other seminarians for the Diocese of Lansing studying there. Please keep us in your prayers and I will be praying for you!

Fr. Todd

 

Deacon’s Corner, April 21 2019

From the moment we walk into church today, we KNOW something wonderful has happened.  We can see it and we can feel it.  There are signs of new life.  The Lenten purple and starkness are replaced with bright colors and flowers.  The vestments are white and alleluias are everywhere.  The church is crowded and the kids are excited.  There is a buzz in the air saying This is the day the Lord has made!  Let us rejoice and be glad!   But, what happens when Mass is over and we’ve gone home; when the Easter ham and dessert are finished; when the company has left, and we begin to get ready for the routine of the week ahead?  Do we really understand the significance of the day and what it means to our lives?  Because without Easter, Christmas would just be another pagan holiday in December to celebrate the winter solstice.

Easter remembers the very foundation of Christianity:  Jesus is raised from the dead and He is God.  Those who believe share in a resurrection to new life.  Today is so significant that we continue to celebrate the Easter Season for the next fifty days until God sends His Advocate to us, the Holy Spirit, on Pentecost.  It was only natural for the very first followers of Jesus to hold this moment sacred, to celebrate and re-experience Jesus had risen and will always be with them.

His death occurred on the most important of all Jewish feasts: the Passover.  His resurrection fulfilled all that the Passover had meant to them as Jews.  It was an exodus, or passage, from the old times and oppression of slavery to spiritual freedom.  Jesus was the Paschal Lamb (Pasch, from Hebrew Pesach, meaning “Passover”) slain and sacrificed to achieve this freedom.  Jesus’ resurrection was the sign of the beginning of a New Covenant with God.  A Covenant which frees us from the slavery of worldly wants, and promises us happiness.  Happiness through spiritual growth from our sufferings, while being content with the blessings He has given us and sharing them with others.

What is Easter all about? It’s about our Christian roots and celebrating what Jesus did for us.   As the Exsultet decrees on Easter Vigil “THIS IS THE NIGHT, WHEN CHRIST BROKE THE PRISON BARS OF DEATH, AND ROSE VICTORIOUS FROM THE UNDERWORLD. OUR BIRTH WOULD HAVE BEEN NO GAIN, HAD WE NOT BEEN REDEEMED!

May you have a blessed and joyous Easter Season!

Deacon John

 

Parish News & Upcoming Events

UPCOMING EVENTS at Sacred Heart

 

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

Friday, June 7 ~ SHS 5K, Food Fair & Raffle

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

 

 

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.

 

 

The Michigan Monarchs are searching for Host Families for college baseball players who will be members of their team this summer.  The Monarchs play in Adrian at Siena Heights University.  The Monarchs are part of Catholic Baseball Players for Christ and play in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. The 8 Week season begins in early June and ends in late July. The players have their own transportation and are able to provide for themselves. If interested or you would like more information, please call 734-626-1166 or e-mail jim@lakeeriemonarchs.com.

 

 

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”…

PRAYER and PRAISE.. The next Prayer and Praise is scheduled for THURSDAY, MAY 2 from 7-9 pm in the St. Teresa of Calcutta Room in the St. Anthony Education Building in Hillsdale. Join us for SONG (mostly contemporary Christian), Prayer and Sharing how the Holy Spirit is acting in our lives. This month sharing will be from a seminar on how to hear God’s voice more clearly for yourself and the world around you. All are welcome. Invite a friend. JUNE 6 will be our final meeting until fall.

 

 

 

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 at 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.

 

 

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.

 

 

Natural Family Planning builds strong families.  It is medically safe, morally acceptable and highly effective.   A class to learn more about NFP and the Billing Ovulation Method will be offered at St. Mary Star of the Sea, Immaculata Hall on Monday, May 6, 2019 from 7-9 pm. Pre-Registration is required.  To register, please call the parish office at 517-784-7184 or Maria Ansett at 517-974-2330. Info on the Billing method is available online at www.billingslife.org or www.boma-usa.org

 

 

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.