Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, November 17 2019


To everyone who bought a table package, ticket or sponsored the event, Sacred Heart School is grateful! We strive to be worthy of your hard earned donations.  We know that you do not have to support the school and we are inspired to achieve a high level of excellence because you believe in us.  We appreciate the confidence you have in us to be good stewards of your donation and to use your support to bring every person associated with the school closer to Jesus.

A huge thank you to Tammy Houser for creating the program and attending to every detail. The front table team of Tammy, Carrie Town, Christie LaRussa, Judy Schutte and Nate Johnston were able to handle the details and recording of the raffle games without any disruption. Their ability to handle a fast paced raffle and seamlessly take care of all accounting is incredible.

The food for the Gala was delicious. Robert and Angela Czeiszperger have a gift for cooking amazing food on a large scale. We had so many complimentary comments and satisfied people. Your team of Michele Henning, Stacy Parker, and Lance & Jenn Tedora who worked so well together to create a magical meal.

Jen Loar and the confirmation students were excellent servers. They were professional, courteous and represented Sacred Heart and St. Mary on the Lake well. Their parents should be proud. Thank you to Jen Loar, for the smooth delivery of hot food to all of the tables. What an amazing blessing of service your crew provided.

Thank you to the Sacred Heart Staff for supporting and volunteering. Also, to Deacon John and Kimberly Amthor for watching 25 of our children so their parents could be at the Gala. A school is only as good as the people who teach and run the day to day operations. Because of the wonderful people who see their job to be a vocation, to bring Jesus to our students, we are inspired to spread that joy to everyone we meet.

To Lynn Townsend from A Happening by L&L, and her crew, for donating the décor and dinnerware needed to transform the Church Hall into a beautiful banquet hall. Thank you!  Lynn was inspired by the historic architectural beauty of the hall and wanted to showcase the original craftsmanship. The room was comfortable and elegant.

To Sarah Martinez and Rebecca Shields for playing the violins again at the entrance of the Hall. We absolutely love the ambience created when you both play for us. Thank you!

Thank you to Father Todd and the Koenigsknecht family for their unwavering support of the Gala and for allowing us to auction a tour of the family farm every year.

A special thank you to The Posy Shop, Temperance Distillery, and Garland’s Flowers for the extra care you gave to make the Gala beautiful and special. Thank you to CR Motors, Butch’s Sports Bar, Wright’s Plumbing and Chres Reuter for working with me and giving just what we needed to bring people to the event. You are such great friends of SHS!

To all of you who gave generously during the Gala, thank you for coming and sharing your joy with us.  My heart is overflowing! May God continue to bless this event and guide our intentions.


God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal


Deacon’s Corner, November 17 2019

Last week, I wrote about how Fr. Mike Schmitz explained why we don’t drink coffee at Mass.  Essentially, he said that through our baptism, we share in the priesthood with Jesus when we were anointed with Sacred Chrism as “priests, prophets, and kings.”  That makes us “kingdom priests,” while Fr. Todd and Fr. Tomy are consecrated (ordained) as “ministerial priests.”  As kingdom priests, we do not go to Mass to watch and drink coffee.  We go to actively participate in the worship of God.  This week, let’s look at what “active participation” at Mass really means.


The Second Vatican Council called for “full, conscious and active participation” in the Mass by the people.  Changes were made to the Mass to help make this happen.  Among those changes were:  turning the Altar so the priest faced the people, praying the Mass in the native language instead of Latin, using non-ordained people such as lectors and Eucharistic Ministers, including a dialogue of prayers between the priest and the people, and receiving Communion in the hands.  All of these changes were designed to encourage and allow active participation of God’s people to come together in worship to celebrate God’s presence among us.


But active participation is more than these changes.  Active participation means both our heart and mind are awake, alert, and engaged.  It means on the inside, we participate with all the powers of the soul in the mystery of Christ’s sacrificial love.  On the outside, we say and do things with sacred gestures, postures, speech, and song.  Active participation develops the relationship between our soul and body to unite us with what is taking place on the altar.  All of this so we can bear witness to our faith and share that experience with others.


Pope Benedict wrote that active participation in the Mass means being a part of something bigger and more awe-inspiring: that God dwells among us.  If we truly believe God’s divine presence is everywhere, then why wouldn’t we actively participate as kingdom priests in the Mass?

Deacon John




WHAT IS UNBOUND? A vital part of the new evangelization because, through a simple method of prayer based on the Gospel, we can help ourselves and others move beyond spiritual obstacles into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.

Join us for a 1 hour DVD Introduction to Unbound Prayer featuring Matt Lozano at Sacred Heart in the Parish Hall after the 11 am Sunday Mass. Pizza lunch provided. (IF you are able, let the office know you plan to attend so we know how much pizza to order!)  Questions? Call or Text Nancy DeBacker at or 517-262-4528


Save the Date:

FEBRUARY 28 & 29, 2020 for the UNBOUND-LIVE FREE Conference coming to St. Anthony in Hillsdale. Visit for more information. Registration will be open soon!




FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2019  6:30-9:30 pm

St. Patrick, Brighton

All are Welcome!


Fr. Todd Bulletin, November 10 2019

Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s,

Last week, I got an email from our diocesan lawyer.  He let me know that someone had made up an email address under my name and tried to scam some money from the Attorney General’s office.  I must say whoever it was went right to the top!  (I should also mention that the Attorney General’s office declined to send the $500 in gift cards they were asking for!)  Another first in my pastoral life that makes for a good laugh.

On a more serious note, a difficult reality that many people are touched by in one way or another is divorce.  This can be the person who has been through a divorce themselves or someone whose parents are divorced. The diocese is trying to help heal some of the wounds this creates.

The Diocese of Lansing’s Marriage and Family Life office is offering a special retreat called Recovering Origins: A Healing Retreat for Adult Children of Divorced or Separated Parents.

Recovering Origins is a three-day retreat at St. Francis Retreat Center in DeWitt, Michigan that invites participants to move through the broken image of love that appeared to them in their parents’ divorce to their deepest origin and identity as God’s beloved capable of great love. The retreat gives participants a greater understanding of the wound of divorce and the ways it affects their lives, offers advice about the difficulties concerning love and trust of others, and explains how the Catholic faith, spiritual practices, and the Sacraments are essential to self-knowledge and healing. This retreat has something for any adult child of divorce or separation no matter how much healing you have already received or need!

 The retreat begins on November 22 at 7:00 p.m. and ends on November 24 at 3:00 p.m.

For those who have themselves been through a marriage that ended in divorce, there are numerous resources to help.  I want to mention a couple of them here.

Lisa Duffy works to help people work through recovery after a divorce. She has numerous books that you might find helpful.  More information can be found at her website:

Rose Sweet has developed a program called Surviving Divorce: Hope and Healing for the Catholic family.  You can find more information at her website:

Even if these do not apply to you, please think of someone in your life for whom they do and consider passing some of this information along to them. You could be a catalyst to greater healing in their life.

You may have noticed that Sacred Heart’s bell has not been ringing this past week.  Our bell is rung in two ways. The first is an external hammer that strikes the bell as it is immobile- this produces the first, quieter tone.  The second is the internal hammer that rings the bell as it swings- this produces the second, louder tone.  The internal hammer has fallen out because the large nut that holds it on the bell worked itself loose.  I have turned the bell mechanism off until we can get that fixed.

Thank you to some generous parishioners who donated money for lights at Sacred Heart Church and School.  The two lights flanking the school steps are now working again.  The bulbs in the upper level of Sacred Heart are replaced with LED’s and will be regularly used.


God Bless,

Fr. Todd



Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, November 10, 2019

Ouch! Your Words Hurt Me

Sometimes we say things we shouldn’t. We say things we don’t mean and children say things having no idea what they mean. They do not comprehend the full weight of the words on another’s soul. This week in morning prayer, we are talking about words. We can choose to say anything we want to. Words are completely generated from our own minds. For children, this is a powerful concept. Your words represent who you are. I asked the students if any of them had said something that hurt someone. Not a misunderstanding but words that were mean. Words that came out of their mouths with teeth and fire and thorns; said in anger or disrespect. Most every hand went up (they are so honest with themselves). Mine too. Saying words that are mean, happens. We are a product of our environment and the world is not particularly holy right now. “Garbage in, garbage out.” In computer science, garbage in, garbage out describes the concept that flawed, or nonsense input data produces nonsense output or “garbage”. Kids will hear nonsense as they live their lives, there is little doubt.


We must teach our children to speak clearly. To make eye contact, and smile as they speak. They can focus on the words they speak by looking at the expression on the other person’s face. This is a learned behavior and they can start to practice at a very young age. All of the children practiced this at morning prayer by turning toward someone and looking them in the eye. After taking a moment, give them a compliment. This was awkward at first and they were a bit tongue tied. But then they had a hard time stopping, and you could feel the joy in the hallway. Then I asked them to say “will you pray for me?” to the other person. This is how we can train our minds to be conscious of the things we say and to look people in the eye so we can see the effect of our words on their soul. We should use our words to bring people closer to the kingdom of God.


But we all agreed that we might say mean things. Even still. So we heal our heart by confessing them. We should ask for forgiveness and feel God’s mercy as we face another day with a mindful purpose of being a light of Christ.


God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal


Ephesians 4:28 “Let no evil come out of our mouths, but only such as is good for edifying, as fits the occasion, that it may impart grace to those who hear.”


Deacon’s Corner, November 10

Ever wonder why we don’t drink coffee and eat donuts at Mass?

First of all, because of our Eucharistic fast.   Canon Law requires abstaining from food or drink (with the exception of water and medicine) for at least one hour before Holy Communion.  The Eucharistic fast has its roots in both Judaism and the ancient tradition of our Church.   In Acts of the Apostles (13:2), we find evidence of fasting connected with the liturgy.  St. Augustine talks about it in his own writings during the 4th Century.  But, no coffee and donuts at Mass goes much deeper than rules and customs.  It goes to the core of who we are, and why we are at Mass.

We are a nation of priests (1 Peter 2:9).  When you were baptized, you were anointed with Sacred Chrism.  While placing the chrism on your head, the priest or deacon or bishop said, “I anoint you as priest, prophet, and king.”   To understand the meaning of that, we need to understand a little about priesthood theology. Jesus is the Great Priest and the High Priest.  There is only One Priest: Jesus Christ.   However, Jesus extends His priesthood to ministerial priests.  That would be Fr. Todd and Fr. Tomy.  Jesus gave them the Holy Spirit through the laying on of hands by the bishop when they were commissioned (ordained).   Jesus gave the Holy Spirit to the Apostles, who handed it to the bishops down the line over the past 2000 years, who hand it down to the ministerial priests.  So, Fr. Todd and Fr. Tomy are able to, with Jesus, offer up the sacrifice of Jesus to the Father through the Holy Spirit.  Through your baptism, you are consecrated as a kingdom priest.  That means you also share in the one priesthood of Jesus Christ.   As a kingdom priest, you are able to offer up sacrifices.  Not just in your daily life, but also at Mass.

The problem is, many of us show up on Sunday to just “watch” the Mass.  We waste our priesthood.  We look at the ministerial priest and say, “He’s the one who’s praying and doing all the work, so we just need to watch.”  But, if we think that worship at Mass means simply to show up and watch the priest pray, then it really doesn’t matter if we bring our Starbucks and scone to church.  But, that’s not what worship means.  Worship means we are fully engaged and actively participating in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  We sing, we pray in dialogue with the priest, and we share in the Eucharist together as the Body of Christ.  Full and active participation means we embrace our kingdom priesthood, and along with the ministerial priest, united with the One High Priest, Jesus Christ, we offer up the sacrifice of the Son to the Father, through the Holy Spirit.

Drinking coffee and eating donuts may be the latest trend in some churches to bring people in on Sunday morning.  So, why not Catholics?  Because, through our Baptism we share in the priesthood with Jesus.  We are not at Mass to just watch and be entertained.  We are at Mass to fully participate in the worship of God as kingdom priests.

Deacon John

Adapted from “Why we don’t drink coffee at Mass” video by Fr Mike Schmitz


Events from the Diocese

Recovering Origins: A Healing Retreat for Adult Children of Divorced or Separated Parents

The retreat begins on November 22 at 7:00 p.m. and ends on November 24 at 3:00 p.m.

Recovering Origins is a three day retreat at that invites participants to move through the broken image of love that appeared to them in their parents’ divorce to their deepest origin and identity as God’s beloved capable of great love. The retreat gives participants a greater understanding of the wound of divorce and the ways it affects their lives, offers advice about the difficulties concerning love and trust of others, and explains how the Catholic faith, spiritual practices, and the Sacraments are essential to self-knowledge and healing. This retreat has something for any adult child of divorce or separation no matter how much healing you have already received or need!

Topics covered, include:
 Finding Our Deepest Identity
 Faith and Our Relationship with God
 Love, Dating, and the Sacrament of Marriage
 Loneliness
 Anger and Anxiety
 False Guilt and Shame
 Forgiveness and Reconciliation
 Family Boundaries
 The Christian Meaning of Suffering
 Healing and The Sacraments of Reconciliation And the Eucharist
 And More!

What’s included: Single occupancy room with twin beds and shared bath facilities, linens and towels, meals and refreshments throughout the retreat, materials, confessions, adoration and Sunday Mass.  What to bring: Bible, journal, water bottle, and a bathrobe.  For more information and to register, go to:


Generous Scholarships Available for Ave Maria University and Ave Maria School of Law

Ave Maria Fall Fest 2019 will be on Saturday, November 23. The event is to educate your parish’s high school seniors and juniors about the generous Ave Maria University (AMU) Michigan Scholarship and the AMU Michigan Homeschool Scholarship and college seniors and graduates about the Ave Maria School of Law (AMSL) Michigan & Toledo Area Full-Tuition Scholarship.

High School Juniors & Seniors and College Seniors & Post Graduates, you are invited to Ave Maria Fall Fest, Saturday, November 23, at Domino’s Farms in Ann Arbor. 5:30 p.m. Dinner ~ 6:00 p.m. Program. Meet admission counselors and alumni and learn about these generous scholarships:

Ave Maria School of Law –  Michigan/Toledo Full-Tuition Scholarship (Plus Stipend) and Ave Maria University – Michigan Scholarship $7,000 per year for 4 years and Ave Maria University Homeschool Scholarship $9,000 per year for 4 years (Additional Academic and Athletic Aid Available).

Enjoy a fall dinner and fellowship. FREE – Registration required by Monday, November 18 to attend! For more information & to register go to or call 734-930-3441



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The Mass for Families of Miscarriage and Child Loss welcomes families and friends who have experienced the tragedy of miscarriage or the loss of a child.
Date: Sunday, October 27, 2019
Mass Time: 12:30 pm, celebrated by Rev. Joseph Krupp
Where: St. Matthew Catholic Church, Flint (706 Beach St., Flint, MI)
Reception: A simple punch reception in the parish Field House will immediately follow after Mass Any family and their friends who are grieving miscarriage, abortion, or the death of a child are welcome to attend; their loss could be a recent one or could have occurred a long time ago. There is no registration for this event. Questions? Please contact the Office of Marriage and Family Life at 517.342.2440


Married Couples Weekend, December 6-8
St. Francis Retreat Center, DeWitt
Mission: Critical.


For Struggling Marriages—Retrouvaille: A Catholic ministry to help couples reconnect by taking them through the four stages of marriage: Romance, disillusionment, misery and re-awakening (forgiveness and trust). Retrouvaille is a series of retreats, usually presented by three team couples and a priest. The next retreat in Michigan is scheduled for the weekend of January 17-19, 2020, in the Detroit area. For more details, contact: or call 1-800-470-2230.

Deacon John Homily, November 3 2019

Can we be bold like Zacchaeus?

GospelLK 19:1-10

At that time, Jesus came to Jericho and intended to pass through the town.
Now a man there named Zacchaeus,
who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man,
was seeking to see who Jesus was;
but he could not see him because of the crowd,
for he was short in stature.
So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus,
who was about to pass that way.
When he reached the place, Jesus looked up and said,
“Zacchaeus, come down quickly,
for today I must stay at your house.”
And he came down quickly and received him with joy.
When they all saw this, they began to grumble, saying,
“He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner.”
But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord,
“Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor,
and if I have extorted anything from anyone
I shall repay it four times over.”
And Jesus said to him,
“Today salvation has come to this house
because this man too is a descendant of Abraham.
For the Son of Man has come to seek
and to save what was lost.”