Fr. Todd bulletin

Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary on the Lake,

I will be hosting my parents and one of my great aunts who are coming down for the day next Saturday, and to come for the School Gala.  It is always a fun time when they can make a visit.  Among other things, I expect the afternoon will include some cards!

November is a powerful month of prayer.  This whole month the Church remembers our deceased loved ones and prays for them in a more intentional way.  Hopefully this month we will take the time to remember those who have gone before us and also pray for them.  Make a visit to the cemetery.  If you haven’t done so have a Mass said for them.

St. Augustine recounts being with his mom, St. Monica, as her death drew near.  At the end of their conversation, she made this request of Augustine and his brother: “Bury my body wherever you will; let not care of it cause you any concern.  One thing only I ask you, that you remember me at the altar of the Lord wherever you may be.”.  That simple request sums it up so well!

Having a Mass said for those we love is a Catholic instinct we should hone.  Rightly so, we often celebrate Masses for those who have passed away.  The Mass brings us, and those we pray for, right to the Altar of God and the fount of grace that it is for us.  The Mass is one of those moments that touches eternity.  Padre Pio was asked why he prayed for the happy death of his great-grandfather who had already passed away.  He said, “For the Lord, the past doesn’t exist; the future doesn’t exist.  Everything is an eternal present.  Those prayers had already been taken into account.  And so, I repeat that even now I can pray for the happy death of my great-grandfather.”

What can be less common is offering Masses for those who are living.  It is good to reiterate that you don’t have to be dead to have a Mass offered for you!  This can be a powerful way to pray for our family members.  Have a Mass offered for them for their birthday or some other important event.  When someone we care about is going through a really difficult trial or experience, have a Mass celebrated for them.  When we think of people we know who have drifted from the faith, this can be a great way to turn our sorrow into a prayer for them.

I celebrate Mass every Monday at home for my day off.  It is the one Mass of the week that doesn’t have an assigned Mass intention, so it is a blessing to bring the intentions I have.  Quite often those Masses are offered for particular people from our parishes that I know are going through a difficult time.  Please know I pray for you all and thank you for your prayers for me!

I want to mention again the Marriage Retreat weekend coming up at that will be held at St. Francis Retreat Center in Dewitt.  To all of our couples – you are worth investing in!

The weekend features inspiring presentations focused on maintaining and strengthening your marriage.  Plus, a renewal of vows and blessing of wedding rings ceremony, Mass, fun social receptions, and down time for prayer with your spouse.  Dec 3rd 6:00pm – Dec 5th 11:00am..  Registration fee is $325 per couple, which covers all lodging, meals, and retreat materials.

God Bless!


Principal Ann Atkin

Dear Jesus,

Thank you for all the desires You have given me, because they remind me of the desire in my heart that only you can fill!  Help me to control my tongue when I am supposed to be silent; my hands when I am supposed to keep them to myself; my eyes when I am supposed to be focused on a particular person or thing; and my ears to listen when I am supposed to listen. Amen

Self- Control is so important. Loving God, ourselves and our neighbors is our focus this year and we work on it every day. Since the beginning of the school year, the students have been learning the virtues of kindness, courtesy and now we have moved to self-control.

Being self-controlled is not so much something we do as it is having something done to us. As a fruit of the Spirit shaping and influencing our hearts and minds, self-control is a work of God in our lives. We submit our minds and hearts to be self-controlled when we seek God.

Self-control in practice

We know the mind, heart and body are all connected. We think, we feel and we act. Children know this all too well. They are developing and learning how to be good people and good students every day. SHS has rules that bring out the best in each child by using self-control. Some of our rules include: Make eye contact when you are speaking, raise your hand before talking and stay quiet when the teacher is teaching. We expand on those rules a bit, also. We aspire to teach our students the importance of working hard, turning in high quality school work, being helpful to others and being a light of Christ. We cannot achieve our mission of balanced students who are confident of mind, academics and Catholic faith if they do not learn self-control. Children must be able to think about their actions and those thoughts can come from a place of love in their heart. That is what we hope to inspire in every student.

Five seconds to self-control

We practice thinking about our actions for five seconds. Stop and count 5-4-3-2-1. Five seconds can help our brain decide how to choose wisely for our bodies and act with love for God, love for ourselves and love for others. Making these choices throughout the day is not always easy and it will take practice but God will be with us and we will ask for His help.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal


Students are balanced: confident of mind, academics and Catholic Faith.

Serving the Community. Teaching our students to live and model the Catholic faith. Reflecting the

unconditional love of Jesus.

Remaining structured with the purpose of graduating students who are prepared to persevere.


Called to Serve


November 13-14

4:30 PM

Lector:                      Judy Schutte

Eucharist Min:        Kathy Timberman

Servers:                    Volunteer Needed

8:00 AM

Lector:                      Angie Monahan

Eucharist Min:        Matt Monahan

Servers:                    Tinkey Family

11:00 AM

Lector:                      Cathy Sliker

Eucharist Min:        Linda Higgins

Servers:                    Jack Oram & Ethan Gillette


November 20-21

Schedule in process


Mass Intentions November 6-14

Saturday, November 6

4:30pm ~ Jean Laser by Katie Oates

Sunday, November 7

8:00am ~ Judy Friedrich ~ 1st Anniversary by Betty Camp

11:00am ~ The Family of Marjorie Harris

Monday, November 8

8:00am ~ Don Wines by Betty Camp

Tuesday, November 9

4:45pm ~ Confession & Adoration

5:45pm ~ Norma Frankowicz by Marie Hartley

Wednesday, November 10

8:00am ~ Madeline Duwve by Family

Thursday, November 11

8:00am ~ Beth Beal by Bill

Friday, November 12

9:00am ~ Howard Schad ~ 20th Anniversary by Chres Reuter Family

Saturday, November 13

4:30pm ~ Lucille Gregg by Family

Sunday, November 14

8:00am ~ Wesley Camp ~ 46th Anniversary, Richard Camp ~ 31st Anniversary, Larry Camp ~ 22nd Anniversary by Betty

11:00am ~ Louise Rodehaver by Tony & Linda Marry


Parish News


It’s not too late to enroll your child in Religious Education.  Students meet Sundays at 9:15am.  Registration packets are available at the entrances of church or the parish office


Sacred Heart School is participating in a new rewards program at Bob’s Market House.  For every dollar you spend, the school     receives one point.  Accumulated points can be redeemed for school supplies and equipment.   Simply drop your receipt in the canister near the elevator or in the collection basket.  We will record your receipt number for you.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact school secretary, Stacy Parker at 448-6405.


There will be no Bible Study with Fr. Todd  in November and  December.

 The Young Adult Bible Study will be held at 6:00pm in the Parish Hall on November 11 & 18.


20.21 Year End Report to the Parish

After a year of continued uncertainty, I am so grateful for your ongoing support of our parish and school!  We finished the year in good shape.

This past year saw the emergency repair of our elevator which is up and running again.  Replacement of the failed elevator cylinder was unplanned, and funded as an emergency repair from the Parish Savings Account.  The total cost of replacement was $48,862, and includes replacement of the door edge sensor bar. The amount shown on the report is 50% of the total costs which was invoiced and paid during this Fiscal Year.  The remaining amount was invoiced and paid the following Fiscal Year (FY21-22).

The front steps of the Church were re-carpeted and some exterior work was done to the Apse windows and parapet of the school. In this coming year(s) we are looking at needed work for the cemetery and school as well as options for our organ.  I am excited to continue the work caring for the heritage entrusted to us.  Here is a place to encounter Christ and be filled for our mission ahead.

Along with the brick-and-mortar realities I am so glad we can finally begin hosting parish events again!  Some of our traditional events have been and will continue to return to our parish life.  Keep an eye out for new events to come from special one-day events like the marriage retreat to regularly scheduled groups like the new Mom’s group.  As always, the school brings so much life to our parish!  We have 94 kids enrolled this year.

Let us continue to build one another up in Christ!

Fr. Todd

Click below to view the report.

20.21 year end report to parish