Roast Beef Dinner Thank You

Thank you to everyone who helped with the Annual Roast Beef Dinner.
Your love of our parish, your generosity and your support is greatly appreciated.
We had an amazing turnout, serving 576 dinners. 

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St. Francis Retreat Center Upcoming Events

St. Francis Retreat Center, DeWitt MI 

Upcoming Events

October 30th – Continuing the Journey: Bringing the Light Out of Darkness

November 12-14 – Women’s Weekend Retreat

November 12th – All Saints and All Souls One Day Retreat

November 13th – One Day Marriage Retreat

*JUST ADDED* November 19-21 – Contemplative Retreat for Women

November 19-21 – Confirmation Retreat

December 3-5 – Married Couples Weekend

Visit or call 517-669-8321 for more information or to register.

Fr. Todd Bulletin, October 17, 2021

Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary on the Lake,

I had an eventful weekend.  After Masses on Sunday my family celebrated my new niece’s baptism.  Then on Monday I joined a club of dubious distinction: people who have had a fish hook in their head twice!  While salmon fishing my twin brother’s errant cast put one in the back of my head.  Twice in one year.  At this point I am wondering what is required to get in the Guinness book of world records!  (Even with the hook it was a successful trip).

I would like thank Ron and Neysa Stacey for hosting our one-day marriage retreat.  The inspiration for the day was the marriage retreat they attend every December at St. Francis Retreat Center.  It is something they found helped refresh and rebuild them.  Initially it took overcoming some resistance, but they were both so grateful they went.  As is the case with many good things we tend to have good intentions that get pushed back – well there is always next year.  When this or that milestone is reached then, we will go.  I would encourage you to make this year the year to go.  That retreat is December 3rd (evening) – Dec 5th (morning).  Such an important topic!

 Here is a little encouragement from the Catholic Digest:

“In this society, it is easy to live as “married singles.”  As Catholic couples, we need to focus on our “coupleness” and spend time together.  It is easy to “divide and conquer”, but “couple time” is just as valuable.  Consider taking time out to go on dates (even weekly).  It might seem like a lot of work to get away for a few hours if your children are still young, but investing in your “couple power” is essential and trains the children to appreciate that you need time together.”

“Focus on growing in your communication skills and deepen your love through reading marriage books, or just focusing on listening and sharing your thoughts and feelings.  For many of us, our monthly calendar is full of events for work and other commitments.  Can we really not spare a night for the one to whom we pledged our entire life?”

Are your Children Still Young?

“Consider doing a “babysitter swap” with another couple who also would love a date night.  Recently, I was talking to a couple who swaps a few times a month, and they take turns going out for appetizers and early bird specials, so no one needs to put kids to bed.  No matter your stage of life, date night and couple time is essential.”

The Right Attitude is Essential

“St. Francis de Sales once said, “You attract more bees with honey than 100 barrels of vinegar.”  How often does our negative attitude ruin a moment?  How we share our thoughts and feelings can greatly impact the other person.  When we are negative and sour like vinegar, it sure doesn’t attract anyone!  Often times this “vinegar“-based attitude might be coming from exhaustion and stress, so take some time to evaluate your life and how it affects your mood.”

“Changing your opinion, especially when talking about topics that are sensitive like finances, difficult children, or hurtful experiences, can be a great way to blow some fresh air into the marriage.  Hold each other accountable to this desire for a new attitude.  Recently, I have come to realize that my view was becoming a bit stale after 20 years of parenting, so I resolved to change my attitude toward many of my daily tasks.  This has been the best solution to a more peaceful me, which in turn has made me much more pleasant to be around.”

God Bless!


Principal Anne Atkin

The Four Pillars of Virtue

Sacred Heart is a virtue based school. We teach virtue as child development, as discipline and as classroom management. All virtue is based in love and in the basic belief that God is love and God desires for each of us to have eternal life in the kingdom of Heaven. So what does that teaching of virtue look like? Each morning, we gather as a school to pray together and to find strength and courage to conquer each day. The students are reminded how much God loves each one of them and because of that love, they are capable of great love for themselves and for each other. This love makes virtue much easier.

As we move through the year, the students learn to speak the language of virtue.

“Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

“A virtue is an habitual and firm disposition to do the good. It allows the person not only to perform good acts, but to give the best of himself.” The Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Catholic Church divides virtue into 4 pillars which make a lot of sense to the human brain. We are spending time this week introducing each pillar to the students and they are already comprehending the importance of each pillar.

Prudence (right thinking) – Learning to control your own mind and thoughts. Common sense. We show the students the importance of taking a moment to think about something. “Would you like to think about that?”

Temperance (telling the truth) – What did you and God decide really happened? Life is messy and we can easily get caught up in our own narrative to protect ourselves from facing reality. But when we talk to God about our mistake or hurt, we can find the truth easily and live in that truth. This is always followed by mercy and love.

Fortitude (finish what you have started) – There is no doubt that in order to practice virtue, each of us will need courage. Fortitude is the strength that God will give to us when we cannot see how a perceived mess will all work out. But God can see. When we learn to put our faith in God, in all things, courage will follow.

Justice (we are equal) – God loves you! He made you to be a special gift, with special super powers that only belong to you. But, He also made the person next to you with the equal gifts and super powers. We respect our gifts from God AND we equally respect the gifts and super powers of others.

As you know, there are many virtues to develop in each pillar. We learn about, practice, and develop virtue all year long. Our mission is to imprint virtue on our students so that they will never doubt the divine greatness that makes them special and to share this greatness with everyone.

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


October 16-17

4:30 PM

Lector:                      Kristie Saunders

Eucharist Min:        Janet Fisher

Servers:                   Volunteer Needed

8:00 AM

Lector:                      Cathy Schoonover

Eucharist Min:        Matt Monahan

Servers:                   Tinkey Family

11:00 AM

Lector:                      Ed Engle

Eucharist Min:        Dee Bellman

Servers:                   A Czeiszperger, Dawson Kurtz

October 23-24

4:30 PM

Lector:                      Judy Schutte

Eucharist Min:        Barbara Miller

Servers:                   Ryden Luma

8:00 AM

Lector: Angie Monahan

Eucharist Min: Jim Friedrich

Servers: Tinkey Family

11:00 AM

Lector: Bob Gilson

Eucharist Min: Linda Higgins

Servers: Alex Czeiszperger, Grace Gillin


Mass Intentions October 16-24

Saturday, October 16

4:30pm ~ Barbara Roys by ARS

Sunday, October 17

8:00am ~ Elmer T Marry by Family

11:00am ~ Gloria Bump by Wilma Bade

Monday, October 18

8:00am ~ Frances Bramer ~ 34th Anniversary by Chres Reuter Family

Tuesday, October 19

4:45pm ~ Confession & Adoration

5:45pm ~ Steve Malarney ~ 6th Anniversary by Chres Reuter Family

Wednesday, October 20

8:00am ~ Our Mother’s Day Intentions

Thursday, October 21

8:00am ~ Our Father’s Day Intentions

Friday, October 22

9:00am ~ Dan & Catherine Monahan by Marie Hartley

Saturday, October 23

4:30pm ~ Robert Kingsley ~ 50th Anniversary by Family

Sunday, October 24

8:00am ~ Arthur Bramer by Chres Reuter Family

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


Men on Fire Present: Dr. Ray Guarendi


Dr. Ray Guarendi is a Catholic father of ten, clinical psychologist, author, professional speaker, and national radio & television host. His radio show, “The Dr. Is In” can be heard on over 440 stations and SiriusXM® channel 130. His EWTN television series, “Living Right With Dr. Ray” is aired in 140 countries. Dr. Ray has given over 3,000 talks on various topics including parenting, marriage, family & the Catholic faith. He captivates audiences with compelling humor-laced presentations providing practical advice and proven techniques

For more information contact Rory Clark:

RCIA Snack Schedule

The RCIA Process is the responsibility of the whole parish. The RCIA Team needs your help in making them feel welcome by providing snacks for our Tuesday evening sessions.

Thank you to the following for RCIA Snacks:


Oct. 19 ~ Beth Johnston

Oct. 26 ~ Mark Pogoreski

Nov. 2 ~ Parishioners attending the Remembrance Mass

Nov. 9 ~ Linda Higgins

Nov. 16 ~ Nina Smith

Nov. 23 ~ Mark Pogoreski

Nov. 30 ~ Helen Wines

Dec. 7 ~ Nina Smith

Dec. 14 ~ RCIA Team

Please bring snacks for around 10 people. Bring them between 6:30 P.M. and 7:15 P.M.  If you have any questions, please call Linda Higgins at 517-286-6426.