Deacon John Bulletin Article, May 6 2018

While answering the usual questions asked by reporters, Pope Francis spotted a little boy named Emanuele a short distance away crying and wanting to ask him a question.  He called the boy over and embraced him.  With their heads touching, Emanuele told Pope Francis his father passed away a little while ago.  He said his dad was a nonbeliever but had all four of his children baptized.  Emanuele said his dad was a good man, then asked, “Is my dad in heaven?”

Pope Francis replied to the crowd, “How beautiful to hear a son say of his father.  He was good.  And what a beautiful witness of a son who inherited the strength of his father, who had the courage to cry in front of all of us.  If that man was able to make his children like that, then it’s true, he was a good man.  He was a good man.  That man did not have the gift of faith.  He wasn’t a believer.  But, he had his children baptized.  He had a good heart.  God is the one who decides who goes to heaven.”

Then Pope Francis asked Emanuele to think about what God is like and, especially, what kind of heart God has.  He said, “What do you think?  A father’s heart.  God has a dad’s heart.  And with a dad who was not a believer, but who baptized his children and gave them that bravura [great understanding], do you think God would be able to leave him far from himself?  Does God abandon his children when they are good?”  The children shouted, “NO!”   Pope Francis turned to Emanuele and said, “There, Emanuele, that is the answer.  God surely was proud of your father, because it is easier to be a believer to baptize your children than to baptize them when you are not a believer.  Surely, this pleased God very much.  Talk to your dad, pray to your dad.”

Pope Francis avoided placing himself above God.  He didn’t pass judgement.  Pope Francis chose to act on what he knows about God rather than limit God’s mercy.   We can argue forever among ourselves about how many angels dance on the head of a pin, the doctrine in the Catechism, or the latest debate on Catholic radio talk shows.  But at the end of the day, God is the one who decides who gets into heaven.  Not me.  Not you.  Not even the Pope. But God.

How would you have answered Emanuele?  How would you explain this to a non-believing friend?  How do we know our loved ones are in heaven?  We don’t.  But, I think if we really believe in God’s love, we can trust him to do the right thing.  

Deacon John

Adapted from “Is my dad in heaven? Little boy asks pope”, Catholic News Agency;  April 16, 2018

 

Fr. Joe Bulletin, May 6 2018

Beckett Campbell           Landan Cramer

Justin Falater                  Caden Glinski

Maci Godfrey                   Leah Gramlich

Brooke Houser                Ethan Parker

Elizabeth Schulte           Wyatt Shaffer

Veronica Tinkey             Carter Vanlerberg

Rylee Wilson                   Cali Wismer

Grace Wright

We are so very blessed to celebrate First Communions this week!  Our beautiful young people have spent many hours learning about the wonder of the Eucharist and God’s deep, unchanging love for them.  I pray that today and everyday, we thank God for the gift of the only Sacrament that we call “The Blessed Sacrament”.

Pray for our wonderful young people who will be receiving their First Communion.  Pray that God bless them with a sense of His closeness.

Pray for each of us here whom may have grown used to such a wonderous gift…pray that God remind us of how blessed we are to receive him today.

Pray for the parents of our First Communicants, that God will bless them for their “yes!” to him and for giving their children the most important and best gift they can.

Pray for our teachers, Angelo Gutierrez and April McCaskey who sacrifice so much time and give so much of their talent to help our young people know the wonders of the Eucharist.

Pray for Chloe, Quentin, Carson and Derick who received their First Communion at St. Mary on the Lake on April 22.

I am truly blessed to be your priest! FJK

 

Did you know that May is traditionally the “Month of Mary” in the Catholic Church?  Mary, a humble handmaid of the Lord and who is “full of grace”, was chosen by God the Father to be the Mother of his only Son.

Here are seven simple ways you can honor her his month:

Daily Mass ~  Make an effort to attend daily mass. If you can’t make it everyday, go a couple of times during the week.

Pray the Rosary ~ The rosary is one of the most powerful prayer on earth.  Pray the Rosary every day, as a family and  as often as you can.

May crowning ~ Attend a May crowning.  It is a lovely service to show Mother Mary our love for her.

Pray a novena ~ Find prayer that you can say each day in the month of May in honor of Our Lady.

Take a pilgrimage ~ Visit a Marian shrine for a day of prayer and recollection.

Short aspirations ~ As you go about your busy day, lift your heart up to the Lord and Our Lady and say a little prayer.

May flowers ~ If you have a statue of the Blessed Mother at home, put some flowers at her feet.

While all of these are all wonderful ways to honor the Blessed Mother to show our love and affection, the absolute best way to honor the Blessed Mother is to honor, love and worship her Son.

Adapted from www.simplecatholicliving.com

All ladies of the parish are invited to the Crowning of Mary, Mother/Daughter Banquet on Monday, May 7, 2018 at 6:00pm in the parish hall.  Please bring a dish to pass and your own table service.

 

ATTENTION GRADUATING SENIORS

**Attention Graduating Seniors**

We invite all graduating seniors in our parish to participate in the Graduation Mass on Sunday, June 3 at the 11:00AM Mass.  Please contact the office to get the appropriate

information for Mass.   You may call 448-3811 or email thouser@sacredhearthudson.org.

 

Also, Knights of Columbus scholarship applications are due Monday, May 21.

 

Deacon John Homily, St. Mary on the Lake, April 28 2018

Humanae Vitae–Proclaiming God’s gifts of love and life to husband and wife

The papal encyclical, Humanae vitae (HV) written by Blessed Pope Paul VI in 1968, provides beautiful and clear teaching about God’s plan for married love and the transmission of life. 

July 25, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Humanae vitae. Throughout this anniversary year new resources will be published and special events will be held. Please visit www.usccb.org for a number of resources that will help you deepen your understanding of these teachings.

Anne Atkin, Principal Bulletin Article, April 29 2018

Act of Love

O my God, I love you above all things with my whole heart and soul, because you are all good and worthy of my love. I love my neighbor as myself for the love of you. I forgive all who have injured me and I ask pardon of those whom I have injured. Amen.

This is our Act of Love prayer that we sometimes pray during morning prayer. Love is such a common word and we use it all of the time. This week, I asked the students to tell me what love is and the answers were varied. We understand that love is caring and providing for each other. “Love is giving presents. It is providing shelter and food. Love is disciplining your children and forgiving them.”

I asked them to make the sign of the cross. The sign of the cross is a reminder of true love. “God is Love” (1 John 4:8). Another passage in the Bible that gives us a definition of God’s love is John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” So, we can say that the act of giving is love. But not just a present wrapped in a bow but giving of the things that are closest to us. Love is giving of our time, our resources and ourselves.

God is love, and His love is different from human love. It is not based on feelings or emotions. He doesn’t love because we are loveable or because we make Him feel good; He loves because He is love.

He is not waiting for us to be good to love us. He doesn’t say, “I’ll wait until you clean up your act, then I’ll love you.” His love is ALWAYS there. He did all of the giving and sacrifice long before we were even aware that we needed His love.   (allaboutGod.com/god-is-love).

God Bless,  Anne Atkin, principal

 

Deacon John Bulletin, April 29 2018

 

Did you ever wonder what the priest or deacon is praying quietly when adding a little water to the wine during the Preparation of the Gifts?  It is a beautiful prayer from the Roman Missal (that big red book Father prays from during Mass).  The words of the prayer are “By the mystery of this water and wine, may we come to celebrate the Divinity of Christ, who humbled Himself to share in our humanity.”  That’s it.  Nothing concrete or absolute.  Just a simple prayer that we keep our hearts open and celebrate our life with God.  Too often in today’s world we want concrete facts and absolute answers.  But as Christians, God asks us to trust him – to take a leap of faith – that he has a plan, and the plan is good.   God’s plan is a mystery to us, as it should be, because we are only human, and that’s OK. May we pray today that we have the wisdom and patience to seek God’s plan for us and celebrate the Mystery of our life.

May you have a blessed week celebrating the Easter Season!

Deacon John

 

Fr. Joe Bulletin Article, April 29 2018

Greetings in Christ, all!

What a beautiful spring we are experiencing, even though it has been a bit late to arrive…

We’ve got a couple big Saint days this week…we’re celebrating St. Joseph the Worker on Tuesday and The Feast of Sts. Phillip and St. James on Thursday.

St. John Paul II had a wonderful quote about St. Joseph:

“Saint Joseph is a man of great spirit.  He is great in faith, not because he speaks his own words, but above all because he listens to the words of the Living God.  He listens in silence.  And his heart ceaselessly perseveres in the readiness to accept the Truth contained in the word of the Living God.”

We don’t know a ton about St. Joseph, he doesn’t appear in any of the stories of Jesus as an adult and most historians believe he died when Jesus was younger.  He is the patron of a lot of things, the Universal Church, those who are dying, those who work with their hands and fathers.  He’s a great intercessor and I recommend we ask him for his prayers often.

Catholic Culture gives us some good summaries of Sts. Philip and James:

St. Philip

The Apostle Philip was one of Christ’s first disciples, called soon after Jesus baptism in the Jordan. The fourth Gospel gives the following detail: “The next day Jesus was about to leave for Galilee, and He found Philip. And Jesus said to him: Follow Me. Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the town of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael, and said to him: We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and the Prophets wrote, Jesus the Son of Joseph of Nazareth. And Nathanael said to him: Can anything good come out of Nazareth?  Philip said to him: Come and see” (John 1:43).  He is the patron saint of pastry chefs, people who make hats and Uruguay.

St. James the Less

St. James the Less, a brother of the Apostle Jude, was of Cana of Galilee. He is the author of one of the Catholic Epistles in the New Testament (appropriately names The Letter of James).  The New Testament tells us that the risen Jesus visited him (I Cor. 15:7) and that after the dispersion of the Apostles he was made Bishop of Jerusalem.  He was visited by St. Paul (Gal. 1:19). He spoke after Peter at the meeting of the Apostles (Acts 15:13). When he refused to deny the Divinity of Christ, the Jews cast him down from the terrace of the temple and clubbed him to death.

The Breviary contains a very moving description of his death. “When he was ninety-six years old and had governed the Church for thirty years in a most holy manner, the Jews sought to stone him, then took him to the pinnacle of the temple and cast him off headlong. As he lay there half dead, with legs broken by the fall, he lifted his hands toward heaven and prayed to God for the salvation of his enemies, saying: Lord, forgive them for they know not what they do! While the apostle was still praying, a fuller struck his head a mortal blow.”

His relics now rest next to those of St. Philip in the church of the Holy Apostles in Rome, and their names are mentioned in the first list in the Canon of the Mass.

He is the Patron of a lot of things: Apothecaries, druggists, dying people, fullers, hatmakers, hatters, milliners, pharmacists, Uruguay.

So…we’ve got some Saints to ask for prayers this week!  Praise God for their wonderful example and mighty prayers.  As I like to remind people, there are days open in the Church calendar for us to be Saints.

I’m about to head off with my Dad to the wedding and I ask for you to pray for his health and our travels.  We are expecting to have a wonderful time and I could use some rest and some time with him.  For those who didn’t notice, I didn’t end up being able to take that week after Easter off as so much had happened here so this really is timely for me.

I pray for you and thank God for you.