Principal Bulletin, EASTER

Happy Easter from Sacred Heart School

We have finally made it, and boy, did we need it. Lent is over, Spring Break is here, the promise of warmer weather beckons. At Sacred Heart School, we have spent the days since Christmas break working very hard to reach our true potential.

4th Grader Adam Parker, read 40 hard books and wrote a comprehensive summary about each book. Wonderful job Adam!

Ryden Luma started school at SHS as a first grader and is fitting in great, making friends and making huge academic strides.

Mrs. Martinez has seen her 5th/6th grade class mature and tackle projects as they improve study skills and learn the importance of teamwork.

The preschool is the perfect combination of hands-on learning and structured discipline. When our preschoolers graduate to kindergarten, they are ready to be at the top of the class.

Our hallways are filled with happy, loving children who know God is always with them.

This Easter, with hearts overflowing, we rejoice! Our Lord has made all of this possible and we are grateful for our little school where we can love You all day long.

Have a beautiful Easter and May God Bless You,

Anne Atkin, Principal


Deacon’s Corner, EASTER

A month before my ordination, Kimberly and I met for an interview with Bishop Boyea.  These interviews were an annual occurrence for me to be accepted into the next year of diaconate formation.  The purpose of this interview was to receive his final approval for me to be ordained.  After talking with us for a while, the Bishop asked me to leave the room so he could talk with Kimberly in private.  He needed to make sure she had no reservations about sharing me with him in my ministry.  After all, the last thing he wanted was to disrupt our Sacrament of Marriage with me receiving the Sacrament of Holy Orders.  When satisfied there were no concerns, Bishop Boyea asked, “is there anything else?”  Kimberly said “Yes, there is one thing.  I need to make a deal with you.  I understand the importance of Easter.  It’s the highlight of the Church year.   But, at Christmas, we travel to see our kids and grandchildren.  It’s the only time we can all get together.  You can have John for Holy Week, but I get him at Christmas.  Deal?”   The Bishop leaned over his desk with a big smile, shook her hand, and said “DEAL!”

Why is Easter greater than Christmas?  If Easter had not happened, Christmas would have no meaning.  If the tomb was not empty, the cradle makes no difference.  If Jesus did not rise from the dead, then he really was just another misguided Jewish rabbi with delusions of grandeur to be the promised messiah.  If Easter is not true, then Christmas is just one more cute Hallmark story about an obscure baby born in an out-of-the way village in a forgotten land 2000 years ago.  It’s Easter that gives Christmas its meaning.

Easter is the very foundation of Christianity.  Jesus rises from the dead and He is God.  His death and resurrection on the most important of all Jewish feasts, the Passover, fulfilled all that the Passover had meant.  It was an exodus, or passage, from the days of oppression and 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 beginning of a New Covenant with God.  A Covenant freeing us from the slavery of earthy temptations and delivering us into God’s world of happiness – spiritual growth through our sufferings while finding peace with the blessings He gives us.

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 joyous and Blessed Easter!


Fr. Joe Bulletin, EASTER

Greetings in Christ!

A blessed, happy and holy Easter Season to you all!  Christ is risen, not just in the past, but in the here and now and everyday of the future until the end of the world.

His love has triumphed over sin and death and, as a result, we need fear nothing, we need bind ourselves to nothing but him for the rest of our lives.  He has made his victory our victory, his resurrection our resurrection; praise His name!

Our Easter is not just a day, but a 50 day season that ends on the feast of Pentecost.  During that time, I will be preaching on the 7 Sacraments of our Church, using a different Sacrament each Sunday.  This will follow the same basic format as the 7 Deadly Sins homilies I gave during Lent.  I pray God bless my efforts!

Three things for this week:

¨ I’ll be gone Monday through Thursday, spending time with my Dad and getting some spring projects done around his house.

¨ Next Sunday, April 8th is called “Divine Mercy Sunday”.  The Divine Mercy Chaplet is a devotion I pray very often and it has changed my life.  I cannot encourage you strongly enough to learn this simple, quick devotion and pray it with fervor.  I have cards in the confessional with the instructions, should you need them.  Please don’t hesitate to ask.

¨ On April 11th, our Church, along with many other Churches will honor Yom HaShoah.  This is a day the Jews have given us to set aside and remember the Holocaust.  In the last year of the Nazis in Germany, approximately 6,000,000 Jews were brutally tortured and killed in various camps around Europe.  We call out to heaven on this day, remembering the evil that was done and the evil all of us are capable of.  We pray on that day for our Jewish brothers and sisters.

So…that’s our week.  I want you to know that I thank God everyday for the wonder, the joy and the blessings of being your priest.

In the Risen Christ,




Holy Thursday

7:00pm at St. Mary on the Lake


Good Friday

Ecumenical Service – 12:00pm at Sacred Heart

Good Friday Service – 3:00pm at Sacred Heart

Tenebrae – 8:00pm at St. Mary on the Lake


Holy Saturday

Blessing of Easter Food – Noon at St. Mary on the Lake

Blessing of Easter Food – Noon at Sacred Heart

Easter Vigil – 8:00pm at Sacred Heart


Easter Sunday

9:30am at St. Mary on the Lake

10:00am at Sacred Heart


Principal Bulletin, March 25, 2018

When I doubt myself, I doubt God

Diocese of Lansing catechesis director, Tim Carpenter, explains that the best trick the devil has is to make us doubt God.  Doubt God?  Who would do that?  And yet, even as Tim was explaining how this happens to us all of the time, I was sitting there doubting God.  Not convincing myself that He did not exist, but doubting how much He loved me and how much potential He could see in me to live with His light.  The devil loves doubt. He lives there.  He loves when we gossip about each other and the thorny, prickly words that come back to us leave tiny wounds on our soul.  It stops us dead in our tracks and makes us feel small and lonely and worthless. Wounded.

That is exactly what the devil wants.  He wants you to feel confused, angry, anxious; unable to find joy and happiness, or even worse, unworthy and left out.

As parents, it is difficult to see your child struggle because they are growing up in a world that is wounded and people gossip.  It is easy for children to feel sad and lost or to assume the only way to protect themselves is to get smaller and close up. We find ourselves either wanting to aggressively stop what is happening to our children or just do our best to listen, but never really get to root of the problem. Growing up can be so hard.

It is important for our children to be ready and for us to give them the tools they will need to battle when life is hard.

¨ Pray for people who are struggling with sin. Yes, even the ones who are hurting us.

¨ Never doubt that God can get you through ALL things

¨ The spiritual world is powerful; filled with an army of saints. Ask for all of the love you need

¨ Use your time of doubt to quietly get stronger; to remember that we are preparing for a greater purpose when we will need to understand pain and struggle

¨ Have faith that this will pass and the pain is only temporary

Easter is about remembering that Jesus died for us to be connected back to God. That even though we all have original sin, we are humanly able to reconnect with the Divine. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice and joy and happiness are the gifts we received. That is what life is about. Battle against self-doubt. Fight your way out of it so that we can truly be the “Light of Christ.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal


Deacon’s Corner, March 25, 2018

Jesus cried out from the cross,“My God, my God.  Why have you forsaken me?”  Have you cried out asking God that same question?  If so, God understands.  He’s been there.

Jesus knows what it’s like to be misunderstood and not accepted.  He knows what it’s like to laugh and cry and grieve. He knows anguish, anger, and unanswered prayer.  Jesus knows what it’s like to carry a cross and fall down.  He knows what it’s like to always be told you are wrong – that we don’t do it that way, don’t try to change things, and say this not that.  He knows what it’s like to fight when the bad guys are winning; when evil and defeat are everywhere; and injustice, hatred, and rejection are commonplace.  He’s felt the pain of whips and nails.  He knows all of this, so why would He forsake us?

No, God doesn’t forsake us.  He understands us.  But only through our willingness to experience our own passions are we able to even begin to understand why.  Because our passions tell stories of hurt, anger, betrayal, falling down, fear, denial, and needing help to carry our cross.  And that’s what we learn from the Passion Story of Jesus.

May we live in the moment and savor our own passions, knowing our cross is not the end of the story.  Knowing all the time that God does not promise to wave a magic wand and make all the hurt go away.  But he does promise to see us through to the other side.  To die to our old self and rise to a new life.  To be Born Again.  2000 years ago, they didn’t understand yet what that means.  But we do.  This Palm Sunday and Good Friday, let’s take time to give our hurts to God, trust Him to see us through them, and let Him change our lives forever.