Fr. Joe Bulletin, March 25, 2018

Greetings in Christ!

May God bless our Palm Sunday with great love and give us a steady commitment to enter into this Holy Week with purpose.

Palm Sunday is the day that kicks off the Holiest Week of the Year. We commemorate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.  We call it Palm Sunday because we receive Palm branches which are then blessed and used in our procession into the Church.  We recall Jesus entry into Jerusalem and walk with him in his triumph.

For us, its the start of the week where we walk with Jesus on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday.  This whole week, we ask for the grace to remain constantly conscious of who Jesus is and what He has done out of love for us.

One thing I always recommend is that each family in our parish commit to lighting a candle and placing it in a very obvious place in our house all week.  Each time we see it, we remember that this is not just another week: its a special, holy week.  You can even commit to a short prayer whenever you see it.  Here’s a few suggestions for a prayer to say:

“Jesus meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto thine” (say 3x)

“For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world”

“Draw me closer to your Sacred Heart, Oh Lord”

“Blessed Mother, walk with me as I walk with you through the Passion of your son”

These are suggestions, obviously, you can make your own prayer or choose another one…anything; just pray!!

Don’t forget our Holy Week Celebrations are at different times and this year, both St. Mary on the Lake and Sacred Heart are doing one Holy Week together.

Beyond our normal celebrations, I’m excited about another opportunity this year:

Apparently, for some time Sacred Heart in Hudson hosted an Ecumenical Prayer Service on Good Friday for all Christians who want to participate.  We are doing it again this year!  Any who are interested, please come to Sacred Heart at Noon on Good Friday for a brief (45 min?) time of prayer.  We will do a Biblical Stations of the Cross, which is a bit different from our usual Stations of the Cross.  I think its a great way for all people to see that, Catholic or Protestant, we want to work together for God’s Kingdom.  This does not “replace” our Good Friday Service at 3pm, its simply another way we can honor the supreme sacrifice of Our God.

Final note: don’t forget that Easter Sunday schedule is different than our usual Sunday schedule and, when we gather for mass, someone will probably be in your seat.  It’s your mission to pray for that person.  🙂

So…lots and lots this coming week: pray for the grace of conversion in each of us.  Pray for the grace to enter into His Passion so that we can enter into His Resurrection!


Holy Week Services


March 29 ~ Holy Thursday – 7:00pm at St. Mary on the Lake

March 30 ~ Hudson Community Good Friday Service – Noon at Sacred Heart

March 30 ~ Good Friday Service – 3:00pm at Sacred Heart

March 30 ~ Good Friday (Tenebrae) – 8:00pm at St. Mary on the Lake

March 31 ~ Blessing of Easter Food – Noon at St. Mary on the Lake

March 31 ~ Blessing of Easter Food – Noon at Sacred Heart

March 31 ~ Easter Vigil – 8:00pm at Sacred Heart

April 1 ~ Easter – 9:30am at St. Mary on the Lake

April 1 ~ Easter – 10:00am at Sacred Heart

Hudson Community Good Friday Service

As Christians, our community will come together commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary.

Sacred Heart Parish is priviledged to host the Hudson Community Good Friday Service on Friday, March 30 at 12:00 Noon.

Let us all draw together as children of God to bring to mind his great love for us. For this is the great mystery that lead to his sacrifice on the cross and his ultimate victory over sin and death on Easter.


Fr. Joe Homily on PRIDE, March 18, 2018


Continuing the 7 Deadly Sins series of Homilies, here is my notes for the pride homily…

Pride is an inordinate esteem of oneself. Prideful people (that would be all of us) desire to be considered better than we actually are.
We show pride in take personal credit for our gifts, forgetting that they came from God, in an over focus on how much we do and/or how well we do it, by minimizing our sin or defects, blowing up the defects of others or dwelling on them.

While not all sins are pride, it can lead to all sorts of sins, notably presumption, ambition, vainglory, boasting, hypocrisy, strife, and disobedience.


Pride checks:

• When is the last time you said “I’m wrong”, “I guess I was mistaken” or some such public statement that you weren’t right?
• When was last time that we put aside what we wanted and didn’t complain about it, obsess about it or make sure everyone knew how put out we were?
• When was the last time we thanked someone/praised someone in public?
• Have you ever heard a homily or a message about repentance and hoped “so and so was hearing this”? That’s pride.
• Do you find yourself more conscious of other people’s sins and failing than your own? Pride.

So…what do we do? We embrace humility. So, what is Humility?

Humility does not mean we hate ourself. The word itself comes from the Latin word “humilis” which means “grounded” or even “of the earth”. Humility is a recognition of our place in the world, an acknowledgement of God’s power and might and our smallness. It’s the ability to freely and joyfully express and live the reality that the world does not revolve around us. Humility leads to joy.

Here’s a neat thing CS Lewis wrote about humility:
“Do not imagine that if you meet a really humble man he will be what most people call “humble” nowadays: he will not be a sort of greasy, smarmy person, who is always telling you that, of course, he is nobody. Probably all you will think about him is that he seemed a cheerful, intelligent chap who took a real interest in what you said to him. If you do dislike him it will be because you feel a little envious of anyone who seems to enjoy life so easily. He will not be thinking about humility: he will not be thinking about himself at all.”

It takes courage to be humble, it means we trust that others see and protect our value as children of God.

It requires modesty to be humble: it means we think of ourselves less often and focus on God and others.

It requires reverence to be humble: honor God and His presence in others.

Here are some exercises that we can do to strengthen our humility and wound our pride.
• Don’t offer your opinion on something
• Serve someone secretly: tell no one and make it your private joy with God
• Next time you walk into your home, your Church or your workplace, look about for a way to serve. See what needs to be done and proceed to do it.
• Remember and laugh about times you have been wrong: “Good homily, Father” and Starbucks
• If someone compliments you and it makes you uncomfortable, don’t say “that’s not true” or demean what they say, instead, rejoice with them in humility by saying thanking them and thanking the Lord.


So. If you are willing to join me in going to war with Pride, I’ll ask you now to make this prayer with me:

Lord Jesus, in your name, I renounce Pride. Lord Jesus, in your name, I embrace humility.

May God bless our Lenten efforts.

Lenten Holy Hour


Fr. Joe will be leading our parish in a Lenten Holy Hour of Adoration on Wednesday, March 21 at 7:00 pm. Fr. Joe will begin the Holy Hour, which will include Eucharistic Adoration and Procession, a homily and time for us to silently reflect on Jesus’ presence in our lives. Come experience the beauty and transformative power of the Holy Eucharist.


Knights of Columbus Events

Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner

Saturday, March 17, 2018

5:30pm in the Parish Hall

Call the office for tickets!





Feather Party

Friday, March 23, 2018

7:30pm in the Parish Hall

Bring your family and come enjoy of evening of fun.





Life in the Spirit Seminar



Sacred Heart Parish is offering the 8 week series on Sundays from 1:00-3:00

Beginning Sunday, April 8 in the Lower level of Sacred Heart School

St. Anthony in Hillsdale will also offer the same series on Thursdays from 1:00-3:00 beginning April 5.

Click Here for more info


It is enrollment season at Sacred Heart School. On March 12th we will begin signing students up for the 2018-2019 school year.

At Sacred Heart our teaching approach is focused on virtue. Character and moral purpose are not just add-ons, they’re at the heart of everything we do. Obedience, courtesy and respect are the foundation of our academic life. The virtues are what make children feel safe, appreciated and encouraged- free to discover their talents; develop their personalities; build lasting friendships; become balanced, confident people of faith. This is our educational vision at Sacred Heart. Our mission to remain deliberate and structured with the purpose of graduating students who are prepared to persevere.

Please take a few minutes to explore our website at which describes our preschool through 6th grade programs.  Then consider how Sacred Heart can enrich your child’s life and the life of your whole family.

Anyone who is interested in Catholic education for their child should call 517-448-6405 or email me at to set up an interview and a shadow day.

Friday, March 16th– – Open House for Preschool – 6th Grade

Thursday, March 22nd – Open House for Preschool, Dev. Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Wednesday, April 18th – Open House for preschool- 6th grade

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal