The students are all acquainted with what it means to be thankful. They are thankful for their families, and their friends and their school. But what about the times is hard to be thankful, like when you are disappointed or disaster has struck? This week the students gave examples of times when life was hard but they were still able to see god’s love for them. Please see the attached newsletter for the latest school news.
Made for Happiness Diocesan Assembly keynote speaker Deacon Larry Oney is back for two special events:
MEN-ON-FIRE presents for MEN: Deacon LARRY ONEY will give a powerful dynamic presentation to Empower MEN to discover and embrace your Divine Purpose and Mission! Thursday, November 15th 5:30 pm. Prayer | 6:15 pm. Mass | 7:00 pm. Deacon Larry 8:00 pm.
Fellowship and Refreshments Holy Spirit Church, 9565 Musch Rd., Brighton 48116 .
A Special Event for Women:
WOMEN’s Luncheon with Deacon LARRY ONEY Enjoy lunch with women from around the Diocese and Deacon Larry who will give an inspiring talk on “Divine Mission: Discovering Your Hope & Purpose!” Thursday, November 15th, 12:00 p.m.—2:00 p.m., St. Patrick Church, McCann Hall, 711 Rickett Rd, Brighton, MI 48116.
For more information: Rory Clark (810) 333-2746, Rory@SacredHeart.io, www.LivingstonCatholic.com/
Faith Magazine has launched their new website, www.faithmag.com. On this site, you will be able to review current and past content from FAITH Magazine. Use this website for education, inspiration and insight about our Catholic faith, as well as a way to evangelize!
GRATITUDE~ OUR LIGHT IN THE STORM
It is the time of year when we talk about gratitude. The days are getting shorter, and the darkness that comes so early in the evening tends to slow us down. It is the time of year when we reflect on how fast the days are going and how quickly we are coming to the end of another year. Where did the time go? The leaves have fallen off of the trees; the growth in the yard is done. We are gearing up for the frost and the wind and the cold. It is the perfect time to think, and with Thanksgiving approaching, to think about what we are thankful for. Most of us feel truly thankful for our family, our health, our home and maybe our job. But what about the times when being grateful is the last thing on our minds?
This week the students were challenged to think about times when things were not going their way. Times that seem a bit like a disaster or, at the very least, a disappointment. It seems that those are times when we need gratitude the most and we are the least grateful. Kallie, in the fifth grade, gave a great example. She told us that her family had adopted two dogs this past week and she had taken them for a walk in the woods. On the walk, she slipped and fell in the mud but she was grateful. Whatever for….we wondered. She was grateful that she was able to hang on to the leash. She knew the dogs would have run off and she might have lost them forever. Being muddy was a consequence that she accepted joyfully when faced with the thought of losing something precious.
It is easy to lose our joyful spirit when times are tough or stressful. I don’t know about you, but the season of gratitude is exactly what I need. My joyful spirit has been waning. Life can get hard, really hard; and the risk of failure can make it hard to see clearly. It is time to thank God for everything. To stop and open our eyes to the things that have become murky in our own struggles. We have so much to be thankful for. I pray that I can open my eyes and see everything in a new Divine light. Lately, I have been thankful to our church and school community. As a stranger to Hudson, Sacred Heart has been my rock and my home and I have learned an immeasurable amount from the people here. It has made all of the difference in my life and I am truly grateful.
Anne Atkin, Principal
Ever wonder why the cloth placed over Jesus’ face while buried in the tomb was found rolled up on Easter Morning? John was first to enter the empty tomb, and when he did, he saw the face cloth was neatly folded and placed separate from the other burial cloths. Then Peter went in and saw the same thing. (John 20:1-9). So, why did Jesus fold the cloth?
To understand the significance of the folded cloth, we need to know a little bit about Jewish tradition. It had to do with the master and servant, and every Jewish boy knew this tradition at the time. When the servant set the dinner table for the master, he made sure it was exactly the way the master wanted it. The table was furnished perfectly, and then the servant would wait, just out of sight, until the master had finished eating. The servant would not dare touch the table until the master was finished. When the master was finished eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers and mouth, clean his beard, wad up his napkin and toss it onto the table. The servant would then know to clear the table. The wadded napkin meant, “I’m finished.” But if the master got up from the table, folded his napkin and laid it beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table, because the folded napkin meant, “I’m coming back!”
Did Jesus fold the cloth and set it aside so his disciples would KNOW He was coming back? That He was not dead? That He is ALIVE! Jesus was not finished. He will return.
While purifying the sacred vessels at the end of Mass, the last thing I do is neatly fold the corporal (the cloth placed under the vessels that acts as a sort of ‘placemat’) and place it on the chalice. When I do, I think of the folded napkin – that, although the Mass is coming to an end, it is not finished. Jesus is coming back. He has not abandoned us. He will return someday and take us to our eternal home. Until then, our job is to continue bringing Jesus to the world.
The Mass calls us out of our busy world every Sunday to worship God and be empowered by His Spirit to bring people to Christ – the same Christ we just encountered in the Eucharist. May we pray that “folding the napkin” at the end of Mass reminds us that He WILL return, of what Jesus did for us, and how we can do the same for others.
Adapted from Forums.Catholic.com
Dear Sacred Heart Family,
This coming week I will be taking some vacation time (November 12th-16th) for a combination of things. 1) I have two priest classmates from Minnesota coming to Michigan for a visit. 2) I will be deer hunting with my twin brother. 3) I have family visiting from New York. It is going to be a great week!
In this month of November, when we remember our loved ones, I want to continue our series on the four Christian responses to death. Last week was taking time to grieve. This week is our response of remembering and learning from those who have gone before us.
Most people are very good at this. They naturally take time to look back and remember their loved ones. Often enough it is only when someone is gone from our lives do we realize the magnitude of their actions and their true legacy. Some lessons only are learned in hindsight
The challenge is to look at those who have died with truth, so that we can truly learn from them. At times there is a temptation to vacillate between looking back at someone with cynicism so that their whole life is colored in a negative way or looking back at someone with rose-colored glasses so anything negative is obscured. Well neither of those approaches do someone justice – only truth does.
This practically means looking back at someone who has gone before us and remembering and learning from both the good and bad aspects of their lives. We learn in two ways – from positive examples that we wish to emulate and from negative examples that we want to avoid doing ourselves. To truly learn from someone, we need to be able to learn in both of these ways. All of us are a mixed bag, none of us are perfect. Just like we wouldn’t think people would be scandalized by that fact so we shouldn’t be scandalized to realize this is true about those who have gone before us.
For the same person then we will have many memories of their acts of sacrifice, their love, their kindness and also things we will need to forgive them for. This is all part of grieving. Sometimes people die leaving unresolved hurts that still need to be dealt with, still forgiven even after they are gone. This is not a disservice to them or their memory. Wounds that remain after someone’s death are too often passed down if we can’t bring them into the light of God’s grace for healing.
Let’s pray for this grace to truly remember and learn from our loved ones.
A reading from the Book of Lamentations
My soul is deprived of peace, I have forgotten what happiness is;
I tell myself my future is lost, all that I hoped for from the Lord.
The thought of my homeless poverty is wormwood and gall; Remembering it over and over
leaves my soul downcast within me.
But I will call this to mind, as my reason to have hope:
The favors of the Lord are not exhausted, his mercies are not spent; They are
renewed each morning, so great is his faithfulness.
My portion is the Lord, says my soul; therefore will I hope in him. Good is the
Lord to one who waits for him, to the soul that seeks him;
It is good to hope in silence for the saving help of the Lord.
The word of the Lord.
We had a marvelous time at the Mother & Son Bowling evening!!!
Thank you to all who came!