Music Workshop, September 29

Attention Singers & Potential Singers!

If you’re involved in music ministry … if you’re thinking about joining the choir … or if you just love to sing at Mass and want to do it better — please join us for a special music workshop focusing on the basics of vocal technique and group singing.

The three-hour session will be conducted by Dan Koshelnyk, an accomplished professional musician and parish music director from Kalamazoo.

Workshop to be held at:

Sacred Heart Church

Saturday, September 29

9:00 a.m. to Noon


Important Religious Education News

Religious Ed Meet &Greet – Please mark your calendar!

Sunday, September 30

There will be an informational meeting for anyone interested in Religious Ed, Youth Group, Confirmation and Café on September 30 at 9:00am in the school.   Come meet the catechists, review the curriculum and ask any questions you may have.

Registration forms and Religious Education schedule will be available next week.  Bring completed registration packet to informational meeting on September 30.







We are making plans for our Confirmation Prep Class.  If you have a child or know of someone that would like to be a part of this years Confirmation program, please contact Nancy Kuenzer (517-425-8736) or Deacon John as soon as possible.

Confirmation Retreat will be October 20-21.






Emmaus Group

The Emmaus Group is in need of prayer shawls. We realize not everyone can knit or crochet.  If you would like to make a prayer blanket instead that is fine.  When you are making the blankets or shawls pray for the person who will be receiving it.







Youth Group:

Open to High School students and will meet on Sundays at 9:00am.

SAVE THE DATE….. November 4, Diocese of Lansing Catholic Youth Conference. 







Please join us to learn more about our Catholic Faith, the Catechism, and how it applies to living a Christian life surrounded by the issues in today’s society.  All are welcome to attend Café on Sundays from 9:15am – 10:30am.








RCIA ~ Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Begins on Tuesday, September 11

We will be meeting in the church hall at 7:00pm.  If you are planning on attending the sessions, please contact Linda Higgins at 517-286-6426 to set up an appointment.




Who is RCIA for?

¨ A person who has had a longing to learn more about the Catholic faith who isn’t already Catholic.

¨ A person who has come to Mass with their spouse and would like to learn more about the Catholic faith.

¨ A person from another religious tradition who is interested in learning about the Catholic faith.

¨ A Catholic who was baptized as an infant but never had any formal religious formation and would like to renew their faith, and receive the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation.

¨ A person who has never been baptized in any religion but would like to see if God is calling them to the Catholic faith.



Bible Study:

Bible Study will be held every other week.  Both parishes will be covering the same chapter so if it works to go to one or the other parish, we will be covering the same material.

Beginning next week, Sacred Heart will have Bible Study Wednesday, September 5 at 6pm in the School and St. Mary will have Bible Study on Thursday, September 6 at 10am.


Please read…. Made for Happiness Info UPDATE


Over 11,500 people have registered to attend the Made For Happiness Diocesan Assembly on Saturday, September 22nd. The diocese is sure they will be hitting 15.000 before the end of next week.  To sign up please go to

Here are some of the highlights you won’t want to miss (other than JESUS becoming substantially present to us in the Eucharist, of course!):

  • Bishop Boyea will be the main celebrant.
  • Nearly ALL of our priests and deacons will be there.
  • There will be NO Mass at the Parishes on September 22.
  • There will be a 100 person choir made up of people from all across our diocese.
  • There will be a Plenary Indulgence available to everyone who receives the final blessing.

Assembly T-shirts have arrived!  Cost is $5.    Please stop by office to pick yours up!  



We have filled 385 of 500 slots for volunteer helpers. Please help us fill all of these spots.


We still need more people to help with the following liturgical roles: Cross Bearer, Candle Bearer, Thurifer, Boat Bearer, Canopy Bearer, Torch Bearer, MC.


*myParish APP

Download the Assembly App for all the latest and greatest details:

·      Text “HAPPY” to 88202
·      Enter the app
·      In the “FIND MY PARISH” search bar, type “HAPPY”
·      Select “Diocese of Lansing Assembly”

Or, if you already have myParish App:

·      Enter the app and tap the three horizontal lines on the top left.
·      Tap “FIND A PARISH” and in the search bar, type “HAPPY”.
·      Select “Diocese of Lansing Assembly”


*If you cannot attend, please listen on Ave Maria Radio!!




Altar Rosary Society News


We would like to thank everyone who donated to   cover for the loss of not having our the Garage Sale.  We will be meeting Monday Sept. 10 at 1:30 pm in the church basement.  All ladies of the Parish are welcome.  Any questions call President Janice Wilson at 517-306-0684.


Bishop Boyea Mass of Reparation

On Friday, September 14, Bishop Boyea will celebrate

the 8:00am Mass at St Mary Cathedral, followed by a Holy Hour,

in reparation especially for the sins of the bishops.

All are invited to join him there.


Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, September 9 2018

We celebrated Mother Teresa of Calcutta on Tuesday, September 5th.  What a beautiful way to begin the school year.  She gave us such wonderfully simple ways to become a saint.

“Let no one come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness.”

“I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.”

“Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.”

-Mother Teresa




This Week in Prayer ~ Act of Love

O my God, I love you above all things with my whole, 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.



We are praying for protection from our guardian angel and we ask for strength, and encouragement. We are thankful for these power gifts that help us do God’s work.

Prayer to Our Guardian Angel

Angel of God, my guardian dear,

To whom God’s love commits me here,

Ever this day, be at my side,

To light and guard, rule and guide.


God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal


Deacon’s Corner, September 9 2018

When Peter was walking on water toward Jesus during a storm, he was quickly distracted by the wind and waves.  Peter doubted and lost focus – then he began to sink. But as soon as Peter cried out for help, Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him (Matthew 14:29-31).

Life gets too busy.  Work becomes exhausting.  Classes are hard.  Something is always broke and needs to get fixed.  There are errands to run.   Laundry and cleaning to do.  The lawn needs mowing and the snow shoveled (hold it on that one, it’s only September!).  And there never seems to be any time to just relax.  Like Peter, I can get so distracted in the day’s tasks that I lose focus on God.  I forget to ask Him for help of any kind – and I begin to sink.

When I get busy, my prayer time is the first to suffer.  I force myself to sit down for a “quick” morning prayer, then tell myself I’ll spend more time with God tomorrow.  But, tomorrow never happens, and I feel like I have to make it up to God for being so busy and distracted that I lost sight of Him. But that’s not how God works. As soon as we turn to Him for help, God reaches out without hesitation.

In the midst of the storm, Jesus took Peter’s hand and asked, “Why did you doubt?” (v. 31).  We can doubt, too.  When we’re unsettled by the chaos of life, it’s easy to forget that God is standing in the middle of the storm with us.  No matter what we’re going through, Jesus is there.  He is here.  Next to us in this moment, reaching out to rescue us.

May we pray this week to turn to Jesus in the midst of our busyness and life’s distractions. Let’s thank Him for always being here, ready to catch us.  Because, in the midst of our storms, Jesus is waiting for us to turn to Him.  Like Peter, all we have to do is ask.

Deacon John


Fr. Todd Bulletin, September 9 2018

Dear Sacred Heart Family,

I hope you all enjoyed your Labor Day weekend.  I was able to go home and hang out with family – including my twin brother.  We celebrated by laboring – our project was putting tin on one of the old barns.

Thank you again for your generosity in supporting the Church renovation.  As you know several things fell beneath the budget line of what was possible.  I am very happy to say that through the very generous gift of several families (who want to remain anonymous) we are able to move forward on redoing the entrance to the Church Hall.  We will be able to install an automatic door and redo the floor.  In conjunction with the changes to our pew arrangements that was a part of our Church restoration this will make Sacred Heart fully handicap accessible.  We anticipate that this project will move quickly and can be completed this fall.  An additional gift was given to update the phone system at Sacred Heart.  Currently the three buildings – Church, Rectory, and School are not connected in a cohesive way.  This will tie all three together and also get wi-fi in the church basement to make that space more user friendly.  It is humbling to receive gifts like this- thank you for your care for this parish and each other.

As we enter into the school year one of the things that pick up is athletics.  It is an image used throughout scripture to describe our spiritual life.  Training for any sport requires consistent work, discipline, the humility to be able to be coached so we can grow, teamwork and time management to name a few. These are the attributes necessary for other relationships and should describe our walk with the Lord.  Here are a few instances where scripture uses athletics to call us on in our faith.

Psalm 119:32: I will run the way of your commandments, for you will broaden my heart.

1st Corinthians 9: 24; 27:  Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run in the race, but only one wins the prize?  Run so as to win. …..No, I drive my body and train it, for fear that, after having preached to others, I myself should be disqualified.

2nd Timothy 4:7: I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.

Hebrews 12:1-2a:  Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith.

Philippians 3:13-14: Brothers, I for my part do not consider myself to have taken possession. Just one thing: forgetting what lies behind but straining forward to what lies ahead, I continue my pursuit toward the goal, the prize of God’s upward calling, in Christ Jesus.

I want to thank John Zuelke and the many volunteers who helped make St. Mary’s Fish Fry such a great success.  We raised $4201.  Thank you to everyone from both parishes that came.  I was very happy to do my pastoral duty and taste test the fish numerous times throughout the evening!

Let us all compete well in the arena of faith!


God Bles,

Fr. Todd


K of C College Night

2018 Knights of Columbus Catholic College Night

Tuesday September 18th, 2018 || 4:30 – 8:30 PM

Madonna University

36600 Schoolcraft Road, Livonia, MI 48150

High School Juniors, Seniors and Parents – Please Join Us!

Spend a few hours with over 25 Catholic Colleges and Universities from the Mid-West that will be displaying and answering questions about their Catholic institutions.  In addition, there will also be seminars on:

New Federal Government FASA Process,

Finding the right Scholarship and Grants.

Won’t you please join us?  Free parking and admission. FREE PIZZA!

For more information and registration, please visit

Registration is not required to attend, but much appreciated (for the pizza budget).