Deacon’s Corner, August 18 2019

Is God real?  So far, I’ve covered three of the five reasons from the book “The God Answers” providing some very compelling arguments that God is real:  the Universe, the Creator, and our Sense of Morality.  Reason No. 4 is “Jesus.”  There is so much to write about Reason No. 4 that I’m going to cover it in two parts.  This week:  Jesus, Part 1 – Did he really die?

Scripture, and official secular records at the time, tell us a man named Jesus from Nazareth was executed by crucifixion while Pontius Pilate was the Roman governor of Judea.  His crime was declaring himself the King of the Jews.  The Romans were masters at the art of crucifixion.  They perfected crucifixion as a brutal, humiliating, form of execution designed to discourage others from committing the same crime.  First, Jesus was flogged 39 times leaving him near death with his flesh in ribbons and internal organs exposed.  The executioners fashioned a crown from long, very sharp thorns and pressed into the top of his head.  They tied a 110-pound crossbar to his shoulders and forced him to walk through the streets of Jerusalem to the crucifixion site outside the city gates.  On the way, he was so weak that a man was forced to carry the crossbar for him.  Jesus was then nailed to a cross, stood upright, and left to die as people mocked and jeered him.  A Roman executioner declared Jesus dead after piercing his heart with a lance.  Roman executioners knew how to do their job very well.  If they didn’t, they would suffer the same fate.

Jesus’ mother and close friends watched him die.  His body was taken down and wrapped with over 100 pounds of cloth and placed in a burial chamber, a tomb, carved out of rock.  A stone weighing about two tons was rolled across the tomb opening.  Pilate ordered the tomb sealed, and stationed guards by it, to prevent anyone from stealing the body.  The seal was made from clay packs and stamped with Pilate’s official signet ring.  Anyone caught breaking this seal would have been sentenced to death.  Before the sealing the tomb, the guards would have checked to make sure the body of Jesus was in there.

Did Jesus of Nazareth really die?  He was killed by an elite Roman execution squad who were well trained in doing their job.  He was buried in accordance with Jewish custom.  The Roman governor took precautions to ensure no one disturbed his grave.  All of this happened in front of many witnesses.  Yes, we know that Jesus of Nazareth was, in fact, dead.

Is Jesus God?  Is God real?  More to follow next week with Reason No. 4 – Jesus, Part 2 – He is alive!

Deacon John

 

Parish News & Events

Fr. Todd Installation Mass

Sacred Heart & St. Mary on the Lake parishes invite you to celebrate the Installation of our new Pastor, Fr. Todd Koenigsknecht by Most Reverend Bishop Earl Boyea during the 11am Mass on Sunday, August 25th at Sacred Heart Church.  Reception will be held immediately following Mass in the Church Hall. More details to follow.

 

RCIA ~ Sessions will begin Tuesday, September 10.  If you are planning to attend the sessions, please call Linda Higgins at 517-286-6426. I would like everyone registered by September 1 so I know what supplies are needed.

 

 

 

CONFIRMATION MEETING: 

Do you have a child interested in making the Sacrament of Confirmation next year?  There will be a pre-Confirmation meeting the weekend of Aug 17-18 after the 4:30pm Mass on Saturday and after the 11am Mass on Sunday.  Meetings will be held in Sacred Heart School.   For more information or questions, please contact the office at 448-3811.

 

 

ANNUAL SENIOR APPRECIATION MASS AND LUNCHEON

Catholic Charities invites all Lenawee/Hillsdale seniors to join us in celebrating Mass with Bishop Boyea on Friday, September 6, 2019, at 11:00AM at Sacred Heart Parish, Hudson.  Lunch will be served following Mass.  Call Catholic Charities at (517)263-2191 to reserve your seat for the luncheon by August 23rd

 

 

Attention Bicyclists…..

Steve Kope is planning a day biking trip on the Trail in Adrian.  If you have an interest in participating in this biking excursion, please call the parish office.  The date is to be determined and more info is to come.

 

 

As addressed in last week’s bulletin, Bishop Boyea has asked every parish to participate in collecting signatures for a citizen’s petition drive that will initiate legislation to prohibit the dismemberment abortion procedure. Please take a moment to sign the petition following all masses this weekend.

 

 

 

SAVE THE DATE

The 13th Annual St. Mary on the Lake Fish Fry  on  Friday, August 30, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 pm.  

$10.00 Adults, $5.00 Child 5-10, under 5 Free.

Menu: Blue Gill, Cod, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, macaroni & cheese, rolls, dessert, coffee, lemonade and tea.  Beer and wine available for donations.  We are still collecting fish!

 

 

Unbound Ministry

Live Free! Unbound Ministry.  Deliverance is a GOOD WORD! Many Christians think the ministry of deliverance is only for special cases, people with serious problems. The truth is that we ALL have a serious problem: SIN. Both our own sins and the sins of others keep us from living the life God always intended us to live.  Attend the Live Free! Conference on OCTOBER 26/27, 2019 at St. Mary’s in Williamston, MI (near Lansing) and unlock your life! Go to Live Free! Unbound Ministry on the web www.livefreeub.net or search Live Free, Lansing on Eventbrite www.livefreelansing_eventbrite.com for information, registration and e-announcements.

SAVE THE DATE:  LIVE FREE! is coming to St. Anthony of Padua in Hillsdale next year:  FEBRUARY 28-29, 2020.   Details available after Labor Day.

At St. Anthony: THURSDAYS beginning September 12 through October 17 from 6-8pm UNBOUND STUDY GROUP. Learn more about the Unbound Ministry Model from real live speakers from Live Free Unbound Ministry (Michigan).

 

WHAT IS UNBOUND? A 1 hour DVD Introduction to Unbound Prayer

At St. Mary on the Lake, Manitou Beach SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13 Parish Hall 11am.

At Sacred Heart, Hudson SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20 in the Parish Hall following the 11am Mass.  Pizza lunch provided.

OCTOBER 19, SATURDAY at St. Anthony, Hillsdale 8:30am-3:30 pm UNBOUND CONFERENCE DVD Series: The FIVE KEYS

Questions? Call or Text Nancy DeBacker at nancy4unbound@gmail.com or 517-262-4528

 

 

 

OUTSIDE OUR PARISH

 

How is God speaking to you through the Sacred Scriptures?

 Start your journey through the Bible with the Catholic Biblical School of Michigan (CBSM)’s new class on Tuesdays 7-9 pm at Holy Family Parish in Adrian, starting Sep 17th.

CBSM brings the Scriptures to life with in-depth study of the entire Bible led by seminary professors, so that our faith as Catholics is vibrant and more deeply rooted in Christ. Through donations, CBSM is open to all, regardless of ability to contribute financially.

Register by Sep 4th at cbsmich.org/register, or by calling Colleen Vermeulen at 586-438-3085.

 

 

 

Heart of Christ Spiritual Direction Training Program is now accepting applications for a new class beginning in September of 2019.  Classes are held weekly on Tuesday evenings at Christ the King parish in Ann Arbor.  If you are interested in becoming a spiritual director, visit our website for more information  www.heartofchristspiritualdirection.com or contact Jeannette Barbacane jbarbacane@gmail.com or Tesa Fleming tesafleming@gmail.com

 

 

SAVE THE DATE

**October 12**

HOPE RESTORES – Catholic Women’s Conference

 Deanna McCrate, Regional Core Captain for the Diocese of Lansing, is in need of someone to serve as Sacred Heart Parish Captain.  It’s a very simple, but very rewarding undertaking. The task simply requires promoting the Catholic women’s conference with in our parish.  You will receive a packet with posters and Parish Captains information to pass along to the ladies of our parish.  She is more than willing to meet with you or speak with you over the phone if you have questions.

The main goal is to make sure every that all women/ or young ladies in our diocese is made aware of the opportunity to attend the catholic women’s conference (CWC).

The CWC invites women throughout Michigan to refuel, reconnect, rejoice and restore their hope in the Lords grace to make them strong firm and steadfast. This year’s conference is called Hope Restores.  Women, especially in this time and age, trying to raise good and holy families need to open their hearts to our healing Lord so that he can Strengthen their reserve to in times of despair in their personal lives and in these sad times within mother church.

If you are interested, you may contact Deanna directly at 810-287-7272 or email to CaptainofCaptainsCWC@gmail.com OR you can call the parish office and we will relay the info to Deanna.

 

 

MADE FOR MORE

SEPTEMBER 25, 2019

7-9:30pm

St. Patrick’s Brighton

Christopher West (well-known Catholic speaker on Theology of the Body) and Mike Mangione. More information at corproject.com/brighton

Deacon John Homily, August 11 2019

Gospel LK 12:35-40

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Gird your loins and light your lamps
and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding,
ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.
Blessed are those servants
whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.
Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself,
have the servants recline at table, and proceed to wait on them.
And should he come in the second or third watch
and find them prepared in this way,
blessed are those servants.
Be sure of this:
if the master of the house had known the hour
when the thief was coming,
he would not have let his house be broken into.
You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect,
the Son of Man will come.”

Fr. Todd Homily, August 11 2019

Gospel LK 12:35-40

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Gird your loins and light your lamps
and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding,
ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.
Blessed are those servants
whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.
Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself,
have the servants recline at table, and proceed to wait on them.
And should he come in the second or third watch
and find them prepared in this way,
blessed are those servants.
Be sure of this:
if the master of the house had known the hour
when the thief was coming,
he would not have let his house be broken into.
You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect,
the Son of Man will come.”

Fr. Todd Bulletin, August 11 2019

Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary on the Lake,

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Thursday, August 15, 2019. The Assumption honors the moment when Mary was taken body and soul into heaven. She is the model of the Church and a good example for every Christian. Let us join together in celebrating the Heavenly homecoming of the Blessed Mother!

Vigil Mass ~ Wednesday, August 14

6:00 pm at St. Mary on the Lake.

Holy Day Masses ~ Thursday, August 15

8:00 am at Sacred Heart

9:15 am at St. Mary on the Lake

6:00 pm at Sacred Heart

On a different note, Bishop Boyea has asked every parish to participate in collecting signatures for a citizen’s petition drive that will initiate legislation to prohibit the dismemberment abortion procedure.  Next weekend, August 17th and 18th there will be volunteers helping collect signatures after our Masses.

Below is part of an article from Faith Magazine describing the petition drive:

“A citizen’s initiative petition drive to prohibit the dismemberment abortion procedure in Michigan has now begun. Dismemberment abortion is a particularly gruesome procedure that deserves no place in civilized society. It involves tearing a live baby apart limb by limb inside the womb and individually removing each of its body parts. This petition drive, operating under a committee named Michigan Values Life, is organized by Right to Life of Michigan and is supported by Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC). We are presenting this information about the petition drive to encourage parishioners to coordinate petition drives, and to ask everyone to sign a petition.

In order to propose a ban on dismemberment abortion to the Michigan Legislature, the signatures of approximately 340,047 registered voters must be gathered within 180 days of July 26. The goal is to gather 400,000 signatures throughout the summer and early fall.”

You can access the full article from Faith Magazine here:  https://faithmag.com/michigan-catholic-conference-supports-end-dismemberment-abortion-petition-drive

Whenever we talk about abortion it is important to highlight the healing and forgiveness God longs to bring to those who have been a part of an abortion.  One of the great ministries available to help women and men experience this healing is Rachel’s Vineyard.  https://www.rachelsvineyard.org/  For both women and men that I have talked with the healing retreats offered by Rachel’s Vineyard was a pivotal experience.

 

God Bless,

Fr. Todd

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, August 11 2019

Sacred Heart Families,

Sacred Heart School is the best gift you can give your child. Enrollment is still open for the 2019-2020 school year for DK through 6th grade. Call 517-448-6405 to set up a tour and see why SHS is a great school for your family.

Sacred Heart developmental kindergarten/ kindergarten is a program that puts your child ahead. As our children develop, it is necessary that they grow closer to God. As they learn the days of the week, the colors of the rainbow, the letters of the alphabet and the joy of books, they are also learning how to behave in a way that brings their soul closer to God. Sacred Heart has a formula of academic readiness and child development that works. It is a mixture of obedience, courtesy, self-control and prayerfulness mixed with learning and play. By the time our students are in 1st grade, they are already on the path to being eager learners who meet academic challenges. 100% of our kindergarten students test proficient in reading and math. This is significantly higher than state standards and is higher than other kindergarten classes in the diocese of Lansing. We are proud to offer a wonderful readiness program to our community. We still have room for a few more students in our kindergarten classroom.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal

 

*Upcoming SHS Summer Events*

August 12-16

Vacation Bible School

9:30-11:00am

All kids grades Pre-K thru 6th are welcome to attend.

 

August 15

Holy Day Mass at 6pm, followed by Share & Care Dessert Reception at School

 

August 22

Open House & Back to School BBQ, 6pm

 

August 25

Fr. Todd Installation Mass at 11am

Followed by reception in Parish Hall

 

Deacon’s Corner, August 11 2019

Over the past 2 weeks, I’ve been writing about the five compelling reasons that God is real from the book “The God Answers.”   So far we covered two – The Universe and The Creator.  The universe did not just come into existence by chance.  It’s big and beautiful, and all of its parts work together very well.  Everywhere you look, the universe is saturated with a beauty that reflects the Creator Himself – God.  This week, Reason No. 3 – Our Sense of Morality.

Morals are the standards we set to determine right from wrong.  They define acceptable behavior in a particular situation.  Values are how well we follow our morals.  Morals are the “what” we should do.  Values are the “how” we do it.  For example, in this statement – “I’m going to tell the truth by being honest” –  telling the truth is a moral (the “what”).  Honesty is the value (the “how”).  Everyone has morals.  Not everyone has values to obey them fully.  Having moral standards that are higher than our ability to keep them points towards a Moral Standard-Giver.  The Moral Standard-Giver is someone, or something, that sets off an alarm in our head to say “don’t do that!” even though we do it anyway.

Let’s take a look at our conscience.   I can’t tell you how many times I opened my mouth and my conscience said “don’t say it!” but I said it anyway.  I know what the right thing is, even though I don’t always do it.  Where does that sense of “right” come from?  This is the third reason to believe in God:  every human being has an innate moral standard that is higher than who they are.  Where did this standard come from?  Since it is impossible to invent or create something that is greater than we are (remember Reason No.1 and 2?), there is only one reasonable answer:  there is a Moral Standard-Giver who put this standard in us.  And that Moral Standard-Giver is God.

If you want some homework, look up paragraphs 1776 and 1777 in our Catechism and see what is says about your conscience.  (Here’s a hint: my conscience is more than my inner struggle to determine right from wrong.  When I listen to my conscience, I’m talking with God.)

Our sense of morality is given to us from God.  God IS real.  What do YOU think?  Next week, Reason Number 4 – Jesus.

Deacon John

 

Parish News & Events

HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Thursday, August 15, 2019.  The Assumption honors the moment when Mary was taken body and soul into heaven. She is the model of the Church and a good example for every Christian. Let us join together in celebrating the Heavenly homecoming of the Blessed Mother!

Vigil Mass ~ Wednesday, August 14

6:00 pm at St. Mary on the Lake.

Holy Day Masses ~ Thursday, August 15

8:00 am at Sacred Heart

9:15 am at St. Mary on the Lake

6:00 pm at Sacred Heart

 

 

Fr. Todd Installation Mass

Sacred Heart & St. Mary on the Lake parishes invite you to celebrate the Installation of our new Pastor, Fr. Todd Koenigsknecht by Most Reverend Bishop Earl Boyea during the 11am Mass on Sunday, August 25th at Sacred Heart Church.  Reception will be held immediately following Mass in the Church Hall. More details to follow.

 

RCIA ~ If you are interested or you know someone who is interested in the RCIA sessions, please contact Linda Higgins at 517–286-6426.   The sessions will begin in September.

 

 

CONFIRMATION MEETING: 

Do you have a child interested in making the Sacrament of Confirmation next year?  There will be a pre-Confirmation meeting the weekend of Aug 17-18 after the 4:30pm Mass on Saturday and after the 11am Mass on Sunday.  Meetings will be held in Sacred Heart School.   For more information or questions, please contact the office at 448-3811.

 

 

ANNUAL SENIOR APPRECIATION MASS AND LUNCHEON

Catholic Charities invites all Lenawee/Hillsdale seniors to join us in celebrating Mass with Bishop Boyea on Friday, September 6, 2019, at 11:00AM at Sacred Heart Parish, Hudson.  Lunch will be served following Mass.  Call Catholic Charities at (517)263-2191 to reserve your seat for the luncheon by August 23rd

 

 

Attention Bicyclists…..

Steve Kope is planning a day biking trip on the Trail in Adrian.  If you have an interest in participating in this biking excursion, please call the parish office.  The date is to be determined and more info is to come.

 

 

 

SAVE THE DATE

The 13th Annual St. Mary on the Lake Fish Fry  on  Friday, August 30, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 pm.  

$10.00 Adults, $5.00 Child 5-10, under 5 Free.

Menu: Fish, macaroni & cheese, rolls, dessert, coffee, lemonade and tea.  Beer and wine available for donations

 

 

 

OUTSIDE OUR PARISH

How is God speaking to you through the Sacred Scriptures?

 Start your journey through the Bible with the Catholic Biblical School of Michigan (CBSM)’s new class on Tuesdays 7-9 pm at Holy Family Parish in Adrian, starting Sep 17th.

CBSM brings the Scriptures to life with in-depth study of the entire Bible led by seminary professors, so that our faith as Catholics is vibrant and more deeply rooted in Christ. Through donations, CBSM is open to all, regardless of ability to contribute financially.

Register by Sep 4th at cbsmich.org/register, or by calling Colleen Vermeulen at 586-438-3085.

 

 

Unbound Ministry

Live Free! Unbound Ministry.  Deliverance is a GOOD WORD! Many Christians think the ministry of deliverance is only for special cases, people with serious problems. The truth is that we ALL have a serious problem: SIN. Both our own sins and the sins of others keep us from living the life God always intended us to live.  Attend the Live Free! Conference on OCTOBER 26/27, 2019 at St. Mary’s in Williamston, MI (near Lansing) and unlock your life! Go to Live Free! Unbound Ministry on the web www.livefreeub.net or search Live Free, Lansing on Eventbrite www.livefreelansing_eventbrite.com for information, registration and e-announcements.

SAVE THE DATE:  LIVE FREE! is coming to St. Anthony of Padua in Hillsdale next year:  FEBRUARY 28-29, 2020.   Details available after Labor Day.

At St. Anthony: THURSDAYS beginning September 12 through October 17 from 6-8pm UNBOUND STUDY GROUP. Learn more about the Unbound Ministry Model from real live speakers from Live Free Unbound Ministry (Michigan).

 

WHAT IS UNBOUND? A 1 hour DVD Introduction to Unbound Prayer

At St. Mary on the Lake, Manitou Beach SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13 Parish Hall 11am.

At Sacred Heart, Hudson SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20 in the Parish Hall following the 11am Mass.  Pizza lunch provided.

OCTOBER 19, SATURDAY at St. Anthony, Hillsdale 8:30am-3:30 pm UNBOUND CONFERENCE DVD Series: The FIVE KEYS

Questions? Call or Text Nancy DeBacker at nancy4unbound@gmail.com or 517-262-4528

 

 

Heart of Christ Spiritual Direction Training Program is now accepting applications for a new class beginning in September of 2019.  Classes are held weekly on Tuesday evenings at Christ the King parish in Ann Arbor.  If you are interested in becoming a spiritual director, visit our website for more information  www.heartofchristspiritualdirection.com or contact Jeannette Barbacane jbarbacane@gmail.com or Tesa Fleming tesafleming@gmail.com

 

 

SAVE THE DATE

**October 12**

HOPE RESTORES – Catholic Women’s Conference

 Deanna McCrate, Regional Core Captain for the Diocese of Lansing, is in need of someone to serve as Sacred Heart Parish Captain.  It’s a very simple, but very rewarding undertaking. The task simply requires promoting the Catholic women’s conference with in our parish.  You will receive a packet with posters and Parish Captains information to pass along to the ladies of our parish.  She is more than willing to meet with you or speak with you over the phone if you have questions.

The main goal is to make sure every that all women/ or young ladies in our diocese is made aware of the opportunity to attend the catholic women’s conference (CWC).

The CWC invites women throughout Michigan to refuel, reconnect, rejoice and restore their hope in the Lords grace to make them strong firm and steadfast. This year’s conference is called Hope Restores.  Women, especially in this time and age, trying to raise good and holy families need to open their hearts to our healing Lord so that he can Strengthen their reserve to in times of despair in their personal lives and in these sad times within mother church.

If you are interested, you may contact Deanna directly at 810-287-7272 or email to CaptainofCaptainsCWC@gmail.com OR you can call the parish office and we will relay the info to Deanna.

 

 

MADE FOR MORE

SEPTEMBER 25, 2019

7-9:30pm

St. Patrick’s Brighton

Christopher West (well-known Catholic speaker on Theology of the Body) and Mike Mangione. More information at corproject.com/brighton

Fr. Todd Homily, August 4 2019

2nd Readin COL 3:1-5, 9-11

Brothers and sisters:
If you were raised with Christ, seek what is above,
where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.
For you have died,
and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ your life appears,
then you too will appear with him in glory.

Put to death, then, the parts of you that are earthly:
immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire,
and the greed that is idolatry.
Stop lying to one another,
since you have taken off the old self with its practices
and have put on the new self,
which is being renewed, for knowledge,
in the image of its creator.
Here there is not Greek and Jew,
circumcision and uncircumcision,
barbarian, Scythian, slave, free;
but Christ is all and in all.