Altar Rosary Society

Altar Rosary Society will be meeting Monday March 2nd at 1:30 pm.  We will be inducting our new President.  All ladies are welcome please come and support her.  Any questions call Janice Wilson 517-306-0684

 

Fr. Tomy Homily, February 23, 2020

Today’s readings explain why Christians are expected to be holy and how we are meant to become holy people. The first and second readings give us reasons why we should be holy, and the Gospel describes four methods of becoming holy people prescribed for us by Jesus. The first reading, teaches us that we should be holy because it is the command given to us by God through Moses: “Be holy, for I the Lord, your God, am holy.” It also shows us the way to share in God’s holiness: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” In the second reading, St. Paul gives us an additional reason to be holy. We are to keep our bodies and souls holy because we are the temples of the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit lives in us. In the Gospel passages taken from the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches us four methods of becoming holy as God is holy.

1) The first method is to abstain from all forms of retaliation. Jesus discards even the milder form of retaliation developed by Hammurabi in ancient Babylon and passed on to Israel through Moses. The policy was one of limited, proportional retaliation (Lex Talionis, “tit-for-tat”): “an eye for an eyea tooth for tooth,” rather than allowing unlimited vengeance. In place of this limited, proportional retaliation, Jesus gives his new law of love, grace, forgiveness, reconciliation and no retaliation. For Jesus, retaliation, or even limited vengeance, has no place in the Christian life, even though graceful acceptance of an offense requires great strength, discipline of character, and strengthening by God’s grace.

2) The second method is to take the offense gracefully and love the offender. Jesus illustrates this in three images: “turning the other cheek, freely giving the tunic and adding the cloak to it and walking the extra mile.” Jesus tells us that what makes Christians different is the grace with which they treat others, offering them loving kindness and mercy, even if they don’t deserve this treatment, as God does for us. We are commanded to love our enemies as Jesus loves us, with agápe love, not because our enemies deserve our love, but because Jesus loves them so much that he died for them as he did for us.

3) The third method is by unconditionally and whole-heartedly forgiving the offender without planning revenge in any form. This means not only loving one’s neighbors, but also forgiving those enemies who hurt us and seem willfully to cause us suffering, hardship and unhappiness.

4) The fourth method is sincerely praying for their spiritual and physical welfare and for the grace needed for their conversion and renewal of life. Thus, today’s Scripture readings challenge us to become holy as our God is holy by loving, forgiving, and blessing others, even our enemies with graceful and magnanimous love, as our Holy God does.

 

The Significance of Ash Wednesday by Fr. Mike Schmitz

ASH WEDNESDAY MASS SCHEDULE:
Sacred Heart ~ Wednesday, February 26 at 8:00am & 6:30pm
St. Mary on the Lake ~ Wednesday, February 26 at 9:15am & 6:00pm

They may just be ashes, but Fr. Mike points out that what they represent goes far beyond mere dust of the earth. With a simple cross on the forehead, we are recognizing that we are far from perfect, but that God loves and redeems us—not despite our brokenness, but in the midst of it. If you want to start off your Lent with a reminder of Ash Wednesday’s deeper meaning, listen to Fr. Mike’s heartfelt words in this video.

BISHOP BOYEA INTERVIEW

BISHOP BOYEA INTERVIEW ON SHALOM WORLD TV: Sunday, 16 February 2020, saw Shalom World TV broadcast a half-hour interview with Bishop Earl Boyea of Lansing as part of their Heart Talk series. The conversation focussed on his upbringing, his path to the priesthood, his life as bishop, his hopes for the future and his own pursuit of holiness in everyday life. The interviewer is David Kerr, Director of Communications for the Diocese of Lansing. To know more about Shalom World TV go to: https://www.shalomworld.org/

Bishop Boyea on Shalom World TV

BISHOP BOYEA INTERVIEW ON SHALOM WORLD TV: Sunday, 16 February 2020, saw Shalom World TV broadcast a half-hour interview with Bishop Earl Boyea of Lansing as part of their Heart Talk series. The conversation focussed on his upbringing, his path to the priesthood, his life as bishop, his hopes for the future and his own pursuit of holiness in everyday life. The interviewer is David Kerr, Director of Communications for the Diocese of Lansing. To know more about Shalom World TV go to: https://www.shalomworld.org/

Posted by Diocese of Lansing on Thursday, February 20, 2020

Deacon Corner, February 23, 2020

It’s that time of year, again.  Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.  But, how many of us really get excited about Lent?  This rich Catholic tradition has been around since the days of the early Church.  At that time, Christians would fast for two days, then join an all-night vigil celebration ending on Easter.  Over time, Lent became a period of spiritual renewal during the weeks before Easter.  By the Middle Ages, on the first day of Lent, sinners publicly declared themselves penitents and were sprinkled with ashes as a sign of their repentance.  Then, they fasted for 40 days to recall Jesus’ time in the desert (Matthew 4:2), and the fasts of Moses (Exodus 34:28) and Elijah (1 Kings 19:8).  But, no matter how traditions may have changed over the years, the purpose of Lent remains the same: preparing ourselves to celebrate the great mystery of our faith at Easter, the Paschal Mystery – the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus the Christ.

During Lent, we focus on three essential elements: meaningful forms of penance, especially positive ones like charity and community service to help change our heart and foster a greater love for God; personal choices for spiritual renewal such as prayer and fasting; and recalling our Baptismal Vows to remember what it means to be a child of God.  Our goal during Lent is not to lose weight by giving up certain foods.  The purpose of Lent is to acknowledge our human weaknesses and undergo a spiritual revival to grow closer to God.  We do this through a meaningful Lent by doing penance.

Our Catechism tells us penance “can be expressed in many and various ways…above all, three forms:  fasting, prayer, and almsgiving” (CCC 1434). Now, I’ve tried fasting and almsgiving (giving money to feed and house the poor).  But this year, I want to do something different – I want to give more time to the Lord.  Instead of giving up favorite foods, social media, or smart technology, I’ll take precious time out of my daily life and spend it in prayer talking to God.  What about you?  Have you decided yet? How about giving some of your time to the Lord?  After all, when is the last time you spent time in front of the Blessed Sacrament during Adoration and received the solemn blessing we call Benediction?  Attended a weekday Mass? Prayed a rosary? Joined Mary as she walked the Sorrowful Way, the Stations of the Cross, following Jesus on the road to Calvary?  Or just fell on your knees and thanked God for something?  Even if it’s only 5 minutes, Jesus will take whatever time you give Him.

May you have a Happy Lent becoming a better, holier, more loving follower of Christ.

Deacon John

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, February 23, 2020

Sock drive for the adult men and women the capuchins serve at Solanus Casey.

The 4th-6th graders are taking a pilgrimage to the Solanus Casey Center on March 17th with Father Todd. We are collecting donations of adult socks to take with us.  Socks can be put in the baskets at either entrance of the church or dropped off to the school until March 15th.  Thank you so much for your support.

The Solanus Casey Center in Detroit, built in 2002, continues a long legacy of compassion and caring, begun by Blessed Solanus Casey and continued by thousands of caring people, like yourselves, who wish to be enlivened by faith and to spread the love of God to everyone.

The Solanus Casey Center is a tribute to Blessed Solanus Casey and an opportunity for all of us to explore the richness and diversity of our faith in a loving and merciful God.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Baby Bottle Blessing for Alpha Omega

The Alpha Omega Care Center in Hillsdale is a safe and confidential haven, where all women and men facing unexpected pregnancies can come to receive accurate information and compassionate care.  Alpha Omega Care Center is funded local by the generous support of individuals, businesses, churches and other organizations.

Our Mission:  We exist to empower women and men to make life-affirming decisions regarding pregnancy through counseling, education, compassionate care and the truth of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Core Values:  We believe in the sanctity of human life and therefore abortion at any stage is the taking of human life.  We uphold and defend the sanctity of marriage.

We invite you to participate in our Baby Bottle Blessing, a daily fundraising opportunity.  Baby bottles are distributed throughout the area to be filled with change and turned into our center.  Since we are solely funded by donations, this program is very important.  The generous support of our donors makes Alpha Omega’s mission possible.

Please pick up a Baby Bottle at the back of the church and return full bottles to the parish office.

Please return bottles by March 1.   Checks should be made out to Alpha Omega Care Center.

 

Disciple Maker Index Survey is Officially Open!!

WE ARE CALLED FOR MORE!

Disciple Maker Index Survey is Officially Open!!

The Survey is now available for you to take between February 8th through March 1st.

The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete, and is available:

  1. Online at www.disciplemakerindex.com.
  2. By obtaining a paper copy at the parish entrances or by contacting the parish office. Please return your completed paper copy to the parish office in a sealed envelope no later than March 3rd.

The survey results will provide feedback to Fr Todd, the staff, and our many volunteers as we seek ways to best support everyone in their discipleship journey.  YOUR RESPONSES WILL BE HELD IN STRICT CONFIDENCE as they are processed by the Catholic Leadership Institute.  The survey is intended for all parishioners age 18 and older.  Thank you for your time in taking the survey.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Deacon John or the parish office.

Following all masses this weekend (Feb 22-23), staff and volunteers will be available in the parish hall for anyone wishing to complete their survey (online or paper).

Fr. Todd Homily, February 16 2020

Gospel MT 5:17-37

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets.
I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.
Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away,
not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter
will pass from the law,
until all things have taken place.
Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments
and teaches others to do so
will be called least in the kingdom of heaven.
But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments
will be called greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses
that of the scribes and Pharisees,
you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

“You have heard that it was said to your ancestors,
You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.
But I say to you,
whoever is angry with his brother
will be liable to judgment;
and whoever says to his brother, ‘Raqa,’
will be answerable to the Sanhedrin;
and whoever says, ‘You fool,’
will be liable to fiery Gehenna.
Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar,
and there recall that your brother
has anything against you,
leave your gift there at the altar,
go first and be reconciled with your brother,
and then come and offer your gift.
Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court.
Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to the judge,
and the judge will hand you over to the guard,
and you will be thrown into prison.
Amen, I say to you,
you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.

“You have heard that it was said,
You shall not commit adultery.
But I say to you,
everyone who looks at a woman with lust
has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
If your right eye causes you to sin,
tear it out and throw it away.
It is better for you to lose one of your members
than to have your whole body thrown into Gehenna.
And if your right hand causes you to sin,
cut it off and throw it away.
It is better for you to lose one of your members
than to have your whole body go into Gehenna.

“It was also said,
Whoever divorces his wife must give her a bill of divorce.
But I say to you,
whoever divorces his wife –  unless the marriage is unlawful –
causes her to commit adultery,
and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

“Again you have heard that it was said to your ancestors,
Do not take a false oath,
but make good to the Lord all that you vow.
But I say to you, do not swear at all;
not by heaven, for it is God’s throne;
nor by the earth, for it is his footstool;
nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.
Do not swear by your head,
for you cannot make a single hair white or black.
Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’
Anything more is from the evil one.”