Sunday, April 28 ~ Called & Gifted ~ 1:00 – 3:00pm
Sunday, May 5 ~ First Communion ~ 11:00am Mass
Wednesday, May 8 ~ Confirmation ~ 7:00pm at Sacred Heart
Sunday, May 19 ~ Blessing of the Bikes ~ following the 11:00am Mass
Sunday, June 2 ~ Graduation Mass ~ 11:00am Mass
Friday, June 7 ~ SHS 5K, Food Fair & Raffle
Saturday, June 8 ~ SHS 5K, Food Fair & Raffle
Saturday, July 13 ~ SHS Annual Golf Outing
We are in need of snacks for the reception following the Easter Vigil on Saturday, April 20. There are sign up sheets in both entrances of the church. If you are able to help serve the food, please contact Linda Higgins at 517-286-6426.
We now have Wi-Fi in the parish hall.
Wi-Fi name: JCisLord
Discover YOUR Spiritual Gifts!
“Whether extraordinary or simple and humble, charisms are graces of the Holy Spirit which directly or indirectly benefit the Church, ordered as they are to her building up, to the good of men, and to the needs of the world.” (CCC,799)
Join us in the Sacred Heart Parish Hall on Sunday, April 14 and April 28 from 1-3 pm for an Introduction to the Called and Gifted program. You will have an opportunity to take a Spiritual Gifts Inventory-to begin to discover your charisms and explore the Spiritual Gifts Discernment Program by Sherry Weddell.
The Michigan Monarchs are searching for Host Families for college baseball players who will be members of their team this summer. The Monarchs play in Adrian at Siena Heights University. The Monarchs are part of Catholic Baseball Players for Christ and play in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. The 8 Week season begins in early June and ends in late July. The players have their own transportation and are able to provide for themselves. If interested or you would like more information, please call 734-626-1166 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Send your Holy Spirit to form our parish as a community of missionary disciples…… guide me to deepen my commitment as a disciple of Jesus”…
PRAYER and PRAISE.. The next Prayer and Praise is scheduled for THURSDAY, MAY 2 from 7-9 pm in the St. Teresa of Calcutta Room in the St. Anthony Education Building in Hillsdale. Join us for SONG (mostly contemporary Christian), Prayer and Sharing how the Holy Spirit is acting in our lives. This month sharing will be from a seminar on how to hear God’s voice more clearly for yourself and the world around you. All are welcome. Invite a friend. JUNE 6 will be our final meeting until fall.
HEALING NOTES: Jesus promised, “These signs will accompany those who believe…they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover.” –Mark 16:17
Encounter Ministries will be offering the School of Healing on April 26 (evening) and April 27 at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Jackson. Presenters are Fr. Mathias Thelen (St. Patrick’s, Brighton) and Patrick Reis. To register or for more information visit encounterministries.us
Public Healing Service SATURDAY, APRIL 27 at 7:30 pm at St. Mary Star of the Sea in Jackson. Come and experience God’s supernatural love! All are welcome. No registration necessary.
Interchurch Ladies & Girls Brunch
May 11 ~ 10:00-12:00
Hudson Wesleyan Church
Guest Speaker Bronna Kahle, 57th District Representative
Anyone who belong to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun……….. II Corinthians 5:17
RSVP to 448-6411 or online at www.hudsonwesleyan.org/brunch.
Cost is a Free will donation.
A WEEKEND RETREAT FOR WOMEN
The women of Sacred Heart Parish are invited to St. Francis Retreat Center in DeWitt on April 26-28, 2019 for annual retreat. This retreat is a great opportunity for you to spend a weekend away from the distractions of daily life and focus on deepening your relationship with Christ in fellowship with other Catholics.
This year’s retreat theme is; “From Chaos to Order: A Scriptural Guide to Building a Life Giving Community.”
You may register by call St. Francis Retreat Center at 517-669-8321 or by visiting www.stfrancis.ws. The suggested offering for this retreat is $175.00.
Natural Family Planning builds strong families. It is medically safe, morally acceptable and highly effective. A class to learn more about NFP and the Billing Ovulation Method will be offered at St. Mary Star of the Sea, Immaculata Hall on Monday, May 6, 2019 from 7-9 pm. Pre-Registration is required. To register, please call the parish office at 517-784-7184 or Maria Ansett at 517-974-2330. Info on the Billing method is available online at www.billingslife.org or www.boma-usa.org
Today we celebrate the Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday commemorates the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. The gospels record the arrival of Jesus riding into the city on a donkey, while the crowds spread their cloaks and palm branches on the street and shout “Hosanna to the Son of David” and “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” and they honor him as their long-awaited Messiah and King. The significance of Jesus riding a donkey and having his way paved with palm branches is a fulfillment of a prophecy spoken by the prophet Zechariah and in so doing emphasized the humility that was to characterize the Kingdom he proclaimed. The donkey was a symbol of peace; those who rode upon them proclaimed peaceful intentions. As Jesus began His exuberant entrance into Jerusalem, many people gathered on the road and spread their clothes in front of him and shouted Hosanna. The church today reminds us the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and also to remind people of the beginning of the Passion of our Lord. The simplest of terms, Palm Sunday is an occasion for reflecting on the final week of Jesus’ life. It is a time for Christians to prepare their hearts for the agony of His Passion and death while awaiting the joy of His Resurrection.
Today with the beginning of the Holy week, we focus intently on the heart of the mystery of Salvation. It is the mystery of dying and rising, the mystery of humiliation and exaltation. Today’s liturgy prepares us specially for the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. It gives the picture of Joy and at the same time invites us to meditate on his sufferings. What Jesus experiences for us is a manifestation of God’s overwhelming love for each one of us. Further, by identifying ourselves with the ‘mystery’ of Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection we experience a great liberation, a ‘Passover’ from various forms of sin and enslavement to a life of joy and freedom.
When the hour came,
Jesus took his place at table with the apostles.
He said to them,
“I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer,
for, I tell you, I shall not eat it again
until there is fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”
Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and said,
“Take this and share it among yourselves;
for I tell you that from this time on
I shall not drink of the fruit of the vine
until the kingdom of God comes.”
Then he took the bread, said the blessing,
broke it, and gave it to them, saying,
“This is my body, which will be given for you;
do this in memory of me.”
And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying,
“This cup is the new covenant in my blood,
which will be shed for you.
“And yet behold, the hand of the one who is to betray me
is with me on the table;
for the Son of Man indeed goes as it has been determined;
but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed.”
And they began to debate among themselves
who among them would do such a deed.
Then an argument broke out among them
about which of them should be regarded as the greatest.
He said to them,
“The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them
and those in authority over them are addressed as ‘Benefactors’;
but among you it shall not be so.
Rather, let the greatest among you be as the youngest,
and the leader as the servant.
For who is greater:
the one seated at table or the one who serves?
Is it not the one seated at table?
I am among you as the one who serves.
It is you who have stood by me in my trials;
and I confer a kingdom on you,
just as my Father has conferred one on me,
that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom;
and you will sit on thrones
judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
“Simon, Simon, behold Satan has demanded
to sift all of you like wheat,
but I have prayed that your own faith may not fail;
and once you have turned back,
you must strengthen your brothers.”
He said to him,
“Lord, I am prepared to go to prison and to die with you.”
But he replied,
“I tell you, Peter, before the cock crows this day,
you will deny three times that you know me.”
He said to them,
“When I sent you forth without a money bag or a sack or sandals,
were you in need of anything?”
“No, nothing, ” they replied.
He said to them,
“But now one who has a money bag should take it,
and likewise a sack,
and one who does not have a sword
should sell his cloak and buy one.
For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in me,
namely, He was counted among the wicked;
and indeed what is written about me is coming to fulfillment.”
Then they said,
“Lord, look, there are two swords here.”
But he replied, “It is enough!”
Then going out, he went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives,
and the disciples followed him.
When he arrived at the place he said to them,
“Pray that you may not undergo the test.”
After withdrawing about a stone’s throw from them and kneeling,
he prayed, saying, “Father, if you are willing,
take this cup away from me;
still, not my will but yours be done.”
And to strengthen him an angel from heaven appeared to him.
He was in such agony and he prayed so fervently
that his sweat became like drops of blood
falling on the ground.
When he rose from prayer and returned to his disciples,
he found them sleeping from grief.
He said to them, “Why are you sleeping?
Get up and pray that you may not undergo the test.”
While he was still speaking, a crowd approached
and in front was one of the Twelve, a man named Judas.
He went up to Jesus to kiss him.
Jesus said to him,
“Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”
His disciples realized what was about to happen, and they asked,
“Lord, shall we strike with a sword?”
And one of them struck the high priest’s servant
and cut off his right ear.
But Jesus said in reply,
“Stop, no more of this!”
Then he touched the servant’s ear and healed him.
And Jesus said to the chief priests and temple guards
and elders who had come for him,
“Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs?
Day after day I was with you in the temple area,
and you did not seize me;
but this is your hour, the time for the power of darkness.”
After arresting him they led him away
and took him into the house of the high priest;
Peter was following at a distance.
They lit a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat around it,
and Peter sat down with them.
When a maid saw him seated in the light,
she looked intently at him and said,
“This man too was with him.”
But he denied it saying,
“Woman, I do not know him.”
A short while later someone else saw him and said,
“You too are one of them”;
but Peter answered, “My friend, I am not.”
About an hour later, still another insisted,
“Assuredly, this man too was with him,
for he also is a Galilean.”
But Peter said,
“My friend, I do not know what you are talking about.”
Just as he was saying this, the cock crowed,
and the Lord turned and looked at Peter;
and Peter remembered the word of the Lord,
how he had said to him,
“Before the cock crows today, you will deny me three times.”
He went out and began to weep bitterly.
The men who held Jesus in custody were ridiculing and beating him.
They blindfolded him and questioned him, saying,
“Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?”
And they reviled him in saying many other things against him.
When day came the council of elders of the people met,
both chief priests and scribes,
and they brought him before their Sanhedrin.
They said, “If you are the Christ, tell us, ”
but he replied to them, “If I tell you, you will not believe,
and if I question, you will not respond.
But from this time on the Son of Man will be seated
at the right hand of the power of God.”
They all asked, “Are you then the Son of God?”
He replied to them, “You say that I am.”
Then they said, “What further need have we for testimony?
We have heard it from his own mouth.”
Then the whole assembly of them arose and brought him before Pilate.
They brought charges against him, saying,
“We found this man misleading our people;
he opposes the payment of taxes to Caesar
and maintains that he is the Christ, a king.”
Pilate asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”
He said to him in reply, “You say so.”
Pilate then addressed the chief priests and the crowds,
“I find this man not guilty.”
But they were adamant and said,
“He is inciting the people with his teaching throughout all Judea,
from Galilee where he began even to here.”
On hearing this Pilate asked if the man was a Galilean;
and upon learning that he was under Herod’s jurisdiction,
he sent him to Herod who was in Jerusalem at that time.
Herod was very glad to see Jesus;
he had been wanting to see him for a long time,
for he had heard about him
and had been hoping to see him perform some sign.
He questioned him at length,
but he gave him no answer.
The chief priests and scribes, meanwhile,
stood by accusing him harshly.
Herod and his soldiers treated him contemptuously and mocked him,
and after clothing him in resplendent garb,
he sent him back to Pilate.
Herod and Pilate became friends that very day,
even though they had been enemies formerly.
Pilate then summoned the chief priests, the rulers, and the people
and said to them, “You brought this man to me
and accused him of inciting the people to revolt.
I have conducted my investigation in your presence
and have not found this man guilty
of the charges you have brought against him,
nor did Herod, for he sent him back to us.
So no capital crime has been committed by him.
Therefore I shall have him flogged and then release him.”
But all together they shouted out,
“Away with this man!
Release Barabbas to us.”
— Now Barabbas had been imprisoned for a rebellion
that had taken place in the city and for murder. —
Again Pilate addressed them, still wishing to release Jesus,
but they continued their shouting,
“Crucify him! Crucify him!”
Pilate addressed them a third time,
“What evil has this man done?
I found him guilty of no capital crime.
Therefore I shall have him flogged and then release him.”
With loud shouts, however,
they persisted in calling for his crucifixion,
and their voices prevailed.
The verdict of Pilate was that their demand should be granted.
So he released the man who had been imprisoned
for rebellion and murder, for whom they asked,
and he handed Jesus over to them to deal with as they wished.
As they led him away
they took hold of a certain Simon, a Cyrenian,
who was coming in from the country;
and after laying the cross on him,
they made him carry it behind Jesus.
A large crowd of people followed Jesus,
including many women who mourned and lamented him.
Jesus turned to them and said,
“Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me;
weep instead for yourselves and for your children
for indeed, the days are coming when people will say,
‘Blessed are the barren,
the wombs that never bore
and the breasts that never nursed.’
At that time people will say to the mountains,
‘Fall upon us!’
and to the hills, ‘Cover us!’
for if these things are done when the wood is green
what will happen when it is dry?”
Now two others, both criminals,
were led away with him to be executed.
When they came to the place called the Skull,
they crucified him and the criminals there,
one on his right, the other on his left.
Then Jesus said,
“Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.”
They divided his garments by casting lots.
The people stood by and watched;
the rulers, meanwhile, sneered at him and said,
“He saved others, let him save himself
if he is the chosen one, the Christ of God.”
Even the soldiers jeered at him.
As they approached to offer him wine they called out,
“If you are King of the Jews, save yourself.”
Above him there was an inscription that read,
“This is the King of the Jews.”
Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying,
“Are you not the Christ?
Save yourself and us.”
The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply,
“Have you no fear of God,
for you are subject to the same condemnation?
And indeed, we have been condemned justly,
for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes,
but this man has done nothing criminal.”
Then he said,
“Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
He replied to him,
“Amen, I say to you,
today you will be with me in Paradise.”
It was now about noon and darkness came over the whole land
until three in the afternoon
because of an eclipse of the sun.
Then the veil of the temple was torn down the middle.
Jesus cried out in a loud voice,
“Father, into your hands I commend my spirit”;
and when he had said this he breathed his last.
Here all kneel and pause for a short time.
The centurion who witnessed what had happened glorified God and said,
“This man was innocent beyond doubt.”
When all the people who had gathered for this spectacle saw what had happened,
they returned home beating their breasts;
but all his acquaintances stood at a distance,
including the women who had followed him from Galilee
and saw these events.
Now there was a virtuous and righteous man named Joseph who,
though he was a member of the council,
had not consented to their plan of action.
He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea
and was awaiting the kingdom of God.
He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.
After he had taken the body down,
he wrapped it in a linen cloth
and laid him in a rock-hewn tomb
in which no one had yet been buried.
It was the day of preparation,
and the sabbath was about to begin.
The women who had come from Galilee with him followed behind,
and when they had seen the tomb
and the way in which his body was laid in it,
they returned and prepared spices and perfumed oils.
Then they rested on the sabbath according to the commandment.
The students have been praying a lot during this season of lent. Today, at morning prayer, I asked them if lent had been hard for any of them and almost every hand went up. I agree. By the time we are finishing the fifth week of lent, we are all a bit weary. Mass this morning was very helpful and the children’s choir was so good at lifting our weary hearts. They preformed a song written by our own Bill Koshelnyk with such enthusiasm that we were all in a great mood after Mass. A special thank you to Father Todd for relating the readings and Gospel to the students in a way that they can understand.
See the attached newsletter for school events and news.
As we come to the end of Lent this week, we begin a journey which accompanies Jesus into the dark shadows of His last hours on earth. It’s a journey we take to better understand why Jesus did what He did and remember God is always with us. We can enhance this journey by attending our Tenebrae Service on the evening of Good Friday.
Just what is a Tenebrae Service? The word “Tenebrae” is Latin for “shadows.” The purpose of the Tenebrae is to recreate the emotions felt by the Apostles and Jesus’ followers as they dine with Him at the Passover, see Him arrested and beaten for a crime He didn’t commit, watch Him die a brutal death at the hands of a Roman crucifixion, and stand in stunned silence as He is laid in a tomb. Making this journey as a disciple of Jesus on that first Good Friday would not have been a happy event. Many fell into despair and hid in fear for their own safety. Some wandered in a state of shock and disbelief. Others grew angry at what they did to Him. The Tenebrae Service is designed to help us experience all of these same emotions as we walk with Jesus during His final hours.
There are no hard and fast rules for a Tenebrae Service. Our service is adapted from the Jesuit Institute as a solemn liturgy occurring only in candlelight. There is no music until the very end when the choir sings “Were You There” a cappella as we leave the church. There are 7 readings, 6 from the Gospel Passion Stories and 1 from Isaiah’s prophecy of the Suffering Servant. Each reading is followed by a short prayer, then the candles are extinguished until only one candle remains lit. This last candle represents Jesus. At the end of the last reading, the final candle is extinguished and the sound of the stone being dragged across the tomb entrance can be heard. With the tomb closed, we are left in total darkness to reflect on the devastation we would have felt after Jesus was suddenly and violently taken from our life. The service ends, a few small lights are turned on to find our way out, and we travel home in silence contemplating what just happened. The purpose of a Tenebrae is to powerfully recreate the betrayal, abandonment, and the agony of the evening. It is left unfinished, because the story is not over until Easter Day.
If you are looking to journey through the Passion of Jesus Christ like never before, please consider coming to the Tenebrae on Good Friday, 8pm, at St Mary on the Lake. It will be a Holy Week experience you will never forget.
“Life is like riding a bicycle, in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
If you google “how to achieve balance in your life,” you will see 1.5 billion responses. It seems from the number of articles written, that many of us are missing something that is keeping us from tipping too far in one direction. This makes perfect sense to me because, in our current culture, much is expected out of each one of us. When the word balance is used as a noun, it means “a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions.” When balance is used as a verb, it means “to offset or compare the value of one thing with another (oxford dictionaries).” We live in a fast pace society and even when we are not actively participating, we can see easily what we are missing or what we should be doing. We are busier than we have ever been. Children are very accustomed to family schedules being managed daily. We are always on the go. So how do we achieve that balance so many of us desire? Why is balance so important to the human soul? We are intelligent humans who are designed by the divine. We are complex and seek enlightenment. The Bible says that the soul can work, crave food, eat, obey laws, and touch a dead body. (Leviticus 5:2; 7:20; 23:30;Deuteronomy 12:20; Romans 13:1) Those activities involve the entire person.
We are designed to need to fill all parts of our soul. We innately know this. We know when we are missing very large pieces and we are not moving forward. Balance is key. Listening to God will lead to balance and prayer is the most important thing we can do to achieve this balance. Finding balance does not mean mapping out our lives to include static growth in all areas. It is not a strategic plan to happiness. Balance means that we weave faith, learning, virtue, prayer, service, hard work, love and selflessness into everything we do. We live our life with passion and gratitude. Balance is not something to be achieved; it is to be lived. Balance is a way of life. It is a part of our mission at Sacred Heart School. Students are balanced: confidence of mind, academics and Catholic faith. Every policy, subject taught, event, field trip, discipline, etc. is looked at through the lens of balance. Are we weaving all parts of our student’s soul into everything we do? The answer has to be yes. It is who we are, it is what we do
Sacred Heart will be HOSTING the local HYMN SING on Sunday, April 14 ~ at 6:00
Hymn Sing is where many different people, from several local churches join together the 3rd Sunday evening every month, to sing songs together as a whole, as well as individual specials. (Specials being solos, duets, choirs, playing a guitar, a bell choir, playing the piano, anything musical). All are welcome!! Come and enjoy of evening of music and song.
We are also in need of snacks for after Hymn Sing. Please feel free to drop them off in the parish hall.