The Annual SHS 5k Race was held on Saturday, June 9. Over 500 photos were uploaded to the FB Link!
Our church flooring project is off to a great start! The pews, old flooring, and wood platforms have been removed. Installation of the subfloor in the Nave will wrap up this week. The carpeting is on order and should be delivered the week of August 6th.
With the platforms removed, the original Sanctuary terrazzo/marble mosaic floor and communion rail kneeler step were revealed. Both are in very good condition. The restoration contractor inspected the floor and will be able to restore the terrazzo/marble mosaic as originally planned. Although some cracking in the floor may be visible after restoration, it will blend in as part of a century-plus old floor after he finishes cleaning, repairs, and polishing the floor.
There were 2 unexpected findings when the old flooring was removed. In the Narthex (main entry), asbestos was found in the adhesive used to glue the carpeting to the wood flooring. In the main Sacristy, adhesive was also used to glue the carpet to the wood flooring, however, it was tested and found not to be asbestos. Asbestos abatement was completed without impacting the schedule.
In addition to the flooring work, removal and restoring the main Sacristy cabinetry is underway. The layout for reinstalling the pews was also finalized and approved by the flooring committee. The new arrangement will make some accommodations for handicap seating and wheelchair locations, provide more space between the communion rail and front pew, widen the pew spacing to 34 inches, and provide an assembly area in the back of the church which can also be used to place folding chairs when needed. The total seating capacity of the church will remain unchanged. A copy of the new pew arrangement drawing will be posted within the next few days on the hall door leading upstairs to the church. As a side note, pews not used in the new arrangement will be placed in storage.
The project is proceeding on schedule and within budget. If all continues to go reasonably well, we hope to be back in the church on Labor Day weekend. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me. Thank you and may God continue to bless our parish!!
Thank you Jan Fisher for another great video!!
What Is My Purpose?
Let’s Face It….We all need a purpose. My purpose is not same as yours. The need for purpose is one of the defining characteristics of human beings. We need to know that we are working for something important. Our purpose is as individual as our fingerprints and it is what makes us unique. Living the life that God has intended and talking to God every day, is the best way to fill our basic need to be appreciated, respected and useful. It is truly awesome to stop for a minute and think about our special purpose. Each and every one of us has unique gifts that belongs only to us. They are our charisms. A charism is an extraordinary power given to individuals by the Holy Spirit to live life as a follower of Christ. Because they are freely given by God, they cannot be earned and they are not to be used for personal gain.
What is your charism? Perhaps you have the ability to make friends easily or you can jump right into a project and help get it finished. Perhaps you have the gift of leadership or organization. Maybe making music or planning events is your skill. Each of us has our own charism. Special gifts that are to be respected. As we grow closer together, and closer to Christ, my hope is that we all see our beautiful gifts, in ourselves and in each other. Charism can be hard to see; it will require some quiet conversation with God. What is my purpose? Help me to find my gifts and to bring me closer to You.
Anne Atkin, Principal
Last week, we talked about how gossip and rumors violate the Eighth Commandment. They distort the truth about people which is hurtful and destroys that person’s dignity. This week, let’s take a look at the virtue of “truth”.
The Eighth Commandment says “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” It obligates everyone to seek the truth. The virtue of truth is all about sincerity and can be expressed in three ways: sincerity in ourselves, sincerity with others, and sincerity with God. Sincerity with ourselves requires we acknowledge the truth about our own conduct, intentions, thoughts, feelings, and never ignore or fear the truth. Sincerity with others is the ability to speak the truth so others can trust us. If we lack integrity, our word is not reliable. Sincerity with God means God can neither deceive nor be deceived. It requires us to humbly examine our conscience and be honest with Him when confessing our sins. The virtue of the truth is vital to our relationships with others. Whether those relationships are among two people, members of families, within our community, or span across society; truth in speech, writing, or every form of communication and media, truth is what makes trusting human interaction possible.
Miscommunication – especially in the case of a direct lie, evasive language, gossip and rumors, or intentional withholding of the truth – creates mistrust within relationships and sows the seeds of scorn and hatred. True peace, whether between individuals or nations, cannot be reached in an environment of distrust and falsehood. The Eighth Commandment forbids misrepresenting the truth. Offenses against the truth, either by words or actions, show others our refusal to commit ourselves to moral decency. They are fundamental infidelities to God which undermine our relationship with Him – leading us into sin (CCC 2464-2469).
St Francis de Sales said, “Let your words be kindly, frank, sincere, straightforward, and true…remembering…it is never allowable to oppose the truth. Make it your rule never knowingly to say what is not strictly true, either accusing or excusing, always remembering that God is the God of truth.”
God is the source of all truth. His law is truth. May we pray this week for the grace to live the truth.
Adapted from The Catechism of the Catholic Church (2464-2469); and “Introduction to Catholicism”
Dear Sacred Heart Family,
Our floor renovation is progressing very well and on schedule. This past Monday, Fr. Tomy joined me on the farm for a tour and a visit. I gave him a set of farm clothes in case a disaster happened but he came through unscathed without any manure on him! It was also his first experience driving a tractor. By the time we were done he was becoming an old hand.
With the example of our two patrons, the Sacred Heart and St. Mary, I want to turn to their example and wisdom for their direction and guidance in these two outposts of God’s Kingdom. This week I want to turn to the example of our Blessed Mother.
Mary is a beautiful example of Discipleship, of what it means to be a Christian. I am struck by her first and last words. We meet Mary when the Angel Gabriel is speaking to her, asking her to be the mother of God. Mary’s response to this request is “Let it be done to me according to your will”. We hear Mary speak her last words when she is with Jesus at a wedding reception in Cana. Seeing the need for wine she asks Jesus to take care of the problem and tells the servers to “Do whatever he tells you”.
We can learn a lot from Mary’s first and last words. She begins by being totally open to God’s will- which is certainly harder to do than it is to say. Those moments, big and small, come to each of us and we need to pray for the grace to also surrender ourselves. It is important to remember that these moments are never a one-time event- our surrender to Jesus and His will is a daily choice. Some days it is an hourly choice! Mary said yes to the Angel Gabriel and she continued to say yes to the Lord even up to the foot of the cross. Mary’s beginning posture of openness to God, even in incredibly difficult and confusing situations, was maintained throughout her life. It needs to be the same for us. When it is hard to say Yes Mary is there to pray for us and take her to Jesus just like she took that young couples need for wine to Him.
Which takes us to Mary’s last words- “Do whatever he tells you”. Mary ends her words in the Gospels by simply pointing to Jesus. If only our life can be that simple, where all we say or do would be words or actions that point to Jesus. I have heard that a good metaphor for holiness is that of window. The saints are a clean window, people through whom others can see Jesus clearly. Jesus tells us He is the light that has come into the world. The question then becomes how much of His light can shine through us.
Mary, we ask for your help to surrender our lives more fully to Jesus on a consistent basis. Help us to point always to you. May our first words and our last words so define our lives.
Bishop Boyea is looking for people to pray in a special way for the Diocese of Lansing and the upcoming Made for Happiness assembly. He has blessed 4 framed images of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas, and is asking for these images to rotate between private homes throughout the Diocese of Lansing leading up to the assembly. Each family that volunteers is asked to pray with the image for half an hour or more in their home before passing it onto the next volunteer. Go to madeforhappiness.org and click on “Support” to sign up.
The Hudson American Legion Hannan-Colvin Post 180 will be hosting the Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall on August 9-13 in the East parking lot at Hudson High School.
We are in need of help with setting up and tearing down, as well as helping visitors and people to assist with parking cars and guarding the wall 24 hours a day while it is here.
Base construction will start on Sunday, August 5 about 2:00pm and tear down will commence August 13 at 1:00pm.
Please consider helping with this worthwhile community project. Time slots are available, please contact Jim Friedrich at 517-448-0039. Donations are being accepted to help defray the cost of bringing the Memorial Wall to Hudson
This weekend we have an interesting contrast between the First Reading and the Gospel, depicting the day in the life of a Christian, they look radically different.
In the First Reading, when following the Lord, everything goes wrong. In the Gospel, when following the Lord, everything is going right.
In these 2 realities, when things are going well, it’s easy to keep trucking along. We they aren’t going well, frustration comes.
What do you do when the going gets rough?
What a Beautiful Place
As I look around the campus at Sacred Heart, there is a lot going on. Volunteers are working on small projects like weeding the yard and patching the walls. Construction companies are working on the large project of restoring the altar and refinishing the floors of the sacristy and carpeting the main church. Semi- trailers are moving in Amish made playground equipment for the students to enjoy next year. The offices are planning golf outings, coordinating busy schedules, creating a calendar of year-long school events and preparing the building for a fresh start in August.
The people of Sacred Heart Community are busy creating God’s presence. Our faith is not something that can sit on a shelf at home. It has to be shared and nurtured and exposed. It isn’t easy to live our faith everyday and to say yes to God’s call. It is clear that the personal connection and desire to be a part of a loving community is very strong here. The campus itself is so beautiful and the history so magnificent, that just by being on the steps of the school or in the basement of the church, we can feel our connection to God’s community. None of this is by chance. We are all supposed to be here, in Hudson, connected to Sacred Heart. My hope is that when we look around, we can see God in all things and in all people. Let’s be careful with each other and let God do His work.
Anne Atkin, Principal
Gossip or Rumor? What’s the difference? Is there a difference? The Oxford Dictionary defines “gossip” as “a casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details that are not confirmed as being true.” A “rumor” is defined as “a currently circulating story or report of uncertain or doubtful truth.” So, what’s the difference? Gossip is talking about someone with other people. A rumor is spreading specific information about someone. Both have been around forever, but that doesn’t mean they are acceptable behavior for God. That’s why He gave us the Eighth Commandment which says, “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” The Eighth Commandment requires we speak the truth and forbids misrepresenting the truth in our relations with others.
One of the biggest things that separates us from other animals is we are made in the image and likeness of God with the ability to ask questions and seek knowledge. As children of God, we are called through our Baptism to pursue the truth and share it with others. So, we are bound to a moral obligation to seek the truth. Spreading gossip or rumors, especially with the intent to harm someone, defames that person’s dignity with an unjust attack against their reputation. Gossip and rumors are called Calumny which is a doubly malicious sin because it offends both truth and justice.
What is the difference between gossip and rumors? Does it really matter? St James warned early Christians to guard against the great evil of speaking falsely and warned of its serious consequences. He wrote “The tongue is an unrighteous world among our neighbors, staining the whole body, setting on fire the cycle of nature, and set on fire by hell. For every type of beast and bird, reptile and sea creature, can be tamed…by humankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. (James 3:5-8).” Gossip and rumors leads to hurting other people. Both can lead us into sin, especially when we influence others with our negative thoughts to sin.
As disciples of Christ, we are called to seek the truth and allow it to govern our lives through His grace. That means we are obliged to speak honestly to honor the good names of others to uphold their dignity and protect our own dignity. Truth is sacred, and Christ, who is the truth, expects us to testify to Him everyday by the truthfulness of our lives, our actions, and our words.
Adapted from “Introduction to Catholicism” by Father James Socias