Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, July 26, 2020

Dear Sacred Heart Families,

I am sure you have been following the news concerning mandatory changes to the school day implemented by the Governor of Michigan. Sacred Heart School has an excellent plan to keep us safe while we are in the building. We have used the Michigan’s 2020-2021 Return to School Roadmap as the guide for reopening safely. We are so blessed to have the square footage and outdoor access that makes Sacred Heart easily converted to a building that meets distancing requirements. Be aware that the plan is awaiting approval from Diocese of Lansing superintendent Tom Maloney and the state superintendent for compliance.

It is very important that we keep the school day as normal as possible. We are getting very excited for the school year and we have received much grace as we have prepared. You are a blessing to us and we are committed to serving you!

Please continue to pray for our school and our families as we work through our future together.

Please reach out to me with any questions or concerns at or call the school at 448-6405 or my cell at 517-403-2824.


God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal


Sacred Heart School

Students are balanced: confident of mind, academics and Catholic Faith

Serving the Community. Teaching our students to live and model the Catholic faith. Reflecting the unconditional love of Jesus. Remaining structured with the purpose of graduating students who are prepared to persevere.


Deacon Corner, July 26, 2020

In our Gospel today, Jesus uses parables to describe the Kingdom of Heaven.  He says it’s like finding an expensive pearl, a treasure in a field, and even very tasty fish.  But, what exactly is this Kingdom Jesus speaks of so often?  Why is it so precious and important?  After all, when Jesus was interrogated by Pilate, He told him: “My Kingdom is not of this world.”

Think about it – when Jesus taught his Apostles to pray to their Heavenly Father, His prayer included “thy Kingdom come, thy will be done.”   So, Christ’s Kingdom must have something to do with what God wants from us.  That means His Kingdom must reign within our hearts and our minds, because those are the two things we have that only we can control. Therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven exists deep within our inner self.  When we do what God asks of us, His “Kingdom” or “kingship” comes.  When we let God reign within us, He bestows on us the wisdom King Solomon was seeking in our 1st Reading – the wisdom to tell the difference between good and evil.  And when we choose the good, God’s will is done.

How can we enjoy the Kingdom of Heaven in our homes and families today?  The answer is easy, but doing it can be hard.  To enjoy the Kingdom, we simply need to do what Christ said at the Last Supper: obey My commands, and you will remain in My love.  The key word here is “love.”  Loving as Jesus loved.  And how did Jesus love? He loved by serving others and sacrificing for them.  He was compassionate, willing to listen, forgiving, and respectful.  Jesus treated everyone as a friend.  Not a friend on Facebook, but a friend who He would do anything for, even give His life for them.  What a difference it would make in the world if each of us could do the same.

Finding the Kingdom of Heaven today is finding the love of Christ in our heart, then doing God’s will to bring peace to a broken world.

Deacon John


Fr. Todd Homily July 19, 2020

GospelMT 13:24-43 OR 13:24-30

Jesus proposed another parable to the crowds, saying:
“The kingdom of heaven may be likened
to a man who sowed good seed in his field.
While everyone was asleep his enemy came
and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off.
When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well.
The slaves of the householder came to him and said,
‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field?
Where have the weeds come from?’
He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’
His slaves said to him,
‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
He replied, ‘No, if you pull up the weeds
you might uproot the wheat along with them.
Let them grow together until harvest;
then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters,
“First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning;
but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”

He proposed another parable to them.
“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed
that a person took and sowed in a field.
It is the smallest of all the seeds,
yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants.
It becomes a large bush,
and the ‘birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.’”

He spoke to them another parable.
“The kingdom of heaven is like yeast
that a woman took and mixed with three measures of wheat flour
until the whole batch was leavened.”

All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables.
He spoke to them only in parables,
to fulfill what had been said through the prophet:
I will open my mouth in parables,
I will announce what has lain hidden from the foundation
of the world.

Then, dismissing the crowds, he went into the house.
His disciples approached him and said,
“Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
He said in reply, “He who sows good seed is the Son of Man,
the field is the world, the good seed the children of the kingdom.
The weeds are the children of the evil one,
and the enemy who sows them is the devil.
The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
Just as weeds are collected and burned up with fire,
so will it be at the end of the age.
The Son of Man will send his angels,
and they will collect out of his kingdom
all who cause others to sin and all evildoers.
They will throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.
Then the righteous will shine like the sun
in the kingdom of their Father.
Whoever has ears ought to hear.”

Mass, July 18-19, 2020

Mass Intentions for Sacred Heart are for:

4:30pm – Karen Commenator by Cathy, Cindy & Chrys
8:00am – Joan Baran by Chan & Bernie Barrett
11:00am – Maxine Camp ~ 21st Anniversary by 5 Daughters

Mass Intentions for St. Mary on the Lake are for:
6:00pm – Marion Schultz+
9:30am – LuAnne Gillen+


Readings of the day:

Bulletin for July 18-19:  

Fr. Todd Bulletin, July 19, 2020

Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s on the Lake,

This past Tuesday, our staff attended a one-day retreat put on by Craig Pohl, our Diocesan director of the New Evangelization.  Over the course of the day, Craig gave a series of talks in which he shared his story of searching for God in a time of great darkness, of encountering Jesus in a powerful way, and then what it has been like walking with Him a life of faith.  It was a blessing to spend a day with the Lord and pray with our own stories.  In the future, I hope to organize days like that not just for the staff, but also for our parishes as a whole.  (Certainly not being in a pandemic will help with that!)

In his talk, Craig shared four things we need to do to keep on walking with Jesus if we are going to keep on growing.  It comes down to the fact that if we are striving for something, a life lived in God, we need to have a plan.  Just like we have a concrete plan for anything else we do—be it our career, schooling, chores, vacations, dieting, etc.   That plan has four elements: prayer, community, study/catechesis, and apostolate.  Over the next few weeks, I want to walk us through these four elements that need to be part of our plan of faith.

The first element of our ongoing walk of faith is prayer.  Craig shared a story about the importance of both knowing where we are going and constantly checking in along the way.  If a pilot was flying from New York to Texas and was off just a few degrees, he would end up bringing his passengers not to Texas, but to Haiti.  That is why they need to constantly be checking in with flight control all along the way to get updates and make course corrections along the way.  An intentional, consistent prayer time keeps us engaged with God and allows Him to give us guidance, direction, and course corrections as needed.  It is our way of constantly checking in and making sure we are not missing the mark we are aiming at.  If we are aiming for Heaven and want to make sure every part of our life is moving us there, our prayer life is what keeps us connected.

Another element of a consistent prayer life is that it helps us recognize God’s voice.  With the people we love, all we need to do is hear their voice and even without seeing them we know they are there. We can pick their voice out of a crowd.  With God it is the same thing. Through prayer we spend time with one we love, and we come to know His voice even amidst the cacophony of other voices and distractions that can fill our lives. So many other voices can fill our lives—that of the world or that of the evil one trying to discourage and trip us up.  A Christian schooled in prayer comes to have a familiarity with God’s voice. Jesus reminds us that “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27).

I think this can be applied in a couple of ways.  First, we need to plan in a prayer time like we plan anything else.  I know it can be hard to find/make time, but the sacrifice is worth it.  Those 10 minutes a day can transform us.  Some days those ten minutes will be easy.  Other days those ten minutes will cost a lot.  But through this habit, we will begin living each day in the Lord’s light and love.  We will be able to receive the encouragements and corrections we need along the way.

Secondly, Craig specifically mentioned the importance of Scripture in coming to recognize God’s voice.  I know someone who recently passed away that had made a habit of reading the Bible every year.  He used a Bible that broke the scriptures up into 365 sections so all he had to do was read each day’s section.  .


God Bless,

Fr. Todd


Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, July 19, 2020

Dear Sacred Heart Families,

I hope you are all well and you are enjoying these summer months with the people you love. We have been planning for the reopening of SHS for the 2020-2021 school year and are almost done with our preparedness plan. Even though we are a private school and we do not receive funding from the state, we are still obligated to comply with the mandates set by Gov. Witmer regarding schools in Michigan. We will roll out our plan for the Fall as soon as it is edited and approved.

Here are the ways we are going to keep are school clean and our students/staff safe:

  • Common spaces will be disinfected after use using an EPA-registered household disinfectant that meets EPA’s criteria for use against COVID-19 that is dispensed with a professional Cordless Electrostatic Backpack Sprayer.
  • Hand washing stations, bottle filling stations, and soap and paper towel dispensers have been replaced with touchless technology.
  • An air filtration system has been installed in each classroom to increase air circulation.
  • Seating will be spread out to every other seat for students during work/meal times.
  • Students are assigned a cohort with their classmates to limit face mask requirement and exposure to germs.
  • Strict policy for staff and students who show symptoms related to Covid-19. An isolation room will be used to isolate any child/staff who shows symptoms of Covid-19 while at school.
  • Only toys and objects which can be easily cleaned or sanitized are allowed. Eliminated toys include: wooden and cloth. Toys will be cleaned (disinfected) at lunch and at the end of each day.

The preschool, kindergarten and 1st/2nd grade classrooms will all be getting a fresh look for the Fall. We are very excited to have the help of seminarians Dan, Josh and Randy this summer. They have worked diligently and we are grateful for their efforts to refresh and clean these classrooms. Thank You!

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. You can email me at or text me at 517-403-2824.

Thank you so much for being a part of the Sacred Heart Community. We have been so blessed by your dedication and kindness to each other and to the school.


God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal


Fr. Paul Ruddy Update

Fr. Paul Ruddy has returned to his home at 3403 Loren Drive, Jackson. 49203. He called to thank so many of you for the prayers, nice cards and well wishes. He is really doing quite well after over 2 months recovering in a nursing home and rehabilitation center.