Fr. Todd Bulletin, April 7 2019

Dear Sacred Heart Family,

I want to write a bit about Blessed Solanus Casey.  We have a bus going to tour and pray at his center in Detroit on Friday, May 3rd..  We have a few seats left, so if you would like to go, please call the office.  The fee is $46 and includes the bus, tour and lunch.  Regardless if you can go or not, it is a blessing to get to know this local saint in our midst.  He was beatified 2 years ago at Ford Field with 60,000 people in attendance.  I was blessed to be able to attend.  He was beatified because the Vatican and its experts said they could find no scientific explanation of how one woman’s genetic, disfiguring skin disease disappeared in the hours after she prayed at Casey’s tomb.  That woman, Paula Medina Zarate, was present at the Mass.  Here is a little bit about him:

  • Barney Casey became one of Detroit’s best-known priests even though he was not allowed to preach formally or to hear confessions!
  • Barney came from a large family in Oak Grove, Wisconsin. At the age of 21, and after he had worked as a logger, a hospital orderly, a streetcar operator, and a prison guard, he entered St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee—where he found the studies difficult. He left there, and in 1896, joined the Capuchins in Detroit, taking the name Solanus. His studies for the priesthood were again arduous.
  • On July 24, 1904, Solanus was ordained, but because his knowledge of theology was judged to be weak, he was not given permission to hear confessions or to preach. A Franciscan Capuchin who knew him well said this annoying restriction “brought forth in him a greatness and a holiness that might never have been realized in any other way.”
  • During his 14 years as porter and sacristan in Yonkers, New York, the people there recognized Solanus as a fine speaker. James Derum, his biographer writes, “For, though he was forbidden to deliver doctrinal sermons, he could give inspirational talks, or feverinos, as the Capuchins termed them.” His spiritual fire deeply impressed his listeners.
  • Father Solanus served at parishes in Manhattan and Harlem before returning to Detroit, where he was porter and sacristan for 20 years at St. Bonaventure Monastery. Every Wednesday afternoon he conducted well-attended services for the sick. A co-worker estimates that on the average day 150 to 200 people came to see Father Solanus in the front office. Most of them came to receive his blessing; 40 to 50 came for consultation. Many people considered him instrumental in cures and other blessings they received.
  • Father Solanus’ sense of God’s providence inspired many of his visitors. “Blessed be God in all his designs” was one of his favorite expressions.
  • Father Solanus died on July 31, 1957. … At the funeral Mass, the provincial Father Gerald said: “His was a life of service and love for people like me and you. When he was not himself sick, he nevertheless suffered with and for you that were sick. When he was not physically hungry, he hungered with people like you. He had a divine love for people. He loved people for what he could do for them—and for God, through them.”

For more info on Fr. Solanus Casey, please visit https://www.franciscanmedia.org/venerable-solanus-casey/

Fr. Solanus- Pray for us!

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, April 7 2019

We would like to share some good news!

Last month, we applied for a grant from the Michigan State Police Competitive School Safety Grant Program.  This program provides funding to improve the safety and security of students and staff through the purchase of technology and equipment from a pre-approved list of projects and resources.  Two weeks ago, we were notified that our grant request for Sacred Heart School was approved to replace the entry doors, install an electronic access control system, and install an intercom system throughout the school.

The grants were provided through the state from a $25 million fund specifically to improve school safety.  In total, 366 applications received, requesting more than $46 million, for security enhancements.  Sacred Heart School was one of 230 applicants to be awarded a grant, and one of 5 schools in Lenawee County.  Grants were awarded based on need and the equitable distribution of funding throughout the state.  The 2019 awards included 135 public school districts, 66 nonpublic schools, 20 public charter schools and nine intermediate school districts or regional educational service agencies.

We are now in the processes of signing the grant contract documents and final planning of the project.  Construction will take place over the summer break in time for the upcoming school year. A special thank you to Deacon John for his work on the school safety analysis and crafting of the grant.  Stay tuned for more details.

May God continue to bless our school and parish!

Fr Todd/Anne

NOTE:  This project is supported by the fiscal year 2019 Competitive School Safety Grant Program, awarded by the state of Michigan and administered by the Michigan State Police (MSP). Points of view or opinions contained within this document do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the state of Michigan or the MSP.

 

Deacon Corner, April 7 2019

It’s finally April and that means two things.  First (hopefully), Spring is really here!  Second, Lent both continues and ends this month.

As Lent continues, let’s remember that no matter how it’s gone so far, whether we’ve really nailed our Lenten commitments like All-stars or felt like amateurs playing way out of our league, God never has a bad day.   He never fluctuates in His commitments; and is always there for us.  He is our salvation and our strength.

In the daily Gospel from last Tuesday, Jesus heals a man who was cripple for most or all of his life.  Scripture says Jesus tells the man to “Rise up, take your mat, and walk. (John 5:8)” When I read this verse, I wonder -why didn’t Jesus tell him to toss his mat away?  After all, the man was lying on that mat for 38 years.  Maybe Jesus wanted to leave the man with a constant reminder of his former condition?  Lugging around his silly mat might have been annoying, but I’ll bet the man never forgot his life depended on Jesus.

So it is with us – we carry our mats.  Our Catechism tells us that although Baptism removes Original Sin, there are certain worldly consequences of sin like suffering, illness, death, and human weakness that keep us from getting carried away with our self (CCC 1274).   Our human vulnerability to suffering and death actually unites us to Jesus, who suffered and died for us.  Our lifelong war against temptation prepares us to receive a crown of glory.  After all, Jesus did establish seven sacraments to receive sanctifying grace, not just one.  Baptism does indeed make us holy.  The rest of the sacraments, especially regular Confession and Communion, make us more holy.

In our second reading today, St. Paul said “Just one thing: forgetting what lies behind but straining forward to what lies ahead, I continue my pursuit toward the goal, the prize of God’s upward calling, in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13b-14)” As the weather warms, the trees and flowers begin to bud, the beauty of Spring unfolds around us, and we look forward to the joy of Easter, may nothing – no lingering discouragement or regret, cloud or darkness – impede our Lord’s victory over sin and death.  May your final 40 days of Lent be blessed remembering this is the season that unites us to Jesus, our Savior and our Lord.

Deacon John

Adapted from The Magnificat, April 2019

 

Parish News & Upcoming Events

 

UPCOMING EVENTS at Sacred Heart

Monday, April 8 ~ Emmaus Group Meeting ~ 6:30pm in Parish Hall

Friday, April 12 ~ K of C Feather Party ~ 7:30pm

Sunday, April 14 ~ Hymn Sing ~ 6:00pm

Sunday, April 14 ~ Called & Gifted ~ 1:00 – 3:00pm

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

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

Password: 49247shh

 

Alpha Omega Care Center wishes to thank you for placing their mission at the forefront of your thoughts.  Your donations to the Baby Bottle Blessing Drive reached $1,045.85 from our parish families.   You are all Good Samaritans and we appreciate you!   God Bless.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Fr. Todd Homily, March 31 2019

Gospel LK 15:1-3, 11-32

Tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus,
but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying,
“This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
So to them Jesus addressed this parable:
“A man had two sons, and the younger son said to his father,
‘Father give me the share of your estate that should come to me.’

So the father divided the property between them.
After a few days, the younger son collected all his belongings
and set off to a distant country
where he squandered his inheritance on a life of dissipation.
When he had freely spent everything,
a severe famine struck that country,
and he found himself in dire need.
So he hired himself out to one of the local citizens
who sent him to his farm to tend the swine.
And he longed to eat his fill of the pods on which the swine fed,
but nobody gave him any.
Coming to his senses he thought,
‘How many of my father’s hired workers
have more than enough food to eat,
but here am I, dying from hunger.
I shall get up and go to my father and I shall say to him,
“Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.
I no longer deserve to be called your son;
treat me as you would treat one of your hired workers.”’
So he got up and went back to his father.
While he was still a long way off,
his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion.
He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him.
His son said to him,
‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you;
I no longer deserve to be called your son.’
But his father ordered his servants,
‘Quickly bring the finest robe and put it on him;
put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.
Take the fattened calf and slaughter it.
Then let us celebrate with a feast,
because this son of mine was dead, and has come to life again;
he was lost, and has been found.’
Then the celebration began.
Now the older son had been out in the field
and, on his way back, as he neared the house,
he heard the sound of music and dancing.
He called one of the servants and asked what this might mean.
The servant said to him,
‘Your brother has returned
and your father has slaughtered the fattened calf
because he has him back safe and sound.’
He became angry,
and when he refused to enter the house,
his father came out and pleaded with him.
He said to his father in reply,
‘Look, all these years I served you
and not once did I disobey your orders;
yet you never gave me even a young goat to feast on with my friends.
But when your son returns
who swallowed up your property with prostitutes,
for him you slaughter the fattened calf.’
He said to him,
‘My son, you are here with me always;
everything I have is yours.
But now we must celebrate and rejoice,
because your brother was dead and has come to life again;
he was lost and has been found.’”

Fr. Tomy Homily, March 31 2019

 

FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT YEAR C

Today’s readings invite us to rejoice by being reconciled with God through repentance and the confession of our sins and by celebrating our coming home to be with our loving and forgiving God. In the Gospel, the joy is that of a young son’s “coming home,” where he discovers and is healed by the reality of his father’s forgiving and gratuitous love.  It is also the story of a loving and forgiving father who celebrates the return of his prodigal son by throwing a big party in his honor, a banquet celebrating the reconciliation of the son with his father, his family, his community and his God.  It is the Parable of the Forgiving Father, the story of Divine love and mercy for us sinners, a love that is almost beyond belief. The common theme of joy resulting from reconciliation with God and other human beings is announced to all of us present in this Church ready to receive God’s forgiveness and His Personal Presence as a forgiving God in the Holy Eucharist.

The father symbolizes the loving and unconditionally forgiving Heavenly Father who is excessive, extravagant and generous with His forgiveness and mercy. Mirroring our Heavenly Father, Jesus, too, squanders his love on those who need it most.  Although the story of the prodigal son is often given as an example of repentance, it is actually the story of how God forgives and heals the repentant sinner. Like God, the father in the parable was ready to forgive both of his “sinful” sons even before they repented. St. Thomas Aquinas explains that God already forgives us as soon as we repent, even before we go to confession or perform any penance.  The forgiveness the father offers in the parable parallels the forgiveness God offers in real life. That is why Jesus in the Gospels frequently describes God more like a defense attorney than a prosecuting attorney.

Lent is a time to “pass over,” from a world of sin to a world of reconciliation. Lent is a time to transform hatred into love, conflict into peace, death into eternal life.  God our Heavenly Father stands outside our door waiting for us to open it to Him.  For the remainder of Lent, let us try to make every effort to answer that invitation from our Heavenly Father, “All I have is yours.” Each Lent offers us sinners a chance to return home with a confession of sins, where we will find His welcome and open-armed love.  Such a confession will enable us to hasten toward Easter with the eagerness of Faith and love, and it will make possible the rejoicing which today’s liturgy assures us in our Lord’s words: “There is more joy in Heaven over the one sinner who does penance than over the ninety-nine just who do not need penance.” 

While we go through this time of Lent, the time of self-introspection, evaluation, purification and self-mortification, today we remind ourselves that ultimately, all of these are for a singular purpose, and that is for us to embrace the hope in the joy that is to come, the true joy that comes with our reconciliation with God, Who loves each and every one of us, that He wants us all to be reconciled with Him, and to be forgiven from our sins. We are looking forward to the true joy of being reunited fully with God, our loving Father, which is the joy of the Resurrection, the joy of Easter. Let us all make this our commitment to live more in accordance to the path that God has shown us. Let us embrace with joy and with courage the mercy and love that He has offered so generously before us. Let us all keep strong to this hope we have in Christ, Our Lord and Savior, Who has come to us to show us the fullness of God’s everlasting love and mercy towards us.

Fr. Todd Bulletin, March 31 2019

 

Dear Sacred Heart Family,

This past Tuesday I was able to visit my brother, Fr. Gary, and go through his school tricking his kids and teachers much like he did at Sacred Heart this past fall.  The best response I may have received is a kid who whispered concernedly to his teacher when I came in “What happened to Fr. Gary?!”.

This weekend we hear this famous story of the Prodigal son- a story that brings us to the heart of God.  I want to share a song that tells the story of the Prodigal called “When God Ran” by Phillips, Craig, and Dean.  Below are the lyrics and also a You Tube Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGDU2H1tZCI

God Bless,

Fr. Todd

 

Almighty God, The Great I Am,
Immovable Rock, Omnipotent, Powerful,
Awesome Lord.
Victorious Warrior, Commanding King of Kings,
Mighty Conqueror and the only time,
The only time I ever saw him run,
Was when

He ran to me,
He took me in His arms,
Held my head to His chest,
Said “My son’s come home again!”
Lifted my face,
Wiped the tears from my eyes,
With forgiveness in His voice He said
“Son, do you know I still love You?”

He caught me By surprise, When God ran

The day I left home,
I knew I’d broken His heart.
And I wondered then, if things could ever be the same.
Then one night,
I remembered His love for me.
And down that dusty road, ahead I could see,
It was the only time,
It was the only time I ever saw Him run.
And then

He ran to me,
He took me in His arms,
Held my head to His chest,
Said “My son’s come home again!”
Lifted my face,
Wiped the tears from my eyes,
With forgiveness in His voice He said
“Son, do you know I still love You?”

He caught me by surprise.
And He brought me to my knees.
When God ran, I saw Him run to me.

I was so ashamed, all alone, and so far away.
But now I know, that He’s been waiting for this day
I saw Him run to me,
He took me in His arms,
Held my head to his chest,
Said “My son’s come home again!”
Lifted my face,
Wiped the tears from my eyes,
With forgiveness in His voice
I felt his love for me again.
He ran to me,
He took me in His arms,
Held my head to his chest,
Said “My son’s come home again!”
Lifted my face,
Wiped the tears from my eyes,
With forgiveness in His voice
He said “Son”
He called me Son.
He said “Son, do you know I still love You?”
He ran to me (When God Ran)
(I saw Him run to me)
And then I ran to Him
(When God ran)
When God ran

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, March 31 2019

What Does It Mean to Have Confidence?

When people think of confidence, it is often with the idea that we can fake it. “Fake it ‘till you make it.” This is not bad advice and it generally works, but where does that gumption and courage to tackle challenges come from? I would wager that many times it comes from prayer or faith or at least hope. But what exactly is confidence? Does it come from having the correct appearance? Are we confident if our clothes fit well or our hair is the right color? Can confidence be gained with success? The more success we have, the more confident we become? Are we only allowed to be confident on our good days? What about the days when everything is falling apart?

If we are not careful, it is easy to put our hope and trust into the wrong things.

A hopeless life is in despair. A life without faith is controlled by the human mind. True confidence comes from hope and trust in God. A life led without comparison to others. A life without the highs and lows that come from the constant need for adoration. A confident life is stability and serenity. So how do I get it?

We tell our students that they are made in God’s image and they are perfect just the way they are. They are meant to struggle and to grow; it is their destiny, just as God has planned it. Relax. Confidence must be worked at. It is a virtue. The graces are there; the opportunities are there. We must cultivate confidence if we are to grow in it. “Do not be afraid. Do not let your hearts be troubled.” John 14:1

As our students are growing, they know what it means to have faith and hope. We pray for them every day. Our students know that their worth does not come from an award or a struggle. It can only come from God. They know they are each special and unique and have a purpose that is divine. It is in this knowledge that they are able to build confidence. It is our mission that are students do not need to fake confidence or worry; they pray for what they need to live in God’s image. Our students are balanced: confident of mind, academics and Catholic faith. We know that for our students to leave Sacred Heart School and tackle challenges, they will need the virtue of confidence. We work to build it every day.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal