Deacon’s Corner, June 17 2018

Why do we go to Mass?  Essentially, we go to grow spiritually and worship as a faith community.  At Mass, we profess what we believe and bear witness to Christ by openly celebrating our Catholic faith before the world.  We go to Mass to share in the wonder of God’s love and be transformed by the Spirit of holiness.  When that happens, we go forward to live our faith and share with others that there is something greater in life to come.

Our Mass has not changed much over the past 2000 years.  In 155 AD, St Justin Martyr wrote a letter to Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius to explain and defend how the Early Christians worshiped.  St. Justin wrote: “On the day we call the day of the sun [Sunday], all who dwell in the city or country gather in the same place.  The memoirs of the apostles and the writings of the prophets are read, as much as time permits.  When the reader has finished, he who presides over those gathered admonishes and challenges them to imitate these beautiful things.  Then we all rise together and offer prayers for ourselves…and for others, wherever they may be, so that we may be found righteous by our actions, and faithful to the commandments, so as to obtain eternal salvation.  When the prayers are concluded we exchange the kiss.  Then someone brings bread and a cup of water and wine mixed together to him who presides over the brethren.  He takes them and offers praise and glory to the Father of the universe, through the name of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and for a considerable time he gives thanks [in Greek: eucharistian] that we have been judged worthy of these gifts.   When he has concluded the prayers and thanksgivings, all present give voice to an acclamation by saying “Amen.”  When he who presides has given thanks and the people have responded, those whom we call deacons give to those present the eucharisted bread, wine and water and take them to those who are absent.”  Ten years after he wrote this, Marcus Aurelius had St. Justin condemned, scourged, & beheaded for not worshiping Roman gods.  St Justin Martyr loved the Mass and gave his life for it.

In his book, Rediscovering Catholicism, Matthew Kelly writes Catholics have lost their sense of wonder about the Mass.  He asks are we “so unaware of the mystery and the privilege [of the Mass] that we can hardly wait to get out of church?”  He says if we truly believe Christ is present in the Eucharist, then the power unleashed within us through receiving the Eucharist is “unfathomable.”  But we cannot experience this feeling if we simply go to Mass because it’s our Sunday “obligation” or someone told us to.  The only way to grow spiritually at Mass and enjoy the camaraderie of our faith community is to rediscover the same wonder those First Christians experienced celebrating Jesus’ presence among them when He said, ‘do this in memory of me’.

Deacon John

 

Fr. Joe Bulletin, June 17 2018

 

Greetings in Christ!

I pray that these warm days in Michigan bring you great joy, productive work and wonderful time with you family. Speaking of family, it is Father’ Day. I want to take this opportunity to thank the Lord for my dad. The older I get the more I realize I will probably never finish learning all the beautiful things he has to teach me. Let’s all pray for our dad weather living on earth or in heaven.

This is going to be an unusual week at our parish families……

The bad news is that Tammy, Fr. Tomy and Deacon John are all going to be away and you guys are stuck with me!

The good news is that Bishop Sean will be here throughout the week and we will carry the mass schedule as best we can, as well as any emergencies that may pop up.

Bishop Sean is going to offer Bible Study this week at Sacred Heart on Wednesday night at 6pm.   I haven’t asked him what topic he would like to cover, but I’m sure that he will knock it out of the park as he usual does!

On Thursday of this week, we celebrate St. Aloysius Gonzaga, a Jesuit priest.  Here’s a little bit on him from Catholic.org:

¨ St. Aloysius was born in Castiglione, Italy. The first words St. Aloysius spoke were the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. He was destined for the military by his father (who was in service to Philip II), but by the age of 9 Aloysius had decided on a religious life, and made a vow of perpetual virginity.

¨ A kidney disease prevented St. Aloysius from a full social life for a while, so he spent his time in prayer and reading the lives of the saints. Although he was appointed a page in Spain, St. Aloysius kept up his many devotions and austerities, and was quite resolved to become a Jesuit. His family eventually moved back to Italy, where he taught catechism to the poor. When he was 18, he joined the Jesuits, after finally breaking down his father, who had refused his entrance into the order.

¨ He served in a hospital during the plague of 1587 in Milan, and died from it at the age of 23 after speaking the Holy name of Jesus for his last words.

¨ He received his First Holy Communion from St. Charles Borromeo and his Last Rites from St. Robert Bellarmine.  St. Robert went on to write a book about the life of St. Aloysius.

May God bless us to hunger for Him like St. Aloysius did and pour ourselves out in loving service to those in need!

God bless you all

FJK

 

Made for Happiness Assembly – September 22, 2018

Save the Date!  Saturday, September 22 – Diocese of Lansing Made for Happiness Assembly!

You are invited to join thousands of Catholics of all ages from all 77 parishes in the Diocese of Lansing for the September 22 “Made for Happiness” Assembly.  Admission is FREE.

The day’s events will begin with an outdoor Eucharistic Procession from St. Mary Cathedral in Lansing to the Breslin Center in East Lansing.  The Eucharistic Procession begins at St. Mary Cathedral in Lansing and will follow a four-mile route to the site of the Assembly’s afternoon events at the Breslin Center on the campus of Michigan State in East Lansing. You are welcome to join in for the whole four-mile route or just a portion of it.   At the Breslin Center we will be inspired by presenters such as, Fr. Mike Schmitz, Jennifer Fulwiler, Fr. Joe Krupp, Bishop Boyea and more. 

The gathering will come to a joyful culmination with a celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with Bishop Boyea and all the clergy of our diocese. Please note that the Saturday evening vigil Mass at our parish and all parishes of the Diocese of Lansing will be canceled that day.

To learn more about the September 22 “Made for Happiness” Assembly, and to register for the full day of events, refer to the website: madeforhappiness.org.

 

FOOD FAIR & RAFFLE

Thank you to everyone who participated in our First Food Fair & Raffle!  We had a remarkable turnout and the weather was beautiful and we made approximately $7,400….. GOD IS GOOD.

We cannot being to express our gratitude for the volunteers, vendors and all who participated in one way or another.  The Food Fair will continue to be a fun family event that will kick off the summer for the parish, school and community. As we move forward, we’d like to engage you and many more people like you. Our hope is that the people who enjoyed the Food Fair or heard about it will come back to support it next year.

Thank you to our Raffle Sponsors:

Hudson Collision                   CR Motors                      Demlow Products                    

Dr. Matt Taylor                      RIMA Mfg.                    Anonymous Donor

Hudson Pharmacy                Luma Insulation           Adrian Animal Clinic             

Alumi Span                            Burdick & Associates             Matt & Angie Monahan            

Shaffer Tental Rental           

 

Congrats to our Raffle Winners & Sellers:

1st Place:  Liz Fergus/Seller:  Liz Fergus

2nd Place:  Heather Pearce/Seller:  C Johnston

3rd Place:  Butch’s Bar/Seller:  C Johnston

4th Place:  Mike & Randi Monaghan

5th Place:  Butch’s Sports Bar

6th Place:  Mike & Randi Monaghan

7th Place:  Don Ladd

8th Place:  Ellen Mooney

9th Place: Randy Button

10th Place:  Elmer D Marry

 

Christen Johnston was Top Ticket Seller

 

Our 50/50 Winners were:

Tim Stanley, Ed Engle & Joe Houser

 

 

 

FLOORING PROJECT UPDATE

 

Good news!  Last Friday, we received final approval of our flooring project from the diocese which now allows construction to move  forward.  After the 11am Mass on July 1, the main level of the church will be closed for about 2 months.  During the week of July 2, the Parish Hall will be converted into a liturgical worship space for daily and weekend Masses, Adoration, Confessions, and a dignified environment to come in and pray during the day.  The contractor will  mobilize on July 9 to begin pew and carpet removal.   The project is on schedule and budget for completion by September 15, hopefully by Labor Day if everything goes according to plan.  As required by the Witness-to-Hope project process, oversight of the project now falls under the parish   Finance Council.  This means Finance Council    approval is needed for any major decisions or scope changes regarding the project. Progress updates will be provided on a regular basis in the bulletin and our website.  More to follow as the final details are worked out.   Deacon John

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, June 10 2018

Moderation- Finding A Healthy Balance

It is time to say goodbye for the summer. Even though we have experienced a magical year of growth in faith, academics and mind it feels so right to be ending and heading out in to the bright sunny summer. The shoes are coming off and the schedules are thrown away. Our minds are about to move in a whole new direction and we can’t wait.

Summer is for personal growth and personal exploration. It is the time to use your imagination and lose track of time. Be silly, get dirty and take in all of the different sounds, smells and colors of summer.

Why is this time off from the daily grind so important to our children as they develop and grow? It is because they are working on the virtue of moderation. It is attention to the balance in our lives. In order to find balance, we first need to    experience freedom. Push the limits to see how far is too far. Take risks to see what    consequences look like. Then, find your balance level. Moderation doesn’t seem to be that popular these days: supersize, extreme flavor rush, addiction to screens etc. Yet, it is our job as parents to grow children who know when enough is enough. Moderation is the key to healthy living but it takes practice. It is the ability to keep your mind focused on the bigger picture in your life. To see yourself the way God sees you, full of curiosity and spirit but capable of doing great things for the people in the world. This is what will keep us balanced and full of life. Never forget that God is in charge and He will help you moderate so you can make the most of each day. Moderation…..it makes perfect sense.

Have a wonderful summer!

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Deacon Corner, June 10 2018

In the next few weeks, over 3.6 million high school students will walk across the stages in America to collect their diplomas.   Somewhere among the Baccalaureates, open houses, and commencements is the reality that change is coming for these young men and women.  Whether they continue their education, serve in the military, or join the workforce; they will encounter new people of all backgrounds, religions, lifestyles, beliefs and worldviews.  No matter the role we play in their lives, we can pray for them as they begin this new journey.  So, let us pray…..

¨ Pray for wisdom and guidance so they know God gives them a godly purpose.  Pray they will trust in the Lord.  Pray they will seek to know and do the will of God and follow Christ fully (Proverbs 3:5–6).

¨ Pray they develop good and godly habits.  Pray they make good choices.  Pray they connect with a local parish and be involved in serving Christ on and off their campus or workplace.  Pray for friends who will encourage and support them; friends who will lift them up and not drag them down.  Pray they are not deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals” (1 Corinthians 15:33).

¨ Pray for their finances.  Pray they will be responsible for credit cards, student loans, travel, clothing, entertainment and personal expenses.  Pray God will provide for their needs. Pray they will spend wisely and give generously.

¨ Pray they remember what they learned at home and in church as they face new temptations, hardships, and dangers.  Pray for their safety.  Pray they will be witnesses for Christ in the way they speak, serve, love, and live.  Pray they be an example in faith, purity and devotion to God. “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12).

¨ Pray for their teachers, professors, counselors, and bosses.  Pray these people will build them in strength of character and ability to think and act in a way that pleases God.

¨ Pray for their parents and siblings. Pray family ties remain strong and that these young adults will continue to honor their parents and love their family.

¨ Pray for their witness.  Pray our graduates become influencers, leaders and missionaries on campuses, in the market place, and workplaces. Pray they receive the power of the Holy Spirit to be bold, confident and eager witnesses sharing their faith wherever they go.  (Acts 1:8).

Today’s graduates are the next generation of workers and leaders, spouses and parents, to navigate an unbelieving world.  May we pray for them to be up to this challenge and never forget their Baptism and Christian walk.  May they grow in the peace and love of Christ to become the person God wants them to be.

Adapted from a June 3, 2018 Fox News commentary by Prof. Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church and the host of PowerPoint Ministries.

 

Fr. Joe Bulletin, June 10 2018

Greetings in Christ!

I gotta tell you, I simply can’t believe how fun and successful our Food Fair was.  We are going to set next years date ASAP so we can get the word out to get more cooks in to lose to me and my World Famous Coney Sauce.  🙂

We have closed out the Easter Season and celebrated the Trinity and Corpus Christi…one of the my favorite seasons has come to a close.   Now, we enter into a rather longish stretch of Ordinary Time.  Every year, I remind us that the Church does not use the word “Ordinary” the way we Americans do.  We are using the Latin word for a progression of numbers.  Thus, this is the 10th week of Ordinary Time and next week is the 11th, all the way through to the end of the year.

I’ve got a couple things to run by us…

First of all, we will be starting the restoration of our Church floor in the first week of July. Because of all the moving around and adjusting, we won’t be celebrating mass together that week, except for July 4th, when I’ll offer mass at St. Mary at 9:00am.

Our town hall meetings broke down what we will be attempting and how far we hope to stretch our dollars, so I won’t go into that too much. The basic idea is this: we will get new carpet in the area where you all sit and pray during mass (that area is called the Nave), we will be ripping out the platform in front of the communion rail and the elevated area where the altar is.  Depending on what we find underneath the altar area, our plan is to restore the original terrazzo/marble flooring.  We are also replacing the carpet in the front entryway, and removing the carpet in the sacristy to restore the original wood floor.  This is made possible because of your generous response to the Witness to Hope Campaign and I am so excited about it.  Because the money is pledged over 3-5 years, we may have to secure a bridge loan from the diocese to take care of the payments that will be due right away.  We thought we had qualified for a no interest loan should such a thing pop up, but as it turns out, we didn’t.  It’s not that big of a deal, thank God, as the interest on such a diocesan bridge loan is very low.

Please pray that God bless our efforts and help everything to go well.  While these restorations are going on, we will pray mass in the Parish Hall.

The second thing I need to run by you concerns our Altar Rosary Society.  These marvelous ladies do more for our Parish Family than you can imagine…they take care of our altar linens, pay for various mass needs that pop up, they clean our Church and give their all for us.  Usually, they host a large rummage sale to fund their activities throughout the year, but this year our renovation work makes that sale an impossibility.  As a result, we are going to take up a second collection for them this summer, on  August 4-5.  Please be generous to them, they’ve been crazy generous with us.

So that’s what I’ve got for you, beyond a plea for patience and understanding.  This summer will be a very challenging stretch for us all and, when we get impatient or irritated with the process and all the accommodations, its a good time to reflect in gratitude for the gift of being able to worship in such a holy, beautiful space.

Over the next couple weeks, I need to submit the bulletins very early and, as a result, they probably won’t be too personal in terms of our schedule, what’s going on, etc.  I’ll use those times to let us know what Saints are coming up in the weekly celebrations.  It’s always nice to remember our Saints great examples and wonderful prayers.

I pray that God bless our efforts to be His People.

fjk