DSA

DIOCESAN SERVICES APPEAL

DSA Commitment Weekend ~ June20/21.

I invite all members of our parish community to join me in support of our annual appeal. Our parish goal is $28,190.  No gift is too small… every dollar donated helps those in our parish and in our unified efforts in the wider church.  Further, one-half of all paid contributions received, over and above our parish goal, will be returned to our parish for our local use here at    Sacred Heart Parish.

You can submit your DSA pledge envelope during Mass this weekend – or take your DSA envelope home, prayerfully consider your gift decision.  Those paying by cash or check are invited to return your completed pledge form, in the DSA envelope, to our parish office. Those who wish to pay by credit card or electronic funds transfer may enter your gift online at www.dioceseoflansing.org/dsa.  Many thanks to those who have given!

 

Our Parish Goal is $28, 190 and we are currently at $20,065, which is 71% of our goal!  Thank you to all who have contributed to this year’s DSA!

 

 

Please take a few minutes to listen to a message from Bishop Boyea.

 

 

2020 DSA Prayer

Loving and gracious God, we praise you and we thank you for the bountiful gifts that you have bestowed upon us.

Help us to understand that it is only in You that we find the truth and happiness we seek – the happiness we are made for.

Help us to understand and embrace the Diocesan Services Appeal as a way to faithfully participate in the good works of Your Holy Catholic Church.

Please bless our united efforts and help us to see Jesus in all whom we encounter.

Amen.

 

Homilies from June 14, 2020

 

GospelJN 6:51-58

Jesus said to the Jewish crowds:
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give
is my flesh for the life of the world.”

The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying,
“How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
Jesus said to them,
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood,
you do not have life within you.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
has eternal life,
and I will raise him on the last day.
For my flesh is true food,
and my blood is true drink.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
remains in me and I in him.
Just as the living Father sent me
and I have life because of the Father,
so also the one who feeds on me
will have life because of me.
This is the bread that came down from heaven.
Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died,
whoever eats this bread will live forever.”

 

Fr. Todd’s Homily

 

Fr. Tomy Homily

FIRST COMMUNION & CONFIRMATION RE-SCHEDULED

  

First Communion and Confirmation have been rescheduled.   We ask that each family only be allowed 10 persons to attend for their child.
1st Communion
Saturday, June 20th, 11am at Sacred Heart
Saturday, June 27th, 11am at St Mary on the Lake
For 1st Communion, families are welcome to choose either date, no matter the parish they belong to, if that works better with your scheduling.
Confirmation
Thursday, August 13th, 7pm at Sacred Heart

Fr. Todd Bulletin, June 14, 2020

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

Praise God for these beautiful summer days!  This past Monday, I was home for the day off and was able to help get the last of the corn planted. It was thoroughly enjoyable.  Now the rest is up to providence.  In the end, we all need to place our hearts in the hands of God.

This coming week we celebrate our Parish Feast Day for Sacred Heart.  I want to include here part of an article describing the history of this revelation of Jesus’ Sacred Heart:

https://www.simplycatholic.com/why-the-sacred-heart/

“Jesus revealed to the saint [St. Margaret Mary] His heart, burning with love for humanity. Pierced and crucified — offering salvation and mercy — Jesus’ heart longs for us to offer our love and devotion in return. If some distorted forms of spirituality focused only on God’s punishment, the Sacred Heart emphasized mercy. If many believers inordinately feared God, here divine love and joy were manifest. If Jesus had seemed distant and unapproachable before, the Sacred Heart beckons us to enter into the divine furnace of charity.

St. Margaret Mary described her experience of the Lord: “My divine Heart is so passionately fond of the human race and of you, in particular, that it cannot keep back the pent-up flames of its burning charity any longer. They must burst out through you and reveal my Heart to the world, so as to enrich mankind with my treasures.” Following this revelation, Jesus united her heart with His in a fusion of mystical love and joy.

As St. John reminds us, God is love (see 1 Jn 4), the One who empties himself out for others, desiring our eternal salvation, seeking out the lost and carrying the wandering sheep home. The whole Christ event is a mission of mercy, as the Son, in radical obedience to the Father, becomes incarnate in our flesh — preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom, healing the sick, forgiving the sinner, feeding the hungry and, ultimately, offering His life on the cross. Every word, action, gesture and attitude of Jesus manifests a perfect, pure and selfless love for each human person. If love means willing the good of the other, completely free of self-interest, we see the perfection of such charity in the burning heart of Christ.

Lest we think that such a love is naive, simplistic or easy, the Sacred Heart shines forth, crowned with thorns, pierced and bleeding. The crucifixion of Christ is the terrifying path through the valley of darkness and evil which God himself walks, embracing everything sinful, broken and dead that ensnares and destroys us. By remaining silent before His persecutors, praying for His killers, loving a dying thief and asking forgiveness for sinners, Jesus shows that the unconditional, infinite and divine love of His heart is the only force that can heal the world of its hatred, sin and rejection of God. By taking upon himself the totality of human evil committed by every person of every time, Christ refracts this overwhelming darkness into the light of the Resurrection.”

Let us run to the Lord’s Heart burning with love for us!  Let us place there our loved ones, our families, our world.  This is the life and mission of our Church.

God Bless,

Fr. Todd

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, June 14, 2020

Sacred Heart Families,

Enrollment is open at Sacred Heart School. As you know, schools across the country are planning for students to be as safe as possible when they return to the classroom in August. Sacred Heart is putting education and the needs of families and students as our priority for the decisions we make concerning best practices for the Fall. We are currently in the process of writing our policy for the 2020-2021 school year.  That plan includes 5 days of school per week with face to face instruction. We will continue to include Art, Technology, Music, PE and orchestra in our weekly schedule. A task force has been put together to insure best practices for safety.

Our plan is focused on hygiene, social distancing and controlling as much of the school environment as possible.  We will be disinfecting surfaces with a plant based disinfectant and air filtration in the classrooms.  We are also preparing many ways for everyone to wash hands, sanitize and we will educate the students about how germs spread and how to stay healthy.

Our sick student and staff policy will comply with Covid-19 symptom control and students will have a distance learning plan for times when they need to be at home due to illness.

We hope by opening up our enrollment to the Sacred Heart community first, parents will have the opportunity to plan for the education of their children for next year. We have very limited openings in Preschool-2nd grade, while 3rd-6th grade have several openings available, but they are filling up.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me about tuition.  We have aid available and can work out a payment plan within your budget.

Sacred Heart School is committed to serving the community as partners for faith, education and service.

Contact me at aatkin@sacredhearthudson.org for more information.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Deacon’s Corner, June 14, 2020

I wonder how God feels after watching the violence we’ve inflicted on each other the past 2 weeks?  I have to believe He feels the same as a parent watching their children do each other harm.   Last January, I wrote my Deacon’s Corner about Bishop Boyea speaking to the Lansing City Council on Martin Luther King Day.  He used the occasion to explain the Catholic Church’s teaching on racism.  I would like to share some of that Corner again with you, as the Bishop’s words are even more relevant today as we begin to restore our society from the ashes of everything that has recently happened.  Essentially, Bishop Boyea said……

We are all children of God.  We are all made in His image and likeness.  That means we are endowed with an intrinsic dignity and worth which is rooted in our common origin in God Almighty.  Our dignity is not something we confer on ourselves or on one another.   Our dignity is a gift from our wise and loving Creator at the time we are conceived.

Racism is a form of idolizing myself, which is such an easy thing to do.   When that happens, I make myself the measure of how I view others, which suppresses the truth of the nature of the other person.  So, racism is a form of idolatry because I put myself in the place of God.  It is a serious sin in violation of the First Commandment.  To fight racism, we must intentionally focus on God, who is the origin and destiny of us all.  This is the foundation for the common dignity of all human beings – the dignity that comes with being a child of God.

Despite the urge to argue or even hate each other because we don’t agree, we can never give up talking altogether.  Because, God calls us to listen and know the stories of our brothers and sisters.  So, we must create opportunities to hear, with open hearts, the tragic stories that are deeply imprinted on the lives of each other.  Doing so moves us with empathy to promote justice.  Bishop Boyea concluded by saying again, we are all made in the image of God.

Violence, arguing, politics, boisterous opinions on social media, or making laws will not solve the unrest we’ve seen over the past 2 weeks. There is no magic way of achieving unity and peace to solve social injustice for anyone.  However, in the words of Bishop Boyea, “with good hearts, and an abundance of God’s grace, we can take that first step in fully recognizing the human dignity of all our brothers and sisters.  May God bless us, our community, our state, and our country to reach such a noble goal.”

Deacon John

 

DSA RE-Launch

Dear Parish Family,

Our Diocesan Services Appeal is an opportunity to help people and to help your Church.  Your DSA contributions are put to work, right away; because of you, a multitude of ministries and spiritual activities offer direct assistance to individuals and families, to our parishes and schools.  I can personally attest to the timely and professional advice of the diocese during the course of the pandemic.  It was a great help to me and to our parish and would not be possible without your support of DSA.

You may recall that this year’s DSA kicked off just before the coronavirus set in. This coming weekend we will conduct a renewed appeal to pick up where we left off.  I’d like to thank those who have made a DSA gift this year and invite others to join in supporting the appeal.

Now more than ever, the idea of broad participation is critical.  Some will be unable to give this year.  So, whether you’re a regular DSA donor, or if you’ve never given – please consider making a contribution to support the work of your Church.

You may make an online gift today at www.dioceseoflansing.org/dsa via credit card or electronic funds transfer from a bank account.  Pledge forms will also be provided at liturgies on DSA Commitment Weekend, June 20 and 21.

Our DSA parish goal for 2020 is $28,190.00, and with your help, I am confident we can reach that goal. Once we reach our goal, 50% of any contributions received, over and above our parish goal, will be returned to our local parish.

To date:  we have received 62 pledges totaling $20,065.00.  We are at 71% of our goal.   To give directly to the DSA online, go to https://www.dioceseoflansing.org/DSA

Thank you for your generosity. Be assured of my continued prayers for you and your loved ones.

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

Fr. Todd Koenigsknecht

 

2020 DSA Prayer

Loving and gracious God, we praise you and we thank you for the bountiful gifts that you have bestowed upon us.

Help us to understand that it is only in You that we find the truth and happiness we seek – the happiness we are made for.

Help us to understand and embrace the Diocesan Services Appeal as a way to faithfully participate in the good works of Your Holy Catholic Church.

Please bless our united efforts and help us to see Jesus in all whom we encounter.

Amen.