Fr. Todd Bulletin, October 3, 2021

Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary on the Lake,

Every October is designated as Respect Life Month- a time to recognize and defend the dignity of every life in its beginning, middle, and end.  The United States Bishops offer this reflection on Respect Life Month through the lens of it being the Year of St. Joseph.

“St. Joseph Faithful Protector of Mother and Child:

The infant Christ “came into our world in a state of great vulnerability. He needed to be defended, protected, cared for and raised by Joseph” (PC 5). The humble and often hidden carpenter of Nazareth accompanied Mary in her pregnancy, assisted at the birth of the Messiah in a stable, presented Jesus in the Temple, fled with his family far from their homeland to protect them, and lovingly raised Jesus as his own son in the years to come.

While the angel of the Lord appeared to Mary to announce that she would bring forth the Savior of the world, it was revealed to Joseph in a series of dreams how God’s plans would be brought to fulfillment. As Pope Francis highlights, “God trusted Joseph, as did Mary, who found in him someone who would not only save her life, but would always provide for her and her child” (PC 5).

Like every other human family, the Holy Family had to confront real and concrete challenges. Yet, “in every situation, Joseph declared his own ‘fiat’” (PC 3). His “yes” to the Lord meant that regardless of the hardship and personal sacrifice to himself, he consistently chose to put the needs of Mary and Jesus before his own. Joseph’s devotion helps reveal to us our own call to show special care for the lives of those whom God has entrusted to us.

During this Year of St. Joseph, each of us can find in him “an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble” (PC, Intro). Joseph shows us how to say “yes” to life, despite our own fears, frailties, and weaknesses. For it is Joseph who was “chosen by God to guide the beginnings of the history of redemption. He was the true ‘miracle’ by which God saves the child and his mother” (PC 5).

May we, too, be miracles in the lives of those who are most in need, especially at the beginning and end of life. Dear St. Joseph, you who were “able to turn a problem into a possibility by trusting always in divine providence” (PC 5), help us to imitate your faithful trust and courage.” (Excerpts from Patris corde)

This month is a powerful time for both prayer and action.  Praying for a greater respect of life in our world or interceding for a particular person you know that is struggling is a great act of love and service.

We can be more comfortable with prayer but I do encourage action as well.  Look for something concrete.  A person you can reach out to and support in a real way if you know someone who is going through a hard time. Support Catholic Charities who do so much to reach people that we can’t reach ourselves.  Consider taking part in Jackson Right to Life 2021 Life Chain

( ) or supporting Helping Hands Pregnancy Resource Center in Hillsdale (  Indeed, may we be miracles in the lives of those most in need.

God Bless,

Fr. Todd


Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, October 3, 2021

Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust in me John 14:1

 We began the school year talking about love during morning prayer. It is the end of the fifth week of school and we are still talking about love every morning when we gather. Love is huge! We have spent time learning how to love ourselves the way Jesus loves us. The students have learned how to connect to their bodies and mind through meditative prayer and how to think about the times during the day when they loved, cared, shared, committed, tried, hoped and showed grace. This personal inventory is a great way to see how much love is in every day. It is also how we can see the Holy Spirit in action!

We then moved on to loving our neighbor. Our neighbors are our family, classmates, teammates, people in line next to us, and even our enemies. Our neighbors are the people whom God gives to each of us to learn our daily lessons. God uses these neighbors to make us better people. Trusting that God has given us the people we need to grow our soul can really open our heart to loving our neighbor. God’s beauty is present in everyone who crosses our path and seen through God’s eyes, our neighbors can be road signs, obstacles and examples that lead us closer to Him. Our neighbors make us better people!

This week we have been talking about how to love God. First of all, if you love God, you should talk to Him. Then you should listen to Him. The example we used in morning prayer was how God loves us through sin. Loving God means we trust Him and want His guidance and His peace when we are hurting, and when we have been naughty. “Have you ever lied?” “Have you said mean things to someone?” “Have you turned in work that wasn’t very good?”

How did that make you feel? Some of the responses were “lonely,” “bad.” If we love God, we can feel better. Just talk to Him about your mistakes. Let Him heal you and show you a better way. When we love God, we love ourselves and we are much better at loving our neighbor. Our hearts are open to God’s love!

St. Pio says:  “Don’t let temptations frighten you. They are the trials of those souls whom God wants to put to the test when he sees them as strong enough to sustain the battle….. This is why you find yourself rather disorganized in the beginning. But the soul will acquire its calm….be patient a while longer and everything will work out well (letters 111, p.630)

Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry- St. Padre Pio


God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal



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.


Mass Ministry Schedule October 2-10


October 2-3

4:30 PM

Lector:                      Judy Schutte

Eucharist Min:        Deacon John

Servers:                    Volunteer Needed

8:00 AM

Lector:                       Angie Monahan

Eucharist Min:        Deacon John

Servers:                    Volunteer Needed

11:00 AM

Lector:                       Marta Gilson

Eucharist Min:        Deacon John

Servers:                    Adam & Casie Parker


October 9-10

4:30 PM

Lector:                      Trish Weaver

Eucharist Min:        Kathy Timberman

Servers: Ryden Luma

8:00 AM

Lector: Connie Varney

Eucharist Min: Tony Marry

Servers: Tinkey Family

11:00 AM

Lector: Cathy Sliker

Eucharist Min: Linda Higgins

Servers: Gabby Adams, Liz Beggs, Gabe Hartin


Mass Intentions October 2-10

Saturday, October 2

4:30pm ~ The 12 Children of James & Mary Brogan

Sunday, October 3

8:00am ~ Coddie Patton ~ 4th Anniversary by Jim & Linda Patton

11:00am ~ People of the Parish

Monday, October 4

8:00am ~ Ron Gutierrez by the Class of 1974

Tuesday, October 5

4:45pm ~ Confession & Adoration

5:45pm ~ Joseph Kruse by Jim Friedrich

Wednesday, October 6

8:00am ~ People of the Parish

Thursday, October 7

8:00am ~ James Marry by Betty Camp Family

Friday, October 8

9:00am ~ Kathleen McDermott by Larry

Saturday, October 9

4:30pm ~ John Hartley ~ 3rd Anniversary by Cathy

Sunday, October 10

8:00am ~ Bill & Joan Martin by Chan & Bernie Barrett

11:00am ~ Deceased Members of the Lawrence Family by Carolyn


***Save the Dates***


Friday, October 1 ~ Pet Blessing, 2:00pm

Monday, October 4 ~ Altar Rosary Society – 1:30 in Parish Hall

Sunday, October 3 ~ Annual Roast Beef Dinner

Saturday, October 16 ~ Community Rosary Rally for Peace

Saturday, October 23 ~ SHS Trunk or Treat

Saturday, November 13 ~ “Be In Our Heart” Gala

Friday, November 19 ~ K of C Feather Party ~ 7:30pm


Pet Blessing

We will be honoring St. Francis of Assisi (Feast Day is October 4) with a Pet Blessing on Friday, October 1 at 2:00pm in the Church Parking Lot.   You are welcome to bring your pets to receive a special blessing from Fr. Todd.

Religious Ed & Youth Group

RELIGIOUS ED:  Will begin Sunday, October 3.   Registration packets are at the entrances of the church.   Or you may pick them up on the first day of class.  Call the Parish Office if you have any questions.


October Youth Group News

Our next gathering will be on Tuesday, October 5th from 6-8 pm at St Mary’s on the Lake in the parish hall. Join us for yet another fun, faith-filled night with friends as we use our program to dive deeper into discipleship and prayer, a fun group activity, as well as a group service opportunity to serve both parishes! Please email Mrs. Tedora at if you would like to help provide snack for this meeting or if you have any questions!



News Outside our Parish

RED MASS 2021  The Diocese of Lansing Annual Red Mass will be held at St. Mary Cathedral, Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 5:15pm.  A dinner reception will immediately follow.  All Judges, Lawyers, Law Students and interested persons are invited.  Contact Diane Arzberger 517-402-1562 or to reserve a spot. RSVP deadline is October 3rd.  Richard Thompson, will be presented the prestigious Thomas More Award.  As President & Chief Counsel at the Thomas More Law Center, Mr. Thompson , directs a highly professional and aggressive team of lawyers dedicated to the defense and promotion of the religious liberty of Christians, time-honored family values, the sanctity of human life, a strong national defense and an independent and sovereign United States of America.


Couples Preparing for Marriage:

Introduction to NFP: Learning to Make Observations class is TUESDAY OCTOBER 19 at St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish, Jackson from 7-9 pm. 

This is a follow up course to the Intro to NFP online course required by the Diocese of Lansing as part of the Marriage Catechumenate.
There is NO COST for the class.
The class offers engaged couple more details about how to be aware of their fertility and make observations.  Attending will be particularly helpful for couples who are not already signed up (or do not intend) to take instruction in one of the methods offered in the diocese and for couples interested in learning the Billings Ovulation Method.  The class is taught by a Registered Nurse Certified in the Billings Ovulation Method. Couples will receive an attendance certificate for Introduction to NFP: Making Observations and Introduction to the Billings Ovulation Method.
  1. Couples should first register and complete the online course at
  2. Then, REGISTER for Making Observations by calling the St. Mary Parish Office (517-784-7184) or the instructor, Maria Ansett BSN RN (517-974-2330 call or text)