This week we had a crazy hair day and a visit from the Cat in the Hat and Thing 1 as part of our March is Reading Month celebrations. The students enjoyed some success at last week’s Science Olympiad and we are wishing the 5th graders good luck at Quiz Bowl on Saturday. It feels good to back on track and we are ready for spring to be here. See the attached newsletter for all school news.
Dear Sacred Heart Family,
This weekend is DSA commitment weekend- our once a year collection to fund the yearly services of the Diocese. I want to encourage your support which makes the work of the greater Diocese of Lansing possible.
I find the DSA a helpful time to look back and see ways in which I, or someone I know, has been blessed through the various ministries of the Diocese. Here are a few that hit closes to home for me.
I spent eight years in seminary and all along the way I was supported by the Diocese. I find this time of year a good time to say thank you- you were supporting me long before I came to Sacred Heart and St. Mary on the Lake. Currently my youngest brother is in seminary and Dan LaCroix- our intern- is applying to enter seminary this fall.
Catholic Charities an important piece of our wider Church’s call to serve those most in need. Quite often we can feel helpless when we see people’s needs- a combination of feeling un-equipped and inadequate for helping someone in the way that is required. But that doesn’t mean we can’t support the organization that is equipped and trained for helping those most in need. As a priest I am grateful to be able to turn to Catholic Charities for referral to take the next step in their lives. In our own area Catholic Charities provides a counselor for our school, Mr. Marshall Hesslau, and we have access to additional counseling services through St. Anthony’s in Hillsdale.
The DSA helps support Catholic Schools. We are so blessed at Sacred Heart to have a Catholic School and the Diocese of Lansing is a great support for us. Part of our DSA supports both our own school but also the Catholic Schools throughout our Diocese.
Lastly, the DSA is a great reminder of the fact that we are part of the wider Church and the needs people have throughout it. Even though we are in Hudson and Manitou Beach we are connected to everyone else in our Diocese. St. Paul reminds us that “If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.” (1 Corinthians 12:26). May this always be true for us.
Thank you for your generosity!
Two weeks ago, our 5th and 6th graders became Dragon Slayers. Dragons are obstacles and temptations which detract from leading a virtuous life. For the past 2 months, they have been learning how Dragons Slayers of old (the Saints) wrestled with the same dragons in their life. They learned about The Chief Dragon Slayer (Jesus), the Mysterious Three (the Trinity), and the Ancient Manual (the Bible), how to use Spiritual Armor, and the Heros of our Faith (the Saints and other famous people). Dragon Slayers fight the Obstaks and Sinisters who are led by the Chief Dragon Rider (Satan). Obstaks are dragons which get in our way of doing the right thing. They cause us to procrastinate and avoid making tough decisions. Sinisters tempt us to do bad things. All dragons lie to us, scare us, and try everything they can to lure us away from following the Chief Dragon Slayer. They will do anything to destroy our souls.
There are 17 dragons, each with its own distinctive stench which warns us they are near. Although they look cute and friendly, dragons are dangerous. The 4 dragons which bothered us to most were Braggen, Slackbottom, Stinkmouth, and Frantix. Braggen is a Sinister who smells like boasting and pride. It has 2 heads. One head attacks us by bragging, while the 2nd head attacks others by making them feel inferior. Slackbottom, also a Sinister and smells like laziness and procrastination. It attacks by telling us to put off doing homework and chores because there are more fun things to do. Stinkmouth, another Sinister, stinks with gossip, rumors, and bad-mouthing. It tempts us to make snide remarks about friends or family, or attacks by making us feel bad when others do the same to us. Then there is Frantix, both an Obstack and a Sinister. It’s the one that bothers me the most. Frantix smells of never having enough time to get things done, panicking, and doing everything in a rush. Frantix lives in the Whelming Sea, and exhausts me by giving me too much to do, then blocks my path, while the Whelming Sea opens up and sucks me in.
In becoming Dragon Slayers, our children learn how to gain control of their emotions and actions as they identify and conquer the dragons that personally attack them. By doing so, they can grow spiritually, assume accountability, and discover the awesome goodness of God. As adults, we are never too young to do the same.
St. James said “Where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every foul practice. But the wisdom from above is first of all pure, then peaceable, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits (James 3:16-17).” As you go out this week to face the Obstarks and Sinisters, may the Mighty One bless you with wisdom and good fruits so you can become a Dragon Slayer, too.
Pre-School, Dev. Kindergarten & Kindergarten Open House
Sacred Heart Preschool is a kindergarten readiness program that is based in virtue. As our children develop, it is necessary that they grow closer to God. As they learn the days of the week, the colors of the rainbow, the letters of the alphabet and the joy of books, they are also learning how to behave in a way that brings their soul closer to God.
Sacred Heart has a formula of academic readiness and child development that works. It is a mixture of obedience, courtesy, self-control and prayerfulness mixed with learning and play. By the time our students are in Kindergarten, they are already on the path to being eager learners who meet academic challenges.
100% of our kindergarteners test proficient in reading and math. This is significantly higher than state standards and is higher than other Kindergarten classes in the diocese of Lansing.
We are proud to offer a wonderful readiness program to our community. Come to our Open House and see what makes us special!
Anne Atkin, Principal
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Upcoming Lenten Activities
Lenten Holy Hour
Come Let Us Adore Him and Experience His Healing Love.
Lenten Holy Hour will include: .
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Confession, Prayer Time, Worship Music.
Tuesday, March 19 ~ 6:00pm (Mass to follow at 7:00pm)
St. Mary on the Lake
Wednesday, March 20 ~ 6:00pm
***Lenten Penance Services***
March 21 ~ St. Joseph Shrine, Brooklyn – 6:30pm
March 24 ~ St. Elizabeth, Tecumseh – 7:00pm
March 25 ~ Light of Christ, Blissfield – 7:00pm
March 27 ~ Sacred Heart/St. Mary’s on the Lake, 6:30pm at St. Mary’s
March 28 ~ St. Anthony, Hillsdale – 6:00pm
Knights of Columbus Retreat
Saturday, March 30th
Camp DeSales – Brooklyn, MI
9AM – 5PM (Includes Vigil Mass)
To RSVP or Questions, please email Fr. Tim McIntire, OSFS at:
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.
Tickets will be available following all weekend Masses February 24, March 3 & March 10. Or you can stop by the Parish Office.
Prepare yourself for your Lenten Journey.