Fr. Todd Homily, The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 15 2018

 


And Mary said:”My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
and has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever.”

Deacon John Homily, August 12 2018

 

The First Reading for Sunday, August 12 is from: 1 Kings, chapter 19

Elijah went a day’s journey into the desert, until he came to a broom tree and sat beneath it.   He prayed for death saying: “This is enough, O LORD!
Take my life, for I am no better than my fathers.”   He lay down and fell asleep under the broom tree, but then an angel touched him and ordered him to get up and eat.
Elijah looked and there at his head was a hearth cake and a jug of water.  After he ate and drank, he lay down again, but the angel of the LORD came back a second time, touched him, and ordered, “Get up and eat, else the journey will be too long for you!”   He got up, ate, and drank; then strengthened by that food, he walked forty days and forty nights to the mountain of God, Horeb.

Flooring Project Update

 

 

Flooring Project Update

The project continues to move along on schedule and within budget.   By the time you read this, the carpet should have been delivered with installation to begin this week.  The sacristy wood floors have been refinished and restoring the Sanctuary terrazzo/marble flooring is nearing completion.  Also this week, window panels are being installed in the sacristy doors and confessional to comply with diocesan VIRTUS program requirements for Protecting God’s Children.   If everything continues to go well, we should be back in our beautiful church for Masses on Labor Day Weekend.  Many thanks to all of the volunteers working behind the scenes taking care of the little details to make the project run smooth.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask me.  Have a Blessed Week!  Deacon John

 

 

Deacon Corner, August 12 2018

Then another sign appeared in the sky, it was a huge red dragon…..Its tail swept away a third of the stars…and hurled them down to the earth.  Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth, to devour her child… (Revelations 12:3-4).

The Book of Revelations can seem scary with Hollywood using it to produce apocalyptic movies where demons and intergalactic forces threaten to wipe out human kind.  But if we lived as Christians in the late 1st Century when Revelations was written, we knew the author meant anything but that case.  Their world was in turmoil.  Over a million people were killed in a bloody, Jewish revolt ending with Roman Legions destroying the Holy Temple and much of Jerusalem.   The Apostles were imprisoned, stoned, beheaded, crucified, or never heard from again. Christians were hunted down and persecuted.  Many were lax about their faith or led astray by false teachers and prophets. But even with all that going on, we would hear a different message from Revelations.  Not a message of fear and dismay, but one hope where good triumphs over evil.

We would know this Scripture passage as a symbolic play on Greek Mythology and really about the birth of Jesus and the promise God made – that the righteous will enjoy happiness and the unrighteous will be destroyed.  And at the center of this drama going on in the skies we would see a very special lady.  A lady unafraid.  A lady we knew as the mother of Jesus.

This Wednesday, we celebrate the Feast of the Assumption, Mary passing from this world into heaven. As Catholics, we honor Mary as we would a great leader.  We don’t worship or adore her.  We don’t pray to her as a substitute for Jesus.  We hold Mary in the highest esteem as the chosen mother of the Son of God.  We see Mary as a very extraordinary lady – gentle, quiet, and submissive to God.  But knowing she had to be strong, determined, brave, trusting, and very courageous.  Mary saw evil work against her Son.  She watched people plot against him and his own town folk reject him.  Her heart broke as her Son was accused, beaten, and crucified.  But Mary knew God had a plan, even though she may not have known what that plan was.

We honor Mary by remembering her life of joy and heartbreak was not in vain.  We honor Mary by teaching our children what she taught us – the goodness of God, His promise of hope, and how to live a faithful life.  When we can do that, then Satan cannot win and God will reign.

God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant could be seen… A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun…and on her head a crown of twelve stars… She gave birth to a son…destined to rule all the nations…(Revelations 11:19, 12:1,5).   Holy Mary, Mother of God – pray for us.

Deacon John

 

Holy Day for Mary’s Assumption in Heaven, August 15

This week we have the Holy Day for our Mother’s Assumption into Heaven. 

Pope Benedict XVI said this about her assumption: “By contemplating Mary in heavenly glory, we understand that the earth is not the definitive homeland for us either, and that if we live with our gaze fixed on eternal goods we will one day share in this same glory and the earth will become more beautiful. Consequently, we must not lose our serenity and peace even amid the thousands of daily difficulties.  …  Supported by awareness of this, let us continue confidently on our path of Christian commitment wherever Providence may lead us. Let us forge ahead in our lives under Mary’s guidance”

 

Mass schedule for August 14 – 15 will be:

Tuesday, August 14 ~ Vigil ~ 6:00 pm at St. Mary on the Lake

Wednesday, August 15 ~ 8:00 am at Sacred Heart

Wednesday, August 15 ~ 9:15 am at St. Mary on the Lake

Wednesday, August 15 ~ 6:30 pm at Sacred Heart

 

There will be NO Adoration, Confession on Tuesday, August 15. 

Please join the Vigil Mass at St. Mary at 6:00pm.

 

Fr. Todd Bulletin, August 12 2018

Dear Sacred Heart Family!

I had a great vacation but it is good to be back home!  The floor renovations in the Church are moving along well.

It is hard to believe that it is already August. This is the time of summer when we realize we are in the waning days of vacation and there is a collective realization that we need to begin gearing up for the coming school year.  While I can’t speak for our students I can say that I am excited for the school year.  (The fact that I am no longer in school helps my excitement!). Concurrent with the school year many of our various ministries pick back up at both of our parishes.

In this time of transition the challenge is to enter into it well.  One of the great pieces of advice I have received was to take a moment like this before a new period starts and to surrender and consecrate it to Jesus ahead of time.  To simply pray, “Jesus I consecrate this new school year, this season of football, this time of preparation for first communion, etc, to You.  Please help me do all of this for your honor and glory.  Help me be open to the people I will meet and the graces you want to give me.”  Make the prayer specific to you and what the year will bring.  Even if your life is going to continue on in what feels like the same old rut make it new by consecrating it again.

Paul wrote to the Colossians “And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17).  If we do this we give the Lord full permission to be involved in every aspect of our coming year and it can be help remove anxiety, fear, and stress.  On another level this can be a way to a powerful way to take things out of our hands that we can’t control anyway and instead entrust it to God and His will.  Jesus, we consecrate this coming year at Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s to You!

God Bless,

Fr. Todd

 

RCIA

 

If you are planning on attending the RCIA sessions beginning in September, please contact Linda Higgins at 517-286-6426 to set up an appointment.

 

Vietnam Memorial Wall

 

The Hudson American Legion Hannan-Colvin Post 180 will be hosting the Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall on August 9-13 in the East parking lot at Hudson High School.

We are in need of help with setting up and tearing down, as well as helping visitors and people to assist with parking cars and guarding the wall 24 hours a day while it is here.

Base construction will start on Sunday, August 5 about 2:00pm and tear down will commence August 13 at 1:00pm.

Please consider helping with this worthwhile community project.  Time slots are available, please contact Jim Friedrich at 517-448-0039.  Donations are being accepted to help defray the cost of bringing the Memorial Wall to Hudson

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, August 8 2018

Why Is Waiting So Hard?

Patience is a virtue. Yes, and most of the time I understand that, but other times I am ready to crawl out of my skin. We often have our own agenda for the day. We have deadlines that need to be met and problems that need to be solved.

The world expects results and we are expected to achieve them. “Time is money.” The phrase was coined by Benjamin Franklin in his Advice to a Young Tradesman (1748): Remember that time is money. He that idly loses five shillings’ worth of time loses five shillings, and might as prudently throw five shillings into the sea. It is not always about money but we feel the pull. The strong pull that we should be doing something productive. Then, the dog pees on the carpet, the package you need didn’t come in time, your presentation won’t load, traffic, you’re waiting for an answer. The word “patience” is derived from the Latin word pati, which means to suffer, to endure, to bear. Understanding the depth of the word tells us much about the nature, meaning and necessity of the virtue of patience. Patience can be felt on many levels. It is true that we can use our self-control or give in to the situation and learn to laugh about it. But how do we work on truly finding a balance in our lives and not get frustrated when we can’t control the pace of the day? I struggle with this and found this passage on Father Joe’s twitter page:  “Patience asks us to live the moment to the fullest, to be completely present to the moment, to taste the here and now, to be where we are. When we are impatient we try to get away from where we are. We behave as if the real thing will happen tomorrow, later and somewhere else. Let’s be patient and trust that the treasure we look for is hidden in the ground on which we stand.” Henri Nouwen- Internationally renowned priest and author.

God help me to trust You in all parts of the day. Even the parts that drive me a little crazy.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal