Deacon’s Corner, January 26 2020

WE ARE CALLED FOR MORE! 

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Bishop Boyea has invited Sacred Heart Parish to participate in a parish survey about discipleship conducted by the Catholic Leadership Institute.  We need your help.

Please help us by participating in a 10-15 minute survey from Saturday, February 8 through Sunday, March 1.  The survey will ask you to reflect on your own spiritual growth and enable you to provide feedback on our parish’s efforts to help you grow.  All responses will be confidential and the parish will only receive information about the community as whole.

There will be two ways to access the survey.  It will be available to take online at www.disciplemakerindex.com.   However, if you don’t use a computer – there will be opportunities to complete the survey after Sunday Masses or at home.  If you are unable to obtain a paper copy after these Masses, you can contact Tammy Houser at 517-448-3811 and one will be mailed to you.

We are trying to get the highest survey response rate possible.  This information will be invaluable to Fr. Todd and our various ministries as we plan for the future and strive to be the best disciples we can be.  We will receive the results this spring/summer at which time we will share what we have learned with the entire parish.

Thank you for helping with this important project!

Deacon John

 

Fr. Todd Bulletin, January 19 2020

Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s,

 

It was good to get a little time away this past week for some vacation time with family.  It is good to be back, though. For this month that Fr. Tomy is gone for vacation, I will be covering the weekend Masses.  I look forward to being able to see everyone every weekend!

As pastor of Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s on the Lake, my primary responsibility is to help you grow as disciples of Jesus and to equip you to go and make disciples of others.  I am excited to share with you that our parish is going to participate in a parish survey conducted by the Catholic Leadership Institute.  The Disciple Maker Index (DMI) Survey allows parishioners to reflect on their own spiritual growth and discipleship and identify the ways in which the parish effectively supports that growth.

The web-based survey will be accessible online and in paper form from February 8th-March 1st.  If you have an opportunity, please stress the importance of responding to this survey to your ministry members.

At the completion of the survey, our parish will receive an aggregate report of the results.  We will NOT have access to individual survey responses.  This survey offers us a unique and important opportunity to learn about issues of importance to families in a confidential and professional way.  We will use these results to: 1) look at opportunities to support parishioner growth in discipleship, and 2) create goals and action plans to achieve that growth.

Soon, you will receive a communication from us inviting you to participate in the survey.  If parishioners ask you about the survey, please:

  • Remind them about the dates the survey will be live: February 8th-March 1st.
  • Encourage them to respond as soon as they can. We want to hear from as many people as possible.
  • Assure them that the parish leadership will receive a summary report of the aggregate data and that no one at our parish will have access to individual survey responses.

Thank you in advance for the encouragement that you will provide to the community when we solicit feedback.  Meanwhile, if you have any questions or ideas about good ways to boost the response rate, please let me know.

Thank you for your help with this!

 Fr. Todd

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, January 19 2020

Confidence without grace is just pride

We can only see the world through our own eyes. I can put myself in your position but I will never see the world quite the way you do. You are unique and you have your own thoughts, opinions, experiences that cannot be duplicated. It is important to think about how different we all are because something as simple as disagreements and differing opinions can lead to a deadly sin. We have to be very, very careful. “It was pride that changed angels into devils, it is humility that makes men as angels” St. Augustine. We cannot let pride get in the way of our path to God.

Pride has been called the sin in which all others arise. It is an excessive belief in one’s own abilities or one’s own opinions. The reason pride is so slippery in our spiritual growth is because living in a way that uses our gifts and strengths builds confidence. It takes courage. We are called to achieve and use our gifts to be useful and productive. How do I do important work without becoming full of myself? How do I surround myself with other people whom I do not agree with or even find dim? Here is the test. Pride lacks grace. We have to ask ourselves where Jesus is in all that we do.  I am guessing if we have to ask we already know the answer. Nowhere. Achievement should glorify God.

There are times when we need extra courage or a stronger skill set to do our job or to achieve a goal. Good old competitive spirit and confidence can get us through. Hard work does pay off. This is not only healthy but it is bound to bring us happiness as we work for something. Hard work leads to dignity and a perspective that makes us grateful to be alive; to be able to count our blessings. True greatness is Divine. But greatness without God is pride and it is sinful. St. Francis de Sales says “the proud man who trusts in himself has good reason not to attempt anything. The humble man is all the more courageous because he recognizes his own impotence. The less he esteems himself, the more daring he becomes because he places his whole trust in God.”

Achievement should be celebrated! Just remember to invite God to the party.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal

 

Sacred Heart School

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.

 

Deacon’s Corner, January 19 2020

WE ARE CALLED FOR MORE! 

 

Bishop Boyea has invited Sacred Heart Parish to participate in a parish survey about discipleship conducted by the Catholic Leadership Institute.  We need your help.

Please help us by participating in a 10-15 minute survey from Saturday, February 8 through Sunday, March 1.  The survey will ask you to reflect on your own spiritual growth and enable you to provide feedback on our parish’s efforts to help you grow.  All responses will be confidential and the parish will only receive information about the community as whole.

There will be two ways to access the survey.  It will be available to take online at www.disciplemakerindex.com.   However, if you don’t use a computer – there will be opportunities to complete the survey after Sunday Masses or at home.  If you are unable to obtain a paper copy after these Masses, you can contact Tammy Houser at 517-448-3811 and one will be mailed to you.

We are trying to get the highest survey response rate possible.  This information will be invaluable to Fr. Todd and our various ministries as we plan for the future and strive to be the best disciples we can be.  We will receive the results this spring/summer at which time we will share what we have learned with the entire parish.

Thank you for helping with this important project!

Deacon John

 

Deacon John Homily, January 12 2020

 

Gospel MT 3:13-17

Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan
to be baptized by him.
John tried to prevent him, saying,
“I need to be baptized by you,
and yet you are coming to me?”
Jesus said to him in reply,
“Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us
to fulfill all righteousness.”
Then he allowed him.
After Jesus was baptized,
he came up from the water and behold,
the heavens were opened for him,
and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove
and coming upon him.
And a voice came from the heavens, saying,
“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

Hudson Free Store

This is an open invitation to attend an informational meeting for the new Hudson Free Store Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at the First United Methodist Church, 420 W Main St. Hudson, Michigan. Please arrive at 7 PM to hear a presentation by Brenda Walters from Concord who has operated a free store in Concord for the last nine years.

The Hudson Free Store opened its doors at 307 W. Main Street last month on December 16th.  It was open three hours on four different days and handed out over 1,000 items. This “store” has been the dream of Kay Bigelow, of Lime Lake, for the last several years. Kay visited free stores around the state and discovered there is an abundance of good quality used clothing available for dissemination to needy individuals. The Concord Free Store in Concord, Michigan started giving Kay their surplus items two years ago which led to a Clothing Giveaway several times a year at the First United Methodist Church. Their building doesn’t have the space to set up, arrange and store the clothing so Kay has been searching for a suitable building ever since.

This meeting is to describe the Free Store’s goals and objectives so the community can get involved and have an investment in this mission. There are many ways to help out from building storage shelves, sorting clothes, manning the store and even fulfilling their wish list that includes a washer and dryer. At this time they are open Monday and Thursday 3 PM to 6 PM and Saturdays from 9 till noon.

An initial grant from Thrivant Financials “Live Generously” program sponsored the opening and paid for ads in the Post Gazette .

 

Fr. Todd Bulletin, January 12, 2020

Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s,

A big thank you to Phil Marry, Matt Shaffer, and Steve Wright for getting our bell working again!  It is a blessing to have parishioners who take such good care of our beautiful church.

Fr. Tomy will be taking some time for vacation and will be gone Jan 17th-Feb 16th.  Those Mondays while he is gone, we will not have Monday morning Mass at Sacred Heart: Jan 20th and 27th, Feb 3rd and 10th.  Fr. Tomy is still working on getting his green card, so he isn’t able to go home quite yet.  Hopefully by this coming fall he will have his green card and will be able to see his family after a few years of being away.  I will be taking some vacation time this week (14th-16th) to go to a farm show with my twin brother and my folks.

I had a wonderful time this last Sunday baptizing my newest nephew, Owen.  What made it especially exciting was the fact that there were 12 kids there as well—11 years old and under.  They outnumbered the adults and so had a great time running all over the place during the baptism! I imagine that this is probably how many scenes unfolded from the Gospel whenever there were crowds that gathered to hear Jesus.  He talked with the gathered adults and parents while kids ran all over the place in the background.  The life of grace often looks much more like that than the peaceful serenity we see in holy cards!

There are two upcoming events that I want to put on your radar.

Accept the Challenge 2020: Diocese of Lansing Catholic Men’s Conference
For years, this conference has been helping Catholic men courageously live a Christ-centered life in today’s world. That’s the most important challenge of our lives. Come and be equipped to accept the challenge!

When: February 22, 2020

Where: Oosterbaan Field House, 1202 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Time: 9 AM – 6 PM

What to Expect:

* Motivating messages from Fr. Larry Richards, Bart Schuchts, Dan DeMatte

* Adoration and confessions
* A mouth-watering pig roast BBQ lunch from Stick-A-Pig-In-It
* Excellent music
* Mass with Bishop Boyea (12 PM)
Registrations are now open. For more information or to purchase your tickets, visit

http://www.acceptthechallenge.org

 

Mission Retreat: Wixom, MI.

This is a retreat for 8-12th graders at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School in Wixom.  It is a powerful retreat in which God speaks His love to all who come.  This retreat does a great job providing space for those who come to encounter the Lord and can be healing and transformative.

When: March 6-8, 2020

Where: St. Catherine of Siena, Wixom, MI

Cost: $85

Registration details will be coming soon.  I would love to bring a bunch of our teens to this retreat.

 

God Bless!