Fr. Joe Bulletin Article, April 29 2018

Greetings in Christ, all!

What a beautiful spring we are experiencing, even though it has been a bit late to arrive…

We’ve got a couple big Saint days this week…we’re celebrating St. Joseph the Worker on Tuesday and The Feast of Sts. Phillip and St. James on Thursday.

St. John Paul II had a wonderful quote about St. Joseph:

“Saint Joseph is a man of great spirit.  He is great in faith, not because he speaks his own words, but above all because he listens to the words of the Living God.  He listens in silence.  And his heart ceaselessly perseveres in the readiness to accept the Truth contained in the word of the Living God.”

We don’t know a ton about St. Joseph, he doesn’t appear in any of the stories of Jesus as an adult and most historians believe he died when Jesus was younger.  He is the patron of a lot of things, the Universal Church, those who are dying, those who work with their hands and fathers.  He’s a great intercessor and I recommend we ask him for his prayers often.

Catholic Culture gives us some good summaries of Sts. Philip and James:

St. Philip

The Apostle Philip was one of Christ’s first disciples, called soon after Jesus baptism in the Jordan. The fourth Gospel gives the following detail: “The next day Jesus was about to leave for Galilee, and He found Philip. And Jesus said to him: Follow Me. Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the town of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael, and said to him: We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and the Prophets wrote, Jesus the Son of Joseph of Nazareth. And Nathanael said to him: Can anything good come out of Nazareth?  Philip said to him: Come and see” (John 1:43).  He is the patron saint of pastry chefs, people who make hats and Uruguay.

St. James the Less

St. James the Less, a brother of the Apostle Jude, was of Cana of Galilee. He is the author of one of the Catholic Epistles in the New Testament (appropriately names The Letter of James).  The New Testament tells us that the risen Jesus visited him (I Cor. 15:7) and that after the dispersion of the Apostles he was made Bishop of Jerusalem.  He was visited by St. Paul (Gal. 1:19). He spoke after Peter at the meeting of the Apostles (Acts 15:13). When he refused to deny the Divinity of Christ, the Jews cast him down from the terrace of the temple and clubbed him to death.

The Breviary contains a very moving description of his death. “When he was ninety-six years old and had governed the Church for thirty years in a most holy manner, the Jews sought to stone him, then took him to the pinnacle of the temple and cast him off headlong. As he lay there half dead, with legs broken by the fall, he lifted his hands toward heaven and prayed to God for the salvation of his enemies, saying: Lord, forgive them for they know not what they do! While the apostle was still praying, a fuller struck his head a mortal blow.”

His relics now rest next to those of St. Philip in the church of the Holy Apostles in Rome, and their names are mentioned in the first list in the Canon of the Mass.

He is the Patron of a lot of things: Apothecaries, druggists, dying people, fullers, hatmakers, hatters, milliners, pharmacists, Uruguay.

So…we’ve got some Saints to ask for prayers this week!  Praise God for their wonderful example and mighty prayers.  As I like to remind people, there are days open in the Church calendar for us to be Saints.

I’m about to head off with my Dad to the wedding and I ask for you to pray for his health and our travels.  We are expecting to have a wonderful time and I could use some rest and some time with him.  For those who didn’t notice, I didn’t end up being able to take that week after Easter off as so much had happened here so this really is timely for me.

I pray for you and thank God for you.

Grow & Go

GROW as a disciple of Jesus!

The purpose of your life is to grow continually in intimate relationship with God. The only way to do that is by striving to follow Jesus Christ closely and imitate him. Following Jesus Christ means we must accept his invitation to give him total lordship over everything in our lives and rely on the Holy Spirit to work in and through us at all times.

• PRAY every day
• STUDY the faith
• ENGAGE in parish life
• SERVE others’ needs

GO evangelize!

Jesus’ final command to his disciples was, “Go and make disciples of all nations.” (Mt 28:19) The true mark of a disciple is that they evangelize! Therefore, we must always strive to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others.

• PRAY for those who are separated from God
• WITNESS about Jesus
• INVITE them to church
• ACCOMPANY them as they grow


Create your Personal Evangelization Plan. Use these questions to guide you as you Grow+Go:

To Grow as a disciple…

1. PRAY: When in your day will you commit to pray?
2. STUDY: What can you study, read and attend to learn about your faith this week?
3. ENGAGE: How can you become more involved in your parish?
4. SERVE: What can you volunteer to do this month to help those in need?

To Go and evangelize:

1. Ask the Holy Spirit to bring to mind someone in your life who is no longer coming to church. Write the person’s name on a piece of paper and answer these questions:
2. How will you pray for him/her?
3. How can you share your faith with him/her?
4. What could you invite him/her to?
5. How could you accompany him/her?

Fr. Dan Homily, April 22 2018

 

As we know, this is Good Shepherd Sunday.  An iconic image in our church, of our Christian faith.  Jesus, the Good Shepherd, the image of Christ holding a lamb on his shoulder, putting himself out for all.

The challenge for each on of us, who claim to follow Jesus, the Good Shepherd is to trust in Jesus. That He knows us and we know him.  To do that takes a great risk.  The risk is that we can live a holy and devout life.   Trust in the Good Shepherd.

 

 

Dear families

Father, I pray my child’s confidence

 and hope is found in You

Romans 15:13

Dear Sacred Heart Families,

What a blessing you are to us! As we jump into the fourth quarter of the year, it is so lovely to think about  how blessed we are to have such wonderful children and such kind loving families at Sacred Heart School.  The teachers and staff are able to be creative, push academics and grow independent learners because you support our values at home. The mission of SHS is to be structured and diligent so that students become confident of mind, academics and faith. To be confident does not mean that you are not challenged or that you can not struggle. It means that you have met challenges with the understanding that you can be the best you that God intended. The students at SHS are growing in confidence every day. When they struggle, which is often, we guide them and support them. They support each other. That is the school culture here. And it is only possible because you support us. There is something very special happening here. We want everyone to stop in and be a part of it. Our doors are always open and we love when you can be a part of the school.

This past week we were so fortunate to share an evening together learning about the night sky. A special thank you to the Henning family for the generous support of the evening. Both viewings were full and we ate all of the ice cream from the Ice Cream Social. I can not thank you enough for taking the time to be apart of our events. It really helps us to grow together and to be God’s light.

Please feel free to stop by or call with any input or questions about the school. We are here to serve you and our community.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal

 

Town Hall Meeting Update!

 

Thank you to all who came out to the Town Hall meeting to discuss the progress of the flooring replacement project and receive feedback on the carpet selection options.  If you were unable to attend and would like to see the presentation, please click Town Hall Meeting Presentation – 04.12.18 (1).

 

If you have any questions or comments, please direct them to Deacon John at deaconjohn@sacredhearthudson.org.

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin Article, April 22 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Playground Update

Phase two:  Upon approval from the finance committee and our insurance company, we will be ordering  the new playground equipment from www.cabinfield.com. This Amish playset is outdoor play equ

ipment made with kids in mind, it has smoothly finished surfaces and the accuracy of kid-size seating. The playground area will be expanded to include the south side of the property next to the existing swing set.  All areas with play equipment will have the required playground mulch for soft landing. In addition, the existing metal play structures and swing sets will be painted and updated. 

 

Phase three:  The addition of a transparent boundary fence by the new Noah’s Ark and a playhouse/gazebo on the north section of the playground.

 

We have also received grant money to purchase stencils and paint for the black top that can be refreshed each summer.  The SHS families are selling Discount Cards which were developed by the Parent Group.

With that additional funding, we are planning to begin and complete Phase 2 and Phase 3 during the summer.

It is only because of the generosity of people like you, that we can continue the beautiful tradition of putting God into all parts of the school day. Your gifts ensure that our Catholic tradition is passed on to the next generation.

God Bless you and thank you for your support of the school.

Anne Atkin, principal

 

 

 

Deacon John Bulletin Article, April 22 2018

I seem to be getting asked a lot about “spirituality” the past few weeks.   People wondering why their spirituality and prayer life is different from others.  I think spirituality can be look at much like “personality”.  Each of us has a unique personality.  Although personalities can be grouped into “types”, for the most part, we are all different.  So, why can’t we look at spirituality way?  Just like my personality is different from yours, so is my spirituality. One good look around the church at Eucharistic Adoration shows people reading devotionals, praying the rosary, on their knees in deep in prayer, and fixated on starring at the Eucharist.  All of them are worshiping God with their unique, and very different, spirituality.  And that’s something we must respect in each other.  Forcing my spirituality on you is like forcing you to act like me.

To understand our own spirituality, we must know where we are on our spiritual journey.  It’s a journey, for the most of us, that lasts a lifetime.  It only happens when we strive for holiness and desire to be with God.  That means our hearts and minds and actions are in full union with Him every day of our lives.  Our spiritual journey has three distinct phases.  It begins with the Purgative Phase where our soul yearns for more.  We experience an awakening, a wakeup call, and begin to recognize our desires and affections are not fed by an attraction to sin or worldly temptations.  Next, we move into the Illuminative Phase where we start to grow in prayer life and love for others.  We begin to think and act differently while developing a deepening desire to be with God.  Finally, we move to the Unitive Phase where a deep union with God brings an inner joy and profound humility to be content with ourselves and seek to make other’s lives more bearable.  St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta is a good example of living in the Unitive Phase.  Here, we are free from fear over suffering, loss, the unknown, evil, and even death.  The Unitive Phase is what we strive for – to experience God’s continual presence in our everyday life.

Whether we know it or not, each of us are traveling on this spiritual journey.  Maybe we are just beginning, while others have finished and home with the Lord now.  What’s important is to search our hearts to know where we are at on that road and strive to make the journey.  Isaiah wrote “A highway will be there, called the holy way; No one unclean may pass over it, but it will be for his people; no traveler, not even fools, shall go astray on it. No lion shall be there, nor any beast of prey approach, nor be found.  But there the redeemed shall walk.” (Isaiah 35 :8-9)  As we continue celebrating this Easer Season, may we pray for courage and perseverance to travel the Holy Way to become one with God.

Deacon John

 

Fr. Joe Bulletin Article, April 22 2018

Greetings in Christ!

I want to take this opportunity to celebrate those preparing for their First Holy Communion in both our Parish families.  Our beautiful young people have spent many hours learning about the wonder of the Eucharist and God’s deep, unchanging love for them.  I pray that today and everyday, we thank God for the gift of the only Sacrament that we call “The Blessed Sacrament”.

Pray for our wonderful young people at St. Mary on the Lake, who will be receiving their First Communion today: Chloe, Quentin, Carson and Derick.

Pray for our wonderful young people here at Sacred Heart who will receive the Blessed Sacrament on Sunday, May 6:

Beckett Campbell, Landan Cramer, Justin Falater, Caden Glinski, Maci Godfrey, Leah Gramlich, Brooke Houser, Ethan Parker, Elizabeth Schulte, Wyatt Shaffer, Veronica Tinkey, Carter Vanlerberg, Rylee Wilson, Cali Wismer, Grace Wright.

Pray that God bless them with a sense of His closeness.

Pray for each of us here whom may have grown used to such a wonderous gift…pray that God remind us of how blessed we are to receive him today.

Pray for the parents of our First Communicants, that God will bless them for their “yes!” to him and for giving their children the most important and best gift they can.

Pray for our teachers, who sacrifice so much time and give so much of their talent to help our young people know the wonders of the Eucharist.

We are so very blessed to pray this day together!

As a note, I will be traveling with my Dad to a family wedding in Wisconsin next weekend.  I’m leaving the rectory on Thursday afternoon.  I’ll drop off Marius with my nephew, pick up Dad and we will drive early Friday morning to Wisconsin.  On Monday, on my way home, I get to meet with my favorite living historian who happens to live in  Madison: I’m so excited about this!  I’ll be back Thursday.

Please pray that Dad and I have safe travels and joyful times

I am so blessed to be your priest!

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