Deacon John Homily, June 28, 2020

GospelMT 10:37-42

Jesus said to his apostles:
“Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me,
and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;
and whoever does not take up his cross
and follow after me is not worthy of me.
Whoever finds his life will lose it,
and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

“Whoever receives you receives me,
and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.
Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet
will receive a prophet’s reward,
and whoever receives a righteous man
because he is a righteous man
will receive a righteous man’s reward.
And whoever gives only a cup of cold water
to one of these little ones to drink
because the little one is a disciple—
amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward.”

 

DSA

DIOCESAN SERVICES APPEAL

Thank you to everyone who has made a pledge to the Diocesan Services Appeal this year. The programs, ministries and services funded by the DSA offer direct assistance to individuals and families, to parishes, and Catholic schools, and Catholic Charities agencies.

Our parish goal is $28,190.    To date our pledges are at $20,915, which is 75% of our goal.

Every dollar donated helps those in our parish and in our unified efforts in the wider church.  Furthermore, 50% of contributions received, over and above our parish goal, will be returned to our parish for our local use here at    Sacred Heart Parish.

DSA pledge forms are available at the entrances of the church.  Please complete your pledge form and return to the parish office. If you wish to pay by credit card or electronic funds transfer, you may enter your gift online at www.dioceseoflansing.org/dsa.

 

2020 DSA Prayer

Loving and gracious God, we praise you and we thank you for the bountiful gifts that you have bestowed upon us.

Help us to understand that it is only in You that we find the truth and happiness we seek – the happiness we are made for.

Help us to understand and embrace the Diocesan Services Appeal as a way to faithfully participate in the good works of Your Holy Catholic Church.

Please bless our united efforts and help us to see Jesus in all whom we encounter.

Amen.

 

 

Catholic Bible School of Michigan

Experience Catholic Tradition through the Sacred Scriptures..  How will God speak to you?

 Start your journey through the Bible this September with the Catholic Biblical School of Michigan (CBSM). New classes forming at Queen of the Miraculous Medal in Jackson (Mon 7-9 pm), St. Andrew in Saline (Thu 7-9 pm), and a fully-online class (available anytime).

CBSM brings the Scriptures to life with an in-depth study of the entire Bible led by seminary-level professors, so that you can listen and respond to God’s Word in your life.

Join us for an Info Night (No registration necessary)

Friday, June 26 – Virtual Video/Tele-Conference (8-9 pm) cbsmich.org/infonightsCBSM classes are affordable for all, scholarships granted to all who ask.   For more information contact us at info@cbsmich.org, 586-438-3085, or cbmich.org

 

Fr. Todd Bulletin, June 28, 2020

Dear St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart,

This weekend I am with my brother, Fr. Gary, as he moves into St. Joseph Parish in Howell, MI.  It is a very exciting time—albeit a bit strange since it is happening in the midst of an international pandemic!

Last week, we heard Jesus remind us that we do not need to be afraid.  Such timely words when so much is uncertain.  Here are twenty verses where God seeks to reassure us of His presence and love.  Let these be a source of light even in the darkest of times.

  1. “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3
  2. “Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.” John 14:27
  3. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7
  4. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
  5. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
  6. “Immediately he spoke to them and said, ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.'” Mark 6:50
  7. “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1
  8. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
  9. “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.” Psalm 34:7
  10. “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” Proverbs 29:25
  11. “Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you.” Deuteronomy 3:22
  12. “Jesus told him, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe.'” Mark 5:36
  13. “The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.” Zephaniah 3:17
  14. “Then he placed his right hand on me and said: ‘Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.'” Revelation 1:17
  15. “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” Psalm 55:22
  16. “Humble yourselves, then, under God’s mighty hand, so that he will lift you up in his own good time.  Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7
  17. “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.” Psalm 94:19
  18. “But now, this is what the Lord says…Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1
  19. “Tell everyone who is discouraged, Be strong and don’t be afraid! God is coming to your rescue…” Isaiah 35:4
  20. “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34

 

God Bless,

Fr Todd