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Gospel MT 6:1-6, 16-18
“Take care not to perform righteous deeds
in order that people may see them;
otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.
When you give alms,
do not blow a trumpet before you,
as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets
to win the praise of others.
Amen, I say to you,
they have received their reward.
But when you give alms,
do not let your left hand know what your right is doing,
so that your almsgiving may be secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.”When you pray,
do not be like the hypocrites,
who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners
so that others may see them.
Amen, I say to you,
they have received their reward.
But when you pray, go to your inner room,
close the door, and pray to your Father in secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.”When you fast,
do not look gloomy like the hypocrites.
They neglect their appearance,
so that they may appear to others to be fasting.
Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you fast,
anoint your head and wash your face,
so that you may not appear to be fasting,
except to your Father who is hidden.
And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”
Dear Sacred Heart Families,
I am happy to say that Fr. Tomy will be staying on at our parish for three more years. Bishop Boyea has asked that we (St. Mary on the Lake, Sacred Heart, and St. Anthony’s) send him a contract for those years. Previously it had been worked out year to year so it is great to have that stability. Fr. Tomy has been and will continue to be a blessing for us.
I hope we are off to a good start for Lent. Sometimes the season can be a discouraging one because it means trying to do something and then failing. Well part of the lesson of Lent is learning to get back up and keep on trying with God’s grace. Such humility is good for us. If a week into Lent we have failed in our resolution we simply get back up.
I know we are already a week in but it is never to late to start and/or do a course correction if the Holy Spirit has put something else on your heart. Don’t be afraid to be inventive this Lent with your fasts/practices. Here are some ideas…
- Fasting from media/social media. It is rather incredible how much time we spend on media in its many forms and how much social media can play an outsized role in our lives. Lent can be a great time to address that. It is also amazing how hard this can be because of how deeply embedded it has become in so many aspects of our lives.
- The phone basket- Have this near the kitchen table so the phone goes into the basket during dinner so your family dinner time is protected. So many things we wear now are connected to the web so the basket might include other devices as well. (Who would have dreamt that one day our watches could also serve as phones!).
- Build one person up each day- Look for the opportunity each day to recognize something positive in another person and either compliment them or share that with someone else. In a world where negative news often gets the greatest press we can fall into that same trap in our own conversations and interior judgments.
- Have a list of people we fast for- fasting is a way of praying and an augment to prayer. A beautiful way to make our fasting more fruitful and give it more meaning for us to always offer up our sacrifice for someone. If it is a Friday in Lent and you are not eating meat go to your list of people you know need prayers and pick one to offer that small sacrifice for. I know of couples who fast one day for each other. Others who take a day to fast for the Church. There really are endless possibilities with this.
- Let Lent be a forgiveness time – Lent is a traditional time for receiving the sacrament of reconciliation. It is also a great season to think of the people we need to forgive and begin praying in a consistent way to forgive them with God’s help. A simple prayer is this- “Jesus I forgive (say the person’s name) for (list what you need to forgive them for)”. Pray this prayer as long as you need to. Forgiveness is a decision that we need to make and it is one that will change our lives.
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If you have any questions regarding the schedule, or if you would like to be added or taken off the schedule, please contact the parish office.
The test of a person is to be measured by how we speak. Jesus says “from the fullness of the heart, the mouth speaks.”
Gospel LK 6:39-45
“Can a blind person guide a blind person?
Will not both fall into a pit?
No disciple is superior to the teacher;
but when fully trained,
every disciple will be like his teacher.
Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye,
but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own?
How can you say to your brother,
‘Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,’
when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye?
You hypocrite! Remove the wooden beam from your eye first;
then you will see clearly
to remove the splinter in your brother’s eye.”A good tree does not bear rotten fruit,
nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit.
For every tree is known by its own fruit.
For people do not pick figs from thornbushes,
nor do they gather grapes from brambles.
A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good,
but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil;
for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.”
The Deacon’s Corner
I used to tell my project teams – plan your work, work your plan, and begin with the end in mind. So, with the first few days of Lent behind us, what is your plan and are you working it? You know, “giving up” whatever it was, spending more time in prayer, or maybe opening your Bible and reflecting on Scripture?
Today in the Gospel, we hear the story of the devil tempting Jesus in the desert. Satan attacked Jesus’ human side because he knew he would lose the battle with Jesus’ Divine side. But Satan still lost anyway. Our Catechism tells us through Jesus’ temptation, God is able to sympathize with our weaknesses because He has been tested in every respect as we have been tested, and Jesus won those tests. It says “By the solemn forty days of Lent the Church unites herself to the mystery of Jesus in the desert.” (CCC 540) Knowing all this, how can we not have a plan for Lent, and how can we not be working it?
The reason we make a plan for Lent is so when Lent starts we know what we are doing and not floundering around. We plan our work. We plan a trip. We plan for holidays. All this planning to envision the end and ensure success. We have a plan to know that when we get to the end we have accomplished something and didn’t waste our precious time doing it. So it only makes sense to have a plan for Lent.
Lent is a time to receive God’s grace by acknowledging our weaknesses and undergoing a spiritual revival to grow closer to God. We plan for Lent so we won’t be surprised at the end and say “ooopps, I missed it, and all God’s graces that goes with it.” What is your plan for Lent, and are you working it? Because this is one project where failure is not an option.
March is for Reading
We have kicked-off March is Reading Month and the students are ready to read 2,200 books in the month of March.
Last year, we had the same goal and we barely made it with only hours to spare. If the students reach their goal, we will take a trip to the Hudson Cinema for a movie and concessions. The whole month of March revolves around reading and we will have mystery readers and buddy reading as we take a “Tour of the United States.” The teachers each picked a state and the students will be able to experience Colorado, Hawaii, Alaska, Massachusetts and Tennessee. The preschool teachers even built an igloo that the students can read in. At the end of the month, we will take an all school field trip to the Croswell in Adrian to see “The Perfect Dog.” March is always a lot of fun and it is interesting to hear the students talk about the great books they are reading.
If you, or anyone you know, is interested in enrolling a child at Sacred Heart School, contact us at 517-448-6405 to schedule a tour. Let’s raise each child to their full potential. Enrollment begins March 19th for all grades.
Open Houses: Everyone is welcome
March 21st – Beach Party 5:00-7:00
Preschool, Developmental Kindergarten and Kindergarten
March 28th – Magic of Science 5:00-7:00
Kindergarten – 6th grade
Anne Atkin, Principal
Lenten Soup Supper ~ Tuesday, March 12
Following the 5:45pm Mass. Hosted by Emmaus Group
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.
SUNDAY 8TH WEEK YEAR C
Today’s readings instruct us to share our Christian life, love, and spiritual health by our words, and to avoid gossiping about, and passing rash, thoughtless and pain-inflicting judgments on others, thus damaging their good reputation and causing them irreparable harm.
The first reading teaches that what is inside us is revealed through our conversation. In the second reading St. Paul advises the Corinthian Christians “to be firm, steadfast, always fully devoted to the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain,”. In today’s Gospel, Jesus condemns our careless, malicious and rash judgments about the behavior, feelings, motives or actions of others by using the examples of one blind man leading another blind man and one man with a log stuck in his eye trying to remove a tiny speck from another’s eye.
Let us acknowledge the hypocrisy we all live every day. Ignoring the glaring faults of our own, we point the finger of accusation, and whisper about them and say, “How could they?” instead of asking, “How could we?” We must look to our own sin first. As a disciple of Jesus Christ, I must be honest with myself. If I have trouble seeing my sin, and my failures, I have to go to Jesus and ask Him to point them out to me through prayer and through His Word. I must be ready for some painful “I” surgery. But I am sure to come out with better vision, and better eyesight, because I looked to myself first.
A man was flying back home with his three children and on the flight, the children were so unruly that one passenger on the other side of the isle told his own children, “never behave like those children.” When the father of the children heard this he calmly said, “Sir, my children are normally well behaved. It has been very difficult three days for them. We have just buried their mother.” These words totally transformed the man who had rush judged the three children.
The two images of a blind guide and a rotten tree are related. Both images challenge us to be transformed so that our words may match the integrity and character in our lives. Jesus calls hypocrites, those who notice a tiny splinter in the eyes of others, but are blind to the beam in their own eye.
The more spiritually sensitive we become the more we realise the impact of our actions on God and on the people around us. We have to come to an accurate awareness of our failings before we can begin to rectify them. Our aim in life ought to be to become like that sound tree we heard of in today’s Gospel, which produces good fruit. We want to live our lives as true Apostles of Jesus Christ. We want to be ministers of his Word in the world. We want to serve the Lord in the best way we can. In order to do these things we need to look into our own lives, to see our own faults and aim to overcome them. We want serve the Lord with all our hearts and who make a real contribution to the world.
It means that our lives produce its ‘fruits’ that is our actions and our words, in the way we deal with one another. Thus, we will find that a person who is good and kind in heart is unlikely to do things that are wicked or evil, and vice versa. However, unless we make the conscious effort to resist temptations and not to give in to the demands and pressures of our pride, ego, greed, ambition and desires, we will likely end up committing more and more sinful acts. All that we need is the desire and the willingness to persevere through the challenges we may encounter if we keep our faith in God, and remain in God’s love always. We are called to persevere through the challenges and the sufferings we may have to encounter for God’s sake, as in the end, our rewards will be rich and wonderful, nothing less than an eternity of true joy and happiness with God. This coming week as we approach the Season of Lent let us open our hearts to be transformed into more authentic witnesses by word and deed.