Mother’s Day Intentions

Mother’s Day Intentions

You are invited to honor your Mother, Grandmother, Godmother, Aunt or special lady in your life.

We will include your intention in our Annual Mother’s Day Bouquet insert as well at 10 Masses throughout the year.

Envelopes are available at the entrances of the church.  There is a $5 stipend for each request.  Simply fill out envelope and drop in collection basket or parish office.

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin Article, April 15 2018

Meekness- God’s light in the struggle

“Nothing is going my way today. So and so won’t play with me. That kid stole the ball I was playing with. I hate story problems and I refuse to do them. You can’t make me. I did not have enough time to finish it.  he teams are not fair. Nobody else is trying as hard as I am to win. There are too many rules. Why did that kid get a prize?  Life isn’t fair.”

No, it isn’t.  Anybody who has tried to see the world as black and white; with clear sparkly pathways to success and happiness to those of us who want it or work for it, quickly find out that life isn’t fair.  Why does it look so easy for that person?

Very often, a student will be sent to my office because they are refusing to follow the rules. They cannot line up without throwing a fit. They were angry at recess and stormed off of the football field because no one will pass the ball to them. They do not want to attempt a certain type of schoolwork. They are angry and they feel the world is being exceptional hard on them, in particular. They feel that they are being singled out and unfairly pushed back by life.

They are, in fact struggling with a very specific virtue…..Meekness. A misunderstood word in our current culture. Meekness is the ability to give up control and see God in all things, in all people, in all situations. It is the ability to open our eyes and see beyond our own disappointment and frustration. It is the ability to call on patience and kindness, and to trust. Yes, we can help children understand that some things are not in our control and our surroundings will constantly change. It is within our minds to be able to adapt, to bend.

Self-control is the magic formula. It is time to practice how we react to the chaotic and unfair world around us. As the children develop self-control, they become stronger. Knowing the world can be unfair, and asking God to give us the strength we need to calm fear and anxiety can give us power. Meekness gives us a chance to take a time out from the intensity. Meekness reminds us that God is in charge and He gives us all of the power we need to handle the day. To see God in all things and to not judge; but to become reasonable and open to correction. To learn. To grow. To achieve. The meek will set their mind to God’s purpose and can learn to rebuild instead of breaking down. To shine.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal

 

Deacon John Bulletin Article, April 15 2018

It’s only been three weeks since we heard the Passion Story of Jesus.  A story where we can only imagine the pain of His mother and disciples as they watched him die a horrible death on the cross.  A pain we only begin to feel when we are separated from those we love.  That pain is the price of love.

Jesus felt the ultimate pain of separation when He paid the price of his love for us on the cross.  Jesus loves us so much that he came into our world as a vulnerable little baby.  He accepted the abuse of the teachers and elders of the law.  He was scorned, humiliated, and brutally beaten.  Jesus was nailed to a cross and pierced by a Roman warrior’s lance.  It was a painful “good-bye” for those he loved.  Because of love, Jesus suffered and died to be the perfect Passover sacrifice, standing in our place before the Father so we can live.

In the Gospel today, some disciples meet Jesus while walking home after the Passover.  They didn’t recognize him at first.  But after Jesus left, their hearts were on fire as His words opened Scripture to them.  This time, saying “good-bye” was not painful – it was joyful.  And although those disciples may not have understood the big picture yet of Jesus’ Passion, death, and resurrection they were exited and on fire with his love.

As we continue celebrating this Easter Season, can we share in those feelings of being on fire with our faith and his love?  Jesus died to give us life.  But, we live today not because Jesus died, but because of His love for us.  Now, like those disciples on the road to Emmaus, our job is to share His love with others.

Deacon John

 

Fr. Joe Bulletin Artical, April 15 2018

Greetings in Christ, all!

May God bless our Easter Season and fill us with love, faith and hope in the resurrection.

Our Easter Season continues…it lasts a bit longer than Lent.  A good way to think of it is like Christmas: we celebrate it as a season, not a day or a week.  We can hold fast to our belief in Jesus resurrection even when everything around us seems to be falling apart.  Because of Christ’s resurrection, we know that, in the words of The Apostle, we are “more than conquerors”.

I think that a good exercise for each of us in this Easter Season is to take our belief and apply it to the difficulties we encounter.  When I hit hard times, I ask the Lord to help me do two things:

First, remember what he has gotten me through in the past.  It’s fairly amazing how hard we have to work to remember these times, but it is important to.  There were moments in your past where you wondered how you would ever get through it all, but here you are now, reading this article and God got you through.  Scripture puts it this way: “I will remember the kindness of the Lord, his great and glorious deeds”.  We need to remember these kindnesses of our God.

Second, we remember the resurrection.  We hold in our hearts our abject conviction that Jesus rose bodily from the dead and that because of that, heaven is a possibility for each of us.  The story of us ends well if we allow it and so there is nothing we will encounter that can take that away from us.

St. Therese tells us that, from the viewpoint of heaven, the entirety of our life on earth will seem like a night in “an inconvenient hotel”.  I like that.  Let’s pray that God bless us with the divine perspective.

I’m fired up for Bible Study this week! We are going to gather at St. Mary on the Lake Thursday after the 915 mass and begin a walk through the Beatitudes.  Its one of my favorite Bible Studies and I hope to see you there…

I thank God every day for the joy of serving as your priest.

 

HYMN SING

Sacred Heart will be HOSTING the local HYMN SING on Sunday, April 15 ~ from 6:00 – 7:00pm.

Hymn Sing is where many different people, from several local churches join together the 3rd Sunday evening every month, to sing songs together as a whole, as well as individual specials.   (Specials being solos, duets, choirs, playing a guitar, a bell choir, playing the piano, anything musical).  All are welcome!!

We are in need of finger foods following the event.  Please contact Linda Borck if you can assist.

 

It’s not too late!!!

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT Seminar   Life in Spirit Seminar

Sacred Heart Parish is offering the 8 week series on Sundays from 1:00-3:00, Beginning Sunday, April 8

Lower level of Sacred Heart School.  Handicap entrance.  Lunch will be provided.  Free Babysitting is available.

To have adequate supplies, please call the parish office to RSVP.