Farewell Party for Fr. Dan

FR. DAN LANNEN, O.S.F. S. will be leaving us at the end of June to become the  Chaplain to De Sales University in Allentown, Pennsylvania.  Please come and wish him well on Saturday, May 26 following the 430pm Mass.

Light refreshments will be served.

DSA Update, May 27 2018

Go and Announce the

Gospel of the Lord”

Thank you to everyone who has made a gift or pledge commitment to our Diocesan Services Appeal.  Our parish goal is $23,297.00.  To date, we have reached 18% of our DSA goal.  Thus far 12 families have pledged $4,180.00 to this year’s appeal.  I am grateful for these contributions and invite others to join me and join together to push us over goal for the benefit of our parish and the wider church.

You can submit your DSA pledge envelope during Mass this weekend – or take your DSA envelope home, prayerfully consider your gift decision.  Those paying by cash or check are invited to return your completed pledge form, in the DSA envelope, to our parish office. Those who wish to pay by credit card or electronic funds transfer may enter your gift online at www.dioceseoflansing.org/dsa.  I encourage every one of our parish households to reflect on the many blessings we have received from the Lord and share these blessings through a generous gift to our DSA.

2018 DSA Prayer

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

Instill in us the courage to “Go and Announce the Gospel of the Lord.”

Help us to understand that we are called to discipleship, to grow actively in faith and to go and share the good news with the world.

Please bless our unified efforts and help us to bring Christ’s love to all we encounter.

Give us the grace to be generous in our support of the Diocesan Services Appeal, so that we may faithfully participate as missionary disciples in the work of Your Holy Church.

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin Article, May 27 2018

 

The Power of the Holy Spirit

When we make the sign of the cross (which we do often) we are asking to be filled with God. God as our father and guide, full of perfect advice. God the son, who teaches, loves and sacrifices for us and God the holy spirit who gives us energy and a path to follow His plan. At Sacred Heart we trust the holy spirit. There are very few things that happen here that we doubt. The people who are here, are here for a reason. The struggles that are in our way are meant to be there. The obstacles that we must climb are there because God knows we will become stronger and wiser by climbing them.

Being Catholic means that we believe God’s presence and power is everywhere. The world is not just the things we can see and feel but the energy that touches us: a bright sunny day, a sparkly winter evening, a mother’s devotion, the patience of true love, the faith that all will be okay and our call to be a part of something bigger than ourselves.

The existence of a small private Catholic school in this small town proves the power of faith and trust. It is difficult to keep tuition-based schools open but the holy spirit continues to guide Sacred Heart. We have many challenges but the enduring faith of this community, the staff and our families is what keeps us moving from year to year. The effect of this faith on the student’s we have graduated is immeasurable. Although many of our high school graduates (this year included) will go on to have success in college and life, it is the strength of their soul that we cannot measure. That is God’s energy, that is the holy spirit. We have plenty of the holy spirit at Sacred Heart because we ask for it everyday in prayer but we could use more. Please continue to pray for us as we finish the school year and look forward to opening our doors in August for the 90th year. God has been very good to us!

 

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Deacon’s Corner, May 27 2018

 

My dad, and my good friend Bob, had a big influence on my life.  Both are home with the Lord.   Both were men of character, real gentlemen, and devote in their Catholic faith.  Both were part of the Greatest Generation we all owe so much.

Dad was 19 and part of a landing craft crew when he landed on Utah Beach the morning of D-Day.  As they hit the beach, his landing craft was disabled.  Under heavy fire, they abandoned their craft, hastily picked up whatever equipment they could find lying in the sand and joined an Army recon unit fighting their way off the beach.  For a month, he fought to liberate French towns in Normandy before returning to his ship.  When he did, he discovered half of his crew did not make it off the beach that morning.  Dad died suddenly almost 10 years ago, never really talking much about his war experience.

Bob was also a Navy vet and crewed a landing craft.  He was 18 and halfway to Japan for invasion of the mainland when the war finally ended.  Bob provided security for the USS Missouri as the Japanese signed the surrender document aboard it.  He remembers sailing into Tokyo Bay immediately afterward, wondering if it was all really a trap.  Bob spent the rest of the war as a first responder clearing the rubble from Hiroshima and Nagasaki and bringing food and water to Japanese citizens who survived the devastation.  Bob died 2 years ago when his heart was too tired to pump anymore.

A month before he died, our son wrote Bob a letter which said, “instead of me saying ‘thank you for your service,’ I want to say thank you for putting your life on hold 70 years ago to preserve our nation’s freedom and fight tyranny abroad.  Thank for your ensuring evil will not triumph or reach our nation shores.  Few people know the unique feeling of signing your life away for a cause greater than one’s self.  Few people know what it is like to raise your right hand and take an oath.  Few people know what it is like to put your life on hold and go to a foreign country to fight, knowing full well that a living, breathing, thinking enemy is waiting for them when they get there.  Your service to our country meant the preservation of our freedom for many years to come, and your sacrifices for our nation will never be forgotten.   Respectfully, Major Justin Amthor USMC.”

While speaking at a memorial service after the war, General George Patton said, “let’s not ask God why these men had to die. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived.”  As we kick off the summer this Memorial Weekend, may we pray for the men and women who sacrificed their lives to fight evil and protect freedom.  May we never forget them – and thank God that they lived.  May perpetual light shine upon them, and may they rest in peace.

Deacon John

 

Fr. Joe Bulletin Article, May 27 2018

 

Greetings in Christ!

May God bless our Memorial Day with a great gratitude for all those who died in service and defense of our country.  As Jesus said “No one has greater love than this, than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

We’ve got a big one this weekend: Trinity Sunday.  This is the day when we Catholics celebrate a special mass to honor the unity of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.  The catechism defines the Trinity as “The Central Mystery of our Faith”…the trinity permeates so much of our worship and our theology that, honestly, we often miss it!  But, right there at the beginning of our mass we say “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”, which is also the words we use to end our mass.  We believe that the three persons of the Trinity are so perfect in their love for each other and self giving that they are one.  Catholic marriage is an attempt by two humans to imitate that mystery and such a wonderful thing is only possible through the power and working of the Trinity: this is why we recognize marriage as a Sacrament.  I could go on and on and if you are at any of the masses I celebrate this weekend, I very well may!

We thank God that He is a community of persons who created us and recognize that this fact has placed within us a hunger for community.  May God bless and strengthen our efforts to love Him and each other by imitating the beauty of the Trinity.

Monday is Memorial Day and this is a big day for our country.  As Catholics we recognize the value of honoring the dead and we pray for them as well.  Let’s use this great day as a reminder to be grateful for those who have died in service to our country and also as a time to remember how important it is to pray for the dead.

I think it important that we pray together that day and, weather permitting, I am going to pray mass at the Sacred Heart Cemetery on Memorial day at 8am.  If you would like to come pray with me, bring a lawn chair or something to sit on and we will pray mass together back by the crucifix in the back of the cemetery.  If it is raining at 7am, then count on us NOT praying mass at 8 and I invite you to pray a Rosary for our dead.

Even though Fr. Dan is not leaving until July 1st, we have had our farewell parties for him.  Please be sure and thank him for his generous heart and wonderful presence among us these last few years.  As I typed a couple weeks ago, I would have been lost without him…what a great man.  Starting in August, it will be Fr. Tomy and I covering St. Mary on the Lake and Sacred Heart.  Fr. Tomy will also be helping at St. Anthony on Sunday nights.

Finally, I was genuinely touched and blown away by the response from both parish families in regard to DSA.  I can’t tell you how much that meant to me.  I actually had a few of you ask if there was a way to set up a monthly automatic donation for DSA and it turns out the diocese is working on that.  For my part, I am pledging $20.00 as month in perpetuity to the DSA as soon as it become available to us.  If we all do $10, $15 or $20 a month, we won’t even need to do a DSA pitch anymore and we’ll actually get money back from the diocese each year.  Please pray about this and, if you feel called, look for further updates here in the bulletin.

Whew!  it feels like I typed a lot this morning!  We are so blessed to be alive at such interesting times.

I am so very grateful to God for the gift he gave me in serving you.  Let’s be Saints.

 

 

 

Memorial Day Mass at Calvary Cemetery

As Jesus said “No one has greater love than this, than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

Monday is Memorial Day and this is a big day for our country.  As Catholics we recognize the value of honoring the dead and we pray for them as well.  Let’s use this great day as a reminder to be grateful for those who have died in service to our country and also as a time to remember how important it is to pray for the dead.

I think it important that we pray together that day and, weather permitting, I am going to pray mass at the Sacred Heart Cemetery on Memorial day at 8am.  If you would like to come pray with me, bring a lawn chair or something to sit on and we will pray mass together back by the crucifix in the back of the cemetery.  If it is raining at 7am, then count on us NOT praying mass at 8 and I invite you to pray a Rosary for our dead.

May God bless our Memorial Day with a great gratitude for all those who died in service and defense of our country.

 

Prayer for Memorial Day

God of power and mercy,

you destroy war and put down earthly pride.

Banish violence from our midst and wipe away our tears,

that we may all deserve to be called your sons and daughters

Keep in your mercy those men and women

who have died in the cause of freedom

and bring them safely

into your kingdom of justice and peace.

We ask this though Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen