Deacon’s Corner, September 22 2019

Last Sunday, Kimberly and I went to Mass at St. Columbkille in Omaha while visiting to celebrate our youngest grandson’s birthday.  We could have easily decided not to go to Mass.  It was hot and humid. We were tired, had another big day planned with the family, and most of them didn’t want to go.  But, we did.

Just walking into the church brought a sense of calm and peace.  Our Catholic brothers and sisters were welcoming.  The liturgy was empowering, the music was uplifting, the priest was heartwarming, and the deacon preached a great message about not judging and inviting people to experience Jesus.  (By the way, he is one of fifteen deacons at St. Columbkille.  That’s a lot of deacons!) We left the church after Mass feeling spiritually fed and part of a universal faith family.  Everyone there had the common bond of giving thanks to God and sharing His presence through the Eucharist.

So, why do we go to Mass, anyway?  We go for our spiritual benefit and worship together as a faith community.  We go to Mass to stand together and share in our mission as witnesses for Christ in the world while openly professing and celebrating our Catholic faith. We go to Mass to share in the wonder of God’s love and be transformed by the Spirit of holiness.  When that happens, we go forth to spread the Good News that there is something greater in l the life to come.  But we cannot experience this feeling if we only go to Mass simply because we always have, because it is our Sunday “obligation,” or someone told us we had to, or we feel guilty if we don’t.

In his book, Rediscovering Catholicism, Matthew Kelly writes that we have lost our sense of wonder about the Mass.  He says we are “so unaware of the mystery and the privilege [of the Mass] that we can hardly wait to get out of church.”   Kelly tells us that if we truly believe Christ is present in the Eucharist, then the power unleashed within us through receiving the Eucharist is “unfathomable.”   He says the only way to undergo this spiritual transformation at Mass is to rediscover the wonder of the Mass – the same wonder those First Christians discovered celebrating Jesus’ presence among them when He said, ‘Do this in memory of me.’

Our Catechism reminds us that God’s overall plan is to draw us closer to Him so we can share in His life.  God calls us to seek Him, to know and love Him, and to be in unity with His family.  That is why we go to Mass – not because we have to, but so we can join together and be one with God.

Deacon John

 

Prayer at the Flagpole, September 11, 2019

WE WILL NEVER FORGET
Mary most blessed,
with a mother’s heart
you love and care for all children of Earth
as your own.

On this day of remembrance,
give peace of heart to those who carry the memories
of the sights and sounds of September 11, 2001.

Comfort those who continue to grieve the losses
of family members, coworkers, rescue workers,
and daily life as they knew it then.

In this time of unrest in the world,
gather your children in a mother’s embrace,
and protect us from all that would do us harm.

May your Son, the Prince of Peace,
guide all world leaders to make decisions
that will ensure the safety and good
of the people they serve
and the world community.

May He continue to guide our minds,
our hearts, and our feet
that our decisions, our actions, and our words
give witness to his holy peace.

Holy Mary, pray for us.
Comfort of those who mourn, pray for us.
Dearest of mothers, pray for us.
Queen of peace, pray for us.
Amen.

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, September 15 2019

Sacred Heart Families,

This week, one of our kindergartners, Sam, brought an arrangement of fall flowers in a mason jar for the teachers and the staff at school. The flowers are so fresh; they look like he and his mom cut them from his yard. Sam grabbed the vase out of the box his mom held and ran over to each one of us and then ran back to his mom. The flowers were so beautiful and the gesture was so unexpected that we smiled and gushed over the thoughtful gift. Sam seemed unfazed by our reaction and just smiled and ran off to his duties as a student. He never came to check on the flowers or ask again if we liked them. He was done after his initial drop off and we are left with a colorful reminder of the fall season that is to come and the joyful colors of God’s landscape.

It made me think about gratitude. I needed that. It is easy to be overwhelmed with deadlines and to have one day run into another and another. We have all had those times when we lose sight of the big picture and get lost in the details of the day. That is when we need gratitude. A moment to stop and smell the flowers. To enjoy the little things that make us feel brighter and calmer. Gratitude is such a powerful virtue and yet it is so simple. Just remember to pray a thank you for all that has been given to us. This lasts for a little bit and then we are back to the grind of life. What we are missing is the faith that accompanies the gratitude. The flowers from Sam are sweet but the bigger picture is that God will never leave you. Have faith that the challenges will be overcome. The challenges are meant to happen. You will make it through the struggle. Faith is blind and it doesn’t matter how big the struggle is, faith will get you through. For that, I am grateful.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Fr. Todd Bulletin, September 15 2019

It is hard to believe that Fall is already here.  In this coming week or two, my parents will be taking in their final cutting of hay.  (I am hoping this happens on a Monday so I can get some tractor time.)

Fall reminds me of this passage from Mark 4:26-29: “He said, “This is how it is with the kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how.  Of its own accord the land yields fruit, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.  And when the grain is ripe, he wields the sickle at once, for the harvest has come.”

What we see mirrored in the fields round about us that are growing ripe for the harvest reflects something of the way Jesus works in our hearts.  At this time of the year we are in a privileged place of reflection.  What in my life in the past has been a seed of grace that has grown, perhaps even imperceptibly, but now is bearing fruit in my life?  What are the good things He has been doing even amidst times of difficulty or trial?  When you think of those blessings, think of their beginning and see if you can remember when the seed was planted: a prayer, a conversation, a homily (every priest’s fervent hope!), an unexpected road block?  God can bring even good out of evil, and these exercises of remembering can help us see His hand more clearly.   Doing so, we not only rejoice more in God’s loving providence but receive hope that even now Jesus is sowing seeds of grace in our heart.

This coming week, we will watch Deacon Larry Oney’s talk from last year’s Made for Happiness Assembly.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bn-lLPRa8n8.

 

Sept 18 – at Sacred Heart (6 pm in the School Basement)

Sept 19 – at St. Mary on the Lake (10 am)

 

Deacon Larry Oney, a permanent deacon for the Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans, serves at Divine Mercy Parish in Kenner, Louisiana. With a passion for lifting people up and sharing the faith, he leverages humor, joy, Scripture, love and personal insight to speak to people’s hearts and encourage them to live Spirit-filled lives.  Deacon Larry’s ministry can be found at hopeandpurpose.org.  HIGHLIGHTS of his talk:

 

  • • Every Christian is meant to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
  • • The Holy Spirit is the animator upon earth today in the body of Christ.
  • • Every Christian has the authority and power to evangelize all the world.
  • • By the power of the Holy Spirit, God calls us to be receivers, healers and deliverers.

 

God Bless,

Fr. Todd

 

As a side note:  

The Parish Secretary will be on Vacation September 19-29, returning on Monday, September 30.  If you need immediate assistance, please contact Deacon John or the school office.

 

Our Financial Report for Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2019 has been submitted to the Diocese of Lansing.  We have also provided a bulletin stuffer this weekend.

Click here if you wish to preview the FYE 18.19 Parish Financial Report.

Religious Education

Religious Education Meet & Greet & Registration

On Sunday, October 6th, there will be a “Meet and Greet” for all parents and students from 9:15 am until 10:30 am in the School.  Beginning at 9:15am, you will be able to meet the Catechists, view the curriculum and ask any questions you may have.  Students will be dismissed to their classroom with their teachers at 9:45am.   Parents will remain for a parent meeting, registration, and a a short overview of the faith formation programs we offer for adults.

CONFIRMATION CLASS:

The first class for the Confirmation Students will be Sunday, Sept 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart School. We will be meeting from 6:30-8 p.m. Any questions please contact Jen Loar 517-673-1185 or jenloar@yahoo.com

The Foundation – Men’s Discernment Group

Fr. Todd will lead a group of young men through the discernment process.

Who:  Any adult man over the age of 18 who has graduated from high school and desires to join a group of men who are not afraid to talk about priesthood and be open to God’s call – whatever it is.

What:  Peer support and prayer are the main focus of the group, along with diving into topics surrounding priestly discernment and Catholic identity.  All meetings are centered around a discussion about the chapter of the day from the book “To Save a Thousand Souls” (books will be provided).

Where & When:  Saturdays at St. Anthony Pauda, Hillsdale.  Click on the link below for dates!

 

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“The Church is the Ark of Salvation”

St. Anthony Catholic Church in Hillsdale Invites you to partake in their Parish Mission “The Church is the Ark of Salvation”.

 

St. Anthony’sParish Mission THIS week in Hillsdale!

Fr. Lou Guardiola of the Fathers of Mercy will be preaching a mission on “The Church is the Ark of Salvation” starting Sunday evening at St. Anthony’s in Hillsdale. Sunday night, he will hear confessions from 6:30-7:00 p.m. before speaking from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on “The Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, Hell.” Monday through Thursday, Fr. Lou will give the talks listed here at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. in the church and hear confessions for a half an hour before each talk. From 3:30-5:00 p.m., free babysitting will be available in the parish hall for children six months to age five. Mass will be said at 5:00 p.m. each day.  All are welcome!

The daily topics will be as follows.

Monday, September 15, 4:00 & 7:00
Confession: The Sacrament of the Father’s Mercy

Tuesday, September 16, 4:00 & 7:00
The Eucharist: Sacrifice, Real Presence, & Communion Sacrament

Wednesday, September 17, 4:00 & 7:00
The Culture of Life vs. the Culture of Death: The Eucharistic Solution

Thursday, September 18, 4:00 & 7:00
Mary: Mother of God, Mother of the Church, Mother of our Salvation

 

 

Hillsdale Parish Mission

 

Fr. Todd Homily, September 8 2019

Reading 2 PHMN 9-10, 12-17

I, Paul, an old man,
and now also a prisoner for Christ Jesus,
urge you on behalf of my child Onesimus,
whose father I have become in my imprisonment;
I am sending him, that is, my own heart, back to you.
I should have liked to retain him for myself,
so that he might serve me on your behalf
in my imprisonment for the gospel,
but I did not want to do anything without your consent,
so that the good you do might not be forced but voluntary.
Perhaps this is why he was away from you for a while,
that you might have him back forever,
no longer as a slave
but more than a slave, a brother,
beloved especially to me, but even more so to you,
as a man and in the Lord.
So if you regard me as a partner, welcome him as you would me.