Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, January 12, 2020

Humility Gives Us Strength

Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist, there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance.  -St. Augustine

Humility is the foundation for all spiritual growth. It is our willingness to build all thought based on the truth. In morning prayer, we talked about humility and how to be humble. What is humility? It is definitely not about lacking confidence or being weak. It is an obedience and reverence to proper authority. It is an understanding that we have an infinite amount to learn and we are willing to be enlightened by all that we encounter.

We have so many examples in the world, even as children, where humility is not being considered. Much of our struggle with humility comes from desire. Desire to be honored, revered, loved. We see people enjoying these things and we think happiness in not possible unless we are one of them. But most of the struggle with humility comes from our personal fears. Fear of being humiliated, forgotten, wronged, ridiculed, unloved. The fear that others will be chosen and I, left alone. The fear that others will gain esteem and I will be unimportant.

It is easier to be humble if we start with God’s unwavering love for each of us. The students are familiar with the knowledge that God has made each of them to be special and perfectly ready to be drawn back to Him. They know that the person standing next to them in prayer is as special as they are and this makes humility possible.  The reason humility is an essential building block for all growth is that humility is truth. Truthful humility gives us strength because it sets our soul firmly in God’s hands. Our worth does not come from an award or opinion; an achievement or praise. Our worth comes from the truthful actions we take every day that only God can truly see. I asked the students a very silly question. I asked how many of them tried to lie to God during prayer. Have you ever tried to persuade God to your side of the story so you could continue your lie? Of course, they looked at me like I had lost my marbles. You would never attempt to fool God in prayer because He already knows. He already knows that you have sinned and He still loves you. But when I asked if we had tried to justify our behavior by telling a friend our side of the story, they knew what I was getting at. Telling a friend our troubles can calm our emotions but it is not getting to the truth of the situation.  So, in order to be humble we must pray. Prayer gives us the truth and the dignity to handle our truth. Prayer gives us the power to develop empathy and consider other people as we grow. It is so simple and pray is the answer. God will always give the best advice.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal

 

Sacred Heart School

Students are balanced: confident of mind, academics and Catholic Faith

Serving the Community. Teaching our students to live and model the Catholic faith. Reflecting the unconditional love of Jesus. Remaining structured with the purpose of graduating students who are prepared to persevere.

 

Deacon’s Corner, January 12 2020

Today, we celebrate the Baptism of Jesus.  But, sometimes I wonder why Jesus was baptized in the first place.  After all, He is God.  He is already sinless.  He has no reason to repent, change His ways, or ask forgiveness.  Perhaps Jesus came to be baptized as a representative of the sinful human race to foreshadow His death and resurrection three years later?  Or maybe to set the example for the rest of us for what it means to start fresh with a clean heart and follow Him.  After all, John’s mission was to prepare the way for Jesus to come, not to take away sin.

Scripture doesn’t say why Jesus was baptized.  But, the Gospel does tell us that when John the Baptist asked Jesus why He wanted to be baptized, Jesus said it was fitting to fulfill all righteousness.  So, perhaps Jesus asked John to baptize Him simply as an act of obedience to God’s purposes. God had given John the promise of a coming Messiah and the way to identify Him. Jesus fulfilled that promise. His Baptism was simply the right thing at the right time: the last act of Jesus’ private life before beginning His ministry to show us the path to righteousness so we can grow closer to God.

So, what about us?  Why were we baptized?  Because, our Baptism is not a rite of passage into a special club.  Our Baptism is an entry into a covenant with God where we dedicate our life to following His plan for us.  Baptism initiates a lifelong commitment to live, as St. Paul says, in the Spirit, not in the flesh – rejecting godless ways and worldly desires – to live moderately, justly, and devoutly.  That’s what our Baptism is all about: emptying ourselves of material wants, then loving as Jesus loved.

Our Baptism is about bringing the Light of Christ into this world.  When we can do that – when we can bring Jesus into the lives of other people – we will be able to clearly see the plan God has for us and His creation.

Deacon John

 

Unbound Ministry

UNBOUND MINISTRY

What is UNBOUND? A vital part of the new evangelization because, through a simple method of prayer based on the Gospel, it helps us (and helps us to help others) move beyond our spiritual obstacles into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.

SAVE the DATE and REGISTER TODAY

FEBRUARY 28 & 29th the LIVE FREE-UNBOUND Conference is coming to St. Anthony of Padua in Hillsdale. Invite your family and friends! All are welcome! REGISTER at www.livefreeub.net.

 

An Introduction to Unbound

January 25 & 26 at St. Anthony in Hillsdale after ALL MASSES

We will be showing a 1 hour DVD featuring Matt Lozano sharing the 5 Keys of Unbound Prayer. Join us for this PREVIEW to the February 28-29 Conference.  Location will be announced at Mass (either Parish Hall, Gathering Space or Conference Room)

 

NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING

The next Introduction to NFP at St. Anthony is SATURDAY JANUARY 25 from 10 am-Noon. The class is open to anyone interested in learning (married, engaged, single). For engaged couples, this class meets the current Diocesan requirement for marriage preparation. PRE-REGISRATION IS REQUIRED. Call the Parish Office or the instructor, Maria Ansett (517) 974-2330 (Call/Text). Individual appointments are also available by calling the instructor.

 

Bell Tower Repair

 

If you live in the City of Hudson, you may know that Sacred Heart’s bells have not been ringing due to a mechanical issue.  Thanks to Phil Marry (pictured), Matt Shaffer, Steve Wright and all who were involved in repair of the bell tower.   How often would anyone see this view of the bell tower? Look at the smooth areas on the bell where the clapper hits.

We have a great group of people who take such good care of our historic church.  Thank you all for your dedication in taking care of our beloved Sacred Heart!

Good News Catholic Radio announces…..

Good Shepherd Catholic Radio will launch a new series about Catholic books and authors the first weekend of the New Year. Titled “Free Expression,” the show is produced and hosted by Bill Koshelnyk, who sings and plays guitar for Saturday evening Mass. Bill is author of the historical novel, “My Brother’s Keeper,” about the family of Jesus, written under his pen name, “Bill Kassel.” The show airs Saturday at 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., and Sunday at 8:30 and 5:00. Good Shepherd Catholic Radio is heard at 93.3 FM and 1510 AM.

 

Fr. Todd Bulletin, January 5 2020

 

Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s,

Happy New Year!  ’Tis the season for New Year’s Resolutions: things we want to take on that can help transform our lives.  People can wonder what some Catholic New Year’s Resolutions might be.  To help with that, I borrowed a few from an article written by a young woman named Meg Hunter-Kilmer.  She grew up Catholic but stopped practicing her faith until she had a powerful encounter with Jesus.  If you want to know more of her story, go here: https://www.piercedhands.com/

  1. Read the Bible. Attached to here is a link to a plan to help you read the entire Bible in one year.  This plan has you reading different parts of the Bible at the same time so you will not be simply starting from the front until you reach the back.  https://www.piercedhands.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/One-Year-Bible-Chronological.pdf  We will be picking up our own Bible Study in the second week of January and we will be going through Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians.

  2. Read something worthwhile: a book about a saint, a book about a particular aspect of the faith that you want to learn more about, a book that is simply good literature and thus is worth reading. There are four seasons in the year, so a simple rule of thumb can be one book per season.  (Since I love reading, I might be slightly biased with this one!  If you need a recommendation for something, let me know.)

  3. Pray every single day. Ask the Lord what the minimum might be: the amount of time you will spend in prayer every day no matter what kind of day it has been. Fighting for time with the Lord will transform your life. Last year, the whole Diocese celebrated a Year of Prayer and had these suggestions/challenges:   *  Married with kids at home: 10 minutes of daily prayer.   *  Married empty nesters: 30 minutes of daily prayer. *  Married retired: one hour of daily prayer.  *  Single: one hour of daily prayer.  *  Priests: two hours of daily prayer plus Mass.  *  Deacons: one hour of daily prayer.

  4. Forgive. Forgiveness is a choice, not a feeling. Make a resolution to forgive somebody for whom you’ve been harboring resentment, then do something tangible like offering a Mass for them or placing a picture of them before an image of the Blessed Mother or just daily praying, “Father, I forgive N. Please give me the grace to forgive him/her.”

  5. Remember that when we fall, we get back up! Part of any resolution is learning to be in it for the long haul—with all the twists and turns that entails.

God Bless,

Fr. Todd

Deacon Corner, January 5 2020

Today is The Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ.  It is one of the oldest Christian feasts we celebrate.  Webster defines epiphany as an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure; a manifestation of a divine or supernatural being; a moment of sudden revelation or insight.  But as Christians, the Epiphany is much more than that.  Epiphany comes from a Greek verb meaning “to reveal.  So, the “epiphany” of Jesus, is God revealing Himself to the world – not just to a chosen few, but to every person from every nation for eternity.

God’s Epiphany happened through men from faraway lands.  Human beings filled with wisdom and seeking peace.  They brought gifts symbolizing different aspects of the divine, infant Savior’s life.  The gift of frankincense – the sign of divinity –  is offered to Jesus, the Son of God, His eternal Word made Flesh.  The gift of gold – the gift for a king –  is offered to Jesus the King of the Universe.  The gift of myrrh – used to anoint the dead – is offered to the little divine but human savior of the world who will suffer and die for the salvation of all.

At that first Christmas, the magi sought and found God, then brought Him gifts fit for a king.  What about us?  Do we seek God?  Do we find Him around us?  What meaningful or valuable gifts do we bring Him?  The answers to these questions lie deep within our hearts.  Because the best gifts we can give God come from our heart – our gratitude, our humility, our will, our mind, and our love.  The best gift we can give God today is ourselves.  After all, it’s the gift the Lord longs to receive from each of us.

Deacon John

 

**NEWS**

On behalf of the HMA Food Pantry, we would like to say thank you for the generous donations of food items during this Christmas Season.   The joyous celebration of Christ’s birth was shown by your generosity.

We were able to deliver Christmas Baskets to 25 of our food pantry families.  There was a 14+ lb turkey in each box along with yams, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberries, green beans, mushroom soup, and vegetables.

We wish to thank all of our volunteers and our area Pastors, especially Rev Wes Rowan for all the help and support throughout the year.  The HMA food pantry would not exist without the volunteers.

May God bless you all and have a joyful and prosperous New Year.

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The Hudson Free Store has opened at 307 W Main Street in Hudson.  Brenda Walters from the Concord Free Store in Concord, Michigan has worked with Kay Bigelow to organize and supply the Hudson Free Store. Just as the name implies everything; clothing, household items, books, games and puzzles are free.

For the last two years Kay has set up a free clothing giveaway several times a year at the Methodist Church but will now have a permanent setting. She will be looking for volunteers to work and man the store. An experienced grant writer is also needed.

They plan to be open Mondays and Thursdays from 3 till 6 and Saturdays from 9 till noon. Stop by and wish them well.

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UNBOUND MINISTRY

What is UNBOUND? A vital part of the new evangelization because, through a simple method of prayer based on the Gospel, it helps us (and helps us to help others) move beyond our spiritual obstacles into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.

SAVE the DATE and REGISTER TODAY

FEBRUARY 28 & 29th the LIVE FREE-UNBOUND Conference is coming to St. Anthony of Padua in Hillsdale. Invite your family and friends! All are welcome! For more information or to reserve your spot visit www.livefreeub.net.

An Introduction to Unbound

January 18 & 19 at St. Anthony in Hillsdale after ALL MASSES

We will be showing a 1 hour DVD featuring Matt Lozano sharing the 5 Keys of Unbound Prayer. Join us for this PREVIEW to the February 28-29 Conference.  Location will be announced at Mass (either Parish Hall, Gathering Space or Conference Room)

Life in the Spirit:

There will be NO Prayer and Praise Gathering on THURSDAY, JANUARY 2 at St. Anthony in Hillsdale due to the ENCOUNTER 2020 in Toledo (that many of us are attending). Next Gathering will be the First Thursday in FEBRUARY  (6th).

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Men’s Retreat: River of Life – Flowing from our Baptism Jan. 31 – Feb. 2, 2020

St. Francis Retreat Center, DeWitt

There’s more to Baptism than you may know – Join us to find out what you are called to be! Suggested donation for the weekend is $185 and includes all lodging, meals, and materials. Retreat begins with check in at 6:00 pm on Friday and ends after lunch on Sunday. Men of all ages are welcome! Register with St. Francis at 517-669-8321; registration is also available online at www.stfrancis.ws. Please prayerfully consider if God is calling you to set aside time for this encounter opportunity!   Facilitators for this weekend include Fr. David Rosenberg, Sr. Katherine Collard, and Tony Sperendi.

 

 

Fr. Todd Homily, December 29 2019

 

GospelMT 2:13-15, 19-23

When the magi had departed, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said,
“Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt,
and stay there until I tell you.

Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.”
Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night
and departed for Egypt.
He stayed there until the death of Herod,
that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled,
Out of Egypt I called my son.

When Herod had died, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared in a dream
to Joseph in Egypt and said,
“Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel,
for those who sought the child’s life are dead.”
He rose, took the child and his mother,
and went to the land of Israel.
But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea
in place of his father Herod,
he was afraid to go back there.
And because he had been warned in a dream,
he departed for the region of Galilee.
He went and dwelt in a town called Nazareth,
so that what had been spoken through the prophets
might be fulfilled,
He shall be called a Nazorean.