Fr. Todd Bulletin, November 25 2018

Dear Sacred Heart Family,

I hope everyone had a great thanksgiving.  I enjoy Black Friday almost as much as Thanksgiving day.  Our tradition has been that Mom and the girls all go shopping while the guys stay home playing cards while eating Venison Steak.  It doesn’t get much better than that!

This weekend I want to finish up our series on the fourfold Christian response to death.  Having grieved, taken time to remember and learn from our loved ones, pray for them and ourselves, we end by realizing anew God’s providence.

The Church year ends in November with the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.  This feast day is the celebration of the God’s providence, that all things are wrapped up in God Himself.  All that happened in the past year and all that will happen in the year ahead will take place in the reality of God’s love and care.  When it comes then to dealing with our grief at the death of a loved ones this helps us remember several important truths:

 While death is a reality that seems all encompassing the truth is God is bigger.  Paul writes: We do not want you to be unaware, brothers, about those who have fallen asleep, so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose, so too will God, through Jesus, bring with him those who have fallen asleep. (1 Thess 4:13-14).

 Death no longer has the last word.  The last word belongs to God.  While there are many verses that would apply, I want to use these words Jesus left with the Apostles just before His own Passion: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me.  In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be. (John 14:1-3).  In times of great pain and grief we cling to His words, His promises like we cling to a lifeline thrown to a struggling swimmer.

We are never alone.  Psalm 139 is one of my favorites and has been a great source of comfort in times of anxiety and fear.

“LORD, you have probed me, you know me: you know when I sit and stand; you understand my thoughts from afar. You sift through my travels and my rest; with all my ways you are familiar.  Even before a word is on my tongue, LORD, you know it all.  Behind and before you encircle me and rest your hand upon me.  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, far too lofty for me to reach.  Where can I go from your spirit?  From your presence, where can I flee?  If I ascend to the heavens, you are there; if I lie down in Sheol, there you are.  If I take the wings of dawn and dwell beyond the sea, Even there your hand guides me, your right hand holds me fast.  If I say, “Surely darkness shall hide me, and night shall be my light”. Darkness is not dark for you, and night shines as the day.  Darkness and light are but one” (Psalm 139: 1-12)

In the face of death, we lay our loved ones into His hands who carry all things.  Then we can’t forget to let Him carry us too.


God Bless! Fr. Todd


Fr. Tomy Homily, November 18 2018


Today’s readings give us the assurance that our God will be with us all the days of our lives and that we will have the ongoing presence of the Holy Spirit in our midst guiding, protecting and strengthening us in spite of our necessary human uncertainty concerning the end time when “Christ will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead.”

In today’s Gospel, Jesus speaks about the displacement of celestial bodies at the end of the world, followed by the appearance of the Son of Man in glory to establish the Reign of God. Jesus gives a warning lesson from the fig tree. The application of this image to the end of the world suggests that the end of the world will mean good times, or summer, for Jesus’ disciples, because their God will be bringing things to a triumphant end, and His Truth, Love and Justice will prevail forever. But we must always be well prepared to face our judgment because we do not know the day nor the hour. True disciples are to watch and wait in a state of readiness. Instead of worrying about the end time events, we are asked to live every day of our lives in loving God in Himself and as living in others by our committed service.  Thus, we will enter into a deeper relationship with God, which will continue when we pass through death into a different kind of life.

Let us recognize the “second coming” of Jesus in our daily lives. Today’s Gospel reminds us of a “coming” of God which we tend to forget, namely, God’s daily coming to us in the ordinary events of our lives.  We must learn to recognize and welcome Him in these everyday occurrences – happy, encouraging, painful or disappointing – always remembering that He comes without warning.  Let us remember that the Lord is present wherever people treat each other with gentleness, generosity, and thoughtfulness.

Let us take heart and not be frightened: The end of the world should never be thought of as depressing, disheartening or frightening because we are in the hands of a good and loving God.  Christ’s second coming gives us the message that God is journeying with us in the trials and difficulties of life, and that His word is ever-present as a light of hope.  He speaks to us through the Scripture. We have the Eucharist as a sign that God is with us, in our midst. Holy Communion is our point of direct, personal contact with God. That is why the holy Mass is special: the more fully and frequently we participate in the Mass, the more deeply the Lord can come to us, and the more completely He can remain with us. Let no one frighten us with disturbing descriptions of the end of the world because “the end” is all about the birth of everyone and everything into eternity.




Thanksgiving Day Mass will be at 9:00am

There will be NO Mass on Friday after Thanksgiving.

The Parish Office will be closed Thursday & Friday.


Thanksgiving Day Prayer

Lord, we thank you
for the goodness of our people
and for the spirit of justice
that fills this nation.
We thank you for the beauty and fullness of the
land and the challenge of the cities.

We thank you for our work and our rest,
for one another, and for our homes.
We thank you, Lord:
accept our thanksgiving on this day.
We pray and give thanks through Jesus Christ our Lord.

R: Amen.

—from Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers.

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From the Principal, Anne Atkin

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Thank you for supporting Catholic Education in your community.

We are so blessed!  Sacred Heart School has the lowest tuition rate in the Diocese of Lansing, and one of the lowest in the state.  We would like to keep it that way. We want our message to the community to be that Catholic education can be for everyone who wants it and who wouldn’t want it?  Our small school community feels like a comfortable sanctuary for our families who are out navigating the world. It can be wild out there with busy schedules, heavy workload, invasive social media and just the pressure of raising a family.  Sacred Heart School is the calm in the storm.  Our students get the one-on-one attention in a loving, yet orderly setting.  It is truly a school where learning and virtue are sacred; where students are taught to persevere. There is something magical going on in our halls and the formula for confident students is working.

On Saturday, it was clear that the community has taken notice.  The “Be In our Heart Gala” brought overwhelming support for the school. The excitement and love for our little school was undeniable. From alumni, teachers, families, community members and supporters the message was clear: We love Sacred Heart School and believe in the power of Catholic education for the future of our country.

Thanks to all of you, we were able to raise $28,400 in profit at our gala.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal



Upcoming Bible Study


Nov 28 -Sacred Heart at 6pm

Nov 29 – SMOL at10 am

Dec 19 – Sacred Heart at6pm

Dec 20 – SMOL at 10 am

Jan 9 – Sacred Heart at6pm

Jan 10 – SMOL at 10 am

Jan 23 – Sacred Heart at 6pm

Jan 24 – SMOL at 10am


Deacon Corner, November 18 2018


Last week, a good friend of ours posted this on Facebook.  I invite you to sit back, let your imagination take over, and hopefully enjoy the story as much as I did….

 In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?”   The other replied, “Why, of course.  There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.” “Nonsense,” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?” 

 The second said, “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here.  Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can’t understand now.”  The first replied, “That is absurd.  Walking is impossible.  And eating with our mouths?  Ridiculous!  The umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need.  But the umbilical cord is so short, so life after delivery is to be logically excluded.”  The second insisted, “Well I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here. Maybe we won’t need this physical cord anymore.”   The first replied, “Nonsense.  And moreover, if there is life, then why has no one ever come back from there?  Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery, there is nothing but darkness and silence and oblivion. It takes us nowhere.” 

“Well, I don’t know,” said the second, “but certainly we will meet mother and she will take care of us.”

 The first replied “mother? You actually believe in mother? That’s laughable. If mother exists, then where is she now?”  The second said, “She is all around us. We are surrounded by her. We are of her. It is in her that we live. Without her, our world would not and could not exist.”  Said the first: “Well I don’t see her, so it is only logical that she doesn’t exist.”

 To which the second replied, “Sometimes, when you’re in silence and you focus and listen, you can perceive her presence, and you can hear her loving voice, calling down from above.”

Maybe this was one of the best explanations of the concept of GOD.

Our relationship with God is very much like our relationships with each other.  Our marriage and friendships need time and nurturing to develop and grow.  The same is true of our relationship with God.  God calls each of us into a relationship with Him.  How, or if, we respond depends on how well we look for His presence every day.   Psalm 46 says “Be still, and know that I am God.”  May we take time this week to seek silence in the chaos and listen for God’s loving voice calling down from above.

Deacon John


Fr. Todd Bulletin, November 18 2018

Dear Sacred Heart Family,

Fr. Tomy will be gone on vacation from Nov 19 – Dec 9.  We will not have our 8am Mass on the three Mondays he is gone- November 19th, November 26th, and December 3rd.  On Thanksgiving Day we will have our 9am Mass.  We will not have Mass the day after Thanksgiving, November 23rd.

In this month of November when we remember our loved ones, I want to continue our series on the four Christian responses to death.  This week is the importance of taking time in prayer.  We need to take time to pray for our loved ones, for the repose of their souls, and to take time to pray for ourselves and our family members.

When it comes to praying for our loved one let us seek to pray right into the reality of their lives.  The more intimately you know someone the better equipped you are to pray for them because you know more than just the good face we all put on for the world to see- you also know their struggles.  Having walked with them and perhaps having experienced firsthand someone’s shortcomings and struggles you can pray that those very things be set right.  Msgr. Charles Pope wrote this about purgatory: “Yes, there are many things in us that need purging: sin, attachment to sin, clinging to worldly things, and those rough edges to our personality. Likewise most of us carry with us hurts, regrets, sorrows, and disappointments. We cannot take any of this with us to Heaven. If we did, it wouldn’t be Heaven.” These are the things we pray for our loved ones for.

Having prayed for them we need to pray for ourselves and anyone who is impacted by our loved one’s death.  Jesus promised us that He is with us “always, until the end of the age”.  So, in the midst of the grief we pray- Jesus we need you now. I need your strength and I need to be able to lean on you.  When it comes to the other people who have been impacted by a person’s passing I sometimes I simply pray this: “Jesus whoever is most in need of your comfort and consolation today please draw near to them”.  He knows who that person is and can touch their hearts in ways I never can.

Here is a prayer for those who are grieving:

Dearest Jesus, who wept at the death of your friend

and taught that they who mourn shall be comforted,

grant us the comfort of your presence in our loss.


Send Your Holy Spirit to direct us

lest we make hasty or foolish decisions.

Send Your Spirit to give us courage

lest through fear we recoil from living.

Send Your Spirit to bring us your peace

lest bitterness, false guilt, or regret take root in our hearts. 

 The Lord has given.                                                                                                                

The Lord has taken away.

Blessed be the name of the Lord.


 God Bless,

Fr. Todd