Ave Maria | SHA Weekly Newsletter | November 15, 2016 |

Ave Maria

November 15th, 2016, 33rd Week of Ordinary Time

Ave Maria, Hail Mary.

This coming Sunday come to the culmination of the year of mercy. This past Sunday all of the Holy Doors of mercy throughout the world were closed, save the Holy Doors in Rome. What graces did we receive during this year of mercy? What lessons were learned? How can we go forward?

“Mercy is the force that reawakens us to new life and instills in us the courage to look to the future with hope.” Pope Francis

As we desire to continue practicing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy in the coming year, we can look to Mary, the Mother of Mercy. Last week, Mike Tober spoke on the necessity of the Virgin Mary, and devotion to her. If you were unable to attend, listen to the talk here. This week Mr. Maltbie will speak on the Fundamental Truths of Devotion to Mary. 

All Academy

1Q Grades on Infinite Campus

First quarter grades are now posted on Infinite Campus. High School parents: we have requested to have the GPA calculation and transcript request functions activated 0n IC, and are waiting that implementation.

Acton Event: “Beating the College Debt Trap”

On Monday, November 21st, the Acton Institute will host Alex Chediak who will be speaking on how to beat the college dept trap. A reception will begin at 6:30 pm, with the lecture beginning at 7:00 pm. Register for the event here.

Handbook Highlight: 

Please see the excerpt below regarding illnesses:

“Children who are ill should stay home until they have recovered their health.  They should be completely well before returning.  The ability to participate in all school activities, including recess, is a good indicator that the student is ready to return. Students who become ill at school will be sent home.”

Students should stay home for 24 hours after having a fever or vommiting. Please follow this rule to avoid the spreading of germs this winter.

Half Day and Busses Reminder

On 11/16 & 11/18 we will have half days due to conferences. Please remember there will be no bus or aftercare on these days.

Full Time

There are no current FT specific announcements


There are no current CEC specific announcements.


Parish Family Night – 11/16

Parish Nights continue this week Wednesday, November 16th with the second installment of our three part series on True Devotion to Mary. These talks are being held in conjunction with our parish wide preparation for Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary.  Mr. Sean Maltbie, Academy Headmaster, will be speaking and the title of his talk is: Fundamental Truths of Devotion to Mary. We welcome everyone in the parish and academy to attend, and look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

Baby Blanket Marathon Support

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish & Academy will be sending a bus of 53 representatives to the March for Life in Washington D.C. in January. Most of the participants are the Youth and Young Adults of our Parish and Academy! This group is seeking to gather 800 Yards of donated Fleece for their 12 Hour Baby Blanket Marathon to be held on Saturday, January 7th here at Sacred Heart. The purpose of the Marathon is to raise a greater awareness for the Sanctity of Life, to assist the local Catholic HELP Crisis Pregnancy Center, and to raise necessary funding to offset the travel cost to Washington D.C. for the March. Please prayerfully consider donating yards of fleece. We NEED to start collecting now. The only criteria is that the colors and patterns are baby friendly. Donations of fleece can be left in the back of Church, or dropped off to the parish and/or academy offices. All the fleece will be used to make no-sew baby blankets, all of which will be donated to HELP! Thank you for your support!

Reminder: Symphony Club Outing: 11/19

Please RSVP for the presentation and Italian dinner before Weds 11/16 to the Academy office. Dinner costs $5 per student and will be in the Friendship Hall. Additionally, students will need to bring $5 with them to purchase student symphony tickets at the box office. Per Father Sirico’s request, we will all be wearing the SHA uniform. Please see Miss Quiroz (jquiroz@sacredheartgr.org) with questions.

Here is a breakdown of the night:
5:00pm Guest Presenters (Friendship Hall)
Dan Mattson (GR Symphony tubist)
Dr Page (SHA Music Director)
6:00pm Italian Dinner (Friendship Hall)
7:00pm Drive to DeVos Place
8:00 pm Performance

Special Masses for the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Holy Day of Obligation (opportunity) for All Catholics

Wednesday, December Seventh:
VIGIL MASS (English) at 5:30 pm

Thursday, December Eighth:
LOW MASS (English) at 6:30 am
SUNG MASS (English) at 7:45 am
MISSA CANTATA  (Latin) at 7:00 pm

At the end of Thursday evening’s Mass, those who have made Saint Louis de Montfort’s 33-day preparation will have the opportunity to make their formal Consecration to Jesus through Mary. A reception follows.

Knights of Columbus: Keep Christ in Christmas Card Design Contest

The 10th annual Sacred Heart Knights of Columbus Keep Christ in Christmas Card Design contest deadline is this Friday, November, 18. The Knights will be judging the cards this weekend, so there will be no exceptions to the deadline.

Winning designs will be made into Christmas cards ready for mailing. The winners will be recognized  at the Academy Advent concert. Winning card designs will also be used to generate cards for Sacred Heart home bound parishioners. These home bound cards will be signed by Knights and Academy students.

Please help us make our 10th annual competition our largest.

Download the required Entry form from the Sacred Heart Knights council website.


Ultimate Frisbee Club 

This Friday, 11/18 will be the last Ultimate Frisbee meeting for the year. We play in the John Ball Park Field across the street from the school. All 8th-12th graders are welcome! We will play from 11:30 – 12:30 after school.

SHA Calendar – Four Weeks at a Glance

Events are included in the newsletter one time, from then on, they can be found below, which links to the main Academy calendar, the website calendar. The website calendar is the official calendar. Occasionally, we will list special Mass Celebrations. For a complete Parish Mass schedule, please click here. For this week’s Parish bulletin, click here.


16    Half Day for Students; Conferences 1-5 pm
16    Parish Family Night
17    PTC Pizza Lunch
17    Full Day of School for Students; Conferences 4-8 pm
18    Half Day for Students; Conferences 1-5 pm
19    Last Ultimate Frisbee – 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
19    High School Symphony Club: Dvorak
23-25  Thanksgiving Holiday Break
27  First Day of Advent
30  Penny Wars End


1      PTC Lunch
1      Authenticum
5     SCRIP
6     St. Nicholas Day
7     Assembly M-4th Grades
8    Parish Marian Consecration at 7:00 pm Mass, with reception following
10  Christmas Market
12   SCRIP
14   Assembly 5th-10th Grade
14   Parish Family Night

Sacred Heart Academy is a parish apostolate of Sacred Heart of Jesus dedicated to assisting families, forming Catholics, and cultivating culture.