Vita est Sacra | SHA Weekly Newsletter | January 31, 2017 |


Vita est Sacra

Vita est sacra, Life is sacred.
January 31st, 2017, Fourth Week of Ordinary Time


Last week 46 8th – 12th grade students attended the March for Life in Washington D.C. The students departed on Wednesday evening, driving through the night. On Thursday, they enjoyed a day of sightseeing, and attended the Vigil Mass for Life at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Chaperones and Students were moved by the experience of participating in the Holy Mass with Priests, Religious, Bishops, Cardinals, and other lay men and women from all over the country. On Friday, students participated in the historic pre-march rally where Vice President Mike Pence spoke, and then marched 3 miles along side thousands of others supporting life.

Students returned home Saturday morning, but the march does not end here. It is timely that this year coincides with the 100th Anniversary of the Marian Apparitions in Fatima. May we all march onward in devout prayer for reparation for sin, and conversion of souls, including an end to abortion.


All Academy

Enrollment for 2017-18

This week letters will be going home with offers of enrollment. To secure your student’s place, return the signed offer of enrollment to the Sacred Heart Academy office by February 10th. Open enrollment for new families begins on February 15th.

POSTPONED! – Visit from the Sister Servants of the Sacred Heart of Jesus 

The visit scheduled from the Sister Servants of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus has been re-scheduled to the spring due to current driving conditions. We will communicate the schedule for the visit as it approaches.

A Man for All Seasons Tickets!

Join us the first weekend in February to see A Man for All Seasons performed by the Sacred Heart Academy Theatre Arts Program! Links for tickets are located below. The show will be performed at Wealthy Street Theatre: 1130 Wealthy Street SE, Grand Rapids.

Each link is specific to that day’s performance. Please make sure you purchase tickets for the day you would like to see the performance.

Friday, February 3rd, 7:00 pm

Saturday, February 4th, 7:00 pm

Sunday, February 5th, 2:00 pm

Spring Conference Schedule

Reminder! Fill out, and turn in this form if you would like to meet with your child’s teachers. This form is due tomorrow, February 2nd.

Thank You for the Epiphany Books!

Thank you to all the families who participated in this year’s Advent Book Tree. With your help, we were able to gift over 50 books to our teachers and to the library! Whether at home or in the classroom, it is vital we share good books with our children. Thank you for continuing to support the building of our books collections at Sacred Heart Academy!

Used Book Sale

As we continue to refine the collection of books we offer in the Sacred Heart Academy library, we have found books which we can no longer use. Sometimes it’s due to their age, sometimes their content, most often we have a copy or two already on the shelves and simply do not have the space for additional copies. So we’re hosting a used book sale! Any proceeds will be used to purchase new (or new-to-us!) books for our academy book collections.

Near the front office you’ll find a cart of books. If you’re interested, please make any purchases at the front office window. Pricing is simple: hardcovers are $1 and paperbacks are $ .50. The office will have a minimum amount of change so please bring in your quarters! Happy shopping!

SHA Mugs, Water Bottles, and Stickers!

SHA has stainless steel Contigo travel coffee mugs, Nalgene water bottles, and bumper stickers available for sale in the office. Travel mugs: $15, water bottles: $10, stickers: $3.  

Please Note: Benediction

As announced at the beginning of the year, on Tuesdays when we have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, we officially end the school day with Benediction.  For 5th-12th grade students this is not optional.  If you need to make arrangements to pick up a child early, you must sign that child out at the office so that the staff will be aware that the absence is authorized.  Unless a parent has made arrangements with the office to pick up a child early, we expect the students to be timely in place for Benediction.  Tardy arrival at Benediction is not acceptable.  We will be working to remind students of their responsibility with this matter.

Handbook Highlight: What is Classical Education

The second point of seven:
“Integral – A classical educator knows that all knowledge is an integer, a united whole. At the lowest and highest levels the inter-relation of disciplines is evident, but this must become a daily reality in the classically-oriented classroom. While our days may be organized according to subjects, these should never be artificial barriers to organic connections. We always try to study things as wholes: The frog in the pond, rather than (or at least before) on the dissecting tray; the complete work, not the anthologized excerpt; the historical event in its context, not isolated by the national holiday.

Found Blazer

A 34L Men’s Blazer was found and is located in the church office.


Ministry

Parish Family Night: 2/1

Join us this week for Parish Family Night, we will have dinner and then pray a rosary in the church.

Authenticum

We look forward to seeing you Thursday, February 2nd, at Sacred Heart Parish Hall in Grand Rapids.  Dr. Ben Lockerd, Professor of English at Grand Valley State University will be presenting our next Authenticum lecture titled:  Beyond Politics: Christopher Dawson on Religion and Politics. Dr. Lockerd is the past president of the T.S. Eliot Society and has research interests relating to T.S. Eliot, Shakespeare, Philosophy & Shakespeare, Religion & Literature.  Dr. Lockerd has been named Grand Valley State Universities Celebrated Faculty Member in 2009 and also received the Outstanding Faculty Award in 2004 & 2007.

This is a lecture you won’t want to miss out on.  There will be copies of past Authenticum lectures available at the event, or you can access them online from www.catfoundations.com. All adults of every age are invited.  We hope to see you February 2nd. Wine & Cheese begin at 6:30 p.m. and the Lecture will begin at 7:00 p.m.

All Authenticum lectures count for Catechist certification credit in the Diocese of Grand Rapids.

High School Ministry:

HEY! HO! ROE V. WADE HAS GOT TO GO!! 

Keep Marching for Life by waging spiritual battle right here in Grand Rapids. Every Friday morning at 6am, 11 – 12th grade students are encouraged to meet classmates and staff in front of the Heritage Abortion Clinic (320 Fulton) to pray a rosary for the unborn. Afterwards, we will stop by Tim Hortons for coffee and fellowship before heading to school for the day. Contact Miss Quiroz with any questions.


Athletics

Spring Sports Sign Up

Spring Sports are upon us. Practice for 5th – 8th grade Spring Sports: Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse, Tennis (6th – 8th Grades ONLY), Girls Soccer, and Boys & Girls Track, start on March 13th.  The Season will finish by May 25th.

Please have you student athlete signed up no later than February 27th.  The sign up from can be accessed by following this link.

Please contact Jim Hiske, Athletic Director, with any questions at ad@sacredheartgr.org or 616.446.5289.


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.

February

1   A Man for All Seasons Dress Rehearsal
1   Parish Family Night
2   Conference Slips Due
2   Candlemass
2    A Man for All Seasons Dress Rehearsal
2    Authenticum
3    A Man for All Seasons Opens
4    A Man for All Seasons
5    A Man for All Seasons
8    Half Day for Students
8    Conferences
8    Parish Family Night
9    PTC Lunch
9    Conferences
10  Offers of Enrollment Due
10  Half Day for Students
10  Conferences
15   Open Enrollment Begins
15   Parish Family Night
20-21 Mid-Winter Break
22  5th-10th Assembly
22  Parish Family Night
23  PTC Pizza Lunch
23  Montessori Information Night 6-7 pm
28 Opportunity for Confession

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

Our Lady of Fatima | SHA Weekly Newsletter | January 24, 2017 |


Our Lady of Fatima

January 24th, 2017, Third Week of Ordinary Time


The 100th Anniversary of the Marian apparitions in Fatima follows the year of mercy. The first apparition occurred on May 13th, 1917. God’s beautiful providence and design are witnessed again, as the year of mercy is followed by a year that reminds us of Our Lady’s messages to conversion and repentance. These messages call us forth not only individually, but socially as well.  In these messages to the children who received the apparitions, Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta, Our Blessed Mother had one goal in mind: to lead us to her Son. Many church fathers say in one way or another, that just as our Lady has had a profound role in Christ’s first coming, she will have a profound role in His second coming. The apparitions include prophetic words about the end times, as well as an exhortation to pray the rosary with devotion. Learn more about the apparitions here.

Father Sirico is currently in Fatima, Portugal speaking to Bishops from all over the world in commemoration of the beginning of this 100th year anniversary. Today, at 9:30 am we will live-stream with him, and he will give a catechesis to all of our students on the Marian apparitions from Fatima.


All Academy

Special Visitors Next Week

Next week three sisters from the Sister Servants of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in Cresson, Pennsylvania will visit our community.  The sisters will arrive on Wednesday, February 1 and will be here into the weekend.  The schedule is not finalized, but as of now, we expect they will join us for Family Parish Night on Wednesday (Be there!), Authenticum on Thursday (Be there!), a visit to the school Thursday or Friday, attending A Man for All Seasons on Friday, and leading a retreat on Saturday.
Please stay tuned for more details.  In the meantime, you can learn more about the sisters here.   

Catholic Schools Week 

Next Sunday marks the beginning of Catholic Schools Week. Please see the schedule below.

1/29: Knights of Columbus Breakfast (8:00-12:00), Kick-off Mass (10:30 AM, Please attend with your students in uniform), Open House (11:30-1:00pm)

1/30: Mass at the Cathedral for SHA student representatives, a note went home if your student is going.

1/31: Open House (6:00-8:00 pm)

2/2: A Man for All Seasons Sneak Preview (10:00-11:00 am); Authenticum (6:30 pm)

2/3: Prayer followed by 8th grade vs. Staff Volleyball Game (2:30 pm)

2/3: A Man for All Seasons Opening Night!

A Man for All Seasons Tickets!

Join us the first weekend in February to see A Man for All Seasons performed by the Sacred Heart Academy Theatre Arts Program! Links for tickets are located below. The show will be performed at Wealthy Street Theatre: 1130 Wealthy Street SE, Grand Rapids.

Each link is specific to that day’s performance. Please make sure you purchase tickets for the day you would like to see the performance.

Friday, February 3rd, 7:00 pm

Saturday, February 4th, 7:00 pm

Sunday, February 5th, 2:00 pm

Theology of the Body CEC Course

The CEC Theology of the Body class will begin Friday, February 3 due to the March for Life trip.

All students signed up for the class are required to read chapters 1-3 of “Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves” by Jason Evert in preparation for the first class. Copies of the the book may be picked up in the school office any day this week.

Spring Conference Schedule

Spring parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for February 8-10. If you would like to meet with your child’s teachers, please fill out this form and return it to the academy office by February 1. The more children you have the more important it is to get your form in early. Conference times are assigned on a first come, first served basis.

SHA Open Houses

Please share the following information with friends and family that are interested in joining the Sacred Heart Family:

1/29:  Open House for new and current families following Mass and KofC Breakfast. Students, please wear your uniforms to this Catholic Schools Week Kick Off Mass.

1/31: All School Open House for New Families 6-8 pm

2/23: Montessori Information Night for New and Current Families 6-7 pm

Acton Film Series Presents: “Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism”

A great opportunity for students, families, catechists, religious ed. leaders, theology, history students, and catechumens… in fact, it is a movie that needs to be seen by everyone. See a preview here.

Thomas More College Open House

Experience a day in the life of a Thomas More College Student! Winter Open House February 19th – 20th. Space is limited, register and find more information here.

Please Note: No Study Hall During Recess 

There is no study hall available during recess. Please remind your children about this.

Handbook Highlight: Social Cursive

“The handwritten word in cursive slows the mind to meditate and ponder.  It is also a beautiful art form in itself and a form of prayer when used to meditate on the words of scripture or the language of prayer.   Beginning in the third grade we instruct our students in cursive writing.  As they progress to the next grades we expect most written work to be performed in cursive for full time students.  For CEC students, we strongly recommend cursive for written papers, as early as they are able.”


Ministry

Parish Family Night: 1/25

Join us this Wednesday, January 25th for our Parish Night. Our speaker is Mr. Cliff Bajema. Mr. Bajema a former Protestant pastor for 42 years converted to Catholicism with his wife Faith in 2009. He is currently leading one of our Adult Bible studies in the parish on the book of Romans.  The title of his talk this Wednesday is “The Christian Family: Living the life of the Church”.  Sung Vespers at 5:00 p.m. with parish meal following in Friendship Hall. Talk begins at 6:15 p.m.   There is something for every age group and nursery is available.  We look forward to seeing you there! Find JPII’s Letter to Families here. Find last week’s talk here.

CSW Knights of Columbus Breakfast

The Knights of Columbus support Sacred Heart Parish and Academy in numerous ways. Please support them by attending their breakfast this Sunday anytime from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm in the SHA Cafeteria. The cost is $7.00 for adults, $4.00 for children 12 and under, or $20.00 for a family. Find more details here.

High School Ministry:

Parish Night: 1/25

High schoolers are invited to attend this week’s parish night, as always! The students will attend the adult session starting at 6:15pm, with round table discussion and time for personal prayer afterwards. The talk will be the last installment on our series on the family, and the speaker will be Cliff Bajema.     


Athletics

Spring Sports Sign Up

Spring Sports are upon us. Practice for 5th – 8th grade Spring Sports: Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse, Tennis (6th – 8th Grades ONLY), Girls Soccer, and Boys & Girls Track, start on March 13th.  The Season will finish by May 25th.

Please have you student athlete signed up no later than February 27th.  The sign up from can be accessed by following this link.

Please contact Jim Hiske, Athletic Director, with any questions at ad@sacredheartgr.org or 616.446.5289.


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.

January

25   Parish Family Night
25-28   March for Life Trip
26    PTC Pizza Lunch
29    Catholic Schools Week Begins
29    Catholic Schools Week Mass – Come in Your Uniform!
30    Dress Rehearsal – A Man for All Seasons
31     Sacrament of Confession
31    Dress Rehearsal – A Man for All Seasons

February

1   Conference Slips Due
1   All School Assembly
1   A Man for All Seasons Dress Rehearsal
1   Parish Family Night
2   Candlemass
2    A Man for All Seasons Dress Rehearsal
2    Authenticum
3    A Man for All Seasons Opens
4    A Man for All Seasons
5    A Man for All Seasons
8    Half Day for Students
8    Parent Teacher Conferences
8    Parish Family Night
9    PTC Lunch
9    Parent Teacher Conferences
10  Offers of Enrollment Due
10  Half Day for Students
10  Parent Teacher Conferences
15   Open Enrollment Begins
15   Parish Family Night
20-21 Mid-Winter Break
22  5th-10th Assembly
22  Parish Family Night
23  PTC Pizza Lunch
23  Montessori Information Night 6-7 pm

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

Vale | SHA Weekly Newsletter | January 18, 2017 |


Vale

January 18th, 2017, Second Week of Ordinary Time


Vale; Farewell! 

Father Peter announced on January 8th that he has been assigned to a new parish, Our Lady of Consolation in Rockford effective next Friday, the 27th of January. With this news comes a flood of emotions for all of us as we reflect upon the impact Father Peter has had on our families, students, and staff.

What a gift his presence has been to each of our families throughout his ministry at Sacred Heart Parish and Academy. His desire to seek the Lord first is apparent in all he does, and we are grateful for his example of virtue and ultimate love for the flock he tends. We are grateful that Father Peter will remain in the Diocese of Grand Rapids, and all of us look forward to encountering him in the future.

This Sunday, please join us from 3:00 to 4:00 pm for a “Farewell, Father” Gathering in the church basement. We petition all of you to keep Father Peter, and Sacred Heart Parish and Academy in your prayers throughout this transition.


All Academy

Spring Conference Schedule

Spring parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for February 8-10. If you would like to meet with your child’s teachers, please fill out this form and return it to the academy office by February 1. The more children you have the more important it is to get your form in early. Conference times are assigned on a first come, first served basis.

A Man for All Seasons Tickets!

Join us the first weekend in February to see A Man for All Seasons performed by the Sacred Heart Academy Theatre Arts Program! Links for tickets are located below. The show will be performed at Wealthy Street Theatre: 1130 Wealthy Street SE, Grand Rapids.

Each link is specific to that day’s performance. Please make sure you purchase tickets for the day you would like to see the performance.

Friday, February 3rd, 7:00 pm

Saturday, February 4th, 7:00 pm

Sunday, February 5th, 2:00 pm

SHA Open Houses

Please share the following information with friends and famliy that are interested in joining the Sacred Heart Family:

1/29:  Open House for new and current families following Mass and KofC Breakfast. Students, please wear your uniforms to this Catholic Schools Week Kick Off Mass.

1/31: All School Open House for New Families 6-8 pm

2/23: Montessori Information Night for New and Current Families 6-7 pm

Half Day Friday Reminder

SHA Students will be dismissed at 11:30 this Friday, January 20th. Faculty and Staff will participate in a Professional Development seminar.

Lunch Kitchen Clean Up

We are in desperate need of kitchen clean up assistance!  Hours are from 1-3 pm on days when we have hot lunch. Please consider this convenient way to volunteer, as it is right before pick up time!  Please email Carolyn Koepke to be put on the volunteer schedule. Thank you!

Video of Epiphany Program

If you have a full recording of the Epiphany Program please email it to Miss Surrell.

EWTN: Cool to be Catholic Contest for High School Students

High school students could see their work on EWTN! EWTN’s Cool to be Catholic contest invites students in high school to create a 30-second or 60-second commercial showing their passion for the Catholic faith. Entries can be submitted through June 30. Learn more here.

Box Top Blitz: 3,000 in Two Weeks!

On January 27th, Mr. Krygier will be mailing out our collected Boxtops. The situation is that we are well below our normal volume. Let’s blow the top off this box!  Let’s put a huge smile on his face!

Bring in Boxtops with the expiration of 2017 and up, all nicely cut if you are able, and collect 3,000 Boxtops. There are collection sheets that you can also glue the boxtops on to keep track of them. This makes processing the Boxtops easier. Print off collection sheets here, and have your kids gluestick them on. Stay tuned in to see how we do. Go team SHA!

Handbook Highlight: Social Networking

“We live in an age where instantaneous communication is the norm.  Most of this occurs through social media and many parents and students use social media sites to communicate.   As you may be aware, social media can embolden and tempt participants to make abusive remarks they might not otherwise state to a live audience.  The instantaneous nature of this type of communication makes it a risk.  Faculty, parents, and students may be held accountable for what they publish regarding the school, member of the staff or students at Sacred Heart Academy regardless of where the communication originated.  This may include the permanent removal of students from the school.  Also, it is not appropriate for teachers or other staff members to communicate with students using this medium.

Sacred Heart Academy does have an official Facebook page.  We will use these modes of communication to share information relevant to Academy life and its mission.  We are aware that there are also non-official social networking pages that share information about the Academy.  Please note that Academy officials do not moderate non-official SHA pages.  Accordingly, families rely on information on these sites at their own risk.”


Ministry

Parish Family Night: 1/18

Join us this Wednesday, January 18th for our Parish Night.  Our speaker is Mr. Sean Maltbie. The title of his talk is “The Christian Family: Love and Responsibility”. This is our second installment of our parish study of Pope John Paul II’s Letter to Families. Don’t worry if you missed week one, each talk in the three part series can be done individually as well.  Sung Vespers at 5:00 p.m. with parish meal following in Friendship Hall. Talk begins at 6:15 p.m.  There is something for every age group and nursery is available.   We look forward to seeing you there!Find JPII’s Letter to Families here. Find last week’s talk here.

Catholic Schools Week Knights of Columbus Breakfast

On January 29th the Sacred Heart Knights of Columbus will be preparing a pancake and egg breakfast in the Sacred Heart cafeteria. Breakfast will be served from 8:00 am to noon.

This breakfast helps celebrate the beginning of Catholic schools week and helps raise funds so that Knights can continue to support parish and community activities. Sacred Heart Academy open house follows the 10:30am Mass. More details are available here. Thank you for your continued support.

Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest

Congratulations to all the winners of the Sacred Heart Knights of Columbus council free throw competition held on Tuesday, January 7th. The 2017 winners are:

Manuel Sanchez
Ryan Heldt
Dominic Maslanka
Rainey Kolenda
David Koepke
Jack Blouw

Please wish these students well as they move on to the district competition scheduled for February 5th.

High School Ministry:

Parish Night: 1/18

Join us this Wednesday during parish night for a discussion on the Church’s teaching on families. At the end of the night, we will have a rousing game of Family Feud! Meet your peers in the SHA gym at 6:15pm to participate.       

Ski Trip: 2/20 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

We have a ski day planned at Cannonsburg for Monday, Feb 20 from 9:30am to 2pm. If you would like to attend this event, fill out this permission form and submit your fee to the main office on or before January 31. The cost per student is $10, including lift ticket and equipment rental. Helmets and lessons are available for an additional $5 each. Find more information here, and email Miss. Quiroz with any additional questions.

Baby Blanket Donation Thank you from HELP Pregnancy

Thank you for the over 400 fleece blankets. Our HELP families will be so blessed by your efforts. Our prayer is that your time at the March for LIFE will echo the actions you’ve already put forth in the name of the unborn. God’s blessing on your trip!
May the blessings you bestow on us return to you hundredfold.
Paula Veneklase, Director
HELP Pregnancy Crisis Aid


Athletics

Basketball 

The 2017 Boys and Girls 5th and 6th Grade teams seasons are winding down. Each team has their final game of the season on Saturday, January 21st.  The 5th Grade Girls play at Rockford Christian at 9 AM and the 5/6th boys play here at Sacred Heart at 11:20 AM.  Please come out and cheer on your teams!

This year, SHA is holding 2 end of year Basketball Tournaments simultaneously. The Tournaments start January 23rd and finish with Championship Saturday on Feb 4th.  Please come out and support your teams!

West Side Boys – 4th Grade Basketball Program

Please find more information here on the West Side Boys Try-Ins.

Spring Sports

Spring Sports are around the corner.  Stay tuned for the chance for your student athletes in grades 5th-8th to play Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse, Girls Soccer, Tennis (6th-8th), and/or Boys & Girls Track.  Sign ups will be announced through the Newsletter in the near future.


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.

January

17 – 20  Semester 1 Exams
18   Parish Family Night
20   Half Day for Students
21    6th Grade Boys Basketball vs. St. Stans/SMV
22   Father Peter Going Away Party
25   Parish Family Night
25-28   March for Life Trip
26    PTC Pizza Lunch
29    Catholic Schools Week Begins
29    Catholic Schools Week Mass – Come in Your Uniform!
30    Dress Rehearsal – A Man for All Seasons
31     Sacrament of Confession
31    Dress Rehearsal – A Man for All Seasons

February

1   Conference Slips Due
1   All School Assembly
1   A Man for All Seasons Dress Rehearsal
1   Parish Family Night
2   Candlemass
2    A Man for All Seasons Dress Rehearsal
2    Authenticum
3    A Man for All Seasons Opens
4    A Man for All Seasons
5    A Man for All Seasons
8    Half Day for Students
8    Parent Teacher Conferences
8    Parish Family Night
9    PTC Lunch
9    Parent Teacher Conferences
10  Offers of Enrollment Due
10  Half Day for Students
10  Parent Teacher Conferences
15   Open Enrollment Begins
15   Parish Family Night
20-21 Mid-Winter Break
22  5th-10th Assembly
22  Parish Family Night
23  PTC Pizza Lunch
23  Montessori Information Night 6-7 pm

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

Age Quod Agis | SHA Weekly Newsletter | January 9, 2017 |


Age Quod Agis 

January 9th, 2017, First Week of Ordinary Time


Age quod agis; Do what you’re doing. 

Last week Father Peter preached about technology and how we need to be aware of the importance of being present to the people and work in front of us. Later the same day, this video from Simon Sinek surfaced, reiterating how technology greatly impacts our relationships.  We highly recommend you take a few minutes to review this video and take some time to reflect on how technology impacts your relationships.

Our generation is naturally a busy one, often, in response to the question: “How are you?”, the response is: “Busy!”. We are living in a generation where technology is present, and we are not called to deny it completely.  Indeed, you wouldn’t be reading this newsletter without it.  We can and should be grateful for electricity, light, microphones, and easier communication, but we should be vigilant of the risk technology poses to what it means to be human.

With social media, texting, and the like, we are inundated with words, screens, and images. We have a plethora of knowledge at our fingertips, yet easier than ever, forget it five minutes later. We are encouraged to do many things at once, even while spending time with loved ones. Yes, advancements in technology are not inherently bad, but with no awareness, overuse can be detrimental.

In this new year, may we be present to do what we are doing, whether that is a task assigned us, or being present in a conversation with God or a friend. In this, we may be present to the human reality around us and serve and love those other humans in our midst. 


All Academy

Spelling Bee

The SHA Spelling Bee will be held in the cafeteria at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, January 11th. Participating CEC students should arrive in the cafeteria by 1:20 pm. Parents interested in attending should arrive at 1:20 pm also.

If students want to sign up, there is still time. An email to Ms. Herron, or a student adding their name to the list on the wall outside Ms. Herron’s classroom, will suffice. Students must sign up by noon on January 11.

Superintendent David Faber Visiting Thursday, January 12

The Superintendent for the Diocese of Grand Rapids Catholic Schools, David Faber, will visit Sacred Heart on Thursday, January 12.  He will be available for a parent meet and greet at 2:45 in room 101 near the office.

Adoration Supplies Needed

Please consider donating any extra prayer books, spiritual reading, rosaries, or chaplets to the students. Donations will be made available each Tuesday for students to use during Eucharistic Adoration. Boxes will be available in the back of church to collect donations for all ages. Thank you for supporting the spiritual growth of our children!

Photos Needed

Sacred Heart Academy is producing a Year Book in house this year. PLEASE send any photos you have of athletic teams, candid shots, and ministry and parish events to Thea Walsh (thea.walsh@gmail.com) as soon as possible. 

Lost & Found 

The lost and found will be emptied and donated at the end of this week. Please look through the lost and found as soon as possible. Please note, a stroller was left in the parking lot and is currently in the lost and found. Please claim it if it is yours.

Uniform

Please mark your children’s uniform pieces with your last name. Please put a note card with their name in the blazer pocket to make sure we can return lost blazers to their owners.

Family Information Update

Please keep your information updated with SHA. Find the form here to update your family information with the office, thank you!

Handbook Highlight: Study Hall

Study Hall is a scheduled part of the day for full time high school students. This time is set aside for diligent study.

Study Hall is also available for 5th – 12th CEC students in the library and library annex.  There are times during the CEC day when the library annex will be required for class instruction.  During those times, only the library will be made available.

Study Hall for 5th – 12th CEC students is not a social gathering time.  The space is offered as a convenience to families that have “gaps” in their 5th – 12th CEC course schedules.  The space is for diligent study.  Excessive noise will be addressed by the Study Hall supervisors and those students unable to adapt their behavior to expectations will be asked to leave and their parents will be contacted. At no time may students leave the building unaccompanied by an adult.”


Ministry

Parish Family Nights Resume 1/11

We look forward to seeing you when Parish Family Nights resume on 1/11/2017. Dr. Nathan Schmiedicke will speak on “The Christian Family: Civilization of Love”, focusing on content from sections 1-11 of JPII’s “Letter to Families”.  Find JPII’s Letter to Families here.

Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest

The Sacred Heart Knights of Columbus Council Free Throw Competition will take place on Tuesday, January 10th at 4:00 pm in the Sacred Heart Academy gym. The competition will start after the completion of Benediction. The competition is open to all Sacred Heart Students and Parishioners age 9 – 14. Winners at each age level will receive medals, champion’s certificates and an invitation to participate in the district level competition in early February.

All participants must have an official entry form signed by their parents. Print the form here.

High School Ministry:

SNOW WAR JANUARY 11, 2017

High schoolers, you don’t want to miss this knock out event on Wednesday, January 11 at 6:15 pm. Come participate in the snow war of the year, drink cocoa, and spend time with your peers. This event will occur during parish night. Students should gather in the SHA gym. The battle will take place on the John Ball Zoo green (white) space. 


Athletics

No Current News


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.

January

9    Christmas Pageant
10   KofC Free Throw Competition
11    5th – 10th Assembly
11   Parish Nights Resume; High School Party
12   PTC Lunch
12    6th Grade Boys Basketball vs. St. Charles @ Home
12    Superintendent David Faber Visit – Parent Meet and Greet at 2:45 p.m.
12    School Board Meeting
14    6th Grade Boys Basketball vs. SJDA @ Home
14    5th Grade Girls Basketball vs. NorthPointe Christian @ Home
14    Open Gym for High School Students
16    Martin Luther King Jr. Day – No School
17 – 20  Semester 1 Exams
18   Parish Family Night
20   Half Day for Students
21    6th Grade Boys Basketball vs. St. Stans/SMV
25   Parish Family Night
25-28   March for Life Trip
26    PTC Pizza Lunch
29    Catholic Schools Week Begins
29    Catholic Schools Week Mass – Come in Your Uniform!
30    Dress Rehearsal – A Man for All Seasons
31     Sacrament of Confession
31    Dress Rehearsal – A Man for All Seasons

February

1   Conference Slips Due
1   All School Assembly
1   A Man for All Seasons Dress Rehearsal
1   Parish Family Night
2   Candlemass
2   A Man for All Seasons Dress Rehearsal
2   Authenticum
3   A Man for All Seasons Opens
4   A Man for All Seasons
5   A Man for All Seasons
8   Half Day for Students
8   Parent Teacher Conferences
8   Parish Family Night
9   PTC Lunch
9   Parent Teacher Conferences
10  Half Day for Students
10  Parent Teacher Conferences

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

O Radix Jesse | SHA Weekly Newsletter | December 19, 2016 |


O Radix Jesse

December 19th, 2016, Fourth Week of Advent


TWO IMPORTANT REMINDERS (See below for more details) –
1. RORATE MASS TOMORROW – ARRIVE EARLY
2. DISMISSAL AT 3:35 for all grades tomorrow after Benediction

O Radix Jesse, O Flower of Jesse’s Stem! 

O Radix Jesse is the “O Antiphon” for Monday, December 19th. “O Antiphons” are simple and poignant prayers expressing the deep longing for Christ’s coming. They are verses sung or read before the Gospel and exclaimed as the antiphon before the canticle of Mary in Evening Prayer. The “O Antiphons” begin December 17th and end December 23rd, leading the faithful to the birth of Christ. In the final days of Advent, these exclamations provide an opportunity for final preparation as they stir our hearts with heightened anticipation. Our deep longing for Christ is expressed as we sing, pray, and ponder the “O Antiphons.”

These expressions have been sung since the 6th century, and are called “O Antiphons”, because each prayer begins with the interjection “O”. Day by day the antiphons build upon one another representing a crescendo of the intense desire of God’s people awaiting the most important event in human history, the birth of Christ.

Each antiphon has a similar structure: it begins by invoking the coming Lord through a different title, then a few words explaining that particular title of Christ, a sincere petition to “come,” and finally a plea for redemption.

In reverse order, the initials of the titles in Latin spell: Ero cras, or “Tomorrow I will be there.” This is interpreted as Christ’s response to our cry, “Come!” You may recognize the titles in the hymn O Come, O Come Emmanuel, as the verses of this beautiful Advent hymn are derived from the “O Antiphons.”

12/17
O Sapientia
O Wisdom, O holy Word of God, you govern all creation with your strong yet tender card; come and show your people the way to salvation.

12/18
O Adonai
O Sacred Lord of ancient Israel, who showed yourself to Moses in the burning bush, who gave him the holy law on Sinai mountain: Come, stretch out your mighty hand to set us free.

12/19
O Radix Jesse
O Flower of Jesse’s Stem, you have been raised up as a sign for all peoples; kings stand silent in your presence; the nations bow down in worship before you. Come, let nothing keep you from coming to our aid.

12/20
O Clavis David
O Key of David, O royal Power of Israel controlling at your will the gate of heaven: Come, break down the prison walls of death for those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death, and lead your captive people into freedom.

12/21
O Oriens
O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: Come, shine on those who dwell in darkness an din the shadow of death.

12/22
O Rex Gentium
O King of all the nations, the only joy of every human heart; O Keystone of the mighty arch of man, come and save the creature you fashioned from the dust.

12/23
O Emmanuel
O Emmanuel, king and lawgiver, desire of the nations, Savior of all people come and set us free, Lord our God. 


All Academy

Rorate Mass

Tomorrow we will be celebrating a Rorate Extraordinary Form Mass. A Rorate Mass begins before dawn and the only lighting is provided by candles, we ask that students and all those attending arrive by 7:30 AM to ensure that they find a seat safely and quietly in the dark.

The Rorate Mass begins before dawn with the only lighting provided by candles. This is symbolic spiritually, as Advent is the dawn. It is still not the bright light of Christmas. Advent is a time of preparation for something exceedingly joyful that is yet to come. Our candles at a Rorate Mass are symbols of our longing for the coming of the Savior whose light is already dawning. The Mass is a Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary, designed especially for use in Advent.  This will be a low Mass offered in the Extraordinary Form.

Everyone is cordially invited to participate in our Rotate Mass on Tuesday a 7:45 am.  Please be aware that, during the Mass, the church will be very dark and will be lit only by the candles in the sanctuary, so please arrive early, while the church lights are still on.

Adjusted Dismissal Time 12/20 for 1st-4th Grades

The PTC has organized a time to give teachers a gift tomorrow at 3:10 pm. Thus, all students will proceed with their teachers to the gymnasium and then all students will attend Benediction. Parents are welcome to attend Benediction at 3:25 pm in the church. Students will be dismissed at 3:35 pm, after Benediction.

SHA Gear 

Orders are in, please pick up tomorrow. A limited amount of gear is available for sale, please come by the office to shop!

Lost Stroller 

A stroller was found in the parking lot and is now placed in the lost and found, please come and pick it up if it is yours.

High School White Elephant Christmas Party

Join your friends and classmates for a fun and festive evening! Bring your best holiday attitude, a white elephant gift to exchange ($10 max) and a snack to share. Feel free to wear an ugly Christmas sweater if the spirit moves you! RSVP here!

SHA Students Give to God’s Kitchen & Christmas Market

The Diocese featured SHA Students and their giving hearts on their website. Read the story here.

Handbook Highlight: Read the Newsletter

“The Academy will produce a weekly newsletter that will be sent home via e-mail and hardcopy, upon request.  The intent of this communication is to provide families with a snapshot of timely information about the week-to-week operation of the Academy.  The newsletters are our chief means of communication with parents, and we expect that it is read weekly.”


Ministry

Spring Break Mission Trip Meeting – Tomorrow 6 pm

There will be an information meeting for all high school students and their parents who have signed up for the Mission Trip tomorrow, at 6:00 p.m. in the Academy Cafeteria. If your child has not signed up, and you are interested in the trip, please come to the meeting.  Signing up does not necessarily guarantee a spot on the trip.

March for Life Meeting – Tomorrow 7 pm

There will be a meeting tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. in the Academy Cafeteria for all those attending Sacred Heart’s trip to Washington D.C. for the March for Life.  At least one parent should attend.  Parent (s) please bring heath insurance information as the trip will require a signed Medical Treatment Release Form.

Parish Family Nights Resume 1/11

We look forward to seeing you when Parish Family Nights resume on 1/11/2017.

Authenticum

Over one hundred people from around the diocese enjoyed a great December Authenticum Lecture on the Four Last Things and the Incarnation. The lecture served as a powerful meditation for the season, and was truly inspirational.  All enjoyed good wine, coffee, seasonal desserts, and of course great conversation.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, January 5th as Dr. Dennis Marshall, professor of Theology at Aquinas College,  will present the next lecture which is titled: “The End of Catholic Education.”  Dr. Marshall will discuss the Church’s Aim for Catholic Education and the ever urgent need to foster the faithful restoration of faithfully vibrant schools which foster fidelity to the truth of the Catholic Faith. Refreshments begin at 6:30 p.m. and the lecture begins at 7 p.m.  There will be copies of previous lectures available as well, or you can access them online from www.catfoundations.com. All adults of every age are invited.  We hope to see you January 5th.

Authenticum lectures count for Catechist certification credit in the Diocese of Grand Rapids.

Baby Blanket Marathon Support – Please Donate Fleece!

Would you be willing to donate fleece? Those attending the March for Life this year need 800 yards of fleece for their 12 Hour Baby Blanket Marathon on Saturday, January 7th. 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!

Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest

The Sacred Heart Knights of Columbus Council Free Throw Competition will take place on Tuesday, January 10th at approximately 4:00 pm in the Sacred Heart Academy gym. The competition will start after the completion of Benediction. The competition is open to all Sacred Heart Students and Parishioners age 9 – 14. Winners at each age level will receive medals, champion’s certificates and an invitation to participate in the district level competition in early February.

All participants must have an official entry form signed by their parents. Print the form here.

Knights of Columbus Keep Christ in Christmas Card Contest Winners

Kindergarten through 2nd grade runner up – RaeAnn Hiske
Kindergarten through 2nd grade winner – Iohan Sanchez
3rd through 5th grade runner up – Theresz Tober
3rd through 5th grade winner – Ceci Gumbko
6th through 8th grade runner up – Catherine M. Lindgren
6th through 8th grade winner – Camille Kaczanowski
9th through 12th grade runner up – Olivia Jepsen
9th through 12th grade runner up – Clare Marie Lindgren
9th through 12th grade winner – Grace Morin

Knights of Columbus Essay Contest Winners

In second place for the 8th grade – Emma Den Braber
In first place in the 8th grade – Allison Krakowski
In second place for 9th grade – Evelyn Ferhlen
In first place for 9th grade – Maria Forrester
In second place for 10th grade – Anna Cook
In first place for 10th grade – Kathleen Weis
In first place for 11th grade – Emily Mistaleski

The council also awarded 1st and 2nd place overall form our council. Those winners were;
Council 2nd place overall  – Maria Forrester
Council 1st Place overall – Emily Mistaleski

High School Ministry:

Christmas Party

Mark your calendars for the High School Christmas Party, 1/11 at 6:15 pm.


Athletics

No Current Athletics Updates


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.

December

20   Rorate Extraordinary Form Mass
20   Opportunity for Confession
20   Spring Break Mission Trip Meeting 6 pm
20   March for Life Trip Meeting 7 pm
21    SMART Aid Applications Due
21    Christmas Vacation begins after school

January

3    School resumes, all students return to school
4    Assembly, 1st – 4th Grade
5    5th Grade Girls Basketball vs. Christian Blue @ Home
5    Authenticum
6    Epiphany Extraordinary Form Mass
7    Baby Blanket Marathon
7    5th Grade Girls Basketball vs. Corpus Christi @ Home
7    6th Grade Boys Basketball vs. St. Patrick @ Home
7    CLT
9    Christmas Pageant
10   KofC Free Throw Competition
11    5th – 10th Assembly
11   Parish Nights Resume; High School Party
12   PTC Lunch
12    6th Grade Boys Basketball vs. St. Charles @ Home
12    School Board Meeting
14    6th Grade Boys Basketball vs. SJDA @ Home
14    5th Grade Girls Basketball vs. NorthPointe Christian @ Home
14    Open Gym for High School Students
16    Martin Luther King Jr. Day – No School
17 – 20  Semester 1 Exams
18   Parish Family Night
20   Half Day for Students
21    6th Grade Boys Basketball vs. St. Stans/SMV
25   Parish Family Night
25-28   March for Life Trip
26    PTC Pizza Lunch
29    Catholic Schools Week Begins
29    Catholic Schools Week Mass – Come in Your Uniform!
30    Dress Rehearsal – A Man for All Seasons
31     Sacrament of Confession
31    Dress Rehearsal – A Man for All Seasons

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

Gaudete | SHA Weekly Newsletter | December 13, 2016 |


Gaudete!

December 13th, 2016, Third Week of Advent


Gaudete! All Rejoice! 

The time is nearer than than ever before of our precious Lord’s coming! Rejoice! This past Sunday we celebrated the third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete is a command: All of you, rejoice! The Church, who has our best interest at heart, and knows the needs of humanity, shines light in the liturgical seasons of Gaudete Sunday in Advent, and Laetare Sunday in Lent. As we await the coming of Christ, we are given a reminder to hope in the awareness of what is to come!

During both of these joyful, anticipating, celebrations, the celebrants wear rose. Brother Hyacinth Cordell O.P., noted that “The dark color of violent in Advent harmonizes well with the diminishing sunlight late in the year.” As well as the violet color representing royalty of Christ the King. He wrote, “Rose, is a softening of violet. It is violet approaching white. In this sense, it anticipates the pure white of the Birth and Resurrection of Christ. While nature’s cycle is comprised of life and light, the liturgial seasons also reveolve around life and light.”

Yesterday, we had yet another gift of light. The feast and celebration of Our Lady of Guadelupe. The Patroness of the Americas. The Virgin Mary appeared to a Mexican Indian convert in the year 1531. In the seven years following the aparition, eight million native people were converted.  As we continue in the season of Advent, may we remember the words of our Mother to St. Juan Diego, and each of us:

“Listen my son to what I tell you now.
Do not be troubled or disturbed by anything;
do not fear illness
or any other occurrence of pain.
Am I not your mother?
Am I not life and health?
Have I not placed you on my lap
and made you my resonsibility?
Do you need anything else?”
Our Lady of Guadelupe, pray for us!  

All Academy

Advent Lessons & Carols – THIS THURSDAY!

Parents,
This year’s academy Advent music program, scheduled for Thursday, December 15, at 7:00 pm, will take the form of a traditional Festival of Lessons and Carols. Music works for the season will alternate with readings foretelling the Incarnation of God in Christ. Readers from all corners of the Academy will help proclaim the Word.

All of Dr. Page’s students in Grades 5-9 will be the principal singers, alongside the parish’s Saint Nicholas Choir of boys and girls. This is a required event, as stated in the course syllabus distributed at the beginning of the school year. The only excused absences will be for severe illness.

Students need to arrive at school in complete uniform (including blazers, ties, and dark shoes: no exceptions) no later than 6:15 pm on December 15.

This promises to be an especially beautiful and moving event. Our students have worked very hard preparing a wide variety of works for this holy season.

I hope you’ll bring friends and relatives to enjoy the truth, beauty, and goodness of young voices turned toward our Lord!

With thanks and prayers,
Daniel Page

Adjusted Dismissal Time 12/20 for 1st-4th Grades

The PTC has organized a time to give teachers a gift on Tuesday, 12/20 at 3:10 pm. Thus, all students will proceed with their teachers to the gymnasium and then all students will attend Benediction. Parents are welcome to attend Benediction at 3:25 pm in the church. Students will be dismissed at 3:35 pm.

Rorate Mass Reminder: 12/20 Please Arrive by 7:30 AM

Next Tuesday, December 20th, we will be celebrating a Rorate Extraordinary Form Mass. A Rorate Mass begins before dawn and the only lighting is provided by candles, we ask that students and all those attending arrive by 7:30 AM to ensure that they find a seat safely and quietly in the dark. The Rorate Mass is traditionally celebrated during Advent as it symbolizes our waiting, our struggle through the darkness, hoping for the Light. This Mass is a Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the readings and prayers foretell the prophecy of the Virgin who would bear a Son called Emmanuel, and call on all to raise the gates of their hearts to let Christ the King enter.

CLT Exam & Counseling Services Half Off! 

The next CLT will take place on Saturday, January 7th. Registration will be 50% off, in honor of their anniversary and for the Christmas & Epiphany holidays. This means that registration for the CLT will cost only $25. Their college counseling services will also be 50% off. These sales will begin on 12/16 and end on 12/17.

Register for the CLT here.

Register for Classical Learning Initiatives counseling services here.

Parking

The family handbook section on after school parking and pick up is incorrect and will be corrected in next year’s edition.  Please note from November 1 to April 1, the city of Grand Rapids will enforce the odd/even parking designations.  On even days, you may not park your vehicle along the west (school/church) curb along Garfield.  Please park on the east curb or park in the parking lot.  If you have older children in your carpool or family, you should instruct them to gather your carpool group and cross the street together at the crosswalk.

We recognize this is an inconvenience, but we must follow the city ordinance.  As we continue to address our “growing pains”, the flow of traffic around the campus is something we will study closely.  Thank you for your patience. 

Christmas Market Featured on WZZM

Sacred Heart Parish and Academy’s Christmas Market was featured on WZZM this weekend. See the clip here!

Thank you: Conference Food Donors

Dear parents and families that donated food to feed the teachers during conferences, thank you! We are grateful for the delicious meals and snacks you provided. Thank you for your love and support.

WGVU Cool Teachers

We have cool teachers at SHA! Congratulations to Mr. Walsh being nominated and winning a Cool Teacher Award last year, and Dr. Page winning a Cool Teacher award this fall! Learn more about the WGVU Program here.

The Advent Book Tree is Here

The Advent Book Tree will, once again, be available throughout Advent.

Tags on the tree list a book that comes from  wish lists submitted by the teachers and library. Families are invited to choose books as gifts for classroom libraries, or the Academy library. Please choose your tag(s), purchase the item(s) listed, (paying very close attention to all the information given on each book), wrap the item(s) and deliver the package(s) back to the Academy office by Tuesday, January 3rd. These gifts will be distributed at Epiphany. Email Meghan Power with questions.

Handbook Highlight: Read the Newsletter

“The Academy will produce a weekly newsletter that will be sent home via e-mail and hardcopy, upon request.  The intent of this communication is to provide families with a snapshot of timely information about the week-to-week operation of the Academy.  The newsletters are our chief means of communication with parents, and we expect that it is read weekly.”


Ministry

REMINDER – March for Life Payment – Due December 15th!!!

 Parents of young people attending the March for Life trip to Washington D.C. please remember that the second payment of $30 for your child is due by December 15th. Checks should be made out to Sacred Heart with “March for Life” in the memo section. Payments can be turned into the Academy Office – Attn: Michael Tober.

Spring Break Mission Trip Meeting

There will be an information meeting for all high school students  and their parents who have signed up for the Mission Trip on Tuesday, December 20th at 6:00 p.m. in the Academy Cafeteria. Packets and a brief overview of the 2017 Spring Break Mission to Mississippi will be discussed. Time for questions will be offered. If your child has not signed up, and you are interested in the trip, please come to the meeting.  Signing up does not necessarily guarantee a spot on the trip.

March for Life Meeting

There will be a meeting on December 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the Academy Cafeteria for all those attending Sacred Heart’s trip to Washington D.C. for the March for Life.  At least one parent should attend.  Parent (s) please bring heath insurance information as the trip will require a signed Medical Treatment Release Form. Final questions regarding the trip, and our baby blanket marathon fundraiser will be answered as well.

Parish Family Nights Resume 1/11

We look forward to seeing you when Parish Family Nights resume on 1/11/2017. Even though there is no Family Night this week, please join us for Advent Lessons and Carols on Thursday evening!

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!

High School Ministry:

Pray to End Abortion!

Join us on Friday Mornings at 6 am at the abortion clinic, 320 Fulton to pray a Rosary. We go to Tim Horton’s afterwards for coffee and breakfast.

Christmas Party

Mark your calendars for the High School Christmas Party, 1/11 at 6:15 pm.


Athletics

Basketball Updates

Our 5/6 Boys and 5th Grade Girls gave it their best try but both lost this past week!  However, they are making strides and coming together.

Come support them in the games coming up which for the Girls are tonight at 6 PM at SHA and Saturday, December 17th at 12:30 at Ada Christian Gym 1.

The Boys play Saturday, December 17th at 12:30 as well, at Ada Christian Gym 2.


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.

December

13    5th Grade Girls Basketball vs. St. Stephen/St. Paul @ Home
14    All School Assembly
15    PTC Pizza Lunch
15    Advent Lessons & Carols (Advent Concert)
20   Rorate Extraordinary Form Mass
20   Opportunity for Confession
20   Spring Break Mission Trip Meeting 6 pm
20   March for Life Trip Meeting 7 pm
21    SMART Aid Applications Due
21    Christmas Vacation begins after school

January

1/3    School resumes, all students return to school

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

Immaculata | SHA Weekly Newsletter | December 7, 2016 |


Immaculata

December 7th, 2016, 2nd Week of Advent


Immaculata, Immaculate.

Tomorrow we have the great pleasure of celebrating the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.  This is also the Patronal Feast Day of the United States of America.  The Catholic Bishops of the United States chose the Blessed Virgin Mary in her Immaculate Conception as the patron of our country in 1846, eight years before the Immaculate Conception was proclaimed to be a dogma of the Church in 1854 by Pope Pius IX.  Her patronage as the Immaculate Conception is needed now more than ever, which is a principal reason why we chose tomorrow as the day in which we would make a communal consecration to Jesus through Mary.

There is almost no place we can turn today without being “infected” by the corruption of the world.  We need a safe harbor to protect us from possible infection.  That safe harbor is Mary.  One-hundred and fifty years before the dogma of the Immaculate Conception was proclaimed by the Church, Saint Louis de Montfort understood its significance as a fundamental truth of a devotion to Mary.  St. Louis stated we need Mary to preserve the graces and treasures we receive from God because the devil is a skillful thief and he seeks to steal those graces and treasures.  He explains that if we confide these treasures to Mary, she would take it as “an obligation of justice to preserve them” for us.

St. Louis’s description of his own world 300 years ago, sounds strangely familiar:  “The world is now so corrupt it seems inevitable that religious hearts should be soiled, if not by its mud, at least by its dust; so that is has become a kind of mircle for anyone to remain in the midst of that impetuous torrent without being drawn in by it, in the midst of that stormy sea without being dr0wned in it or stripped by the pirates and the corsairs, in the midst of that pestilent air without being infected by it.”

Thus, his remedy, is our remedy:  “It is the Virgin, alone faithful, in whom the serpent has never had part, who works this miracle for those who serve her in that sweet way” which is Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary.

Mary, most Holy and Immaculate Conception, pray for us!


All Academy

SHA Gear

SHA Gear will be in 12/19!

National Latin Exam (NLE)

The National Latin Exam is a 40-question, multiple-choice exam taken by students of Latin all across the country and world. The questions range from questions about Latin grammar to questions about Roman culture and mythology. Medals and ribbons are awarded to students who achieve high scores on this test and scholarships are available for high school seniors.

Sacred Heart Academy students have the opportunity to take the National Latin Exam on March 2, 2017. Students taking Latin in 7th grade and above are eligible to participate. All students who are enrolled in an SHA Latin class will automatically be registered. If your student is studying Latin and would like to take the NLE, but is not currently enrolled in an SHA Latin class, please contact Ms. DeRocher to register them by 12/21.

Additional CEC High School Courses Offered Next Semester 

Please send an email to Mrs. Menardie by December 21 if you wish to enroll a student in one or more of the following courses:  

      Course:  Scripture – Expository Study of the Old Testament

Mr. Tober will continue the Friday morning Scripture class through the second semester to all who are interested in continuing the study.  The class will remain at the current time of 8:30 – 1o:00 a.m.  New CEC 9-12 students are welcome to join.

     Course:   Theology of the Body

This course, for juniors and seniors only, is a systematic study of John Paul II’s seminal work, emphasizing his writing on human dignity, friendship, chastity, and vocational discernment. Students will be asked to read key passages of the original Wednesday audiences, reflect on themes through regular journal entries, and participate in class discussions on personal and intellectual aspects of the teachings. Monthly male and female breakout classes and panels of married couples and religious will offer students alternative settings for discussions, questions, and practical reflection.

Teacher:   Miss Jenn Quiroz

Required Texts:
John Paul II, Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body (ISBN: 0-8198-7421-3)
Karol Wojtyla, Love and Responsibility  (ISBN 978-0-89870-445-7)

Meeting Time:  Fridays from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

     Course:  Economics

This course is a study of the basic tenets of economics,the Catholic Church’s teachings on economics and Catholic participation in economic activity, and the melding of the two in Hilaire Belloc’s writings on the formation of “the Distributive State”. The course will cover most topics in Thomas Sowell’s Basic Economics, a common sense guide that portrays economics in a simple and easy-to-understand presentation. The book is an introductory resource aimed at those with no prior understanding or previous study of the subject, and it utilizes realistic and historical examples from countries around the world to explain principles, rather than confusing the reader with graphs and technical jargon. After gaining a basic understanding of economics, students will explore Church documents that address the economic issues of our time, providing for us the Church’s stance on economics and how a Catholic layperson is called to participate in the economy. Finally, students will study Belloc’s Economics for Helen, where Belloc covers the elements of economics and its political application.

Teacher:   Mr. Antoni Germano

Required Texts:
Basic Economics, Thomas Sowell ($27) (ISBN: 978-0465060733)
Economics for Helen, Hilaire Belloc ($22) (ISBN: 978-1932528039)
Catholic Social Thought: The Documentary Heritage ($17.50) (ISBN: 978-1570758911)

Meeting Time:  Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Diocesan Strategic Plan Review: You’re Invited, Please attend!

The Diocese has developed a draft strategic plan designed to strengthen Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids. They are presenting this draft  strategic plan and taking our input at forums throughout the Diocese.

Please consider joining on Monday, December 12, at 5 p.m. or 7 p.m. at West Catholic High  School in  Grand Rapids. More information about the forums (including  dates of other  forums), and a copy of the draft plan is available here.

The Advent Book Tree is Here

The Advent Book Tree will, once again, be available throughout Advent.

Tags on the tree list a book that comes from  wish lists submitted by the teachers and library. Families are invited to choose books as gifts for classroom libraries, or the Academy library. Please choose your tag(s), purchase the item(s) listed, (paying very close attention to all the information given on each book), wrap the item(s) and deliver the package(s) back to the Academy office by Tuesday, January 3rd. These gifts will be distributed at Epiphany. Email Meghan Power with questions.

Handbook Highlight: Recess

“Unless it is raining or the wind chill is 10 degrees F. or below, students are expected to go outside each day. They need to be appropriately dressed with hats, gloves, boots, and scarves when conditions warrant.  Students who are prevented from participating in recess due to injury or other physical impairment may remain indoors after prior coordination with their homeroom teacher.”


Ministry

Spring Break Mission Trip Meeting

There will be an information meeting for all high school students  and their parents who have signed up for the Mission Trip on Tuesday, December 20th at 6:00 p.m. in the Academy Cafeteria. Packets and a brief overview of the 2017 Spring Break Mission to Mississippi will be discussed. Time for questions will be offered. If your child has not signed up, and you are interested in the trip, please come to the meeting.  Signing up does not necessarily guarantee a spot on the trip.

March for Life Meeting

There will be a meeting on December 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the Academy Cafeteria for all those attending Sacred Heart’s trip to Washington D.C. for the March for Life.  At least one parent should attend.  Parent (s) please bring heath insurance information as the trip will require a signed Medical Treatment Release Form. Final questions regarding the trip, and our baby blanket marathon fundraiser will be answered as well.

Funeral Lunch Support

Please consider volunteering to make a dessert for funeral lunches held at the parish. It is an excellent way to grow in virtue, corporal works of Mercy and baking skills! We aren’t looking for professional level cakes by any means. This is a good way for the older kids to get involved in service as well! If interested please contact the Parish Office.

Parish Family Nights Resume 1/11

Our final Parish Night took place last Wednesday. We look forward to seeing you when resuming on 1/11/2017. Even though there is no Family Night this week, please join us for the celebration on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception following 7 pm Mass tomorrow!

Parish Wide Consecration on Thursday, December 8th

A reminder that after the 7 pm Mass for the Celebration of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception tomorrow, all those who participated in the parish wide Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary will make their formal Act of Consecration.  A reception will take place afterwards in the parish hall, all are welcome!

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!

High School Ministry:

Pray to End Abortion

Join us on Friday Mornings at 6 am at the abortion clinic, 320 Fulton to pray a Rosary. We go to Tim Horton’s afterwards for coffee and breakfast.

Christmas Party

Mark your calendars for the High School Christmas Party, 1/11 at 6:15 pm.


Athletics

Boys & Girls Basketball

Congratulations to both our 5th Grade Girls and our 5/6 Boys Basketball teams on their victories this past Saturday, December 3rd.

Come support the teams in their next games. The girls play Saturday, December 10th at 9 AM at St. Thomas and the Boys’ next game is Saturday the 10th at 12:30 at Corpus Christi in Holland.

You can find the game schedules on the Athletics Page on the School Website.


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.

December

6     St. Nicholas Day
8    Parish Marian Consecration at 7:00 pm Mass, reception to follow
10    Christmas Market
12    SCRIP
12    Diocesan Catholic Schools Strategic Plan Review @ West Catholic 5pm or 7 pm
13    5th Grade Girls Basketball vs. St. Stephen/St. Paul @ Home
14    All School Assembly
14    Parish Family Night
15    PTC Pizza Lunch
15    Advent Lessons & Carols (Advent Concert)
20   Rorate Extraordinary Form Mass
20   Opportunity for Confession
20   Spring Break Mission Trip Meeting 6 pm
20   March for Life Trip Meeting 7 pm
21    Parish Family Night
21    SMART Aid Applications Due
21    Christmas Vacation begins after school

January

1/3    School resumes, all students return to school

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

Veni, Veni, Emmanuel | SHA Weekly Newsletter | November 29, 2016 |


Veni, Veni Emmanuel

November 29th, 2016, 1st Week of Advent


Veni, Veni Emmanuel, O Come, O Come Emmanuel

In this season of Advent, we prepare our hearts to receive anew the mystery of the Incarnation. We recall the struggle of the Israelites as they seek out the promised land. We pray with David as he longs for the Kingly Messiah. Mary calls us to travel with her as she expects the birth of her Son. We join with the apostles in anticipating the second coming of Christ.

The readings at Mass this week call us to “stay awake,” to see the signs in our times of God’s imminent arrival (Matthew 24:7 -44). Anthony Esolen reminds us “It’s not enough that we be free of egregious sin. We must be on the watch.” In the midst of this busy time, find some quiet moments to reflect on the words of the centurion from Monday’s Gospel reading: “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my servant shall be healed.”


All Academy

School Closure Notification – SIGN UP TO BE NOTIFIED VIA TEXT MESSAGE

School closure for weather, etc. will be communicated via text message, and an e-mail announcment via our newsletter list.  Sign up for the text alert here. If you signed up last year, you do not need to sign up again. 

Christmas Market

On December 10th, The Christmas Market will take place at Sacred Heart Academy.

The gifts available for purchase at the market are gifts donated by families from the Academy and Parish. This provides a beautiful opportunity for Academy families to teach their children to give out of their own want. Please encourage your children to reflect on this opportunity, and prayerfullly consider donating one the items on their Christmas list, to the market.

The Christmas Market will take place after we celebrate St. Nicholas’ feast day. This year we are encouraging students to give like St. Nicholas and bring a gift for the market!  We ask that any donated gifts be brought to school by FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2nd.  This will allow our elves to inventory and determine the remaining need before shopping that weekend. 

The Advent Book Tree is Coming

The Advent Book Tree will, once again, be available throughout Advent.

Tags on the tree will have a book listed on them that comes from the wish list of teachers, and the library. Families are invited to choose books as gifts for classroom libraries, or the Academy library. Please choose your tag(s), purchase the item(s) listed, (paying very close attention to all the information given on each book), wrap the item(s) and deliver the package(s) back to the Academy office by Tuesday, January 3rd. These gifts will be distributed at Epiphany. Email Meghan Power with questions.

Handbook Highlight: Birthdays

“Students may celebrate their birthdays by bringing a treat to school.  Arrangements should be made with the teacher prior to the day so that the teacher is aware that a treat is expected (which will offer the opportunity for the teacher to advise of any specific allergies in the classroom).  Visits by entertainers or elaborate classroom parties are not permitted.  If you are having a party at home for your child, you should not have your child pass out invitations at school nor have your child talk about the event, unless every student in the class is invited.”


Ministry

Parish Family Night 

Please join us for Parish Night on Wednesday, November 30th.  Vespers is at 5 p.m. with dinner following vespers. The parish provides the main meal and side salad. Please bring a dish to pass and own place settings. We will wrap up our three week series on True Devotion to Mary. If you missed the first two talks by Mr. Tober or Mr. Maltbie, you can find them here. Faith formation is available for all ages.  Nursery is available.

Authenticum: 12/1

We look forward to seeing you Thursday, December 1st, at Sacred Heart Parish Hall in Grand Rapids. Dr. Jack Mulder, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Hope College will present our next Authenticum lecture which is titled:  The Four Last Things and the Incarnation.

Dr. Mulder will guide us in a deeper understanding of the relationship the Incarnation has with death, judgement, heaven, and hell.  A fitting lecture for Advent and a great preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of our Lord.  Dr. Mulder currently chairs the Department of Philosophy at Hope, co-directs the Initium program for new Hope faculty and serves as a Faculty Fellow in the Center for Ministry Studies. He is also the assistant director of the Saint Benedict Forum, a Catholic organization serving Hope College. Dr. Mulder writes and teaches in the areas of philosophy of religion, Catholic thought, applied ethics and the thought of Søren Kierkegaard. His new book, What Does It Mean to Be Catholic? will be published by Eerdmans in July.

This is a lecture you won’t want to miss! There will be copies of past Authenticum lectures available at the event, or you can access them online here. All adults of every age are invited. We hope to see you December 1st. Wine & Cheese begin at 6:30 p.m. and the Lecture will begin at 7:00 p.m.

All Authenticum lectures count for Catechist certification credit in the Diocese of Grand Rapids.

Parish Wide Consecration on Thursday, December 8th

A reminder that after the 7:00 p.m. Mass for the Celebration of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on Thursday, December 8th all those who participated in the parish wide Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary will make their formal Act of Consecration.  A parish wide reception will be help afterwards in the parish hall.   Please mark your calendars for the celebration of this important Solemnity.

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!

Christmas Market Volunteers

High Schoolers may volunteer to work at the Christmas Market on 12/10 from 9am – 1 pm. Please contact Miss Quiroz if your students would like to participate.

Pray to End Aborion!

Staff members and 9th – 12th graders meet and pray at the Abortion clinic every Friday the Academy has school at 6:00 am. Please encourage your students to join us this Friday! Pray for Life!


Athletics

Support SHA Middle School Basketball – Home Games this Weekend

Come support the 6th Grade Boys and 5th Grade Girls basketball teams this weekend! The 6th grade boys will play at 11:20 am, and the 5th grade girls will play at 12:30 pm. 

West Catholic Basketball Camp K-4th

Find more info here!


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.

November
30   Parish Family Night
30   Penny Wars End

December
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, reception to follow
10    Christmas Market
12    SCRIP
14    Assembly 5th-10th Grade
14    Parish Family Night
15    PTC Pizza Lunch
15    Advent Lessons & Carols (Advent Concert)
20   Rorate Extraordinary Form Mass
20   Opportunity for Confession
21    Parish Family Night
21    SMART Aid Applications Due
21    Christmas Vacation begins after school
12/22  – 1/3    Christmas Vacation

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

Gratitudo | SHA Weekly Newsletter | November 22, 2016 |


Gratitudo

November 22nd, 2016, 34th Week of Ordinary Time


Gratitudo, gratitude.

In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Praise the Lord! Look at the abundance of the blessings we have been given. We have the opportunity, in all circumstances, to give thanks and praise the Lord, or to live in scarcity. As we make this choice, our students and children will be influenced. With a perspective of abundance, one is praising God, mindful, engaged in the present, humble, and without fear. Gratitude leads us to humility, and combats fear! When a heart is praising God, it has no room for negativity, judgemental thoughts, and sin.

St. Paul states, that the will of God for us is to live life in abundance, to give thanks in all circumstances regardless of whether the situation is trial or consolation. If we live life with a perspective of abundance, we will cultivate grateful hearts within ourselves, and our students. This virtue takes constant awareness. As we celebrate the coming holiday, may we be reminded of the necessity of practicing the virtue of gratitude, and live each day in abundance.

The Lord pours out opportunities to grow in faith and community through this Academy and Parish, and we are grateful for each of your presence within it.


All Academy

Christmas Market

On December 10th, The Christmas Market will take place at Sacred Heart Academy.

The gifts available for purchase at the market are gifts donated by families from the Academy and Parish. This provides a beautiful opportunity for Academy families to teach their children to give out of their own want. Please encourage your children to reflect on this opportunity, and prayerfullly consider donating one the items on their Christmas list, to the market.

The Christmas Market will take place after we celebrate St. Nicholas’ feast day. This year we are encouraging students to give like St. Nicholas and bring a gift for the market!  We ask that any donated gifts be brought to school by FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2nd.  This will allow our elves to inventory and determine the remaining need before shopping that weekend. 

SHA Waterbottles

Sacred Heart Academy Nalgene water bottles are now available in the main office for $10.00 each. Please support the Academy and purchase one today! 

School Closure Notification – SIGN UP TO BE NOTIFIED VIA TEXT MESSAGE

School closure for weather, etc. will be communicated via text message, and a e-mail announcment via our newsletter list.  Sign up for the text alert here.

The Advent Book Tree is Coming

The Advent Book Tree will, once again, be available throughout Advent.

Tags on the tree will have a book listed on them that comes from the wish list of teachers, and the library. Families are invited to choose books as gifts for classroom libraries, or the Academy library. Please choose your tag(s), purchase the item(s) listed, (paying very close attention to all the information given on each book), wrap the item(s) and deliver the package(s) back to the academy office by Tuesday, January 3rd. These gifts will be distributed at Epiphany. Email Meghan Power at with questions.

Handbook Highlight: What is Classical Education?

One of the additions to this year’s handbook was an explanation of what Classical Education at SHA is and is not. The excerpt below comes from a longer explantion of what we believe Classical Education is at SHA:

“1. Loving – Out of the superfluous (from the Latin super, “over” and fluere, “to flow”) love of the Trinity, man was created. By love and for love, man was made. From the teacher’s own loving relationship with Christ, flows his love for God’s fingerprint in creation and God’s very image in the children entrusted to his care. This love for God, man, nature, and art must be the primary motivator for both teaching and learning.”


Ministry

Parish Family Night 

A reminder that there is no Parish Night due to the Thanksgiving Holiday Break. Please have a wonderful and grace-filled holiday!

Please join us for Parish Night on Wednesday, November 30th.  Vespers is at 5 p.m. with dinner following vespers. The parish provides the main meal and side salad. Please bring a dish to pass and own place settings. We will wrap up our three week series on True Devotion to Mary. If you missed the first two talks by Mr. Tober or Mr. Maltbie, you can find them here. Faith formation is available for all ages.  Nursery is available.

Authenticum: 12/1

We look forward to seeing you Thursday, December 1st, at Sacred Heart Parish Hall in Grand Rapids. Dr. Jack Mulder, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Hope College will present our next Authenticum lecture which is titled:  The Four Last Things and the Incarnation.

Dr. Mulder will guide us in a deeper understanding of the relationship the Incarnation has with death, judgement, heaven, and hell.  A fitting lecture for Advent and a great preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of our Lord.  Dr. Mulder currently chairs the Department of Philosophy at Hope, co-directs the Initium program for new Hope faculty and serves as a Faculty Fellow in the Center for Ministry Studies. He is also the assistant director of the Saint Benedict Forum, a Catholic organization serving Hope College. Dr. Mulder writes and teaches in the areas of philosophy of religion, Catholic thought, applied ethics and the thought of Søren Kierkegaard. His new book, What Does It Mean to Be Catholic? will be published by Eerdmans in July.

This is a lecture you won’t want to miss! There will be copies of past Authenticum lectures available at the event, or you can access them online here. All adults of every age are invited. We hope to see you December 1st. Wine & Cheese begin at 6:30 p.m. and the Lecture will begin at 7:00 p.m.

All Authenticum lectures count for Catechist certification credit in the Diocese of Grand Rapids.

Parish Wide Consecration on Thursday, December 8th

A reminder that after the 7:00 p.m. Mass for the Celebration of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on Thursday, December 8th all those who participated in the parish wide Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary will make their formal Act of Consecration.  A parish wide reception will be help afterwards in the parish hall.   Please mark your calendars for the celebration of this important Solemnity.

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!

Pray to End Aborion!

Staff members and 9th – 12th graders meet and pray at the Abortion clinic every Friday the Academy has school at 6:00 am. Please encourage your students to join us the next time we go, December 2nd!


Athletics

No announcements at this time.


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.

November

23   No Family Parish Night
23-25  Thanksgiving Holiday Break
27   First Day of Advent
28   SCRIP
30   Parish Family Night
30   Penny Wars End

December

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, reception to follow
10    Christmas Market
12    SCRIP
14    Assembly 5th-10th Grade
14    Parish Family Night
15    PTC Pizza Lunch
15    Advent Lessons & Carols (Advent Concert)
20   Rorate Extraordinary Form Mass
20   Opportunity for Confession
21    Parish Family Night
21    SMART Aid Applications Due
22  – January 3    Christmas Vacation

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

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


CEC

There are no current CEC specific announcements.


Ministry

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

TOTAL CONSECRATION:
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.


Athletics

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.

November

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

December

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.