SHA Weekly Newsletter – October 23 – 27, 2017


SHA Weekly Newsletter – October 23 – 27, 2017


SHA Weekly Newsletter – October 23 – 27, 2017

SHA Weekly Newsletter

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Spring & Fall

 
October 23th -27th, 2017, Twenty-eighth week of Ordinary Time

We take a break this week from our consideration of the Nicene Creed. Instead, enjoy the following poem about autumn. It was written “to a young child” by the English poet and priest Gerard Manley Hopkins. 

Spring and Fall
To a young child 

Margaret, are you grieving
Over Goldengrove unleaving?
Leaves, like the things of man, you
With your fresh thought care for, can you?
Ah! As the heart grows older 
It will come to such sights colder 
By and by, nor spare a sigh
Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie;
And yet you will weep and know why.
Now no matter, child, the name:
Sorrow’s springs are the same.
Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed
What heart heard of, ghost guessed:
It is the blight man was born for,
It is Margaret you mourn for. 

The poem describes a little girl, Margaret, who begins to cry when she sees leaves falling from the trees. The poem is addressed to Margaret, and the poet considers how Margaret’s relationship to autumn will change (and not change) as she grows older. While Margaret will express her sorrow differently, the poet says, it will be of the same character throughout her life: “Sorrow’s springs are the same,” meaning the source of her sorrow is the same, as a child or an adult. 

The deciduous trees will shed their leaves, and already the oranging, reddening and yellowing of Grand Rapids heralds winter’s stark naked trees and February’s gloom. In the fall, nature reminds us that we will not live forever; nature has its cyclic rhythm of life and death, and we cannot escape it: It is “the blight that man was born for.” But if this is a melancholy poem, it is not a despairing poem.

“Sorrow’s spring are the same.” The source of our sorrow is the same. But so is the spring, the renewal, of our joy the same. Into wonderfully clever pun, Hopkins packs the Christian’s paradoxical understanding of death. Death is just as evil and sorrowful as it was at the Fall. But Christ redeemed it, and so we look to the cross, that horrifying symbol of ignominy and death, as the source of our greatest hope. As we watch the leaves fall and the days grow shorter and darker, we may mourn with Margaret for the blight of death. But we will also rejoice, keeping our vigil for a burst of light in late December, when “the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.”


Academy

Attendance Tardiness

If there is a valid reason your student is tardy to Mass or school, please email the academy office at office@sacredheartgr.org to let us know so we may mark him or her excused. We can’t know about traffic backups, toddlers throwing up on the way out the door, etc. unless you let us know! An email rather than a phone call, if possible, reduces office chaos in the morning. Thank you.

Partners in Formation Update

Sixteen families have met their three hour requirement for the semester, 57 families have earned some hours and 84 families have no hours at all. There is still time to get your hours in before the semester ends on January 19. Your 3 hours per family per semester requirement may be met by attending any combination of the following events:

Intro to Classical Education:  2:00 pm every Wednesday in the Newman Room at school (1 hour each)
Authenticum Lectures on November 9, December 14 and January 4 (1-1/2 hours each)
RCIA every Wednesday at 7:00 pm in the school library (1 hour each)

Infinite Campus

Initial Log On Instructions for Infinite Campus have been emailed to new families.  If you are an existing parent and you are having trouble with your password, please contact Mrs. Menardie to have it reset.

Free Smoke Alarms Carbon Monoxide Detectors

The Grand Rapids Fire Department is offering free smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Please call 456-3000 to request.

Come to School as a Saint on October 31st

Students are invited to dress up as a Saint on Tuesday, October 31st. Students’ costumes must have three distinguishing characteristics that make it clear that they are the saint they dressed up as.

Students need to memorize the name of the Saint, patronage, and at least one other piece of information about the saint.

Allergen Info for SHA Hot Lunches

Allergen information is included on the SHA Hot Lunch schedule here.
 
School Photos Have Arrived

School photos have arrived. Class photos are not included in your packets because they haven’t been taken yet. They are scheduled for November 2. The Montessori class will be photographed on Nov. 3. If you have any questions about your photo order our photographer, Mike Simmons, will be happy to address these issues. You may contact him at 890-8428 or morningsidestudion@gmail.com

Also, those who have had retakes taken must return their original orders to the academy office. Thank you.

College Planning Workshops for  Students

College planning workshops will be held for all interested 10th-12th graders during their activity periods on Thursdays starting October 26. Please follow this link for more information. Please note: there was an incorrect date on the flyer that went home. The beginning date is Thursday, October 26th.

Mass Readings

There have been some questions concerning Mass readings and why they frequently don’t follow what is printed in the Magnificat magazine. If there is an optional memorial for the day Father will use those readings. These are not printed in the Magnificat but may the citations for optional memorial readings are covered under the appropriate date in the pew missal.

Reminder: No School 10/27

There will be no school on Friday, October 27th. Faculty will participate in professional development.

Upcoming College Visits

Wyoming Catholic College: Tuesday, October 24th during activity period
Benedictine College: Tuesday, November 7th  during activity period
Hope College: Tuesday, November 7th during activity Period

College Preparation Parent Meeting

A parent meeting regarding college preparation will take place on Thursday, November 9 from 5:30 – 6:15 pm. Topics will include college planning overview, application process, interviewing, and, financial aid. Location to be announced. 

Classical Learning Test (CLT) Next Test Date

The CLT will be administered at the academy on Saturday, November 11. Registration deadline is November 7. Please go here to register on line.


Ministry

Movie Night Back by Popular Demand!

Our Family Movie Nights are continuing throughout the school year! On Thursday, October 26, the feature film “The Scarlet and the Black” (1983; NR) will be shown in the gym. Hot dogs, popcorn, and other refreshments will be sold throughout the evening to benefit youth ministry at Sacred Heart. Doors and concessions open at 6:15pm, movie starts at 6:30pm. Please bring blankets or low back lawn chairs, and arrive early to stake out your spot! Contact Miss Quiroz  with any questions.

Mass for God’s Children

The Diocese of Grand Rapids invites parents who have experienced the loss of a child before baptism to a Mass for God’s Children celebrated by Fr. Thomas Cavera on Friday, November 3 at 7:00 pm at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew at 301 Sheldon SE. A memorial rose and naming cards will be provided for families who have lost a child(ren). If you would like to reserve a rose and have your child(ren) remembered on a name card please contact Mary Pereira before November 1 by calling 616-240-7896 or email her at mpereira@dioceseofgrandrapids.org. All are welcome to attend including parents, grandparents, siblings, relatives, and friends. A reception will follow Mass.

All Saints Party – RSVP, Candy Needed, Volunteers Needed

The Sacred Heart All Saints party will be held on Tuesday, October 31st. Please consider donating a bag or two of candy in the bins at the exits of the church.

To be sure we have enough food and candy, please register here.

Pictures from last year’s party are available here.

Volunteers ages 13 – 18 are needed to help run children’s games during the party. Volunteers are encouraged to dress up as their favorite saint and are allowed to eat candy throughout the night. Please contact Miss Quiroz to sign up!

Keeping Christ in Christmas Card Contest

The 11th annual Sacred Heart Keeping Christ in Christmas card design contest has started. This year the Knights are adding an additional twist. Parishioners and parents will be able to purchase Christmas cards made from prior winning designs. Portions of the profit from the Christmas card sales will benefit the academy art program. To get details about entering this year’s contest and view winning designs from prior years, click here.


Athletics

Ultimate Frisbee Club

Ultimate Frisbee will continue on Friday, October 27th from 3:30 – 4:30 pm despite there being no school.

Winter Sports Sign-Up

The Winter Sports Season is around the corner and SHA is proud to offer Boys & Girls Basketball, Wrestling, and Competitive Cheer.  Please sign up you children as soon as possible. Wrestling is a league wide sport that is usually held at Catholic Central.  More info will be available in the upcoming weeks as the participation numbers come in. To sign up your child for these sport, please follow this link .


SHA Calendar – Four Weeks at a Glance

Events are included in the newsletter one time. From then on each event is listed below and linked to the main calendar on the website. For a complete Parish Mass schedule, please click here. For this week’s Parish bulletin, click here.  

October

24  Wyoming Catholic College Presentation
25  5th-11th Assembly (8:40 am – following Mass in School Gym)
25  Parent Series #5
27  No School
31  All Saints Mass & Party

November

1 – All Saints
2 – All Souls
2 – PTC Hot Lunch
7 – Benedictine & Hope College Presentations
9 – Authenticum
9 – 7th Grade Retreat
11 – Classical Learning Test
12 – Lord’s Day
14 – Conferences
15 – M-4th Assembly
16 – Pizza Lunch
16 – Conferences
16 – School Board Mtg
17 – Conferences
17 – High School Symphony Outing
22-24 – Thanksgiving Break
29 – 5th-11th Assembly
30 – PTC Hot Lunch

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

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SHA Weekly Newsletter – October 9 – 13, 2017


SHA Weekly Newsletter – October 9 – 13, 2017


SHA Weekly Newsletter – October 9 – 13, 2017

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Ante Omnia Saecula

 
Et ex Patre natum ante omnia saecula:  Born of the Father before all ages
 
October 9th -13th, 2017, Twenty sixth week of Ordinary Time

We continue our reflections on the Nicene Creed this week. 

In Latin: Et ex Patre natum ante omnia saecula. 

In English: Born of the Father before all ages. 

Man did not learn of the name of the second person of the Trinity until the reign of Caesar Augustus. His name is Jesus, which in Hebrew means “God saves.” According to the Catechism, his name simultaneously expresses his identity and his mission. He is the savior; his mission is to save. His identity and his mission are one in his name. 

And when did Jesus receive this identity and this mission? Scripture and the Creed tell us.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God” (John 1:1). The Word is Jesus, and Jesus is “God saves,” and “God saves” was with God and “God saves” was God from the beginning: “Born of the Father before all ages, God from God, Light from Light, True God from True God.”  

God launched his rescue mission at the very beginning, and he called it by his own name, and it was Hisself. We remind ourselves of the Father’s immeasurable love by invoking the name of his Son, “God saves,” Jesus, Our Savior. One could do much worse than simply to chant the “name which is above all names” (Philippians 2:9) and meditate on the depth of its meaning, a meaning that stretches back ante omnia saecula, before all ages. For as the Catechism tells us, “Many Christians, such as St. Joan of Arc, have died with the one word ‘Jesus’ on their lips” (CCC 435). May we invoke the name of Jesus as we encounter His will for us each day.


Academy

Parent Grade Gatherings

It is that time of year again where we have our Parent Grade Gatherings!
This year we are looking to do a few things differently:

1. Two to Three Grades will be joined together for each gathering.
2. The parties will span into November and beginning of December to help relieve busy Fall schedules. 
3.  A flyer will be sent home the week of each party as a reminder for parents with specific party information: home address, phone number, etc.
4. All parties will be held from 7pm-9pm. Please bring an appetizer or dessert to pass, as well as your preferred beverage for yourself.

Please see date and host information below (All parties include CEC and FT parents)

Montessori- The Barrow’s December 1st, 2017
1st-2nd – The Klafeta’s October 14th, 2017
3rd grade-5th grade – The Meerman’s November 18th, 2017
6th grade- 8th grade – The Langenbach’s October 27th, 2017
High School – The Weis’ October 19th, 2017

If you have any questions please feel free to email Alyssa at avanderhyde@sacredheartgr.org

Lower School Grade Book Announcement

Report cards will look differently this quarter. We are in the process of creating our own report card template that will better reflect what we are teaching in the classroom. This reporting system is independent of Infinite Campus. Students in Montessori through 4th grade will receive a report card directly from Sacred Heart Academy beginning this first quarter.

Also, look to receive a Student Progress Report in your email next week (10/17) from your devoted lower school teachers. This report will give you an idea of where your student stands academically and behaviorally. The first quarter ends November 3rd. Parent teacher conferences may be scheduled through the office for the third week in November (11/17).

Come to School as a Saint on October 31st

Students are invited to dress up as a Saint on Monday, October 31st. Student’s costumes must have three distinguishing characteristics that make it clear that they are the saint they dressed up as.

Students need to memorize the name of the Saint, patronage, and one piece of information.
 
Parking Lot Resurfacing Update

Parking lot re-do was postponed due to weather. It will be redone on Monday, Oct. 9-10, and will be striped on Wednesday, Oct. 12. The lot should be usable by Thursday morning.

Fall Social Grades 5th – 12th Grade and their Parents

Who: 5th – 12th grade students and their parents
What: Chili Potluck Dinner, square dancing, hayrides and fall fun!
Where: The Peterson Family Farm – 11784 Arthur, Nunica MI 49448
When: Saturday, October 21st – 4:30 – 9:30 pm
Cost: $15 per family (2-3) people, $20 per family (4 plus)
What to Bring: Crockpot of Chili (A-L) Bread and Cookies (M-Z)
Attire: Fall appropriate clothing and shoes for outdoors and barn floor dancing. Layer and check weather and temperatures! Barn is not heated.
Payment and RSVP: Please email number attending to agumbko@comcast.net and make payment at SHA office, both by 10/15/17

See invitation here.

Ave Maria University Visit

Ave Maria University will visit SHA High School students during activity period on October 9.


Ministry

Final Fatima Event: October 13

Join us as Sacred Heart of Jesus brings the Fatima Centennial Celebrations to a joyous close! “Cara Regina – An Evening of Prayer and Music” celebrating the life and virtues of our Lady.
Adoration, Rosary, Benediction, special musical works for voices & Baroque chamber ensemble with a gala reception to follow!
Everyone is welcome.   

Carmelite Girls Day Retreat – October 14th

Sacred Heart girls ages 14 – 18 are invited to spend a day with the Carmelite sisters who serve St. Ann’s Home. The retreat day will take place on October 14th, from 8:30am – 6:30pm. This is a great way to experience religious life here in Grand Rapids, spend some time learning about how God communicates His will for our lives, and to meet some beautiful and holy sisters. Please RSVP to Miss Quiroz by October 8th. See flyer attached.

All Saints Party – RSVP, Candy Needed, Volunteers Needed

The Sacred Heart All Saints party will be held on Tuesday, October 31st. Please consider donating a bag or two of candy in the bins at the exits of the church.

To be sure we have enough food and candy, please register here.

Pictures from last year’s party are available here.

Volunteers ages 13 – 18 are needed to help run children’s games during the party. Volunteers are encouraged to dress up as their favorite saint and are allowed to eat candy throughout the night. Please contact Miss Quiroz to sign up!


Athletics

Ultimate Frisbee Club

Ultimate Frisbee will continue on Friday October 13th from 3:30 – 4:30 pm.

Winter Sports Sign-Up

The Winter Sports Season is around the corner and SHA is proud to offer Boys & Girls Basketball, Wrestling, and Competitive Cheer.  Please sign up you children as soon as possible. Wrestling is a league wide sport that is usually held at Catholic Central.  More info will be available in the upcoming weeks as the participation numbers come in. To sign up your child for these sport, please follow this link .


SHA Calendar – Four Weeks at a Glance

Events are included in the newsletter one time. From then on each event is listed below and linked to the main calendar on the website. For a complete Parish Mass schedule, please click here. For this week’s Parish bulletin, click here.  

October

9   Scrip due
9   Ave Maria Visit during Activity Period
11  PSAT for 11th Grade
11 Parent Series #3
13  PSAT for 8th/9th Grade
13  Ultimate Frisbee
13  Final Fatima Event – Concert
14  Carmelite Girls Retreat
14   1st – 2nd Parent Gathering
15  Lord’s Day
17  School Photo Retakes
18  Parent Series #4
19  Pizza Lunch
19  8th Grade Retreat
20  Ultimate Frisbee
21  Fall Social
25  Parent Series #5
27  No School
31  All Saints Mass & Party

November

1 – All Saints
2 – All Souls
9 – Authenticum
9 – 7th Grade Retreat

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

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SHA Weekly Newsletter – October 2 – 6, 2017


SHA Weekly Newsletter – October 2 – 6, 2017


SHA Weekly Newsletter – October 2 – 6, 2017

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Invisibilium

Invisibilium:  Things invisible
 
October 2nd -6th, 2017, Twenty sixth week of Ordinary Time

Last week we considered the entrance of God into creation through the second person of the Trinity, Jesus Christ. This week we continue our consideration of the Nicene Creed by moving back a line to consider the words “visible and invisible.”

In Latin: Visibilium omnium et invisibilium.

In English: Of all things visible and invisible.

We are born into a world of senses. The real, according to the rules of this world, encompasses all that we can see, hear, smell, taste, and touch. And yet, the Church and Scripture say that there is a world beyond our world, a world beyond the five senses. Each week in the Creed we distinguish between these two worlds: one that is “visible” and one that is “invisible.” 

In this world, our senses tell us that we are doing something. “We are among men and we know we are,” writes Bl. John Henry Newman in his sermon “The Invisible World.” “We feel cold and hunger; we know what sensible things remove them. We eat, drink, clothe ourselves, dwell in houses, converse and act with others, and perform the duties of social life; and we feel vividly that we are doing so, while we do so” (emphasis added).

Newman continues: 

“Do you ask what [the invisible world] is, and what it contains? I will not say that all that belongs to it is vastly more important than what we see, for among things visible are our fellow-men, and nothing created is more precious and noble than a son of man.”

But the invisible world is the world where God is, and therefore higher.

“We look not to the things that are seen,” St. Paul tells us, “but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).

These “eternal” things, although charged with a “weight of glory beyond all comparison,” remain close to us; they are not distant, if still beyond the grasp of our senses. When Jacob witnesses the angels ascending and descending the heavenly ladder, he has not been transported across time and space; instead, God simply opens Jacob’s eyes to what was already there. Upon the angel’s proclamation of Christ’s birth to the shepherds, a heavenly host appeared “suddenly,” as if there all along. This other world, Newman says, “exists now, though we see it not. It is among us and around us.” Another Catholic Englishman, Gerard Manley Hopkins, put it this way: “The world is charged with the grandeur of God.”

As Catholics, we are called to respond to that grandeur, visibilium omnium et invisibilium.


Academy

School Photos

School photos will be taken Thursday, October 5 (CEC and most full-time) and Friday, October 6 (for those not photographed on the 5th). Order envelopes have gone home with each of your children. Please return these on picture day with your child who will hand them to the photographer (not the office). Please note that student ID’s are available for order for all grades for $1.00. These are not required but are especially useful for high school students for student discounts and photo ID needs. Yearbook orders will be taken at a later date. Retake day is October 17. Please contact Mrs. Divozzo if you have any questions.

We are still in need of some mom helpers on these days to help fetch kids from classrooms and get them ready to be photographed. We especially need help Oct. 5 in the afternoon and Oct. 6 in the morning. Please contact Sara Klooster if you are able to help.

Tuition Payments and Late Fees

Please be mindful of your payment dates and allow for mailing (if applicable) and processing.  The Academy is allowed a handful of waivers for the year and these are reserved for emergency situations.  If you contact Mrs. Menardie in advance of the payment due date, we will be in a better position to assist you.

Academy Rewards Programs

Since we started collecting the Spartan Receipts in August of 2016, we have collected $ 93,436 of the $150,000 required for Sacred Heart to receive $1000. During the last 5 months we have really picked up momentum averaging $2,500 a month, with June bringing in our highest at $10,000. Only $56,564 to go! Please turn in your entire receipt (partial receipts do not count towards the total). 

The BoxTops are making headway to earning $1000 as well. We have already banked $403.70 from the beginning of last November through May. Our next mailing will be the end of October. The goal is to mail 2,000 BoxTops, and we have 762 of them already to go. Check your pantries and storage shelves. Have your helpful kids cut them out and send them in. We are so close to the halfway mark. Both boxtops and Spartan receipts can be placed in the boxes at the entrances of the church or turned into the Academy office.

Items no longer being collected:  Coke Points, Campbell’s Soup Labels and Apple Bags. These programs have been discontinued.

PSAT Reminder

A reminder that 8/9 PSAT is October 13 (Friday) and 11th grade NMSQT testing is October 11 (Wednesday), both starting at 8:45 am. CEC spots are still available on a first come, first served basis.

There are still 11 available spots for the 11th PSAT, and 16 spots for 8/9PSAT if CEC families are interested!
 
For interested CEC families:
PSAT 8/9 
Cost: $15 (can be paid at the main office the day of the test)
Location: Parish basement
Date: October 13 (Friday)
Time: 8:45 am

PSAT 11/NMSQT
Cost: $15
Location: Parish basement
Date: October 11 (Wednesday)
Time: 8:45 am

Please contact Mr. McNally if you have questions or want to sign up. 

Parking Lot Resurfacing

We will be having our parking lot sealed next week prior to the winter onslaught. Please be aware that parking availability will change from day to day. Here is the schedule for parking. Please plan accordingly.

October 2nd (Monday) – Lot is completely blocked off; no parking. But no school!

October 3rd (Tuesday) – Southern half (Park St. side) will be blocked off in afternoon for sealant.

October 4th (Wednesday) – The lot will be half available in the morning (presumably a continuation from Tuesday); should be opened up in the afternoon.

October 5th (Thursday) – Northern half (Dayton St. side) will be blocked off for sealant in afternoon. 

October 6th (Friday) – Only the north side will be available until the afternoon and then the whole lot will be opened and complete.

CEC Materials Fees Due

Materials fees for 3rd-12th grade science and art classes are due Oct. 10. Any fees not paid by that time will be added to SMART tuition and be due with the November payment. Go here to see what the fees are for each class.

PTC: Parent Teacher Committee

All parents are welcome to join the PTC! We meet the first Thursday of even months. We will meet Thursday, October 5th after Mass in the cafeteria. The PTC is responsible for PTC lunches, pizza lunch, recess/lunch duty, and provides teacher support, and more. Contact Alyssa Vander Hyde with questions.

Aquinas College Visit

Damon Bouwkamp will be visiting from Aquinas College to speak to upper school students (FT and CEC) on Thursday, October 19.


Ministry

Authenticum October 5

Please note that the school calendar listed Authentic next month on the 6th. The correct date is October 5.

Baby Bottle Boomerang!

The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring their 13th annual Baby Bottle Boomerang. Students may pick up a baby bottle outside the Academy office and use it to collect change in and return it to the back of church by October 9. All proceeds go to the HELP Crisis Pregnancy Center.
 
Knights of Columbus Essay Contest

The Sacred Heart Knights of Columbus are sponsoring another essay contest for students grades eight through twelve. As our parish celebrates the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady with a series of Fatima talks and prayer services, this year’s essay contest will focus on the apparitions of Fatima. Students will write an essay showing how Our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima in 1917 speak to living as a Catholic in America today, one hundred years after her message was delivered. Winners will be identified at each grade level and receive awards. Further details are available here.


Athletics

Upcoming Game Schedules for SHA Teams

7th Grade Volleyball
Monday, October 2nd, 6 PM vs. GR Christian @ GR Christian Gym

5/6 Grade Football
Saturday, September 30th, 10:30 AM vs St Thomas/St. Paul/IHM/SJV @ IHM Field

7/8 Grade Football
Saturday, September 30th, 12 Noon vs. IHM/SJV @ IHM Field

7/8 Grade Soccer
Saturday, September 30th, 9 AM vs. GR Christian – White @ GR Christian Field

Cross Country
Satruday, September 30th, TIME is TBD at Riverside Park

Ultimate Frisbee Club

Ultimate Frisbee will continue on Friday October 6th from 3:30 – 4:30 pm.

Winter Sports Sign-Up

The Winter Sports Season is around the corner and SHA is proud to offer Boys & Girls Basketball, Wrestling, and Competitive Cheer.  Please sign up you children as soon as possible. Wrestling is a league wide sport that is usually held at Catholic Central.  More info will be available in the upcoming weeks as the participation numbers come in. To sign up your child for these sport, please follow this link .


SHA Calendar – Four Weeks at a Glance

Events are included in the newsletter one time. From then on each event is listed below and linked to the main calendar on the website. For a complete Parish Mass schedule, please click here. For this week’s Parish bulletin, click here.  

October

2   No School
3   CGS Begins
3   Partners in Formation, Technology and Formation – Mr. Zach Good
4   Feast of St. Francis – Blessing of the Animals following school (Pets welcome!)
4   Parent Series #2
5   PTC Lunch
5   PTC Meeting
5   Authenticum
5   Photo Day
6   Photo Day
7   High School Visit to St. Anne’s Home
9   Scrip due
11  PSAT for 11th Grade
11 Parent Series #3
13  PSAT for 8th/9th Grade
13  Final Fatima Event – Concert
15  Lord’s Day
17  School Photo Retakes
18  Parent Series #4
19  Pizza Lunch
19  8th Grade Retreat
21  Fall Social
25  Parent Series #5
27  No School
31  All Saints Mass & Party

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

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SHA Weekly Newsletter – September 25 – 29, 2017


SHA Weekly Newsletter – September 25 – 29, 2017


SHA Weekly Newsletter – September 25 – 29, 2017

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Filius Dei

Filius Dei:  I Believe in the Son of God
 
September 25th -29th, 2017, Twenty Fifth week of Ordinary Time

This week, we continue our contemplation of the Nicene Creed.

In Latin: “Et in unum Dominum Iesum Chistum, Filium Dei unigenitum”

In English: “I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, The Only Begotten Son of God”

“What I should like to know is: when and where did all of this happen? And how do you know?”

Helena, later to be known as St. Helena and credited as the discoverer of the True Cross outside Jerusalem in the 320s A.D., poses these questions in Evelyn Waugh’s novel of her life (Helena, 1950, a book currently being read by some of our high school students). She is inquiring of a Gnostic scholar, Marcias, who has just finished spinning a narrative of the origin of the world with strange concepts like the “demiurge,” “thirty Aeons of light,” and “mother of the seven material rulers.”

“These things are beyond time and space,” Marcias tells Helena. “Their truth is integral to their proposition and by nature transcends material proof.” Any further explanation “would take a lifetime to particularize.”

The scholar’s Gnostic theology is of course gibberish, only acceptable as a coherent idea if one believes that the Divine must be incomprehensible (and therefore inaccessible) to the average man. Standing on the ground of Christ’s revelation, the Church has always fought the notion of God’s unknowability, from the days of the Arian controversy to our modern fights with scientism and nihilism.

“We believe and confess,” the Catechism says, “that Jesus of Nazareth, born a Jew of a daughter of Israel at Bethlehem at the time of King Herod the Great and the emperor Caesar Augustus, a carpenter by trade, who died crucified in Jerusalem under the procurator Pontius Pilate during the reign of the Emperor Tiberius, is the eternal Son of God made man” (CCC 423). These are fighting words, expressing both the majesty and banality of God’s entrance into history.  Our God’s humility is a great scandal to people like Marcias, who would expect something a bit more extraordinary than a few barnyard animals and some shepherds in a cave.

Faced with the religious sects that would separate God from any rational or material comprehension, it is the historical reality of Jesus Christ that brings Waugh’s Helena into the Faith. It is her contemplation of that historical reality that drives her to Jerusalem for the True Cross, so that the Church might preserve it and offer it as an artifact of history and veneration for all time. Our parish, Sacred Heart of Jesus, possesses a tiny sliver of the cross, material proof of a historical event nearly 2,000 years ago.

Jesus established his Church as a bridge between a comprehensible material world and a comprehensible spiritual world. His mission is to reveal to us that God loves us, knows us, and desires that we know him. The message of the earliest Christians, and the message of our Church today, is that God allowed himself to be seen and heard and touched “that our joy may be complete” (1 John 1:1).


Academy

Helpers Needed!

We are still in need of parent help in a couple of areas. Lunch/recess helpers are needed everyday from 12:15 to 1:00. Please contact Elly Blouw if you are able to help one or more days or for more information.

Photo day is October 5th (all day) and Oct. 6th (morning) and we could use a few parents to help retrieve children from the classrooms and get them lined up and ready to be photographed. Please contact Sara Klooster if you can help with this. Start looking for photo order envelopes in backpacks!

Reminder: No School 9/29 or 10/2

Reminder that we will not have school on Friday, September 29th or Monday, October 2nd.

Auction Tuition Raffle

Win tuition for a year! For only $50.00 one family may win up to $5,000.00 toward tuition for the 2018-19 school year. Raffle tickets cost $50.00, and each family is limited to 2 tickets. The raffle is open to all new and returning families, you need not be present at the auction to win. Purchase your tickets in the academy office. This is a fantastic return on your investment!

PSAT

Mr. McNally will be giving PSAT/NMSQT prep guides and practice tests to juniors next week.

Generous Scholarship Opportunity for CEC Families and Opportunity to Win Visit to Ave Maria University

Find more information here.

Wyoming Catholic College Representative Visit

We will have a representative from Wyoming Catholic College visiting on Tuesday, October 24 during activity period for all  interested high school students.

CEC Materials Fees Due

Materials fees for 3rd-12th grade science and art classes are due Oct. 10. Any fees not paid by that time will be added to SMART tuition and be due with the November payment. Go here to see what the fees are for each class.

PTC: Parent Teacher Committee

All parents are welcome to join the PTC! We meet the first Thursday of even months. We will meet Thursday October 5th after Mass in the cafeteria. The PTC is responsible for PTC lunches, pizza lunch, recess/lunch duty, and provides teacher support, and more. Contact Alyssa Vander Hyde with questions.

Reminder!

Pick up after school for all grades is at 3:15, Tuesday at 3:30. Please be on time! Our after care is crowded this year and it’s difficult to accommodate children there whose parents are late picking them up. 


Ministry

Authenticum begins in October!

This is a special Authenticum to kick off the 2017-2018 year of lectures! We begin 30 minutes earlier than normal to accommodate the special evening on Thursday, October 5th at Sacred Heart Parish Hall in Grand Rapids. Doors open at 6 p.m. The presentation begins at 6:30 p.m with Introductory remarks by Dr. John Pinheiro of Aquinas College. Following his remarks will be a 45-60 minute conversation on Fostering the Good, the True, and the Beautiful in our daily lives with Dr. David Whalen of Hillsdale College, Dr. Ben Lockerd of GVSU, and Mr. Michael Miller of the Acton Institute and Poverty Cure. After a short intermission, a 45 minute Q&A session will take place. As always, wine, beer, meats, cheeses, etc. will be served. Past lectures will be available on CD. Come with new friends, old enemies, and enjoy a convivial event for all! Attendance at this lecture counts toward your Partner in Formation hours. Please look for the sign-in clipboard and sign your name to get credit.

Baby Bottle Boomerang!

The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring their 13th annual Baby Bottle Boomerang. Students may pick up a baby bottle outside the Academy office and use it to collect change in and return it to the back of church by October 9. All proceeds go to the HELP Crisis Pregnancy Center.
 
Knights of Columbus Essay Contest

The Sacred Heart Knights of Columbus are sponsoring another essay contest for students grades eight through twelve. As our parish celebrates the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady with a series of Fatima talks and prayer services, this year’s essay contest will focus on the apparitions of Fatima. Students will write an essay showing how Our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima in 1917 speak to living as a Catholic in America today, one hundred years after her message was delivered. Winners will be identified at each grade level and receive awards. Further details are available here.


Athletics

Upcoming Game Schedules for SHA Teams

7th Grade Volleyball
Thursday, September 28, 7 PM vs. SJV @ SJV Gym.

7th Grade Volleyball
Wednesday, September 27th, 7 PM vs. St. Stevens @ ABVM Gym
Monday, October 2nd, 6 PM vs. GR Christian @ GR Christian Gym

5/6 Grade Football
Saturday, September 30th, 10:30 AM vs St Thomas/St. Paul/IHM/SJV @ IHM Field

7/8 Grade Football
Saturday, September 30th, 12 Noon vs. IHM/SJV @ IHM Field

7/8 Grade Soccer
Monday, September 25th, 6:30 PM vs. GR Christian – Blue @ GR Christian Field
Saturday, September 30th, 9 AM vs. GR Christian – White @ GR Christian Field

Cross Country
Thursday, September 28th, TIME is TBD at the East Kentwood High School
Satruday, September 30th, TIME is TBD at Riverside Park

Ultimate Frisbee Club

Ultimate Frisbee will continue on Friday October 6th from 3:30 – 4:30 pm.

Winter Sports Sign-Up

The Winter Sports Season is around the corner and SHA is proud to offer Boys & Girls Basketball, Wrestling, and Competitive Cheer.  Please sign up you children as soon as possible. Wrestling is a league wide sport that is usually held at Catholic Central.  More info will be available in the upcoming weeks as the participation numbers come in. To sign up your child for these sport, please follow this link .


SHA Calendar – Four Weeks at a Glance

Events are included in the newsletter one time. From then on each event is listed below and linked to the main calendar on the website. For a complete Parish Mass schedule, please click here. For this week’s Parish bulletin, click here.  

September

25   Scrip due
27   Parent Series Begins
29   No School
29   Auction

October

2   No School
3   CGS Begins
3   Partners in Formation, Technology and Formation – Mr. Zach Good
4   Feast of St. Francis – Blessing of the Animals following school (Pets welcome!)
5   PTC Lunch
5   PTC Meeting
5   Photo Day
6   Photo Day
6   Authenticum
7   High School Visit to St. Anne’s Home
9   Scrip due
11  PSAT for 11th Grade
13  PSAT for 8th/9th Grade
13  Final Fatima Event – Concert
15  Lord’s Day
17  School Photo Retakes
19 Pizza Lunch
19 8th Grade Retreat
21 Fall Social
27 No School

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

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SHA Weekly Newsletter – September 18 – 22, 2017


SHA Weekly Newsletter – September 18 – 22, 2017


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In Unum Deum

In Unum Deum:  I Believe in one God
 
September 18th -22nd, 2017, Twenty Fourth week of Ordinary Time

Last week, we considered the first word of the Nicene Creed: “Credo,” or “I believe.” This week, we will consider the first article of the Creed in its entirety.

In Latin: Credo in unum Deum, Patrem omnipotentem, factorem caeli et terrae.

In English: “I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth.”

We know God by many names, all reflecting different aspects of his triune self. He is not, the Catechism tells us, “an anonymous force” but a personality. At the root of all his names is the one He gave Moses: “YHWH” or “I AM who I AM.” If you give your name, you allow yourself to be known. It is a way of handing “oneself over by becoming accessible, capable of being known more intimately and addressed personally” (CCC 203).

At the same time, this divine name is mysterious, “just as God is mystery. It is at once a name revealed and something like the refusal of a name, and hence it better expresses God as what he is – infinitely about everything we can understand or say” (CCC 206).

When we are tempted to use God’s name as a way of confining him strictly to human terms, we must remember: “(My) thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55: 8-9).

And yet God has also revealed himself in the most intimate of terms: “Father” and “maker.” As Father, the first person of the Trinity, God is nurturer, teacher and protector. As maker, he is the Divine artist, jealously guarding the beauty and goodness of his creation.

With such a God as ours, both infinitely powerful and infinitely caring, who can stand against us? What troubles can we not withstand with his help? As we enter our third week of the school year, let’s consider this prayer of St. Teresa of Avila written in her Breviary:
 

“Let nothing disturb thee / Nothing afright thee
All things are passing / God never changeth
Patient endurance / Attaineth to all things
Who God possesseth / In nothing is wanting
God alone sufficeth.”

All Academy

Partners in Formation Program Info & Upcoming Opportunities

The Partners in Formation program is a means for families to deepen their understanding of all we are doing with your students. We are excited to offer this opportunity and have many ways that families can grow in their understanding of classical education and grow in their Catholic Faith. Each family needs to earn 3 hours per semester. There are many ways that you may earn these hours. There will be sign in sheets at each of the events listed below, this is how the Academy will track your hours.

Partners in Formation opportunities:

  • Fatima Events: Final event is October 13th at 6:30 pm in the Church
  • Technology & Formation: Presentations by Mr. Zach Good
    • Tuesday, September 19 at 7 pm
    • Tuesday October 3rd. Together
      • These two classes would cover the semester requirement.
  • Introduction to Classical Education School-Day Series: Wednesdays at 2 pm
    • Class One: September 27th.
      • Must attend 5 of 8 classes to receive semester credit.
  • Mr. Tober’s RCIA Class: Wednesday at 7 pm in the Academy Library
    • While the class is designed for those adults seeking to enter into full communion with the Church, Mr. Tober welcomes anyone who might be interested in gaining a deeper understanding of their faith.
  • Most Authenticum Lectures including:
    • October 6th, doors open at 6pm. The presentation begins at 6:30pm with Introductory remarks by Dr. John Pinheiro of Aquinas College. Following the remarks will be a 45-60 minute conversation on Fostering the Good, True, and Beautiful in our Daily Lives, with Dr. David Whalen of Hillsdale College, Dr. Ben Lockerd of GVSU, and Mr. Michael Miller of the Action Institute and Poverty Cure. After a short intermission, a 45 minute Q&A session will take place.

Please join us for one of more of these opportunities to put out into the deep! Duc in Altum!

Scrip

Scrip is an easy way to save on tuition or help our church while you shop!  Simply sign up at www.shopwithscrip.com under “Register” and “Join a Scrip Program”.  Next enter our enrollment code (please contact the academy office or Tracy Meier at 735-1153) and fill in all the required information and click “I Accept”.  You are now ready to order the Scrip gift cards you choose to purchase.  

When you purchase a gift card, you will receive the full face value you paid, but in return receive the percentage of rebate that is on the particular retailer.  For example, if you purchase a $100 Speedway card for your gas, in return you receive a 4% tuition credit which gets posted quarterly.  All Scrip orders that are placed will be charged a 1% Sacred Heart Administrative Fee that will be deducted from the quarterly statements.  

You will have two ways you can pay for your order:  1. Put a check in the designated scrip box located either at the school or church, or 2. Enroll in the scrip PrestoPay.

PrestoPay is the online payment method offered through shopwithscrip.com and lets you pay for your orders with the electronic funds transfer system.  It’s easy, it’s secure and it allows you to skip the hassle of paying with cash or check.  Once you have enrolled, you will receive an email with a code to send to Tracy Meier at bntmeier@sbcglobal.net for approval.

All Scrip orders are due on Monday no later that 8:00 a.m. and will be available on Friday for pick up at the school or church.  Please refer to the Scrip calendar posted in church, or in the academy and church bulletins.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Tracy Meier at 735-1153 or bntmeier@sbcglobal.net.

Seeking Enrollment in Paladin Program

Ora et Labora

Any families who would like their children (14 years and up), both full-time and part-time, to participate in the Paladin Program should contact Mr. Gannon Hyland at ghyland@sacredheartgr.org. The Paladin Program is a formative, work-study program where students learn to cultivate a strong work-ethic, diligence, and care for their school and parish surroundings. Following the mandate from Genesis, the Paladins act as faithful stewards, offering their work as a sacrifice for the good of their loved ones and the Community of the Faithful. This is not a volunteer program; students receive compensation for their work. Schedules can be arranged based on the need of each family. We have a particular need for Tuesday/Thursday involvement. Please forward any questions to Mr. Hyland.

Auction Tuition Raffle

Win tuition for a year! For only $50.00 one family may win up to $5,000.00 toward tuition for the 2018-19 school year. Raffle tickets cost $50.00, and each family is limited to 2 tickets. The raffle is open to all new and returning families, you need not be present at the auction to win. Purchase your tickets in the academy office. This is a fantastic return on your investment!

Auction Tickets 

Auction Tickets sales have been extended through Monday night! There are a limited amount left – 28 to be exact! Please purchase your tickets here. If you are unable to attend and would like to support in another way please contact Sam Surrell

Help with Writing and More

Sacred Heart Academy is committed to helping each student reach his or her full academic potential while enrolled in Full Time or CEC high school classes.  Specific opportunities for high school students to receive one-on-one class review sessions, tutoring, writing workshops and college essay editing is now available for your student. For more information, please click here.

Reminder!

Many families have not returned the forms that were due on Orientation night. Please get those in to the Academy office as soon as you’re able. If you need more copies of the forms, they are available here.


Ministry

First Holy Communion & Confirmation Registration:

It is time for families to begin registering their children for First Holy Communion or Confirmation.  Please contact Michael Tober; Director of Religious Education at dre@sacredheartgr.org or call 616-459-8362 to register your child.   Formal preparation for the Sacraments will begin the third week of September. 

RCIA Information

Do you know someone who:
•    Has expressed an interest in becoming Catholic?
•    Has a child over the age of seven who has not been baptized?
•    Was baptized Catholic as a child, but has not celebrated the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist?
•    Are Catholic and want to know more about the Catholic Faith?

Sacred Heart will provide the opportunity to come together in a group setting to learn more about our Catholic Christian Faith. Sessions will focus on the teachings and life of the Church so as to prepare individuals to celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist during the Easter season. Inquiry sessions to begin on Wednesday, September 20th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Parish Academy Library (Second Floor). For further information/registration please contact Michael Tober.
 
Parish Lord’s Days

Sunday,  Sept. 17 Sacred Heart Parish will kick off a new event this year. Lord’s Days will be held on one Sunday each month dedicated as an afternoon for family, friends, food, relaxation, recreation, Adoration and Vespers. Beginning at noon and ending at 6:00 pm these parish open house-style events are meant to inspire us as a community to make Sunday the preeminent day of the week in our lives.  Anyone and everyone is invited to come and take part. Light refreshments will begin at noon in the parish hall and a potluck meal will begin at 2:15 pm. This is a true potluck so please bring a dish to pass large enough  to feed your own family and your own table settings. The parish and academy gym will be open and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will take place beginning at 2:00 pm. For questions or more details please contact Mike Tober. Volunteers are needed in the gym and at Eucharistic Adoration. To volunteer, please contact Mike Tober.


Athletics

Game Schedules

Football

5/6 Grade:  Sacred Heart/HS/HT/SP&P versus Sparta #1 on 9/16/17 (12:00 pm) at Holy Spirit
5/6 Grade:  Sacred Heart/HS/HT/SP&P versus Grafield Park on 9/23/17 (10:30 am) at Holy Spirit
7/8 Grade:  Sacred Heart/Holy Spirit versus Kalamazoo on 9/16/17 (1:30 PM) at Holy Spirit
7/8 Grade:  Sacred Heart/Holy Spirit versus OLC/ABVM/HT on 9/23/17 (12:00 pm) at SJV

High School Boys or Girls Basketball – Last Call!.

Please contact ad@sacredheartgr.org ASAP if you want to play.
 


SHA Calendar – Four Weeks at a Glance

Events are included in the newsletter one time. From then on each event is listed below and linked to the main calendar on the website. For a complete Parish Mass schedule, please click here. For this week’s Parish bulletin, click here.  

September

16   Classical Learning Test 
16   High School Ministry Canoe Trip
17   Lord’s Day
18   M-4 Assembly
19   Partners in Formation – Technology and Formation – Mr. Zach Good
21   Pizza Lunch
21   Hillsdale College Admission Representative Visit
25   5th – 12th Assembly
25   Scrip due
27   Parent Series Begins
29   No School
29   Auction

October

2   No School
3   CGS Begins
3   Partners in Formation, Technology and Formation – Mr. Zach Good
4   Feast of St. Francis – Blessing of the Animals following school (Pets welcome!)
5   PTC Lunch
5   PTC Meeting
5   Photo Day
6   Photo Day
6   Authenticum
7   High School Visit to St. Anne’s Home
9   Scrip due
11  PSAT for 11th Grade
13  PSAT for 8th/9th Grade
13  Final Fatima Event – Concert
15  Lord’s Day
17  School Photo Retakes

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

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SHA Weekly Newsletter – September 11-15, 2017


SHA Weekly Newsletter – September 11-15, 2017


SHA Weekly Newsletter – September 11-15, 2017

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Credo

Cred0:  I Believe
 
September 11th -15th, 2017, Twenty Third week of Ordinary Time

Greetings! Our introductions for the Sacred Heart Academy newsletter will follow a theme this year. Each week this space will meditate on a piece of the Nicene Creed, drawing from scripture, the Catechism and other sources to deepen our understanding of the profession of faith we recite each Sunday in Mass. We hope you find these meditations encouraging and enriching.

The word “creed” comes from the Latin verb “credo,” which means “I believe,” the first words we recite in the creed.

What does it mean to believe?

The Catechism tells us: “Faith is man’s response to God, who reveals himself and gives himself to man, at the same time bringing man to a super abundant light as he searches for the ultimate meaning of his life” (CCC 26).

Scripture tells us, in Isaiah 7:9, that “if you will not believe, surely you shall not be established.” In Introduction to Christianity, Joseph Ratzinger provides us with a “more literal” (and more visceral) translation: “If you do not hold firm to Yahweh, then you will have no foothold.”

A foothold for what? A foothold from which to confront life and the question of the meaning of our existence. Faith, Cardinal Ratzinger said, is “taking up a position.” It is “taking a stand trustfully on the ground of the word of God.” This belief, he says, is not the culmination of knowledge but the basis of knowledge located in “the realm of basic decisions that man cannot avoid making.” Faith, however we express it, for better or worse, will be the foundation on which we build our lives.

And so at least once each week, set in the liturgy following the homily, we express our faith in a particular way: The Creed. God has made himself manifest to us. In the recitation, we remind ourselves and our brothers and sisters of our response to that revelation as Catholic Christians.

At the beginning of every school year here at Sacred Heart, we return to the basics. In the Creed, we return to the basics of the basics: When we say “I believe in one God,” we are acknowledging that it is on His ground that we stand and not our own.


All Academy

Curriculum Night – 9/12

As communicated in the initial summer mailing, this coming Tuesday all parents are invited to attend a Curriculum Night. At this event, parents will experience what goes on in their child’s classroom. The event will begin at 7 pm. We hope to see you there! Please check your inbox for more information on the event on Monday.

PSAT

The PSAT will be offered for full time 8th and 9th grade students on October 13th, and for the full time 11th grade students on October 11th. There are a limited number of spaces for CEC students to take the test, and a small fee. Please contact Mr. McNally to register your CEC student. Full Time students do not need to register. CEC Students will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Auction Tuition Raffle

Win tuition for a year! One family may win up to $5,000.00 toward tuition for the 2018-19 school year. Raffle tickets cost $50.00, and each family is limited to 2 tickets. The raffle is open to all new and returning families, you need not be present at the auction to win. Purchase your tickets in the academy office.

Auction Tickets

Auction Tickets are on sale through September 15th with a limited amount left! Please purchase your tickets here. If you are unable to attend and would like to support in another way please contact Sam Surrell.

Classic Learning Test (CLT)

The dates for the college entrance exam, the Classic Learning Test are as follows: 

November 11, 2017 (deadline Nov. 7)
February 3, 2018 (deadline Jan. 30)
April 21, 2018 (deadline April 17)
May 19, 2018 (deadline May 15)

Students may take a practice test on the CLT website to get a feel for what it is like.  If students have questions about the test, how to prepare or to register, they may contact Mr. McNally or visit the CLT website.

Amazon Smile

Support SHA as you shop on Amazon. Visit amazon.smile.com and select Sacred Heart Parish and Academy as your charity and the Academy will receive a portion of your sale. 


Ministry

Fatima Centenary Celebrations: Bishop Walkowiak 9/13

Join us on Wednesday, September 13th when Bishop David Walkowiak will preach on the message of Fatima. The evening begins at 6:30 pm in the church. To find out more about our Fatima Celebrations go to www.fatimagr.org.

Students, please wear your uniforms to show our welcome, gratitude, and support of our Bishop.

KofC Soccer Challenge

The Sacred Heart Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring our council Soccer Challenge on Monday September 11th in the academy green space shortly after the school day. All Sacred Heart kids ages 9 – 14  are invited to participate. Download your entry form here. To participate all kids will need an entry form signed by their parents.

High School Ministry: Canoe Trip

Join us for a leisurely trip down the Grand River, launching from Spring Lake. Fun on the water, prayer, and fellowship will be our objective for the day! Here are the details: 

When: Saturday, Sept 16, Noon – 5pm
Where: meet on the church steps at Sacred Heart, caravan with chaperones to Spring Lake, pick up at Sacred Heart
What to bring: water-ready clothes (modest bathing suits permitted, cover-ups required); waterproof shoes; a snack or drink to share; a heart open to Christ, and an adventurous spirit!
Cost: $20 for canoe/kayak rental, transportation

Please RSVP by turning in your permission forms to Ms. Quiroz or the main office. Forms are available in the office, as well as here. One form is for the canoeing company, and the other is for the Academy. Please email Ms. Quiroz if you have any questions.

First Holy Communion & Confirmation Registration:

It is time for families to begin registering their children for First Holy Communion or Confirmation.  Please contact Michael Tober; Director of Religious Education at dre@sacredheartgr.org or call 616-459-8362 to register your child.   Formal preparation for the Sacraments will begin the third week of September. 

First Holy Communion & Confirmation Parent Meeting Time Change!

There will be a Confirmation & First Holy Communion Information and Final Registration Meeting on Tuesday, September 12th at 6:00 p.m. (not 6:30!) in the Parish Hall for all families who have a child that will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation or First Holy Communion in the spring.  Parents it is very important that you make this meeting.  Sacramental Preparation this year will be held on Wednesday afternoons beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart of Jesus beginning Wednesday, September 20th.   Please contact Michael Tober, Director of Religious Education at dre@sacredheartgr.org or the parish office with any questions/concerns regarding registration and preparation for your children.

RCIA Information

Do you know someone who:
•    Has expressed an interest in becoming Catholic?
•    Has a child over the age of seven who has not been baptized?
•    Was baptized Catholic as a child, but has not celebrated the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist?
•    Are Catholic and want to know more about the Catholic Faith?

Sacred Heart will provide the opportunity to come together in a group setting to learn more about our Catholic Christian Faith. Sessions will focus on the teachings and life of the Church so as to prepare individuals to celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist during the Easter season. Inquiry sessions to begin on Wednesday, September 20th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Parish Academy Library (Second Floor). For further information/registration please contact Michael Tober.
 
Parish Lord’s Days

Sunday,  Sept. 17 Sacred Heart Parish will kick off a new event this year. Lord’s Days will be held on one Sunday each month dedicated as an afternoon for family, friends, food, relaxation, recreation, Adoration and Vespers. Beginning at noon and ending at 6:00 pm these parish open house-style events are meant to inspire us as a community to make Sunday the preeminent day of the week in our lives.  Anyone and everyone is invited to come and take part. Light refreshments will begin at noon in the parish hall and a potluck meal will begin at 2:15 pm. This is a true potluck so please bring a dish to pass large enough  to feed your own family and your own table settings. The parish and academy gym will be open and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will take place beginning at 2:00 pm. For questions or more details please contact Mike Tober.

Fall Adult Bible Study Information

Register today for one or more of these fantastic Adult Bible studies being offered this fall! Registration, study details and cost for each study is located in the back of church. Sign up in back or contact the contact person directly to register.

The Books of St. Peter – will begin on Sept. 20 and continue at 7 pm every Wednesday for 8 weeks. Contact Mike Tober to register.

Continuing the Book of Acts – Tuesday nights from 7-9 pm in the parish hall. It begins on Tuesday Sept. 19 Contact Bettie McClintic at 616-669-2932 to register.

The Book of Galatians – Begins on Thursday, Sept. 21 and meets Thursdays from 7-9 pm. Contact Bettie McClintic at 616-669-2932 to register.

Women & Mom’s Bible Study! The Great Adventure – Salvation History Janie Kolenda and Mary Tober are offering Jeff Cavins’ The Great Adventure Bible study. It is a popular Bible study that teaches our salvation history using 14 narrative books of the Bible and the Catechism. This study involves reading Scripture, answering a work book, small group discussions and a video presentation every week. We hope to make nursery available in the gym so busy mothers can also partake of this rich study without interfering with evening home life. This study will consist of 24 sessions divided into fall and spring with a break for the holidays. It meets Tuesdays in the parish hall 8:45-10:30 a.m. beginning Sept. 19 and running through April 10. Cost is $35 for the study set. Make check out to Sacred Heart and drop off at parish office. Please contact Mary Tober to register by Sept. 4. Space is limited.
 


Athletics

Games Schedule

Football

5/6 Grade:  Sacred Heart/HS/HT/SP&P versus Kingdom Square on 9/9/17 (1:30 pm) at Holy Spirit
5/6 Grade:  Sacred Heart/HS/HT/Sp&P versus Sparta #1 on 9/16/17 (12:00 pm) at Holy Spirit
7/8 Grade:  Sacred Heart/Holy Spirit versus GR Christian on 9/9/17 (12:00 PM) at IHM
7/8 Grade:  Sacred Heart/Holy Spirit versus Kalamazoo on 9/16/17 (1:30 PM) at Holy Spirit
 


SHA Calendar – Four Weeks at a Glance

Events are included in the newsletter one time. From then on each event is listed below and linked to the main calendar on the website. For a complete Parish Mass schedule, please click here. For this week’s Parish bulletin, click here.  

September

9-10 Baby Bottle Boomerang Begins
11   Montessori Slow Start Begins
11   KofC Soccer Challenge
12   First Holy Communion and Confirmation Parent Meeting – Time change! (See above)
12   Curriculum Night
13   Fatima Event
14   School Board Meeting
16   Classical Learning Test 
16   High School Ministry Canoe Trip
17   Lord’s Day
18   M-4 Assembly
19   Partners in Formation – Parent Formation Night 1
21   Pizza Lunch
21   Hillsdale College Admission Representative Visit
25   5th – 12th Assembly
27   Parent Series Begins
29   No School
29   Auction

October

2   No School
3   CGS Begins
3   Partners in Formation, Parent Formation Night 2
4   Feast of St. Francis – Blessing of the Animals following school (Pets welcome!)
5   PTC Lunch
5   PTC Meeting
5   Photo Day
6   Photo Day
6   Authenticum
7   High School Visit to St. Anne’s Home
11  PSAT for 11th Grade
13  PSAT for 8th/9th Grade
13  Final Fatima Event – Concert
15  Lord’s Day
17  School Photo Retakes

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SHA Weekly Newsletter – September 5-8, 2017


SHA Weekly Newsletter – September 5-8, 2017


SHA Weekly Newsletter – September 5-8, 2017

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Duc in Altum

Duc in Altum; Put out into the deep.
September 5th -8th, 2017, Twenty Second week of Ordinary Time

It was a pleasure to see most of you on Wednesday!  We are really excited to get the year under way, put out into the deep and let down our nets for a catch.  September is full of opportunities for families to put out into the deep with us!

As we have noted, our new Partners in Formation program is one means for families to deepen their understanding of all we are doing with your students. The first approved Partners in Formation opportunity is the September 13 Fatima Event at which we host our bishop, his excellency Bishop David Walkowiak. Also starting in September is Mr. Tober’s RCIA class. We have approved this for Partners in Formation credit.  While the class is designed for those adults seeking to enter into full communion with the Church, Mr. Tober welcomes anyone who might be interested in gaining a deeper understanding of their faith.  The first session is Wednesday, September 20, 7 pm in the Academy library.  Also, the fall two-part evening series, “Technology and Formation” beings on Tuesday, September 19 (7 pm) and the Semester school-day series, “Introduction to Classical Education” begins  on Wednesday, September 27 (2 pm).  Please join us for one of more of these opportunities to put out into the deep!

The bottom of every newsletter contains our mission:  Sacred Heart Academy is a parish apostolate dedicated to assisting families, forming Catholics, and cultivating culture. We spent some time on the retreat reflecting on the meaning of an apostolate. The Catechism teaches that all Christians have a vocation to the apostolate. An apostolate is “every activity . . . that aims to spread the Kingdom of Christ over all the earth.” We hope you will commit with us this year to “put out into the deep” in some way that will better prepare our students to live this vocation.

Duc in altum!

Sean Maltbie
Headmaster 


All Academy

2017-18 Family Handbook

Please find an electronic copy of the Handbook here. Hard copies will go home with students this month with a form that will need to be signed and returned once read. 

PTC Hot Lunch Order Forms

PTC Hot Lunch Order Forms must be turned into the office on Tuesday, September 5th. Please make sure your child brings their form with them and turns them into the office on Tuesday. You do not need to bring a check as you will be charged via SMART Tuition.

Lunch & Recess Volunteers Needed

Please consider serving our community by volunteering for lunch and recess duty. We are in great need of help, and can be flexible on how often you commit to volunteering. Some parents help multiple times a week, and some help once a month. Please contact Elly Blouw to sign up or for more information.

Hillsdale College Admissions Representative Visit

A representative from Hillsdale College will visit Sacred Heart Academy on September 21st and meet with high school students during their activity period.

KofC Soccer Challenge

The Sacred Heart Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring our council Soccer Challenge on Monday September 11th in the academy green space shortly after the school day. All Sacred Heart kids ages 9 – 14  are invited to participate. Download your entry form here. To participate all kids will need an entry form signed by their parents. 

Lost & Found

Please label your children’s lunchboxes, water bottles, and uniform pieces, especially blazers, sweaters, ties, gym clothes, and textbooks. We threw away 10 water bottles and 8 lunchboxes that were in the Lost & Found at the end of last year and several blazers were donated to the uniform sale because they were all unlabeled. Anything with a name on it will get returned to its owner! The Lost & Found bin is located in the cafeteria and is emptied periodically with everything saleable donated to Good Will. The rest is thrown away.

Student Medication

If your child must take medication during the day, either Rx or OTC, please bring the medication to the office with your child’s name on it and fill out a medication form obtainable at the office.    

Family Directory Opt Out

The Family Directory will be going out soon with each child listed by grade with parents’ names, address, phone number and email. If you do not want any or all of this information published in the directory, please email ndivozzo@sacredheartgr.org with the information you would like withheld. Information withheld last year will automatically be withheld this year.

Auction Tickets

Auction Tickets are on sale through September 15th with a limited amount left! Please purchase your tickets here. If you are unable to attend and would like to support in another way please contact Sam Surrell.

Spartan Receipts

Please save your Spartan Receipts and bring them to the Academy office in order to help support the Academy! Once we hit $150,000 in receipts, the school will receive $1,000. 


Ministry

Fatima Centenary Celebrations: Bishop Walkowiak 9/13

Join us on Wednesday, September 13th when Bishop David Walkowiak will preach on the message of Fatima. The evening begins at 6:30 pm in the church. To find out more about our Fatima Celebrations go to www.fatimagr.org. 

High School Ministry: Canoe Trip

Mark your calendars for the High School Ministry Canoe Trip on September 16th at noon!    

First Holy Communion & Confirmation Registration:

It is time for families to begin registering their children for First Holy Communion or Confirmation.  Please contact Michael Tober; Director of Religious Education at dre@sacredheartgr.org or call 616-459-8362 to register your child.   Formal preparation for the Sacraments will begin the third week of September. 

First Holy Communion & Confirmation Parent Meeting

There will be a Confirmation & First Holy Communion Information and Final Registration Meeting on Tuesday, September 12th at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall for all families who have a child that will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation or First Holy Communion in the spring.  Parents it is very important that you make this meeting.  Sacramental Preparation this year will be held on Tuesday afternoons beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart of Jesus beginning Wednesday, September 20th.   Please contact Michael Tober, Director of Religious Education at dre@sacredheartgr.org or the parish office with any questions/concerns regarding registration and preparation for your children.

RCIA Information

Do you know someone who:
•    Has expressed an interest in becoming Catholic?
•    Has a child over the age of seven who has not been baptized?
•    Was baptized Catholic as a child, but has not celebrated the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist?

Sacred Heart will provide the opportunity to come together in a group setting to learn more about our Catholic Christian Faith. Sessions will focus on the teachings and life of the Church so as to prepare individuals to celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist during the Easter season. Inquiry sessions to begin on Wednesday, September 20th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Parish Academy Library (Second Floor). For further information/registration please contact Michael Tober.           

KofC Baby Bottle Boomerang

The Sacred Heart Knights of Columbus are planning to start our 13th Annual Baby Bottle Boomerang on September 9th. Please start saving your spare change now and watch for the Knights in front of church on September 9th & 10th to get your baby bottle.


Athletics

No Current Athletic Announcements


SHA Calendar – Four Weeks at a Glance

Events are included in the newsletter one time. From then on each event is listed below and linked to the main calendar on the website. For a complete Parish Mass schedule, please click here. For this week’s Parish bulletin, click here.  

September

5    First Day of School
5-8 Montessori Interview Week
7    PTC Lunch
8    Nativity of Mary Procession
9-10 Baby Bottle Boomerang Begins
11   Montessori Slow Start Begins
11   KofC Soccer Challenge
12   First Holy Communion and Confirmation Parent Meeting
12   Curriculum Night
13   Fatima Event
14   School Board Meeting
16   Classical Learning Test 
16   High School Ministry Canoe Trip
17   Lord’s Day
18   M-4 Assembly
19   Partners in Formation – Parent Formation Night 1
21   Pizza Lunch
21   Hillsdale College Admission Representative Visit
25   5th – 12th Assembly
27   Parent Series Begins
29   No School
29   Auction

October

2   No School
3   CGS Begins
3   Partners in Formation, Parent Formation Night 2

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

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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.