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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or the parish office with any questions/concerns regarding registration and preparation for your children.
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.
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.
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
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
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