Date e Penuria Tua | SHA Weekly Newsletter | November 8, 2016 |


Date e Penuria Tua

November 8th, 2016, 32nd Week of Ordinary Time


Date e penuria tua, Give out of your want.

“When he looked up he saw some wealthy people putting their offerings into the treasury and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins. He said, “I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest; for those others have made all offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.” Luke 21: 1-4

On December 10th, The Christmas Market will take place at Sacred Heart Academy. This event provides families in great need with an opportunity to purchase Christmas gifts at a greatly discounted cost. Sacred Heart invites select families to shop at the Christmas Market by recommendation of local parishes, churches, and organizations.

The gifts available for purchase at the market are gifts donated by families from the Academy and Parish. This provides a beautiful opportunity for Academy families to teach their children to give out of their own want. We encourage you to help your children reflect on this opportunity, and prayerfullly consider donating one of their desired Christmas gifts to be a part of the market.  The Christmas Market will take place after we celebrate St. Nicholas’ feast day.  This year we are encouraging students to give like St. Nicholas and bring a gift for the market on or before the feast day on December 6th. 


All Academy

Father Sirico Homily from this Weekend

This past weekend Father Sirico shared a wonderful homily about the significant moment in history we find ourselves in.  If you missed it, would like to listen to it again, or want to share it, you can find the text and the audio file here.  The homily is a great reminder of the hope we should have as members of the body of Christ.

SHA Gear

Sacred Heart Academy sweatshirts, quarter zips, warm-up pants, winter hats, and polo shirts are now available for order! The athletic (warm-up) pants may be worn for gym class. Order forms are due NEXT MONDAY, 11/14. We will have inventory available at the school for future sales, but prefer that you use the order form at this time. SHA gear is currently on display at the Academy. 

Order forms are available here.
Nalgene water bottles, and travel coffee mugs will be available soon.

Virtus Opt-Out

Virtus opt out forms are due 11/11.

Advent Happenings

As noted in the introduction, this Advent we will be focusing our energy on the Christmas Market. Students will celebrate St. Nicholas’ Feast Day, and will be encouraged to give like St. Nicholas to the Christmas Market. The St. Nicholas Shoppe will not take place, as we hope to keep Advent a more simple time preparing for the birth of Christ. If you have any questions, please contact Miss Surrell.

Handbook Highlight: 

Please see the excerpt below regarding Recess. Please make sure your children wear the proper attire depending on the weather.

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

Catholic Schools: Bridging Faith and Future

Please consider attending the Diocesan Building Faith and Future Forum. We have an opportunity to impact the future of Catholic Schools, and the Bishop is asking for our opinion on the current strategic plan. Forum dates can be found here


Full Time

There are no current FT specific announcements


CEC

Ave Maria Scholarship for Homeschool Students

The Ave Maria Foundation is having an event called Ave Fall Fest 2016, on Saturday, November 19, 2016, to educate Catholic homeschooled high school juniors and seniors about Ave Maria University’s Michigan Homeschooled Scholarship of $9,000 per year over 4 years.

The event will include information on the scholarship, an opportunity to meet with an AMU admission counselor, dinner, hot chocolate, sundae bar, games, giveaways, and drawings for gift cards.

Find more information here. This event is free to attend but registration is required for admittance. 


Ministry

Reminder, Parish Family Nights Resume 11/9

REMINDER – Our Parish Nights resume on Wednesday, November 9th in style! Be sure to come out and enjoy our Knights of Columbus Chili Cook-Off competition and our first installment of our three part series on True Devotion to Mary.  These talks are in conjunction with our parish wide preparation for Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary.  Michael Tober, the Parish Director of Religious Education will be speaking, and the title of his talk is:  The Necessity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Devotion to Her.  We welcome everyone in the parish and academy to attend. Find more info here.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Wide Marian Consecration

We began our Consecration on November 5th and this parish-wide 33 day devotion will end on December 8th, Feast of the Immaculate Conception after the 7 p.m. Mass.

We will pray the Total Consecration Prayer together offering ourselves, our families, our parish to Jesus through Mary. You may still join the Consecration! You will have to catch up on the days you missed, but it is still possible. All of the donated books for the parish have been taken but don’t worry the daily prayers and meditations are accessible in a few ways: (1) If you already have a copy of St. Louis DeMontfort’s book “True Devotion to Mary” the daily exercises are found in the back of the book. (2) There are shorter versions titled “Preparation for Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary” as well. These short booklets have the daily prayers and meditations for the consecration. If you already own one of these then you can use that. Or (3) you can access them online for FREE here.

Baby Blanket Marathon Support

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

High School Students: Read Aloud This Saturday

Join us in Friendship Hall for a reading of one of Flannery O’Connor’s short stories on Saturday, November 12. We will begin the night at 7:30 pm with a short talk on how Flannery O’Connor’s Catholic faith influenced her writing, then we will read and discuss the story until 9 pm. Bring a drink or treat to share. Apple cider and donuts will be provided!

Symphony Club Outing: 11/19

All students 9th – 12th grade are invited to dinner and a performance of Dvorak’s 6th Symphony on Saturday, 11/19.

We are very excited to have GR Symphony tubist, Dan Mattson, join us for a pre-concert talk on how his Catholic faith impacts him as a professional musician. Our very own Dr. Page will also talk about how to listen well to Dvorak’s piece. After their talks, we will enjoy an upscale Italian dinner in Friendship Hall.

To sign up for the talks and dinner, please turn in student and/or parent names and $5 to the school office by Monday, 11/14. Tickets will be an additional $5, if purchased the night of the performance. Please see Miss Quiroz (jquiroz@sacredheartgr.org) with questions.

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


Athletics

Ultimate Frisbee Club 

Ultimate Club will take place for two more weeks: This Friday, 11/11, and next Friday, 11/18. We play in the John Ball Park Field across the street from the school. All 8th-12th graders are welcome! 


SHA Calendar – Four Weeks at a Glance

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

November

9      All School Assembly
9      Parish Family Night – KofC Chili Cookoff
10    Academy Ambassador Equip Night
12    CLT Exam
12    High School Ministry: Flannery O’Connor Read Aloud with Discussion
15    Opportunity for Sacrament of Reconciliation
16    Half Day for Students; Conferences 1-5 pm
16    Parish Family Night
17    PTC Pizza Lunch
17    Full Day of School for Students; Conferences 4-8 pm
18    Half Day for Students; Conferences 1-5 pm
19    High School Symphony Club: Dvorak
23-25  Thanksgiving Holiday Break
27  First Day of Advent
30  Penny Wars End

December

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

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

Omnes Sanctis | SHA Weekly Newsletter | November 1, 2016 |


Omnes Sanctis

November 1st, 2016, 31st Week of Ordinary Time

Omnes Sanctis, All Saints.

“To become saints means to fulfill completely what we already are, raised to the dignity of God’s adopted children in Christ Jesus.” – Pope Benedict XVI

All Saints’ Day is a Holy Day of Obligation (opportunity), instated originally by the instrument of Pope Boniface IV. He consecrated the Pantheon at Rome to the Virgin Mary and all the Martyrs on May 13 in 609 AD, and this became the original Solemnity. The choice of the day may have been intended to take the place of a pagan holiday. The holy day was eventually established on November 1 by Pope Gregory III in the mid-eighth century as a day dedicated to the saints and their relics. The May 13 celebration was subsequently abandoned.

Please enjoy reflecting upon one of the All Saints Day Mass preface’s below:

“For you are praised in the company of your Saints
and, in crowning their merits, you crown your own gifts.

By their way of life you offer us an example,
by communion with them you give us companionship,
by their intercession, sure support,
so that, encouraged by so great a cloud of witnesses,
we may run as victors in the race before us
and win with them the imperishable crown of glory,
through Christ our Lord.”


All Academy

Conferences

You should have received a conference sign up form in the mail. Please return it ASAP to the Academy office, first come first served. If you did not receive a form, please contact Noelle.

Virtus Opt-Out

Sacred Heart Academy is required by the diocese to schedule two VIRTUS lessons per academic year (one in the fall and one in the spring) for ALL students. The first lesson will take place in November. If you want to opt out of the lesson, please complete this form and submit it to the office.  The lessons are available for review at the main office.  NOTE:  In prior years, we did not include CEC courses in these lessons, but the VIRTUS program requirements require us to do so.  Please ensure we have your forms if you with to OPT out of this requirement.

SHA Gear

Sacred Heart Academy branded gear is coming soon! Stay tuned.

Amazon Smile

Please use Amazon Smile when you purchase things on Amazon. A percentage of your sale will be kicked back to Sacred Heart Parish and Academy. We are listed as “Sacred Heart Parish and Academy”. Make sure each time you use amazon you go to amazonsmile.com.

SMART Aid: New Financial Assistance Program

It is that time again for families wishing for to be considered for financial assistance to submit applications for consideration for assistance for the 2017-18 academic year.  Before going further, please note: applications are due December 21st! While they will be accepted after this date, THE VAST MAJORITY OF DIOCESE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AWARDED DURING THIS FIRST ROUND. There may be less funds awarded after 12/21.

Current Academy families who fail to apply in this first round of applications significantly limit their opportunity for assistance.  The application opens today. We recommend you complete and submit it as soon as possible if you are in need. Please find the instructions, and link to fill out the online application here. The Diocese is no longer using the PSAS Tuition Assistance Program.  The new program is SMART Aid and is managed by the same company that manages SMART Tuition.

If you would like to see communication from the Diocese on the switch to SMART Aid, please click here.

Handbook Highlight: Financial Assistance

Please see the excerpt below on Financial Assistance from the Handbook:

“The Academy has a limited amount of financial assistance to provide to families who need it. Additionally, the Diocese of Grand Rapids offers the Bishop’s Scholarship for [new] families [and SMART Aid for returning families] in need of assistance.  In order to be eligible for either form of financial assistance the following conditions must be met:

•    Complete and submit in a timely manner the directed financial aid application.
•    Tuition payments must be current for the school year.
•    No behavioral problems with students (see Code of Conduct).
•    Students must not have attendance issues (excessive tardiness and/or absences)

Families that do not complete the financial aid application process cannot be considered for assistance.

Awards will be reassessed each year and previous awards do not guarantee a continuing award.”

Catholic Schools: Bridging Faith and Future

The Diocesan Catholic Schools: Bridging Faith and Future strategic planning process continues this fall with forums to share our draft strategic plan and take input on it.

Forum dates can be found here. Please consider attending.


Full Time

There are no current FT specific announcements


CEC

There are no current CEC specific announcements.


Ministry

Knights of Columbus Chili Cook Off 11/9

Join us next week Wednesdsay for the KofC Chili Cook Off! Come and sample Chili from local businesses and parishoners.

Reminder, Parish Family Nights Resume 11/9

REMINDER – Our Parish Nights resume on Wednesday, November 9th in style! Be sure to come out and enjoy our Parish Chili Cook-Off competition and our first installment of our three part series on True Devotion to Mary.  These talks are in conjunction with our parish wide preparation for Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary.   Mr. Sean Maltbie our Academy Headmaster will be speaking and the title of his talk is:  The Necessity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Devotion to Her.   We welcome everyone in the parish and academy to attend.  We look forward to seeing you Wednesday, November 9th! Find more info here.

Baby Blanket Marathon Support

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

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Wide Marian Consecration

We begin our Consecration on November 5th and this parish-wide, 33-day devotion will end on December 8th, Feast of the Immaculate Conception after the 7 p.m. Mass. We will pray the Total Consecration Prayer together offering ourselves, our families, our parish to Jesus through Mary. All of the donated books for the parish have been taken but don’t worry the daily prayers and meditations are accessible in a few ways:  (1) If you already have a copy of St. Louis DeMontfort’s book “True Devotion to Mary” the daily exercises are found in the back of the book.  (2) There are shorter versions titled “Preparation for Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary” as well.  These short booklets have the daily prayers and meditations for the consecration.  If you already own one of these then you can use that.    Or (3) you can access them online for FREE here

High School Students: Read Aloud

Join us in Friendship Hall for a reading of one of Flannery O’Connor’s short stories on Saturday, November 12. We will begin the night at 7:30 pm with a short talk on how Flannery O’Connor’s Catholic faith influenced her writing, then we will read and discuss the story until 9 pm. Bring a drink or treat to share. Apple cider and donuts will be provided!

Parish Night 12/7

There will be no Family Parish Night 12/7, due to the Marian Consecration taking place the following day.


Athletics

No current announcements


SHA Calendar – Four Weeks at a Glance

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

November

1       Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
1      Penny Wars begin
2      Assembly M-4th
2      Parish Family Night
6      Marian Consecration Begins
7      SCRIP
9      All School Assembly
9      Parish Family Night – KofC Chili Cookoff
10    Academy Ambassador Equip Night
12    CLT Exam
12    High School Ministry: Flannery O’Connor Read Aloud with Discussion
15    Sacrament of Reconciliation Opportunity
16   Half Day for Students; Conferences 1-5 pm
16   Parish Family Night
17   PTC Pizza Lunch
17   Conferences 4-8 pm
18   Half Day for Students; Conferences 1-5 pm
19   High School Symphony Club: Dvorak
23-25  Thanksgiving Holiday Break
27  First Day of Advent
30  Penny Wars End

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

Reliqua Sacra | SHA Weekly Newsletter | October 26, 2016 |


Reliqua Sacra

October 26th, 2016, 30th Week of Ordinary Time

Reliqua sacra, Sacred Relics.

On Sunday, Sacred Heart Parish and Academy will be hosting Father Carlos Martins of the Companions of the Cross, and along with him over 150 sacred relics. We are blessed to have this opportunity to encounter relics of the saints.

A relic is a remnant of a saint, or person who is considered holy but not yet officially canonized. Relics consist of the physical remains of the holy person, objects that the individual used regularly, or objects that touched his or her body. Relics are divided into three classes. First class relics are the body, or fragments of the body of a saint, such as pieces of bone or flesh. Second class relics are something that the saint personally owned, such as a shirt or book, or fragments of those items. Third class relics are objects which touched a first, second, or another third class relic of a saint.

Scripture teaches that God acts through relics, particularly in terms of healing. For example, when the corpse of a man was touched to the bones of the prophet Elisha, the man came back to life and rose to his feet (2 Kings 13:20-21). God brings about many healings through the encounter with sacred relics. The relics of His saints are means through which he acts.

Recently, in the upper peninsula of Michigan, a woman had a large abnormaility on her liver causing her intense pain and unexplained weight loss. This abnormality was 3 cm in size and visible in an ultrasound. She began praying to Venerable Bishop Baraga regularly, asking for his intercession and was able to encounter one of his relics. She prayed with her parish priest with Bishop Baraga’s stole wrapped around her, and the pain subsided. The following week in an exploratory surgery, the liver was found to be completely normal, and the abnormality of 3 cm, was gone. We attribute this miracle to the intercession of Bishop Baraga.

In the Church’s history many miracles and healings have been worked in the presence of relics, and many have been healed through the ministry visiting us on Sunday. We hope that you join us to examine and venerate many relics of the Church. The day will begin with an introduction to the exhibit at 3 pm in the church before touring the exhibit of relics in the school gym.  Among the treasures will be relics of St. Maria Goretti, St. Therese of Lisieux (the “Little Flower”), St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Faustina Kowalska.  In addition, there will also be present a portion of the veil of Our Lady, as well as one of the largest remaining pieces of the True Cross in the world. Please do not miss this opportunity.  You are encouraged to bring your articles of devotion (such as rosaries, holy cards, etc.) and pictures of ill friends/family members which you will be able to touch to the reliquaries as a means of intercession.


All Academy

Reminder: Half Day Friday

Please remember we have a half day on Friday. Students will be dismissed at 11:30. There will be no after care. Ultimate Frisbee for 8th-12th grade will take place from 11:30-12:30.

Reminder: Wyoming Catholic College Meet & Greet President Glenn Arbrey

Wyoming Catholic College President Glenn Arbrey will be hosting a meet and greet at the Acton Building, Friday, beginning at  5:30 p.m.  More details here.  

2016-17 Sacred Heart Academy Family Handbook – Acknowledgement of Policies form

The 2016-17 Family Handbook was sent home recently, and is available online here. Please review it with your students, and sign and return the “Acknowledgement of Policies” form by November 4th.

Penny Wars for God’s Kitchen

It is time for our annual Drive for God’s Kitchen! This year we are collecting money in a competition called Penny Wars!

Each homeroom will collect pennies beginning Tuesday, November 1. Homerooms may “sabotage” one another by donating bills or coins other than pennies to other homerooms. Nickels, dimes, quarters, dollar coins, and bills will cancel out the pennies. Example: If 7th grade brings in $20 in pennies, but has $6 in other coins or bills, their “score” is $14 (20 – 6).

The winning class will be the class who raises the most pennies. Penny Wars ends on Wednesday, November 30. All money collected will be given to God’s Kitchen.

Handbook Highlight: Uniform

Students who are not in uniform will be sent to the office and will need their parent to bring them proper attire.

Please make sure your uniform components are purchased from Educational Outfitters. This includes grey pants.

“Uniforms must be purchased at Educational Outfitters (2055 28th St. SE) or during an Academy sponsored used uniform sale.  Any temporary deviations from the uniform are at the discretion of the administration.”

Conferences

Conferences will take place the 16th – 18th of November. Please stay tuned for more information on how to register.

All Saints Day Party 

Please RSVP and register for the All Saints Day Party taking place on Monday, October 31st by following this link.

Come to School as a Saint! – 10/31

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.

CLT – Registration Deadline

The registration deadline for the upcoming Nov. 12, Classical Learning Test is one week away, November 2. Students may register here.

The Classical Learning Initiatives CEO Jeremy Tate shared this message with us today:

Good Afternoon Sacred Heart families!

Over the past few weeks a number of colleges have tied scholarships dollars to the Classic Learning Test (CLT), a new alternative to the SAT/ACT.  See here for the full list of scholarships.  We are grateful to have Sacred Heart serving as a testing site for the November 12th CLT.  The registration deadline is one week from today.  Please consider joining us!

God bless, Jeremy Tate

Aquinas College Visit 

On November 3rd, Damon Bouwkamp, an admissions rep from Aquinas College, will be visiting during lunches. 

1st Grade Parent Gathering

The first grade Parent Gathering will take place on Friday, November 4th at 7 pm at the DeBruyn’s home.

Financial Aid for the 2017-18 School Year  – Opens 11/1, Due 12/9

The Diocese has implemented a new system for financial aid for the 2017-18 school year.

The Directions to assist families in completing their application online will be available in next week’s newsletter. Please set aside some time prior to December 9th to complete your financial aid application.


Full Time

There are no current FT specific announcements


CEC

There are no current CEC specific announcements.


Ministry

Parish Family Nights

Family Nights are a wonderful time to come together here at Sacred Heart to pray, eat together and grow in the faith!  If you have not yet joined us on Wednesday evening we welcome you and hope you will take advantage of these wonderful evenings! This week Father Peter will be teaching on the next section of Pope Saint John Paul II”s encyclical “Lord and Giver of Life”.  His talk is titled: Lord and Giver of Life: The Holy Spirit strengthens the inner man.

Family Nights begin with Vespers at 5 p.m. with a potluck dinner following.  Church will provide the main dish and salad, families provide a side to share and bring their place settings. Faith-Formation begins at 6:10 p.m. We end our evenings praying a decade of the Rosary together in the Church.Heart speaks unto Heart! If you missed the first few weeks of talks, you may find them here.

March for Life Update

Currently all the spots for the March for Life trip to Washington D.C. are filled.  There a few people on a waiting list.  Per the meeting on Thursday evening  permission slips and the $75 dollar deposit must be turned in on or before Thursday, November 3rd to reserve your spot.   If the paperwork and deposit are not turned in, then your spot becomes open, and those on the waiting list will be allowed to fill those spots.   Due to the nature of planning and time frames for payments there can be no exceptions to this rule.   Please pray for the success of this years March for Life!   Questions/Concerns please contact Michael Tober at dre@sacredheartgr.org

Reminder: Sacred Relics of the Saints at Sacred Heart this Sunday at 3:00 pm

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish & Academy presents a teaching and exposition of Sacred Relics on Sunday October 30 at 3:00 p.m. in the Academy gym. Father Carlos Martins of the Companions of the Cross will be here with his very special ministry to teach about these holy objects.

Authenticum

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, November 3rd, at Sacred Heart Parish Hall in Grand Rapids for another exciting Authenticum event.   Mr. Steve Ayers will present the next lecture which is titled:  “Evelyn Waugh: On Brideshead Revisited” Steve Ayers did his graduate studies at Regent College in Vancouver, and works in the publishing industry. He is remembered fondly for his captivating deliveries on the life of G.K Chesterton, the works of Gerard Manley Hopkins, and Flannery O’Connor.   It is a great joy to have him back delivering another Authenticum lecture.  You don’t want to miss this event!   There will be copies of all past Authenticum lectures available, or you can access them online here.

All adults of every age are invited.  We hope to see you November 3rd.  Refreshments 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.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Wide Marian Consecration

As a conclusion to the Year of Mercy Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish will make a Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary. The Consecration will use the teachings and prayers of St. Louis DeMontfort as found in his work “True Devotion to Mary.” This 33 day preparation for the consecration will also include a Four Week Study on devotion to Mary within our Wednesday Parish Nights! The preparation for Total Consecration will begin on November 5th and will end with all those making the Consecration after the 7:00 p.m. Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th. The parish will provide a limited amount of books for those who decide to do the 33 day preparation. These books contain the daily readings and prayers of preparation. Books can also be purchased on your own from Montfort Publications at www.montfortpublications.com. The cost for the booklet is $8.50
If you prefer to use a full online source there are a number of them available free on the internet. One very usable online source for the Preparation for Total Consecration can be found here.

High School Invited to Parish Night

After Vespers and the potluck dinner (around 6:15pm), high schoolers are invited to come to the SHA gym for fellowship, discussion, and games. This week the high school session is titled “Holy Spirit, the Comforter.” 


Athletics

Ultimate Frisbee

We will have Ultimate Frisbee this Friday the 28th fro 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. 


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.

October

27    Photo Retake – Done in AM
28    Half Day for Students
28    Ultimate Frisbee Club (11:30-12:30)
28    Wyoming Catholic College Event
28    High School Ministry Symphony Outing
30    Sacred Relics of the Saints
31    All Saints Day Party

November

1       Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
1      Penny Wars begin
2      Assembly M-4th
2      Parish Family Night
6      Marian Consecration Begins
7      SCRIP
9      All School Assembly
9      Parish Family Night – KofC Chili Cookoff
10    Academy Ambassador Equip Night
12    CLT Exam
12    High School Ministry: Flannery O’Connor Read Aloud with Discussion
14    Assembly 9th-10th
15    Sacrament of Reconciliation Opportunity
16   Half Day for Students; Conferences 1-5 pm
16   Parish Family Night
17   PTC Pizza Lunch
17   Conferences 4-8 pm
18   Half Day for Students; Conferences 1-5 pm
19   High School Symphony Club: Dvorak
23-25  Thanksgiving Holiday Break
27  First Day of Advent
30  Penny Wars End

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

Domine, fac me servum pacis tuae | SHA Weekly Newsletter | October 18, 2016 |


Christus Vivat Rex

October 18th, 2016, 29th Week of Ordinary Time

Christus vivat Rex! Long live Christ the king!

On Sunday, Saint Jose Sanchez del Rio was canonized a Saint along with seven others. In the Canonization Mass, Pope Francis encouraged all of us in saying “Prayer isn’t always a smooth path, but that like the Saints, Christ supports us when it is difficult. Saints are men and women who enter fully into the mystery of prayer. Men and women who struggle with prayer, letting the Holy Spirit pray and struggle in them. They struggle to the very end, with all their strength, and they triumph, but not by their own efforts: the Lord triumphs in them and with them. The seven witnesses who were canonized today also fought the good fight of faith and love by their prayers.”

One such saint was Jose Sanchez del Rio. He was martyred at the age of fourteen. St. Jose Sanchez del Rio grew up in Mexico in the 1930s during a time of great religious persecution. Many Catholics shed their blood fighting for religious freedom for the Cristeros, and Jose longed to join. After pleading in a letter to the general, he was given permission to join the fight. In a proceeding battle, Jose made a sacrifice and freely gave a strong general his own horse upon his being shot. Moments later, he was caught by the federalists and locked up in a church sacristy that had been turned into a prison. The enemies of Christ decided to kill him.

On the was to execution, soldiers struck him savagely with sharp machetes. With each blow, Jose cried out ” Viva Cristo Rey!” His torturers cut off the soles of his feet and forced him to walk on salt. Jose screamed with pain but did not give in, he only responded with each taunt, ” Long live Christ the King! Long live Our Lady of Guadalupe!

May we have the grace to be bold in holiness in defense of the Faith. St. Jose Sanchez del Rio, pray for us!


All Academy

CLT Scholarship

Thomas More College of Liberal Arts announced a $4000 scholarship for every incoming student who takes the Classic Learning Test (CLT). Awardees will receive a $1000 tuition scholarship for each year they are enrolled at Thomas More College as full-time students, with a maximum of $4000 for four years.

2016-17 Sacred Heart Academy Family Handbook

The 2016-17 Family Handbook is being sent home today, October 18th, and is available online here. Please review it with your students, and sign and return the “Acknowledgement of Policies” form.

Playground

The Academy playground will be removed today. Recess will take place in the green space next to the Academy, and on John Ball Field. Faculty members are working together to discuss other options for play time during recess.

Handbook Highlight: School Arrival

Please see the below excerpt from the new Family Handbook on arrival time. Please make sure students are arriving on time for Mass.

“Montessori students should arrive at their classrooms no earlier than 7:30 a.m. Specific Montessori procedures will be shared with each Montessori family as the year begins.

All other students should arrive at the church between 7:30 -7:40 a.m. unless an arrangement has been made for an earlier arrival with a SHA faculty member or the parent intends to stay in the church with their student.  STUDENTS ARE NOT TO BE IN THE SCHOOL BUILDING BEFORE MASS.  Students are to be dropped off at the Garfield Street entrance to the church building and, having reverently entered the nave, will sit in their assigned pew.”

Mystic Monk Coffee

Through purchasing Mystic Monk Coffee we able to provide coffee for special parish events as well as our academy faculty. Help support vocations by ordering coffee! Here is the order form.


Full Time

There are no current FT specific announcements


CEC

There are no current CEC specific announcements.


Ministry

Parish Family Nights

Family Nights are a wonderful time to come together here at Sacred Heart to pray, eat together and grow in the faith!  If you have not yet joined us on Wednesday evening we welcome you and hope you will take advantage of these wonderful evenings! This week Father Sirico will be teaching on the next sections of Pope Saint John Paul II”s encyclical “Lord and Giver of Life”.  His talk is titled: Lord and Giver of Life: The Holy Spirit who Convinces the World

There is something for all ages!  Catechesis, discussion and prayer for the adults.  For the children there are games and break out sessions focused on the Word of God.  We end our evenings praying a decade of the Rosary together in the Church. Family Nights begin with Vespers at 5 p.m. with a potluck dinner following.  Church will provide the main dish and salad, families provide a side to share and bring their place settings. Faith-Formation begins at 6:10 p.m. These evening are one of the best ways to strengthen our families, and respond to the call of the Church to form adults as the primary educators of the faith!  Heart speaks unto Heart! If you missed the first few weeks of talks, you may find them here.

Sacred Relics of the Saints: Treasures of the Church

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish & Academy presents a teaching and exposition of Sacred Relics on Sunday October 30 at 3:00 p.m. in the Academy gym.

Father Carlos Martins of the Companions of the Cross will be here with his very special ministry to teach about these holy objects. He will bring with him over 150 relics, some as old as 2,000 years.  Among the treasures will be relics of St. Maria Goretti, St. Therese of Lisieux (the “Little Flower”), St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Faustina Kowalska.  In addition, there will also be present a portion of the veil of Our Lady, as well as one of the largest remaining pieces of the True Cross in the world.  Those in attendance will be able to examine and venerate each relic.  In the Church’s history many miracles and healings have been worked in the presence of relics, and many have been healed through this ministry. Please do not miss this opportunity. You are encouraged to bring your articles of devotion (such as rosaries, holy cards, etc.) and pictures of ill friends/family members which you will be able to touch to the reliquaries as a means of intercession.

Attention Families of the Academy

Please remember that Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish sacramental preparation for First Holy Communion and Confirmation takes place on Wednesday evenings during our Family Nights.   Proper preparation is not optional, it is needed to be duly disposed to receive these sacraments.  Academy religion classes are not exhaustive for Sacramental Preparation.   We desire all our families to participate in Vespers and Dinner, but we understand that if  you cannot make it to Vespers and Dinner, we ask that you arrive by 6:10 p.m. in the Parish Hall so your children can walk over to the Academy with the rest of the young people. Faith Formation is also provided for the Adults while the young people have their sessions. This week Father Sirico is teaching on the Life of the Holy Spirit!    We look forward to seeing you and your children during these exiting times of preparation.   Questions/Concerns please contact Michael Tober; Director of Religious Education at dre@sacredheartgr.org

March for Life Meeting

Our first March for Life informational meeting will be Thursday, October 20th at 6:30 p.m. in the Academy Teachers Lounge for any high school young person interested in attending the trip to Washington D.C. in January to make the annual March for Life.  This meeting is also for the parents of those children.  Sign-ups to attend the March are already being taken. Our parish has one charter bus reserved for the trip, which means spots are limited. Important information will be handed out and discussed at this meeting. Questions/concerns please contact Michael Tober or call the parish office.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Wide Marian Consecration

As a conclusion to the Year of Mercy Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish will make a Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary.   The Consecration will use the teachings and prayers of St. Louis DeMontfort as found in his work “True Devotion to Mary.”  This 33 day preparation for the consecration will also include a Four Week Study on devotion to Mary within our Wednesday Parish Nights!    The preparation for Total Consecration will begin on November 5th and will end with all those making the Consecration after the 7:00 p.m. Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th. The parish will provide a limited amount of books for those who decide to do the 33 day preparation.  These books contain the daily readings and prayers of preparation.   Books can also be purchased on your own from Montfort Publications at www.montfortpublications.com  The cost for the booklet is $8.50
If you prefer to use a full online source there are a number of them available free on the internet.  One very usable online source for the Preparation for Total Consecration can be found here.

Please consider making this very special devotion and Consecration to our Lord through Mary.  This consecration has been a renewed source of deep commitment, to our Lord and his Blessed Mother, and growth in holiness for millions of Christians.

More details regarding the Consecration will be in upcoming bulletins and newsletters

High School Invited to Parish Night

After vespers and the potluck dinner (around 6:15pm), high schoolers are invited to come to the SHA gym for fellowship, discussion, and games. This week the high school session is titled “Holy Spirit, Consuming Fire.”

All Saints Day Party: High School Volunteers

We are looking for high schoolers to volunteer at the All Saints Day Party. Please email Marijo Forrester if you are willing to help.

Knights of Columbus Christmas Card Design Contest

The Knights are kicking off the 10th annual Christmas card design contest this week. We would like all of your help to make this the biggest year yet.

Details and entry forms are available at Keep Christ in Christmas – Sacred Heart Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus Essay Contest

Please note, this Friday is the final due date for 2016 essay contest entries.


Athletics

5th – 8th Grade Winter Sports Sign Ups

Sign ups for Winter sports are due this Friday!  Please sign your child as soon as possible by following this link.

Support Girls Volleyball

Please come support our SHA 5/6 Volleyball Team here at the SHA Gym as they finish out their season.  Their final game is Tuesday October 25th at 6 PM.


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.

October

18    Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
18    Sacrament of Reconciliation Opportunity
19    Assembly 5th-10th Grade
20   March for Life Information Session
20   PTC Pizza Lunch
21    Ultimate Frisbee Club
21    KofC Essay Due
22    Fall Social
24    SCRIP
25    Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
26    Parish Family Night
27    Photo Retake – Done in AM
28    Half Day for Students
28    No Ultimate Frisbee Club
28    Wyoming Catholic College Event
28    High School Ministry Symphony Outing
30    Sacred Relics of the Saints
31    All Saints Day Party

November

1       Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
2      Assembly M-4th
2      Parish Family Night
6      Marian Consecration Begins
7      SCRIP
9      All School Assembly
9      Parish Family Night – KofC Chili Cookoff
10    Academy Ambassador Equip Night
12    CLT Exam
12    High School Ministry: Flannery O’Connor Read Aloud with Discussion
14    Assembly 9th-10th
15    Sacrament of Reconciliation Opportunity
16   Half Day for Students; Conferences 1-5 pm
16   Parish Family Night
17   PTC Pizza Lunch
17   Conferences 4-8 pm
18   Half Day for Students; Conferences 1-5 pm
19   High School Symphony Club: Dvorak
23-25:  Thanksgiving Holiday Break
27:   First Day of Advent

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

 

Domine, fac me servum pacis tuae | SHA Weekly Newsletter | October 11, 2016 |


Domina Nostra Rosarii

October 11th, 2016, 28th Week of Ordinary Time

Domina Nostra Rosarii. Our Lady of the Rosary.

On Friday we celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. Saint Pius V established this Feast in 1573 in order to thank God for the victory of Christians over the Turks at the Battle of Lepanto. The victory was attributed to the praying of the Rosary. The feast was extended to the universal Church in 1716 by Clement XI.

The rosary is one of the Church’s most cherished and powerful prayers. During its recitation, the individual meditates on the saving mysteries of our Lord’s life and the faithful witness of our Blessed Mother.

The use of prayer beads and repeated recitation of prayers to aid in meditation stem from the early Church, and has roots in pre-Christian times. Evidence exists from the Middle Ages that strings of beads were used to count “Our Fathers” and “Hail Marys”. The strings of beads became known as “Paternosters”. The structure of the rosary has gradually evolved between the 12th and 15th centuries. Tradition holds that St. Dominic devised the rosary as we know it. Moved by a vision of our Blessed Mother, he preached the use of the rosary especially to the Albigensians, who denied the humanity of Christ.

The rosary is a gift, an opportunity to petition Our Mother to intercede for us. Let us band together in this prayer that holds us together and leads us to the heights. Pope Francis recently said: “The Rosary is a prayer which always accompanies me. It’s also the prayer of ordinary people and the saints…and a prayer from my heart.”


All Academy

Uniforms

Please make sure that each article of the Sacred Heart Academy uniform is purchased at Educational Outfitters.

SHA Family Directory

Family Directories went home with the oldest child in each family. Please check their backpack to make sure you receive yours.

Hot Lunch Payments

Hot Lunch fees have been added to SMART tuition accounts, and payments as applicable have been posted. Please check your account as the balance due per month will have gone up to reflect the Hot Lunch Fee. We do not want you to be charged a $50 late fee for a minimal ($3.00) underpayment!

Parking

Please do not park in the driveway behind the church, this is not a drop off spot.  We cannot block the dumpster or the Priest’s garage.  Students must be dropped off on Garfield and come up the walk way.

Academy Ambassador Program

We are looking for families that are interested in being Sacred Heart Academy Ambassadors. As an ambassador you will attend an orientation where you will be equipped to communicate with friends and the local community about the Catholic classical education offered at SHA. If you are interested in becoming an Ambassador, please email Miss Surrell. The orientation will take place on Thursday, November 10th from 7-8pm.

Fall Social

Please note, all 6th – 12th grade students and their parents are invited to the Fall Social. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate allowing younger students to attend, or students in the age range that do not attend the Academy. The venue can host a limited number of people. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Wyoming Catholic College Event

Come meet the new president of Wyoming Catholic College at the Acton Institute on Friday, October 28th from 5:30 – 7:30. This event is open to individuals interested in a liberal arts education, prospective students, parents and high schoolers. See the flyer here.

Louisiana Flood Victims Benefit Concert – This Sunday!

This Sunday Sacred Heart will be hosting a Benefit Concert on the lawn next to the Academy! Two Catholic artists will be performing and 100% of the proceeds will go to a Catholic Parish affected by the flooding in Louisiana. The artists will be coming from the affected area in Louisiana and New York. We hope you will support this cause and join us! If there is rain we will be in Friendship Hall. See the flyer for more info.


Full Time

There are no current FT specific announcements


CEC

There are no current CEC specific announcements.


Ministry

Parish Family Nights

Please join us for our Parish Family Nights!

This three week adult study on the Life of the Holy Spirit in the Church will focus on the main themes of Pope Saint John Paul II’s Encyclical “Lord and Giver of Life” (Donum et Vivificantem). Those who engage this study will gain a greater understanding of the power of the Holy Spirit as it works both in the Church and in our daily Catholic Christian life.  If you have a desire for you and your family to grow closer to God, especially in the person of the Holy Spirit.  Then you won’t want to miss out.  This three week study will be part of our Wednesday Evening Family night for the Adult teaching portion.  The study is being lead by Father Robert Sirico, Father Peter Damian, and our Headmaster Mr. Sean Maltbie.  Obviously one will gain the most by attending the whole study, but at the same time one can gain a great deal even if they can only make one, or two of the three sessions.  Wednesday Parish Nights begin at 5:00 p.m. with Sung Vespers in the Church, and is followed by a parish dinner (parish provides the main course and side salad – families bring a side to pass).  After dinner there is Catechesis for all ages.  Parish Nights end back in the Church where families pray a decade of the Rosary together.  There is no registration necessary, and no cost.  You can even bring as many people as you would like —Catholic or not!

If you missed the first two weeks of talks, you may find them here.

Sacred Relics of the Saints: Treasures of the Church

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish & Academy presents a teaching and exposition of Sacred Relics on Sunday October 30 at 3:00 p.m. in the Academy gym.

Father Carlos Martins of the Companions of the Cross will be here with his very special ministry to teach about these holy objects. He will bring with him over 150 relics, some as old as 2000 years.  Among the treasures will be relics of St. Maria Goretti, St. Therese of Lisieux (the “Little Flower”), St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Faustina Kowalska.  In addition, there will also be present a portion of the veil of Our Lady, as well as one of the largest remaining pieces of the True Cross in the world.  Those in attendance will be able to examine and venerate each relic.  In the Church’s history many miracles and healings have been worked in the presence of relics, and many have been healed through this ministry. Please do not miss this opportunity. You are encouraged to bring your articles of devotion (such as rosaries, holy cards, etc.) and pictures of ill friends/family members which you will be able to touch to the reliquaries as a means of intercession.

Important: March for Life Meeting

Our first March for Life informational meeting will be Thursday, October 20th at 6:30 p.m. in the Academy Teachers Lounge for any high school young person interested in attending the trip to Washington D.C. in January to make the annual March for Life.  This meeting is also for the parents of those children.  Sign-ups to attend the March are already being taken. Our parish has one charter bus reserved for the trip, which means spots are limited. Important information will be handed out and discussed at this meeting. Questions/concerns please contact Michael Tober or call the parish office.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Wide Marian Consecration

As a conclusion to the Year of Mercy Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish will make a Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary.   The Consecration will use the teachings and prayers of St. Louis DeMontfort as found in his work “True Devotion to Mary.”  This 33 day preparation for the consecration will also include a Four Week Study on devotion to Mary within our Wednesday Parish Nights!    The preparation for Total Consecration will begin on November 5th and will end with all those making the Consecration after the 7:00 p.m. Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th. The parish will provide a limited amount of books for those who decide to do the 33 day preparation.  These books contain the daily readings and prayers of preparation.   Books can also be purchased on your own from Montfort Publications at www.montfortpublications.com  The cost for the booklet is $8.50
If you prefer to use a full online source there are a number of them available free on the internet.  One very usable online source for the Preparation for Total Consecration can be found here.

Please consider making this very special devotion and Consecration to our Lord through Mary.  This consecration has been a renewed source of deep commitment, to our Lord and his Blessed Mother, and growth in holiness for millions of Christians.

More details regarding the Consecration will be in upcoming bulletins and newsletters

Symphony Club, Friday 10/28

All high school students are invited to attend a performance by the Grand Rapids Symphony with the Sacred Heart Symphony Club. Tickets are $5 for students.

Due to the popularity of this specific performance, we will be purchasing tickets ahead of time as a group. Students should bring their student ID and dress for the weather.

Please RSVP to Miss Quiroz with by October 20 with the following information: If your student will be attending, if they will be going to dinner or meeting the group at DeVos Hall, whether your student needs a ride, and if you will be attending with your child(ren).

5:00 pm:   Club will meet at Big O’s Pizza – 80 Ottawa Ave
6:30 pm:   Walk to DeVos Hall
7:00 pm:   Pre-symphony discussion, called Upbeat, with GR Symphony Music Director Marcelo Lehninger
8:00 pm Symphony Begins (Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2., Guest Violinist is Phillipe Quint.)

High School Invited to Parish Night

After vespers and the potluck dinner (around 6:15pm), high schoolers are invited to come to the SHA gym for fellowship, discussion, and games. This week the high school session is titled “Holy Spirit, Author of All Good.”

All Saints Day Party 

Registration for the All Saints party is now open. The Knights need you to sign up so we know how much food to prepare. Just click this link and let us know how many of your family and friends are planning to attend. If you need ideas for costumes, pictures from last year’s event are also available on our council website.


Athletics

5th – 8th Grade Winter Sports Sign Ups

Sign ups for Winter sports are due by Friday the 21st.  Please sign your child as soon as possible by following this link.

Support 5th/6th Grade Girls Volleyball

Come support Sacred Heart’s 5/6th Grade Girls Volleyball team at their final 3 games. Cost is $3 for Adults, $3 for Senior Citizens and kids through High School are free.  Games are this Saturday October 15th at 9 AM.  Monday October 17th at 6 PM and Tuesday October 25th at 6 PM.  Good luck LADIES!!


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.

October

11    Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
11     Screenagers Showing
12    Assembly 5th-8th Grade
12    PSAT Grades 8-9
14    Ultimate Frisbee Club
16    Louisiana Flood Benefit Concert
18    Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
18    Sacrament of Reconciliation Opportunity
19    Assembly 9th-10th Grade
20   March for Life Information Sesson
20   PTC Pizza Lunch
21    Ultimate Frisbee Club
21    KofC Essay Due
22    Fall Social
24    SCRIP
25    Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
26    Parish Family Night
27    Photo Retake – Done in AM
28    Half Day for Students
28    No Ultimate Frisbee Club
28    Wyoming Catholic College Event
28    High School Ministry Symphony Outing
30    Sacred Relics of the Saints
31    All Saints Day Party

November

1       Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
2      Assembly M-4th
2      Parish Family Night
6      Marian Consecration Begins
7      SCRIP
9      All School Assembly
9      Parish Family Night – KofC Chili Cookoff
10    Academy Ambassador Equip Night
12    CLT Exam
12    High School Ministry: Read Aloud Event
11     Screenagers Showing
12    Assembly 5th-8th Grade

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

Domine, fac me servum pacis tuae | SHA Weekly Newsletter | October 5, 2016 |


Domine, fac me servum pacis tuae

October 4th, 2016, 26th Week of Ordinary Time

Domine, fac me servum pacis tuae. Lord, make me a servant of your peace.

Today we celebrate the Memorial of St. Francis of Assisi.

From a young age, Francesco was carried away by the mere joy of living. He had no interest in following in his Father’s footsteps as a wealthy merchant, or inheriting his noble stature. He felt contempt for a life spent in frivolous nature, and quietly searched for something worthy of his complete devotion. He began living a life of service and prayer, visiting hospitals and associating with the poor as often as possible.

His Father kicked him out of the house, and even took him to court after he sold his cloth in order to repair the church of St. Damian. Francesco was assured that after praying in this church that he was called to physically rebuild churches. He had felt the eyes of Christ on the crucifix gaze at him and heard a voice say three times, “Francis, go and repair my house, which you see is falling down.” He noticed that the building in which he was praying was old and ready to fall, and made plans to fix it. While he worked relentlessly on the masonry of the building, he didn’t have peace.

On the Feast of St. Matthias, the Gospel of Matthew was read: “And going, preach, saying The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand… Freely have you received, freely give. Take neither gold nor silver nor brass in your purses…nor two coats nor shoes nor a staff…behold I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves…” Immediately Francis knew his calling and understood that he was to rebuild the Church not in terms of the physical buildings, but the communion of faithful followers of Christ.

Five million pilgrims travel to Assisi each year to pray at the tomb of St. Francis, to learn from his example. Pilgrims look for answers, what am I called to? How do I follow Christ radically? We can look directly at the life he lived to answer these questions. We are called to preach the Gospel, to share the joy and promise. We are called to live radically on this earth and point all we encounter toward Heaven. May we share the Gospel together, and hold one another in prayer.


All Academy

SHA Bumper/Window Stickers

New Sacred Heart Academy window stickers are available in the office for $3.00 each. Please purchase one to allow your vehicle to speak to hearts wherever you travel.

Photo Retakes

Photo retake/make-up day is Thursday, October 27th.  Please bring your first set of photos with you when you come for retakes.

Mass Etiquette

Just a reminder that students are expected to sit with their homeroom class for Mass (unless they are sitting with their family).  If students arrive after Mass has begun, students are asked to join their class using the side aisles.  This is especially important on Tuesday and Thursday when the church is very full. We need to make sure that all parishioners and visitors have a place to sit!  Equally important is a reminder that backpacks should not be strewn across the vestibule (front entry way of Church).  We need to keep the way clear for emergencies and for the restroom.

Mystic Monk Coffee

Help support vocations within our parish and abroad with a simple cup of coffee! Purchase coffee for your household and support a good cause. Your purchases will support the monks as well as the Parish and Academy.

The Monks of the Blessed Virgin of Mount Carmel live the traditional Carmelite monastic rule in northwest Wyoming. As the order continues to grow and flourish, they have been able to provide for themselves by roasting and packaging high quality Mystic Monk coffee.

You can now buy Mystic Monk through Sacred Heart.  To participate, simply fill out an order form, which can be found throughout the church and on our website, and turn it into the parish office with payment. Orders will be placed at the beginning of each month. Please call the parish office with any questions.

SHA Web Tip

Aceess the Parent Portal at the top left corner of the website. Find quick links to many resources you may be looking for including: Infinite Campus, SMART Tuition, your student’s courses, useful forms and documents, previous newsletters, etc. If you have any questions, please contact Miss Surrell.

Class Photos

Class Photos will be taken on 10/6 after Mass.

Lost & Found

Lost and Found has been moved to a table outside of the cafeteria.  All current unclaimed items will be taken to the West Side Apostolate this Thursday afternoon.  Moving forward, all lunch boxes and water bottles will be disposed of each Friday after school.  Please have a word with your student about being responsible for keeping track of their belongings.

CLT Exam

The next CLT Exam date at Sacred Heart Academy is November 12.

Test takers must be registered by November 8.  Please visit the CLT website to register, find a new practice test, and for further information about the CLT.

The first CLT test-taker to earn a perfect score (120) will receive a full ride scholarship (tuition and room/board) to any college or university in America. Currently the highest score anyone has received is 109.

The cost to take the test is $49. If you have questions, please contact Amy Den Braber.

Fall Social

Who: 6th – 12th grade students and their families are invited to attend the 2016 Fall Social. What: Chili Potluck dinner, square-dancing, hayrides and fall fun!
Where: Petersen Family Farm – 11784 Arthur, Nunica MI 49448
When: Saturday, October 22nd – 4:30-9:00 pm
Cost: $15 per family (to offset fees for caller and venue)
What to Bring: Crockpot of Chili (A-K) or Bread and Cookies (L-Z)
Attire: Fall appropriate clothing and shoes for outdoor and barn floor dancing. Layer and check weather!
Payment and RSVP: Please email number attending to agumbko@comcast.net. Payment should be made at SHA Office, both by 10/15/16.

Spartan Nash Donations

Last winter Spartan Nash discontinued their program of donating money for each Spartan label that the Academy collected and submitted.

They have started a new program that is much simpler!  Please save your receipts from Family Fare, D & W  or any other Spartan store and turn them in at the Academy office or in the collection receptacle in the back of church or ramp area.  Once we have collected $150,000.00 in receipt totals (not just Spartan products), Spartan Nash will give the Academy $1,000.00.  If you have any questions regarding this new program, please call the Academy office.

SHA Half Days

There is no bus service or after care on half days of school.


Full Time

There are no current FT specific announcements


CEC

There are no current CEC specific announcements.


Ministry

Authenticum

We look forward to seeing you Thursday, October 6th, in the Parish Hall.   Dr. David Whalen, Provost and Professor of English at Hillsdale College, will present our next Authenticum lecture which is titled:  “The Magnificence of T.S. Eliot.”  Focusing on two poems by Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” and the “Journey of the Magi,” Dr. Whalen will explore Eliot’s penetrating insights into man’s “brokenness” and the ever forceful power of redemption in our life.  Dr. Whalen is fondly remembered for his stunning Authenticum lecture on the life and work of Dr. John Senior titled “The Restoration of Christian Culture.”  It is a wonderful honor to have him return!

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

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

Parish Family Nights

Please join us for our Parish Family Nights!

This week we welcome Mr. Cliff Bajema who will wrap up our three week study on Evangelization.  Cliff was a Protestant Pastor for 42 years before he and his wife Faith entered the Catholic Church in 2007!  He is also leading one of our parish adult bible studies on the Book of Romans.   The family atmosphere, and the opportunities for all our families to grow in faith and community make Wednesday’s at Sacred Heart a joyful place to be.  This week, the adult study will focus on sections #61-80 of Pope Paul VI’s exhortation on Evangelization.  Limited copies of the document are available at the parish for use.   Parish provides the main meal, families bring a side to pass.   Vespers at 5 p.m.  with parish dinner at 5:30 p.m. Faith formation begins by 6:15 p.m. for everyone involved!

If you missed the first two weeks of talks, you may find them here.

Important: March for Life Meeting

Our first March for Life informational meeting will be Thursday, October 20th at 6:30 p.m. in the Academy Teachers Lounge for any high school young person interested in attending the trip to Washington D.C. in January to make the annual March for Life.  This meeting is also for the parents of those children.  Sign-ups to attend the March are already being taken. Our parish has one charter bus reserved for the trip, which means spots are limited. Important information will be handed out and discussed at this meeting. Questions/concerns please contact Michael Tober or call the parish office.

High School Volunteers Needed

High School volunteers are needed for two upcoming events:

(1) The Louisiana Benefit Concert on Sunday, October 16. Help is needed with setting up the stage and sound system, and selling tickets before the concert begins. Volunteers should report to the Academy at 1:45 p.m. on the 16th.

(2) The All Saints Eve Celebration on Monday, October 31. Help is needed with running the games at the party following the All Saints Eve Mass. Don’t forget to dress up as your favorite saint — there is a prize for best costume in each age group!

If you want to volunteer at either event, please email Miss Quiroz to sign up.

Soccer Challenge Update

Congratulations to Nicholas Barrows who took second place in his age group at the Grand Rapids Diocese Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge on September 25th. Pictures and additional details are available at our council website.

Baby Bottle Boomerang Update

The Knights are busy counting donations to the Baby Bottle Boomerang, but we are still missing a few bottles. Please remember to return all bottles to the white collection container at the top of the steps in the back of church. We need to be sure that we have enough bottles for next year. Thank you for your support.


Athletics

Ultimate Frisbee Club Begins This Friday!

Students in grades 8th – 12th are invited to participate in ultimate frisbee drills and pick up games on Fridays for one hour after school, from 3:30 to 4:30. CEC Students are welcome. We will begin Friday October 7.

Winter Sports

The Winter Sports Season is around the corner.  Boys & Girls Basketball, Wrestling, and Competitive Cheer are the sports available.  Please follow the link below to sign up your child for Winter Sports….. 2016/2017 Winter Sports Signup.   The deadline for signing up is Friday October 21st.

Please direct any questions to our AD, Jim Hiske at ad@sacredheartgr.org or by cell at 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.

October

4      Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Benediction at 3:25 pm
4      Blessing of the Animals, following Benediction
5      Assembly M-4th Grade
5      Parish Family Night
6      PTC Lunch
6      Authenticum
7      MAP Fall Testing Window Closes
7      Ultimate Frisbee Club
10    SCRIP
11     Screenagers Showing
12    Assembly 5th-8th Grade
12    PSAT Grades 8-9
14    Ultimate Frisbee Club
16    Louisiana Flood Benefit Concert
18    Sacrament of Reconciliation Opportunity
19    Assembly 9th-10th Grade
20   March for Life Information Sesson
20   PTC Pizza Lunch
21    Ultimate Frisbee Club
21    KofC Essay Due
22    Fall Social
24    SCRIP
26    Parish Family Night
27    Photo Retake – Done in AM
28    Half Day for Students
28    No Ultimate Frisbee Club
28    High School Ministry Symphony Outing
31    All Saints Day Party

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

Docere, Delectare, Movere | SHA Weekly Newsletter | September 27, 2016 |


Docere, Delectare, Movere. To teach, to delight, to move.

In our Parish Family nights we are in the midst of a three week study on the church document,  Evangelii Nuntiandi. If you missed Mr. Tober’s first talk, you may listen to it here.  Through this study we are reminded that we are called to evangelize. It is an obligation of the Church.  At Sacred Heart Academy, this means we follow our mission: to assist families, form Catholics, and cultivate culture. We prepare our students for their final end of Heaven, achievable in and through Christ. Through our classical curriculum, centered on the fact that the Incarnation is the hinge of all of human history, our students are formed in Christ and prepared to live his commission to take him to the ends of the earth.  Join us on Wednesday nights to learn more about how you as parents can help execution the His commission.

Pope Saint John Paul II talked about a new spring time of evangelization in the Church.  Sacred Heart is just the first blooms of the beautiful season in the Church’s history.  Recently, the Catholic World Report published an article featuring our community’s contributions to this new springtime. Please take a moment to view the article here.


All Academy

Benediction Dismissal Time Reminder & Blessing of the animals

Students grades 5th-12th will be dismissed at 3:35 pm from the church on Tuesdays, following Benediction.

Next Tuesday, October 4th, we will have a blessing of the animals outside the church following Benediction.

Call for Parent Adorers

Join us on Tuesdays to adore our Lord in Eucharistic Adoration. If you would like to sign up for an hour, please email Tim Walsh. If you are not able to commit to an hour, please come as you are able.

SHA Window Stickers

New Sacred Heart Academy window stickers are available in the office for $3.00 each. Please purchase one to allow your vehicle to speak to hearts wherever you travel.

CLT Exam

The next CLT Exam date at Sacred Heart Academy is November 12.

Test takers must be registered by November 8.  Please visit the CLT website to register, and for further information about the CLT.

The first CLT test-taker to earn a perfect score (120) will receive a full ride scholarship (tuition and room/board) to any college or university in America.  Currently the highest score anyone has received is 109.

The cost to take the test is $49. If you have questions, please contact Amy Den Braber.


Full Time

There are no current FT specific announcements


CEC

PSAT 8/9 and PSAT 10

The PSAT 8/9 on October 12th and PSAT 10 on March 15th are open to CEC Students. If you are interested in registering your CEC Student, please email Mr. Good.


Ministry

Authenticum

We look forward to seeing you Thursday, October 6th, at Sacred Heart Parish Hall in Grand Rapids.   Dr. David Whalen, Provost and Professor of English at Hillsdale College will present our next Authenticum lecture which is titled:  “The Magnificence of T.S. Eliot.”  Focusing on two poems by Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” and the “Journey of the Magi,” Dr. Whalen will explore Eliot’s penetrating insights into man’s “brokenness” and the ever forceful power of redemption in our life.  Dr. Whalen is fondly remembered for his stunning Authenticum lecture on the life and work of Dr. John Senior titled “The Restoration of Christian Culture.”  It is a wonderful honor to have him return!

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

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

Parish Family Nights

Join us as we continue our study of Pope Paul VI’s landmark exhortation titled “Evangelii Nuntiandi” or “Evangelization on in the Modern World” during our Parish Family Nights.  Last week we expounded on and fruitfully discussed Sections 1-25 of this short document. Adults were also given time to make personal resolutions and pray quietly in the Church. If you missed Mr. Tober’s first talk, you may listen to it here.

Even if you missed week one, you can still come and gain much from this study. This week we will be looking at sections 26-60 of this document. There is such a wonderful community atmosphere here on Wednesdays. We look forward to seeing you!  If you have never joined us, please know we would very much love to have you attend!

You can access the document here. Limited copies are available at the Church for use.

A basic Family Night Schedule is as follows:

5:00 p.m. – Vespers in the Church
5:30 p.m. – Family potluck in the hall (church provides the main dish, families bring a side to pass).
6:15 p.m. – Adult and youth catechesis
7:30 p.m. – Family decade of the Rosary in Church
7:35 p.m. – Clean up hall and go home.

Baby Bottle Boomerang Ends this Weekend

The Knights of Columbus Baby Bottle Boomerang is ending this weekend (October 1 and 2). We need all of the baby bottles returned, even if they aren’t full, to the white collection container at the back of church. The Knights are planning to deliver the proceeds to HELP on November 2nd and need time to get all your generous donations counted and deposited. Thank you for your continued support and please help us by getting these returned as soon as possible.


Athletics

Ultimate Frisbee Club

Students in grades 8th – 12th are invited to participate in ultimate frisbee drills and pick up games on Fridays for one hour after school, from 3:30 to 4:30. CEC Students are welcome. We will begin Friday October 7.

SHA Tennis

Due to availability of tennis courts, and schedule conflicts this fall, SHA Tennis will begin in the Spring Season. More information to come.


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.

September

27   Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Benediction at 3:25 pm
27   School Photos
28   School Photos
28   Parish Family Night
28   Montessori Parent Night
28   1st-2nd Parent Teacher Conferences
29   1st-2nd Parent Teacher Conferences
30   Half-day of School for Faculty Professional Development, Dismissal at 11:30

October

2      KofC Baby Bottle Boomerang – Bottles Need to be Returned
3      High School Ministry: Volunteer at RTL Dinner
4      Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Benediction at 3:25 pm
4      Blessing of the Animals, following Benediction
5      Assembly M-4th Grade
5      Parish Family Night
6      PTC Lunch
6      Authenticum
7      MAP Fall Testing Window Closes
7      Ultimate Frisbee Club
10    SCRIP
11     Screenagers Showing
12    Assembly 5th-8th Grade
12    PSAT Grades 8-9
14    Ultimate Frisbee Club
16    Louisiana Flood Benefit Concert
18    Sacrament of Reconciliation Opportunity
19    Assembly 9th-10th Grade
20   PTC Pizza Lunch
21    Ultimate Frisbee Club
21    KofC Essay Due
22    Fall Social
24    SCRIP
26    Parish Family Night
28    Half Day for Students
28    No Ultimate Frisbee Club
28    High School Ministry Symphony Outing
31    All Saints Day Party

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

Veni Sancte Spiritus | SHA Weekly Newsletter | May 23, 2016 | Week 37


Veni Sancte Spiritus. Come Holy Spirit.
As noted last week, we will finish the school year reviewing the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, practiced in the following order assist our ascent to Heaven. We begin with Fear of the Lord, then follows, Piety, Fortitude, Knowledge, Understanding, Counsel, and Wisdom. We receive the initial outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation. We continue to celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our lives specifically on the Feast of Pentecost, which we celebrated on May 15th.  We discussed Fear of the Lord last week, this week we turn our attention to Piety and Fortitude.

Piety is the understanding that God is our Father and begets in our hearts a filial affection toward Him. It inspires us to love and respect those vested with His authority and those consecrated to Him, all for His sake.  The word, “Father”, means to give life and this is precisely why firstly, we call God our Father, secondly, Priests (giving us life in the Eucharist at each Mass) and thirdly, our biological Fathers. With this bountiful gift of the Holy Spirit, our love for God as our Father allows us to cast everything on Him.

Which of you would hand his son a stone when he asks for a loaf of bread, or a snake when he asks for a fish? If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him. Matthew 7: 9-11

“Worry dries up Christian piety and makes it sterile.” and then again, “Our sweet Lord is deprived of giving us many graces, solely because the door to our heart is not open to Him in holy confidence.” St. Padre Pio

The gift of Fortitude allows us to press on against fear and other obstacles that we encounter along the narrow way. We are supported to finish our duty with this great gift. “Fortitude imparts to the will an impulse and energy which move it to undertake without hesitancy the most arduous tasks, to face dangers, to trample under foot, and to endure without complaint the slow martyrdom of even lifelong tribulation.” – EWTN Pentecost Novena

May we, pray and beg for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our hearts, families, community and parish.This week’s news: 1) Sacred Heart of Jesus Feast: Baccalaureate Mass, Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Celebration of Parish Feast 2) Corpus Christi Procession, 3) Exam Schedule Clarification, 4) Field Day, 5) Auction Tickets, 6) Handbook Highlight, 7) SEE Art Camp, 8) Reminder: No School 5/27 & 5/30, 9) Athletic Information, and Four Weeks at a Glance. This week’s Parish bulletin.


1.  Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus – Baccalaureate Mass, Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Celebration

June 3rd is the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. There will be a special celebration in honor of this Feast in our Parish on June 3rd. Beginning at 7:00 pm, a Baccalaureate Mass will be said in honor of our all students as they complete their course of study this year, with special recognition for those CEC 12th grade students transitioning to the next phase of their lifelong formation.

Following this Mass, ALL families and single people are invited to participate in the Enthronement of, and Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, praying with the image of the Sacred Heart. A certificate will be given to each family who participates as a reminder of your commitment, and encouragement to keep your hearts burning with a deep and loving devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Lastly, there will be a celebration outside in the green space and courtyard! Please bring lawn chairs. In the case of rain, the celebration will be held in the Parish Hall. Everyone is invited!


2. Corpus Christi 

Please join us on Thursday, May 26th for an Extraordinary Form Mass in honor of the Feast of Corpus Christi.

Please also join us for the Sacred Heart of Jesus Corpus Christi Procession on May 29th at 2:00 pm.

Lastly, on Tuesday, May 24th, right after Benediction, a group of staff, high school students, and families will be traveling around the neighborhoods of Sacred Heart to deliver informational door hangers, inviting and explaining, the upcoming Corpus Christi procession that will take place on May 29th. We will be proclaiming the glory of the Lord by simply putting door hangers on doors. All are welcome, the more the merrier!


3.  Exam Schedule Clarification

Please see the exam schedule here.

Please note:
1) 2nd-4th CEC will have a regular school week the week of the 31st. They will not have half days and their last day will be 6/2.
2) 5th – 8th CEC will have half days every day with an opportunity for a  supervised Study Hall in the Parish Hall each afternoon. On Wednesday, 5th/6th students who wish to attend Mass will have the opportunity for a supervised Study Hall before their Latin exam at 10:15 am. All Latin exams will be held in the Parish Hall.
3) If any CEC students are unable to take an exam at the specified time, make-up exams will be offered on Tuesday, June 7th from 8:30 – 9:20 and 9:23 to 10:13 in Mr. Good’s room. Please make sure your student’s teacher is aware that your student needs to take a make-up test and specify the time they plan to take it.


4.  Field Day!

High School Field Day: 6/2, 12:30 – 3:20 pm
Montessori – 4th Grade: 6/9,  9:15 – 11:15 am
5th – 8th Grade: 6/9, 12:30 – 3:10 pm

If you have a CEC Student in grades 2nd – 8th, and have not yet RSVPed, please do so as soon as possible to Miss Surrell.

If you are a parent and would like to volunteer, please also email Miss. Surrell. On June 9th, CEC Students may only attend their specified field day unless accompanied by a parent.


5.  Sacred Heart Academy 2016 Auction – Tickets on Sale Now!

Please join us on September 17th, for a Night in Tuscany! The SHA Auction will be held at Noto’s this year, and we hope you attend. Purchase your tickets early and save. Find them here!


6.  Handbook Highlight

Please see the excerpt below regarding student illness:

“Children who are ill should stay hom until they have recovered their health. They should be completely well before returning. The ability to participate in all school activities, including recess, is a good indicator that the student is ready to return. Students who become ill at school will be sent home.” Page 15

Please remember to excuse your child if they are sick by calling 616-454-0948, or emailing office@sacredheartgr.org.


7.  SEE Art Camp

Laurel Dugan will be running an Art Camp for kids ages 7-12 out of her studio this summer. It will be held July 11th-15th from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm. Please find more details here.


8.  Reminder: No school 5/27 & 5/30

There will be no school in honor of Memorial Day Friday, May 27th and Monday, May 30th.


9.  Athletic Information 

Please find updated SHA Athletic Information here, and upcoming athletic opportunities including the SHA Soccer Camp (4 yrs – 5th Grade) in July.


SHA Calendar – Four Weeks at a Glance

We will preview the major events at the Academy and/or Parish four weeks at a time in each weekly newsletter. Many of these events appeared as items in the main portion of the newsletter at one time, and now, the details are available on the website calendar, which you can reach by selecting any of the linked events below. The website calendar is the official calendar. Occasionally, we will list special Mass Celebrations. For a complete Parish Mass schedule, please click here.

May

24 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, 8:30 am – 3:35 pm
24  Sacrament of Reconciliation
24 Benediction 3:35 pm
24 Distribution of Corpus Christ Door Hangers, following Benediction
25  PTC Meeting
26  Feast of Corpus Christi – Extraordinary Form AM Mass
27 & 30 No School – Memorial Day Weekend
29  Corpus Christi Procession, 2:00 pm
31  CEC Middle School and CEC/Full Time High School Exams Begin

See Exam Schedule here.

June

1-2  CEC Middle School and CEC/FT High School Exams Continue
2  Last Day of School for CEC Students and Full Time 9th grade
2  High School Field Day
3  Baccalaureate Mass and Celebration – Time TBD
6-8 Full Time 5th-8th Grade Exams
9  Full Time 5th-8th Grade Exams
9  Montessori – 4th Grade Field Day
9  PTC Hot Lunch
9  5th – 8th Grade Field Day
9  Uniform & Book Resale
10 Last Day of School

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

 

Veni Sancte Spiritus | SHA Weekly Newsletter | May 16, 2016 | Week 36


Veni Sancte Spiritus. Come Holy Spirit.

Yesterday, we experienced the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the Feast of Pentecost. In the outpouring of the Holy Spirit we are given seven gifts which sustain and direct our Moral Life. We receive the gifts of fear of the Lord, piety, knowledge, fortitude, counsel, understanding, and wisdom. In the weeks that follow, leading up to the end of the school year, each newsletter introduction will focus on different gifts of the Holy Spirit.

In our current society and within Catholicism in the United States, there is a lack of wonder and awe in general, and specifically with regard to the Almighty. St. Fracncis of Assisi said, “Men should tremble, the world should quake, all Heaven should be deeply moved when the Son of God appears on the altar in the hands of the priest.” This wonder and awe begins with the gift of fear of the Lord.

“Through the fear of the Lord, we rise to piety, from piety then to knowledge, from knowledge we derive strength, from strength counsel, with counsel we move toward understanding, and with intelligence toward wisdom and thus, by the sevenfold grace of the Spirit, there opens to us at the end of the ascent the entrance to the life of Heaven” Pope St. Gregory the Great.

Fear of the Lord is the beginning, the first practice leading to living the most perfect gift of wisdom, the gift that embodies all others. The gift of fear of the Lord is easily and frequently misinterpreted. It is the acceptance that the Almighty has given Himself to us, and awe at that total gift of self. Just as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are a complete and total gift of self to the other, we are given the almighty and invited to live through, with, and in the divine. Father John Hardon writes that Fear of the Lord “inspires a person with profound respect for the majesty of God. Its corresponding effects are protection from sin through dread of offending the Lord, and a strong confidence in the power of His help. The fear of the Lord is not servile but filial.” In living out this fear of the Lord, we are not acting as a slave fearful of his master, but assuming the relationship of sonship of the Lord.

May we pray and beg that we live in and through the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and look on in wonder and awe as our lives are illumined with His grace. Come, O blessed Spirit of Holy Fear, penetrate my inmost heart, that I may set you, my Lord and God, before my face forever, help me to shun all things that can offend You, and make me worthy to appear before the pure eyes of Your Divine Majesty in heaven, where You live and reign in the unity of the ever Blessed Trinity, God world without end. Amen.This week’s news: 1) Benediction, No Parish Night, 2) Diaper Drive, 3) Lost & Found, 4) SMART Tuition Accounts, 5) NLE Reminder, 6) Handbook Highlight, 7) Pizza Lunch 5/19, 8) Thank You Mom for Life Student Volunteers, and Four Weeks at a Glance. This week’s Parish bulletin.


1.  Benediction – May 17th and May 24th 3:35 pm

Tomorrow and next week, May 17th and 24th, the celebrant will expose the Blessed Sacrament after Mass and Adoration will occur from 8:30 am to 3:35 pm, at which time we will have Benediction. All are welcome to join us for Benediction after school.  There are no more Parish Nights for the remainder of the school year and Tuesday, May 24th will be the last time the Blessed Sacrament is exposed this school year. Thank you for your presence and participation!


2. Diaper Drive

Please help the Knights of Columbus support Help Pregnancy Crisis Aid by donating Diapers. You may deliver them to the Academy Office or leave them in the church under the Thank You Mom poster. You may donate funds for this cause by including Knights – Thank You Mom in the memo line of your check. 


3.  Lost & Found

The Lost & Found will be cleaned out and donated on Friday, May 20th. Please gather your items before Friday.


4.  SMART Tuition Accounts

Please log in and check your SMART Tuition Account, some payment plans for the 2016-17 school year begin with a June payment.  All initial scholarship awards will be applied before payments begin, hopefully yet this week.


5.  NLE Awards

The following students received an award for the National Latin Exam:

Intro
Lulu Gumbko – Perfect Score
AJ LaPonsie – Perfect Score
Ben LaPonsie
Marie Weed
Evelyn Fehrlen
Iliana Argueta
Jacob Flickinger
Maggie Evon
Brendan MacLeod
Gabriel Skinner
Anna Corgan
Emma Den Braber
Abigail Radnor
Andrew Spaulding
Monica Nachtegall

Latin I
Mary Black
Maria Forrester
Cate Sergeant
Jack Maltbie
Lily Wurm
Andre Klaes
Joe Nachtegall
Madelyn Koepke
Claire Den Braber
Caroline Rosema
Grace Morin
Hanna Connette

Latin II
Eamonn Weed
Sophie Divozzo
Ethan Wurm

Latin III
Daniel Richert

Students must have been present on the day of the exam in order to take it and win an award. The following students were not present on the day of the exam:
Katie Weis
Carli Maltbie


6.  Handbook Highlight: Morning Drop Off Time

Please see the excerpt below regarding dropping students off in the morning for Mass.

“All other students [Full Time & CEC] should arrive at the church between 7:30 and 7:40 am unless an arrangement has been made for an earlier arrival with a SHA faculty member or the parent intends to stay in the church with their student. Students are to be dropped off at the Garfield Street entrance to the church building and, having reverently entered the nave, will sit in their assigned pew.” Page 11

Please make sure that your students are going directly to the church rather than into the Academy prior to Mass.


7.  PTC Pizza Lunch

We will be having our last PTC Pizza Lunch on Thursday, May 19th.


8.  Thank You Mom for Life Student Volunteers

The Knights of Columbus are in need of student volunteers at each of the Masses this coming weekend to hand out thank you cards to parishioners that donate diapers to the Thank You Mom for Life Campaign. Please plan on your student staying a few minutes after Mass and wearing their uniform. If your student is able to help, please email Miss. Surrell with the Mass your student can help out at. Thank you!


SHA Calendar – Four Weeks at a Glance

We will preview the major events at the Academy and/or Parish four weeks at a time in each weekly newsletter. Many of these events appeared as items in the main portion of the newsletter at one time, and now, the details are available on the website calendar, which you can reach by selecting any of the linked events below. The website calendar is the official calendar. Occasionally, we will list special Mass Celebrations. For a complete Parish Mass schedule, please click here.

May

17 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, 8:30 am – 3:35 pm
17 Benediction 3:35 pm
19 PTC Pizza Lunch
19 Mission Trip Ice Cream Social 3:10 pm – 3:45 pm
24  Sacrament of Reconciliation
25  PTC Meeting
26  Feast of Corpus Christi – Extraordinary Form AM Mass
27 & 30 No School – Memorial Day Weekend
29  Corpus Christi Procession
31  CEC Middle School and CEC/Full Time High School Exams Begin

See Exam Schedule here.

June

1-2  CEC Middle School and CEC/FT High School Exams Continue
2  Last Day of School for CEC Students and Full Time 9th grade
2  High School Field Day
3  Baccalaureate Mass and Celebration – Time TBD
6-8 Full Time 5th-8th Grade Exams
9  Full Time 5th-8th Grade Exams
9  Montessori – 4th Grade Field Day
9  PTC Hot Lunch
9  5th – 8th Grade Field Day
9  Uniform & Book Resale
10 Last Day of School

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

In Caelum Ascendit | SHA Weekly Newsletter | May 9, 2016 | Week 35


In caelum ascendit, He ascended into Heaven.

“Christ’s Ascension,” wrote Pope Benedict XVI, “expresses our belief that in Christ the humanity that we all share has entered into the inner life of God in a new and hitherto unheard of way. It means that man has found an everlasting place in God.” He has ascended into Heaven, He has risen once again, to His Father.

We are not without Him, there is no absence of Christ from this world, rather we are called to accept the invitation to enter into the inner life of God. As we celebrate the sacraments, pray without ceasing, and strive to be virtuous, we enter into the inner life of God. May we ascend to the heights and seek that which is above and live through, and in Christ, who is above.

This week, may we join all the Church, in prayer for the celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and His sevenfold gifts.  It is through the gifts of the Spirit, that the apostles were able to found our Church, the living Body of Christ.  We humbly ask that you pray for our Headmaster this week who has been asked to share the Sacred Heart story at a conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s declaration on Christian Education, Gravissium Educationis.  Thank you for being a part of this story, and thank you for the prayers.This week’s news: 1) New Exam Schedule – Important Note for CEC Families, 2) May Magnificat Program, 3) Annie Tickets, 4) Handbook Highlight – Dismissal and Departure, 5) All School Ice Cream Social – Mission Trip Recap, 6) ACRE Assessment,  7) SHA Summer Soccer Camp, 8) Diaper Drive, 9) Community of Saint John Summer Conference, 10) Traffic Regulation Changes: Dayton SW, and Four Weeks at a Glance. This week’s Parish bulletin.


1.  New Exam Schedule – Important Note for CEC Families

Please review the new exam schedule located here. CEC Families, please note that each exam day is a half day and that CEC students will have exams Tuesday (May 31), Wednesday (June 1), and Thursday (June 2).


2. Parish Night: May Magnificat!

The last Tuesday Parish night of the school year will occur tomorrow, May 10th.  We will celebrate the May Magnificat, Sacred Heart’s annual celebration of the month honoring Our Lady.  Here is the plan of events for the evening:

4:30 pm Rosary
5:00 pm Sung Vespers and Benediction
5:30 pm May Crowning
5:45 pm Parish Dinner
6:30 pm Academy Spring Concert for Our Lady – All participating students must be in uniform or wearing May Crowning Dresses. Students need to arrive by 6:10 pm or they will be marked absent.


3.  Annie Tickets!

The Sacred Heart Academy Theatre Arts Program will be performing Annie Jr. May 13-15. Join us to see the wonderful show that the students have been working on all year! Tickets cost $10 each and can be purchased through the Wealthy Street Theatre Box Office or online on their website at the links below:

May 13th, 7:00 pm
May 14th, 2:00 pm
May 14th, 7:00 pm 
May 15th, 2:00 pm

If you are able or interested in singing up to provide a snack for the actors during tech week or the performance, please sign up here. Thank you!


4.  Handbook Highlight: Dismissal & Departure 

“Lower school (1-4) and Montessori students will be dismissed from the Dayton Street door and will await pick-up there. The curb along Dayton Street is for pick-up only from 2:55 though 3:20 pm.

Middle school and high school students will be dismissed from the Garfield Dayton corner door and await pick-up there. The curb along the school on Garfield Street is for pick-up only from 3:10 through 3:30 pm. 

Students remaining at the school past 3:30 pm, without a prearranged appointment or activity, will be directed to the appropriate After Care room and the family will be billed accordingly.” Page 13


5.  All School Ice Cream Social – Mission Trip Recap

On Thursday, May 19, at 3:10 in the church basement, all students and families are invited to attend an ice cream social. During the ice cream social, the Sacred Heart Mission Trip team will premiere a video of the Mission Trip experience and provide testimonies about this life-changing experience. All students are invited to attend.  The logistics are a little tricky because of the varying dismissal times. Thus, if you would like your student to attend the ice cream social, we will need a permission slip. If we do not have a permission slip, your students will be dismissed to carpool at the normal time (3:10 for lower school, 3:20 for middle school, and 3:26 for high school). Because of the later dismissal times, middle school and high school students will all go to the church basement at 3:10 and will be dismissed from there. We anticipate that the event will conclude at about 3:45 p.m. Permission slips will be coming home soon!


6.  ACRE Assessment

On May 18 and 20, the full time fifth and eighth grade classes will take the National Catholic Education Association’s Information for Growth (IFG) Assessment of Children/Youth Religious Education, also known as “ACRE.”  Beginning this year, the Diocese of Grand Rapids has asked all schools to administer ACRE to all fifth, eighth, and eleventh grade students.  Students will take the test during their religion classes on the dates noted above.  Please direct any questions about the assessment to Mr. Maltbie or Mr. Tober.   


7.  SHA Summer Soccer Camp

Sacred Heart Academy Summer Soccer Camp will take place Wednesday, July 20th through Saturday, July 23. Please sign up by following this link.


8.  Diaper Drive

The Sacred Heart Knights of Columbus and Academy are collecting diapers and other baby goods to help moms who are supported by Help Pregnancy Crisis Aid. All donations can be dropped off at the Academy Office, or in the back of church near the confessional under the Thank You Mom poster. If you don’t have time to shop, monetary donations can be placed in envelops with ‘Knights – Thank You Mom’ on the front and dropped in the Sunday collections. Limited numbers of envelopes for monetary donations are available at the Knight’s CD rack in the back of church. Please get your donations in before the end of May so we can deliver the donation in early June.


9.  Community of Saint John Summer Conference

Attention Young Adults of the Parish and siblings of Academy students. The Community of St. John will be conducting their annual summer conference May 26-29. Spots are still available if you wish to attend. The theme for this years conference is “Where Justice & Mercy Meet.” To find out more or to register click here.


10.  Traffic Regulation Changes

We have been informed that in the near future, there will be traffic changes in the traffic patterns around Sacred Heart Academy. Dayton and Garfield will become a four way stop and there will be no longer be parking allowed for any amount of time on the South side of Dayton Street SW between Valley and Garfield, adjacent to the school. We do not know when this will be enforced, but want you to be on the look out for new signage and the upcoming changes.


SHA Calendar – Four Weeks at a Glance

We will preview the major events at the Academy and/or Parish four weeks at a time in each weekly newsletter. Many of these events appeared as items in the main portion of the newsletter at one time, and now, the details are available on the website calendar, which you can reach by selecting any of the linked events below. The website calendar is the official calendar. Occasionally, we will list special Mass Celebrations. For a complete Parish Mass schedule, please click here.

May

3   Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
3   Parish Night
5   PTC Lunch, Mary’s Lunch
5   Solemn High Traditional Latin Mass for the Assension of our Lord 7 pm
10  Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
10  May Crowning
10  Parish Night – May Magnificat Program
13  Whitecaps
13-15 SHA Theatre Arts Program Presents: Annie!
19  PTC Pizza Lunch
19 Mission Trip Ice Cream Social 3:10 pm – 3:45 pm
24  Sacrament of Reconciliation
25  PTC Meeting
27 & 30 No School – Memorial Day Weekend
29 Corpus Christi Procession
31 CEC Middle School and CEC/Full Time High School Exams Begin

June

1-2 CEC Middle School and CEC/Full Time High School Exams Continue
2   Last Day of School for CEC Students and Full Time 9th Grade
2   High School Field Day
3   Baccalaureate Mass and Celebration – Time TBD
6-8 Full time 5th-8th Grade Exams
9   Montessori – 4th Grade Field Day
9   PTC Hot Lunch
9   5th – 8th Grade Field Day
9   Uniform & Book Resale
10 Last day of School

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