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

O Radix Jesse

December 19th, 2016, Fourth Week of Advent

TWO IMPORTANT REMINDERS (See below for more details) –
2. DISMISSAL AT 3:35 for all grades tomorrow after Benediction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All Academy

Rorate Mass

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

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

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

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

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

SHA Gear 

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

Lost Stroller 

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

High School White Elephant Christmas Party

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

SHA Students Give to God’s Kitchen & Christmas Market

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

Handbook Highlight: Read the Newsletter

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


Spring Break Mission Trip Meeting – Tomorrow 6 pm

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

March for Life Meeting – Tomorrow 7 pm

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

Parish Family Nights Resume 1/11

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


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

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

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

Baby Blanket Marathon Support – Please Donate Fleece!

Would you be willing to donate fleece? Those attending the March for Life this year need 800 yards of fleece for their 12 Hour Baby Blanket Marathon on Saturday, January 7th. The only criteria is that the colors and patterns are baby friendly.

Donations of fleece can be left in the back of Church, or dropped off to the parish and/or academy offices. All the fleece will be used to make no-sew baby blankets, all of which will be donated to HELP! Thank you for your support!

Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest

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

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

Knights of Columbus Keep Christ in Christmas Card Contest Winners

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

Knights of Columbus Essay Contest Winners

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

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

High School Ministry:

Christmas Party

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


No Current Athletics Updates

SHA Calendar – Four Weeks at a Glance

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


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


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

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