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 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


There are no current CEC specific announcements.


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

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.


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 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.” 


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.


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


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.