SHA Weekly Newsletter – October 23 – 27, 2017

SHA Weekly Newsletter – October 23 – 27, 2017

SHA Weekly Newsletter – October 23 – 27, 2017

SHA Weekly Newsletter

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Spring & Fall

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

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

Spring and Fall
To a young child 

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

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

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

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


Attendance Tardiness

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

Partners in Formation Update

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

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

Infinite Campus

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

Free Smoke Alarms Carbon Monoxide Detectors

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

Come to School as a Saint on October 31st

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

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

Allergen Info for SHA Hot Lunches

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

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

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

College Planning Workshops for  Students

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

Mass Readings

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

Reminder: No School 10/27

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

Upcoming College Visits

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

College Preparation Parent Meeting

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

Classical Learning Test (CLT) Next Test Date

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


Movie Night Back by Popular Demand!

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

Mass for God’s Children

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

All Saints Party – RSVP, Candy Needed, Volunteers Needed

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

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

Pictures from last year’s party are available here.

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

Keeping Christ in Christmas Card Contest

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


Ultimate Frisbee Club

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

Winter Sports Sign-Up

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

SHA Calendar – Four Weeks at a Glance

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


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


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

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