Veni, Veni, Emmanuel | SHA Weekly Newsletter | November 29, 2016 |

Veni, Veni Emmanuel

November 29th, 2016, 1st Week of Advent

Veni, Veni Emmanuel, O Come, O Come Emmanuel

In this season of Advent, we prepare our hearts to receive anew the mystery of the Incarnation. We recall the struggle of the Israelites as they seek out the promised land. We pray with David as he longs for the Kingly Messiah. Mary calls us to travel with her as she expects the birth of her Son. We join with the apostles in anticipating the second coming of Christ.

The readings at Mass this week call us to “stay awake,” to see the signs in our times of God’s imminent arrival (Matthew 24:7 -44). Anthony Esolen reminds us “It’s not enough that we be free of egregious sin. We must be on the watch.” In the midst of this busy time, find some quiet moments to reflect on the words of the centurion from Monday’s Gospel reading: “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my servant shall be healed.”

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Christmas Market

On December 10th, The Christmas Market will take place at Sacred Heart Academy.

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. Please encourage your children to reflect on this opportunity, and prayerfullly consider donating one the items on their Christmas list, to 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!  We ask that any donated gifts be brought to school by FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2nd.  This will allow our elves to inventory and determine the remaining need before shopping that weekend. 

The Advent Book Tree is Coming

The Advent Book Tree will, once again, be available throughout Advent.

Tags on the tree will have a book listed on them that comes from the wish list of teachers, and the library. Families are invited to choose books as gifts for classroom libraries, or the Academy library. Please choose your tag(s), purchase the item(s) listed, (paying very close attention to all the information given on each book), wrap the item(s) and deliver the package(s) back to the Academy office by Tuesday, January 3rd. These gifts will be distributed at Epiphany. Email Meghan Power with questions.

Handbook Highlight: Birthdays

“Students may celebrate their birthdays by bringing a treat to school.  Arrangements should be made with the teacher prior to the day so that the teacher is aware that a treat is expected (which will offer the opportunity for the teacher to advise of any specific allergies in the classroom).  Visits by entertainers or elaborate classroom parties are not permitted.  If you are having a party at home for your child, you should not have your child pass out invitations at school nor have your child talk about the event, unless every student in the class is invited.”


Parish Family Night 

Please join us for Parish Night on Wednesday, November 30th.  Vespers is at 5 p.m. with dinner following vespers. The parish provides the main meal and side salad. Please bring a dish to pass and own place settings. We will wrap up our three week series on True Devotion to Mary. If you missed the first two talks by Mr. Tober or Mr. Maltbie, you can find them here. Faith formation is available for all ages.  Nursery is available.

Authenticum: 12/1

We look forward to seeing you Thursday, December 1st, at Sacred Heart Parish Hall in Grand Rapids. Dr. Jack Mulder, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Hope College will present our next Authenticum lecture which is titled:  The Four Last Things and the Incarnation.

Dr. Mulder will guide us in a deeper understanding of the relationship the Incarnation has with death, judgement, heaven, and hell.  A fitting lecture for Advent and a great preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of our Lord.  Dr. Mulder currently chairs the Department of Philosophy at Hope, co-directs the Initium program for new Hope faculty and serves as a Faculty Fellow in the Center for Ministry Studies. He is also the assistant director of the Saint Benedict Forum, a Catholic organization serving Hope College. Dr. Mulder writes and teaches in the areas of philosophy of religion, Catholic thought, applied ethics and the thought of Søren Kierkegaard. His new book, What Does It Mean to Be Catholic? will be published by Eerdmans in July.

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 December 1st. 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 Wide Consecration on Thursday, December 8th

A reminder that after the 7:00 p.m. Mass for the Celebration of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on Thursday, December 8th all those who participated in the parish wide Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary will make their formal Act of Consecration.  A parish wide reception will be help afterwards in the parish hall.   Please mark your calendars for the celebration of this important Solemnity.

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!

Christmas Market Volunteers

High Schoolers may volunteer to work at the Christmas Market on 12/10 from 9am – 1 pm. Please contact Miss Quiroz if your students would like to participate.

Pray to End Aborion!

Staff members and 9th – 12th graders meet and pray at the Abortion clinic every Friday the Academy has school at 6:00 am. Please encourage your students to join us this Friday! Pray for Life!


Support SHA Middle School Basketball – Home Games this Weekend

Come support the 6th Grade Boys and 5th Grade Girls basketball teams this weekend! The 6th grade boys will play at 11:20 am, and the 5th grade girls will play at 12:30 pm. 

West Catholic Basketball Camp K-4th

Find more info here!

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.

30   Parish Family Night
30   Penny Wars End

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, reception to follow
10    Christmas Market
12    SCRIP
14    Assembly 5th-10th Grade
14    Parish Family Night
15    PTC Pizza Lunch
15    Advent Lessons & Carols (Advent Concert)
20   Rorate Extraordinary Form Mass
20   Opportunity for Confession
21    Parish Family Night
21    SMART Aid Applications Due
21    Christmas Vacation begins after school
12/22  – 1/3    Christmas Vacation

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