Vita est Sacra | SHA Weekly Newsletter | January 31, 2017 |

Vita est Sacra

Vita est sacra, Life is sacred.
January 31st, 2017, Fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Last week 46 8th – 12th grade students attended the March for Life in Washington D.C. The students departed on Wednesday evening, driving through the night. On Thursday, they enjoyed a day of sightseeing, and attended the Vigil Mass for Life at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Chaperones and Students were moved by the experience of participating in the Holy Mass with Priests, Religious, Bishops, Cardinals, and other lay men and women from all over the country. On Friday, students participated in the historic pre-march rally where Vice President Mike Pence spoke, and then marched 3 miles along side thousands of others supporting life.

Students returned home Saturday morning, but the march does not end here. It is timely that this year coincides with the 100th Anniversary of the Marian Apparitions in Fatima. May we all march onward in devout prayer for reparation for sin, and conversion of souls, including an end to abortion.

All Academy

Enrollment for 2017-18

This week letters will be going home with offers of enrollment. To secure your student’s place, return the signed offer of enrollment to the Sacred Heart Academy office by February 10th. Open enrollment for new families begins on February 15th.

POSTPONED! – Visit from the Sister Servants of the Sacred Heart of Jesus 

The visit scheduled from the Sister Servants of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus has been re-scheduled to the spring due to current driving conditions. We will communicate the schedule for the visit as it approaches.

A Man for All Seasons Tickets!

Join us the first weekend in February to see A Man for All Seasons performed by the Sacred Heart Academy Theatre Arts Program! Links for tickets are located below. The show will be performed at Wealthy Street Theatre: 1130 Wealthy Street SE, Grand Rapids.

Each link is specific to that day’s performance. Please make sure you purchase tickets for the day you would like to see the performance.

Friday, February 3rd, 7:00 pm

Saturday, February 4th, 7:00 pm

Sunday, February 5th, 2:00 pm

Spring Conference Schedule

Reminder! Fill out, and turn in this form if you would like to meet with your child’s teachers. This form is due tomorrow, February 2nd.

Thank You for the Epiphany Books!

Thank you to all the families who participated in this year’s Advent Book Tree. With your help, we were able to gift over 50 books to our teachers and to the library! Whether at home or in the classroom, it is vital we share good books with our children. Thank you for continuing to support the building of our books collections at Sacred Heart Academy!

Used Book Sale

As we continue to refine the collection of books we offer in the Sacred Heart Academy library, we have found books which we can no longer use. Sometimes it’s due to their age, sometimes their content, most often we have a copy or two already on the shelves and simply do not have the space for additional copies. So we’re hosting a used book sale! Any proceeds will be used to purchase new (or new-to-us!) books for our academy book collections.

Near the front office you’ll find a cart of books. If you’re interested, please make any purchases at the front office window. Pricing is simple: hardcovers are $1 and paperbacks are $ .50. The office will have a minimum amount of change so please bring in your quarters! Happy shopping!

SHA Mugs, Water Bottles, and Stickers!

SHA has stainless steel Contigo travel coffee mugs, Nalgene water bottles, and bumper stickers available for sale in the office. Travel mugs: $15, water bottles: $10, stickers: $3.  

Please Note: Benediction

As announced at the beginning of the year, on Tuesdays when we have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, we officially end the school day with Benediction.  For 5th-12th grade students this is not optional.  If you need to make arrangements to pick up a child early, you must sign that child out at the office so that the staff will be aware that the absence is authorized.  Unless a parent has made arrangements with the office to pick up a child early, we expect the students to be timely in place for Benediction.  Tardy arrival at Benediction is not acceptable.  We will be working to remind students of their responsibility with this matter.

Handbook Highlight: What is Classical Education

The second point of seven:
“Integral – A classical educator knows that all knowledge is an integer, a united whole. At the lowest and highest levels the inter-relation of disciplines is evident, but this must become a daily reality in the classically-oriented classroom. While our days may be organized according to subjects, these should never be artificial barriers to organic connections. We always try to study things as wholes: The frog in the pond, rather than (or at least before) on the dissecting tray; the complete work, not the anthologized excerpt; the historical event in its context, not isolated by the national holiday.

Found Blazer

A 34L Men’s Blazer was found and is located in the church office.


Parish Family Night: 2/1

Join us this week for Parish Family Night, we will have dinner and then pray a rosary in the church.


We look forward to seeing you Thursday, February 2nd, at Sacred Heart Parish Hall in Grand Rapids.  Dr. Ben Lockerd, Professor of English at Grand Valley State University will be presenting our next Authenticum lecture titled:  Beyond Politics: Christopher Dawson on Religion and Politics. Dr. Lockerd is the past president of the T.S. Eliot Society and has research interests relating to T.S. Eliot, Shakespeare, Philosophy & Shakespeare, Religion & Literature.  Dr. Lockerd has been named Grand Valley State Universities Celebrated Faculty Member in 2009 and also received the Outstanding Faculty Award in 2004 & 2007.

This is a lecture you won’t want to miss out on.  There will be copies of past Authenticum lectures available at the event, or you can access them online from All adults of every age are invited.  We hope to see you February 2nd. 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.

High School Ministry:


Keep Marching for Life by waging spiritual battle right here in Grand Rapids. Every Friday morning at 6am, 11 – 12th grade students are encouraged to meet classmates and staff in front of the Heritage Abortion Clinic (320 Fulton) to pray a rosary for the unborn. Afterwards, we will stop by Tim Hortons for coffee and fellowship before heading to school for the day. Contact Miss Quiroz with any questions.


Spring Sports Sign Up

Spring Sports are upon us. Practice for 5th – 8th grade Spring Sports: Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse, Tennis (6th – 8th Grades ONLY), Girls Soccer, and Boys & Girls Track, start on March 13th.  The Season will finish by May 25th.

Please have you student athlete signed up no later than February 27th.  The sign up from can be accessed by following this link.

Please contact Jim Hiske, Athletic Director, with any questions at or 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.


1   A Man for All Seasons Dress Rehearsal
1   Parish Family Night
2   Conference Slips Due
2   Candlemass
2    A Man for All Seasons Dress Rehearsal
2    Authenticum
3    A Man for All Seasons Opens
4    A Man for All Seasons
5    A Man for All Seasons
8    Half Day for Students
8    Conferences
8    Parish Family Night
9    PTC Lunch
9    Conferences
10  Offers of Enrollment Due
10  Half Day for Students
10  Conferences
15   Open Enrollment Begins
15   Parish Family Night
20-21 Mid-Winter Break
22  5th-10th Assembly
22  Parish Family Night
23  PTC Pizza Lunch
23  Montessori Information Night 6-7 pm
28 Opportunity for Confession

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