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All Saints’ Eve Celebration – Candy Donations Needed!

Halloween, or all hallows (saints) eve, is a controversial subject for some Christians, but shouldn’t be.  Although appropriated by secular culture and imputed to have nefarious origins, the name is of Catholic origins.  A contraction of “Hallows” an old English word for “holy ones”  and “eve” or evening.  It is hallowed, as in “Hallowed be Thy Name”, or holy because it is the eve of the Feast of All Saints, or holy ones, which used to be called All Hallows. Like other eves, or vigils, such as Christmas Eve and Easter Eve (Vigil), the Church’s celebration of her greatest feasts always begins the evening before with a time of penitential preparation but also a little fun.

All Hallow’s Eve is meant to be a time for us to think about all the holy souls who are now citizens of the Heavenly Jerusalem and to prepare ourselves to celebrate the Feast of that city. Let’s reclaim Hallowe’en by repairing the broken link to its Christian meaning and significance.

We hope you will join us on Monday, October 31st for an All Saints’ Eve Celebration at Sacred Heart of Jesus. There will be an anticipated Mass for the Holy Day at 5:30pm followed by a celebration of a potluck dinner, games, candy, and prizes.  All, children, teens and adults, are invited to come dressed as a favorite Saint and compete for prizes for the most authentic costumes.  Everyone dress as a Saint will leave with a bag of candy!

RSVP will be available soon!

Many hands make light work! Please consider helping out our tireless teams!


Blessing of the Pets – Oct. 4 at 3:30pm

In honor of the Feast of St. Francis Assisi, we will host a Blessing of the Pets this Tuesday, October 4th at 3:30pm on the steps of the church. Academy families wishing to participate should follow normal dismissal procedure, park, and walk over with your children and pets for the blessing. We look forward to seeing you and your cats, dogs, chickens, and goats!

Saint Paul Street Evangelization Team Notice

Friday, September 30 at 6:00 pm. Meet in the Veteran’s Memorial Park across from the GRPL and Children’s Museum. We’ll politely hand out Rosaries and Miraculous Metals with literature at Art Prize. The rain date is Saturday, October 1, at 10:00 am, same location. See for additional information.




Next Authenticum Series Lecture on October 6th with Michael Matheson Miller

Join us on Thurs, October 6 as we continue our 2022-23 Authenticum Lecture Series. Michael Matheson Miller will be giving a lecture titled “SOCIAL CHALLENGES IN A DIGITAL AND POST-HUMAN AGE.” Mr. Miller is Research Fellow at the Acton Institute and the Director and Producer of the award winning documentary, Poverty, Inc. the PovertyCure DVD Series, and The Good Society, a new series of short films and video curricula from the Acton Institute. He is also a Distinguished Fellow at the Busch School of Business at The Catholic University of America. Michael lectures internationally on such themes as political and social philosophy, economic development, ethics and entrepreneurship. He is a frequent guest on radio and has been published in a number of outlets including the Washington Times, The Detroit News, The LA Daily News, The New York Post.

Join us in Sacred Heart’s Cebelak Hall where we will enjoy a wine & cheese social at 6pm and will begin the lecture at 7pm.


Ignatian Prayer Group begins September 29

Ignatian Prayer Group now forming for this fall. Learn to pray with the Scriptures and to listen to God’s voice in your life and how He is leading you. Commit to a half hour of prayer a day and meeting once a week.

Group will meet for 9 weeks beginning September 29 to November 24 on Thursday mornings at 9:15.

Please call or email and ask for Annie Connette’s contact information.

PRO-LIFE NEWS & 40 Days for Life

“Fight like Heaven” Vote NO on Proposal 3

Today, there is a grave threat to women and children in our State. It is the proposed “Reproductive Freedom for All” constitutional amendment. This proposed amendment will be on our ballots this fall as Proposal 3. It seeks the approval of the people of this state to amend the State Constitution to include a so-called “right to abortion,” but it is much more extreme than that. It could:

• Allow abortion up until birth
• Allow minors to pursue abortions and sterilization without parental notification or consent
• Exempt abortion facilities from safety regulation
• Allow anyone to perform an abortion, even if they don’t have a medical license
• Repeal or drastically alter dozens of state laws

Governor Whitmer has repeatedly said both she and her allies in the pro-abortion lobby will “fight like hell” to ensure abortion is legal in Michigan. In addition to voting NO, we must ‘Fight Like Heaven!’ to combat this proposed amendment by employing the three great spiritual weapons of the Christian life: Prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

The Diocese of Lansing is inviting Catholics across the state to join them in a novena beginning on the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, Sept. 15. This will be 54-days of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, concluding on election day. You can sign up for a daily text providing information and inspiration across each of the 54 days by texting “FightLikeHeaven” to 84576.

40 Days for Life

40 Day for Life continues to stand strong in the face of a culture of death. We pray, fast, and stand in peaceful vigil outside the abortion facility at 320 E. Fulton pleading that God will change hearts and minds and bring goodness and not evil into the lives of the babies, moms, and dads who come there to end the life of their baby. Will you join in this effort? Will you make a sacrificial offering of your presence to God on behalf of those who know no other way?

This Fall’s Campaign begins on Wed., Sept. 28 and ends on Sun., Nov. 6. Sacred Heart Parish has been assigned Sept. 28 and Nov. 4. The hours are 7am-7pm.
You can sign up online at OR sign-up sheets will be available in the back of church.

Walking with Moms in Need

Pregnant and parenting moms in need are in our parishes and our neighborhoods. As Pope Francis reminds us, our parishes need to be “islands of mercy in the midst of the sea of indifferences.” Everyone in our parish community should know where to refer a pregnant or parenting woman in need. Our parishes are joining a nationwide effort entitled: “Walking with Moms in Need.” As part of this initiative, the Diocese of Grand Rapids, in partnership with Catholic Charities West Michigan, will be providing step-by-step help through webinars, resources and ongoing support. Please join us on September 29th at either 2 p.m. or 7 p.m. to learn how to begin the process. R.S.V.P. to Now more than ever, let’s walk with moms and dads in need!

Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College information session September 30

An Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College information session will be hosted by Elliott & Emma Warner on Friday, Sept. 30 at 7:00 pm at their home in Lowell. Located in the beautiful Ottawa Valley, Canada, Seat of Wisdom is a faithfully Catholic, academically excellent Liberal Arts college that offers a three-year Bachelor of Catholic Studies degree. Elliott and Emma, both alumni of the college, will be sharing their experiences and answering questions. Parents and interested high schoolers are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to by Sept 25 as space is limited.

Next Baptism Class is September 22

Our next Baptism Class is coming up on September 22 at 6:00pm in Cebelak Hall. If you are expecting your first child and would like to have he or she baptized at Sacred Heart, please email the parish office at to register for this class.

Sacred Heart Knights Council Activities

The Knights of Columbus have kicked off their annual Baby Bottle Boomerang to benefit HELP Pregnancy this month. Take a bottle home, fill it with change and return to the drop box at the top of the steps in the narthex by October 1st. Bottles are available at both entrances of the church.

Calling all Sacred Heart kids ages 8 – 14. The Sacred Heart Knights Council Soccer Challenge will be held on September 14th in the greenspace at the corner of Valley and Dayton. Winners in each age group will receive a trophy and invitation to the Grand Rapids Diocesan competition held on September 18th. Arrive by 3:15 to check in and warm up, competition starts at approximately 3:30. Parents and guests are encouraged to come and cheer on the kids. Sign-up forms available in the parish and academy offices.

The Sacred Heart Knights are once again sponsoring the council Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest for 8th through 12th graders. Details are on the Knight’s website at

The 16th annual Keep Christ in Christmas Card Design Contest starts this month. Details are on the Knight’s website The Knights will be selling cards with winning designs from prior years to raise money for the Sacred Heart Academy art programs. Watch for more detail in October.



Partners in Formation – Weekly Seminars begin on Tuesday, September 13

The Partners in Formation program is a means for parents, as the primary educators of their children, to deepen their understanding of the academy’s philosophy and practice of providing integral Christian formation and enculturation into the Western intellectual tradition. We offer these opportunities for parents themselves to grow in their understanding of classical education and grow in their Catholic Faith.

  • Fall Tuesday Seminars begin as an  “Introduction to Classical Education” every Tuesday afternoon at 2:05pm in room 208 beginning on September 13. Open to all parents and staff.
  • Fall Semester Series “The Human Person”  on the following Wednesdays from 7pm-9pm
    • September 21st – Christian Anthropology
    • October 19th – The Feminine Genius
    • November 16th – Authentic Masculinit

Parishioners and outside families are welcome to attend both the monthly and weekly programs. All attendees (including parents) should sign into the office for the weekly sessions.