Sacred Heart School

February 17th

Valentine's Day Parties- Thank you for all of the delicious treats!

Anze Williams is a 40 Book Winner

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Winter Testing is Complete

Sacred Heart School students continue to score in the top 30% of students tested in the United States.

Students in 2nd-6th Grade took the NWEA Map test for Reading and Mathematics. While standardized tests are only a portion of the overall assessment of academic achievement, testing indicates how we compare to other schools across the country. More than 60% of the schools that use NWEA are private schools, so your children's scores are measured against other private school children.

95% of our students are proficient in Math and Reading. The average public school in Michigan averages less than 40% proficiency.

We are so grateful to have dedicated parents who go above and beyond to prepare their children to do well in school. It is no small task to teach each child with diligence so they can meet their academic potential every year. Our teachers are doing just that!

Together we can set each child firmly on the path of achievement and success!

Ash Wednesday, February 22 Masses times: Sacred Heart at 8:00am (School Mass) & 6:30pm. St. Mary on the Lake will be at 9:15 AM and 6:00 PM.

Questions about Ash Wednesday?

Kids love Ash Wednesday and they are often interested in the meaning behind the ritual of ashes. Here are some common questions and answers about the day from

1. Who can receive ashes?

On Ash Wednesday the procession to the altar is as diverse as we will ever see it! Mothers carrying babies, toddlers holding on to Dad’s hand, teens, parishioners, neighbors, employees from nearby places of business, the elderly—we all come together to mark the beginning of Lent. Anyone, including kids and non-Catholics, can receive ashes.

2. Are ashes a sacrament?

The act of receiving ashes is not a sacrament. Actually, ashes are what we call a “sacramental.”

Sacramentals are dynamic signs that help us prepare for receiving the sacraments. They help us receive the graces of the sacraments and they help make holy various occasions in our lives. They also remind us that all of creation has the potential to reveal God’s presence and receive his blessing.

3. Where do the ashes come from?

The ashes are traditionally made by burning last year’s Palm Sunday palms. In the United States, the custom is to mark the cross on a person’s forehead, but in other parts of the world, including in Italy, the ashes are sprinkled on a person’s head.

4. How do you get ashes?

Ashes are blessed and distributed on Ash Wednesday, often during Mass or a prayer service. People walk up to the altar using the same process as Communion. The person distributing the ashes marks the recipient’s forehead and says either, “Remember that we are dust and unto dust we shall return,” or “Repent and believe in the Gospel.”

5. Should I do anything special before I receive the ashes?

In receiving the ashes, we are entering into the time of Lent, preparing for Easter with prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. We are embracing Jesus’ journey: the cross of suffering and the promise of Resurrection. The ashes help us connect the spiritual aspect of Christ’s cross and Resurrection with our everyday lives.

In addition to the liturgical significance of receiving ashes, we also are called to remember that in our repentance is a call to proper relationship between ourselves, God, and each other. Saying a prayer of repentance and remembering your sins is an appropriate way to prepare to receive the ashes.

6. How long should I leave on the ashes?

The ashes on our foreheads are a visible sign that we are followers of Jesus. The ashes are also a way to tell ourselves and those around us that we are beginning the holy season of Lent—the forty days leading up to Easter. Leaving them on helps you remember this throughout the day, but there are no rules requiring how long you leave them on or when you wash them off.

7. Is Ash Wednesday a Holy Day of Obligation?

Despite being one of the most-attended holy days of the year by Catholics around the world, it is not an official holy day of obligation.

Following in the footsteps of Christ during Lent

From our Jewish roots we learn the importance of caring for the poor. We teach our children the importance of giving alms and sharing resources, and we teach them how to choose who will receive the resources that we share. Jesus also teaches us about the importance of prayer. Jesus prays seventeen times in the Gospels; he models prayer for us today. In the Scriptures Jesus prays often, morning and night. He prays during critical events in his life and he prays before ministering to people in need. Lent calls us to follow in the footsteps of Christ. Ashes mark the beginning of our walk.

A Good Article about Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday

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Cinnamon Roll pancakes for Shrove (Fat) Tuesday



  • ¾ cup milk

  • 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 large egg

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

Cinnamon Swirl Filling:

  • 5 ½ tablespoons packed brown sugar

  • ¼ cup butter, melted

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon

Cream Cheese Icing:

  • ¼ cup butter, softened

  • 2 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

  • ¾ cup confectioners' sugar

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • cooking spray


  1. Stir milk and vinegar together in a bowl; set aside until milk "sours", about 5 minutes.

  2. Mix flour, white sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a separate bowl. Whisk egg, 2 tablespoons melted butter, and 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract into milk mixture. Slowly pour milk mixture into flour mixture while whisking constantly until batter is just moistened and evenly mixed. Lumps are fine.

  3. Combine brown sugar, 1/4 cup melted butter, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Place a 1-quart resealable bag into a glass or cup. Pour cinnamon mixture into the bag; refrigerate until filling is as thick as toothpaste, about 10 minutes.

  4. Mix 1/4 cup softened butter and cream cheese together in a microwave-safe bowl; heat in microwave for 40 seconds. Stir mixture with a whisk or fork until smooth. Continue heating in microwave and stirring until mixture is completely melted. Stir confectioners' sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract into cream cheese mixture until icing is smooth.

  5. Heat a griddle or skillet over medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Pour about 2/3 cup batter into the center of griddle. Cook pancake until bubbles start to appear, 2 to 3 minutes. Cut 1 corner off the center of the bag with filling. Swirl filling over pancake, leaving enough space around edges that filling doesn't touch the griddle.

  6. Flip pancake and cook until other side is lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Drizzle icing over pancake. Repeat with remaining ingredients, spraying the griddle with cooking spray between each pancake.

Upcoming Events

Feb. 17th– No School due to the road conditions

Feb. 20th– No School—Presidents’ Day

Feb. 22nd– Ash Wednesday. Mass at 8:00am. Students should wear the Mass uniform.

Feb. 27th- Kick Off March is Reading Month- See the Calendar below for details

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Betsy Meyers 1st Jan. 30th

Hannah Meyers 1st Jan. 30th

Brylee Luma 4th Jan. 30th

Paisley Shaffer 4th Jan. 31st

Jamison Cleary PK Feb. 1st

Hendrix Fountain PK Feb. 2nd

Magdalena Moreno K Feb. 3rd

Dixon Root PK Feb. 4th

Cruz Miesel K Feb. 4th

Wyatt Sanborn PK Feb. 5th

Paxon Bovee PK Feb. 6th

Kingsley Shaw 4th Feb. 12th

Jaxson Clark PK Feb 17th

Kaydence Henning 5th Feb. 17th

Anze Williams 4th Feb. 19th

Craig Price K Feb. 21st