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2019 Parish Fall Festival


Early Bird Winner

The Sacred Heart Academy Foundation was the winner of the first Parish Raffle $500 early bird drawing on September 1, with ticket #1571.


Our annual parish raffle, hosted in conjunction with the Fall Harvest Festival, helps generate much needed income for parish operations.  Tickets remain at just $20 each.  The big winner will have their choice of a Z930M John Deere ZTrak™ Zero-Turn Mower or $7,500 in cash.  There are nine other cash prizes in addition to two early bird drawings.  Winners will be drawn Saturday, October 19 at the Parish Fall Harvest Festival. Purchase your tickets after Mass, at the Parish office or from these sellers:

Fr. Loren Kalinowski
Deacon Jim Damitio
Frank Deni
Becky Jones
Bill Hauck
Don Hire
Marcy Hosking
Cindy Kaliszewski
Chuck & Janet Larrance
Lauri Liscomb
Connie McCann
Bill Myler
Scott & Sarah Pieratt
Brenda Rau
Dave Reetz
Michele Reinke
Mark & Sue Stansberry
Maureen Starry
Jim Wilmot


Don Hire Receives Bishop Murphy Award

Mr. Don Hire received the Bishop Murphy Award August 8.  He was honored for his lifelong commitment to living and sharing his Catholic faith in ways that continue the evangelizing mission of Jesus Christ. 

The Award, named after the first Bishop of the Diocese of Saginaw, is given each year to a person who, through the example of his/her life as a disciple of Jesus Christ, continually fulfills the mandate of Gospel through word and deed.  The award often honors a person whose lifetime commitment to the Gospel has furthered the evangelization mission of the church through service to their community.  Don Hire definitely exemplifies the award. 

Don and his wife Dorothy joined Sacred Heart Church in 1976 when they moved to Mt. Pleasant from Defiance, OH.  They enrolled five children in Sacred Heart Academy, working on committees and in volunteer roles to make the school and church stronger.  Their children graduated to assume adult service roles of their own; two of them were recruited by their father to continue helping at Sacred Heart, keeping the Hire legacy of volunteerism robust and vibrant.

Don has given 40+ years of service to Sacred Heart Parish, Sacred Heart Academy, and the mid-Michigan community.  He is always willing to help, always willing to take the lead on projects, and never, ever seeks recognition for himself.  Don is a faith-filled man who leads by example.  He is a long-time assistant coach of girls softball at Sacred Heart Academy, a team leader for the Sacred Heart Fish Fries, a parish festival volunteer, and a men’s work group volunteer.




Sacred Heart Parish Revitalization!

Under the guidance of Father Loren, members of Sacred Heart Parish are gathering in small groups to develop ideas and strategies that will enhance our parish community, and YOU are welcome to join. The groups are focused on four goals:

1) Enhancing and maintaining a strong welcoming sense of community at Sacred Heart Parish (Chair: Brenda Rau –

2) Improve media, promotion and communication, both internally within our Church and School community, and externally within our wider community (Chair: Jim Wojcik - or Kim Voisin –

3) Assure a strong and vibrant Youth Ministry (Chair: Mary Lou Schilling - 

4) Assure and nourish a strong and vibrant Adult Faith Formation environment (Chair: Dave Reetz –

These groups will meet one or two times this summer, with all groups coming together on Tuesday, September 10th at 6:30 p.m. Please contact the chair of a goal/group to sign up or simply share ideas for enhancing our parish or contact Cindy Kaliszewski or Brenda Rau at (989) 772-1385.