I’m Not Worthy

LIFE lines from Lucy

We are entering year 2 of the Catholic Bible College of Michigan, and there is not enough column space to tell you how much I have learned just from half of the Old Testament. What I have learned is this, Adam and Eve failed to follow God’s command. Noah got off the ark and got so drunk, they thought he was dead. (Read what his kids did next, talk about soap opera!) Abraham pawned his wife off twice to the Pharaoh, David seduced the neighbors wife then sent her husband to the front line of battle where he was killed. Peter denied Christ three times, Thomas doubted, Mary Mandolin had her share of problems and John was a hermit who secluded himself in the dessert. None of which seemed worthy, yet God made them worthy. It’s easy to say “I’m not worthy”, it’s a great excuse except when you try and use it with God. Not being worthy is what God wants. What are you not worthy of? You can’t read in public, you are shy and don’t like to talk to people? The Eucharist…… I’m not worthy to pass it out to others. God would say, “GO!!!!” Come join us next Saturday, September 12th as we make you worthy of your God given call. St Stephen Church from 9:30AM- 3:30PM. There are many behind the scenes ministries that could use your help. Sacristans set up the vessels for Mass, Ushers and Greeters…… Please give Denise a call at the office to RSVP 810-984-2689.

Keep movin’ in the Spirit……

Annual Raffle

chickenTickets for our Annual Raffle (drawing held at the Chicken Dinner on October 11th!) have been sent out. If you did not receive yours or would like more, please call the parish office at 810-984-2689. Remember to get your sold tickets in early to have a chance at one of our “Early Bird” drawings. (Sept. 8 & 22, and Oct. 6)

Our Chicken Dinner will be held on October 11th this year. Please mark this date on your calendars and plan to attend.

We are in need of items for the Silent Auction. If you would like to create and donate a “themed” basket or if you have any new items (gift cards are a great idea) you would like to donate, please call the parish office. Thank you.

Understanding Islam from A Catholic Perspective


Presented by: Dr. Robert Fastiggi
Saturday, October 17th
Sacred Heart Major Seminary
Gathering: 9am
Morning Prayer: 9:15am
Presentation: 9:30am – approx. 11:30am
Continental Breakfast will be served.
To register, please call Deanna at (313) 237-5840.

Religious Formation News – September 6, 2015

Peace be with you!!

The time is now to sign up for children’s religious formation classes!
If you have not registered or re-registered your children in Kindergarten through Confirmation (8th or 9th grades) you should call my office ASAP to do so!
810-985-9069 or email me at moc.o1441369160ohay@1441369160erneh1441369160petst1441369160s1441369160

Classes begin on September 16th and we are busily preparing for some fun and faith filled evenings. Our family nights are returning again with a supper and good formation offered so you won’t want to miss out!

Classes are Wednesday nights at various times (depending on the grade level) and we offer a “Stepping Up to Jesus” class for kids who may be behind in their years of formation and need some catching up. So don’t delay and call the office today!

Baptism Prep will take place on September 12th for parents preparing to have a baby/child baptized into the Catholic faith. Classes are at 9:00 a.m. in St. Stephen School library and this session will be given by Fr. Brian and Deacon John on the Rite and Ritual of Catholic Baptism!! Call my office for more details (the number is listed above).

Are you an adult and want to become Catholic or need to complete your Sacraments? Call now and we will direct you to our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation) team members, to get you headed in that direction!

Did you see that our Scripture Study is beginning once again on September 15th! Tuesday mornings at 10:30 and evenings at 6:30! Come and learn about the Church of the Holy Spirit in Acts of the Apostles Part 1! Call Amy Miles at 810-300-0417 to join the group!

So many good formation opportunities for everyone! And of course you are not going to want to miss the Retreat for Liturgical Ministers next Saturday September 12th from 9:30 – 3:30! Call the parish office for details!

Yours in Christ the teacher, Karen Clor – DRE

Leavin’ Early? How ‘Bout Stayin’ Later?

One of the great summer activities is to attend a Tiger baseball game at Comerica Park. Whether they win or lose is another story, but just going to the game is a fun experience. One of the most tragic events for fans in baseball (or in any sport for that matter), is to leave early and find out as you exit the ballpark, that after spending a lot of money, you missed your hometown Tigers rally back to upset their opponent in the bottom of the ninth with a “walk-off” home-run (also known as a come-from-behind victory that allows a team to win with one swing of the bat). If only those people who had left the ballgame prematurely had stayed to watch the dramatic and exciting ending, it would have been all worth it, but they left early in the eighth inning and missed the victory that took place in the ninth, something you can’t get back.

Similarly, while one can leave the ballgame early and miss the best part, there can be a tendency and even a strong temptation to exit early in our spiritual lives. What important part am I referring to? The Mass, particularly right after Holy Communion, which in many cases may not even be for one hour. How often, so many people in parishes across the country and perhaps around the world, bolt toward the exit after Holy Communion. What are the reasons for this strange but common phenomenon? To make sure they are out first and don’t have to fight against an extra minute or two of parking lot traffic? To shop? To go out to a restaurant for a meal that can wait? Are those legitimate excuses? Jesus, while suffering through his agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, asked his disciples, “You could not keep watch with me for one hour?” (Mt. 26:40, Mk. 14:37). Jesus asked this question and found his disciples asleep three times. Could we not give Jesus one hour per week? What could be more important on Sunday (or if we choose the Saturday, 4pm Mass), than to celebrate Mass… all the way to the end with our parish community? Nothing.

One of the unique things I have heard but have not yet seen in person is a sign at the back of a church that reads, “Judas left early too.” Fr. Michael Cooney, the pastor at St. Peter Catholic Church in Mt. Clemens, put up the sign at each of the three exits in the back of his church as “a bit of Irish diplomacy.“ While this could be interpreted harshly, I believe it could be perceived with a bit of humor, because it raises some good questions. While it is true that people leave Mass early after Holy Communion, what value would people need to be shown in order to inspire them to stay until the end? Here are five reasons I came up with as good reasons to stay until the end of Mass. What would be yours?

    1. Thanksgiving – Take some time to thank God for just having consumed Jesus, the King of the Universe, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. To receive the Eucharist, a term that means “thanksgiving,” is now an opportunity to thank Jesus for the incredible gift of himself to you and me.
    2. Final Blessing – It’s important that before we go out to give witness from what we just received through hearing God’s Word and in receiving the Eucharist, that we receive a final blessing from Jesus through the priest.
    3. Closing Hymn – End the Mass by staying long enough to sing the closing hymn, which shows a good example of participation.
    4. Receptions – After many of the Masses, there are receptions of food for different events that are not to be wasted. If you haven’t eaten breakfast, this could be a source of nourishment. This leads me to the next point, which is just as important if not more important than #4, and that is…
    5. Fellowship – Fellowship brings a community closer together and strengthens us when we come together in Christ. It gives us all an opportunity to come to know one another more and at a deeper level when we come face-to-face in a one-on-one encounter, which is a good thing… something technology (like cell phones and computers) can’t give.

I challenge you not to leave early but to come back to your pew after Holy Communion. Everything else, including and especially a Tiger ballgame in which the club is losing often by the way, can wait. Nothing is more important than giving praise, thanks and worship to God. We are called weekly to give God his due (a form of justice) with sincere and contrite hearts as we reflect on all the blessings he has bestowed upon us in the past week. Rather than come late and leave early, let’s pray for an attitude of coming early and stayin’ late!

– Fr. Jeff Allan

Scripture Study

Church of the Holy Spirit: Acts Part 1

Tuesdays, Sept 15 to Oct 20
10:30a.m. to noon or 6:30 to 8:00p.m.
Meets at St. Stephen School

Great Scripture Study to start the year!
No experience needed. This action packed book is full of adventure and interesting characters. It invites us to look at our own lives and see how the Holy Spirit is still at work in forming us and the Church today.

Suggested donation for materials is $20.00
For more info call Amy at 810 300-0417.

LIFElines from Lucy

Last week’s second reading; Ephesians 5:21-32, always seems to create a stir. I thought I would take a minute to hopefully shed some light on the subject. I think sometimes we mistake the word submission for the word oppression. There is a big difference. To submit means to willingly do what others want. Oppression means tyrannical power or power that is used unfairly. When St Paul asks wives to be submissive to their husbands, he is asking that we lovingly serve our husbands as Jesus serves his church. What is wrong is when husbands oppress their wives to get what they want with no avail to their wife. In most liturgical cycles, the emphasis seems to fall mostly on the wives, but in year “B”, it clearly defines the role of the husband. To treat their wife with the dignity and nurturing one would their own body; to present his wife in splendor, holy and without blemish. What I have realized in my 32 years of marriage is that when both partners do their part to uplift and respect the other, the family lives in harmony willing to sacrifice for the other.

Gary Chapman in his book The Five Love Languages talks about filling ones ‘love tank’. We all have a love tank and there are five different ways that that tank can be filled. Once you learn how your partner’s tank gets filled, life becomes much easier. The 5 languages are: Words of affirmation, quality time, Receiving gifts, acts of service, and physical touch. So let me give you an example; Bill was feeling bad because his home life was stressed and he and his wife Mary were growing apart. To make Mary feel loved, he decided to bring her roses. Mary thought they were beautiful, put them in a vase and after thanking her husband asked him how he forgot that today was trash day. Bill was deflated. The next day, Bill brought home for Mary a sparkling diamond necklace. Again Mary said thank you and asks if you could remember to put his dished in the dishwasher when he was done eating. Perplexed and running out of ideas, Bill proceeded to put his dirty dishes in the dishwasher but noticed that the dishwasher was full of clean dishes. So as he pondered how to please Mary, he began to empty the dishwasher then put the dirty dishes in the dishwasher. Later that night, Mary walked into where Bill was sitting and thanked him profusely for taking the time to empty the dishwasher for her. She couldn’t thank him enough and told him how much she appreciated him. You see, Mary s love tank was filled by acts of service, and all the gifts in the world were not going to make her happy. Meanwhile, Bill’s love tank was filled by all the endearing words that Mary showered on him. His love language was words of affirmation. So the moral to the story is; love and respect each other and submission is a pleasure, not a chore.

Other great books include: The DNA of Relationships by DR. Gary Smalley and Finding the Hero in your Husband; surrendering the Way God intended by Dr. Julianna Slattery
If you get a chance to read any of these books, drop me a line and let me know how you liked them moc.l1441369160iamg@1441369160ssabe1441369160sycul1441369160 By the way, they are great wedding gifts!

Oh, and The 5 Love Languages is great for any relationship. There is also, The 5 Love Languages for Children.

Keep movin’ in the Spirit!

May We Always Receive Jesus in A Worthy Manner

We heard much about the teaching on the Eucharist from Jesus the previous five weekends (not including this one). Last weekend we heard from the end of the Bread of Life Discourse in John 6 that even some of Jesus’ disciples left because of their lack of belief. What I don’t want to question you about is your belief in the Eucharist. No one knows your heart and my heart better than God. But what I do want to bring to your attention as a spiritual father and as a brother in Christ is a reminder that if we come forward to receive Holy Communion and thus receive Jesus’ Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity, that we do so in a worthy manner. We shouldn’t hastily come forward to receive the Eucharist without an examination of conscience. That is the purpose of the Penitential Rite at the beginning of Mass when ALL of us acknowledge our sins before a loving and merciful God and either recite the “Lord Have Mercy” or say “I confess to Almighty God…” What may complement that action and be helpful for our spiritual lives is to also do a review of life during the week, sometime before Mass. Why? The reason is that if we come forward to receive Jesus in the Eucharist in a state of mortal sin, we can do great harm to our souls. St. Paul says, “Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself. That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. But if we judged ourselves truly, we should not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are chastened so that we may not be condemned along with the world” (1 Cor. 11:27-32).

What then is mortal sin? According to the definition of it in the Catechism, it is “a grave infraction of the law of God that destroys the divine life in the soul of the sinner (sanctifying grace), constituting a turn away from God.” For a sin to be mortal, three conditions must be present: 1). grave matter (i.e. adultery, murder, blasphemy), 2) full knowledge (of the evil of the act), and 3). full or deliberate consent of the will (Catechism: 1855, 1857). If one or two of these conditions are met, it is not a mortal sin. But if all three conditions are met, we are in a state of mortal sin and should refrain from receiving Holy Communion until we have gone to Confession. You may say that I am embarrassed to sit down in my pew while everyone else goes up to receive. Well, God may be humbling you. However, people who are in a state of mortal sin, may feel more comfortable praying from the pew, as suggested by my seminary professor, if everyone else in a state of grace either got up all at once from their pews or got up when they were ready and came forward to receive VS. coming up row-by-row in an orderly fashion. I am not advocating the former at this time. But this would be something that would need serious discussion and much prayer.

What if I am in doubt? Then I would recommend not to come forward until you have gone to confession. My high school principal used to say in regards to the uniform dress code…”When in doubt, don’t wear it.” Likewise, when in doubt, don’t do it. Not being able to receive Jesus one weekend (assuming you go to confession sometime the following week) isn’t a bad thing. Actually, it’s a very good thing because you respect and honor the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. This may be news to you, but Catholics are only required to receive the Eucharist at least once per year. What do I mean? While there are five precepts in the Church (minimums in the spirit of prayer and moral effort for the purpose of growth in love of God and neighbor), the third precept states: “You shall receive the sacrament of the Eucharist at least during the Easter season”) guarantees as a minimum the reception of the Lord’s Body and Blood in connection with the Paschal feasts, the origin and center of the Christian liturgy” (Catechism 2042). So Catholics are only required to receive the Eucharist at a minimum of only once per year at least during the Easter season but recommended to go much more, provided we aren’t in mortal sin.

Receiving Jesus’ Body and Blood isn’t a “free-for-all.” He is holy, and receiving him is a sacred experience. If you got ill from food poisoning, and knew the food that got you sick from and where it was located, you certainly would not go back to eat more of it, would you? Of course not, since it would make you even more ill. Rather, you would go to the doctor, to the store to get medication or maybe even to the hospital, depending on how ill you were, in order to be healed. If we are in a state of mortal sin, then we are spiritually ill, which may even be manifested physically, and we need to encounter Jesus, the Divine Physician in the confessional. The priest is the spiritual doctor, which Jesus works through, to bring you the healing you need through the forgiveness of sins. After you have received the Sacrament of Reconciliation you have been restored to a state of grace that allows you the opportunity to once again receive Jesus in the Eucharist to be spiritually nourished and strengthened. Jesus, thank you for the gift of yourself to us in the Eucharist. Help us always receive you worthily. Amen. Further Reading: Catechism: 1415, 1854-1861, 1874

In The Life, Power and Love of Jesus in the Eucharist,
Fr. Jeff

Faith Formation News – August 23, 2015

Peace be with you!

In the Gospel of Mark Chapter 6 verses 30 & 31 Jesus asks his disciples to “rest a little”… The apostles returned to Jesus and reported to him all that they had done and what they had taught. He said to them “Come by yourselves to an out-of-the-way place and rest a little”.

We at Holy Trinity Faith Formation hope that you have been able to rest a while with the Lord this summer!

But really shouldn’t our goal be to rest with the Lord each day at least for a bit? Do we take the time to slow down our activities and our minds and turn our thoughts to Jesus? Offering Adoration and Thanks and then praying for the grace to follow Him each day! Does this seem to get harder with the constant movement and busyness of today’s culture?

The Faith Formation Commission at Holy Trinity thinks that “Resting in the Lord” is a good theme to base our classes on this year.

Our Faith formation classes will begin again on September 16th. The schedules have been sent to the registered families.

If you have not yet registered, now is the time! Please call my office and join us on Wednesday evenings for grades Kindergarten through Confirmation!

We also offer “Stepping Up to Jesus” classes for any child who may not have started their faith formation classes yet or have missed some years since their last involvement! All are welcome!

Our monthly Family Formation (Adults and children) Nights (on hiatus due to Christ Life) will return once again and we are excited to offer our “Adoring Jesus” program this year!

So mark your calendars! September 16th will be here before you know it! We are looking forward to seeing and working with our families as we “Rest in the Lord” once again on Wednesday evenings! J

God’s peace!!
Karen Clor – Director of Religious Education/Holy Trinity Parish
moc.o1441369160ohay@1441369160erneh1441369160petst1441369160s1441369160 – 810-985-9069

Photos from National Night Out

On Tuesday, August 4th, Holy Trinity Parish collaborated with five other churches and Literacy and Beyond (which is based at First Congregational) to host NNO 2015 at First Congregational Church. First Congregational, First Presbyterian, Grace Episcopal, St. Martin Lutheran and Our Savior Lutheran all contributed to this Olde Town neighborhood community event which featured food, fun, inflatables, face painting, games, and prizes. Twenty-eight Holy Trinity volunteers were cooking or serving food, calling bingo numbers, donating and distributing prizes, and doing whatever was needed to help out. The husband of one particular volunteer couple (who recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, by the way) was busy spinning records and serving as Master of Ceremony. Thanks to all who came to be part of the celebration.
To view pictures from National Night Out, go to
https://flic.kr/s/aHskhDM5tj

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