Chicken Dinner Raffle and Silent Auction 2016

Preparation for the raffle and auction are being made and we need your help.

Could you consider donating a nice item for this fundraising event?
Are you (or a friend) an artist that could donate a piece of your work?
Are you (or a friend) a business owner that could donate an item from that business?
Do you frequent a local store that might consider donating an item? (never hurts to ask)
Are you a super shopper? Could you pick up an item for the auction on your next shopping spree.
Do you like to eat out? Consider picking up a gift certificate upon check out and donating it to the auction.
Please drop off your donation at the parish office or
call Lynne Beeler (810-434-3858) to arrange to have your donation picked up.

Donated items needed prior to October 1, 2016.

Thank you,
Raffle/ Auction Committee
Micki Striker
Lynne Beeler

Come Celebrate Fr. Sal’s installation as Pastor of Holy Trinity Parish!

Fr. Salvatore PalazzoloBishop Byrnes will ceremonially install Fr. Salvatore Palazzolo as Pastor of Holy Trinity Parish at the 9:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday, October 9, 2016.

Please attend this important Mass if you are able. Our Annual Chicken Dinner will follow Fr. Sal’s Installation Mass. The Dinner will begin at 11 a.m. this year. Come enjoy our Chicken Dinner and visit with Fr. Sal.

Please note: There will not be an 11 a.m. Mass on Sunday, October 9th.

New Web Resource Helps with Better Mass Preparation

Deeper Gospel Logo Brandon Vogt

Do you ever feel that you don’t get very much out of the Sunday Mass readings? Would you like to be better prepared for the upcoming weekend’s Gospel? Now there is a FREE and simple online tool that is hot off the press this month that can help you and I be better prepared and get more out of the Mass readings, especially the Gospel, each weekend. Of course, what you put into it is what you will get out of it.

Besides the importance of bringing an open and prayerful heart as we enter into church for the weekend Mass, there are many great preparatory tools we can use, one of which, I would like to share with you.

Brandon Vogt, one of the young, premier, Catholic evangelizers, who is known for being the Content Director for Bishop Robert Barron’s Word on Fire Catholic Ministries (wordonfire.org) as well as the recent author of the book, Return: How to Draw Your Child Back to The Church, is making great use of the new media and technology to share the Good News of Jesus Christ through a new Catholic Mass tool he has pioneered called “Deeper Gospel.” What is it? It’s a very simple but effective web tool that helps you in advance to prepare for the Sunday Gospel. The website is http://deepergospel.com. If you go to it, all you need to do is type your name, e-mail address, and hit “subscribe.” Then each Thursday morning before the Sunday (or Saturday Vigil) Gospel reading, you will be e-mailed the Sunday Gospel reading and three brief quotes from saints, popes, or Church Fathers. Prayerfully read them! Plus there is a bonus-free resource from Brandon at the bottom of the e-mail you can receive too. Also at the bottom, there is a link to listen to the Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles, Bishop Robert Barron’s podcast, which is an audio version that you can listen to on the upcoming weekend’s readings. In addition, there is a link to Dr. Scott Hahn’s three-minute, Sunday reflection both in a text format as well as an audio version. While the use of all of these resources are FREE, one way to prepare better and go deeper into the Mass is to begin by subscribing to Brandon Vogt’s “Deeper Gospel” today at http://deepergospel.com. God bless you, and enjoy!

In The Living, Breathing Word of Jesus Christ,
Fr. Jeff

Religious Formation/Education News – September 18, 2016

Peace be with you!! Today we celebrate CATECHETICAL SUNDAY when we commission and bless our catechist (religion teachers/faith formers)!! These men and women who give so unselfishly of their time and talents to share their Catholic faith with those who come to us! May God bless them with the Spirit of Jesus to bring others to Him as they encounter the men, women and children in their respective programs who thirst to know more about our loving God!! Please keep them in your daily prayers! Thanks!

I had the privilege of attending the Convocation for Lay Ecclesial Ministers on Wednesday August 31st at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit. What a beautiful day it was!! It began with Mass presided at by Bishop Vigneron and his homily was powerfully presented as our duty with “the aid of a very alive Spirit of Jesus” to proclaim the Kingdom of God!

Bishop Byrnes followed with a lively “Spirit” filled keynote address on “Learning How to Fish”. He talked about the change in culture and the necessity of becoming a missionary church as opposed to one that only shepherds those within our walls. I especially loved his comment “an arrow aimed at the head….will never hit the heart” and our commission as baptized Catholics to bring about the conversion of all people with their JOY in the Lord being the final catch!!

Bishop Cepeda spoke next and it was a lively and humorous talk on “One Spirit….Many Gifts” and he talked about the role of the lay people in the Church and each of us (all baptized Catholics) are gifted with the ability to RENEW AND BUILD UP OUR CHURCH! He mentioned his Great grandmother as the person who made Jesus and the Saints come alive for him!! 🙂 He too said that relationship will bring us JOY! Why wouldn’t we want it?

Monsignor McClory and Chris Leach gave us super information on the upcoming Synod and the preparation leading up to it this November! You might have attended the parish dialogue here at Holy Trinity in June? The diocese is working very hard with many prayer opportunities and special Masses leading up to the Synod. (Watch the bulletin for more information).

Last but not least Deacon Keith Strohm gave an awesome presentation on the “Power of the Holy Spirit” in his life and how he uses his God given “gifts” to share Jesus with whomever he encounters and wherever he encounters them! He said it “took awhile for him to figure out that the Holy Spirit is a person! And with that Spirit he/we ALSO have the life giving, life transforming Power of God”!!

This week my prayer is that you will see the “Spirit” of Jesus in those you encounter or you will be THAT “Spirit” to those who need it!!

God Bless your mission!
Karen Clor – DRE
810-985-9069 or moc.o1474762426ohay@1474762426erneh1474762426petst1474762426s1474762426

National Back To Church Sunday 2016

National Back to Church Sunday LogoHave you noticed the banners (Now’s the Time) out in front of St Joseph and St Stephen Churches? Holy Trinity Parish is one of 35 local Christian churches who are participating in “National Back To Church Sunday”. Nationally over 30,000 churches are inviting people to come back to church on September 25, 2016. Is there someone in your life – a neighbor, a co-worker, a relative – who you think could benefit from an encounter with Jesus? Well here is your chance. Holy Trinity is a vibrant, welcoming, Jesus centered parish! Who will you invite?

Corporal Works of Mercy with Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan

Catholic Charities LogoSign up for an experience of engaging in Corporal Works of Mercy: Feed the hungry, Give drink to the thirsty, Clothe the naked, Visiting the sick, and Visit the imprisoned.

  • Friday – Sept. 30, 2016
    • 8:00-11:00 Soup Kitchen, St. Martin’s Lutheran Church,
      805 Chestnut, Port Huron
      Work with seasoned volunteers in preparing lunch for those in need. This service is provided through several area churches. This is an opportunity to experience first hand God’s love through the eyes of the less fortunate.
    • 11:00-Noon – Greet those who arrive for lunch at the Soup Kitchen
    • 10:00AM – Meet at St. Mary for Music, Prayer , and Reflection on Works of Mercy (except for those already at the Soup Kitchen)
    • 10:30AM – Carpool to Experiences of Mercy
    • 11:00AM – Methodist Freestone, 3482 Lapeer, Port Huron – Assist workers and clients for one hour with shopping and packing
      Bluewater Food Depot, 2408 10th St, Port Huron –
      Assist workers in stocking shelves and assist clients with their shopping for one hour
    • 12:00PM – Return to St Mary for Prayer and Reflection
  • Saturday – Oct. 1, 2016
    • 9:00AM – Meet at St Stephen for Music, Prayer, and Reflection on Works of Mercy
    • 9:30AM – Carpool to Experiences of Mercy
    • 10:00AM – Marwood Manor, 1300 Beard, Port Huron – Memory Care – Visit with residents and provide music/singalong led by Mary Fran and Lois for one hour
      McLaren Hospital, 1221 Pine Grove, Port Huron
      Accompany a Eucharistic Minister to visit Catholic patients, pray with them, and offer them Holy Communion. See first hand the power of the Holy Spirit in action as you see those who are suffering find such comfort in prayer and the reception of the Body of Christ. Activity is for one hour.

      Huron House, 3525 24th St, Port Huron (For Men Only) Visit with residents of this Alternative Sentencing Intermediate punishment residential facility. Listen to a presentation about getting involved in mentoring opportunities for these men.
    • 11:00AM – Return to St Stephen for music, pray, and reflection

If you have questions please call Deacon Dennis at Holy Trinity (810) 359-2366 or Barb Britz at St Mary (810) 488-6222.

The League of Catholic Women

The League Of Catholic Women is pleased to announce the first gathering of the 2016-17 year. We are having a fashion show by Suzannes’s and a luncheon on Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 at noon at the Elks. Menu choices are Roast Pork Loin or Salmon, salad , vegetable, smashed potatoes, roll, beverage and dessert at a cost of $20. Please mail or call in your reservations to Helen Casper, 3924 Tamarack Dr, Port Huron 48060 or 810-941-8613 by October 7th. New members and guests are always welcome. Join us in supporting our area Catholic schools.

Annual Chicken Dinner and Raffle 2016

Sunday, October, 9, 2016
11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

chicken

St. Stephen School Building
325 32nd St., Port Huron, MI 48060
810-984-2689

Menu:

  • Chicken
  • Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
  • Green Beans
  • Corn
  • Coleslaw
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Rolls
  • Coffee
  • Pop
  • Dessert
Prices:

  • Adults: $10
  • Seniors: $9
  • Children (5-12) $6
  • Children (4 & under) Free
  • Take-outs $10
truck

Now offering drive-thru take-out!
Pick up your take-out meals from the comfort of your vehicle!

Raffle with TEN grand prizes!

  • One First Prize: $1000
  • Two Second Prizes: $500
  • Three Third Prizes: $300
  • Four Fourth Prizes: $100

Raffle tickets $1 each. License #C27714. Drawing held at 4pm.


Come and check out our Silent Auction!

Nourishing the Soul through Fr. Solanus’ Spirituality – Mid-Week Retreat

We will be inspired by Ven. Solanus Casey’s faith-filled life as Fr. Gerry Pehler, OFM Cap. and director of the Solanus Casey Center, will share Venerable Fr. Solanus’ holiness and spirituality. Held at Capuchin Retreat, 62460 Mt. Vernon Road, Washington, MI from Tuesday evening, Sept. 27 through Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. Cost: $160.00, includes private room with bathroom and shower, five meals, and refreshments throughout the day. Call 248.651.4826 to register or online. www.CapRetreat.org

How to Finish The “Year of Mercy” > Read 33 Days to Merciful Love!

33 Days to Merciful Love book cover This Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of 9/11. That tragic day of events in our nation’s history brought about “Breaking News,” heightened security, uncertainty, much sadness, and most importantly, the loss of precious human life as nearly 3,000 people died and another 6,000 + were injured. We continue to pray for the living and deceased victims as well as the family members and friends left behind. The events of 9/11 by radical Islamic terrorists as well as some of the most recent events of civil unrest in our country due to (gun) violence, racism and disrespect for authority (i.e. police officers) are rooted in hate and anger. There is a great opportunity right now for our Church, our nation, and our world to respond with mercy, a vital ingredient needed at this critical time that can help with God’s grace to bring about forgiveness, reconciliation, peace, and healing that is so dearly needed.

Last weekend, we celebrated the canonization of a great saint of mercy for our times in St. Teresa (1910-1997), also known as Mother Teresa of Calcutta. As the founder of her religious order, The Missionaries of Charity, she was a woman who performed daily acts of mercy for the poorest of the poor in the slums of India and backed it up also with merciful words of Christ. Mother Teresa once said, “What is my thought? I see Jesus in every human being. I say to myself, This is hungry Jesus, I must feed him. This is sick Jesus. This one has leprosy or gangrene; I must wash him and tend to him. I serve because I love Jesus” (Source: http://aleteia.org). While we may not be called to care for those who suffer from gangrene and leprosy, God does call us daily to perform “small acts of mercy with great love” (as Mother Teresa used to put it) to those He puts in our midst.

One well-known, living person who has been an instrumental and global witness of mercy in both word and in deed too is Pope Francis. He declared this year to be an Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. But that will soon come to an end. The Year of Mercy began on December 8th, 2015 which celebrates the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, and it will soon conclude on November 20th, 2016. So the question we may ask is, “how can we finish this Year of Mercy well from a spiritual standpoint?” One answer to that is through a prayerful reading of the text, 33 Days to Merciful Love: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Consecration to Divine Mercy. This book title might sound familiar, because back in May I promoted the book, 33 Days to Morning Glory which finished with a consecratory prayer through Mary’s intercession. 33 Days to Merciful Love is authored by Fr. Michael Gaitley MIC, the same author as 33 Days to Morning Glory. Rather than focus on the Marian, spiritual giants of St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximillian Kolbe, St. John Paul II, and St. Teresa of Calcutta in 33 Days to Morning Glory, 33 Days to Merciful Love will focus on the spirituality of merciful love by St. Therese of Lisieux (France) over the course of four weeks. Week one is titled, “What is trust?” Week two is about “The Little Way.” Week three is “The Offering to Merciful Love,” and week four is “Into The Darkness.” The final five days consists of a synthesis and review followed by a Day of Consecration.

When does 33 Days to Divine Merciful Love start? It will start on October 19th and will conclude on Nov. 21st, the memorial of the Presentation of Mary, in which the consecratory prayer will be led by Fr. Sal and recited out loud as a group for those who have participated in the prayerful reading of the book all along. That will take place also on Monday, Nov. 21st after the 9am Mass at St. Joseph. Again, the Year of Mercy ends the day before on Sunday, Nov. 20th… good timing 🙂

Where can I purchase the book? You can go to any Catholic bookstore to buy it, or you can purchase it online either at thedivinemercy.org, ignatiuspress.com, or amazon.com. Since this is a do-it-yourself retreat that does not begin for another five weeks (Oct. 19th), I recommend when you receive the book, that you read the “Introduction” from pages 15-24. May your retreat be blessed!

In the Merciful Love of Jesus Christ,
Fr. Jeff

Early Bird Raffle Drawing 2016

And The Winner IsCongratulations to the winner of our first “Early Bird” drawing:

Jay Ross

Remember to sell your raffle tickets and get them turned in by September 20th, 2016 to be entered in the second “Early Bird” drawing.

If you did not receive your raffle tickets, or if you would like more, please contact the parish office, 810-984-2689.