“Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16)
Christian Service is preparing to distribute food baskets to the needy of our community in celebration of the Risen Christ. Our Easter Food Baskets will be distributed on Tuesday April 11th. We will be collecting food for the next 5 weeks to fill the baskets. We are also looking for donations of hams for each family. Thank you for your anticipated participation in this project.
- March 11-12: Instant potatoes, canned vegetables, canned fruit, 4 pack of toilet paper
- March 18-19: Peanut butter, 4lb bag of sugar, instant rice, baked beans
- March 25-26: Canned soups, Saltine crackers, pancake mix, pancake syrup
- April 1-2: spaghetti sauce, spaghetti, brownie mix, paper towels
- April 8-9: cereal, 5lb bag of flour, tuna, jelly beans
Stations of the Cross will be prayed each Wednesday and Friday during Lent beginning on March 3rd, 2017.
- Wednesdays at 5:30pm at St. Stephen
- Fridays at 12:15pm at St. Joseph
On Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 the Stations of the Cross will not be prayed at 5:30pm, they will be prayed at 6:45pm with the Religious Ed families.
All are welcome to come and pray with our Religious Ed students and families.
We all know the things that make us happy, but we don’t always do them. Lent is an opportunity to change that. This year we invite you to do something different.
Join the Dynamic Catholic for Best Lent Ever, a free, video-based email program featuring internationally acclaimed speaker and New York Times bestselling author Matthew Kelly. From Ash Wednesday to Easter, Matthew will help you identify what stands between you and happiness… and what to do about it. Are you ready for your best Lent ever?
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Please note! Year-end statements of donations will no longer be mailed out automatically. Statements will only be mailed out to those requesting one. To request your statement, please fill out the form (linked below) and drop it in the collection basket or mail it to the parish office:
325 32nd St., Port Huron MI 48060.
Please call the parish office, 810-984-2689, if you have any questions.
HOLY TRINITY PARISH, PORT HURON MICHIGAN
March 25, 2017
Alicia Archibald St. Joan of Arc
Sandra Johnson St. Augustine
Zachary Allen St. Blaise
Kaitlin Archibald St. Teresa of Calcutta
Kristin Archibald St. Luke the Evangelist
Arnold Bouverette St. Juan Diego
Nicholas Collins St. John of God
Jordan Dams St. Kateri Tekakwitha
Jadyn Dewan-Smith St. Michael the Archangel
Rachael Farr St. Elizabeth of Portugal
Daniel Ferguson St. Hubert
Avery Forro St. Damien of Molokai
Christina Green St. Brigid
Zachary Johnson St. Joseph
Peter Karl St. Patrick
Taylor Murawski St. Emma of Lesum
Mallory Nowiski St. Elizabeth of Hungary
Abigail Pionk St. Vitus
Julia Ritchie St. Gianna Beretta Molla
Paige Setzer St. Anne
Kacey Szczepkowski St. Francis of Assisi
Darian Thomas St. Eligius
The NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments are well underway. Did you make good choices in your brackets? Much drama has already taken place with upset victories by the underdog, and the loss of last-second shots have ushered in the emotion of defeat as seen on the exhausted players’ faces. This is “March Madness” in which a victory propels the winning team forward to the next round, closer to the “Final Four” and the National Championship, while just one loss sends the loser packing to go home.
We may have experienced a bit of “March Madness” in our own spiritual lives; not on the basketball court, but in this season of Lent. To fast on Ash Wednesday perhaps was more difficult than we initially thought. Was it embraced, or was it the case of encountering “spiritual madness” that felt like an absolute grind? Let us now get ready to fast on Good Friday. What about abstaining from meat on Fridays? Maybe it was not only an adjustment over the past few weeks but a case of “spiritual madness” too that, on the positive side, led to growth through self-denial. What type of “madness,” if any, have we experienced this month? With whom?
We may have also encountered the “March Madness” of the time change, of Daylight Savings Time. Have you and I adjusted yet? Are we caught up on our sleep? The good news is that it is getting lighter out later, and spring has now come.
But this “March Madness” is temporary, and it precedes the “April Gladness” of Easter. All of this preparation, especially the spiritual kind, whether it be through prayer, fasting and abstinence, almsgiving, or acts of charity, will make the experience of the “April Gladness” at Easter much more worthwhile. While the “March Madness” of Lent is 40 days long as it bleeds into April, the “April Gladness” of Easter is 50 days long, which means a longer and greater time of celebration as we prepare once again to celebrate Jesus’ eternal victory over suffering, sin, Satan, and death.
May the “March Madness” we encounter inspire us to persevere. St. Paul says, “rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer…We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Rom. 12:12, 5:3-5). We know that as we move ever closer to Holy Week, there is not an Easter Sunday without a Good Friday. In the meantime, may this “March Madness” remind us to appreciate the “April Gladness” of the Easter season that awaits us with great joy. Amen.
– Fr. Jeff
By: Sr. Gloria
We have previously mentioned the plight of our Dominican Sisters in Iraq. Several of them have studied with us in Adrian, and worked in some of our missions in Detroit and elsewhere. Thus we know them personally and feel an ongoing concern.
The 14th anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq occurred on this last Sunday, March 19. The Iraqi Dominican Sisters were forced to leave their convents, their work and their city. They have been living as refugees in ‘safer’ parts of the country. Sr. Luma Khudler, of those Iraqi sisters, was recently asked to read the following reflection at the Mission Congress in Rome. This reflection first appeared before Christmas.
(We received this, just the other day, from our Motherhouse in Adrian, with the request: “We invite you to ponder this message and what questions and responses we hold with our Iraqi Dominican family.” These questions can also help us think of other refugees that are so much in the news today, in our world. We can’t ignore their plight when we watch and read the news. As we think of these struggles, may our hearts and our prayers expand!)
Christmas Message From Heaven.
“As we approach Christmas day to celebrate the birth of our Lord, many of us join the shepherds with our questions and concerns:
Shall we stay where we are? Shall we leave the country?
Shall we stay in this country? Is ISIS still there on the Plain of Nineveh?
Is ISIS out of Iraq? Shall we restore our houses and churches?
If we return, shall we be safe?
If we stay, what will happen to our homes on the Plain of Nineveh?
“With all of these questions, God in His mercy looks upon us and sends His angels to announce the Good News confirming that:
If we return, He will be there for us.
If we stay, He stays with us.
If we leave the country, He will guide our steps.
If we stay, He will open our eyes to see signs of His love amongst all this destruction.
If ISIS is still here, He will send His angels to protect us.
If ISIS is out of here, He will give us courage to start again.
If we start restoring, He will send His messengers to give a hand.
If we worry about safety, He is trustworthy….and He will never let us down.
If we do not find answers to all our questions, He will give us peace in our hearts to sing with the angels: Glory be to God in the highest, and peace be to His people on earth.”
On Sunday, March 19, 2017 the Times Herald wrote a feature article on the opioid crisis in our county. The article mentions that one important step to recovery is a safe place to transition to after inpatient treatment. These homes are referred to as “recovery houses”. There are numerous recovery houses in our parish boundaries for both men and women and they are serviced by Holy Trinity St. Vincent de Paul. Many clients have withdrawn from family and friends while using drugs and reach rock bottom before seeking help. Therefore they often come to the recovery house with little more than the clothes on their backs. SVdP helps with basic hygiene necessities as well as food and clothing vouchers. SVdP also provides bus passes to assist in seeking employment and for transportation to work before they receive a paycheck. One other service offered is help obtaining valid ID because they cannot be employed without it. We in SVdP view these clients as our brothers and sisters in Christ worthy of our help and support as they transition back into society as productive citizens. We want you to know that the men and women we service sincerely appreciate the help they receive. We ask you to include these clients in your prayers and to continue your generous support of Holy Trinity SVdP.
Each Thursday during Lent a special luncheon and lecture is hosted by St John’s United Church of Christ, 710 Pine St, Port Huron, from 12:00-1:00PM. A free will offering is collected each week to be donated to Blue water Habitat for Humanity. The theme of the series is “Reconciling Journey” (2 Corinthians 5).
- March 30th, 2017 – Pastor Don Doerzbacher, Our Savior Lutheran, Port Huron and Pastor John Hitzeroth, Pilgrim Lutheran, Marysville.
(Trinity Lutheran will provide lunch)
- April 6th, 2017 – Father Sal Palazzolo and Deacon Dennis Crimmins, Holy Trinity Parish, Port Huron
(Holy Trinity St Anne Altar Society will provide lunch)
Since 2005, more than $20 million in financial assistance has helped make a Catholic education more affordable for 17,000 families. The deadline to apply for Archdiocesan Tuition Assistance programs for Catholic Schools for the 2017-
2018 school year is Friday, April 7, 2017. www.aod.org/financial-aid
Hosted by St. Augustine / Holy Family Health Ministry
In partnership with Ascension / St. John Providence
- St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon
- Mark Kilgore Greater Macomb Project Vox/CARE of Southeastern Michigan
- The opiate epidemic and how it affects everyone
- How casual use can lead to addiction
- How to get on the road of recovery
- Reshape attitudes to eliminate discrimination of people who live with addiction to alcohol or drugs
March 29, 2017
at the Holy Family Parish Life Center
at 7:00 pm
(Holy Family Parish is located at 79780 Main St, Memphis MI)
For more information all (810) 392-2056