Summer Office Hours

sunshineBeginning the week of June 12, 2016 our parish office hours will be Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
The parish office will be closed on Fridays.

Regular office hours will resume the week of August 14, 2016.

This will allow our staff to enjoy a little more of our beautiful Michigan weather.

St. Vincent de Paul Society

Holy Trinity St. Vincent de Paul Society is in dire need of towels and wash cloths, including kitchen, hand and bath, as well as beds, mattresses. Towels can be dropped off at the parish offices or put in the tubs designated for SVdP at the back of St. Stephen Church. Please call the SVdP hotline for arrangements to pick up beds and mattresses: 810-989-1931.

Diapers are still needed for distribution at the Food Depot. Many of our clients cannot afford diapers and diapers cannot be bought with food stamps (Bridge card) or WIC. Donations of diapers (or a monetary donation marked “specifically for diapers”) may be dropped off at the churches or at the parish office.

Heartfelt thanks to our parishioners for your ongoing support. May God bless you.

Needed Items for VBS 2016

We are in need of empty peanut butter jars and empty paper towel rolls for Vacation Bible School.

Vacation Bible School (VBS) will be held August 1-5, 2016. If you are able to save any of these items between now and the end of July, please drop them off at the parish office. Thanks!!

Pope St. JP2 Film by K of C to Be Shown Next Month in Parish Gym…

Pope John Paul IIA new DVD-film was just released by the Knights of Columbus (K of C) entitled, Liberating A Continent: John Paul II and The Fall of Communism. How blessed many of us were to have lived through the years of Pope John Paul II’s papacy, 1978-2005. What a treasure it will be for this new generation of young people to learn more about him. Also, how blessed we are now to live under the papacy and shepherd of mercy, Pope Francis. This film will be set up similar to the film about Purgatory that was played over this past year. It will play in the parish gym on Tuesday, July 12th and will start at 7pm. In seeing this film about a week after the 4th of July in which we celebrate our independence from England, I believe this will be a timely film that will help us value our freedom even more after watching what the Polish and other Europeans battled against over this past century. Prior to the film, two terms that will need to be defined. They are “communism” and “solidarity.” Also, be aware that parts of the film will contain English subtitles. After the conclusion of the film, we will take time to field some questions and comments. The following is a thorough quote from the Knights of Columbus about the description of the film:

“St. John Paul II’s role as a driving force in the fall of communist rule in Central and Eastern Europe is the focus of a new documentary illustrating how the late pope insured a ‘revolution of conscience’ that was pivotal in the collapse of the Iron Curtain in 1989…

Narrated by actor Jim Caviezel and featuring original music by renowned composer Joe Kraemer (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Jack Reacher), Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism tells this story using rare archival footage and exclusive interviews with several heads of state, historians, foreign policy experts, church leaders and close personal acquaintances of the late pontiff, including Supreme Knight Carl Anderson; papal biographer George Weigel; John Paul’s longtime assistant Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz of Kraków; and Richard Allen, Ronald Reagan’s National Security Advisor.

The 90-minute film recounts Karol Wojtyła’s growth from an underground seminarian to his appointment as archbishop of Kraków and to his election to the papacy in 1978. As archbishop, Wojtyła developed tools for resistance to communist rule that were grounded in defense of human rights and the reclaiming of Poland’s Catholic identity. This documentary, through interviews with historians and journalists who had access to recently declassified KGB documents, illustrates the vast Soviet campaign to counteract John Paul II’s moral crusade. The film follows the wave of free thought that seized the Soviet bloc following the pope’s epic nine-day pilgrimage to Poland in June 1979.

‘By his actions and his words, John Paul II inspired a thirst for freedom that would evolve into the Solidarity movement,’ said Anderson. ‘Without his spiritual support, Solidarity’s success would not have been possible, and without Solidarity, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Revolution of ’89 would never have happened.’”

For more information about this important, new film, or to obtain a DVD, please visit jp2film.com. Having already seen the film once, it is well done, and I highly recommend it. Hope to see you at the showing of the film, Liberating A Continent: John Paul II and The Fall of Communism on Tuesday, July 12th at 7pm in the parish gym.

Pope St. John Paul II, pray for us!
Fr. Jeff

Religious Education News – June 26, 2016

Peace be with you!!

Last Friday June 13th I attended a retreat at the Archdiocese of Detroit, Sacred Heart Seminary. The title of the retreat was “The Name of God is Mercy” and it was put on by our very own Deacon Dennis Crimmins with the musical group the Caskettes (Mary Fran, Lois, Mike, Nancy and Bill, who are our Sunday morning choir at St. Stephen’s) providing lovely songs of praise and mercy!

It was a beautiful retreat and we should be very proud of the talented people we have to represent Jesus and the Catholic faith from Holy Trinity parish!

Some things on Mercy we learned at the Retreat:

Divine Mercy – If God did not forgive….. the world would cease to exist!
Mercy is Jesus.
God’s mercy is greater than our sinfulness.
Mercy is an attitude.
Forgiveness is Mercy in action.
Mercy gives Hope.
Mercy is emotional and is a sacrifice.
Mercy is a process.
Mercy is often personal and complicated.
Mercy is not about fairness or entitlement.
Mercy is LOVE in action and it heals wounds and changes the course of people’s lives.
We always receive more Mercy from God than we could ever give.
And finally….Jesus never worried about contamination, he was always willing to show mercy despite the consequences.

As we celebrate this designated year of Mercy we must ask ourselves…..When have I been shown Mercy?….When have I been Merciful?……Who in my life is in need of Mercy from me?

The Corporal Works of Mercy (pertaining to bodily needs) – Feed the Hungry – Give drink to the thirsty – Clothe the naked – Shelter the homeless- Visit the Sick and Imprisoned – Bury the Dead.

The Spiritual Works of Mercy (pertaining to the needs of the soul) – Counsel the Doubtful – Instruct the Ignorant – Admonish Sinners – Comfort the Afflicted – Bear wrongs patiently – Forgive offenses – Pray for the Living and the Dead.

God bless your week with Mercy! Karen Clor – DRE 🙂
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July 9 & 10, 2016 Masses

On the weekend of July 9 & 10, 2016 all masses will be held at St. Stephen Church because the parking lot at St. Joseph is being resurfaced.

Priestly Vocations: Seminary Day for Altar Boys

August 5, 2016

As a parish community we can assist the young people in our parish to remain disciples of Christ by encouraging them to hear and answer God’s call in their lives. If a young man you know is an altar boy and is in 7th grade or older, invite and encourage him to attend the Seminary Day for Altar Boys hosted by the Office of Priestly Vocations held at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. For young men in 7th grade to High School senior. Registration and information may be found on our website: www.detroitpriest.com.

Bathroom Confusion

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Over the past few months, there has been much confusion about whether or not transgender people can use a bathroom or dressing room different than the gender of their birth. According to livescience.com, between 0.2 – 0.3% of Americans consider themselves to be transgender. What does it mean to be transgender? People who identify themselves as either transgender or transsexual are usually people who are born with typical male or female anatomies but feel as though they’ve been born into the “wrong body” (Source: ISNA – Intersex Society of North America).

One familiar example would be former Olympic gold medalist, Bruce Jenner, who is known for being on the popular TV show, Keeping Up with The Kardashians, of which he is the stepfather to the Kardashian kids. Bruce, whose name was changed to Caitlyn, was born male, has attempted the process to become female, and recent interviews and reports are mixed about his decision to remain one gender.

There seems to be disagreement at the state level. Currently, one state – North Carolina has enacted legislation to support transgender bathrooms. However, legislation for it was vetoed in the state of South Dakota and failed in other states like Virginia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Mississippi. As of last month, nine other states have pending legislation that may allow males to use female bathrooms and dressing rooms and vice versa (Source: www.usatoday.com).

The support of transgender bathrooms and dressing rooms is affecting one of our local chains. Target CEO, Brian Cornell, stands by its company’s policy to support the transgender use of bathrooms at all Target stores despite its $10 billion dollars in losses due in large part to an online petition by the American Family Association (www.afa.net) that has generated over 1.3 million signatures of people who have made pledges to boycott Target (Source: www.newsmax.com).

While we see the financial impact on the boycott, what interior effect does being transgender pose on one’s own health? “Transgender people face a high risk of prejudice and mental-health problems, and as many as 41 percent of transgender people in the United States have attempted suicide, according to a 2010 survey conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force” (Source: livescience.com). This is a very sad statistic. Those who are suicidal are in dire need of counseling. But it would be foolish to support a transgender bathroom policy. Doing so would further lower moral standards of the majority and would be a detriment to the moral and mental health of those who are confused and contemplating suicide.

Is that good? No. Is it right? No. Then what can we do? Take action. We too can boycott Target. If enough people do that, we can affect the pocketbook of Target and influence the CEO and its shareholders to change back to their original company policy.

This is not just a legal or even political issue, but at a deeper level, it’s a spiritual and moral one too. If that is the case, how is this confusion to be addressed from a moral standpoint? First, it depends on what Sacred Scripture teaches. When it comes to cross dressing Scripture states: “A woman shall not wear a man’s garment, nor shall a man put on woman’s clothing; for anyone who does such things is an abomination to the LORD, your God” (Dt. 22:5). That’s pretty serious. Also, WWJD (What Would Jesus Do)? I believe he would be compassionate to these people confused by their gender just as he was compassionate to the woman caught in adultery (Jn. 8:1-11). But Jesus also told the adulterous woman to “go (and) from now on do not sin any more” (Jn. 8:11). I believe he would say the same thing to transgender people. We can also pray for their healing and conversion too.

Where there is confusion, there is the tail of the devil. This promotion and support for a transgender bathroom policy is wrong, and I believe the devil is heavily involved in trying to pervert God’s design of male and female identity and sexuality. We now see this manifested in our culture and in public whether it be at Target, in North Carolina, in our government legislation, or down south at the annual Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Let us not forget that we are made in God’s image and likeness (Gen. 1:26-27). Let us not be hoodwinked to think that the support of transgender bathrooms and dressing rooms are good ideas for our world, which is the current of the culture. Sometimes, with an issue like this, we are called to resist the current and go against the grain, and that is exactly what we need to do as people of faith in Jesus Christ.

Fr. Jeff


*NOTE*: If you have been keeping up with the reading for the book, 33 Days to Morning Glory which started back on May 26th and will conclude on June 27th, there will be a gathering for the Marian consecration to Jesus on Tuesday morning, June 28th, in the St. Stephen Church site after the Our Lady of Perpetual Help devotion by the statue of Mary. FYI, – Fr. Jeff

Random Thoughts In This June

By: Sr. Gloria

The Blue Water area is such a unique part of Michigan. And Port Huron sees the St. Clair River feeding into the mouth of Lake Huron, with the added plus of the bridges going into Canada, and all of the Great Lakes shipping gliding by.

At this time of year, in the middle of June, we are appreciating the beauties of creation, seeing that the trees and flowers are so beautifully alive. Indeed, the earth is alive!

So we appreciate the frequent comments by our Pope Frances, who calls us to a greater awareness of our global village.

“The future….depends on how we safeguard the gift of creation that our Creator has entrusted to us.”

“In nature, in plants and in animals, we recognize the imprint of the Creator.”

“We need unity to protect creation.”

A friend informed us that, at 7 a.m. on May 30, he placed on Twitter: “We are stewards, not masters of our earth. Each of us has a personal responsibility to care for the precious gift of God’s creation.”

Then in his work, LAUDATO SI, he adds another profound dimension: “A sense of deep communion with the rest of nature cannot be real if our hearts lack tenderness, compassion and concern for our follow human beings.”


“Nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness
in deep down things;
And though the last
lights off the
black West went,
Oh, morning,
at the brown brink
eastward, springs….
Because the Holy Ghost
over the bent world
broods with warm breast
and with ah!
bright wings.”

“God’s Grandeur” by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Peter’s Pence Collection 2016

Next week, our archdiocese will take up the Peter’s Pence Collection, which provides Pope Francis with the funds he needs to carry out his charitable works around the world. The proceeds benefit our brothers and sisters on the margins of society, including victims of war, oppression, and disasters. Join our Holy Father as a witness of charity to those who are suffering.

Religious Formation News – June 12, 2016

Peace be with you!!

  • VBS VBS VBS – Vacation Bible School at “Camp Catholic”!!

    tentCamping in God’s creation – will be offered August 1st – 5th for all kindergarten through 5th graders!! Mark your calendars! Many volunteers will be needed!! Stay tuned for more info to come.

    Donations of small empty peanut butter jars, empty paper towel rolls and CANDY is needed!!

    Fr. Sal is offering VBS for adults that week too! Using the same Bible stories the kids are learning! Don’t miss it.

    Registration forms will be in the bulletin soon.

  • Congratulations to the Graduates of Port Huron and Marysville schools! May you keep Jesus close and be prayerful in your decision making as you go on to bigger and more worldly adventures! If it feels wrong….DON‘T DO IT! Just a little advice from an older and NOW wiser former graduate!!! 😀
  • Protecting God’s Children is a wonderful free seminar put on by the Archdiocese of Detroit Safe Environment Office. It is a requirement for all employees and volunteers who work in parishes with children but all volunteers are encouraged to attend. No one under 18 years old is allowed.

    We will be hosting a seminar at St. Stephen School on Monday, June 20th beginning at 6 p.m. A pizza and salad supper will be served at 5:30. See the bulletin ad on how to register for this important seminar or call my office!

  • In today’s Gospel Luke 7:36-8:3 the sinful woman falls at the feet of Jesus, kissing and anointing His feet and Jesus forgives her. Pope Francis says “God never tires of forgiving; it is we who tire of asking forgiveness.”

    When we recognize God’s mercy in the face of our sinfulness we become disciples of Christ. Let us not tire of asking forgiveness. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered every Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in St. Stephen church or by calling your local priest for an appointment. Let us respond to God’s Mercy with abundant love!

In the merciful heart of God I remain,
Karen Clor – DRE 😀 – Call or email if you have questions.
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P. S. It’s not too late to commit to the Dialogue/Synod session! Come Sunday afternoon 6/12/16 at 3:00 p.m. to St. Stephen gym to have YOUR SAY on matters of the faith in our dioceses!! Here is your chance…. don’t miss it!!!

Called to Serve Workshop

Called to Serve is for youth from 9th – 12th grade. It is designed to guide, empower and encourage teens to promote and model safe and nurturing behavior in their jobs, service, and volunteer roles within their schools, parishes and the greater community. It helps the youth set boundaries in relationships with younger children, adults, and their peers.

You are required to participate in this one time workshop if you are involved in helping with the following activities: Vacation Bible School or Summer Family program, Knights Daughters, Catechists or Aides in Religious Education, tutoring grade school students, community service projects, mission trips, Altar Servers, Cantors or in Choir, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Ushers, Festival volunteers, Help with St. Vincent de Paul or Help with Children’s liturgy.

Each participant will receive a certificate from the Archdiocese of Detroit verifying participation.

Preregistration and permission slips are required!

Date: Friday, June 17, 2016
Time: 9am-12pm (food provided)
Place: St. Mary – 1505 Ballentine, Port Huron
Cost: Free
Registration deadline June 10, 2016
810-982-7906 ext. 156
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Mrs. Laurie Elliot