Annual Chicken Dinner and Raffle

Sunday, October, 11, 2015
Noon until 5pm

St. Stephen School Building

Now offering drive-thru take-out!


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


  • Adults: $9
  • Seniors: $8
  • Children (5-12) $6
  • Children (4-under) Free
  • Take-outs $9

Raffle with TEN grand prizes! Tickets $1 each. License #C27199. Drawing held at 4pm.

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

Come and check out our Silent Auction; ends at 4:30pm.

Healing Service

The Blue Water Vicariate Evangelization Committee is hosting a Healing Service on Friday, October 2nd at St. Stephen Church in Port Huron located at 325 32nd St., in Port Huron, MI 48060 810-984-2689

  • Confession: 6:15 pm
  • Holy Mass: 7 pm. Sacrament of Anointing of the sick during Mass. This sacrament is for those who are seriously ill, facing serious surgery, the elderly.
  • Personal prayer with prayer teams after Mass
  • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament; Benediction: 9 pm

All are welcome to this service, including those seeking spiritual, emotional and/or physical healing for themselves or others.

St. Mary’s Retreat

An Invitation for Women!

“My Peace I Give to You”      John 14:27

Dynamic Retreat Facilitators

Nancy Trudell

Nancy Trudell
Spiritual Director with formation at Manresa Retreat Center

Rev. Brian K. Cokonougher Pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, Port Huron

Rev. Brian K. Cokonougher
Pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, Port Huron

Fri. Oct. 9th (7:00 P.M.) – Sun. Oct. 11th (1:00 P.M.)
St. Mary Retreat House, Oxford, MI
Cost: $160.00

“Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest awhile.”      Mark 6:31

St Mary Retreat HouseMusic provided by Lois Zuccarini and Mary Fran Liberty-Caza

To confirm your reservation, please see back of poster,
or download form at:

You will find peace only God can give!

A Stranger and You Welcomed Me – Part 1 of 3

“I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me” (Mt. 25:35). These are the words of Jesus that have become known as examples of the corporal works of mercy. While there has been much political debate in recent years over immigration and what to do about refugees, Pope Francis’ visit to our country last week reminded us from a spiritual standpoint the importance of love, compassion and generosity that we are called to offer to those strangers in need, namely immigrants and refugees who do not have a place to call home… yet, but who are under the disguise of Jesus looking to and waiting to be welcomed by you and me, by all of us who are members of the same human family in God, who has graciously entrusted creation and this bountiful but ailing earth to all of us.
In a statement made to a crowd in Philadelphia, Pope Francis told immigrants not to be discouraged stating: “By contributing your gifts, you will not only find your place here, you will help to renew society from within,” he said in Spanish. “I take this opportunity to thank all those, of whatever religion, who have sought to serve the God of peace by building cities of brotherly love, by caring for our neighbors in need, by defending the dignity of God’s gift of life in all its stages, by defending the cause of the poor and the immigrant,” he said. “All too often, those most in need of our help are unable to be heard. You are their voice, and many of you have faithfully made their cry heard.” Source:
While some have faithfully made their cry heard, others may have concerns and respond, “where is the justice in someone who has gotten in line, committed to a process and has been waiting for years to become a U.S. citizen? Yet there are others who illegally and instantly cross one of the borders into this country and have the potential to become citizens through amnesty, for example.” You’re right. There is not any justice in that. Life isn’t fair. Realize that unlike many of us who live in love, peace and security, especially in this nation, there are many who do not share the freedoms and blessings in other countries that we do. Many immigrants and refugees flee from constant abuse, violence and drugs, and even death in search of a better life for them and their families. How that is to be resolved politically and practically is beyond the scope of my expertise. But I go back to a popular question that was asked often in Christian faith circles back in the 1990’s. It was an acronym commonly used. Do you remember what it was? The answer is W.W.J.D. What Would Jesus Do? What would Jesus do if he came across a child refugee from Syria or Iraq? What would he do if he encountered a lonely refugee from northern Africa who fled his or her hometown just captured from radical Islam (like from members of ISIS), and is trying to survive by going across rough waters in a poorly, made, wooden boat with overcrowded people hoping to arrive on the shores of either Greece or Italy and potentially face unwelcome by people as well as hostility from authorities? What would Jesus do if he came across an immigrant from any number of countries south of the border, for example? Would he not welcome them? Of course he would and with open, loving arms! Shouldn’t we do the same? He would be faithful to his own words… “a stranger and you welcomed me” (Mt. 25:35). What about welcoming the stranger in our own communities and neighborhoods? Many of you have responded to that through ministries like St. Vincent de Paul, B-WARM (Blue Water Area Rescue Mission) and others. God bless you for your generous efforts. We have a loving and welcoming God whom we are called to imitate in Christ Jesus, and we can surely be more welcoming with his grace and help.
In short, what can we do? 1) Educate ourselves (as more information and resources will be forthcoming in articles over the next two weeks); 2) Pray. Pray for the immigrants and refugees who are suffering with their families, but also pray to God to be a courageous witness on behalf of them; 3) Get more involved in the public square via policy making either through voting or writing your congressman or woman. 4) Be more compassionate to strangers and be more welcoming to visitors inside and outside of church.
If we are called to show compassion and love to immigrants and refugees, does that mean that all of them should automatically become legalized citizens? At the same time, doesn’t a country also have a right to secure its borders? What about illegal immigrants who do not pay taxes? Stay tuned as answers to these questions and more will be given over the next two weekends in subsequent articles. Some of these answers and other main points will be highlighted and referenced from statements made by our U.S. and Michigan bishops and will include resources to the Bible and the Catechism too.

In The Spirit of Always Welcoming The Stranger As Jesus Did,
Fr. Jeff Allan

“SHOES” For Kohov School Children

Building Hope for the Future

Charity Gathering Event with Fr. Simeon

Nigerian Mission’s Newest Project

Event will take place on Sunday, October 18, 2015
2:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m.
at Casey’s, 628 Huron Ave, Port Huron, MI

Cost is $35.00 per person (Check-in at door)
Food and non-alcoholic beverages included
Open bar available.

RSVP by mailing check to:
Frohm Kelly Butler & Ryan PC
Attn: Dorothy Bergquist
333 Fort St., Port Huron MI 48060
Checks only please! We do not have credit card availability.
Donations are tax deductible

Protecting God’s Children Workshop

This Workshop is necessary for all those in a Parish or School that are in close contact or work with the youth, aged, or handicapped. This workshop is mandated through the Archdiocese of Detroit and is for persons over 18 years of age.

Saturday, October 17, 2015
9:00am to 12:00pm
Morning Hospitality beginning at 8:30am
This event will be held in the Parish Hall.

There is no cost however all those that attend must register on-line prior to the Workshop. There is a 100 person capacity – so please register ASAP!

To register please go to
and follow the prompts to register.

Contact Person: Tina Kovalcik, DRE, 586-725-1762

Immaculate Conception Parish, 9764 Dixie Hwy, Ira, MI 48023

Distinguished Speaker Series 2015

The John Courtney Murray Distinguished Speaker Series presents:

“Moving From Success to Significance”

Guest Speaker: Chuck Gaidica

Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 7-9pm
at St. Stephen Church, 325 32nd Street.

Chuck Gaidica is currently serving as the Pastor of Outreach and Innovation at Oak Pointe Church in Novi, Michigan.

He enrolled in the Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, part of Cornerstone University, obtaining a master’s degree in ministry leadership.

Mr. Gaidica has successfully worked as a leader of various efforts to bring business, media and non-profits together as “forces for good.”

He is an award winning media personality known for excellence and innovation and winning strategies. He has proven himself to be a successful media and business leader who is a long-time team player for the #1 television station and multiple winning radio stations in Detroit, Michigan and beyond.

Public Welcome!
Admission: Free Will Offering at the door
Sponsored by:
the Port Huron Catholic Parishes

Encounter Jesus Like You Never Have Before at Our Parish on September 30th! – Part 2 of 2

Last week in Part 1, I defined what adoration and Eucharistic adoration are. In addition, I shared a brief history about it, the purpose as to why Catholics adore Jesus in the Eucharist and how to pray during a holy hour. Now I would like to share with you the details on this important and upcoming parish event. On Wednesday, September 30th, through the leadership of our Director of Religious Education (D.R.E.), Karen Clor, our parish will offer Eucharistic Adoration. It will be a chance to rest with Jesus in silence. Jesus says, “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while” (Mk. 6:31). Jesus also says in Mt. 11:28, “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” All you need to do is show up with an open heart, a restful spirit and be prepared to sit with Jesus in the silence… something we all need at times to refresh our minds and souls. Who better to do it with than with our Divine Physician and King of Kings, Jesus Christ.

The evening will entail adoration of the Blessed Sacrament that will be available not just for our catechism students and their parents, but also for the whole parish. Since the theme of adoration will be Family Night, the focus will be on praying to Jesus for our families, which is timely because of Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. which will include a gathering for the World Meeting of Families on September 26th-27th in Philadelphia. Speaking of time, it starts at 6:00pm. I (Fr. Jeff) will give a brief, 5-10 minute presentation on what adoration is followed by Nancy Trudell, who will discuss the spirituality of adoration on how we can effectively spend our time during the holy hour. Adoration will begin at 6:20pm and will go on until about 7:00pm when our catechism students will come over from the school to join us for adoration in church at the St. Stephen site. Benediction (blessing) will follow and conclude around 7:15pm when the Eucharist will be reposed (or put back) in the tabernacle. At that time the catechism students and their parents will be dismissed from church.

What can I expect to experience at this adoration event? You will see how the Eucharistic Jesus will be placed in a monstrance which is like a metal sunburst that sits on the altar. How long will Jesus be present in the monstrance? About an hour… But on Tuesday mornings from 9am – 12pm, Jesus is present in the St. Stephen’s chapel for three hours thanks to Frank and Judy Elliott who organize it. All are welcome to attend that weekly event too. If you are free then, I encourage and challenge you to set a goal to spend one hour with Jesus per week. You might not be able to do that right off the bat. Like someone who just starts to exercise by running or lifting weights, you start out small and slow just like with adoration. The same principle applies, whether physical or spiritual. You may need to start at five or 10 minutes and build up from there. At this evening adoration event, be ready to use your senses as rich elements of incense, music, candles, and different-than-normal, priestly vestments will be used to make your adoration prayer more fruitful.

St. John Paul II wrote in an encyclical letter on the Eucharist that all Catholics are called to contemplate the Eucharistic face of Christ (Ecclesia de Eucharistia, no. 7). This is a faith opportunity for you to behold the face of Jesus truly present in the Eucharist. “By worshipping the Eucharistic Jesus, we become what God wants us to be! Like a magnet, the Lord draws us to Himself and gently transforms us. In its fullest essence… Eucharistic Adoration is ‘God and Man reaching out for each other, at the same time!” (Source: May we reach out to Jesus with a heart full of desire that can only be filled by his mercy and love. Amen.

Fr. Jeff Allan

Boer, Paul A. and St. Peter Julian Eymard. The Real Presence.
Flynn, Vinny. Seven Secrets of the Eucharist.
Groeschel, Fr. Benedict. Praying in The Presence of Our Lord: Prayers for Eucharistic Adoration.
Racine, Fr. Florian. Could You Not Watch With Me One Hour: How to Cultivate A Deeper Relationship with The Lord Through Eucharistic Adoration.

Pancake Breakfast

Sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 521 to benefit the “Coats for Kids” Program

Date: Sunday, September 27, 2015
Time: 8:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
Location: St. Stephen School Building
Cost: Free Will Offering
Menu: Pancakes (plain, blueberry & chocolate chip), scrambled eggs, potatoes, sausage, applesauce or fruit cocktail, juice, milk, coffee, tea

Volunteer Tutors Needed

You can help break the cycle of poverty – through literacy!

The Read for Life Literacy Program is an after school tutoring program for 1st and 2nd graders at Woodrow Wilson Elementary in Port Huron, sponsored by St. Martin Lutheran Church.

Getting Started: Orientation for new tutors is September 30th or October 5th at 3:30pm at Woodrow Wilson Elementary, 834 Chestnut St, Room 116.

When: The program begins on October 12th from 3:25 – 4:25pm at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School. We will continue meeting on Mondays and Wednesdays throughout the school year.

For more information contact Nancy Nunez at 810-982-9261 (after 1pm) or
e-mail moc.o1444055024ohay@1444055024renpe1444055024dyram1444055024. If you get voicemail, please leave your name, phone number, and identify yourself as wanting to be a part of the Read for Life program.

St. Vincent de Paul Walk for the Poor

When: Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.
Place: Belle Isle, Detroit
Program: Meet at St. Stephen at 7:30 a.m. Transportation will be provided. Register at 9:00 a.m. to walk 3 miles. Walkers obtain pledges. Any amount is fine. Walk begins at 10:00 a.m. Lunch provided after walk.

To Volunteer or for more information, call Holy Trinity St. Vincent de Paul Helpline 810-989-1931. Leave a message and a Holy Trinity St. Vincent de Paul volunteer will call you back.

Right to Life Layette Collection

We will be holding our annual “Right to Life” Layette Collection for “Blue Water Pregnancy Care Center” on the weekends of October 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th.

Baskets will be placed at the altar. Please bring donations up after the collection.

Please help to care for God’s Little Angels.

October 3rd: Diapers (size 4, 5, or 6), Wipes
October 10th: Clothing (up to 24 months)
October 17th: Receiving Blankets, Crib Sheets
October 24th: Toiletries, Baby Bottles, Bibs, Pacifiers.

New car seats and cribs (no drop-down sides) are greatly needed.

Christian Service Commission