Isaiah Is Coming!

Fall Scripture Study starts on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 and runs for 13 weeks. The program includes individual study, group discussion and a weekly video. Come and find out who the prophets were that wrote this book and what are they are telling us now. Sessions will be offered at 10:30am to noon and 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Both meet in St. Stephen School. The cost for all the materials is $25.00.
No need to pre-register, but if you have questions call Amy at 810-300-0417.

5 Questions to Ask Yourself in Preparation for A Career…

college kids moving inWhile kids prepare to go back to school, some will enter at various stages and are thinking about what lies ahead. The juniors and seniors in high school, for example, are starting to think about where they want to go to college. Some of the students have had initial thoughts about what they want to do with their lives. Others know what career path they want to pursue, while still others have no idea and are not in any hurry. They may have filled out and mailed in applications already and may have based them on a variety of factors, like affordability. Attending a university, especially out-of-state, is very expensive. College students, including graduate students, now carry a heavy burden of student loan debt. According to http://www.collegedebt.com, the current student loan debt clock is at an eye-popping, $1.4 trillion and growing…

Some college kids are excited to “see the light at the end of the tunnel” with only one more year to go. Others are heading off to school for the first time where they will encounter a new culture, make new friends, toy with the thought of how much money they want to make, face temptation but hopefully learn the connection between independence and responsibility, and be challenged to attend Mass weekly. Below are five questions to ask a college student. They are:

  1. “What type of mindset” should you have in trying to figure out what to do with your life?” One answer is what St. Paul said to the Corinthians, “we have the mind of Christ” (1 Cor. 2:16). So put it on! You can have the mind of Christ if you feed it with prayer and Sacred Scripture which can aid you in what career path to take. By the way, remember to take the Bible with you to college… and read it.
  2. What interests you? We all have interests in doing things (playing sports, dabbling in art, caring for people, etc…). What draws you? What do you enjoy doing? Do you have a genuine joy in your heart for being in airplanes, for example, and therefore possibly have an interest in flying one someday? Is there anything that interests you to read or research that would make you want to follow up and apply it in some way? Narrow and evaluate your interests.
  3. What talent(s) do you have? While God blesses us with potential and abilities, He also blesses us with multiple talents. Some talents like doing well in school or working on cars may come natural. If we don’t already know our talent(s), sometimes God challenges us to discover them. We can’t discover our talent and work to develop it unless we first try and risk failure, that is with calculated risk. But we learn from our failures and mistakes as well as our sins. Maybe you are thinking about becoming a teacher. You may feel you are blessed with good people skills. You’re smart and organized. You enjoy being in the company of younger kids, and think you would like to teach elementary school. You may want to ask a teacher questions, or if you are accepted in a teaching program at school, pursue an internship to see if it’s something you like and could see yourself doing for many years to come. You may also want to read the “Parable of the Talents” in the Bible (Mt. 25:14-30, Lk. 19:12-27).
  4. What is God calling you to do with your life? This is the most important question and yet the most difficult to answer. God wants you and me to do something great with our lives that brings us peace, joy, and happiness. But we know it’s not that way all the time. It also involves the cross, which we are called to embrace like Jesus, knowing that the cross of suffering and pain helps us grow and learn. The cross may be your future boss, an annoying co-worker some day, moving away from the comfort zone of your family and friends, or an assignment given to you that seems to be an impossibly large task to do in unfair amount of time. The cross also helps to strengthen and mature us in the spiritual life. But when we start to ask and pray to God what he wants us to do with our lives, since he has a better plan than we do, we know we are on the right path looking to fulfill his plan; to do his will rather than ours (Mt. 26:39, Lk. 22:42).
  5. Are there any helpful “spiritual tools” to help you discern a career path? One helpful tool that can be used to evaluate your interests, talents, and discern what God is calling you to do with your life is to use of the cardinal virtue of prudence (The other three cardinal virtues are temperance, justice, and fortitude). Prudence is the virtue that disposes practical reason to discern our true good in every circumstance and to choose the right means of achieving it… The prudent man (or woman) determines and directs his conduct in accordance with this judgment…” (Catechism 1806).

Pray to the Holy Spirit to become more prudent in your decisions that God may bless you with good judgment to choose the college, the career, and even the spouse He desires for you as well as the grace to know and do his will. Despite having different career paths, we pray that we may all take the paths that lead us to the same destination of heaven. Amen.

In Pursuit of The Path That God Has Planned for All of Us,
Fr. Jeff

Resources:
FOCUS – https://www.focus.org
Kaczor, Christopher. How to Stay Catholic in College. (Book)
Newman Centers – http://www.newmanconnection.com

Green Faith

By: Sr. Gloria

There is an organization called Green Faith: Interfaith Partners in Action for the Earth. It shouldn’t surprise us that other Christian denominations are concerned about climate change.

So it is time to announce that on this September 1, 2016, Christians around the world are coming together to pray for creation, and to observe the SEASON OF CREATION between that day and October 4, 2016, the FEAST OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI. Green Faith is joining with the Global Catholic Climate Movement, the World Council of Churches and others, to encourage Christians worldwide to celebrate our love and care for creation.

“It is time to offer thanks for the awesome gift of creation, to acknowledge our responsibility for caring for the earth, and to protect life forms, and to ask for the Godly strength to put our beliefs into action.” “This is why the Season of Creation is about action as well as prayer. Throughout the month we will be calling on governments to commit to sign and ratify the Paris Climate Agreement as soon as possible.”
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Many of us could use the reminder: “The United Nations Climate Conference in Paris ended with a historic agreement by 195 countries to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in the second half of the century; to hold any future temperature rise well below 2 degrees Centigrade, to support the poorest countries with adaptation and climate finance, and to increase transparency to ensure that the commitments are kept.” (Sierra Magazine March-April 2016)

We know that Pope Francis’ encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ is considered by many to be the most important document published by a Pope in the past 120 years. ‘Laudato Si’ embraces all of creation. We are being called to a new spirituality that embraces all of that creation. Francis says, “Soil, water, mountains: everything is, as it were, a caress of God.” Francis quotes St. Thomas Aquinas to remind us that every species reveals God to us in a different way.

Pope Francis also quotes St. Bonaventure: “Contemplation deepens the more we feel the working of God’s grace within our hearts, and the better we learn to encounter God in creatures outside ourselves.”

Absorbing the implications of climate change really calls us to a deeper spirituality…. believe it or not.

“It is the contemplative, loving vision that Pope Francis invites us into in ‘Laudato Si.’ He wants us to contemplate the beauty and complexity of creation, to see how everything is connected, to see ourselves as in it and of it…. ‘Laudato Si’ is a call to conversion and urgent
-Fr. James Hug, SJ

It is interesting AND comforting to see that the internet and social media have so many more stories, now, about reverencing animals and creation.

The Archdiocesan Chorus 2016-2017

The Archdiocesan Chorus of Detroit announces auditions for its 2016-2017 season. Comprised of music directors and parish choristers ages 18-81 from every corner of the Archdiocese, the AOD Chorus is the resident choir of the Archbishop of Detroit. Its main function is to lead the music ministry for the major Archdiocesan liturgies, including the Chrism Mass and the diocesan ordinations. The ensemble also performs choral concerts, serving as evangelical and cultural enrichment to the wider community.

Last year, the Chorus sang for the Pope’s Epiphany Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica and for Gordie Howe’s funeral. This year, the Chorus will sing for the national conference of Roman Catholic cathedral musicians, and for solemn vespers with Oliver Latry, the organist of Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris. The Chorus’s diverse repertoire spans Gregorian Chant to Gospel and often includes rare and new works. Most importantly, the Chorus is a welcoming Christian family, drawn together by our commitment to passionate learning, making, and praying of sacred music.

Auditions are open to all singers at least 16 years old. The audition includes a sight-reading test, performance of a vocal solo or hymn, and vocal exercises, and vocal exercises. For more information, visit aod.org/chorus or call 313-237-5782. To schedule an audition, call 313-237-5782 or email gro.d1472199792oa@as1472199792ereht1472199792.dusf1472199792im1472199792

Christian Service Collections for Marwood Manor

The following is a wish list for the residents of Marwood Manor. Collections will begin September 10, 2016 and end September 18, 2016.
Please bring your donations to St. Joseph Church and St. Stephen Church. Thank you for your generosity.

  • Body Wash (Ladies)
  • Body Wash (Men’s)
  • Toothpaste
  • Low Cut Socks
  • Brush and Combs
  • Word Search Large Print Books
  • Crossword Puzzles Large Print Books
  • Lotion
  • Soft Candy – Chocolate Candy Bars and Peppermints (Regular and Sugar Free) Please No Nuts.
  • Playing Cards Large Print
  • Nail Polish
  • Snacks – Chips, Crackers, Cookies (Small, Snack Size Bags)
  • Shampoo
  • Socks With Gripper on the Bottom Size XXL
  • Small Cans of Coke and Diet Coke

Religious Education News – August 21, 2016

Peace be with you!!

What a beautiful outpouring of the Holy Spirit descended on our parish the week of Vacation Bible School. VBS went off wonderfully with many talented, gifted and hard working adults, teens and children happy and excited to share their faith, hope and love during a fun filled week of activities at “Camp Catholic”!!

We truly are a blessed parish as young and old alike heard the bible stories, took them to heart and let them transform their lives! One little guy bravely vowed to “grow up and become a priest”…PRICELESS!!! Thank you to GOD and EVERYONE who made this event so special!

It certainly was an uplifting week for this DRE! 🙂 And my prayers are that this enthusiasm and “spirit” of working together will spill into the beginning of our FAITH FORMATION EVENTS that will take place in September!

CHILDREN’S FAITH FORMATION & STEPPING UP…..RCIA & ADULT FORMATION…..JR. & SR. YOUTH EVENTS/FORMATION and SCRIPTURE STUDY all begin the second week of September!!

Much prayer, planning and scheduling has taken place over the summer to help all ages “GROW YOUR FAITH” at Holy Trinity Parish! Our theme for this year’s programs! 🙂

We have been actively meeting with all of our RCIA candidates through the summer and welcoming new members! Our youth groups especially the Jr. High youth have been busy participating in many fun and helpful events and of course we held a wonderful VBS for 50 children and 23 teens not to mention 10 – 15 adults led by Fr. Sal/Fr. Jeff each day.

Staying connected but slowing the pace has been a wonderful way for us to regroup and look at what is really needed in all areas of our Faith Formation Programs!!

We are excited about our new text for the children’s program which includes much more digital offerings (an e-book is available with each grades text for the parents & students), reworking the middle school age curriculum and revamping what we offer for RCIA and our Adult Formation seekers and of course our “rock solid” Scripture Study program.

Watch for details in next week’s bulletin on all of these offerings then get ready to sign up!!

God bless your remaining summer days with a peaceful spirit and warm breezes!

In HIS name, Karen Clor – DRE
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Called and Gifted Workshop 2016

Called and Gifted Workshop logoThe Called & GiftedDiscernment Process has been used since 1993 by over 75,000 lay, ordained, and religious Catholics and other Christians around the world. The Called & Gifted™ process is designed to help Christians discern the presence of charisms in their life.

Who can attend? This program is designed for all adult Catholics, age 18 and over.

All of the Called & Gifted program details can be found at the Catherine of Siena Institute website. ~~ www.siena.org ~~ Discover more about this dynamic workshop!

When: Friday, October 14, 2016 7:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 15, 2016 8:30 a.m.—4:00 p.m.

Where: St. Christopher Catholic Church in Marysville, Michigan. (1000 Michigan Ave, Marysville, MI 48040)

The ticket price of $20 includes a light breakfast and a lunch on Saturday and the workshop materials. Register early! Seating is limited.

Presented by the Blue Water Vicariate Evangelization Committee.

Register at https://calledandgiftedbwvec.eventbrite.com

Grief Support Day / Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows

When our life journey is touched by death and the grief that follows, we can turn to Mary for both solace and inspiration.
Join us at St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat & Conference Center Thursday, September 15, 2016. 9:30am—registration, retreat from 10:00am—2:00pm. To register, contact Lynnette Marshall at 313/286-2800 or online at www.stpaulretreat.org/retreats/register-upcoming-retreats

Praying the Labyrinth September 2016

The Labyrinth is an ancient Christian prayer form often seen as a metaphor for our Spiritual journey, A Pilgrimage to the Holy. Participants will learn about the history and movements of the Labyrinth as well as experience walking and praying the Labyrinth. The workshop takes place on Sunday, September 25, 2016 from 2-4pm at St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat & Conference Center. To register, contact Lynnette Marshall at 313/286-2800 or online at www.stpaulretreat.org/retreats/register-upcoming-retreats

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Carey, Ohio Pilgrimage

On Thursday, September 8th, 2016 you are welcome to join Prayer Pilgrimages on a pilgrimage to Our Lady of Consolation Basilica Shrine in Carey, Ohio. Highlights during the day include a special Marian Feastday Sung Latin Mass at Noon in the upper Basilica, Veneration of Relic, Miraculous Statue Procession, Guided Tour, & Gift Shop. Deluxe motorcoach scheduled departures from Oakland Mall in Troy, Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Plymouth, Levagood Park in Dearborn, & Big Boy in Lincoln Park. Cost per person is $50; which includes full course lunch in cafeteria. To reserve and/or more information: Call Michael Semaan at (248) 250-6005 or www.prayerpilgrimages.com.