Following Christ Retreat

Following Christ Retreat Feb 21, 2015

Following Christ Retreat Feb 21, 2015
9:00am-3:30pm
St. Stephen Church
All are welcome!
Register by calling 810-984-2689

ChristLife – Following Christ

Weekly sessions are from 4:00pm – 6:00pm

January 11 Daily Personal Prayer
January 18 Hearing God in Scripture
January 25 The Power of the Sacraments
February 1 Forgiving One Another No ChristLife today
February 8 The Spirit Empowered Life
February 21 – Retreat 9:30am – 4:00pm Mass
The World, the Flesh, and the Devil
February 22 Advancing the Mission of the Church
March 1 Celebrating Christ in Our Life

Parish Office: 810-984-2689
Religious Ed Office: 810-985-9069

2014 Holy Day Mass Schedule

Dec 24
St. Stephen Church 4:00 pm
St. Joseph Church 4:00 pm
Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission 6:00 pm
St. Joseph Church – Midnight Mass
Choir music begins
10:00 pm
9:30 pm
Dec 25
St. Stephen Church 9:00 am
Dec 31, 2014 / Jan 1, 2015
Octave of the Nativity of the Lord; Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God
St. Joseph Church Dec 31st at 4:00 pm
St. Stephen Church Jan 1st at 9:00 am

ChristLife – Discovering Christ

October 19 Talk 1 What is the Meaning of Life?
October 26 Talk 2 Why Does Jesus Matter?
November 2 Talk 3 What Does Jesus Want Us to Know?
November 9 Talk 4 Why Do I Need a Savior?
November 16 Talk 5 Why is the Resurrection Important?
November 22 – Retreat 9:30am to 4:00pm Mass
Talk 6 Who is the Holy Spirit?
Talk 7 The Holy Spirit and You!
November 23 Talk 8 New Life in the Spirit: Being a Disciple?
November 30 Talk 9 Believing and Belonging?

Parish Office: 810-984-2689
Religious Ed Office: 810-985-9069

Emergency Mass Plan

By Fr. Zbig Zomerfeld and Fr. Brian Cokonougher

Bulletin Article January 27, 2013

This the second in a series of four articles to be published in the bulletins of both Holy Trinity Parish and St. Mary Parish concerning the Together in Faith, Phase II planning process developed by our parishes and approved by the Blue Water Vicariate.

Last fall the staff from St. Mary and the staff from Holy Trinity met to develop an emergency Mass schedule, in the event that either pastor could not cover their weekend Masses. This schedule is only for a short-term emergency, but it must take into account funeral coverage, availability to go to the hospital to offer the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, and also allow for the coverage of previously scheduled weddings. Further, while senior clergy (like Fr. Joe Gagnon and Fr. George Askar) would be asked to assist in an emergency, a schedule must be on hand that one priest can cover. Obviously this would be a very difficult situation (especially if it went on for more than a week or two), and every single parishioner at both St. Mary and Holy Trinity would be affected. In light of the fact that St. Mary Parish has approximately 1,300 active, registered households and Holy Trinity Parish has approximately 1,000 active, registered households we would need to be able to accommodate at least 2,000 people with four Masses. As such, our emergency Mass schedule would be:

Weekend
Saturday:
4:00 pm @ St. Stephen Church
5:30 pm @ St. Mary Church

Confessions 3:00 pm @ St. Stephen Church

Sunday:
9:00 am @ St. Mary Church

Weekday

Monday: No Mass
Tuesday: 9:00 am @ St. Stephen Church
Wednesday: 8:15 am @ St. Mary Church
Thursday: 8:15 am @ St. Mary Church
Friday: 8:15 am @ St. Mary Church

In the event of a pastoral vacancy the parish staffs would determine when the schedule would take effect and communicate this schedule to all the parishioners. Thankfully our two parish staffs are filled with extremely gifted, hard-working and dedicated individuals that would lead us all in an emergency with great ability and expertise!

Sincerely,
Fr. Zbig
Pastor, St. Mary Parish
Fr. Brian
Pastor, Holy Trinity Parish

Cluster Partnership Between St. Mary Parish and Holy Trinity Parish

By Fr. Zbig Zomerfeld and Fr. Brian Cokonougher

Bulletin Article December 9, 2012

This the first in a series of articles to be published in the bulletins of both Holy Trinity Parish and St. Mary Parish concerning the Together in Faith, Phase II planning process developed by our parishes and approved by the Blue Water Vicariate: “In early 2012, St. Mary and Holy Trinity are to move forward as cluster partners and develop a cluster plan to be submitted to the Regional Moderator no later than June 30, 2012. The cluster plan should be implemented when a current pastor is no longer available, if a replacement is not available to be assigned, or when either parish begins to experience a net operating deficit. Plans should commence with models for initial collaboration and include contingency plans for programming, outreach and administration, for clustering/merging the parishes, and/or closing buildings and planning for the sale of property. This may result in short term, temporary administrators assigned, or a more permanent solution. In addition, Holy Trinity parish is to evaluate the potential elimination of one of its sites and submit a plan by December 31, 2012.”*

In the Together in Faith, Phase Two Pastoral Plan of the Archdiocese of Detroit St. Mary Parish and Holy Trinity Parish are designated as “cluster partners”. What is a cluster partnership? According to the Archdiocese of Detroit: “Two or more parishes which would cluster when the need becomes evident – for example, upon the reassignment, retirement or death of a pastor; or, when a parish runs an operating deficit”*

While it is the hope of both St. Mary Parish and Holy Trinity Parish that when either of us is reassigned to another parish that we would be replaced by another priest, the possibility exists that there may not be a priest available to be assigned to St. Mary or Holy Trinity. In that event, the remaining pastor would assume pastoral responsibility of the neighboring parish. Further, St. Mary and Holy Trinity would become a permanent cluster. What is a cluster? Again, according to the Archdiocese of Detroit: “A cluster refers to two or more parishes that share a single pastor and oftentimes a single set of administrative resources and personnel (bookkeeper, grounds keeper, religious education teachers, etc.). Also used as a verb, e.g. “St. Casimer and St. Agnes will make plans to cluster in 2014.” Parishes that are “clustered” have independent finances”.*

In short, we need to have a plan in place now in the event that either of our parishes experiences a pastoral vacancy. This plan should take into account both an emergency vacancy as well as a permanent vacancy. So far we have:

Developed an Emergency Mass Schedule in the event one of us gets seriously ill and cannot cover our liturgy schedule.

Identified a list of programs that our parishes are already doing together.

Begun holding combined staff meetings and combined Parish Pastoral Council meetings to complete the cluster plan.

In the next three weeks we will explain the emergency mass schedule, let you know what we are already doing together, and update you on the progress of our combined meetings.

Sincerely,

Fr. Zbig
Fr. Brian
Pastor, St. Mary Parish Pastor, Holy Trinity Parish

*( http://www.aod.org/parishes/planning-and-restructuring/pastoral-plan/ )