Together with Jesus

praying coupleCouple Prayer Series

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in their midst.” Matthew: 18:20

Come join us as we learn to pray together
as couples more comfortably and consistently.

praying hands

Couples Prayer Series is designed to help equip and encourage married and engaged couples to share more deeply in their two most intimate love-relationships; their relationship with God and their relationship with one another.

Couples Prayer Series will be held in the Church at St. Mary Parish (1505 Ballentine St., Port Huron MI) on Thursday January 19, 26, February 2, 9,16, & 23, 2017 from 7-9 p.m.

There is no cost and all are welcome.

Please join us!

If you have questions call
Dc. Tim Maxwell at 810-982-7906, ext. 150

2016 Year End Statements

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.

Pilgrimage to the South of Italy

Fr. Sal Palazzolo – Fr. Brian Cokonougher-Fr. Simeon Iber
October 17-25, 2017

ItalyJoin Fr. Sal Palazzolo along with Fr. Brian Cokonougher and Fr. Simeon Iber on a tour through the South of Italy! Visit the sights of the Amalfi Coast including Sorrento, Naples and the Isle of Capri! See also the hometown of St. Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo. Lastly, spend time in Rome visiting the Major Basilicas, Vatican Museums, the sites of the city and much more! Call Corporate Travel for details at 313-565-8888 ext. 121 or 150 or visit us online at www.ctscentral.net and visit pilgrimages.

Our Parish Survey Summary

By: Fr. Sal

I would like to begin by saying thank you to all who participated in the parish survey this past year. It is helpful to hear directly from so many of you, that we may “take the temperature” of the parish. I do believe the best way to operate the parish is both a “top down” and “bottom up” approach. While the staff and I are knowledgeable and “do this for a living” we cannot serve you well without your feedback. The results will inform and mold decisions that the staff, the commissions, and I make in the next few years. Your time and response do matter.

While it is not helpful to share all the raw data with the parish at large, I would like to draw a profile of who, those of us who took the survey, say we are:

  • 90%: pray daily, allow our faith to guide our life choices, & go to mass 3-4 times a month
  • 30% of us attend mass one other time per week or more.
  • 40% of us have invited a guest to mass.
  • 95%: say our spiritual needs are being met, believe their priests care about them, and feel called to grow as disciples.
  • 85% of us feel that we have sufficient ways to be heard and have made friendships in the parish.
  • Most of us are female (65%).
  • Most of us are over 60 years old (68%).
  • More than half (55%) have belonged to the parish for 10 years or more.
  • A surprising 16% are not registered.

Already, some suggestions from the survey have been implemented or are being put in place. These things are: shorter announcements at the end of mass, forming a welcome / hospitality team, and creating a children’s choir.

Some of what we hope to do in the future is based off the survey as well. Those things include increased opportunities for devotions especially the rosary and Eucharistic adoration, more helping of the poor / homeless, increased opportunities for scripture study, and more activities for youth. If we do not get an associate pastor after Fr. Jeff leaves at the end of June, mass times will be affected, and the survey will also help in determining those changes.

While we will be consulting the survey on and off for the next few years, know that we also are working hard to put a strategic plan in place for the parish. This overall plan will include a: financial plan, buildings and grounds plan, and pastoral plan. This will be the “top down” to the survey’s “bottom up”. Thanks again for your participation and know that I am happy to meet or speak with any of you who have ideas/concerns/questions about our parish. God bless you!

Religious Formation News – January 15, 2017

My dear Mom passed to her eternal rest on Monday January 2, 2017. Mom gets all the credit for my love of Jesus and the Catholic Church! Rest in peace sweet, faithful servant!!

A Tribute to Connie Weber
(Our Mom)

+Because ALL that she did was for love of God and love of family!!

Mother, Mom, “Hey Ma”!
Whatever the term,
These were her sweetest words
We came to learn!

Feeding us, bathing us, teaching us our prayers.
(and even patiently combing out
long tangled hair)……
Were jobs that she did
With great love and care!

Being a good Mom
was her #1 task.
If we felt a bit down in a compliment
we’d bask.
For she had a kind way of making each
one of us feel loved.
And not only by her
but by God above.

She’d dress us up nice
and then off to church…
a responsibility she never would shirk!
To Mass or devotion…..whatever was new.
Helping us to learn…. that Jesus loved us too!

PATIENCE, KINDESS AND CONCERN,
are virtues she bestowed.
Hard work for a family of ten
don’t you know!

Keeping up with her kids and grandkids,
For her never seemed hard.
Acknowledging each special event
with a card.

A good visit…. game of cards….
Ice cream…. and a long country drive,
Gave special meaning to her stating
“It’s great to be ALIVE”! 🙂

So Mom, while your leaving us
makes us distraught.
Please know that you’ll live on in
the lessons you taught!

For the Faith, Hope and Love
You gave as we grew,
Was the message your Savior
taught you to do!

So go faithful servant
to your heavenly rest.
AS OUR MOM PLEASE KNOW
YOU WERE THE BEST!!!

We Love you Mom!!
Karen.
DRE/Holy Trinity Parish – 810-985-9069 or moc.o1484763398ohay@1484763398erneh1484763398petst1484763398s1484763398

We Move Into The ‘Ordinary Time’ Sundays

By: Sr. Gloria

Last weekend we celebrated the great feast of Epiphany… a climax to the Christmas season, with scriptures having so many layers of rich meaning. One considers going back to those readings, feeling open to the discovery of more riches and insights. We are, after all, dealing with eternal truths that impact our very lives. “Rise up in splendor; your light has come!”

Now we are at the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. We remember that the term ‘ordinary time’ can be misleading, for the scriptures are far from being ordinary. The term comes from the word ‘ordinal,’ which is a way of counting the progressive Sundays. We experience the progression of scriptures that are not in the major seasons of Advent, Christmastime, Lent, and the Easter season. We are also treated to the rich collection of scriptures that are covered in the three-year Church cycle of readings.

So in Ordinary Time, we welcome the chance to be enriched each weekend (and even during each week day). As we go through the years, we find that our understanding has deepened and matured. As we hear the scripture this year, as contrasted to hearing it three years ago, we realize that we have grown spiritually since then.

However, right now, let’s retain and savor a message from Christmas time:

When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and the princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flocks,
The work of Christmas begins:

To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among people,
To make music in the heart.

Dr. Howard Thurman


Now that the church colors have turned to the green of ordinary time, we wish to thank all of the people who decorated our St. Stephens and St. Joseph worship sites for Christmastime. The trees… the lights… the draperies… the poinsettias, all were indeed beautiful and elegant. It obviously took a lot of time and effort on the part of a good number of people. They must know their artistry is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

St. Vincent de Paul Thanks You

thank youA huge “Thank You” to the Holy Trinity Parishioners for your generous donations, both in material goods and monies, during this past year. An extra special “Thank You” for your contributions to The Blue Water Community Food Depot Ornament Sale in December (which brought in $1912) and for your contributions to the Quilt raffle (which brought in $490). Both of these contributions have gone directly to the BWCFD to purchase food from the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan to serve those within our own community.

Your generosity throughout the year has helped us to provide food, clothing, shelter, ID’s, rent and utility bills, among other essentials for these less fortunate than ourselves. May God bless you all!

Women’s Retreat

Mary

Pondering With Mary

Saturday, March 4, 2017
St. Stephen Church and School

Ladies, do something special for yourself. Mark your calendars now and plan to spend time in praise, prayer and reflection. More info to follow!

Scripture Study New Session!

Eucharist by Threshold Bible Study
This easy to use study uses texts from the Old and New Testaments to explore the great gift that Jesus gave us. The 6 sessions will lead us to prayer and active commitment in the world.
Tuesday’s starting January 31, 2017.
10:30 to noon or 6:30 to 8:00pm
Suggested donation for materials is $20.00
No need for preregistration. Just show up!

Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School News

Our 2017 is off to a great start and we hope yours is as well!

It is great to have all of our students back as the holidays wind down and the new year gets under way. Our students are busy studying as exams begin next week and continue through the 19th. We are confident our students will be prepared and do very well.

We also hope you can join our students at our Blessings and Gratitude mass Thursday, January 26th at Holy Cross Church. On this day, students choose a special person or item to bring with them to mass. Whether students bring a family member, personal memento, former teacher, necklace, etc., their special person or item will receive a blessing during the mass. Mass will begin at 9:00am, with all students and guests invited to join us for a pancake breakfast in the cafeteria.

5th Annual Bocce with the Brothers

bocce ballOn Friday, January 20, 2017, 6 PM, enjoy an evening getting to know the Capuchin friars at Villa Penna, 43985 Hayes Road, Sterling Heights, MI. Tickets are $50 per person and include a buffet dinner, desserts, and unlimited Bocce ball. Also featured will be the 19-piece Gary Greenfelder Orchestra, Piano by Noelle & Friends, and speed painter Dave Santia. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Detroit Capuchin ministries. Sponsored by Shelving, Inc. Call 313-579-2100 ext. 153 for tickets. www.TheCapuchins.org

St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat & Conference Center

Ladies Night Out

Come, join us at St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat & Conference Center on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 from 7-8:30pm! Ladies are invited to come and relax, share refreshments, step away from the chaos and enjoy the peaceful surroundings of the center and casual fellowship. To register, contact Lynnette Marshall at 313/286-2800 or online at www.stpaulretreat.org/retreats/register-upcoming-retreats.

Couples’ Retreat

On February 10-12, 2017, couples are invited to celebrate their marriage, weave the rejoicing of the wedding into the fabric of everyday living and rediscover the presence of the Lord in themselves, their home and their family. Led by Fr. Kenneth O’Malley, CP, and the St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat Center Ministry Team, married couples will experience conferences, personal reflection time, Reconciliation and Eucharist throughout the weekend. To register, contact Lynnette Marshall at 313-286-2800 or online at gro.t1484763398aerte1484763398rluap1484763398ts@ll1484763398ahsra1484763398ml1484763398. Retreat offering is $300/couple which includes 2 nights and 5 meals. Check-in begins at 4 pm and the retreat ends by noon.

St. Paul’s Feast Day:

On February 24, 2017 at 11:30am, the Friday before Ash Wednesday, the Feast of the Solemn Commemoration of the Passion mass is celebrated. Within the Congregation of the Passion, it is one of the most important and special feast days they view and use as a model to live out their lives. A day which focuses on “the most overwhelming sign of God’s love” (St. Paul of the Cross). Please join us and respond with your attendance by contacting Lynnette Marshall at 313-286-2800 or email at gro.t1484763398aerte1484763398rluap1484763398ts@ll1484763398ahsra1484763398ml1484763398.

RCIA

The archdiocesan Worship Office is offering nine RCIA topics on four Saturdays, January 14, 21, 28 and February 4, 2017 at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.

RCIA, which stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is the program that brings new members into the Church. The Worship Office uses CSA funds to develop certification programs for RCIA ministers and formation for RCIA teams, as well as for RCIA consultation to parishes.

Because of CSA gifts, topics are only $5 each and will include an overview of the RCIA, the pre-catechumenate and catechumenate, presiding at minor rites, purification and enlightenment, and Canon Law for RCIA teams.

For more information about CSA-funded ministries, programs, and services, please go to www.AOD.org.