59th Anniversary of the Death of Venerable Solanus Casey and Novena

July 23-31, 2016

The 59th anniversary of Venerable Solanus Casey’s death is July 31, 2016. Traditionally, the Father Solanus Guild has conducted a Nine Day Novena in connection with the date of his death. Starting July 23, weekday Masses at Noon followed by Novena prayers will take place at St. Bonaventure Monastery Chapel, 1780 Mount Elliott, Detroit. Call (313) 579-2100, ext 140 for prayer leaflets. www.SolanusCasey.org

S.S.H.S./PHC Athletes, Inc. 36th Annual Stag Picnic Reunion

S.S.H.S./PHC Athletes, Inc.
36th Annual Stag Picnic Reunion

Saturday, August 6, 2016 12:00 – 5:00 P.M.
St. Edward’s on the Lake 6945 Lakeshore Rd.
Parish Hall across from church

Last year 2015 we gave $2000 to St. Mary/McCormick Academy and $2000 to St. Edward’s sports programs. All males, who attended St. Stephen High School or Port Huron Catholic High School, are welcome to attend or contribute (if unable to attend). We also have raffle tickets, 1st prize $500, 2nd prize $250. Call Bill Kearns at (810) 357-8264 for raffle tickets. Please send the form below with your contribution.
New Member Are Welcome!

Click here to download the RSVP form.

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.

We Have a Seminarian! Congrats Josh!

Josh KennyJosh Kenny, a recent graduate of Michigan State University, and a young parishioner of ours, was recently accepted into Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit where he will continue his journey of discernment toward the priesthood. Josh is the son of Dan and Tammy Kenny as well as the brother of Lauren. His family and our parish are very excited for his entrance into Sacred Heart where he will begin his studies next month. God-willing, one day, he will be ordained a priest of Jesus Christ to serve here in the Archdiocese of Detroit. Below is a testimony written by our new seminarian, Josh, about a pilgrimage he traveled to in France recently with other young men discerning the priesthood. God bless you Josh, and from all of us here at Holy Trinity Parish, know of our continued prayers. Congratulations!
– Fr. Jeff

Pilgrimage to France

Earlier this summer, I was fortunate enough to go on pilgrimage to France with the Archdiocese of Detroit’s Office of Priestly Vocations to continue my discernment. It was a truly blessed experience. Our group of 22 pilgrims, led by Fr. Tim Birney, traveled to Paris, Lisieux, the home of St. Therese of the “Little Flower;” Rouen, the city of St. Joan of Arc’s martyrdom; Chartres (pronounced “shart”), where the world’s best preserved medieval cathedral is located; Lourdes, where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette; and Ars (pronounced “are”), the city where St. Jean Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests, spent most of his ministry. The theme of our pilgrimage was “Walking in the Footsteps of the Saints.” We were encouraged to reflect on how the example of some of the Church’s greatest saints can inform our lives, and how their example can teach us to be more faithful servants of God.

Last summer I went on pilgrimage to Spain to walk the Camino de Santiago (“The Way of St. James,” the apostle). While I was in France I reflected on the differences between the two pilgrimages. In Spain, we spent most of our time surrounded by the beauty of the Spanish countryside and were largely able to distance ourselves from the noise of the modern world. In France it was a much different story. We spent much of our time in Paris, one of the world’s most famous cities and most popular tourist destinations. Even when we were in beautiful churches like Notre Dame or Sacre Coeur (French for “Sacred Heart”), we were never far away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. While this changed when we arrived in Lourdes and Ars, for much of the pilgrimage, we had to learn how to become pilgrims in the midst of the world. Here, the example of the saints shone forth. Many of the saints we encountered lived in the world, but did not belong to it. They gave their lives totally to Christ and their earthly ministries emanated from that relationship. The thing that stood out to me the most was their total fidelity to God, and the tremendous trust and hope that they placed in him amidst unimaginable trials. Their examples of love and charity inspired in me a desire to give my life totally to God and the service of others.

While on pilgrimage our group met every night to pray together, and we shared our thoughts from the day. I loved these conversations. It was so exciting to see other young men who loved God and were open to do his will. I was often challenged and inspired by the examples of the other members of the group as well as by the lives of the saints we encountered. The 12 days that we were there confirmed my desire to enter the seminary in hope of one day becoming a priest. I was able to reflect on the example of the priests who accompanied and led our group as well as on the example and priestly life of St. Jean Vianney. I feel a tremendous desire to serve God’s people and am thankful that God has given me the opportunity to discern a vocation to the priesthood.

In light of this, I am happy to announce that I have been accepted as a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Detroit! I will begin studying at Sacred Heart Major Seminary this August and am excited about the opportunity to continue my discernment there. I would like to thank the members of this parish for their prayers and support during my discernment so far, and ask that you please continue to keep me in your prayers as I begin this new phase of my life. I cannot wait to begin my studies this fall, and am eager to see what God has in store for me. I grew up in this parish and owe you a debt of gratitude for all you have done to encourage my vocation and spiritual life. Thank you for letting me share my journey so far with you, and know that I look forward to continuing to do so!

– Josh Kenny

Religious Formation News – July 24, 2016

Peace be with you!!

THANK YOU for all of your donations for our VBS projects!! We have PLENTY of paper towel rolls and plastic peanut butter jars!! No more are needed!! We could however use a few more bags of wrapped candy if you would like to donate a bag or two!! Thanks again!

tentIn one short week the kids will be coming to us for “Camping in God’s Creation”!! They will learn of God’s great love for us and that the PEACE we experience in God’s creation carries over as we learn and grow within our Catholic faith. With KNOWLEDGE we learn to respect all of God’s creation and develop an APPRECIATION for our place within it! With UNDERSTANDING we learn to care for the earth and how to care for our souls.

Through our activities the children will learn to appreciate the wonder of God’s creation and their place in it!

Our CAMPFIRE STORIES will include:

  • The Story of Creation: Genesis 1: 1-31 (How do we appreciate the natural world?)
  • The Light of the World: John 8:12; 3:19-21 (How do we find our way in the darkness?)
  • The Ten Commandments: Exodus 20: 1-17 (How does God prepare us to make good choices?)
  • The Call of Simon the Fisherman: Luke 5:1-11 (How do we put God first?)
  • The Ascension of Jesus: Mark 16:19 – 20 & Luke 24: 50-53 (How do we prepare ourselves to enter heaven?)

treeThe 3 camps will be named after trees!!
Kindergarten & 1st will be Precious Pines….
2nd & 3rd will be Wondrous Willows and
4th & 5th will be Mighty Oaks!!
🙂

All kinds of fun crafts, games and snacks will revolve around this. Each day the children will be able to write (or have us write) prayer petitions during their snack time on pine cones, acorns and willow leaves to place on the walls near their trees!!!

We also have a Saint to go with each day: The kids will learn what these holy men and women had to do with nature or leading us to heaven!! St. Francis of Assisi, St. John Paul II, St. Bernard of Montjoux, St. Frances Xavier and St. Kateri Tekakwitha!

Our Commissions at Holy Trinity have graciously offered to help serve snacks!! Thank you, Christian Service, St. Anne’s Altar Society, Worship Commission, Evangelization and Knights of Columbus!!!!

So don’t miss it!! Sign up now for a fun week of learning about God and his wonderful creations!!! August 1st through the 5th @ 9:30 to 12:30 !!
Don’t forget Fr. Sal’s offering of ADULT VBS from 9:45 to 11:00 each day too!!! Registration forms are in the church or just show up!! (It is easier for planning purposes if you register in advance!!) Thank you!!

See you all soon, Karen Clor – DRE Holy Trinity Parish 🙂
810-985-9069 or moc.o1469413230ohay@1469413230erneh1469413230petst1469413230s1469413230

National Night Out 2016

National Night Out logoTuesday, August 2, 2016
First Congregational Church
Parking Lot, 8th & Court Sts.
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

• Face-Painting • Bounce Houses • Book Give-away
• Live Music • Free Hot Dogs, Freeze Pops, Popcorn
• Games for Children • Bingo for Adults
• Resource Table • Bike Giveaway • & More

Turn off the T.V., turn on the porch lights, and come outside!

Sponsored by Olde Town Area Churches & Organizations

Volunteers are needed. Please contact Deacon Dennis
at the parish office if you would like to help!

CSA Minute – Youth Ministry

Millions of youth from around the world are now gathered in Krakow, Poland, for World Youth Day 2016. Pilgrims in the Archdiocese of Detroit unable to travel to Poland are attending World Youth Day Home this weekend, and celebrating their faith in solidarity with those gathered overseas.

Pope John Paul II began the tradition of World Youth Day, Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31, which includes catechesis, fellowship, worship, and renewal. World Youth Day Home is being held at St. Mary Parish, Orchard Lake, will feature Mass with Archbishop Allen Vigneron, a pilgrimage walk, prayer, live music, Polish culture, and sleeping outside.

Your gifts to the Catholic Services Appeal support the important work of the Youth Ministry Office, which empowers our youth to live as disciples of Jesus Christ and actively witness their faith.

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

Holy Trinity Parish Picnic 2016

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Sunday, August 7, 2016
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Port Huron Township Park (behind the Elk’s Club on Beach Rd)

Mass at 11 a.m., Dinner after Mass
(Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Kool-Aid & Water provided)

Please bring a dish to pass:
A – I     Salad
J – O     Desserts
P – U     Relish
V – Z     Vegetables

Please RSVP on the sign-up sheets at Church or call the Parish Office at 810-984-2689.

Things you may need:
lawn chairs, blanket (if sitting on the ground), beach towels (for wet and wild games), baseball equipment, lawn games, bug spray.

A Prayerful Response to The Dallas Tragedy…

Dallas TX police carBack in 1963, our president, John F. Kennedy, was shot and assassinated in Dallas. Now over 50 years later, another shooting tragedy, as many of us are aware of through the various media outlets, has struck Dallas again through a series of assassinations that targeted the lives of police officers. These brutal acts of hatred, whether it be of terrorism or any other type of shooting violence, are to be condemned.

Let us pray:

O God, we offer up a prayer of thanksgiving to you this day for police officers who serve in our communities and willingly put their lives on the line to keep us safe and secure. We pray for a hedge of protection around them and their families. We also pray for a greater respect for those in authority, that they may understand and respond accordingly to the leadership responsibilities that you have entrusted to them. We pray for all involved in the Dallas tragedy including the repose of the soul of the shooter, the deceased victims, and the family and friends of the victims affected by the shootings. In addition, we pray for our country that it may be healed from the wounds of racism and other forms of division. Finally, we pray for a spirit of peace, love, forgiveness, and mercy to prevail in the hearts of all Americans. We pray all of this through the intercession of Mary, our Mother of Perpetual Help, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

– Fr. Jeff

We Have More Praying To Do

By: Sr. Gloria

We have shared, more than once, the desire of American religious to actively confront racism. It is one of the major goals articulated in our recent Adrian Dominican General Chapter. Thus we would share the public Statement of the Adrian Dominican Sisters.

July 8, 2016, Adrian, Michigan – We are deeply pained and outraged at the increase in the number of police killings of innocent African American citizens – an alarming indicator of the way Black people are being dehumanized, marginalized and devalued. We cry out with our Black brothers and sisters that #BlackLivesMatter – the epidemic killings must stop!

We also deplore the horrifying sniper killings of police officers that took place yesterday In Dallas. As Rev. Martin Luther King said, “Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.”

The race-based violence in our country is, as President Obama said, “an American issue” that confronts every one of us, individually and systemically. We pray for all victims of violence and their grieving families. And we call on all of us to engage in personal and national soul-searching on the evils of our socialization in racist systems and the steps we must take to detoxify our hearts and the heart of our nation. We may again draw on Rev. King and his Christ-inspired words for guidance: “Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

The Adrian Dominican Sisters will join at noon (CDT) in the call for prayer issued by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawling as a way to begin “to hear wounds not create them.”


On the Sunday of this writing, the news has been full of demonstrations…..confrontations of groups who want to deal with this savage racism….pockets of public protesting is a start. There are many people who want to make a difference now and show that they truly do believe in the equality of human beings! They are hearing the headline: Love one another. May that holy energy continue.

Some time ago, the spiritual writer Henri Nouwen wrote: “The first signs of the new earth and the new heaven, which have been promised to us and for which we hope, are already visible in the community of faith where the compassionate God reveals himself. This is the foundation of our faith, the basis of our hope, and the source of our love.”

Vocations Golf Outing

1st Annual Tri-District Golf Outing
K of C logogolf club and ball
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Leaning Tree Golf Course
Smiths Creek, Michigan
Registration begins at 8:15 a.m.
9:00 a.m. shotgun start
$55.00 per player includes hot dog at turn with light meal at finish.
Please call with questions
or to reserve your teams by contacting
Steve Drouillard – (810) 650-1349 or
Rick Janderwski – (810) 650-2305

Top three teams split proceeds for their RSVP program

CONNECT Adult Ministry

Please help support Holy Trinity’s Adult Ministry with working toward the completion of our very own Prayer Garden. Dan Rhein, a parishioner at Holy Trinity, the visionary of this project has accepted our invitation to help him on this extensive project. We are looking for the help of our Church Community in bringing his vision to life for all God’s creation. If you are looking to get rid of any of the following, or know of someone who is please feel free to contact me and I will be more than happy to come and pick them up. I have means to get them to St. Stephen. Please see the list of needed items below and give me a call today.

Peace and Prayers,
Rebecca Sweet (810) 650-2565

Items Needed:

  • crushed concrete
  • bag cement, lots
  • rubble, bricks, gravel
  • cobblestone, landscape stone, field stone, river rocks, street pavers, cinders
  • soapstone, beach glass
  • 5’ boulder
  • wood posts (natural tree trunks, rough cedar)
  • timbers (at least 4 ft.)
  • treated wood posts
  • 6-12 crush proof culverts (4” x 6’)
  • bird houses, bat houses, cement bird baths
  • benches
  • outdoor Catholic statues

Living Every Day With Passion & Purpose

with Matthew Kelly

Friday October 7, 2016
7:00 PM – 10:45 PM
St. Frances Cabrini, Allen Park, MI

St. Augustine has chartered a bus for the event. The cost for the bus is a “free will offering.” You must call St. Augustine Parish to reserve a seat on the bus. 586-727-5215

Bus pick-up schedule

Leave St. Stephen @ 4:30 PM
Leave St. Augustine @ 5:00 PM
Leave Lowes (23 & Gratiot) @ 5:30 PM

You must purchase an event ticket. Tickets are available at St. Augustine or on line at www.dynamiccatholic.com/allenpark or call 859-980-7900

The Event is close to selling out so act soon!