Religious Formation News – May 29, 2016

Peace be with you!

  • I’m always a little saddened to see the end of May come and the putting away of the May/Mary altar both in church and at home!

    Our Blessed Mother is such a great intercessor for our prayers to Jesus and she has taken many of my prayers for my children to the Lord to be answered. AND THEY HAVE BEEN ANSWERED! So my devotion to her will continue with Hail Mary’s, the Rosary and the Devotion in honor of our Mother of Perpetual Help (prayed each Tuesday after Mass) for this sweet lady. Mary Queen of Heaven… pray for us!

  • As always in church life and our Liturgical calendar when one season ends another beautiful season begins and we look forward to June brides and grooms and the weddings that will take place in our parish and families in the summer months!

    I recently read an article written with reflections on the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony by Pope Francis and how the three most important phrases in a marriage should be: Please, Thank You and I’m Sorry!

    Whether we are aware of it or not those of us who have been married for some time teach about the Sacrament every day with our actions. And our children/grandchildren are watching!

    Pope Francis quoted Saint Francis who said: “courtesy is the sister of charity; it extinguishes hatred and kindles love.”

    Today in our families, in our world, often violent and arrogant, there is a need for far more courtesy!! Do our children see courtesy in our relationship with our spouses??

    Do we know how to say Thank You? In our marriages it is important to keep alive our awareness that the other person is a gift from God…..and we should ALWAYS give thanks for gifts from God!

    In our lives we make many errors and many mistakes. We all do. That is why we need to be able to use this simple word, “Sorry.”

    Can we swallow our pride and share an experience in our married lives when we have had to apologize for our actions and talk about what we may have done better? It is a great healing experience and should serve to strengthen our bond with our spouse.

    In our Theology of the Body class taught to our middle school age kids these examples lay the groundwork, so that long before they start thinking about marriage partners, our students envision the Catholic Sacrament of Holy Matrimony as a wonderful gift from a loving God!

    In this month of June brides and grooms, lePlease, Thank You’s and I’m Sorry there are enough Please, Thank You’s and I’m Sorry, happening in our families, work places and social events.

God bless your week with courtesy! Karen Clor – DRE
810-985-9069 or moc.o1519054245ohay@1519054245erneh1519054245petst1519054245s1519054245

Congratulations Sr. Gloria!

congratulations2016 recipient of: Spirit of Port Huron – Lifetime Achievement Award –

Sister GloriaYou are so very deserving to be recognized by this community for the impression you have made on so many people in this City and beyond.

Let’s let June 13th 2016 be “Sr. Gloria Korhonen Day”.

To All:
The “Spirit of Port Huron” Awards ceremony will be held in the McMorran Lounge on Monday, June 13, 2016. A reception will begin at 4:30 p.m. followed by the awards ceremony at 5p.m. The event is open to the public and the City Council is encouraging all who wish to attend to do so.

Survey Sunday

On the weekend on June 11 and 12, 2016 we will be taking a Parish Survey during mass time.
Please plan to attend Mass on this weekend and take this survey. A very dedicated group of parishioners worked very hard to write the survey. The results of this survey will help us to better plan for the needs of our parishioners. Thank you!

LIFElines from Lucy

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. Eucharist is one of most diverse words of the Catholic Faith. It is a noun meaning bread, wine, Jesus. We recognize Eucharist as the substance that we receive at Communion. It is a verb meaning it is an action. When Jesus told the disciples to “feed them yourself..” He commanded his disciples to go out and take care of his people. Jesus gives us everything that we need to go out and be the Body of Christ for others. This too is Eucharist. We have no excuses! We receive Jesus and then we become Jesus, it’s that simple. Some of us are meant to be Eucharist by helping at the Soup kitchen, home visits with St Vincent de Paul, visiting those who are imprisoned. Some are meant to be Eucharist by the way they service people at their job. Teachers, medical people, public assistants, first responders, parents, coaches etc… Those who are infirmed can be Eucharist to others through prayer and letting others care for them. Children are Eucharist by the way they treat their peers and respect their elders. Last week’s ME TIME session, we were talking about how the Spirit uses us to be the hands and feet of Christ. Someone asked, “How will we know what to say?” Sometimes we won’t, the Holy Spirit will take over and the words will just come out of our mouth. God doesn’t call the “able”, God makes us able. Our job is to do two things: Trust God and Love each other. The Spirit will do the rest of the work, as long as we are open to being Christ’s body. Who are the Body of Christ? We are; the people. If you are not sure, go back to Romans and read about how we are all part of the BODY, and that it takes all of us to do the work.

ME TIME Schedule for Junes. All are welcome to attend, Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30PM. At St Stephen in room 101. (comfy chairs and air conditioning!) These sessions are independent of each other, so you may “drop in and drop out” as the topic interests you.

  • May 30, 2016 – no session.
  • June 6, 2016 – The Reality of Sin and Grace –Why do people turn away from God?
  • June 13, 2016 – The People, Places and Rite of Liturgy- What is the Liturgy
  • June 20, 2016 – We are destined for God- What happens at the end of Life?
  • June 27, 2016 – Faith, Hope, and Love- How do we cultivate Virtues?
  • July 4, 2016 – no session
  • July 11, 2016 – Society and Human Dignity- How should we live as a community?
  • July 18, 2016 – What is the Lord’s Prayer?

What a casual and beneficial way to learn about God, Jesus and the Church in a conversation with your peers. Make new friends, enjoy and snack and spend some ME TIME together.

Keep Movin’ in the Spirit……

Parish Council Selection Results 2016

Congratulations to Rick Janderwski, Paul Richter, Mercedes Fox, and Alex Somogy. These four parishioners were each selected to serve a three year term on our Parish Pastoral Council.

Congratulations also to Denise Selby and Rick Collins who were selected as alternates.

Pray the Luminous Mysteries

Come pray the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary with us on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 6:30 in the St. Stephen’s chapel.

A quote from Jesus in the Heaven Speaks about Depression booklet:

“I send the greatest graces of courage to all who read these words. My children in the world can become discouraged and sad. Dearest little ones, if you are this way, you must come to Me and rest your worries in My heart. I do not like to see you sad, even though life can be difficult. You feel you are alone and that is part of the reason why you feel such sadness. But you are never alone because I never leave you. To leave you would be acting against My very nature and such a thing is impossible. I am with you now, as you read these words, and I minister to your wounded heart with graces of love and courage.”

Pick up a copy of any of the books and booklets in the back of each church, and come pray with us.

Protecting God’s Children Seminar

Hosted by Holy Trinity Parish
St. Stephen School (gym)
325 32ND St, Port Huron MI 48060

When: Monday, June 20, 2016

Time: 6:00 – 9:00 P.M.
Light Supper at 5:30

Register online at or (safe environments)

Anyone volunteering for the parish must have this required workshop.

Questions Call Karen Clor – DRE
810-985-9069 or moc.o1519054245ohay@1519054245erneh1519054245petst1519054245s1519054245

Love One Another

By: Sr. Gloria

The spiritual writer Henri Nouwen wrote, “In a world so torn apart by rivalry, anger and hatred, we have the privileged vocation to be living signs of a love that can bridge all divisions and heal all wounds.”

I don’t know how many years ago it was when he wrote that, but it suddenly is a contemporary call and a vision. We have mentioned our own call, as Dominican religious women, to counter racism at this time. Suddenly racism has surfaced as a huge and visible conflict in our country. As a choir member recently said, it’s as if a light has gone on, to reveal how invasive racism is in so many areas.

Another spiritual writer, Richard Rohr, recently wrote, in an essay about the current prevalence of racism: “Think of how most of us experience white privilege…..Education about white privilege is the best doorway to help those of us who think we are not racists, to recognize that structurally and often unconsciously we still are.” If each of us took a few moments to think about our own white privilege, we could find many examples of our own freedom from closed doors and discrimination. We aren’t even aware of it….we are so used to living with white privilege.

And maybe we rarely, if ever, concern ourselves with such a subject….we have our own lives to live.

So we are struck by a line recently posted on the internet: “We wouldn’t have to have BLACK LIVES MATTER if we hadn’t had 300 years of BLACK LIVES DON’T MATTER.” We don’t want to think of our country’s horrendous history regarding the treatment of minorities.

We presume that the readers of this parish bulletin have been going to church. During these past weeks of Eastertime, we’ve heard over and over again, the call to share the truth of Christ. We’ve read and heard the call of Jesus to care for one another, to love one another as He loves us. The latter chapters of the Gospel of St. John share Christ’s words the night before he died. They are worth re-reading and re-contemplating.

In John 15 we hear: “I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you: love one another.”

Again Richard Rohr says, “Jesus’ basic justice agenda was simple living, humility, and love of neighbor. We all have to live this way ourselves. From that position, God can do God’s work rather easily.”

LIFElines from Lucy

This weekend we welcome into the Catechumenate a group of folks who have been discerning becoming Catholic. Some have been in process already a year and others not so long. Today they come and ask for your approval and support to take the next step to becoming Catholic. In this phase they will be doing some intense study on the Catholic faith. They each have a sponsor who will walk with them. The sponsor will invite them to many parish events and meetings and maybe even invite them to dinner! The sponsor stands in place of the parish, welcoming and supporting them. The sponsor will report back to all of you later in the year as to their progress. Because all of our candidates have been baptized already, they will not be dismissed. They are already included in the assembly because of Baptism. Next month, we will be accepting others into the Catechumenate who have not been baptized, then dismissals will begin again. Unlike children’s Faith Formation, RCIA is a process that runs all year and welcomes those who are thinking of becoming Catholic, would like to know more about the Catholic Faith, or would like to finish their initiation. Please keep all of those discerning the Catholic Faith in your prayers.

Recently I was asked my opinion regarding high school aged children that are thinking of joining another religion. I thought others may be facing the same challenge, So here is my opinion: First, the family has to have an invested interest in their own faith practice. If the family is not practicing the faith, this should be a wake-up call to the parents that maybe they need to get on the ball. When your child was baptized, you as a parent promised to bring up that child as a Catholic. Now might be the right time for all of you to start learning more about the Catholic faith together, before this child makes a major life change. In my house, it was our policy that as long as they lived under our roof, they went to church and practiced the Catholic Faith in which they were baptized . Furthermore, we made a promise to the Catholic Church to raise our child in the faith and until they are of legal age, (and living in our home) they will be practicing Catholics. Sometimes it’s not easy being a parent.

Is it ok for a child to attend functions with friends offered in other faith denominations? Yes, of course. Beware though, parents need to be prepared to defend the Catholic faith. Your children will come home and ask questions. Other faith denominations have their own opinions regarding Mary, Saints, afterlife and Eucharist to name a few. If a child comes home and announces that they want to change religions, these are some of the topics for discussion. As a Catholic, we believe that receiving Holy Communion is a public statement that we believe all that the Catholic Church teaches. (This is one of the reasons why those who are not Catholic cannot receive). Likewise, to receive at another faith service would incline that the participant believes everything about that other faith. “ME TIME” is an adult formation program that helps answer some of these questions. All those high school-age and up are welcome to attend. We meet on Monday nights from 6:30-8:30PM in the library. (Willing to run a day session if there is interest.) Each session is independent so you have the liberty to come and go as the topics interest you. There is no monetary cost to attend. For more information, give me a call at 810-985-5212 or email me moc.l1519054245iamg@1519054245ssabe1519054245sycuL1519054245.

Keep movin’ in the Spirit!!!!!

Welcome To The Catholic Faith


Michelle Marie Folliard
grandchild of Robert & Colette Folliard

Baptized May 15, 2016
by Deacon Dennis Crimmins

You have been Baptized in the waters of Christ….. Praise to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, AMEN.