While some parishioners are aware of the ongoing roof leak issues we have at St. Joe’s, many are not. The magnitude of the capital cost this presents to the parish has us facing some tough decisions. The clay tile roof is at the end of its useful life, and has already been patched and repaired a number of times. Though they’re not visible from the pews, tarps hang between the roof and the ceiling collecting water from the leaks and directing them into five gallon buckets where the water slowly evaporates. All of this is to say we need to address the roof situation soon. Below is some information on what has been done so far to resolve the issue.
- Roofing Technology Associates (RTA), a consulting company, did a full roof evaluation in 2015. They found the roof, which is original clay tile from 1922, is at the end of its useful life, and recommended replacement.
- The cost of clay tile replacement is prohibitive $400,000+, so we petitioned the Port Huron Historic Society to approve replacement with a metal, clay tile look-a-like roof and they gave us permission. We are now looking at a price tag of $200,000+. This is better but still very costly.
- The Parish Buildings and Grounds Committee considered three options; replace the sanctuary roof (which is in the worst shape) and patch the remainder of the roof, or replace the remaining roof as the second stage of the project, or to replace the entire roof at one time.
- The committee recommended that we hire RTA to prepare specifications for replacing entire roof at one time, and to then collect bids for hard numbers on the project to present to our Finance and Parish Councils. If approved here, the expenditure would then have to go to the Archdiocese for approval.
This fall when all the information is in, we will hold a town hall meeting to share details of the proposed project, discuss concerns, and answer questions. Have confidence that we will move forward together, doing what is best for all of Holy Trinity Parish.
-Fr. Salvatore Palazzolo
By: Sr. Gloria
In this age of mass communication, we are bombarded with an overload of images and ideas. Some are negative and destructive, others are positive and productive of very good things. We need to keep in touch with the Spirit as we discern the meanings behind complex proclamations. Following is a random collection of whatever…..
‘Once a reporter asked Einstein, “What is the most important question in the world?” He replied, “The most important question in the world is, do you want a peaceful, happy, abundant world in which to live, or do you want a foreboding, fearful, and scary world?” The reporter, slightly puzzled, asked, “Why is this the most important question in the world?” Einstein replied, “Because whatever you choose, you will create.”’
“Community is first of all a quality of the heart. It grows from the spiritual knowledge that we are alive not for ourselves but for one another.”
“There are only two days in the year when nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow. Today is the right day to love, believe, do, and most of all, live.
“The most deadly poison of our time is indifference.”
St. Maximilian Kolbe
“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”
Bishop Desmond Tutu
“You should never let your fears prevent you from doing what you know is right.”
Aung San Sui Kyi
“For true hearts there is no separating ocean; or, rather, God is their ocean, in Whom they meet and are united; they love, and lose themselves in Him and in each other.”
St. Theodore Guerin
“There are two responses to trauma: 1) God, pour down revenge on the people who did this?” and 2) Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.”
“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”
“Grant us delight in your image reflected in the faces of all people, we pray.”
“Being a Christian isn’t just following the commandments, but means being in Christ, thinking like him, acting like him, loving like him; it means letting him take possession of our lives and change them, transform them, free them from the darkness of evil and sin.”
“Acquire the habit of speaking to God with familiarity and confidence – as to your dearest and most loving friend. Speak of your life, your plans, your troubles, your joys, your fears. In return, God will speak to you – not that you will hear audible words in your ears, but words that you will clearly understand in your heart.”
St. Alphonsus Liguori
Movie on Blessed Franz Jagerstatter Now at Thomas Merton Library
As we begin our eighth annual Blessed Franz Jagerstatter Prayer Novena for the End of War, this Aug 1st to Aug 9th, our Blue Water Pax Christi group is making available two copies of a movie about his life, “The Refusal.” It is in the original German with subtitles, and can be borrowed from out Thomas Merton Library at the St. Stephens Parish Center. It’s a good way to learn more about his courageous witness against war. Please remember to pray the novena prayer every day.
Novena for the intercession of Blessed Franz Jagerstatter, August 1-9.
Novena Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, you filled your servant Franz Jagerstatter with a deep love for you, his family and all people. During a time of contempt for God and humankind you bestowed on him unerring discernment and integrity. In faith, he followed his conscience, and said a decisive NO to National Socialism and unjust war. Thus he sacrificed his life. We pray that you may glorify your servant Franz, so that many people may be encouraged by him and grow in love for you and all people. May his example shine out in our time, and may you grant all people the strength to stand up for justice, peace and human dignity. For yours is the glory and honor with the Father and the Holy Spirit now and forever. Amen.
Diocese of Linz, Austria.
To learn more about Franz Jagerstatter you can visit the Knights of Columbus website http://www.fathersforgood.org/ffg/en/news/archive/the_brave_father_who_wouldnt_fight.html
Josh 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
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!
In 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?)
The 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.o1495995802ohay@1495995802erneh1495995802petst1495995802s1495995802
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
First Congregational Church
Parking Lot, 8th & Court Sts.
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
• 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!
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.