Holy Communion For Those With Gluten Allergies

From the Pastor

Hello, I have for a few months now been promising some of you that we would get hosts to accommodate those with gluten allergies and we have!

We now have low gluten hosts (20 parts per million). There does have to be some gluten for it to be wheat flour, which is a requirement for valid consecration.

We cannot use rice flour or other substitutes in the Catholic Church. Since it is too cost prohibitive to use low gluten hosts for everyone, we will offer them just for those who are gluten intolerant. This necessitates a special procedure. What I would ask is that all those who need a low gluten host purchase their own pyx (communion vessel).

You can find them at religious goods stores, or online. If you need help finding or getting one please contact the office.

You might want to put a small sticker on the bottom side with your name on it so we can get it back to the right person more easily.

Before mass, come back to the sacristy, and get a low gluten host out of the mini-fridge. They are individually wrapped and labeled. Take off the wrap, put the host in your pyx, and then set them on the credence table. The servers will bring them up when they set the altar, and they will be consecrated with the other hosts.
When the extraordinary ministers of holy communion come up to receive communion, so should those with a pyx on the altar.

We will hand you your pyx saying, “The body of Christ”, and after responding, “Amen”, you can then open it and receive. This way, no one touches your host but you limiting the possibility of cross contamination. You may then return to your seat as mass continues as usual. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

I hope that receiving the Body of Christ in this way will be a wonderful experience for those who have had to abstain thus far.

God bless you. -Fr. Sal

A Message from the Choirs of St. Joseph

Many of you know that the Choirs of St. Joseph offer a Christmas concert as a gift to our parish family and community. For several years, the choirs have selected a local charity to support from the generous sponsorships, memorials and free-will offerings received. This year we had chosen to support two local charities: The Crossing Education Center of Business and Entrepreneurship and Sacred Heart Ministries.

This week we were notified by Crossing Education that they are closing the Port Huron location. Although their agency will remain operating in Indiana, they will not have a local branch. Since they know that our choirs try to support a non-profit charity in our community, they are graciously returning the donation so that we may help another local charity. The choirs have decided that this donation will be given instead to our local St. Vincent de Paul Society.

We were assured that the students who attended Crossing Education Center of Business and Entrepreneurship will be offered space in the basement of the Sperry’s building which is called the Incubator. They will receive tutoring and a quiet study area. Please keep these young people in your prayers. We want them to reach their goals and continue to Love God, Love People and Love Life.

Through your generous support the choirs raised $1,681 for St. Vincent de Paul, and $1,826 for Sacred Heart Ministry. Deacon Dennis Crimmins wrote: “The contributions we received will make it possible for us to purchase over 175 ‘Life Recovery Bibles’ for distribution to the residents. These bibles are a critical part of recovery.”

Thus we travel and sing along the way of caring and sharing.

Team writers: Wendy Corry, Barbara Collins, Richard Collins, and Sr. Gloria

Souper Bowl

“God Squad” – Holy Trinity’s High School Youth Group
is hosting their annual

soupboard game piecesSoup & Game Night!

February 25, 2017
Following the 4pm Mass

To enter the “Soup Contest”
Please call/text Chelsea @ 810-956-6171
with your name and the type of soup you are entering.

Please drop off your soup before 5pm
in the cafeteria at St. Stephen.

Scripture Study New Session!

Eucharist by Threshold Bible Study
This easy to read 6 week study uses texts from the Old and New Testaments to explore the great gift that Jesus gave us. The study includes daily reading and weekly group discussions.
Tuesday’s starting January 31, 2017.
10:30am to noon or 6:30 to 8:00pm
Suggested donation for materials is $20.
No need for preregistration. Just show up! Questions call Amy 810-300-0417

Women’s Mini Retreat – A Morning with Mary

Today’s Gospel encourages us to let our light shine and to be a force for good in the world. But that can be hard to do if we are tired, stressed and not in touch with the LORD. That is why Holy Trinity Parish is offering a retreat for women on Saturday, March 4. This half day retreat will have time for quiet reflection and prayer as well as uplifting music for praise and thanksgiving. It is an opportunity to relax, recharge and rest in the presence of God. This event is free and includes a light lunch. All participants will receive a booklet on the Way of the Cross with Mary.

MarySt. Stephen Church
Saturday, March 4, 2017,
8:30am to 1:00pm
Light lunch included.
This program is free, but registration
is required. Call Amy at 810-300-0417
to register or for more information.
Flyers available at both worship sites.

A Reflection for These Days

Shared by Sr. Nancyann Turner, OP

“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we only see the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places — and there are so many — where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning of a world in a different direction….. The future is an infinity succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”
Howard Zinn

Valentine Dinner Date with your Spouse at Capuchin Retreat

heartsCome with your spouse or fiancé on Sunday, February 12, 2017 4:00-8:15pm and reflect on how to become each other’s valentine. Refreshments and appetizers 4:30pm; delicious dinner 5:15pm; inspiring program 6:15-8:15pm. This popular event will help you to become more emotionally and spiritually connected with your spouse. $60 per couple includes refreshments, dinner, and program. Capuchin Retreat is located at 62460 Mt. Vernon, Washington, MI. Make your reservation by calling 248-651-4826. www.CapRetreat.org

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!