Rev. Rene L. Desmarais Memorial Fund Scholarships 2017

This memorial fund was established in Fr. Rene’s memory for the purpose of continuing the variety of works he began in the Port Huron community. One of these works was to award scholarships to full time students attending SC4 or Baker College.

Scholarship applications are available in the parish office. We ask that students attending (or planning to attend) SC4 or Baker College in the fall have their application returned to the parish office no later than May 1, 2017.

We Reverence the Cross

Front view of Crucifix before restoration

Front view of Crucifix before restoration

This Good Friday as we celebrate the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion at the St. Joseph site, parishioners might want to look twice before reverencing the cross with a kiss or caress.
The crucifix should look familiar to long time St. Joe attendants, as it was the one which hung in the sanctuary for years before the current mission crucifix took its place. Some dedicated volunteers found the old crucifix while digging out the Lenten decorations from the basement. It was in the “to be burned” pile with other scraps of wood. Though we estimate it has only been in the basement for about 10 years, there was water damage to the wood of the cross and some corrosion on the bronze pieces. The corpus was chipped, cracked, and even chewed through, probably by a squirrel. It hurt many of us to look at a parish treasure in that shape. I made some inquires and a generous parishioner offered to do the work of restoring the crucifix. Unfortunately, we could not salvage the corpus. A new one was purchased by the parish. While I would like to hang it somewhere in St. Joseph, there are a few reasons that make it impractical. First, liturgical law would have us only have one crucifix in the main body of the church. That is the reason the crucifix went to the basement in the first place. Second, if we were to swap it with the mission crucifix it would be half the current size, and then we would have to find someplace to keep the much larger crucifix. Third, the remaining places for the restored crucifix would be in one of the sacristies which only a handful of people are in. Therefore, after its use in the Good Friday Liturgy we will hang it in the main office so that everyone who comes in will be able to see it up close and appreciate it. We hope you will stop by!

Have a blessed Holy Week! -Fr. Sal

Side view of Crucifix before restoration

Side view of Crucifix before restoration

How Well Are We Doing?

By: Sr. Gloria

Perhaps it is time to return to statements about worship that we made many years ago, and then revisited some years later. We are encouraged. The National Association of Pastoral Musicians has devoted its latest issue to the resurrection of a primary statement that came out of Vatican II.

It’s a good time in which to review this, for we have grown, and continue to grow in our understanding of worship. How does the following statement from the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (promulgated in 1963) resonate with you now? As a worshipper who continues to grow in faith?

“Mother Church earnestly desires that all the faithful should be led to that fully conscious and active participation in liturgical celebrations which is demanded by the very nature of the Liturgy. Such participation by the Christian people as ‘a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a redeemed people’ is their right and duty by reason of their baptism. In the restoration and promotion of the Sacred Liturgy, this full and active participation by all the people is the aim to be considered before all else; for it is the primary and indispensable source from which the faithful are to derive the true Christian spirit….”

If you read the above again, you will find more meaning. You will find more of a personal call each time you pause to savor a phrase.

“Full and active participation by all the people is the aim to be considered before all else….” The role of the assembly is critical. It’s a big switch from personal and private prayer, which is sacred and life-giving in other environments.

Our role as members of the assembly is so important. Our participation must be “internal, in the sense that by it the faithful join their mind to what they pronounce or hear, and cooperate with heavenly grace….by listening they may raise their minds to God.” Participation must also be “external, so that internal participation can be expressed and reinforced by actions, gestures, and bodily attitudes, and by the acclamations, responses and singing.” “Participation in the Sacred Liturgy both expresses and strengthens the faith that is in us.”

The formal and ‘academic’ statements take on a deeper life when we see that WE are ALL members of the Body of Christ. We are Christ to one another. When we are at liturgy, we don’t just watch the action. We are part of the action itself….. united as one in the Body of Christ!

Excellence: Run with the Horses

Tuesday Scripture Study

This EASY study uses passages from Jeremiah to help you live your best, to pursue righteousness and strive for excellence. This 7 week study has less reading than usual, but will still be thought provoking and encourage us to live courageously. Great for spring!

Starts April 18, 2017 – St. Stephen School
10:30 to noon or 6:30 to 8:00
$15.00 no need to preregister.

Ladies of Holy Trinity Banquet 2017

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Sponsored by St. Anne’s Altar Society

May 2, 2017

5:30 p.m. – Dinner at 6:00 p.m.
St. Stephen’s Center

Please bring a dish to pass
A-F Casserole   G-L Dessert
M-R Appetizer   S-Z Salad
Chicken and Beverages provided

Basket Raffle
starstar“The Parable Project”
Performed by Magic Carpet Theatre
(free will offering will be taken)

RSVP – sign-up sheets at Church
or call Maree Storey at 810-300-5086

Religious Formation News – April 2, 2017

Peace be with you!!

  • What a beautiful Sacrament weekend we have just experienced!

    Bishop Hanchon invoked the Holy Spirit unto 20 kids and 2 adults and they were Sealed with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit at the 4:00 p.m. Mass on March 25th, 2017. How amazing to think that all the wonderful Saints they chose as their Confirmation name were present with us as well! We pray that they go forward and do great works for the Lord with these gifts!! God bless them and keep them close always! (We really enjoyed Bishop Hanchon playing his ukulele and singing “This little light of mine….I’m going to let it shine”!) And we pray that the newly confirmed do let their lights shine for Jesus!

    Two little ones were baptized at the 9:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday, March 26th, 2017. Elijah Geeck and Morgan Prevost! While this adds a little time to the Mass it is such a blessing to see these youngsters baptized and celebrate with their families! They have become members of Christ Church and our family as well! We welcome them joyfully and patiently accept the extra time it takes!

  • Lent is flying by and it is time to reflect on how we have grown closer to Jesus during this time and what is there still to do?? The RCIA catechumens are “scrutinizing” their path to Jesus and what needs to be done yet to turn their hearts completely toward Him before coming into the church at the Easter Vigil! Please keep Kathy Hastings, Michael Schneider and Amanda Graham in your prayers!

    We need to ask ourselves the same question!

  • Our Religious Formation families enjoyed Nicky Gumbels Alpha video on “Why and How should I pray” this past Wednesday night and then we ALL prayed the Way of the Cross for Children in the church!

    The Way of the Cross is such a beautiful Lenten prayer and tradition. If you haven’t participated in one yet it is being prayed Wednesday at 5:30 at St. Stephen and Friday at 12:15 at St. Joseph church! It only takes ½ hour to remember the 14 Stations (stopping places) of Jesus on his way to his crucifixion and death! Jesus understands our sufferings!!

  • The kids will be off on spring break next week. We pray that they have safe travels if they are going away and a relaxing time to rejuvenate for Holy Week!!

    They will not be attending classes during Holy Week but instead going to the Triduum services of Holy Thursday @ 7:00 p.m. St. Stephen church, Good Friday services: Stations of the Cross @ 1:00 p.m. followed by Sacred Music at 2:00 p.m. and then Good Friday Passion of the Lord at 3:00 p.m.

    We may even get some to attend the Easter Vigil happening Saturday April 15th at 9:00 p.m. at St. Stephen. Everyone should experience it at least once!! Darkness and then light! Wonderful Readings! New adult members baptized, confirmed and receiving the Eucharist! It is a great way for us to revel in our own Catholic Christian faith!! I hope to see you there!

God bless!
Karen Clor – DRE Holy Trinity Parish
810-985-9069 or moc.o1524720421ohay@1524720421erneh1524720421petst1524720421s1524720421

Holy Week 2017

Holy Week 2017Monday 9 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph, Tuesday 9 a.m. Mass at St. Stephen, Wednesday 9 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph
Wednesday Stations of the Cross 5:30 p.m. at St. Stephen
No daily Mass on Thursday or Friday.

Holy Thursday: April 13, 2017
at St. Stephen Church (325 32nd St, Port Huron)
Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00 p.m.
followed by Eucharistic Adoration until Midnight

Good Friday: April 14, 2017
at St. Joseph Church (1331 7th St, Port Huron)
Stations of the Cross at 1:00 p.m.
Sacred Music at 2:00 p.m.
Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion at 3:00 p.m.

Tenebrae at 9:00 p.m. at St. Stephen Church (325 32nd St, Port Huron)

He Is RisenHoly Saturday: April 15, 2017
at St. Stephen Church (325 32nd St, Port Huron)
Blessing of the Easter Baskets at Noon
Easter Vigil at 9:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday: April 16, 2017
7:30 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph Church
9:00 a.m. Mass at St. Stephen Church
11:00 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph Church

Easter Food Basket Distribution 2017

Food Baskets will be distributed on Tuesday April 11th, 2017. To accomplish this we rely on much needed help from all of our parishioners. This also is a good opportunity for any student wanting to obtain service points.

Starting Monday April 10th, 2017
From: 6-7:30p.m. (approx.) sort all donated food and pack food boxes in the gym at St. Stephen’s site.

Tuesday April 11th, 2017
From: 10a.m. until 12p.m. deliver donated hams to the gym at St. Stephens’s site
12noon to 2p.m. distribute food baskets (We help the recipients take their food baskets to their cars and always can use some help with this process.)

If you are interested in helping please just show up and we will put you to work.
Any questions please call Barbara Brown at 810-385-6736.

Thanks to all of you who help make this project such a success.

Priestly Vocations: Save-the-Date: Cultivating the Call Regional Vocations Gathering

May 2, 2017 5:30—8:30 PM St. Mary’s, Royal Oak

Cultivating the Call is a night of prayer, testimony, and inspiration for those who work closest with our future vocations. Gather with others to receive the tools and inspiration needed to cultivate the call to the priesthood, religious and consecrated life. The night will include a light meal, praise and worship, and testimonies from seminarians, religious, and others. For more information, visit