Remaining Retrouvaille Programs for 2017

heart in handMarriage troubles? Is your relationship suffering? Or perhaps you have friends and relatives who are contemplating separation and/or divorce as the answer?

“Nothing changes if nothing changes.”

Over 5,500 hurting couples have experienced hope and growth in their marriages through the Metro Detroit Retrouvaille program. Struggling couples CAN find help.

Retrouvaille is a non-profit Christian Peer Ministry focused on reaching out to hurting married couples longing for renewal and hope. Metro Detroit Retrouvaille delivers multiple English and Spanish programs each year.

Remaining programs for 2017 start the following weekends:

March 17
April 28 (Spanish)
June 23
July 14 (Spanish)
September 15
October 6 (Spanish)
October 27

TAKE ACTION! It’s never too late!

For more information or to register, please see our website: www.retrouvaille.info or call (800) 470-2230. All calls are confidential.

Cardinal Mooney Robotics Team

Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School bannerDid you know Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School has a First Robotics team? The Robosapiens will be competing this week for the chance to move on to Regionals. We hope you can support them as they compete March 16-18, 2017 in Waterford.

For those of you unfamiliar with First Robotics, it is a club that allows students to take what they learn in the classroom – science, math, technology, electronics, etc. – and put it to use in a competitive environment. They are given a playing field that changes every year and they build robots to defeat their opponents in that setting.

Our students work incredibly hard to create complex machines for these competitions. On top of that, they partner with local community members who coach them in the areas of engineering, law, marketing, etc. The real world experience and skills our students learn in First Robotics is invaluable.

Good luck this weekend Robosapiens!

Religious Formation News – March 5, 2017

Peace be with you!!

  • If you were in attendance at this past Sunday’s 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. Stephen you would have witnessed the baptism of baby Adrian Michael David Johnson! He was so cute and good….. and now is a member of the Catholic faith and the larger church community. Indeed on Sunday he became our brother in Christ!!
     
    We have moved the Sacrament of Baptism into the Liturgical celebration of Sunday Mass at Holy Trinity parish. The baptisms will take place on the 4th Sunday of the month at either the 4 p.m. 9:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. Masses. Whichever Mass the parents chose to attend…. we may witness this beautiful celebration and welcome these new members into our fold.
     
    Please make sure when a Baptism occurs that you are patient with the few extra minutes it takes to perform it and that you take a minute after Mass to congratulate the family and welcome the baby/child to our Catholic faith! Thank you! 🙂
     
  • The children’s choir sang at this Sunday’s Mass! They did a GREAT JOB! Did you know we had a children’s choir? Our musicians at St. Stephen’s recently started it and there are approximately 10 kids that come each Monday night to rehearse for a once a month “Children’s Choir” Mass!
     
    The kids say they are having a “fun” time and what a great way for them to be a part of the Mass and learn about the love of Jesus through the art of singing! One member (MacKenzie Friend) recently drew an AWESOME picture to go along with one of the songs she learned!! It was displayed during the Mass!
     
    More kids are welcome!! Call the parish office to sign up or just show up on a Monday night at 6:30pm!! Note: The children’s choir will take the month of March off due to Lent and being on vacations etc.! See us in April!!!
     
  • Confirmation is approaching soon! The kids Retreat Reflections were awesome. They are growing in their love of Jesus and learning what it truly means to be a disciple of His! Keep them in your prayers as we move toward the March 25th Confirmation with Bishop Hanchon!
     
    They will be doing extra service for the church, learning their lessons, receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation and praying extra prayers during this time. God bless their efforts!!
     
    Think Spring!!
    Karen Clor – DRE 🙂
    810-985-9069 or moc.o1498534169ohay@1498534169erneh1498534169petst1498534169s1498534169

Easter Food Basket 2017

“Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16)

Christian Service is preparing to distribute food baskets to the needy of our community in celebration of the Risen Christ. Our Easter Food Baskets will be distributed on Tuesday April 11th. We will be collecting food for the next 5 weeks to fill the baskets. We are also looking for donations of hams for each family. Thank you for your anticipated participation in this project.

  • March 11-12: Instant potatoes, canned vegetables, canned fruit, 4 pack of toilet paper
  • March 18-19: Peanut butter, 4lb bag of sugar, instant rice, baked beans
  • March 25-26: Canned soups, Saltine crackers, pancake mix, pancake syrup
  • April 1-2: spaghetti sauce, spaghetti, brownie mix, paper towels
  • April 8-9: cereal, 5lb bag of flour, tuna, jelly beans

Vicariate Penance Services 2017

Saturday, March 25 at 1:00 p.m.
St. Mary
415 N 6th St, St Clair


Wednesday, April 5 at 7:00 p.m.
St. Mary
1429 Ballentine St, Port Huron


Thursday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m.
St. Mary Queen of Creation Church
50931 Maria St, New Baltimore

Lenten Film Series March 10th, 2017

Season for Nonviolence/Bluewater Pax Christi—Lenten Film Series

Friday, March 10th, 2017 Memory of the Camps – PBS documentary on the shockingly terrible reality of the Holocaust of WWII, directed remarkably in part by Alfred Hitchcock. 60 min.

7pm at St. Stephen School, Room 105. Free

Distinguished Speaker Series 2017

The John Courtney Murray
Distinguished Speaker Series 2016-2017

Presents

Healing Through Divine Mercy

Guest Speaker: Catherine M. Lanni

Thursday, March 23, 2017, 7—9 p.m.

St. Stephen Catholic Church

Following as amazing life-saving encounter with the Blessed Virgin Mary during childbirth, Catherine M. Lanni, was miraculously healed through Our Lady’s intercession to Our Lord Jesus. In gratitude, she promised to someday “do something good” for Jesus in thanksgiving for her miracle.

Catherine’s promise eventually resulted in an amazing Ministry that she founded, The Servants of Jesus of The Divine Mercy. The Ministry includes The Divine Mercy Center in Clinton Township, MI.

Catherine has dedicated her life to spreading the message of The Divine Mercy, including authoring “A Call to Trust.” She is sure to inspire you with her life story, her compassion for those in need, and her passion for Jesus The Divine Mercy and this Ministry.

Public Welcome!

Admission: Free-will offering at the door

Sponsored by the Port Huron Catholic Parishes

Lenten Day of Spiritual Reflection

Compassion: The Heart of Healing and Forgiveness
Learn about the miracle of healing and forgiveness through the compassion and mercy of Jesus at a free day of spiritual reflection on Saturday, March 18, at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. Enjoy the presentations by Rev. John Esper, Pastor, St. Vincent Ferrer Parish, on The Compassion of Jesus: Healing; by Judy Maten, Via Maria Consulting, LLC, on Breathing Forgiveness, Living Mercy: The Grace of Healing, and by Rev. Mark Brauer, Pastor, Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, on Sacramental Reconciliation: Christ’s Compassion in Forgiveness and Healing.

Newly ordained Bishop Gerard Battersby, Archdiocese of Detroit Regional Moderator, South Region, will celebrate noon Mass, followed by lunch. There will be opportunities for Reconciliation, intercessory prayer; and questions and answers with the presenters.

Reserve your place by calling (313) 596-7411 or e-mail: gro.d1498534169oa@ai1498534169cirta1498534169p.zur1498534169c1498534169

“Ashes, Ashes We All Fall…”

Christians with ashesThe conclusion to the nursery rhyme, “Ring Around The Rosie” ends with “Ashes, ashes, we all fall…” What? Finish the sentence… Here are just a few other ways we could finish it:
We all fall…DOWN in humble adoration of our Lord
…short of the glory of God
…into sin and need to reconcile our relationships
with God and others, and we can do that by
showing sorrow for sin by repenting of it.

While there is a need for all of us to repent and do penance, and while that may be the end of a familiar nursery rhyme, we are about to begin a new month on Wednesday with March, which means spring is close, and that means growth in creation and growth in our spiritual lives too. But on this Wednesday we embark on a new season in the church year – in our liturgical calendar. This penitential season of Lent launches this Ash Wednesday, and it’s a season focused on three themes: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. One of the first questions that may come to mind is, “What are we giving up?!” While it is worth a prayerful reflection to come up with a good answer with some form of detachment or sacrifice, we may also want to add, “what are we going to DO?” Think along the lines of making a great investment of your time through a charitable work, for example.

While we may give something up or do something for our neighbor, one thing that helps to remind us of our own call to holiness and others’ needs in Lent is to be marked on our foreheads with ashes. A priest or deacon will mark your forehead saying either one of two things:

  1. “Repent, and believe in the Gospel,” or
  2. “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Back in late November Fr. Sal reminded us of the dust we shall return to at death with the three-day presentation called “Ashes to Ashes: Spiritual and Practical Answers to End of Life Questions.” For further information type in “michigan catholic conference end of life issues” on google.com and a document (PDF) should pop up called, “Guidelines for End-of-Life Decisions: Patient, Physician, and Family & The Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare.”

In addition, to receiving your ashes on Wednesday and focusing on the themes of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving over the next 40 days, here are a few other things one could do:

  • Read a book called, Roman Pilgrimage, by George Weigel and Elizabeth Lev. They will take you on a Lenten journey through Rome to visit one of the Station Churches each day during the 40 days of Lent and each day during the first week of Easter. You will not only read about the rich history of these churches, but you will view picturesque photos, all without having to go to Rome. I will put my copy in the library on hold (to stay there 🙂 for those that may want to spend a few minutes to glance through the pages. It may also help you make a decision to purchase a copy for yourself or not.
  • Watch two short films from the Lenten film series provided by Mike McCarthy, one of our parishioners from Pax Christi. For example, this Friday, March 3rd will feature two short films: one on Bl. Franz Jagerstatter called, A Man of Conscience (24 mins), and the other is about a biography on the Trappist Monk, Thomas Merton entitled, Merton: A Film Biography (57 mins). You can view these films with fellow parishioners inside the St. Stephen School in Room 105 at 7pm for FREE!
  • Finally, below are some wonderful, upcoming liturgical events to attend:
    • Holy Thursday morning – Chrism Mass: April 13th, 2017 at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit (off of Woodward). Put this event on your “Catholic Bucket List” not only to visit our cathedral (if you’ve never been there before) but also to attend this special Mass in which all of the holy oils (Chrism, Infirm/Sick, and Catechumen) are blessed, picked up by one representative from each parish in the archdiocese, and then taken back to each parish to use for the all of the sacramental moments for the upcoming year. If you plan to go, get there very early to get a seat. It fills up quickly!
    • Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7pm @ the St. Stephen site
    • Good Friday: 1pm Stations of the Cross, 2pm Sacred Music, and 3pm Celebration of The Passion of the Lord, all @ the St. Joseph site; *Tenebrae Svc. – 9pm @ St. Stephen
      * Tenebrae is a devotional service from the Office of Readings in prep. for Holy Saturday
    • Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil @ the St. Stephen site @ 9pm
    • Easter Sunday: 7:30 & 11am Masses @ St. Joe and 9am @ St. Stephen.

May the ashes we receive this Wednesday inspire us to grow in a deeper relationship with Jesus this Lent through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. May these ashes also better prepare us to celebrate Jesus’ death and Resurrection who willingly did it for his people who have fallen but still maintain their faith, hope, and love to be raised up by Him now and on the last day. Amen.

– Fr. Jeff

A Contemplative Oasis

By: Sr. Gloria

These contemporary times are offering us much too much by way of conflict. One is reluctant to follow the news, but one wants to know what is going on. So we conclude that we must deepen our faith and pray more sincerely, and find a positive way…..

When we calm down, we know that our inner awareness is always evolving. Let’s consider some various wisdom sharings by other spiritual seekers.

“Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement….get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.” Abraham Joshua Heschel

“The interior experience of God’s presence (through prayer) activates one’s capacity to experience God in everything else – in people, in events, in nature.” Thomas Keating

“By reason of His immensity, God is present everywhere; but there are two places where He dwells in a particular manner. One is the highest heavens, where He is present by that glory which He communicates to the blessed; the other is on earth – within the humble soul that loves Him.” St. Alphonsus Liguori

“One of the most important —– and most neglected —– elements in the beginnings of the interior life is the ability to respond to reality, to see the value and the beauty in ordinary things, to come alive to the splendor that is all around us in the creatures of God. We do not see these things because we have withdrawn from them. Thomas Merton in “No Man is an Island.”

“God is not ashamed of the lowliness of human beings. God marches right in. He chooses people as his instruments and performs his wonders where one would least expect them. God is near to lowliness; he loves the lost, the neglected, the unseemly, the excluded, the weak and broken.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“If you become Christ’s you will stumble upon wonder upon wonder, and every one of them is true.” St. Brendan of Birr

“Throughout salvation history God calls people to play a part in the story of God’s love.” Sr. Kathryn Hermes, FSP

“……offering our lives to the work of the Holy Spirit in this world…..” Dominican Praise

What shall we do?