Recovery Houses

On Sunday, March 19, 2017 the Times Herald wrote a feature article on the opioid crisis in our county. The article mentions that one important step to recovery is a safe place to transition to after inpatient treatment. These homes are referred to as “recovery houses”. There are numerous recovery houses in our parish boundaries for both men and women and they are serviced by Holy Trinity St. Vincent de Paul. Many clients have withdrawn from family and friends while using drugs and reach rock bottom before seeking help. Therefore they often come to the recovery house with little more than the clothes on their backs. SVdP helps with basic hygiene necessities as well as food and clothing vouchers. SVdP also provides bus passes to assist in seeking employment and for transportation to work before they receive a paycheck. One other service offered is help obtaining valid ID because they cannot be employed without it. We in SVdP view these clients as our brothers and sisters in Christ worthy of our help and support as they transition back into society as productive citizens. We want you to know that the men and women we service sincerely appreciate the help they receive. We ask you to include these clients in your prayers and to continue your generous support of Holy Trinity SVdP.

Called & Chosen (Vocations Committee) Shamrocks

shamrock tree

The “Called & Chosen” (Vocations Committee) put together these two seminarian prayer trees. If you took a shamrock off the tree, please remember to pray for our seminarians and especially to pray for the one who is on your shamrock.

Archdiocesan Tuition Assistance 2017

Since 2005, more than $20 million in financial assistance has helped make a Catholic education more affordable for 17,000 families. The deadline to apply for Archdiocesan Tuition Assistance programs for Catholic Schools for the 2017-
2018 school year is Friday, April 7, 2017.

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Synod 16 Update

Synod 2016 logo“What an experience, so much energy and fellowship. Let’s keep it going!”

Thank you to everyone who prayed for Father Jeff, Deacon Dennis and myself leading up to Synod 16’. The Holy Spirit came upon us before and still resonates in us after this wonderful weekend that was filled with so much zeal. Before Pentecost, it is going to be the work of the Holy Spirit through Archbishop Vigneron to compose an account of where our archdiocese will be heading.

I would like to share a few things to keep in mind over the Lenten season:

  • Pray for Archbishop Vigneron as he discerns his account to be released June 3, 2017 during Pentecost Mass at the Cathedral.
  • Remember we are ALL called to be a band of joyful missionary disciples, therefore making a difference in others’ lives.
  • We as a church need to share our gifts and talents with others around us. We also need to expand our thinking outward, city, vicariate, archdiocese.
  • Look around, there are many things that will be happening around the diocese. We as people of Jesus Christ have a hunger to know the Holy Spirit. Start by visiting the archdiocese website ( and watch the Synod videos. !Aspire to Inspire!

O Holy Spirit, Divine Consoler!
We adore you as God. We offer you our whole hearts and render you thanks for all the benefits you have bestowed upon us. You are the author of all supernatural gifts. We ask you to visit us by your grace and love and to guide, strengthen and protect Archbishop Vigneron as he leads our archdiocese. O Holy Spirit, Spirit of truth, come into our hearts, shed the brightness of your light on our parish and its members so that all we do will be united with and pleasing to you. We give you permission to refashion us according to your will. Amen

Rebecca Sweet

Religious Formation News – March 19, 2017

Peace be with you!

  • On Saturday March 4th we traveled to Blessed Sacrament Cathedral for the Rite of Election of our RCIA participants preparing to enter the church at the Easter Vigil!

    It was a wonderful Rite for catechumens, Michael Schneider and Amanda Graham who will be “fully initiated” (Baptized, Confirmed, Eucharist) at the Vigil! They are now called the Elect!

    At the Rite they were called forward by name and signed the scroll which was placed in the Book of the Elect! The Bishop (Battersby) asked if they “wished to enter fully into the life of the Church through the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Eucharist?” They answered “We do!”

    Katherine Hastings was called to “Continuing Conversion” (already being baptized in another Christian faith) and will make a Profession of Faith at the Vigil and complete the Sacraments of Initiation (Confirmation and Eucharist). Her sponsor affirmed the suitableness of this candidate to be called to continuing conversion! The Bishop then asked “Candidates do you wish to share fully in the Church’s sacraments of confirmation and the Eucharist? They answered “Yes, we do.”

  • On the 3rd, 4th and 5th Sunday’s of Lent the Scrutiny’s will take place! The Elect will look into their lives and “scrutinize” any sin or weakness they are experiencing. They will also be encouraged to strengthen all that is strong and good!

    Each Scrutiny is calling the unbaptized to a deeper conversion of their lives as they move toward the Easter Vigil. They are presented with the CREED of the church at the 1st Scrutiny and the LORD’S PRAYER at the 3rd Scrutiny. At each Scrutiny the assembly prays over these elect to successfully complete their long preparation and at the Paschal Feast find Christ in His sacraments!!

  • During these weeks it is a great opportunity for all of us to do the same scrutinizing of our lives that the Elect will do.

    Where in our life do we need to address sin and weakness?? Who haven’t we forgiven? Our good deeds will make us holy but our FORGIVENESS will get us into heaven!! Where are our strengths in living the faith? What can we do to make them even stronger and better during these weeks of fasting, prayer and almsgiving??

    Remember that Spiritual warfare happens during the weeks of Lent as we turn our hearts and actions to Jesus. The devil is always trying to undermine us and create chaos where we are doing good! JESUS has won that fight but we must be mindful of evil in our lives!

God bless your Lenten journey with prayers for strength and healing!!
Karen Clor – DRE

Knights of Columbus News – March 19, 2017

K of C logoKnights of Columbus
Msgr. E.J. McCormick Council 521

February 2017 Knight of the Month: Paul Richter. Paul has participated and donated his time in many Holy Trinity Church events . Thank You Paul for ALL you do for our parish.

February 2017 Family of the Month: Janderwski Family for the Holy Trinity youth soup and game night. Rick, Lynne, Chelsea and Kristofer.

Thank You to everyone who helped out getting ready for this years parade. Thank You for the parishioners that walked with us. Thank You to the Jackson family for preparing the corn beef dinner after the parade. Congratulations to council 521 for winning the best music award again this year. Way to Go Jerry Sebastian!

The Knights of Columbus council 521 supports Holy Trinity Parish and we could use help and more participation.

Catholic men over 18 years of age, please consider joining the Knights Council 521. Help out your local Parish and community in a church organization.

Call or email membership director Rick Janderwski 810-650-2305 email ten.t1519054401sacmo1519054401c@iks1519054401wredn1519054401ajr1519054401

God Bless Vivat Jesus!

Buildings Update

From Fr. Sal

The purchase of OLG Mission building continues to move forward. Paperwork for the sale has been drafted by the Archdiocese on our end and given to the buyer for inspection.

We await any clarifications or questions that will come from their end before finalizing the purchase agreement. We are holding a $5000 deposit on the $225,000 sale price.
We do not have a closing date as of yet, but feel confident that everything will be settled by June. No more rentals will be booked at OLG after the end of this month because of the uncertain closing date. Tables, chairs, kitchen supplies, etc. will all be negotiated. All liturgical items will go either to St. Joe’s, St. Stephen’s, or to the Archdiocese who will give them to other Catholic churches in need. The Executive Committee of OLG will be working with me to determine how we might reinvest some of the sale money into Hispanic outreach, which is only fitting given the mission’s work.

A decision is yet to be made on the replacement of St. Joe’s roof. The roof is almost 100 years old and the tiles have become brittle. Much of the felt lining is decomposed, and some decking replacement will be required. The estimates have ranged from $200,000 – $400,000. We have to choose materials that 1) will hold up to the test of time 2) are historically appropriate. In order to have a more accurate idea on the potential cost of this project we have paid for design documents to be drawn up so that we can solicit 4-5 contractors to bid on the project. We are hoping to have bidding done by the end of this month, but are still identifying potential contractors. I will update you when we know more.

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: 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.o1519054401ohay@1519054401erneh1519054401petst1519054401s1519054401