Happy New Year! Today begins the Season of Advent. It also begins a new “church year”, officially called The Year of Grace, 2016. This year our Sunday Mass readings will be from Cycle C in the Lectionary, which draws primarily from the Gospel of Luke. As we begin this new year there are some important dates in our parish calendar that I would like to mention to you:
- Tuesday, December 8 is The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a holy day of obligation. Our Mass times that day will be:
9:00 am at St. Stephen Church
12:00 pm at St. Joseph Church
7:00 pm at St. Stephen Church
- Friday, December 11 we will be celebrating the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe at 9:00 am at Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission.
- The Choirs of St. Joseph will be holding their annual Holiday Concert called “Our Joy, Our Hope”. Proceeds this year will go to Mid-City Nutrition Center. Performances on:
Friday, December 11 at 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 13 at 3:00 pm
- There will be three Blue Water Vicariate Penance Services this year during Advent:
Wednesday, December 16 at 7:00 pm, St. Mary Queen of Creation, New Baltimore
Thursday, December 17 at 7:00 pm, St. Stephen Church, Port Huron
Saturday, December 19 at 1:00 pm, Holy Family Parish, Memphis
- Our Christmas Mass times will be:
(Thursday, December 24/Friday, December 25)
St. Stephen Church at 4:00 pm
St. Joseph Church at 4:00 pm
Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission at 6:00 pm
St. Joseph Church at 10:00 pm
St. Stephen Church at 9:00 am
- Finally, New Year’s Day we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God (a holy day of obligation):
Thursday, December 31 at 4:00 pm at St. Joseph Church
Friday, January 1 at 9:00 am at St. Stephen Church
This is the fourth year we will be able to promote this message of peace, charity, and prayerful nonviolence. Parish members, the community, and local Knights of Columbus, have helped this to happen. We’ve reserved the MLK/Mother Theresa peace billboard space to go up again, this Christmas to be across from McMorran above the Chamber of Commerce building, and have begun raising the necessary support. Please contact Michael McCarthy 810-982-2870 of our Blue Water Pax Christi if you can contribute.
It will be seen from December 23rd [see below] for one month. We hope to continue advertising for peace and reconciliation in our troubled world. Please pass the word, call Mike McCarthy with any questions, and thank you.
“My father, Peter I. Iber, passed on from this life on November 8th, at the age of 86. He died at St. Monica’s Hospital, Adikpo-Benue State, Nigeria.
He is survived by his wife, Veronica M. Iber. He is also survived by their nine children: myself; Elisabeth (Ambrose) Jor; Sabina (Benjamin) Uye; Domittila (Timothy) Akpusugh; Dr. Terfa (Erdoo) Iber; Linda (Andrew) Anure; Aondover Iber; Kasevhemba (Victor) Akpa; and Kumaden (Daniel) Dughnan. In addition, he is survived by 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. There will be a wake service on Thursday, November 26. The funeral Mass will take place on Friday, November 27 at St. Martin Catholic Church, Mbape-Shangev-ya, Kwande Local Government, Benu State, Diocese of Gboko, Nigeria. Condolences may be sent to St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Garden City, Michigan. Please keep our family in your prayers.”
Reverend Simeon Iber
St. Thomas the Apostle Parish
31530 Beechwood Street
Garden City, MI 48135
Between Sunday, November 15 and Saturday, November 21, 30 parish volunteers will be prayerfully reaching out to the 250 registered parishioners who did not respond to our recent parish census. This week we are asking that you pray in a special way for the success of this effort. Our motive is that all will know the Love of Christ and be active in our parish.
For Holy Trinity Parish – under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, may we continue to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ to become a stronger Catholic Community.
For the volunteers who will be reaching out this week to our sisters and brothers in the Lord – may they be blessed in a special way with the eyes, hands, feet, and ears of Christ.
For all those who have died and have no one to pray for them – eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let your perpetual light shine upon them.
For those who have moved away from our parish in recent years – may the Lord be their refuge in the storm, rest in weariness, protection in trouble, and a strong staff in danger. For all our days together, we give thanks.
For our sick brothers and sisters – may all who suffer pain, illness, or disease realize that they have been chosen to be saints and know that they are joined to Christ in his suffering for the salvation of the world.
For all those who are struggling in their Faith due to discouragement, disillusionment, boredom or woundedness – obtain for them the grace, O Lord, for healing and inspiration to accept the Gospel as a gift ever new, the joy of celebrating it with gratitude throughout their lives, and the courage to bear witness to it.
In thanksgiving for all the blessings received this week through our outreach efforts – Glory be to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever will be. Amen.
God bless our Holy Trinity parishioners for the wonderful success of our “Right to Life” Layette Collection. You donated:
- Diapers: 1417
- Wipes: 52 packs
- Clothing: 203 pieces
- Blankets: 98
- Sheets: 20
- Bibs: 72
- Toiletries: 50
- Pacifiers: 54
- Baby Bottles: 48
- Misc. Items: 35
- Cash: $40
Thank you all so much for your love and concern for “God’s Little Angels.”
Christian Service Commission
The Knights of Columbus will be offering winter coats to children in need after the Religious Ed Family Night on November 18th, 2015. The Knights will be in the gym immediately after the conclusion of the Family Night program.
According to Pope Francis, “we are asked to live the revolution of tenderness.” He goes on to explain that, “our revolution comes about through tenderness, through the joy which always becomes closeness and compassion, and leads us to get involved in, and to serve, the life of others.” With that in mind the Evangelization Commission has developed a plan to reach out to the 264 people that have not been accounted for in our recent parish census. The help of the entire parish is needed. Love is the motivation for this project. The feeling is that these people need Jesus.
The plan includes the creation of 50 teams of two members each to make contact with these individuals/ households. The outreach project will begin on Sunday, November 15 and run through Sunday, November 22. All volunteers will be trained and equipped with a script of what to say. Contacts can be made by phone or in person.
To make this project successful all parishioners are invited to become involved by becoming a volunteer team member and by praying for the success of this project. Please call Deacon Dennis at (810) 359-2366 to sign up or for more information.