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 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.d1519054569oa@ai1519054569cirta1519054569p.zur1519054569c1519054569

“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

Stations of the Cross 2017

Jesus carrying crossStations of the Cross will be prayed each Wednesday and Friday during Lent beginning on March 3rd, 2017.

  • Wednesdays at 5:30pm at St. Stephen
  • Fridays at 12:15pm at St. Joseph

On Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 the Stations of the Cross will not be prayed at 5:30pm, they will be prayed at 6:45pm with the Religious Ed families.
All are welcome to come and pray with our Religious Ed students and families.

Resisting Happiness Book Study

Join Us!!!

Resisting Happiness Book Study
at Holy Trinity Parish

Wednesday’s during Lent, beginning March 1st for 6 weeks!
(March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, & April 5).

Time: 12:30pm in the school, Room 101
Led by: Helene Bridge/Dc. Dennis

Study Guides will be
available at Mass this weekend!
BOOKS TOO (if you don’t have a copy)!
Please read chapters 1-6 before the first session.

Everyone is welcome!!

Knights of Columbus News – March 5, 2017

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

January 2017 Knight of the Month: Grand Knight Steve Drouillard. Steve and his lovely wife Deb hosted our annual Knights of Columbus Council 521 Christmas dinner party. Steve is also recovering from Knee surgery. Thank You to Steve and Deb Drouillard!

January 2017 Family of the Month: Father Jeff Allan Family includes his Dad and Mother and the Holy Trinity Parish Family. Thank you for service as our council Chaplin and all that you do for Holy Trinity Parish!
The Knights will be sponsoring a float in the annual St. Patrick’s parade in Port Huron. We will be decorating the float Sunday March 5th in the rectory garage between 4-7 PM if wanting to help let us know. The parade event on March 11th will go as follows 9 AM Mass at St. Josephs after Mass refreshments at St. Joes. Then line up for the parade at 11 AM The parade starts at 12 noon after the parade we meet at St. Stephens Center / Gym where the Jackson family will be preparing a corn beef and cabbage lunch. This is a Great event to come out and show the community who we are as a Church and K of C council. Get your Green On! The more people / families that march with us the merrier.. This is open to ALL parishioners, families and of course K of C members. If you could attend the parade and march with us give us a head count also if attending the lunch let us know by calling or texting Pete Cervini 810-650-3041.

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.t1519054569sacmo1519054569c@iks1519054569wredn1519054569ajr1519054569

God Bless Vivat Jesus!

Children Caring

Starting with the first Sunday of Lent and going forward there will be some changes to the Children’s Liturgy of the Word.

After the opening hymn the children will be called up and dismissed. Then the Mass would begin with the sign of the cross, greeting, etc. and go on as usual.

The children will then return before the offertory occurs. While the collection is being taken, children are invited to come to the foot of the altar and donate a can of food for the poor.

They may give a dollar or even just some change if they forget their can good. Fr. Jeff or I will give a hug, or handshake, or high five, or fist bump as the child wishes, in order to thank them for their participation. They return then to their seats. Since the collection occurs after the children return from Children’s Liturgy of the Word none of them should feel like the two are connected. In other words if they don’t bring a can they are still most welcome to the Children’s Liturgy. The children’s offertory is just one more way for them to participate at mass, get to feel welcomed and comfortable with their priests, and learn to give. Jesus said ‘To such as these belong the Kingdom of Heaven.”

Peace, Fr. Sal

Ash Wednesday 2017 Masses

Ash Wednesday

March 1, 2017

9:00 a.m. Mass with distribution of ashes at St. Joseph Church

12:15 p.m. Scripture Service with distribution of ashes at St. Joseph Church

6:30 p.m. Mass with distribution of ashes at St. Stephen Church

pancakesThere will be a Pancake Supper from 4-6 p.m. at St. Stephen on Ash Wednesday. All are welcome! Free-will offering at the door.

Religious Formation News – February 19, 2017

Peace be with you!

We had a great Confirmation Retreat with our candidates this past Sunday! A big thanks to Mary Lee Becker who comes in to facilitate this day for us!

Our requirements for Confirmation are that the kids (adults too) that are preparing for the Sacrament have a certain basic knowledge of the Catholic Catechism! We ask that they know the basic Catholic prayers.

We ask that they know the Seven Sacraments and their affects and have knowledge of the Liturgical (Church) year and the Holy days of obligation.

We ask that they know the Principles of Christian Living….the Ten Commandments, Beatitudes, Spiritual & Corporal Works of Mercy and that they are living those Works of Mercy by helping out in their parishes, homes and communities.

We ask that they know the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and the Fruits from using those gifts!

Of course this is ALL head knowledge and none of it counts if they do not have Jesus in their hearts! If they do not know Jesus and recognize Him as their Lord and Savior!

Ms. Becker did a great job of imparting what it is to be a Disciple of Jesus and their importance to following Christ and becoming viable members of their parishes and larger community. She stressed the importance of prayer in their lives and asking Jesus to direct them in their Vocations in life. I like her analogy of …..JES isn’t complete without ???? US !!! JESUS. 🙂

She did a good job of explaining that Confirmation is “a beginning” and not a graduation from Faith Formation classes and that they certainly are “not” adults (that will come in some years with age and with much more knowledge) but that their “yes” at Confirmation will open up doors to new responsibilities in the faith!

The kids written prayers at the end of the Retreat were beautiful in their depth and compassion for others and the world! Let us hope that this attitude will stay with them as they move forward!

So with six short weeks left for their preparation for this AWESOME Sacrament, let this faith community support them with our prayers! Let’s pray that their eyes will be open to God’s Spirit working in and through them during this time to really turn their hearts to Jesus and the awesome possibilities that await them when their “YES” to the Bishop on March 25th, 2017 really means “YES”!!

God Bless your Week!
Karen Clor – DRE Holy Trinity Parish 810-985-9069