World Mission Sunday 2015

Next Sunday, October 18, is World Mission Sunday, a special day on which we unite ourselves with Catholics all over the world to pray and sacrifice for the missionary efforts of the Church.

The observance of World Mission Sunday is truly “worldly” as prayers and support of the missionary work of the Church is done in every parish church and chapel throughout the entire world. All Catholics respond to the request for this special day by our Holy Father who has asked the Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith to plan and promote this holy work of “First Evangelization.”

The Society, founded by Pauline Jericot in France, was given the title “Pontifical” in 1922 and has a special responsibility in the Universal Church. It is under the direction of the Holy Father who together with the entire body of Bishops remind the faithful of their baptismal call to mission, as they gather basic support for more than 1,200 mission dioceses in Asia, Africa, the Pacific Islands and Latin America.

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, from the very start of his pontificate has not ceased to remind us that we are a truly missionary Church and its mandate to spread the faith has the highest priority. World Mission Sunday gives us the opportunity to join him in this faith-filled concern of his.

This week you have received special envelopes from the Society for the Propagation of the Faith for the mission collection to be taken next weekend. It is suggested that families contribute for the missions at this time, thus enrolling themselves in the Society as well as offering substantial help to our missionaries who spread the gospel.

Do, be generous in supporting the Pontifical Mission Society for the Propagation of the Faith which is the Church’s principal means of spreading the gospel throughout the world.

Altar Server Training

Fr. Brian will be holding a training session for new altar servers and a refresher course for current altar servers on October 18, 2015 at St. Joseph Church immediately after the 11 a.m. Mass.
This session is for all current Altar Servers and for anyone interested in joining this ministry. Children and adults are both welcome!

Notice from Mt. Hope Cemetery

As the preparations for fall clean-up begin, you are reminded that the families are responsible for the removal/cleaning of flower pots, hanging flower pots and the flower beds around your loved one’s monument before the onset of winter. All small trinkets and mementos should also be removed due to the blowing equipment and mulching machines. The water will be shut off October 12th.
Thank you for your cooperation and hard work in beautifying our cemetery.

Ronald Ceglarek, Superintendent, Mt. Hope Cemetery

Protecting God’s Children Workshop

This Workshop is necessary for all those in a Parish or School that are in close contact or work with the youth, aged, or handicapped. This workshop is mandated through the Archdiocese of Detroit and is for persons over 18 years of age.

Saturday, October 17, 2015
9:00am to 12:00pm
Morning Hospitality beginning at 8:30am
This event will be held in the Parish Hall.

There is no cost however all those that attend must register on-line prior to the Workshop. There is a 100 person capacity – so please register ASAP!

To register please go to
and follow the prompts to register.

Contact Person: Tina Kovalcik, DRE, 586-725-1762

Immaculate Conception Parish, 9764 Dixie Hwy, Ira, MI 48023

Volunteer Tutors Needed

You can help break the cycle of poverty – through literacy!

The Read for Life Literacy Program is an after school tutoring program for 1st and 2nd graders at Woodrow Wilson Elementary in Port Huron, sponsored by St. Martin Lutheran Church.

Getting Started: Orientation for new tutors is September 30th or October 5th at 3:30pm at Woodrow Wilson Elementary, 834 Chestnut St, Room 116.

When: The program begins on October 12th from 3:25 – 4:25pm at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School. We will continue meeting on Mondays and Wednesdays throughout the school year.

For more information contact Nancy Nunez at 810-982-9261 (after 1pm) or
e-mail moc.o1519054711ohay@1519054711renpe1519054711dyram1519054711. If you get voicemail, please leave your name, phone number, and identify yourself as wanting to be a part of the Read for Life program.

Right to Life Layette Collection

We will be holding our annual “Right to Life” Layette Collection for “Blue Water Pregnancy Care Center” on the weekends of October 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th.

Baskets will be placed at the altar. Please bring donations up after the collection.

Please help to care for God’s Little Angels.

October 3rd: Diapers (size 4, 5, or 6), Wipes
October 10th: Clothing (up to 24 months)
October 17th: Receiving Blankets, Crib Sheets
October 24th: Toiletries, Baby Bottles, Bibs, Pacifiers.

New car seats and cribs (no drop-down sides) are greatly needed.

Christian Service Commission

Lake Huron Medical Center

Last Sunday, September 6, the Times Herald did a thorough article on the changeover from St. Joseph Mercy to Lake Huron Medical Center. In particular, I would like to direct your attention to the section entitled “A change of religion” which, in part, explained that:

  • Many religious items from the hospital and the chapel were redistributed to the local parishes.
  • A new Spiritual Care Ethics Committee was created.
  • A crucifix remains in each room of the hospital.
  • Eucharistic Ministry will continue through volunteers.

I encourage you to read the full article at: The Times Herald Website
At this time I would also like to thank Dc. Tim Maxwell, Laura Cottengim, Marilyn Moncreif, the Pastoral Care Department at the hospital, and all the dedicated volunteer Eucharistic Ministers (made up of mainly Holy Trinity Parishioners!).

-Fr. Brian

Annual Raffle

chickenTickets for our Annual Raffle (drawing held at the Chicken Dinner on October 11th!) have been sent out. If you did not receive yours or would like more, please call the parish office at 810-984-2689. Remember to get your sold tickets in early to have a chance at one of our “Early Bird” drawings. (Sept. 8 & 22, and Oct. 6)

Our Chicken Dinner will be held on October 11th this year. Please mark this date on your calendars and plan to attend.

We are in need of items for the Silent Auction. If you would like to create and donate a “themed” basket or if you have any new items (gift cards are a great idea) you would like to donate, please call the parish office. Thank you.

Understanding Islam from A Catholic Perspective

Presented by: Dr. Robert Fastiggi
Saturday, October 17th
Sacred Heart Major Seminary
Gathering: 9am
Morning Prayer: 9:15am
Presentation: 9:30am – approx. 11:30am
Continental Breakfast will be served.
To register, please call Deanna at (313) 237-5840.

Religious Formation News – September 6, 2015

Peace be with you!!

The time is now to sign up for children’s religious formation classes!
If you have not registered or re-registered your children in Kindergarten through Confirmation (8th or 9th grades) you should call my office ASAP to do so!
810-985-9069 or email me at moc.o1519054711ohay@1519054711erneh1519054711petst1519054711s1519054711

Classes begin on September 16th and we are busily preparing for some fun and faith filled evenings. Our family nights are returning again with a supper and good formation offered so you won’t want to miss out!

Classes are Wednesday nights at various times (depending on the grade level) and we offer a “Stepping Up to Jesus” class for kids who may be behind in their years of formation and need some catching up. So don’t delay and call the office today!

Baptism Prep will take place on September 12th for parents preparing to have a baby/child baptized into the Catholic faith. Classes are at 9:00 a.m. in St. Stephen School library and this session will be given by Fr. Brian and Deacon John on the Rite and Ritual of Catholic Baptism!! Call my office for more details (the number is listed above).

Are you an adult and want to become Catholic or need to complete your Sacraments? Call now and we will direct you to our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation) team members, to get you headed in that direction!

Did you see that our Scripture Study is beginning once again on September 15th! Tuesday mornings at 10:30 and evenings at 6:30! Come and learn about the Church of the Holy Spirit in Acts of the Apostles Part 1! Call Amy Miles at 810-300-0417 to join the group!

So many good formation opportunities for everyone! And of course you are not going to want to miss the Retreat for Liturgical Ministers next Saturday September 12th from 9:30 – 3:30! Call the parish office for details!

Yours in Christ the teacher, Karen Clor – DRE