Christmas Pilgrimage of Eight Detroit Historic Churches

Christmas Church DrawingOn Friday, January 6th, 2017, you are welcome to join Prayer Pilgrimages as we are scheduled to visit, with informative talks: St. Hyacinth, St. Josaphat, Sweetest Heart of Mary, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Holy Cross Hungarian, Ste. Anne de Detroit, Holy Family, & St. Joseph Oratory with closing 7 PM Solemn High Mass. All of these churches will be specially decorated for Christmas. Scheduled deluxe motorcoach local departures from Oakland Mall in Troy, Levagood Park in Dearborn, Sears Lot in Lincoln Park, & Kmart Lot in Farmington Hills. Total cost per person is $50 (including hot lunch buffet at the Seminary). To reserve and/or more information: Michael Semaan at (248) 250-6005 or www.prayerpilgrimages.com.

Together with Jesus

praying coupleCouple Prayer Series

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in their midst.” Matthew: 18:20

Come join us as we learn to pray together
as couples more comfortably and consistently.

praying hands

Couples Prayer Series is designed to help equip and encourage married and engaged couples to share more deeply in their two most intimate love-relationships; their relationship with God and their relationship with one another.

Couples Prayer Series will be held in the Church at St. Mary Parish (1505 Ballentine St., Port Huron MI) on Thursday January 19, 26, February 2, 9,16, & 23, 2017 from 7-9 p.m.

There is no cost and all are welcome.

Please join us!

If you have questions call
Dc. Tim Maxwell at 810-982-7906, ext. 150

Religious Formation News – December 11, 2016

Peace be with you!
Advent Season – New Liturgical Year

  • Our church has so many beautiful traditions to go with its Liturgical Seasons.
    Of course our “church year” begins with the season of Advent! Last week we wished all of our students a “Happy New Year” and each class has a new Liturgical calendar posted in their rooms so that they can learn what the Catholic Church year looks like! It features John the Baptist in the art work and his story in Salvation History!! It is a round calendar and shows each season of our Church year.
    A large Liturgical calendar is posted in each church. Stop by and spend some time with your family viewing it. In St. Stephens it is posted in the Southeast entrance (before you go into the Sacristy and at St. Joseph in the vestibule).
  • Another rich tradition is the Advent Wreath. Each of the classroom prayer tables features an Advent wreath and the kids are taught the meaning of each candle and also of the wreath itself.
    The wreath is round to depict that God has always been and will always be! No beginning or end!!
    The wreath is ringed by evergreen branches to tell us that God’s never ending love for us is always alive and well.
    The four candles represent the four weeks of the Advent season when we prepare our hearts and minds for the “coming of Jesus” of course to remember the celebration of his first coming on Christmas Day and being prepared always for His second coming!!
    We teach that the four candles represent: Readiness, Repentance, Joy and Promise!
    First purple candle – What extras will we do during Advent to be ready for Jesus?
    Extra prayers…. Helping the less fortunate….. Spending time with an elder….. Remembering our soldiers, etc. etc. ?
    Second purple candle – Have we sinned? Do we need the Sacrament of Reconciliation? This is our time to repent! Our second graders and those older have been preparing and will celebrate their First Reconciliation on December 7th, 2016 along with their families! We schedule this during the Advent season to be ready!! Have we sat quietly with God and asked for His forgiveness?
    Third candle (it’s pink) – We look Joyfully to Christmas day!! Our waiting is almost over. We joyfully pray and bake cookies and buy gifts for our loved ones…. it’s almost time to celebrate The Savior!
    Fourth candle (purple once again) – We remember God’s Promise! He promised to send a Savior to us and He did! Come Jesus Come!
  • Deacon Dennis will offer a moving presentation on “Great is God’s Mercy” for the Confirmation candidates and their families on December 18th, 2016 from 4 to 6 p.m. in St. Stephen church. We have decided to open this up to EVERYONE who wishes to attend! What a great Advent opportunity! There will be music and reflection, a great presentation and fellowship. Please join us!!!

Waiting for Jesus!! Karen Clor – DRE
810-985-9069 or moc.o1512998855ohay@1512998855erneh1512998855petst1512998855s1512998855

The Name of God is Mercy

Presented By: Deacon Dennis

December 18th 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
at St. Stephen Church

Music by: Mary Fran & Lois
Hosted by: Confirmation Candidates!!

Don’t miss this unique Advent opportunity to learn of God’s great Mercy for YOU and how we can show mercy to others!!

Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School Events

basketballMark your calendars! Cardinal Mooney Catholic will be hosting our annual Christmas Basketball Tournament on December 27th and 28th, 2016. On behalf of Cardinal Mooney and the teams competing in the tournament, we would love to see you all in attendance. This is a great opportunity to see some of the best teams in the area play some great basketball.

Tickets for each day of the tournament are $5 and can be purchased at the door the day of the event. The teams competing in the tournament will be: L’Anse Creuse, Memphis, Algonac and Cardinal Mooney.   If you or your kids love basketball, there will be some great games to be seen.

music notesAlso, our choir will be performing at Our Lady on the River church on Tuesday 12/13/2016 at 7:00pm. The concert is free to attend and is a great way to get in the holiday spirit! We hope to see you and your families in attendance at these great events.

Watch The Face of Mercy This Sunday Afternoon!

Jim Caviezel

Actor, Jim Caviezel

On Sunday, Dec. 4th, 2016 the Old Town Church Tour and Open House will take place from 1 – 3pm which will be an opportunity for us to visit and see the unique and historic architecture of 11 beautiful churches in the Port Huron area. Trolley Transportation will start at Our Savior Lutheran. The address is 1029 6th St.

But also on that same afternoon, another event will take place right in your own homes. A Knights of Columbus – produced documentary, The Face of Mercy, will be televised. This documentary has been chosen for distribution on ABC TV affiliated stations (WXYZ – channel 7 in our area) through a partnership with the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission (IBC). It will air on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 4th, 2016 at 2pm. The narrator of the show will be Jim Caviezel, the actor who played Jesus in The Passion of The Christ and who has recently played a large role in the show, Person of Interest. Testimonies from the film, The Face of Mercy, will be given by Immaculee Ilibagiza, Det. Stephen A. McDonald, Eric Mahl, Fr. Don Calloway, Jennifer Trapuzzano, and Frater Matthew Desme. This is very timely considering that the “Year of Mercy” in our Church concluded on Nov. 20th. For more information go to https://faceofmercyfilm.com.

This is a win-win situation as both events will be a blessing to experience. Enjoy!

In The Merciful Jesus,
Fr. Jeff

Advent Reconciliation Services

Each year, during the seasons of Advent and Lent, our Blue Water Vicariate schedules three different communal penance services (with individual confession of sins and absolution). These services are intended to offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation to as many people as possible.

Services for this Advent are as follows:

Thursday, December 15th, 2016 at St. Stephen Church in Port Huron, MI at 7 p.m.

Saturday, December 17th, 2016 at Holy Cross Church in Marine City, MI at 1 p.m.
Please note: there will not be individual confessions at St. Stephen, MI this day.

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 at St. Augustine Church in Richmond, MI at 7 p.m.

Christmas Concerts 2016

Holy Trinity Parish presents:
Are You Willing?
A Christmas Concert
by
The St. Joseph Chorale and Celebration Singers

Mother and Child
Friday December 9th, 2016 at 7:00pm
and
Sunder December 11th, 2016 at 3:00pm

St. Joseph Church
7th and Chestnut Streets, Port Huron, MI
Free will offerings support:
Crossing Education and Sacred Heart Ministry