WOW! Our God is an awesome God!

On behalf of the 150 women who attended the mini-retreat on Mary, I would like to say thank you to the parishioners of Holy Trinity Parish. It is through your generosity that we are able to provide this type of spiritual enrichment for so many women. Our parishioners invited women from all over the area to attend. Teenagers as well as women in their 90’s were inspired and enlightened by Deacon Dennis Crimmins and Nancy Trudell. Mary Fran Liberty-Caza and Lois Zuccarini lifted us up in song and helped us praise our Awesome God. It was a very special day and a moving way to start our Lenten journey. Thank you!

Practice for Lent

Right a wrong
Mend a quarrel
Count your blessings
Where there is no music, be the song
Find a forgotten friend
Attend Mass more frequently
Fast from gossip
Be humble in success
Seek peace
Pray the Way of the Cross
Think of someone else, first
Plant a garden
Laugh a little, and then a little more
Visit with neighbors who stop to talk
Don’t run water needlessly
Gladden the heart of a child
Take time to imagine
Eat by candlelight
Inspire hope in another
Be patient in hardship
Apologize if you are wrong
Be generous
Be thankful, and mean it
Read the Bible daily
Rejoice in the beauty of the earth
Make a new friend
Do a job for nothing
Abstain from complaining
Be hopeful in disappointment
     ON GOOD FRIDAY
     SPEND AN HOUR ALONE
               Read Psalm 22

A Reflection for These Days

Shared by Sr. Nancyann Turner, OP

“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we only see the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places — and there are so many — where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning of a world in a different direction….. The future is an infinity succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”
Howard Zinn

Our Mission and Vision As Our Foundation

by Sr. Gloria

Our last Adrian Dominican sharing in this bulletin promised to spell out the four Enactments ‘that commit all of us to witness with lives of faith, hope, trust and love.” They are the result of almost two years of input and planning for our 2016 General Chapter. They evolve from our earlier Vision statement: “We Dominican Preachers of Adrian, impelled by the Gospel and outraged by the injustices of our day, SEEK TRUTH; MAKE PEACE; REVERENCE LIFE.

Listed here are the four enactments, without adding the proposed strategies for each one. They are a call to each one of us.

“Rooted in the Gospel, we recognize our own spiritual longings and those of the world. We commit to deepen our spirituality and to engage with others in prayer and presence in order to witness to the mystery of God in our midst.”

“Recognizing the violence against Earth community that places our common home in dire jeopardy and intensifies the suffering of people on the margins, future generations and all creation, we will sacrifice to mitigate significantly our impact on climate change and ecological degradation.”

“Recognizing that racism, violence and intolerance of diversity fuel marginalization, we pledge our lives, money and other resources to facilitate and participate in creating resilient communities with people who are relegated to the margins, valuing their faith, wisdom, and integrity.”

“Rooted in the joy of the Gospel, we will embrace and nurture our rich diversity, commit ourselves to deepening our relationships with one another, invite others to vowed and Associate life, and expand collaboration for the sake of the Mission.”

As our Prioress Sister Attracta Kelly wrote, “I believe all four Enactments call us to many margins, not just geographical ones, but also existential margins that speak to the mystery of suffering, pain, injustice; margins of ignorance and lack of faith, margins of spiritual and physical hunger; margins of every form of exclusion or misery.”

Somehow, we are all in this together. There is a headline, uttered so long ago: “LOVE ONE ANOTHER.”

Nat Geo to Host Series on God

National Geography logoMorgan Freeman
The National Geographic Channel will feature a series called The Story of God. It will be hosted by actor, Morgan Freeman and will be played on Sunday night, April 3rd 2016 at 9pm.
Caution: Some of the content brought forth in the show may be contrary to the beliefs of the Catholic Church. Further discussion is encouraged. Tune in, and enjoy the show!
Web: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com

Camp Sancta Maria

Camp Sancta Maria logoLooking for a fun and faith-filled place for your children or grandchildren to spend a week or two this summer? Want to help them unplug from technology, develop face-to-face relationships, exercise, experience nature and give them experiences they will treasure the rest of their lives? Look no further…Camp Sancta Maria located in Gaylord, Michigan provides wholesome recreation in a religious atmosphere. This is a Catholic camp with one and two week sessions for boys and one-week for girls. Since 1933 CSM has provided countless youth with lasting memories. Do you like horseback riding or want to try it for the first time? You can do it at camp! Want to spend time at the beach and in the water? Enjoy CSM’s own private beach on Lake 27! Enjoy playing sports? Have fun each day competing in different athletic contests! These are just a few of the activities offered while at camp. Other activities include daily Mass, a high and low challenge ropes course, a fifty foot climbing wall, crafts, archery, a trip to Mackinac Island with a stop for Mass under the largest crucifix in the world, and much more!!! Fun, faith, and friendships included at no extra cost! Camp begins in June and runs through mid-August. We also offer mother/daughter and father/son weekends. For more information check out www.CampSanctaMaria.org
or call (248) 822-8199.

Lake Huron Foundation Volunteer Organization

Volunteer Opportunities

Are you looking for an opportunity to “give back” to your community? Lake Huron Medical Center (LHMC) is a great place to volunteer and make a difference in the lives of patients and visitors. Opportunities are available in the following areas: Bariatrics, Couriers, Emergency Services, Gift Shop, Patient Ambassador, Peoples’ Clinic for Better Health, Radiation Oncology Waiting Room, Spiritual Care, and Heavenly Hounds (certified and approved therapy dogs and their handlers).

Currently, the greatest need is for Couriers and Spiritual Care. Couriers help staff the hospital’s main lobby reception area by greeting, directing and escorting patients and guests; and transporting discharged patients. Spiritual Care volunteers support the spiritual needs of patients. Volunteers receive specialized and professional training. For more information, contact LHMC website at: www.mylakehuron.com or call 810-216-1035

LIFElines from Lucy

We now enter into the home stretch of Lent. How has it been going? I read an article (sorry, can’t remember where or by who) and in it, the writer talked about sacrifice. He said that if you give something up or whatever it is that you do for Lent, and you can get through the entire season of Lent keeping this Lenten promise, you probably need to find a new sacrifice. In other words, if you can get through Lent without failing, you picked too easy of a sacrifice. The writer suggests that our Lenten sacrifice should cause us to fail. Then we must get up and try again, and again and again. This is what makes us strong. So it is now the Last week of Lent (Holy Week) and I made you feel bad, let me add a suggestion. In this final week before Easter, let’s declare this “kindness” week. Let’s bring heaven to earth through serving others and performing acts of kindness. What a great week we will all have if we take the time to do kind things for each other, through prayer and action.

It is also the last week before our Elect are fully initiated. This is the week that evil reeks havoc on those preparing for this great day. Please, please, please take extra time this week to pray for our elect and all those completing their initiation. Like I often say, “Whereever good is happening, Evil is right around the corner.” Maybe this is what Jesus meant when he tells his disciples to stay awake and pray.

Come journey with us You are cordially invited to join us beginning Thursday, March 24-26, 2016, for a Triduum celebration. Triduum is the three (tri) days of prayer as we walk with Jesus from his death to resurrection. It is the most solemn three days in our Liturgical year. On Thursday morning, Father Sal, Father Jeff along with all other priests and deacons will travel to the Most Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Detroit. They will together celebrate the “Chrism Mass”. At this Mass the new oils that will be used for sacraments will be blessed and distributed to each parish. The priests and deacons will also renew their ordination promises. On Thursday evening, we will celebrate the “Feast of Our Lord’s Last Supper” at St Stephen beginning at 6:30PM. At this Mass, the new oils will be presented to the parish. We will hear once again the story of this Last Supper and be a part of that story as we have our feet washed. It is truly a humbly experience. After Mass we will have time to sit with the Lord in Adoration, (until about midnight). “Come, be still and know I AM” Good Friday at 1PM we gather at St Joseph and walk the Stations of the Cross outside or stay inside and pray in tandem. 2PM we will continue with the sounds of the season as the Choirs of St Joseph help us meditate on Jesus and all that He has done for us. At 3PM we begin the Good Friday Liturgy. This is not a Mass, but a very unique experience of prayer and communion; Behold the wood of the Cross. After, the Divine Mercy Chaplet is prayed. This day begins the novena of the Divine Mercy Chaplet which is prayed for consecutive days ending on the Sunday after Easter; Divine Mercy Sunday. Holy Saturday, Father will bless the Easter baskets at Noon. 8:30PM will begin the Easter Vigil. We begin in the dark because the world began in darkness. Then there was light….we follow our salvation story to present day where we welcome the Elect into the faith of the Church. These three days, Triduum are a continual celebration that starts on Thursday and ends at the Easter Vigil. The unique thing about this continual celebration is that you can attend all or parts of this celebration. Don’t feel bad that you can’t do it all, know that others will be there to continue where you left off. The important thing is that you begin the journey, no RSVP required. We will see you there!

Keep movin’ in the Spirit!!!!

Lent: Veiling of Statues

The custom of veiling during the last two weeks of Lent comes from the old liturgical calendar. In the Ordinary Form, this is simply the Fifth Sunday of Lent. In the Extraordinary Form, today is known as “Passion Sunday” (which is different from next Sunday which is Palm Sunday) because in the Gospel reading (John 8:46-59), Jesus proclaims His divinity, and the Jewish authorities attempt to stone Him thus setting everything in motion that will lead to His Crucifixion.

Vatican II never did away with the custom of covering statues and images during the last two weeks of Lent, but like a lot of things, it ceased to be practiced by many after the Council. However, there is great meaning in veiling. Understanding that meaning can help us enter into this sacred time more deeply.

One of the best explanations about the veiling of images during Passiontide is that Lent is a time when we lose things. First, on Ash Wednesday we stop saying the Gloria and the “eight-letter A-word” before the Gospel. We also stop decorating the church with flowers. We abstain from meat on Fridays and we give up certain things as part of our own Lenten observances. As we get closer to Good Friday, we start losing more things at an accelerated rate. It begins today on this Passion Sunday when we hide the sacred statues and images. After the Mass on Holy Thursday the Blessed Sacrament is removed from the tabernacle and the sanctuary lamp is extinguished. The altar is stripped and the bells are taken away. On Good Friday, there isn’t even a Mass. And then finally , the celebration of the Easter Vigil begins without any light. Throughout Lent, the liturgy is emptied bit by bit much like Christ emptied Himself for us. But then like Christ, everything is revealed in all its glory on Easter. Hopefully, this will help in your spiritual preparation for Our Lord’s Death and Resurrection.

LIFElines from Lucy

When I was in charge of Confirmation, we did this exercise with the candidates and sponsors. They had to swap shoes with each other and then walk together through a maze. After, we talked about the experience. What did it feel like to walk in someone else’s shoes? I got answers like: “gross, they were hot and slimy!” , “My feet kept slipping because the shoes were too big”, “It was painful because the shoes were too small.” Most of the participants didn’t like the exercise at all. We then talked about how we really don’t know what it feels like to walk in other people’s shoes. When people come to me all snarkelly and start making judgments on people in situations, I listen and let them vent. When they are done, I ask, “And how would you feel if the shoe was on the other foot, and someone treated you like that?

People only tell us what they want us to know. There is always a back story or other details that are missing from the story. This week’s Gospel story, the woman caught in adultery, doesn’t give us all the details of the situation, either. Yet, Jesus doesn’t seem to want to know the details. How quick are we to judge people? How well do we know the situation? Why is it that we are in a bigger hurry to name faults than to give a hand up? Jesus wants us to love each other and let him worry about the judgment. We have a hard enough time managing our own lives, why do we take so much time trying to manage others? It’s easier for us to point out another’s sins, yet we are blind to our sinfulness. How willing are we to stand before Jesus, bare our own sinfulness and hear him say to us, “Go and from now on do not sin any more.

Keep movin’ in the Spirit!!!!