Holy Smoke!

HolySmokeKettleDoes the smoke from your brisket or ribs ascend before the Lord like the incense of the evening sacrifice? Do you think you’ve got a heavenly pulled pork recipe? Do your wings inspire the weeping of angels? Do you just love a good ‘cue ? Then Holy Smoke is the event for you! Join us at Holy Trinity on October 1 for food, fellowship and maybe just a little bit of healthy competition at . . .

Holy Smoke!

Neighborhood BBQ Cook-Off
and Fund-Raiser
for the Church of the Holy Trinity
A Day of Celebration and Fellowship
October 1, 2015

Make a Donation
to Help us Continue our
Outreach and Ministry
and Enjoy:

  • Smokin’ Hot
    Live Music by the Oblates of Blues
  • BBQ Judging and Sampling

    Compete for the best ribs, pulled pork, brisket or chicken!

    Church of the Holy Trinity is located at
    915 N. Olive Street in South Bend

Impromptu BBQ—A Lesson in Respecting the Dignity of Hospitality

Christina Hicks led some of us into a backyard adventure in hospitality this past Tuesday. Our first indication that something might be afoot came on Monday, when Chris called Mtr. Terri to request a ride home from the Martin’s Grocery Store on Ellwood Ave. The ride was not for Monday, however. Chris said she was buying a box or two of meat that she was to pick up the next day at 3pm.

“Sure, I can give you a ride home tomorrow!”

“Could we stop by the church on the way, so I can divide the meat up and put it into bags?”

“Um….okay. We can do that. As long as I can make it back to the church in time for 6:30 Mass.”

An hour or two later—just after 3pm, in fact—Chris called back.

“Chris, I thought you said you needed the ride tomorrow?”

“I do. I just wanted to ask whether we have any charcoal and a grill at the church.”

“I’m not sure. The grill we use may be John’s. I’d have to check.”

“Okay, well I’ll just pick up some charcoal, and you let me know about the grill.”

Mtr. Terri did ask John Zanka the next day, and discovered that the grill was, in fact, in the Holy Trinity garage, having been rescued from a neighbor’s trash by John a few years earlier.

“What does Chris have in mind?”

“I honestly don’t really know. I’m picking her up and helping her divide up some meat into packages. I’m guessing she wants to grill some of it to eat today, and, knowing Chris, she will make enough to share, but I have no idea what quantity we’re talking about. How about we give you a call once we reach the church?”


When 3 o’clock rolled around, Chris loaded a shopping cart full of food—including two large boxes and one small box of meat into the back of Mtr. Terri’s car. They went to the church and unloaded the groceries into the kitchen. After getting Chris set up with bags and counter space, Mtr. Terri dialed John’s number and handed Chris the phone to discuss what Chris wanted to do with the grill. John was in the middle of something just then, but said he could get to the church in about 15 minutes.

While Mtr. Terri went into the office to print up readings for the evening mass, Chris started dividing up the meat. Suddenly Chri appeared in the office door, holding a double slab of beef ribs.

“Where do you want me to put yours, Mtr. Terri?”

“Chris, that’s huge! You don’t need to give me that!”

“But I want to!”

“Um. . .Well. . . I’m going to be here at church until after mass and bible study, so we had better put it in the freezer.”

What you need to know here is that Chris often needs assistance with her own groceries. Her income goes to a payee, who pays her rent and is supposed to give her enough money for groceries and incidentals, but the payments are not always regular, and sometimes Chris needs to rely on the assistance of friends. She can tell you where to get a free meal at what time on what days, because she walks that circuit with some regularity.

Chris is also a member of the Church of the Holy Trinity, worshiping with us on Tuesdays and Sundays. When she has a few dollars she puts some in the plate. When she has extra canned goods she donates them to the food pantry. She gives her priest a Mother’s Day card every year.  She has a kind word for everybody. Chris is a real disciple.

So what to do when she wants to give the priest a slab of ribs, and when it turns out that she wants to give the priest a gallon bag of smoked turkey tails and another of pork rib tips as well? What to do when someone we think of as poor starts handing John a slab of ribs, and another to Miss Pat down the street, and another to Donny, and another to Miss Betty and probably to other folks when Mtr. Terri wasn’t looking because she was trying to get the charcoal lit? Do we stop her, protecting her from her own generosity, or do we honor that generosity, and enjoy with her the memory of having done the same with her family and friends in years past?

Lighting the charcoal is hot work, especially when your experience of charcoal lies more in the area of thuribles. Miss Pat came over to keep Mtr. Terri company as she tinkered with the fire. Chris came and went with bags of meat. She brought out chairs. She wandered off again. Suddenly she returned with three pints of ice cream from the convenience store. As we waited for the coals to heat up, we sat and chatted and ate our ice cream.

“Now do we think this food will be ready before 6:30? That’s when I need to go in and do mass.”

“Why don’t you do mass out here?”

“Well, Pat, I suppose I could . . . I’d need a table. . .I wonder whether that garden table can be turned around or whether John has it bolted to the wall. . .”

The table, rickety though it was, could be turned around without collapsing. By that time we had been joined by Miss Anne from next door, who added her brats and some salmon burgers to the grill. Mtr. Terri fetched the books and vessels, setting up for mass on the table outside. She posted signs on the doors, directing folks around back.

When Randy and Will and Stephanie arrived for mass, they came around back and found us. Miss Anne volunteered to participate from beside the grill, where she could keep the meet from scorching while we directed our attention to God. Chris did the first reading and Randy the second. Mtr. Terri noted that Chris had already preached us a sermon for the Feast of the Visitation—women coming together and celebrating God’s ability to lift up the lowly. The seven of us took communion.

After mass we settled in to eat. Randy and Miss Anne engaged in a friendly argument over whether the pork was cooked through. As we sank our teeth into smoked turkey tails, we compared notes on what foods were more tasty when a turkey tail was added to the pot. Pork in the greens or special seasonings? Which greens?

Eliezar and Johnny Jonathan wandered over with their mom. We kicked the soccer ball around, and Eliezar showed us some fancy footwork he picked up from watching how the college players dribble the ball. Jonathan ran to get his preschool graduation pictures to show us how dignified he looked in his cap and gown. Chris snuck back into the kitchen to wash the dishes while Mtr. Terri doused the fire.

It was 9 o’clock by the time Mtr. Terri finally dropped Chris off at her home. Out of three boxes and a bag of food, Chris was down to one bag, and she spoke of how pleased she was with her afternoon and evening’s work. She was particularly pleased with having taken everybody by surprise. No one had known they were being invited to a feast that day, but there in the backyard, she got to give them a taste of the heaven.

Just another Tuesday in the Garden of Ste. Therese!

Planting Time

Planting is well underway in the Garden of Ste. Therese. Will and Stephanie, assisted by Joyce, Tanika, Jonathan and others are either putting in or tending to:

Jonathan planting in the Garden of Ste. Therese.

Stephanie and Jonathan planting in the Garden of Ste. Therese.

sweet corn, tomatoes,okra, yellow squash, zucchini squash, strawberries, cucumbers, carrots, green/colored/hot peppers, green beans, wax beans, collard greens, turnip greens, kale, mustard greens, spinach, swiss chard, bok choy, arugula, beets, onion, thyme, peppermint, rosemary, sage, oregano, mint, pumpkins, kiwi, sunchokes and sunflowers.

There’s still much to do, so be sure to stop by and lend a hand! The plots are tidy right now, but soon you will be able to pull some weeds, and you can always pray for the garden and the welfare of those who work there.

Rogation Celebration—May 12, 2015

Traditionally, the Rogation Days were days set aside for processions in which the church prayed for blessings upon our fields, protection from plague and defense against both visible and invisible enemies. The procession route would follow the territorial boundaries of the parish, with the people using sticks to strike the parish boundary markers. Hence the term “beating the bounds,” and the development of a corporate kinetic memory regarding the administrative and pastoral boundaries of the parish.

More recently, the focus of our prayers for Rogation Days has shifted to the labor of the church and its people. Since Holy Trinity has a community garden, we still bless our “fields,” but we also bless the work being done in the neighborhood around us. Although we don’t have formal parish boundaries, we do have an “axis” for our ministry in the main road that runs right past the church. Last year our procession went south on N. Olive Street as far as the fire station. This year we went north, going up N. Olive Street before going east and west on Lincoln Way West.

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The people gather in front of the church.

Officiant:       Alleluia Christ is risen.

People:      The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.

The Gospel                                                                                          Matthew 6:25-34


Officiant:       Let us go forth in peace, Alleluia.

People:      In the Name of Christ, Alleluia.

The people process to the Unity Garden, singing, “O Lord, hear my prayer.”    


Officiant:       He changed deserts into pools of water and dry land into water-springs. He settled the hungry there, and they founded a city to dwell in.

People:       They sowed fields, and planted vineyards, and brought in a fruitful harvest.

Officiant:       Let us pray.

Almighty God, Lord of heaven and earth: We humbly pray that your gracious providence may give and preserve to our use the harvests of the land and of the seas, and may prosper all who labor to gather them, that we, who are constantly receiving good things from your hand, may always give you thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The people then process around the church to Olive Street, singing “O Lord, hear my prayer.” Turning North on Olive, they come to Sanco, a distributor of cleaning supplies.

Officiant:       The priests went inside to King Hezekiah and said, ‘We have cleansed all the house of the Lord,

People:      the altar of burnt-offering and all its utensils, and the table for the rows of bread and all its utensils.”

Officiant:       Let us pray.

O Lord, holy Father, without whose help nothing is truly made clean, bless those who give to your people the means by which to wash, so that in the cleansing of their homes and businesses they may be moved to seek purity of heart. Through your Son who makes all things new, even Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The people then process north on Olive Street to the Hope Chest Thrift Store, singing “O Lord, hear my prayer.”

Officiant:       when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing?

People:      Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.

Officiant:       Let us pray.

Heavenly Father, when we found ourselves naked in the garden, you lovingly made garments for us: bless all those who work here to provide clothes for your people, that they may receive in return both the warmth and the dignity they have afforded to others, though Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The people then process north on Olive Street to Lincoln Way West. Turning the corner, they process west to the Minority Health Coalition, singing “O Lord, hear my prayer.”

Officiant:       For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, says the Lord,

People:      because they have called you an outcast: ‘It is Zion; no one cares for her!’

Officiant:       Let us pray.

Sanctify, O Lord, those whom you have called to the study and practice of the arts of healing, and to the prevention of disease and pain. Strengthen them by your life-giving Spirit, that by their ministries the health of the community may be promoted and your creation glorified; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The people then cross to the north side of Lincoln Way West. Turning east, they process to DC Tire and Auto, singing “O Lord, hear my prayer.”

Officiant:       The metal on the chariots flashes on the day when the Lord musters them;

People:      the chariots race madly through the streets, they rush to and fro through the squares; their appearance is like torches, they dart like lightning.

Officiant:       Let us pray.

Most Gracious God, you give your people skill to operate many different machines and wisdom with which to understand their innermost works, bless all who labor here to make whole what has been broken, and strengthen them in their commitment to others’ safety, that in their own care they might experience yours; through Jesus Christ, Our Lord, who labored among us to fulfill the commands of your love. Amen.

The people then process east to Popeye’s, singing “O Lord, hear my prayer.”

Officiant:       They were there for three days, eating and drinking, for their kindred had provided for them

People:      And also their neighbors, from far away

Officiant:       Let us pray.

Most Gracious God, you make us glad with feasting, and you comfort us with the food of our ancestors; bless all those whose work in preparing food gives joy to the people of this neighborhood, that it may prepare both them and us in body, mind and strength to do the work you have given us to do, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The people then process east to Family Dollar, singing “O Lord, hear my prayer.”

Officiant:       With the money secure in hand, go to the place that the Lord your God will choose;

People:      spend the money for whatever you wish, and you shall eat in the presence of the Lord your God, you and your household rejoicing together.

Officiant:       Let us pray.

God of justice and mercy, you provide for the needs of your people, even in times and places of famine: bless, we pray, all those who work here to put affordable goods within reach of the people of this neighborhood, that together we all might thrive in body, mind and spirit. Amen.

The people then process east to Metro PCS, singing “O Lord, hear my prayer.”

Officiant:       How you have counselled one who has no wisdom, and given much good advice!

People:      With whose help have you uttered words, and whose spirit has come forth from you?

Officiant:       Let us pray.

God of all knowledge and wisdom, to whom all mysteries are open, we ask your blessing upon all those who work here to put information technology at the disposal of your people, that in their efforts to connect others, they may become ever more mindful of their connection with you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The people then process east to Kidz Komapny Daycare, singing “O Lord, hear my prayer.”

Officiant:       Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

People:      Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

Officiant:       Let us pray.

Everliving Father, your Son Jesus gathered children to himself, blessing them and setting them before us as an example of godly life: bless all whose work fosters the well being of children in this place, that, having themselves been made your children by adoption and grace, they may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit; through our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom with you and the same Spirit be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

The people then process east to Consuella’s Accounting, singing “O Lord, hear my prayer.”

Officiant:       The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

People:      Before God no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account.

 Officiant:        Let us pray.

Almighty God, numberless are those who obey your command: pour out upon all those who work here a spirit of discernment, that they may see and know how to account rightly for the goods of the people and to measure those goods against the weight of justice, for you have arranged all things by measure and number and weight, and to you we give glory: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

The people then process east to Green Family Dentistry, singing “O Lord, hear my prayer.”

Officiant:       Your teeth are like a flock of shorn ewes that have come up from the washing,

People:      all of which bear twins, and not one among them is bereaved.

Officiant:        Let us pray.

Most gracious God, who has made the mouths of the righteous to utter wisdom, and their tongues to speak justice, bless all those who work in this place to improve and protect the oral health of this community, that their own lips may be opened to sing your praise, though Christ our Lord, Amen.

The people then cross Lincoln Way West and process west along the south side of the street to the Youth Services Bureau, singing “O Lord, hear my prayer.”

Officiant:       Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of the unjust and cruel.

People:      For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth.

Officiant:        Let us pray.

God of hope, you have known us since we were in our mothers’ wombs: bless all those who work to provide the youth of this neighborhood with a personal sense of safety and well-being, support to work toward a higher degree of self-sufficiency and positive relationships with caring adults, that they in their turn might find themselves wrapped in your safety, support and care, through Christ our Lord, Amen.

The people process west to Unique Beauty Supply, singing “O Lord, hear my prayer.”

Officiant:       Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight.

People:       But even the hairs of your head are all counted. Do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Officiant:        Let us pray.

O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: bless those whose work strives to bring out the beauty and dignity of each person, that we might catch in each other’s faces some glimpse of your beauty, and be made worthy at length to behold it unveiled for evermore; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The people process west to J.J. Fish at the corner of Lincoln Way West and Olive Street, singing “O Lord, hear my prayer.”

Officiant:       Jesus took the seven loaves and the fish; and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples,

People:       and the disciples gave them to the crowds, and all of them ate and were filled.

Officiant:        Let us pray.

Lord Jesus Christ, you blessed and broke for your followers fish and bread in the wilderness so that all of them ate and were filled: so bless the hands of all those work in this place, that they too might find themselves filled with your love. In your name we pray. Amen.

The people process south on Olive Street, stopping half-way between Epworth UMC and Fountain of Faith, singing “O Lord, hear my prayer.”

Officiant:       Jesus said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;

People:      therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.’

Officiant:        Let us pray.

Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers, which we offer before you for all members of your holy Church, especially in these our neighboring churches, that in their vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The people process south on Olive to Prast, crossing Olive Street to the convenience store, singing “O Lord, hear my prayer.”

Officiant:       All creatures look to you, O Lord, to give them their food in due season.

People:      You give it to them; they gather it; you open your hand, and they are filled with good things.

Officiant:        Let us pray.

Almighty and Everlasting God, our times are in your hand: pour out your blessing upon all who come here to buy or to sell, watching over them in their going out and in their coming in, that all may be clothed in righteousness and all may prosper in body, mind and spirit. Amen.

The people return to the front of the church, singing, “O Lord, hear my prayer.”

Officiant:       Happy are they all who fear the Lord, and who follow in his ways!

People:      They shall eat the fruit of their labor; happiness and prosperity shall be theirs.

Officiant:        Let us pray.

Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ in his earthly life shared our toil and hallowed our labor: Be present with your people where they work; make those who carry on the industries and commerce of this land responsive to your will; and give to us all a pride in what we do, and a just return for our labor; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Passing of the Peace:

Officiant:       My brothers and sisters in Christ, the peace of the Lord be always with you.

People:      And also with you.

All are invited to share a sign of God’s peace with one another

as they enter the church and take their seats.


Holy Eucharist

All baptized Christians are invited to share in Communion, and Gluten free wafers are available on request. Un-baptized persons or those wishing not to receive communion for any reason are welcome to come forward for a blessing, crossing their hands over their chests in indication.

Offertory Prayer:

O merciful Creator, your hand is open wide to satisfy the needs of every living creature: Make us always thankful for your loving providence; and grant that we, remembering the account that we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of your good gifts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Great Thanksgiving:           Eucharistic Prayer B                        BCP 367

The Lord’s Prayer                     traditional                              BCP 364

Breaking of the Bread:                                                          BCP 364

Invitation to Holy Communion:        Communion is distributed to the people.

Post Communion Thanksgiving and Blessing:                       BCP 366


The Dismissal:                                                                    BCP 366

Please join us after the service

for refreshments and reflection

in the parish hall

Field of Greens

The essay below was posted the other day on Facebook by our master gardener, Will Campbell. I’m reprinting it here with his permission. Will has dozens more stories like this, as does anyone who’s spent much time around the Garden of St. Therese. What a joy it is to watch the Holy Spirit’s plans unfold around us!
One of the awesome things about doing things inside of the community is that you get the opportunity to meet some awesome people with awesome stories to tell. One of my garden favorites is Tanika Trotter. I first met Tanika last year when I first got involved with the St. Therese Unity Garden. She was one of the first people to approach me to see what I was up to. From that moment on we forged a friendship that is still growing to this day.

Tanika has been a huge inspiration to my life and many others. Her life is one of faith and perseverance. Being born 3 months premature and barely weighing over a pound. She fought through that only to be diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at the age of 17. This is something that she still endures to this day. But not without a genuine smile painted on her face.

Last year, towards the middle of the garden’s growing season, she approached me and asked if I could plant her some spinach and some other types of greens. She then explained that juicing the spinach and other greens helped eased her pain from the disease. I instantly stopped what I was doing, looked her dead in the eyes, and told her that if greens helped helped her pain I was going to plant her a “field of greens.” And so the seed was planted and the idea began to grow. Before planting the garden this year I went and found every green seed I could find and this is the manifestation. I am happy to report that she is a garden regular. Smiling away. She is really big on the spinach, kale, swiss chard, and arugula. She also claims that not only is it easing the pain of the disease but it is also helping with her digestion due to the side effects of her prescription medications.

Field of Greens

Field of Greens—Will Campbell and Tanika Trotter, standing in front of the greens Will planted in the Garden of St. Therese for the smoothies that help relieve the symptoms of Tanika’s MS and the medications she takes for it.

I can’t begin to explain how much Tanika has inspired my life and my drive to give. She is a amazing Gal with a beautiful heart. So when you stop out at the garden don’t hesitate to give a shout out to Tanika Trotter. Thank you for taking time out of your day to read this post. I hope all of you have a great weekend.

— with Tanika Trotter.