Holy Week at Holy Trinity

Palm Sunday Solemn Procession with Palms

and Eucharist

April 14, 10am

(Service begins in the Parish hall)

Maundy Thursday

Foot Washing, Eucharist &

Stripping of the Altar

April 18, 6:30pm

Solemn Liturgies of Good Friday

April 19

12pm—Passion Readings, Sermon & Solemn Collects

1pm—Adoration of the Cross

2pm—Mass of the Pre-Sanctified

Holy Saturday

April 20

10am—Liturgy for Holy Saturday

10:30am – 3pm Parish Clean-Up Day

with Pot-Luck Lunch

Joint South Bend/Mishawaka Service

for the Great Vigil of Easter

8:30pm at St. Michael and All Angels

Easter Sunday

April 21


Holy Week At Holy Trinity

Palm Sunday—March 25 at 10am

Eucharist and Procession with Palms

Terri Bays, Preacher/Celebrant

March 27

4-6pm Soup After School

6:30pm Tenebrae

Maundy Thursday—March 29 at 6:30pm

Foot Washing, Eucharist and Stripping of the Altar for Maundy Thursday

Adrien Niyongabo, Preacher

Terri Bays, Celebrant

Vigil at the Altar of Repose

 Thursday, 3/29 at 8pm to Friday, 3/30 at 12pm


Good Friday—March 30 12-3pm

Solemn Liturgies

with Solemn Collects, Veneration of the Cross and Mass of the Pre-Sanctified

Terri Bays, Preacher/Celebrant

(7pm Service at St. Michael and All Angels’)

Holy Saturday—March 31

10am Liturgy for Holy Saturday

10:30-2pm Parish Clean-up Day

with Pot-Luck Lunch

8:15pm Easter Vigil

Terri Bays, Preacher/Celebrant

Easter Sunday—April 1 10am


Terri Bays, Preacher/Celebrant

Upcoming at Holy Trinity

Because the next two weeks will be very busy at Holy Trinity, here is a handy list of reminders!

Tuesday, 10/25 at 7:15pm    A Faith for the Future

This class is both for those considering the possibility of formal confirmation/reception in the Episcopal Church and for those who would like to refresh their acquaintance with the ways in which Episcopalians understand their relationship with God through liturgy, the creeds and the bible. We will be using the book A Faith for the Future, by Jesse Zink, as a guide to our discussion, but you will not need a copy for this first class.

Wednesday, 10/26 at 7:15pm    Vestry Meeting (Rescheduled from 10/18)

Sunday, 10/30 at 11:15am     Pot Luck and Stewardship Celebration

Join us as we celebrate our successful stewardship for 2016 and cast a vision for the year to come. As we emerge from a period of transition and crisis, what are the different type of asset that each of us brings to our common life in Christ? How might we collaborate with our neighbors to help all of us recognize and employ our assets for the betterment of our community? What kinds of commitments can we make with each other so that we can walk forward with confidence in the year ahead?

Tuesday, 11/1 4-6pm     Soup After School and 6:30pm Eucharist for All Saints Day

Join us for a bowl of soup and fellowship with our neighbors in the late afternoon, and then stay afterwards for a celebration of All Saints Day. This “major feast” is one in which we celebrate the “great cloud of witnesses” who set an example for us of heroic life in faith and whose continual offering of prayer supports us even when we ourselves lack the strength to pray as we should. Because not every saint has been recognized as such and assigned a specific date in the church calendar, All Saints Day provides us with an opportunity to give thanks for those  unnamed saints who have played such an important role in the lives of those whose souls they have touched.

Wednesday, 11/2 6:30pm     Eucharist for All Souls Day

Not all of us are saints. Yet we believe in a God whose property is always to have mercy, and so we gather on the Feast of All Souls to remember before our God the names of both the faithful and the not so faithful departed who have played a meaningful part in our lives. After naming each person, we insert slips of paper with their written names into a cross designed for that purpose. In so doing, we also offer to God all the various and complicated memories and feelings we have about these folks, trusting that God is able to return our offering to us as a resurrection blessing. Join us for this celebration of the Body of Christ, in death as in life.

All of the departed named in the newsletter each month and in the prayers of the people will be remembered at our All Souls Day service. If you have other names to add, but will not be present on 11/2, please submit them by phone (please spell out the names!), email or in person by 11/1. If you will be present on 11/2, you will have an opportunity to write those names on the spot.

See you at church!


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

Are We Ready for Some Holy Smoke! at Holy Trinity?

Can you believe that Holy Smoke! is coming up tomorrow? HolySmokeKettleWord is getting out—pray that the number of BBQ Cookoff Entries is enough to meet the appetites of our guests! Hmmm. . . maybe I should have included roast quail among the categories. . . and then again, maybe not!

Continue to post about Holy Smoke! in your social networks and to talk about it to your family and friends. Now is the time to strike up a conversation with that neighbor whose BBQ fills your street with mouth-watering aromas! Now is the time to let your music-loving friends know that the Oblates of Blues will be playing from 1-3! Now is the acceptable time for showing folks that Holy Trinity knows how to welcome and nourish the body of Christ!

Can’t wait to see you tomorrow!

Replacing the Roof

Rappelling up to the peak

Rappelling up to the peak

If you have gone down either Olive or Prast this week, you will have noticed work beginning on our roof. Thanks to John Zanka’s dilligence and the premiums we have been paying over the years to the Church Insurance Company of Vermont, we will be getting the roof replaced on both the church and the parish hall at essentially no (additional) expense to ourselves.  I stood around watching the crew at work the other day (yes, I was the sidewalk supervisor—one of the perks of being a priest), so I can tell you that the way they rappel up and down that steep roof is really amazing!

Where have all the shingles gone. . .long time passing?

Where have all the shingles gone. . .long time passing?

Friends with better eyes than mine noticed that there is a word—catracho—nail gunned into the tar paper covering on the Olive Street side of the church. They looked it up (yes, they are quite as geeky as I am—that’s why we are friends!), and tell me that it is a word that means “Honduran Immigrant” or “son of a Honduran immigrant.” How appropriate that the rood of a church built for Hungarian Immigrants should be replaced by Honduran immigrants! If you zoom into the picture I took to show that the old shingles were gone for the church building (1 day’s work—these guys are fast!) you can see the word there. The Urban Dictionary assures me that the term is not derogatory and that it can apply to things like music and food as well as to people.

The big red dumpster (there's another around the back!)

The big red dumpster (there’s another around the back!)

When you arrive for church on Sunday, you will notice a big red dumpster in front of the front doors—I assure you that we are still open for business! There’s another one around the back, and though they are doing a great job of cleaning up after each day’s work, I advise you not to be walking barefoot through the grass for a few weeks!


2 – 4:00 PM

Start your summer off with attending the above event in the great little town of Buchanan, Michigan.  Buchanan is a mere fifteen minute drive from South Bend when you take the by-pass and exit on the Buchanan/Niles Road.  Go thru the town and at the second stoplight and up the hill a bit is the art center.  Park on the street or the church parking lot next door.
Here is what to expect:   Three very diverse artists, great finger food, wine, punch, conversation with interesting people and a  walk thru three art galleries.
Artists showing are, Butch Welch (A Journey Along the Shores) photography that is guaranteed to blow your socks off in color and content.  Photos of lake country like you have never seen before.  Samuel J. Gillis  (Impressions of an Artist), colorful, high energy, abstract paintings that definitely get you thinking.  And finally, myself, Susan Adamek, (“Text Me”, or What is Black, White, & Read All Over?) a fiber/multi-media artist who explores new ways and twists to the old way of painting, sewing, quilting and collage.  The artistic diversity of this group will entertain your senses on a Sunday afternoon.
If you can’t make the party on Sunday, the show will continue thru July 19th.  Hours are listed on the web site.

Holy Week at Holy Trinity

Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday) – March 29

  • 10 am Eucharist, Rite II & Procession w/ Palms (Terri Bays preaching / presiding)

Tuesday in Holy Week – March 31

  • 5:45-6:15pm Confessions
  • 6:30pm Eucharist
  • 7:15-8:30pm Bible Study

Wednesday in Holy Week – April 1

  • 6:30 pm Blue Shadows—Tenebrae Service with original compositions by Hugh Page performed live by the Oblates of Blues

Maundy Thursday – April 2

  • 6:30 pm Footwashing and Eucharist, Rite II, with Stripping of the Altar (Terri Bays preaching/presiding)
  • 9 pm Thursday – 12 pm Friday: Vigil at the Altar of Repose


Good Friday – April 3

  • 9 pm Thursday – 12 pm Friday: Vigil at the Altar of Repose
  • 12 pm Good Friday Liturgies, including the Passion Gospel, Sermon and Solemn Collects, Adoration of the Cross and Communion from the Reserved Sacrament (Jim Lodwick and Stewart Clem co-officiants)


Holy Saturday – April 4

  • 9 am Propers for Holy Saturday
  • 9:30am Parish Work Day with Pot Luck lunch
  • 8 pm Great Vigil of Easter
  • Easter Feast following the Vigil

Easter Sunday – April 5

  • 10 am Eucharist, Rite II (Terri Bays Preaching / Presiding)

A Blessed Labor Day to You!

Man with Bendix megaphone

South Bend becomes the site of the first sit-in strike in the American automobile industry as several employees at the Bendix Products Corp., plant in South Bend sat down at their machines on Nov. 17, 1936, attempting to gain bargaining power. Read more in the South Bend Tribune.

Let’s face it. Even though Labor Day is officially a civic rather than a religious holiday, no church in the US fails to notice in one way or another that Labor Day Weekend has come around. We hesitate to schedule events for that weekend, knowing that many of our members will be away. We wait to start our Fall programs until after Labor Day. Some of us even stop wearing white shoes and linen after Labor Day!

The Labor Movement is a big deal in South Bend, and particularly in our neighborhood, which was originally populated by workers from factories like Studuebaker, Bendix, Oliver Plow Works and Birdsell Manufactuing. When those factories began laying off workers and eventually closed, many of the workers in our neighborhood felt abandoned and betrayed. Though these closings happened long ago, their effects linger on.

So how do we at Holy Trinity celebrate Labor Day as not only a holiday but a Holy Day? We should begin by remembering that out Baptismal Covenant calls us to respect the dignity of every human being. One way in which we might manifest that respect is by recognizing the dignity of the labor that is performed all around it—paid and unpaid. Take a few moments this week to pray for God’s blessing upon all those whose labor supports you. Reflect on ways in which your behavior makes a difference in their lives. Are you respecting their dignity? Are you helping them experience their work as a blessing?

At church on Sunday, we blessed the hands with which we work with the oil of chrism, remembering that having been sealed as Christ’s own in baptism means that all our labor belongs to and is blessed by Jesus. Take a few moments this week to reflect on the ways in which you might reveal Christ’s glory in the work you do. Again, by “work,” I don’t just mean activities for which you get paid. Do you reflect God’s mercy in your interactions with your fellow workers? Do you radiate God’s delight in creation and order?  Does your work inspire others to live more fully into God’s dream for them?

May God bless you on this Labor Day and throughout the coming year!


This evening the Church of the Holy Trinity is hosting the 4 Episcopal Parishes of St. Joseph County in a joint celebration of the Feast of the Transfiguration. We’d love to have you join us! This feast has intrigued me ever since I became aware of it as a young adult in the early 90’s for at least two reasons.

First is the way it confronts the numinous—weird, mystical, “we can’t even begin to explain this”—divine nature of Jesus that we so often distract ourselves from by focusing too narrowly on His role as a teacher.  The gospel reading states baldly that two supposedly dead/removed to heaven prophets appear on the scene, while all three readings speak of a mysterious shining. Talking clouds float—if “float” can be used regarding such emphatic clouds—in and out of the picture. We add our own clouds of praise and incense to the mix, as if to say, “Yes, this is really weird, and we can join into the weirdness without having to explain it all away in a vain attempt to pretend the world is under our control!” It’s that false sense of control that gets us in trouble all too often.

That brings me to the second thing that intrigues me about this feast, namely the ambivalence many people express towards it. I was struck by that this morning as I received my “Daily Devo” from the Forward Movement.  Now don’t get me wrong, I usually enjoy the Daily Devo.  Today’ devotion, however, skipped over the whole part about what happened among Jesus, Moses and Elijah in order to focus on Peter’s desire to make shelters. That desire was held up as an example of how we “get comfortable” with our mountain top experiences and need to “leave the mountain and go down to the valley to spread the good news.” I couldn’t help but wonder whether rushing to get down the mountain that fast was perhaps an attempt to avoid the loss of control the mountain top experience often signals.

The fact of the matter is that we need the mountain and the valley. The God who is revealed to us on the mountain shields, sustains and inspires us in the valley. No, we cannot remain in our booths (though we often overlook the fact that booths are by definition temporary dwellings), but neither can we sleep through or skip over the scary, holy stuff that makes us who we are.

Come, take some time to go up on the mountain to pray. You never know just who might show up.