Risen Christ Figure

A few months ago we had this Risen Christ figure installed in the narthex of our church. I would like to explain how this came about.

It came from Our Lady of Grace Church in Dearborn Heights.  Unfortunately, Our  Lady of Grace Church was merged with St. Sabina Parish and its worship site was closed and sold.  Before a sale takes place the Archdiocese of Detroit makes sure that all the items that are so special and sacred to  our worship are removed.  These items are then made available to the parishes of the  Archdiocese.  I inquired and was able to  obtain this beautiful hand carved bass wood image of the Risen Christ.  It was hand carved in 1980 and was displayed on the back wall of the  sanctuary of Our Lady of Grace Church.

This figure  was very much revered by the parishioners and played a very vital role in their  worship for many years.  Needless to say, they are very saddened by the closing of their church.  Most of them became members of St. Sabina Church under the pastorship of Fr. James Lopez.

I had Fr. Lopez out to our parish to show him where we placed the figure and to thank him and the people of Our Lady of Grace Parish.  I also wanted him to  know, that  the people of  his parish are always welcome to come to our parish not only to see their beautiful figure but  also to worship.

I know that it is a loss to them but their gift to our parish is very much appreciated and will enhance our spiritual growth.  The spirit of Our Lady of Grace Parish is not lost but lives on in their “Risen Christ” adorning our church.

Fr. Gerald McEnhill

Thank You Father Ben O’Loughlin

Father Benjamin O'LoughlinWe want to thank Father Ben for sharing his passion for the Lord with our parish community.  Father Ben has spent many hours among our children in the school through his preaching during the school Masses and mentoring our students.  He has also faithfully presided over our Young at Heart Masses and assisted our Youth Group.   Father Ben has been available during our Sunday Liturgies and Communal Penance Services.  We will miss him as he goes forth to Mexico City!

Father  Ben  will  be  presiding  during  the  9:30am Mass on Sunday, July 22nd.  We welcome you to wish him well in the Social Hall following the Mass and enjoy a cup of coffee and a donut.

Please pray for Father Ben’s travels, health and continued growth in his ministry as a Legionaries of Christ.

Thank you Father  Ben!  You have been such a blessing for Our Lady of Refuge!

Vacation Bible School 2018 Thank You!

A great big thank you to all of our awesome volunteers for another successful Vacation Bible School! The theme was GOD CREATED a great time was had by all!

Led by the multi-talented Mr. Mike Brody the kids sang and danced their way through the 7 days of creation!  IT WAS GOOD!!

Our amazing adult volunteers: Deborah  Bell-Smith, Allison Dombrowski, Alicja  Frank,  Andrea  Harris,  Kim Kubicek, Jan Mittlestaedt, Oscar Mittelstaedt, Sarah Pongratz & Stephanie Riney.

Our awesome teen volunteers: Frank & Ava Bachulis, Mark Anthony  Bahnam, Tori Brender,  Zach Crawford, Mary Dalou, Olivia  Dombrowski, John  Frank, Luke Gabriel,  Ryan & Rachel Harris,  Brooke  Kouza, Kathleen & Sean McDonald, Drew & Dylan Perryman, Donna & Elizabeth Pongratz, Julianna Prezzatto, Grace Riney, Julia & Emerson Taratuta, Kennedy Taylor & Emeline Walsh.

A special thank you to Kim Kubicek and Jan Mittelstaedt for their awesome co-leading, co-planning skills!  And Jan for her decorations and Arts & Crafts that the kids love!  Jan has an awesome gift for details that many people appreciate and don’t realize how much love & work truly goes into every be of carrying out the plan.  I am very grateful for these two women and wouldn’t plan an event without them!!

God is great!  ALL of the time!  Have a great summer!

Suzanne Barcewicz

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