100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima
Attention all those Consecrated to Mary!!
In celebration of Our Lady of Fatima’s 100th year Anniversary all those that have been consecrated to Mary are invited to renew their consecration at the close of the Saturday 5 pm Mass on May 13th. On this date too Pope Francis will be canonizing the Marto siblings, Blessed Jacinta and Blessed Francisco becoming the youngest non-martyrs to be canonized. Please come and recommit to Our Lady of Refuge, our Holy Mother Mary!!
Understanding the Mass
Every Sunday we, the ‘body of Christ’, gather at the celebration of the Eucharist to become ever more “The Body of Christ”. This is an awesome truth. All the actions, words, hymns, postures, sights, sounds, and even moments of silence at the celebration have as their ultimate goals the glorification of God and our own transformation. Over the next several months, we will explore some of the facets of the mass using a series of essays prepared by Sister Angela Hibbard IHM.
Sr. Angela is a member of the Archdiocesan Worship Commission. She is on staff at Gesu Parish and has responsibility for parish faith formation, particularly the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). The full set of Sr. Angela’s essays, in book form, is available on the parish website.
You can access all of the essays by going to the Home page of this website and clicking on the link, Understanding the Mass, which is located in the Main Menu section on the left hand side of the page.
Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!!
Dear Parish Community,
Many of you have thanked me for the beautiful décor you experienced during our Holy Week and now Easter Season. I have gratefully accepted your praise but expressed that it was not me but WE. The following people helped by giving up time and sharing their talent: Diane and Walt Kreucher, Jan Mittelstaedt, Corey, Finn and Maggie McIsaac, Christine and Patrick Devine, Linda and Carl Godell, Sue and Ray Bednark, Kimberly Redner, Angela, Margaret and John Shubsda, Kathleen Lisowski, Janet Boyk, Linda and Steve Hayden, Surita Chaudhry, Mary Ellen Doman, Regina Lee, Karen Filliater, Meghan and Greg Harris, John May, Christina and Michael Blanek. If I have forgotten anyone, please forgive me!! May we all have an amazing Easter Season!!
Thank you all, lisa marie
Server of the Month – Paddy McIsaac
I like to play basketball on my driveway at home. I also like to play baseball and I currently play for a travel team called The Motor City Shamrocks. I just tried sushi when I was in Florida and I love it. I love Jambalaya as well. Those two foods are my favorites. I am a complete food fanatic.
I enjoy being an altar server. I feel closer to God when I serve and I also feel closer to our parish. I feel like we have such a great church community. If you look around, you will see that everyone puts so much effort into this church. Thank you for choosing me to be the server of the month!
Paddy McIsaac’s name was drawn during our School Mass – Congratulations Paddy!!
Prayer for Vocations
Each week after our Tuesday morning Mass our “prayer warriors” pray the Rosary for Vocations. These dedicated individuals are intercessing for all of us. Join them in their efforts of praying for vocations. Below is a prayer inspired for this special intercession.
Generous God, You show us the way that leads to everlasting life. Through baptism you have called us to proclaim the Good News.
Bless and strengthen those who have made a commitment of service in the Church. Guide and give wisdom to those discerning their vocation. Enrich our Church with dedicated married and single people, with deacons, priests, and with people in consecrated life. Filled with your Holy Spirit we ask this blessing that we, your people, may follow Jesus, our Good Shepherd, now and always. Amen.
Third Saturday of Every Month
On the 3rd Saturday of every month, Father Obloy will offer a talk on relevant historical topics.
Don’t miss this opportunity to grow your faith and fellowship.
Perhaps you have been wondering, “What kind of prayer opportunities does Our Lady of Refuge offer???? Here are some regular offerings:
- We have Holy Mass every day of the week here! Fr. McEnhill has invited 3 guest priests to help him accomplish this: Father Leonard Obloy, Father Richard Rakoczy and Father Ben O’Loughlin
- After every weekday Mass the rosary group leads the rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. After Friday Mass, many also recite the Reparation to the Sacred Heart prayers.
- First Friday is observed here by celebrating Exposition of the Holy Eucharist.
- Fr. Obloy and other priests over the years have offered Holy Mass on the 1st and 3rd Saturday mornings for our Men and Women Fellowship which is followed by discussion and prayer.
- On the fourth Tuesday night of the month at 7 pm in the Parish Office Chapel, we have Intercessory Prayer.
So come and join us! Don’t miss the opportunity to pray with your parish family!!!!
On the fourth Tuesday of each month we will gather in the Parish Office Chapel at 7 PM for Intercessory prayer. We are growing and want to make room for all our petitioners to participate. Come join us!!
FAITH PILGRIMAGE – RCIA
Are you ready to go on a journey through the Catholic Faith? Are you:
- A person who has not been baptized and would like to learn more about the Catholic faith with the possibility of becoming Catholic?
- A Baptized Christian of another denomination who would like to learn more about the Catholic Tradition and possibly become Catholic?
- A Baptized Catholic who has been away from the Catholic Church for some time and would like to come home and receive the Sacraments?
Welcome to the RCIA! It is the Church’s desire to have this program available to you year around. I am available each weekend to meet you after Mass and assist your start on this amazing pilgrimage. Please come see me or call me for an appointment at 248.682.0920; ext. 1114. Each year beginning in September, Fr. McEnhill joins us on Monday evenings at 7:30 PM in the Parish Office. This will be a life changing experience!
Home Bound Ministry
If you or a family member needs a Eucharistic Minister to come to your home for a visit, or if you need a priest to celebrate the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, please call the Parish Office at 248-682-0920 ext. 1114 and your call will be directed appropriately.
We have many Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist who do not yet have an assignment who would be honored to bring Holy Communion to you or your family member.
The other option is of course, that you would bring the Eucharist to your family member. We would be happy to teach you and your family the proper procedure.
It is a beautiful liturgy (prayer service) that can be learned quite easily. It only requires love of you for your family member, and a great love and respect for the Eucharist. The rest is teachable.
Don’t miss this opportunity to help your home bound family member to be in communion with the Lord and your parish family.
This commission works directly with Fr. McEnhill, Parish Pastoral Council, the commissions and pastoral staff in implementing the fundamental principles of Christian Stewards. All people have been given gifts and talents to be shared as an essential element in every aspect of parish life.
Our Parish Involvement Form allows us to see what your interests and gifts are. We promise to call you and hope to put your faith in action. For more information contact Lisa Marie Blanek at 248-418-7212 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This commission focuses on the heart of worship and the family. Our mission is to help you grow as disciples of Jesus Christ. Some of the ministries that are offered are Men and Women’s Fellowship, Intercessory Prayer, Prayer Shawl Ministry, Hospitality Ministries such as Greeters and Ushers, Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist, Readers and Altar Care. For more information call Lisa Marie Blanek, email@example.com at 248-418-7212.
Men and Women Fellowship
Join us on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month by celebrating the Saturday Mass at 7:30 AM. Each group will then split up and open the Word preparing for the Sunday liturgy. These intimate faithful gatherings will enhance your entire weekend experiences. All are welcome!!
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Come join us on the 1st Tuesday of each month from 11 am – 1:30 PM in the Parish Office. The love of knitting and crocheting will be combined into a prayerful ministry in hopes of reaching out to those in need of comfort and solace. All are welcome!
We regularly receive donations of materials so if you wish to participate but need start up materials we can help with those.
If you are interested or have any questions please call Lisa Marie Blanek at 248-682-0920; ext. 1114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you know of someone that would appreciate one of our prayer shawls please let me know that too. May God bless you and yours always!!
Tool for Growing and Becoming Evangelizers
We have a Catholic library in the corner of the Social Hall. You may borrow and return the library items. We ask that you return all borrowed materials within two weeks. We have CD’s for $3.00 and Living with Christ booklets for $5.00 located in the narthex information center. Please put your payments in the collection box mounted on the wall. Thank you.
Are you going through a difficult time?
God never intended for us to go through these experiences alone. That’s why God has brought us together as a congregation—and why we have Stephen Ministry.
Stephen Ministers are members of our congregation who have received 50 hours of training to minister to people experiencing a crisis or going through a difficult time in life. Stephen Ministers listen, care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support to people going through a crisis or a difficult time. This support is provided with compassion, and total confidentiality.
Every week, a Stephen Minister will meet with you—-privately and confidentially—to listen, care, encourage, support, and reflect Christ’s presence in your life.
If you would like to learn more about Stephen Ministry for yourself or someone else, contact our pastor 248-682-0920 or Suzanne at 248-418-7244 or email@example.com.