Our Lady of Refuge Parish

PASTOR …. Fr. Ron Richards

Assisting Priests ….
Fr. Banazak, Fr. Brooks, Fr. Sabadell
Deacon ….

Street Address

3700 Commerce Road
Orchard Lake, Michigan 48324

Mailing Address

3725 Erie Drive
Orchard Lake, Michigan 48324



Weekend Mass Schedule:

Saturday 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Livestream Mass: Sundays at 8:00 a.m.

Weekday Mass Schedule:

8:15 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

Holy Days:

8:15 a.m. during school, otherwise
9:00 a.m., 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Sacrament of Reconciliation:

Saturday 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.


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Monday, July 4th

The morning Mass will be at 9:00 a.m.

The Parish Office will be closed. We will resume normal hours on Thurs. July 5th.

Link to donate to CSA 2022 through the AOD website
(gifts will be attributed on behalf of Our Lady of Refuge)

We made our target!

As of October 13, 2021
Goal: $83,504.00
Pledged: $84,265.64 101%

Number of Families in the Parish: 838
Pledges to Date: 170

Thank you for your continued support.

Thank you for donating to the Catholic Services Appeal. You have helped our parish and the Archdiocese.

Welcome Fr. Ron Richards

I am very pleased to be here at Our Lady of Refuge, taking over the reins from Msgr. McEnhill. I know he has served you all very well throughout the years and I hope to serve you all equally as well with great love and zeal.

As a priest one of my strongest spiritual gifts is evangelization. Know that I will bring that to Our Lady of Refuge. It is my belief that we all need to not just know who Christ is, but to have a personal relationship with Jesus in our life. It is through this relationship that we have a positive effect on the world in which we live.

A little about me as a point of introduction. I was born and raised on the east side, Utica/Sterling Heights to be exact. I was ordained in 2004. Prior to entering seminary, I had a varied background. I received a Mechanical Engineering degree from Michigan State University (Go Green). Not long after that I received a Master of Arts in Teaching from Wayne State and taught Physics at Brother Rice HS from 1989-1998. I also coached their Varsity Swim Team. My path to the priesthood was a little different than most men as I did not enter the seminary until the age of 36 and was ordained at the age of 42.

I entered Sacred Heart Seminary in the fall of 1998, after two years at Sacred Heart Seminary and receiving my BS in Philosophy, the Archdiocese sent me to Rome for four years to complete my formation and obtain my degree in theology. While in Rome, I attended the Pontifical Gregorian University for my theological studies. After being ordained I was then sent to Catholic University of America in Washington DC to obtain my Canon Law Degree (JCL).

As you can see, I have a varied background. Since that time I have served in a few parishes as an associate and pastor. In 2018 I left the Archdiocese to help Abp. Byrnes on the island of Guam and  serve as his Vicar General for the Archdiocese of Agana.

Fr. Ron Richards

Families of Parishes

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COVID-19 Response and Resources

Link to the Archdiocese of Detroit (AOD) COVID-19 Response and Resources Web Page

Liturgy of the Word for Children

Children ages 4 to 8 are invited to attend this program during our 11:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday. They will be called to the Altar along with an adult leader during Mass and will be lead to the Social Hall. Each week our teachers come prepared with amazing lessons to be shared.  They rejoin you during the offertory so that they will not miss the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

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