Our Lady of Refuge Parish

Our Lady of Refuge Parish

Street Address

3700 Commerce Road
Orchard Lake, Michigan 48324

Mailing Address

3725 Erie Drive
Orchard Lake, Michigan 48324




PASTOR …. Monsignor Gerald A. McEnhill

Assisting Priests …
Father Jason Brooks
Father Przemyslaw Nowak

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Catholic Services Appeal 2020

We invite you to view the two videos below provided by the Archdiocese of Detroit. You can select either of the two videos from the playlist options in the upper right hand corner of the video, or simply press the Play button on each video to view them in order.

Link to the Archdiocese of Detroit CSA website for information
and to make an online contribution to the 2020 CSA

Catholic Services Appeal 2020 | www.givecsa.org

Father Richard Rakoczy

Father Richard Rakoczy, wonderful and dedicated priest, died on November 14, 2020 at the age of 86. He served the Church of the Archdiocese of Detroit extremely well.

He was ordained a priest in 1959. He had a number of pastoral assignments with his last one being the pastor of St. Perpetua Parish in Waterford where he served for 13 years until his retirement in June 2008. As a senior priest he lived in a home in our parish and we were beneficiaries of his continued priestly service. I personally benefited from his willingness to help here at the parish and I enjoyed our friendship and his interest in our parish.

All of us as parishioners were blessed to have him for Sunday Masses, weekday Masses and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. His ministry to our young people was very noteworthy as he always made himself available to provide the Sacrament of Reconciliation to our school aged children. Even though he was a senior priest he volunteered his time to do hospital chaplaincy at St. Joseph Hospital in Pontiac. He was active til the end. He loved the blessings of the priesthood and it showed for 61 years.

I will miss him. Everyone that knew him will miss him. We can be very confident that he already enjoys the rich reward of Heaven. Well done — he lived a very good life. We pray the Church will have many more faithful priests like him.

Msgr. Gerald A. McEnhill

Direction from Pews for Communion

The need to maintain the 6 foot social distance requires us to create one way aisles. You will notice colored tape on the carpet as you enter the Church. Green indicates the direction toward the altar to receive Communion. We can only serve two sections at a time. The two center sections are served first and will return to their pew flowing up the center aisle (orange tape). Then the Extraordinary Minister will move to the side tables to serve the side sections where they will now come forward on the green tape and after receiving Jesus return to their pew by following the outside aisles (pink tape). We will be exiting at the end of Mass from back to front again respecting the 6 foot distances. Thank you for your patience and care for each other’s safety.

Weekend Mass Schedule:

Saturday 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 8:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Weekday Mass Schedule:

8:15 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
(revised effective September 14, 2020)

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.

Liturgy of the Word for Children

Children from ages 4-8 are invited to attend this program during our 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Masses on Sunday.  They will be welcomed by trained facilitators that have all taken Protecting God’s Children and have a strong desire to unleash the Gospel with your children so that they too may encounter, grow and witness Jesus Christ.  Each week our teachers come prepared with amazing lessons that they truly want to share with your little ones.  They rejoin you during the offertory so that they will not miss the Liturgy of the Eucharist.


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