This Week is Thanksgiving

Hi all!

This week is Thanksgiving, and we will be having a liturgy at 9:00 a.m. on that day. Along with that we will be canceling mass on Friday, the day following.

More importantly of note is this weekend is The Solemnity of Christ the King, which means we are at the end of the Liturgical year.

What kind of king dies on a cross between two criminals even though one has gone down in history as the “good thief?”

Answer: A king who suffers and accompanies his subjects when they are in agony. A king whose example teaches his subjects to do the same for others.

This is what we see with Christ the King. This Solemnity is not about earthly power and authority, this is about the love of God who humbly came to this Earth, becoming one of us and serving God the Father in this world. It is the example of what all of us are called to do. That is to serve God, serve one another and serve our church family. Thus, fostering the love of Christ to all we come in contact with.

As you head home today after Mass, I ask you to reflect on these four questions:

  1. Where does Jesus shepherd His flock?
  2. Does Christ the King come to rule your life through imposing His will or changing your will?
  3. How does Christ as King change the plan for your life?
  4. How is Christ an alternative king – not your ordinary rule maker?

Fr Ron Richards

Food Bin and Harvest Wagon Thank You!

The Christian Care Center is very thankful for all who have contributed to the food bin and especially to the Harvest Wagon this fall! Our food baskets are very much anticipated by our neighbors in need as we provide so many items for their families to enjoy the holidays. Thank you for your generosity and your love! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Suzanne Barcewicz
Coordinator, Christian Service

The Need for Altar Servers

Hi all!

This week I am letting you all know about the need for Altar Servers. We have a handful of young people who serve but we need a number more. My preference is to have 3 servers per liturgy. For this to happen our numbers need to increase. In order to be an Altar Server, the only thing I ask is that your child is in 4th grade or older.

The beauty of your child being an Altar Server is the opportunity to allow them to be involved in the Mass, and thus understand what is going on throughout the Mass far more. We will have formal training for all altar servers and will schedule them for those who are interested. Before you can serve at Mass you do need to be formally trained in a session we hold.

If you are interested in serving, please contact Lisa Marie Blanek at 248.418.7212 or

Again, if you have a 4th grader or older, allow them to serve God in the liturgy as an Altar Server.

Fr Ron Richards

Halloween at Sacred Heart Thank You!

Thanks to the generosity of the parishioners at Our Lady of Refuge, our annual Halloween celebration was a huge success again this year! Our neighbors turned out faithfully to celebrate with us, with roughly 2,000 attending again this year! The atmosphere was filled with laughter and fun.

These pictures hopefully give you the OLR family a glimpse into the beautiful joy they brought to the hearts (and faces) of so many of our wonderful neighbors.

Again, thank you so much for your generosity in making the day, week or even year of so many of our young neighbors, and for helping their parents and grandparents experience the joy of seeing them so excited! None of this could be possible without you and your kind support. Please keep us in prayer as we do you.

God bless,
Daniel Whalen
Seminarian— AOD

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