Faith Formation 2022-2023

I’m reaching out to new families regarding Religious Education this school year of 2022-2023. Faith Formation classes begin for children when they are in 1st grade. Our Religious Education classes will resume in-person starting Monday, October 3rd. Our classes will run 6:00 to 7:30 pm on Monday evenings.

Help Needed:

Catechist: Role is to teach the specific beliefs of the Catholic Church, which serves as an aid to living a Christ centered life. (All this is in the teaching guide)
Time required for Catechist: preparation time at home: 1 hour
Class time: 1 ½ hours
Qualifications: Willingness to share faith and nurture the children’s faith
Requirements: Complete a “Protecting God’s Children” workshop
(Link to AOD workshops/registration including a workshop at St. Benedict Parish on August 23rd)

Do you feel a call called to be a messenger for Christ? We welcome parents, guardians, and high school students (need to be 18 yrs old) to teach. I would like to have a couple of Subs for on call if possible. Catechists are called to echo God’s word. God gives us amazing grace when we answer God’s call to carry on the joyful mission to teach as Jesus did. Our goal here at Our Lady of Refuge is to support each family in their faith formation journey with their children as they strive for full, active and conscious participation in the life of the Church and the parish.

REMINDER: First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion is normally prepared and celebrated in the 2nd grade. Students must complete two years consecutively in the Religious Education Program (does not include Kindergarten) before celebrating First Holy Communion. If your child has not been enrolled in 1 st grade RE class prior to enrolling in 2nd grade, please contact me.

Denette Plant
Director, Religious Education

One Full Month Since My Arrival

Hi all,

It has been one full month since my arrival at the parish. For the most part, you have noticed, I have been taking all the masses, for me that is life/energy giving. Eventually I hope to have some regular consistent help, that would be a steady person who is here on a weekly basis to help. Until that time, unless I have a commitment, such is this current weekend, I will be the presider. As I mentioned last weekend, I am away this weekend with 8 of my closest friends, my Michigan State Brothers, we are enjoying being with each other and catching up.

A lot has happened in this month, we have hired a new principal and a new director of music. Along with having a new pastor this certainly makes for some exciting times at OLOR. Over the past month I have had a couple of relaxed evenings with some families in the parish. Honestly these are enjoyable times for me. As I said in an earlier article, I enjoy socializing and being in a relaxed setting allows me to get to know you in a personal manner, as well as for you to get to know me.

This month will be a busy one, school will be starting soon and the life of the parish, with everyone back from summer travels, will get back into full swing. It should be very exciting.

Peace to you all this week,
Fr Ron Richards

To the Parents of Our Young Children

Hello All,

So I saw this on Facebook and this is actually a card in the pews of a parish, I am thinking we just might want to have these at our seats as well! Please bring those kids into the Church!


Relax! God put the wiggle in children; don’t feel you have to suppress it in God’s house. All are welcome!

Sit toward the front where it is easier for your little ones to see and hear what’s going on at the altar. They tire of seeing the backs of others’ heads.

Quietly explain the parts of the Mass and actions of the priest, altar servers, choir, etc.

Sing the hymns, pray and voice the responses. Children learn liturgical behavior by copying you.

If you have to leave Mass with your child, feel free to do so, but please come back. As Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.”

Remember that the way we welcome children in church directly affects the way they respond to the Church, to God, and to one another. Let them know that they are at home in this house of worship.

Please, if you need to, have a card for your child to doodle on and draw.


The presence of children is a gift to the Church and they are a reminder that our parish is growing.

Please welcome our children into the Church and give a smile of encouragement to their parents. Let them know that you were once parents of little one’s too and you understand the energy of their child.

Fr. Ron Richards

Kids in Christ

This month of July we had three Wednesdays of meaningful experience with the Holy Trinity. Each morning consisted of starting in the classroom explaining the topic, listening to a bible story, playing a game, making a craft, and finally prayer in the church and at Mary’s Grotto. What a great time we had together as we learned more about the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We all need to know that it is OK if we do not fully understand the Trinity. That’s what makes it a mystery, it can only be known through God’s Revelation. We can learn about the Trinity through his work in creation and in Scripture, but ultimately, it is something that we cannot understand through human reason alone. It can only be revealed by God through faith.

A BIG THANK YOU to Jan Mittelsteadt, Suzanne Barcewicz, Stephanie Riney, Marilyn Schafer, Ava Bachulis, Grace Riney, Madeline Tinskey, Patrick Riney, Tori Brender, and Gabby Ansara, Alexa Zoma and Tristan Zoma. This program would not have been possible without your commitment.

There is a display of artwork in the Narthex painted by Ava Bachulis – a parishioner here at OLR. Ava’s art can speak things that can’t always be said in words. Thank you Ava for making something so deeply personal and then present it to our children and the parish with an open heart. Please stop by the Narthex and enjoy reading the display.

Denette Plant
Director, Religious Education

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This