Voice of Monsignor McEnhill – October 3rd

I invite you to participate in the recitation of the rosary which will take place on the Mondays of October in our grotto area which is near the bell tower. October is a month dedicated to Our Blessed Mother and the rosary. This is a wonderful way for our parish, named to honor our Blessed Mother to continue to ask for her intercession and to be guided by her example.

This is a good time for me to make mention of the improvements that have been made in the grotto area. You will notice that a lot of work has been done by our garden club. Through the donations of two of our parish families and the help of the Navarretes Landscaping Company much progress has been made in our plan to beautify our campus especially around the church and grotto. While the landscaping firm was hired to do the job, I want to thank Fernando Navarrete for a donation his company made to enhance the project.

We will enjoy the grotto as we pray the rosary.

Monsignor Gerald A. McEnhill

Priestly Vocations – 9/26/21

Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church. Catechism,
Catholic Church, 1536

The school year has started at Our Lady of Refuge and at Sacred Heart Seminary. As we pray for a successful OLR school year, we also pray for the seminarians. May they hear and answer God’s call. Sacred Heart has eigthy-five seminarians with twenty-three from the Archdiocese of Detroit with two studying in Rome. Next week we will provide prayer cards asking for Our Lord’s intercession for Priests.

In the Narthex, you will find two prayer cards, Fr. Craig Giera’s business card, and a Sacred Heart Seminary sticker.

The gold card is for those considering the priesthood. If you or someone you know is discerning the Priesthood, please take the card and Fr. Giera’s business card.

The black card is for parishioners to pray for men to hear God’s call. Please take a card and include this prayer in your regular intentions to our Lord.

In the coming months, we will provide the updated seminarian photos. Please take a card and pray for our current and future seminarians.
Dan Whalen, K of C #600

Technology Update – 9/26/21

Our Lady of Refuge has installed cameras and is Live-Streaming the Sunday 8am Mass each week. The videos can be viewed live or at a later day/time via links to the Parish YouTube Channel on the Parish website Livestream page: https://olorcc.org/livestream

Our next step is to install projectors and screens. These will provide a much better technology for displaying music, presentations from the Archbishop, and other video presentation needs. We intend to begin simply by projecting the song lyrics at appropriate times during Mass. Based on your feedback, we will discuss how to progress after that.

We will be installing a pair of retractable screens, one on each side of the altar. The projectors will be mounted up against the ceiling, just in front of where the ceiling steps up, to avoid being a visible distraction from most locations within the church.

The equipment has been on order for several months. We are hoping that it will arrive and be installed in October, but we won’t be surprised if it doesn’t arrive until later. This type of technical equipment has been in short supply since the beginning of the Covid pandemic. We will start using this equipment as soon as everything becomes available and is installed, but we are communicating now so that you won’t be surprised by this new addition to our church.

We are excited to utilize this new technology to enhance our worship while keeping the solemnity and focus on the Mass.

Food Pantry Update – Sept 12, 2021

Our Lady of Refuge has a very active food pantry! We give out 20 bags of food over a 2 week period. Which means approximately 40 bags each month!

Our pantry is getting low on many of the regular items that we include in our food bags.

Would you please consider donating on a regular basis some of the items listed below?

  • Healthy Cereal
  • Rice
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Fruit
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Pasta (all kinds)
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Mac n cheese
  • Jello or pudding boxes or cups
  • Cookies or snacks

Thank you for your generosity!!

Suzanne Barcewicz
Coordinator, Christian Service

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