A Note from Michael Garnett

Thank you all for your prayers during my absence from OLR due to Covid. I did not plan to be away from Our Lady of Refuge this long, but my recovery efforts took a wrong turn on Day 10, when I could barely move 10 feet and when my oxygen levels dropped so low that I was almost taken to the hospital. Fortunately, an ER doctor friend of mine has been treating me and is helping me recover. Praise God for the gift of medicine and for the healers involved in this noble profession!

I also wish to inform you that I will be leaving my position here at Our Lady of Refuge to accept the Director of Sacred Music position at the Diocese of Lansing Cathedral. My last day here will be Friday, January 21. While the timing due to my Covid illness is less than ideal and I wish that I could be with you all during my last weekend here at Our Lady of Refuge, I firmly believe that God placed me here at this parish for a specific reason and I am so grateful to Him that He did so. I have truly enjoyed getting to know all of you and to serve you, and I pray that you continue to grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ. Please know of my prayers for all of you.

Voice of Monsignor McEnhill – January 17th

I am very happy to announce that our parish has 15 new altar servers who have completed their training and are very eager to assist the parish in the celebration of the Mass. They are:

  • Gabriella Abro
  • Ava Bachulis
  • Richie Dalimante
  • Gracelyn Gumma
  • Maggie McIsaac
  • Grace Riney
  • Scarlett Salmo
  • Selma Zara
  • Liam Alban
  • Shiloh Brikho
  • Christopher Eschrich
  • Daniel Hailo
  • Lily Mulvany
  • Patrick Riney
  • Sarina Sitto

We congratulate these children on becoming altar serv-ers and are grateful for their willingness to serve. We are always pleased to see the activity and involvement of the young people in our parish.

Monsignor Gerald A. McEnhill

Prayer Shawl Ministries Invites All Crafters!

The first Monday of each month following our morning 8:15 am Mass we will gather in our Social Hall to work on a variety of projects. Some bring in their own projects for family and friends, some participate in making special projects and we all pray for our parish, families, friends and prayer requests. In the winter months we have ladies creating yarn from plastic bags for which our crocheters and knitters will weave mats for the homeless (see photo below).

In May we will be teaching how to make string rosaries or perhaps you al-ready know and can assist others. We have all the materials needed.

Lisa Blanek
Coordinator, Worship

Our Food Pantry is Bigger and Better Than Ever!

Happy New Year!!

Let’s start anew with an old idea:) We have a food pantry and it’s bigger and better than ever!! Over the Christmas break Christian Service moved into the Family Life Center kitchen so that we are able to support our neighbors in need on a larger scale!

The sky is the limit for what we will be able to offer (if we have enough volunteers and donations – haha)

We have chosen a name for the Christian Service space and here it is:
Monsignor McEnHill Christian Care Center

We will have an open house at a later date and would love for you to see what we have done!

In the meantime please continue to bring your donations as listed below to help us fill food bags weekly!:

  • Cereal-Rice (bag or box)
  • Canned/pouch Chicken
  • Canned Corn
  • Canned Tomatoes
  • Cans of Fruit
  • Peanut Butter
  • Boxed Pasta
  • Meal in a can (i.e. Ravioli)
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Canned/pouch Tuna
  • Canned Green Beans
  • Mixed Vegetables
  • Canned Soup
  • Applesauce
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Laundry Detergent

Suzanne Barcewicz
Coordinator, Christian Service

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