Voice of Monsignor McEnhill – September 13th

Staffing changes have occurred over the last few months with the retirement of Bonnie Degen as our Religious Education Director on June 30th and the retirement of Paula Dawson as our Christian Service Coordinator on June 30th. Christopher Borowicz will also be retiring on October 31st as our Music Director. They have served our parish well and for a long time. We are grateful for their dedicated service and our prayer is that they will be healthy and enjoy many good years of retirement. The best to Bonnie, Paula and Christopher!

The work of religious education will now be taken up by Denette Plant and Suzanne Barcewicz will return to our staff as the new Christian Service Coordinator. I ask for your prayers in our search for a new Music Director. We are in the process of interviewing candidates and I need the guidance and wisdom of the Holy Spirit to choose the right person for this all important position. May God continue to look after our parish in this decision making. As we welcome Denette and Suzanne, I want to assure them that they will receive much support, help and prayers from us as they fulfill their ministries. God bless them.

Msgr. Gerald A. McEnhill

Greetings from Suzanne Barcewicz, OLR’s New Christian Service Coordinator

Hello fellow parishioners!

I would like to wish you a blessed Labor Day weekend and a great summers end. Fall is such an awesome time for new beginnings and having had an unprecedented spring and summer in 2020 we are ready to start anew. I know I am! I believe we are all looking for new hope and positive change which brings out the best in every new situation. That is what Unleash the Gospel has been doing in the Archdiocese of Detroit since it’s release in June, 2017. Inspired by the Holy Spirit it has challenged us to seek much needed positive change within our parishes.

As the new Christian Service coordinator at Our Lady of Refuge, I will look to the Unleash the Gospel pastoral letter for inspiration and guidance for ways we as a parish can continue to serve others.

We will also continue to live out our faith by way of the Corporal Works of Mercy:

  1. Feed the hungry
  2. Give Drink to the thirsty
  3. Shelter the homeless
  4. Visit the sick
  5. Visit the prisoners
  6. Bury the dead
  7. Give alms to the poor

We want to grow our outreach to all who fall into the 7 categories above. If you have a desire to serve God’s people and have been looking for the perfect chance to do it, the time is now! Please contact the Christian Service office and watch our website for all of the ways we will serve together. I look forward to working in God’s vineyard with you.

Suzanne Barcewicz
Christian Service Coordinator

Voice of Monsignor McEnhill – September 6th

Mr. Christopher Borowicz, OLR Liturgical Music Director, Retiring October 31, 2020

Dear Msgr. McEnhill,

By way of this letter, I wish to confirm my intent to retire effective October 31, 2020. I have enjoyed working at Our Lady of Refuge Parish for the past 28 years and will miss working with everyone. I am willing to help as a guest musician if you decide you need me any time after October 31.

I will continue to pray for you and the parish, as you move forward with the Liturgical music program.

Sincerely, Christopher Borowicz

The Catholic Services Appeal Drive Begins on Sunday September 13th

Material about the CSA is being sent to you through the Archdiocese. I urge you to respond to help our Archdiocese as well as our parish. I will appreciate your support.

Msgr. Gerald A. McEnhill

Catholic Services Appeal 2020 | www.givecsa.org

Knights of Columbus – Beginning the Fraternal Year

Msgr. A.X.M. Sharpe, Council #600 of Knights of Columbus kicked off the start of the 2020-21 year on July 28 with a dinner and general meeting at Pontiac Yacht Club on Cass Lake. Food from Princess Grille was enjoyed in the beautiful summer evening. Fellow knight, Kenny Ibrahim, owner of Princess Grille has provided meals to local hospital workers, police, and firefighters. Our council has helped to support that effort.

We started out the year welcoming in two members Gerald Arter, PGK transferring in from another Council and Seminarian Danny Whalen who recently completed his exemplification online. During this meeting the Msgr. A. X. M. Sharpe Council presented Seminarian Danny Whalen a check for $500 by newly elected Grand Knight Greg Zawalski. The Knights of Columbus launched the Refund Support Vocations Program (RSVP) in 1981. Under this program, local councils or assemblies can make an annual contribution of $500 or more to an individual seminarian to help with his seminary expenses.

After the meeting, the installation of officers was conducted under the direction of District Deputy Joe Langhauser who led the ceremonial Installation of Officers for the New Year. The ceremony itself was brief for members and their families that gathered for this symbolic ceremony and was followed by a social gathering afterwards.

The Knights of Columbus have become much more transparent in joining. We welcome anyone interested in learning about our organization are invited to our next general meeting on August 25 at 6:30 starting with refreshments before the 7:00 meeting. Please contact Grand Knight Greg Zawalski, gk600@mikofc.org or Membership Director Greg Harris, PGK, 586-719-6302 / eskygreg@gmail.com

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