Knights of Columbus Recognized With The 2018/2019 Columbian Award

Our Lady of Refuge Knights of Columbus Council 600 is pleased to announce that they have been recognized with the 2018/2019 Columbian Award for outstanding service by Supreme Council! Join them for a Corporal Communion Mass and award presentation on November 17th during the 9:30 a.m. Mass.

“You’ve probably seen us in our blue shirts flipping pancakes throughout the year or serving wine and beer at the parish festival. But did you know that our small council offered 40+ activities, provided 1400+ hours of service in FAITH, FAMILY, LIFE, and COMMUNITY. We’ve raised THOUSANDS of dollars for our Seminarians, food pantries, persecuted Christians in Iraq, those with intellectual disabilities, and an ultrasound machine, among other causes over the past year. K of C Councils worldwide combined to provide 76+ million service hours and 185+ million dollars in charitable giving.

It’s true what they say, “many hands make for light work”. Our small but active fraternity is an amazing group of authentic Catholic men. They are the reason I joined a few years ago. Since becoming a member I have seen God working in and through me in ways I have never experienced before. Being a Knight has provided me with opportunities to provide meaningful service to the less fortunate through programs such as Coats for Kids, to socialize and become friends with other practical Catholics, to grow in my faith through retreats and fellowship, and most importantly, be a better Catholic man, husband, and father.

Life can be hectic and unexpected (I should know with a toddler and one on the way!) but allow me to invite you to join us in our mission. No matter how much or little time you may think you can commit, there is always time to place a coat on a child in need. Or flip a pancake. Many hands make for light work!”

Nick Greiwe Deputy Grand Knight, Program Director

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Knights of Columbus – Statue of Our Lady of Fatima

Thank you Knights of Columbus!

Our Knights of Columbus were responsible for providing the airplane ticket for the Statue of Our Lady of Fatima. They also led our procession to and from the Grotto. They even covered some of the wee hours during Adoration. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

We also want to thank our Knights for protecting the unborn and helping with the petition to end dismemberment abortions. We are truly blessed here at Our Lady of Refuge by our Knights of Columbus.

Jesus Invitation to “Come Follow Me”

We would like to introduce Our Lady of Refuge’s seminarian at Sacred Heart Major Seminary; Dan Whalen.

Dan is the son of Dan & Leeann Whalen; and is the youngest of 4. His family joined Our Lady of Refuge in 1991 when his parents relocated from Phoenix, AZ. He attended Our Lady of Refuge School from K-8 and St. Mary’s Preparatory. Several colleges were explored, however, after a discernment weekend at SHMS, his mind was made up. Daniel entered the seminary in the fall of 2018, and currently has started his 2 n year.

Dan has been active in the parish; you may have seen him altar serving. This aided his transition to SHMS where as a 1 year he was made Master of Ceremony. He frequently volunteers to serve at the Cathedral and special Masses. Please pray for him as he continues his journey.

September 17, 2019

Good morning to all at Our Lady of Refuge Parish, My name is Dan Whalen and I am a seminarian at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. I am contacting you to request your help in an extremely important ministry we have here at Sacred Heart – our Halloween celebration. Each Halloween we open our doors and our hearts to our neighbors, inviting them in for a night of fun, games and trick-or-treating as we continue to Unleash the Gospel within the Heart of the City. Every year we have over 2000 people attend!

We first ask for your continued prayers that this ministry will be a big success as it has such a big impact on the neighborhood. We are asking that you consider taking up a donation of Halloween candy that we then will pass out to the children in the neighborhood. I know that this is a very busy time in the school year, and you may have many other things vying for your attention. I simply ask that you consider helping us bring joy to the hearts of our wonderful neighbors. Please deliver your candy donations to the narthex of the Church on the weekend of October 19th/20th.

This Halloween celebration generates many smiling faces and the joy of praying with many families in attendance. Thank you for your generosity in considering helping with our Halloween ministry. Keep us in your prayers as we carry out this ministry.

God Bless,
Dan Whalen
Ph. 248.516.8330

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