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

Farewell Message from Paula Dawson

It is time for me to move on. I want to thank all my commission members for your hard work and dedication to Christian Service all these years. It has truly been my pleasure to work with each and every one of you. Please know I will miss you all.

Thank you to all our St. Vincent de Paul members who have been dedicated to helping those who are in need. You are a fantastic group of kind, generous, and loving people, I have been so lucky to work with you all. To all the members of our Knights of Columbus and Fellowship groups who have always come through for Christian Service when needed, I am so grateful to you all, thank you.

To all of you who have stepped up whenever needed whether it be a funeral luncheon, soup kitchen volunteers. Giving tree helpers, blood drive workers, and all those behind the scenes, all who have donated financially throughout the years in support of Christian Service projects, your thoughtfulness and generosity has been so amazing. I am so very, very thankful, I couldn’t have asked for more. For 16 years I’ve met and worked with so many amazing parishioners, and you will forever be in my heart and prayers.

God Bless you all!
Paula Dawson

Blessing Of Our New Pieta

Welcome to Our New Pieta

Many of you are wondering where this amazing sculpture came from. An anonymous donation provided the funds to have her created in Italy with the base specifically constructed for our narthex from fruitwood here in the United States. God was participating throughout this process too as we strive to bring more of Our Holy Mother’s beauty into Our Lady of Refuge Parish! Monsignor knew of the arrival of our Pieta and hopes of enhancing our spirituality and relationship with our Lord and Mother Mary. She was to arrive for Holy Week.

Monsignor Mc Enhill in his Ash Wednesday homily requested our parish at large to pray more. He mentioned in particular Intercessory Prayer. We have had a very dedicated group of people praying monthly in our parish chapel but we can do better! We should need more space! We are suggesting that when our doors can once again be opened without restrictions that we gather in the church. We have so much to prayer for!!

In the future you will be provided with a very special prayer card with the photo of our Pieta.

Lisa Marie

Blood Drive Thank You – May 31st

Our Lady of Refuge hosted a blood drive with Versiti Blood Center of Michigan last Sunday in the social hall. Even though Covid-19 is still a concern, 28 units of blood were collected from our donors as well as from donors from other communities. Pre-screening donors, social distancing and hygienic practices were diligently observed. Thank you to all the donors for your willingness to give and your patience during this critical and difficult time.

Walt Kreucher and Bronia Maiorano

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