Faith Formation – 2022 to 2023 Year End Thoughts

We ended another year of memories made here at Our Lady of Refuge. The students, parents, catechists and Fr. Ron deserve special thanks for the work they did to support the parish’s faith formation on Monday evenings. For the Catechists in all their discussions, prayers and activities they put together in their class. I feel truly blessed to have the opportunity to work with such dedicated and talented people that taught the children to follow Jesus and how to carry on his ministry in the world. Each one of us needs to help each other find the connection on being active in the community to see our role in the body of Christ.

Thank You Catechists and Aides!

  • Madeline Tinskey – 1st grade
  • Janet Boyk – 2nd grade
  • Jan Mittelsteadt – 3rd grade
  • Shannon Najor – Aide – 1st grade
  • John Alban – 4th grade
  • Derek Schraffengerger – 5-6 grade
  • Amy Bachulis – 7-8 grade
  • Volunteers Subs: Sarah Schraffengerger and Stephanie Gordon

Our religious families gathered on the last day in Mary’s Garden to pray the rosary. Some of the Catechists led a decade. As we prayed, a communicant brought a red rose to Mary to put in a vase. The rose is relation to the Blessed Mother who displays such perfect love and fragrance. As we say in the Litany of Loreto, the Blessed Virgin Mary is invoked as the “Mystical Rose.” A rose delights us because of its beauty so we have Jesus and Mary in the Joyous Mysteries. Its thorns are sharp and the pricks make us think of the Sorrowful Mysteries, and its perfume is so sweet that everyone loves it, that the fragrance symbolizes the Glorious Mysteries. We need to remember that through her “yes,” she sealed our salvation. When it comes to discipleship, the Blessed Mother is the example for us to follow. Her only desire is for us to be ever closer to Jesus.

Denette Plant
Director, Religious Education

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