Catholic Faith Questions – May, the Month of Mary

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For centuries, the Catholic Church has set aside the entire month of May to honor Mary, Our Blessed Mother of God. The custom spans both centuries and cultures, with roots going back to the ancient Greeks. In medieval times, the tradition of Tricesimum or “Thirty-Day Devotion to Mary,” came into being. During this period, Mary’s month and the month of May were combined, with special devotions to the Blessed Mother organized on each day throughout the month.

It’s common for our parishes to have daily recitation of the Rosary during May, erecting a May altar with Mary’s statue, and honoring Our Blessed Mother with a May crowning.

During this challenging time when we cannot physically be together in church, it is especially important for us to imitate our Blessed Mother’s virtue in our own lives. We can echo the traditions of the Church in our homes. Erect a prayer corner, no matter how fancy or simple it is. What matters is that it’s a special place dedicated for prayer to God. Give Mary a special spot in the prayer corner, with a statue or picture. Then crown Mary, with an actual or spiritual crown.

Our Blessed Mother cares for us day in and day out, without fail. She intercedes for us in our time of need, in all matters. We dedicate the month of May to Our Holy Mother Mary, and honor her with moving tributes of faith, love and prayer.

Voice of Monsignor McEnhill – April 12th

A Happy and Healthy Easter To You

My Easter greeting to you is to share with you a homily Pope Francis gave recently based on chapter 4 of the Gospel of St. Mark. It is profound. It offers us much encouragement and reassures us. It contains the message and the hope of Easter. It is lengthy but you MUST read this. There is so much to reflect upon in it that I suggest you read it two or three times. Make this your Easter reading. It starts with the passage from St. Mark followed by the homily of Pope Francis. Enjoy it and be comforted by it. Happy Easter!

Monsignor McEnhill

Voice of Monsignor McEnhill – March 29th

Dear Parishioners:

I pray for you and ask that you pray for me and all the people of Our Lady of Refuge Parish. May we all be healthy and safe as we ask for the end of the Coronavirus and healing for all who are ill throughout the world.

You are aware of the sad news that we will not be able to celebrate our Holy Week publicly and that includes our Easter Masses. We are being faithful to the executive order of Governor Whitmer to “Stay Home, Stay Safe” through Easter Monday, April 13. Let’s pray it does not go on further. As a result our parish offices and campus are closed during this time.

Despite the challenges of this crisis, I want to say that this is a great opportunity for grace as we hopefully are able to spend more time with the Lord in our homes. We have to socially distance ourselves from each other during this time, but certainly not from the Lord. This is a time to be spiritually closer to Jesus knowing He will look after us. Most importantly, our faith tells us that we are in the loving hands of the Father.

While we are not able to connect in church, it is possible to connect in other ways. The archdiocese recommends two websites to help you with your spiritual growth: aod.org and spiritualcloseness.org. Prayers and good health to you.

Monsignor McEnhill

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