Happy Mother’s Day!
To all great grandmothers, grandmothers, mothers and step moms many blessings on this special day. May you find joy in watching your children grow.
Congratulations to our First Communicants
On Saturday, May 4th, forty-three children received their First Holy Communion. We are very proud they have taken the next step in their religious journey. We will continue to pray for you and watch you grow. Many Blessings
Catholic Services Appeal
We have a parish target of $86,313.
You have generously donated $57,605. This total represents 67% of our target of $86,313. This leaves us with $28,708. more to go. Please help us out. If you have not yet contributed you may still do so. We need the support of all our parishioners in order to reach our target. I am hopeful we can go over our target so we can use the overage for some special projects at the parish. Thank you for your continued support of this important appeal.
Last Saturday (April 27th ) I was able to attend the graduation ceremony at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit which included our Deacon John McKenzie receiving two degrees. With that he completed his seminary training and also completed his assignment as a deacon to our parish.
The next step for Deacon John is his ordination to the priesthood which will take place at 10am on Saturday, June 8th at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Deacon John wants to let all our parishioners know that they are invited to attend. Feel welcome to go to his ordination. He will have a Mass of Thanksgiving as Fr. John McKenzie at Our Lady of Refuge at 5pm Saturday, June 29th.
Deacon John will begin his first priestly assignment on July 1st as associate pastor at the Shrine of the Little Flower Parish in Royal Oak.
Catholic Services Appeal
Today is the day throughout the Archdiocese of Detroit that we give our support to the many good works that are done on the Archdiocesan level. We do our part on a parish level to help the outreach that we do as a Catholic Church in Southeastern Michigan.
We have a parish target of $ 86,313. In order to reach our target, I am calling upon all parishioners to help. Please use the envelope that was mailed to you. If for some reason you did not receive one, we have them available in the pews.
If you are not a member of the parish and feel some attachment to our parish, a donation would be greatly appreciated and help us attain our goal. Please use one of the envelopes in the pews.
I thank all of you who made your donation or pledge today. You have done this as an expression of your faith and your desire to help the Archdiocese and our parish. If you were not able to contribute today, I ask you to please do so by mail this week or bring it to Mass next weekend. As I have mentioned before, I will be very grateful and happy when we reach our goal. Thank you for your cooperation.
You have just seen the video message from Archbishop Vigneron asking you to give your support to the 2019 Catholic Services Appeal. I urge you to help our parish reach our target as we do our part to support the mission and the good works of the Archdiocese of Detroit.
This week you will be receiving in the mail a letter from myself, a pledge card, a return envelope and a prayer card. Next weekend is CSA weekend throughout the Archdiocese. I ask you, if at all possible to make your donation or pledge next weekend. If you did not donate last year please help us this year. I am suggesting that you consider a $250 donation this year to help us reach our goal. If you are a regular visitor to our parish and would like to help us out, it will be greatly appreciated. We also give you the opportunity to give electronically. Go to CSA Donation (a unique account) in the navigation bar. Our Parish target this year is $86,313.
So in the spirit of sharing what we have and realizing a certain responsibility that we share as Catholics in the mission of the Church, I ask you to be generous to the CSA and help me and most importantly our parish and the Archdiocese.
Happy Easter to you!!
On behalf of Father Nowak, Father Gryzbowski, Father Brooks, and Father Rakoczy and all the staff here at Our Lady of Refuge, I extend blessings for a glorious Easter.
This indeed is a great day and time to celebrate our faith. I pray that you will be uplift-ed even further in your faith and that you will take advantage of the services throughout the Easter season to reflect further on this greatest mystery of our faith, that our Lord overcame sin, suffering and death and has called us to share in His risen glory.
Holy Week is upon us. May we take advantage of the opportunities for grace that holy time provides us. I write to you to ask you to arrange your schedule so you can participate in the solemn services. Here is a link to the schedule. Think of this time as a retreat as we reflect on the events of the week.
The Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday is our special remembrance of the Last Supper and God’s wonderful gift of Holy Communion.
The Good Friday services recall the Passion of Our Lord, including veneration of the cross and the opportunity to receive Communion.
The Solemn Easter Vigil is the most beautiful and most inspiring liturgy of the entire year. You need to make every effort possible to be at this Mass. This is where you should be. All the elements of our faith are celebrated at this Mass. You leave the church truly uplifted in the joy of Easter. Do come. Don’t miss these celebrations of our faith.
Update on our New Organ
I am able to share with you more information about the construction of our new organ. As you know the organ is being built by the Noack Organ Company in Massachusetts. Didier Grassin is the president of the company and he wrote to tell me the progress that has been made. I will quote from his letter.
“Pipe scales have been defined and conveyed to the pipemaker who is well advanced in their making. During that time, the technical design is progressing with first the drawing of the windchests and key action. Windchests have been milled and their assembly has started. In parallel, many small mechanical parts have been manufactured and assembled, from windchest springs to roller arms. Wood, aluminum and other metals have been purchased.”
The project is on schedule. Demolition of our current organ will take place during the summer to ready the space for installation of the new organ. Delivery of the new organ will take place around October 1 and will take about eight weeks to install. All will be done by the end of the year. Your donations to the 2018 Catholic Services Appeal have made this project possible. Many of you have completed your pledge payments and many are making your final payment now. I urge you to do this. This is how we are making our monthly payment to the organ building company. Your goodness and generosity are very noticeable and very much appreciated. We are getting closer. Our dream will soon become reality. Keep praying for the success of this project.