Voice of Monsignor McEnhill

Voice of Monsignor McEnhill – October 3rd

I invite you to participate in the recitation of the rosary which will take place on the Mondays of October in our grotto area which is near the bell tower. October is a month dedicated to Our Blessed Mother and the rosary. This is a wonderful way for our parish, named to honor our Blessed Mother to continue to ask for her intercession and to be guided by her example.

This is a good time for me to make mention of the improvements that have been made in the grotto area. You will notice that a lot of work has been done by our garden club. Through the donations of two of our parish families and the help of the Navarretes Landscaping Company much progress has been made in our plan to beautify our campus especially around the church and grotto. While the landscaping firm was hired to do the job, I want to thank Fernando Navarrete for a donation his company made to enhance the project.

We will enjoy the grotto as we pray the rosary.

Monsignor Gerald A. McEnhill


Voice of Monsignor McEnhill – September 12th

I would like to update you on the clergy that assist us with Masses on the weekend. With the four weekend Masses we have, the usual scenario is that I take two of the Masses and I rely on a priest from the Orchard Lake Schools and a priest from the Legionaries of Christ (they are the religious community that operates the Everest Catholic Schools in Clarkston) to say the other two Masses.

Summertime brings changes in clergy assignments and responsibilities. This is why you have experienced new priests at our Masses. As you know Fr. Przemyslaw Nowak left the Orchard Lake Schools to begin a career as a U.S. Army Chaplain which started last month in Germany. To replace him, Fr. Jacek Kowal has been named the new vice rector at the Ss. Cyril Methodius Seminary and he has very graciously offered to help us with Masses. In addition, Fr. Lukasz Iwanczuk, the spiritual director at the Seminary has expressed his willingness to help. So between these two priests one of them will say a Mass each weekend. It depends on their availability amidst their other responsibilities.

With regard to the Legionaries of Christ, we have both Fr. Juan Sabadell and Fr. Jason Brooks. Fr. Jason has been helping us for a couple of years. However, while he was away on another assignment, Fr. Juan was here in his place. Now Fr. Jason Brooks is back and between the two of them one will say a Mass each weekend depending on their retreat and spiritual direction schedules.

We are truly blessed to have these priests with us. I am thankful for the help they provide me and we are all grateful for their ministry and the gifts of the priesthood that they share with us in their homilies and in their incites into the spiritual life. May God continue to give them good health, energy and inspiration in all their dedicated work.

Monsignor Gerald A. McEnhill


Voice of Monsignor McEnhill – Receptions for Father Przemyslaw Nowak – July 24th and 25th

Fr. Przemyslaw Nowak who has assisted me and our parish for the last three years will be leaving us. Fr. Nowak has made the decision to serve full time as a chaplain for the U.S. Army. He is to report for duty in early August to begin a three year term as a chaplain in Germany. He is very excited to make this commitment and I want to join with you, our parishioners in congratulating him and giving him support.

Our Lady of Refuge’s relationship with Fr. Nowak goes back a few years. He served as a transitional deacon in 2012-2013 during his last year as a seminarian at S.S. Cyril and Methodius Seminary (across the street). We were so happy when he was ordained a priest in 2013 for the Paterson, New Jersey diocese. After serving his diocese for a few years, he came back to be the vice rector at S.S. Cyril and Methodius Seminary and we were blessed to have him back to help with Masses, especially on the weekends.

There will be two receptions for him. The first will be after the 9:00am Mass at the Shrine Chapel on the Orchard Lake campus. Father will offer a Mass for Peace at that time on Saturday, July 24th. The other reception will be at Our Lady of Refuge Church after the 9:30am Mass that he will say on Sunday, July 25th. This will be an excellent time for all of us to wish him well as he sets out on this new venture.

Along with everyone else, I will miss him as I have appreciated his friendship and the extra ways that he has helped me with Masses and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It was a delight to have him with us and as we wish him the best, we pray that our paths will cross again—right here at Our Lady of Refuge Parish.

Monsignor Gerald A. McEnhill


Voice of Monsignor McEnhill – July 11

A number of parishioners have been asking about the construction material in the church parking lot. We are preparing for a significant improvement to a portion of the school roof. We will be replacing the flat roofing above the east wing of the school that extends from the social hall to the performing arts center. This portion of the school roof is quite old and will be a complete “tear off”. Additional insulation and a brand new roof are scheduled to be installed very soon.

We are blessed with a large campus that contains several buildings. The Finance Council is continually assessing and prioritizing the maintenance needs of our campus/buildings. We strive to be good stewards of the funds entrusted to us. Projects like this one that prevent further damage are generally a very high priority. This particular capital improvement is being funded by the weekly generous donations of our parishioners and by the support of our school parents.

Say a prayer for the success of this project.

Monsignor Gerald A. McEnhill


Voice of Monsignor McEnhill – May 30th

Ordination of Deacon Aleksander Dembowski – June 3rd

I want you to be aware that Deacon Aleksander Dembowski will be ordained a priest on Thursday, June 3rd. The ordination will take place at the Cathedral in Boise, Idaho, the diocese in which Deacon Aleksander will serve in his priesthood. We have gotten to know Deacon Aleksander as he was a student at SS Cyril and Methodius Seminary (across the street) and served as deacon at our parish from January to April of this year.

I ask you to remember him in your prayers and ask the Lord God to look after him and guide him not only on Ordination day but throughout his priesthood. I am aware of and grateful for the many prayer groups in our parish that include intentions for vocations to the priesthood and religious life. I also thank the Education Commission and the Knights of Columbus for their leadership in promoting vocations.

If you would like to send a personal note to the new Fr. Dembowski you can send it to the parish of his first assignment which is:
Cathedral of St. John Evangelist
707 N. 8th Street
Boise, Idaho 83702

Monsignor Gerald A. McEnhill


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Rev: 6/1/20

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