Voice of Monsignor McEnhill – January 10th
We are blessed with the joy and grace of the Christmas season. The Christmas season concludes today with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Christmas was certainly different this year. We had beautiful celebrations of the feasts of the season. Much effort was put forth by many people to prepare for these holy days. However our church attendance was down. Very understandable in light of our concerns for the coronavirus. Keep praying for an end to all of this so that we can all return to Mass and to the reception of the Holy Eucharist.
I also express my thanks to all of you for making my Christmas so joyful. It is indeed a time to proclaim our faith, to be inspired and encouraged as we all grow further in our faith. I appreciate all who sent Christmas cards, gifts and baked goods to the rectory. I enjoyed them all. Thanks
Voice of Monsignor McEnhill – December 27th
I pray that this Christmas season will be a faith-filled time for you. The solemn days of Christmas continues until January 2nd.
On January 3rd we celebrate the Solemn Feast of the Epiphany followed by the week of Epiphany.
Link to the post with Msgr. McEnhill – Epiphany 2021: The Chalking of the Doors
The Christmas season ends on January 10th with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.
I want to encourage you to attend Mass on New Year’s Day. We are providing Masses on Thursday, December 31st at 5pm and on Friday, January 1st at 9:30 and 11:30am. It is the Solemn Feast of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. It is also appropriate on New Year’s Day to come to Church and pray for a peaceful, holy, safe and healthy year ahead. We also know January 1st as a day for us to make resolutions for the New Year!
It is through our determination and the help and strength of the Lord that we will succeed. Come pray for that success.
Voice of Monsignor McEnhill – December 20th
The Christmas season is upon us. What a joy as we celebrate our faith! We are truly blessed as God comes to us. May we always know his presence with us and be able to share the goodness of God that is within us. May we show this in all of our relationships as we exercise patience, understanding, compassion and forgiveness in a special way during this holy season.
I thank you for being a part of our faith community here at Our Lady of Refuge. I enjoy being your pastor and I appreciate the support you give in many ways so that our parish fulfills its mission. This has been a challenging year given the pandemic, but we have our faith to guide us through. It is hard to measure growth in faith. However, this is our most important purpose. I pray that all that we do at the parish is a source of inspiration for our faith life.
We thank God for the blessings we have received. As we celebrate Christmas may we be very aware of all the blessings He sends our way, and may the New Year bring us many more blessings and graces to our parish and to our families. Merry Christmas!
Msgr. Gerald McEnhill
Voice of Monsignor McEnhill – December 13th
Planning for Christmas Mass
I would like to make some suggestions as you plan to come to Our Lady of Refuge Church for your Christmas Mass. We need to follow social distancing regulations as we take precautions against the coronavirus.
My first suggestion is to not attend the 4:00pm Mass on Christmas Eve. This is the Mass with the highest attendance. You would really help us out if you attended the 9:30am or 11:30am Mass on Christmas Day. Please consider attending one of these Masses. However, if that is not possible we will have a 6pm and a 10:00pm Mass on Christmas Eve.
Also, be aware that the Archbishop has given permission for Catholics to participate at Mass only once through the four days (December 24—27) of Thursday through Sunday. This means you have the entire long weekend to attend for your Christmas Mass.
We are trying to make our Christmas Masses a beautiful celebration of our faith in spite of the restrictions in place. Your cooperation by making adjustments to your schedule will make a difference.
Do come to Our Lady of Refuge Parish for Christmas. I am confident it will be prayerful and safe.
Msgr. Gerald McEnhill
Voice of Monsignor McEnhill – December 6th
I am announcing that we are postponing the organ concert that was scheduled for Sunday, December 13th. This concert was to be performed by Christopher Borowicz and it was meant to honor him on his retirement and to thank him for 28 years of faithful service to our parish. However, this is not a good time with the coronavirus enduring and Christopher would like more time to prepare. We will need to wait and plan for a concert when conditions will allow.
Msgr. Gerald McEnhill