Voice of Monsignor McEnhill

Voice of Monsignor McEnhill – January 17th

I am very happy to announce that our parish has 15 new altar servers who have completed their training and are very eager to assist the parish in the celebration of the Mass. They are:

  • Gabriella Abro
  • Ava Bachulis
  • Richie Dalimante
  • Gracelyn Gumma
  • Maggie McIsaac
  • Grace Riney
  • Scarlett Salmo
  • Selma Zara
  • Liam Alban
  • Shiloh Brikho
  • Christopher Eschrich
  • Daniel Hailo
  • Lily Mulvany
  • Patrick Riney
  • Sarina Sitto

We congratulate these children on becoming altar serv-ers and are grateful for their willingness to serve. We are always pleased to see the activity and involvement of the young people in our parish.

Monsignor Gerald A. McEnhill

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Voice of Monsignor McEnhill – December 26th

I pray that this Christmas Season will be a faith-filled time for you. The joy of these solemn Christmas days continues until Sunday, January 9th the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. I want to encourage you to attend Mass on New Year’s Day. We are providing Mass on Friday, December 31st at 5pm and Saturday, January 1st at 9:30am. It is the Solemn Feast of Mary, the Mother of God. This is very significant as we recognize the role of our Blessed Mother in the Christmas story. 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 is 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 and pray for that success.

Monsignor Gerald A. McEnhill

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Voice of Monsignor McEnhill – December 19th

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 our relationships as we exercise patience, understanding, compassion 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. Given the on going pandemic situation we have had a challenging year, 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 we do at the parish is a source in 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!

Monsignor Gerald A. McEnhill

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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

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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

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Rev: 6/1/20

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