Voice of Monsignor 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

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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

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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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Voice of Monsignor McEnhill – May 9th

Catholic Services Appeal (CSA)

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You have just heard the message at Mass from Archbishop Vigneron promoting the 2021 Catholic Services Appeal. I would like to add my own thoughts to encourage you to be generous in your support of this Appeal. Our target for this year is $83,504. For many years now you have responded to the CSA and you know the benefit it brings to the parish as the money raised over our target comes back 100% to the parish. As a result, we have been able to do many projects around the campus with the overage. Our most successful drive resulted in covering the complete cost of our new organ. I have no doubt that we will reach our target again. Therefore, I am designating our surplus money to re-carpet the church. I have heard from many of you that this is definitely a need. So, I urge you to be generous so we can accomplish this task.

CSA Sunday is next weekend, May 15-16. Many of you received a mailing and information about the campaign from the Archdiocesan Central Offices last month. You can mail your donation to the Archdiocesan Gift Processing Center. This happens to be in Minnesota. Do not be concerned about this. The Archdiocese hired this firm to speed up the check processing. If you prefer to donate electronically, go directly to our website “olorcc.org” CSA link and then click on the Quick Give link. You may also donate by calling 888-381-8695. If you did not receive the Archdiocesan mailing, you will be able to donate next weekend as I will have pledge cards in the pew. You can give your gift at Mass or you can take the pledge card and envelope home with you and mail it or bring it the following weekend.

There are many options for donating. Most importantly I ask you to contribute. This greatly helps the Archdiocese but also helps our parish as I (we) look forward to new carpeting. Thank you.

Monsignor Gerald A. McEnhill

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Voice of Monsignor McEnhill – May 2nd

Catholic Services Appeal (CSA)

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This is an announcement that we are preparing for the Catholic Services Appeal. CSA Sunday will be on the weekend of May 15 – 16. The Archdiocesan Central Offices will be providing the information and the mailing for this year’s appeal. In fact, many of you have already received the mailing that requests your support. And some have already responded. What a great start! Thank you.

In order to encourage you to donate, next weekend, Archbishop Vigneron’s CSA video tape will be presented at all the Masses along with a message from me on how our parish will use the extra money that we will receive once we go over our target.

One other note — you will see that when you make your donation that you are sending it to an address in Minnesota. Do not be alarmed. The Archdiocese of Detroit has hired a firm in Minnesota to process all the donations. This was done to eliminate the problem that happened last year when many of your checks were “hung up” and it took forever to go through the banking system.

As always I appreciate your support of the CSA and the good it does for the Archdiocese as well as for our parish. I am looking forward to another successful CSA.

Monsignor Gerald A. McEnhill

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Rev: 6/1/20

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