I want to let you know that our project to repair the wall between the church and the social hall has been completed. From the church side you might not notice any difference. The color is the same. However, additional soundproofing was put along the bottom of the entire wall as well as on the end panels. It was the social hall side that showed the wear and tear of many years. The panels have been refreshed and look very attractive to enhance the look of our social hall. You may recall this project is the result of your donations to the 2019 Catholic Services Appeal. Having reached our target, the donations received over our target are returned to us. We were able to pay for this repair through your generosity.
On a similar note, our new organ is being built in Massachusetts and we await its arrival by truck on October 28. The organ company will begin immediately to install it and will be finished by mid-December. This project has been completely paid for through your overwhelming response to the 2018 Catholic Services Appeal. Wonderful things are happening at Our Lady of Refuge Parish because of the goodness of its members.
During this past week the organ and all its supporting structures were removed from the church. This is to prepare the way for our new organ that is being built now in Massachusetts. We are required to have the area completely ready so that when the new organ is delivered around October 1 st , the installation will begin immediately.
Christopher Borowicz, our music director, has provided us with a temporary, portable instrument that we will use from now until we have the dedication of our new organ.
We will be making the final payments for the organ over the next few months. If you have not yet completed the pledge you made for the new organ, please do so soon, as your donations will make this possible.
Everything is moving along well on the production side of the organ. We are on schedule to have our new instrument in place for our Christmas celebrations. I continue to ask you for your prayers for the success of this project.
Parish Council Selections
This weekend we will select two new adult members to the parish council. The members will be chosen at the 9:30am and 11:30am Masses. We have as our parish council nominees:
- Amy Bachulis
- Theresa Cabanilla
- Carol DeSantas
- Alicia Frank
- Sukiwi Gunawan
- Daniel Whalen
We will also choose a youth representative to the parish council at the 11:30am Mass. The high school nominees are:
- Frank Bachulis
- Victoria Brender
I think it is wonderful that these people are willing to be of service to our parish. To me it is another sign of the great spirit within our parish as so much is able to be accomplished through the cooperative efforts of so many parishioners. May the Holy Spirit continue to guide our parish, especially its parish council and its commissions.
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.