NEW Women’s Book Club
Greetings Ladies! We are beginning our gathering on the 4th Thursday of this month, January 24th at 7 pm in the Parish Office Annex. We will then continue to meet each month on the 4th Thursday. Our first book will be The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity by Matthew Kelly. Please come prepared to share the material from the first 5 chapters. We will discuss at this meeting how far to prepare for our next meeting. Please notice that it will never be necessary to attend every gathering.
Our next book will be Who Does He Say You Are? Women Transformed by Christ in the Gospels by Colleen C. Mitchell. Understand that you may join at any time as each of these chapters is completely independent.
Thank you in advance for helping me to grow in my relationship with Jesus. Call or email me with any questions or concerns – 248-418-7212 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Something New at Our Fellowship Brunch
Our Stewardship Commission wants to showcase ministries available through our parish at each of the upcoming brunches. We will be highlighting a different ministry at each brunch and this month will be the Knights of Columbus. The Knights of Columbus have been a tremendous support for many of our parish events and hospitality. We thank them today for their assistance in parking cars for the 4 pm Christmas Eve Mass.
Come into the social hall during the Fellowship Brunch next weekend and see what they are up to now! Baby Bottle Drive to support Another Way pregnancy Center, Pancake Breakfast to support Food For Families and soon we will enjoy a Corned Beef Dinner. Ask them if you have a question regarding commitments and responsibilities for their ministries so that you may sign up and join their Council. Thank you Knights for your dedication and service!!!
The first Saturday Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
In honor of Our Lady’s request, we have a devotion here at Our Lady of Refuge on every first Saturday of the month beginning at 4:00 pm before the 5:00 pm Mass. We gather in the Church by the Tabernacle. Prayers will include:
- Prayers to the Holy Spirit
- Litany of the Virgin Mary
- Consecration Prayer
- Readings of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima
Liturgy of the Word for Children
Children from ages 4 – 8 are invited to attend this program during our 9:30 and 11:30 am Masses on Sunday. They will be welcomed by trained facilitators that have all taken Protecting God’s Children and have a strong desire to unleash the Gospel with your children so that they too may encounter, grow and witness Jesus Christ. Each week our teachers come prepared with amazing lessons that they truly want to share with your little ones. They rejoin you during the offertory so that they will not miss the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Please consider sharing your beautiful children with us.
Hearing Assistance Aids
We now have new technology to help those with hearing loss. Please see Lisa Marie or an usher for assistance in receiving this tool. Thank you.
Server of the Month – Adam Purrenhage
I’m Adam Purrenhage and I am 14 years old. I love to play football and basketball. I attend school at West Bloomfield High School and I am in the 9th grade. In school, I am involved with wrestling. I have been wrestling for about a year. One of my hobbies is karate. I have been doing karate for 8 years, and I am a second degree black belt. I am a straight A student and I love to volunteer.
Church has played a big role in my life over these past few years. One of the main reasons is because I am an altar server. It has turned me into a different person. It makes me more involved with the church. Also, it makes me feel happy because I gave up an hour of my day to serve my parish. I have made new friends and met people that I would not have met without altar serving. Altar serving has changed my life for the better.
First Saturday Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Thank you to all those who have been faithfully attending this devotion!! We will continue this devotion throughout all the first Saturday’s in 2018, beginning at 4 PM in the Church.
Please come and join us in the pews closest to the Tabernacle. The prayer books will be located at the end of these pews. We will pray until 4:45 PM allowing for 15 minutes of silent meditation on the mysteries of the Holy Rosary. This also allows our community at large to pray as they wish prior to Mass beginning.
We are Our Lady of Refuge, come let us adore Him!! All are welcome!
Prayer for Vocations
Each week after our Tuesday morning Mass our “prayer warriors” pray the Rosary for Vocations. These dedicated individuals are intercessing for all of us. Join them in their efforts of praying for vocations. Below is a prayer inspired for this special intercession.
Generous God, You show us the way that leads to everlasting life. Through baptism you have called us to proclaim the Good News.
Bless and strengthen those who have made a commitment of service in the Church. Guide and give wisdom to those discerning their vocation. Enrich our Church with dedicated married and single people, with deacons, priests, and with people in consecrated life. Filled with your Holy Spirit we ask this blessing that we, your people, may follow Jesus, our Good Shepherd, now and always. Amen.
Third Saturday of Every Month
On the 3rd Saturday of every month, Father Obloy will offer a talk on relevant historical topics.
Don’t miss this opportunity to grow your faith and fellowship.
Perhaps you have been wondering, “What kind of prayer opportunities does Our Lady of Refuge offer???? Here are some regular offerings:
- We have Holy Mass every day of the week here! Fr. McEnhill has invited 3 guest priests to help him accomplish this: Father Leonard Obloy, Father Richard Rakoczy and Father Ben O’Loughlin
- After every weekday Mass the rosary group leads the rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. After Friday Mass, many also recite the Reparation to the Sacred Heart prayers.
- First Friday is observed here by celebrating Exposition of the Holy Eucharist.
- Fr. Obloy and other priests over the years have offered Holy Mass on the 1st and 3rd Saturday mornings for our Men and Women Fellowship which is followed by discussion and prayer.
- On the fourth Tuesday night of the month at 7 pm in the Parish Office Chapel, we have Intercessory Prayer.
So come and join us! Don’t miss the opportunity to pray with your parish family!!!!
On the fourth Tuesday of each month we will gather in the Parish Office Chapel at 7 PM for Intercessory prayer. We are growing and want to make room for all our petitioners to participate. Come join us!!
FAITH PILGRIMAGE – RCIA
Are you ready to go on a journey through the Catholic Faith? Are you:
- A person who has not been baptized and would like to learn more about the Catholic faith with the possibility of becoming Catholic?
- A Baptized Christian of another denomination who would like to learn more about the Catholic Tradition and possibly become Catholic?
- A Baptized Catholic who has been away from the Catholic Church for some time and would like to come home and receive the Sacraments?
Welcome to the RCIA! It is the Church’s desire to have this program available to you year around. I am available each weekend to meet you after Mass and assist your start on this amazing pilgrimage. Please come see me or call me for an appointment at 248.682.0920; ext. 1114. Each year beginning in September, Fr. McEnhill joins us on Monday evenings at 7:30 PM in the Parish Office. This will be a life changing experience!
Home Bound Ministry
If you or a family member needs a Eucharistic Minister to come to your home for a visit, or if you need a priest to celebrate the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, please call the Parish Office at 248-682-0920 ext. 1114 and your call will be directed appropriately.
We have many Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist who do not yet have an assignment who would be honored to bring Holy Communion to you or your family member.
The other option is of course, that you would bring the Eucharist to your family member. We would be happy to teach you and your family the proper procedure.
It is a beautiful liturgy (prayer service) that can be learned quite easily. It only requires love of you for your family member, and a great love and respect for the Eucharist. The rest is teachable.
Don’t miss this opportunity to help your home bound family member to be in communion with the Lord and your parish family.
This commission works directly with Fr. McEnhill, Parish Pastoral Council, the commissions and pastoral staff in implementing the fundamental principles of Christian Stewards. All people have been given gifts and talents to be shared as an essential element in every aspect of parish life.
Our Parish Involvement Form allows us to see what your interests and gifts are. We promise to call you and hope to put your faith in action. For more information contact Lisa Marie Blanek at 248-418-7212 or email@example.com
This commission focuses on the heart of worship and the family. Our mission is to help you grow as disciples of Jesus Christ. Some of the ministries that are offered are Men and Women’s Fellowship, Intercessory Prayer, Prayer Shawl Ministry, Hospitality Ministries such as Greeters and Ushers, Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist, Readers and Altar Care. For more information call Lisa Marie Blanek, firstname.lastname@example.org at 248-418-7212.
Men and Women Fellowship
Join us on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month by celebrating the Saturday Mass at 7:30 AM. Each group will then split up and open the Word preparing for the Sunday liturgy. These intimate faithful gatherings will enhance your entire weekend experiences. All are welcome!!
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Come join us on the 1st Tuesday of each month from 11 am – 1:30 PM in the Parish Office. The love of knitting and crocheting will be combined into a prayerful ministry in hopes of reaching out to those in need of comfort and solace. All are welcome!
We regularly receive donations of materials so if you wish to participate but need start up materials we can help with those.
If you are interested or have any questions please call Lisa Marie Blanek at 248-682-0920; ext. 1114 or email email@example.com. If you know of someone that would appreciate one of our prayer shawls please let me know that too. May God bless you and yours always!!
Tool for Growing and Becoming Evangelizers
We have a Catholic library in the corner of the Social Hall. You may borrow and return the library items. We ask that you return all borrowed materials within two weeks. We have CD’s for $3.00 and Living with Christ booklets for $5.00 located in the narthex information center. Please put your payments in the collection box mounted on the wall. Thank you.
Are you going through a difficult time?
God never intended for us to go through these experiences alone. That’s why God has brought us together as a congregation—and why we have Stephen Ministry.
Stephen Ministers are members of our congregation who have received 50 hours of training to minister to people experiencing a crisis or going through a difficult time in life. Stephen Ministers listen, care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support to people going through a crisis or a difficult time. This support is provided with compassion, and total confidentiality.
Every week, a Stephen Minister will meet with you—-privately and confidentially—to listen, care, encourage, support, and reflect Christ’s presence in your life.
If you would like to learn more about Stephen Ministry for yourself or someone else, contact our pastor at 248-682-0920 or Anne at 248.681.6264 or firstname.lastname@example.org.