Phone Reassurance Program
RSVP’s Phone Reassurance Program is a lifeline for older members of the community who would like the comfort of a friendly phone call. Trained volunteers provide social connection and ensure the well-being of isolated and vulnerable older adults through consistent phone calls at predetermined times. Calls may be made solely to check on a participant’s safety, for the purpose of socializing, or both! What our participants have to say: “I look forward to my caller. It is like a friendly visitor, only over the phone.” “She has become a friend to me. It makes me feel safe knowing she is checking on me and will get help if I don’t answer her call at the agreed upon time.” “My family members all work and it makes them feel good that someone is checking on me during the day when they aren’t able to.” For more information on how to enroll, please call 248-537-3300 ext. 3957 or email RSVP@ccsem.org.
The Phone Reassurance Program is created and supported by the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), sponsored by Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan and funded by the Corporation for National & Community Service, the Michigan Aging & Adult Services Agency as well as financial support from the community.
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.
Prayers will include:
- Prayers to the Holy Spirit
- Litany of the Virgin Mary
- Divine Mercy Chaplet
TV MASS FOR THE HOMEBOUND WMYD channel 20 (TV20) at 8:30 a.m.
Is someone you love unable to join us at church during this holy time of Lent and Easter? For the faithful at home or in healthcare settings, the Heart of the Nation Sunday TV Mass brings spiritual comfort and the blessings of joy-filled hope in our Risen Savior. Please invite anyone you know who cannot get out to church to tune in Catholic Mass on TV or watch online anytime on Sundays at www.HeartoftheNation.org. (For those who can get to church, the TV or online liturgy does not fulfill the Sunday Mass obligation.) This information was provided by Father Mark Payne, Chaplain.
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 – Steven Fountain
My name is Steven Fountain. I’m currently in 6th grade at Abbott Middle School. I play baseball and basketball. I play baseball for the Commerce Cobras. We are going to play in Cooperstown over the summer. I recently ran in the Big House 5k. I have two brothers. I like hanging out with friends and playing sports in our yard.
I became an altar server in 5th grade. I like alter serving because I want to help the Mass run more smoothly. I recommend serving because it is fun and once you get the hang of it, you will get pretty good at it. Once you know when to go up and set things up it gets really easy.
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 2019, 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.
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 4 guest priests to help him accomplish this: Father Jason Brooks, Father Przemyslaw Nowak, Father Richard Rakoczy and Father Jakub Grzybowski
- 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.
- Various 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 meeting in the narthex of the church in front of the risen Jesus statue 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com 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. We will be meeting in homes through the months of June, July and August. Please keep an eye out for those locations via emails.. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.