Worship, Family and Stephen Ministry

September 9th

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
  • Rosary
  • Litany of the Virgin Mary
  • Consecration Prayer
  • Readings of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima

What is RCIA and Who is it for?

  • 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?

Join our Faith Pilgrimage (RCIA)

This pilgrimage is not only a personal journey, but a parish wide experience. The first phase begins with inquiry. All of us have questions! Here faith filled Catholics and Fr. McEnhill will guide you in the safety of your peers on Mondays beginning on September 17th at 7:00 pm in our Parish Office. In the second phase we will begin to develop a deeper experience of the life of Christ and His church incorporating our Mass. The third phase is one of purification and enlightenment. We will celebrate with the entire church special rites culminating at the Easter Vigil. Here within the holiest of nights you will receive the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and Communion. The fourth phase extends through the Easter Season devoted to mystagogy, as you now enter more fully into the life and unity of the parish community.

Please call me, Lisa Marie Blanek, if you have any questions or concerns and to register for this year’s amazing journey into the Catholic faith at 248.418-7212.

Peace be with you always,
Lisa Marie Blanek
RCIA Coordinator

New Scripture Study!!

Our Lady of Refuge will begin a new scripture study program on Wednesday evenings at 7:00. We will meet in the Parish Office Annex located at 3725 Erie Drive. For the first session we will be using Kingdom of Happiness:  Living the Beatitudes in Everyday Life. The start date for the first session will be September 19th and run until November 14th. Next we will be using Jesus Revealed – Encountering Christ in His Biblical Names. This session will begin on January 9th and run until May 29th (we will not meet on Ash Wednesday or during Holy Week and First Week of Easter).  We need to order materials for these sessions so please RSVP Lisa Marie at lblanek@olorcc.org or call 248-418-7212 if you are interested in joining us by August 30th.

Our Lady of Refuge Ministry Fair and Parish Picnic

Our Parish Picnic will be September 16, 2018. We are already making plans and would like to welcome anyone that would like to help with its success. Our Social Committee will be coordinating this event with the help of our Dad’s Club and Stewardship Commission. Please email lblanek@olorcc.org or call 248-418-7212 if you would like to be involved. Thank you for your time and consideration.

SAVE THE DATE!!

In honor of Our Lady of Fatima we will meet in our Marian Garden located behind the bell tower on Saturday, October 13th at noon. Please join us as we use the power God gave all of us – PRAYER!! We are all called to be soldiers of Christ so please come with our weapon – the Rosary!!

Father Jason’s Talks

Father Jason will again offer his Awaken Talks on the First Tuesday of each month beginning in September. We will meet in the Church from 7 – 8 PM. Come and spend this time before our precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ – Ave!!

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 – Taylor Doughty

Hi. My name is Taylor Doughty. I currently attend Our Lady of Refuge School and Parish. This year I am going to be in eighth grade. I enjoy drawing, writing, and listening to music. I play volleyball and softball for OLR.  I have two brothers, Connor and Chase. Chances are, you’ve probably seen and heard Chase during mass while I altar serve.

I like altar serving because I get to participate in Mass more. You really feel like you are a big part of the Mass. It is hard sometimes especially if you mess up but that’s okay because everyone does. Just make sure that you fix your mistakes the next time you serve but don’t let them stop you from altar serving.


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.


Prayer Opportunities

Perhaps you have been wondering, “What kind of prayer opportunities does Our Lady of Refuge offer???? Here are some regular offerings:

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. First Friday is observed here by celebrating Exposition of the Holy Eucharist.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!!!!

Intercessory Prayer

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!!

What is Intercessory Prayer?


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!

Lisa Blanek,
RCIA Coordinator


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.


Stewardship Commission

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 lblanek@olorcc.org


Worship Commission

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, lblanek@olorcc.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 lblanek@olorcc.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.


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Stephen Ministry

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 annejane15@yahoo.com.

Stephen Ministry Questions and Answers

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Rev: 09/10/18

June 27th

God bless

Mary Theisen

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