Welcome to Our New Pieta
Many of you are wondering where this amazing sculpture came from. An anonymous donation provided the funds to have her created in Italy with the base specifically constructed for our narthex from fruitwood here in the United States. God was participating throughout this process too as we strive to bring more of Our Holy Mother’s beauty into Our Lady of Refuge Parish! Monsignor knew of the arrival of our Pieta and hopes of enhancing our spirituality and relationship with our Lord and Mother Mary. She was to arrive for Holy Week but the virus struck.
Monsignor McEnhill in his Ash Wednesday homily requested our parish at large to pray more. He mentioned in particular Intercessory Prayer. We have had a very dedicated group of people praying monthly in our parish chapel but we can do better! We should need more space! We are suggesting that when our doors can once again be opened without restrictions that we gather in the church. We have so much to pray for!!
Here is the link to the blessing of our Pieta, https://olorcc.org/blog/blessing-of-our-new-pieta/. In the future you will be provided with a very special prayer card with the photo of our Pieta.
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 – Philip Jusino
A message to new servers – In my 15 years plus of serving the Lord Jesus and His priests at the altar I could write a novel on the different traditions, and nuances of the most holy Mass. However, there are certain highlights that I feel are most crucial to the sanctity and holiness of the Mass. When serving, the alter server must realize and understand that father is the Vicar of Christ and should be treated as such. In today’s Mass there is a genuine lack of reverence to the true presence of the Christ in the most holy Eucharist. Always genuflect before the tabernacle, and bow before the altar. These are the little ways to show your thankfulness to God for giving you the opportunity to be so close and personal to the sacrifice of the Mass. This is not just an excuse to arrive late to class; this is an opportunity to have an intimate and close experience with the Lord, and his angels on high. If I had the ability to impress upon young altar servers any wisdom it would be this: serving is not a chore, it is not something to be taken lightly, Father is counting on your focus and timing. You are allowing the priest to bring forth on the altar the true Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ our Savior. I will serve for as long as I am allowed because there is no place on earth, I feel closer to God then serving His anointed at the altar.
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 guest priests to help him accomplish this: Father Jason Brooks and Father Przemyslaw Nowak.
- 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
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 Monsignor McEnhill will guide you in the safety of your peers while meeting fellow members of Our Lady of Refuge. In the second phase we will begin to develop a deeper experience of the life of Christ and His church incorporating our Mass with breakout sessions. 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 join other Candidates and the Elect around the world for the Sacraments of Initiation – some will be Baptized, some receive their First Holy Communion and finally Confirmation! 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 and Church around the world.
Please call me, Lisa Marie, if you have any questions or concerns and to register for this year’s amazing journey into the Catholic faith, 248.418-7212.
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 Msgr. 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 9:30 am – 11:30 am. We meet in the Parish Office Annex. 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.