If you have come to this page, you are either searching for information about Christ, Our Light! Catholic Church in Troy, Michigan OR you are looking for a parish church to join in the area. In either case, I hope you find what you are looking for.
I believe that the pages of this web site will answer your immediate questions about times, dates and activities in a relatively simple way. If you are looking for a place to worship, serve and belong, I also believe you will find what you are looking for here.
Christ, Our Light! parish was established as the result of the joining of two smaller Catholic parishes, Saint Alan in Troy and Saint Columban in Birmingham. On May 25, 2013, after several years of discussions and planning, our new parish was established at the Troy location.
Christ, Our Light! is a small community of 800 families surrounded by larger Catholic parishes. The first question is "Do you want smaller?" Our worship space has been beautifully and comfortably refurbished. We are blessed by two very talented Ministers of Music, an active Ministry of Evangelization and Service, a strong program of Religious Education and Faith Formation for adults, children and Special Needs families and their children.
One day, the Gospel recounts, a few people in the crowd asked Jesus what He was about and where He was going. The Savior's response was the invitation: "Come and see." I extend to you the same invitation. Come and see if the Christ, Our Light! community is what you are looking for. Hopefully, you will find a place where you can worship and celebrate your love for God and God's love for you, both to be served and to serve.
Father Don Demmer
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Tuesday - Thursday: 9:00 AM
Friday: 12:05 PM
Saturday: 4:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00, 9:30, 11:00 AM
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday: 3:00 - 3:30 PM or anytime by appointment
Office Hours -
Monday-Thursday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 - 3:00 PM
Saturday: 2:30 - 5:30 PM
Sunday: 8:45 AM - 12:30 PM
Troy, Michigan 48084
phone: 248.649.5510 fax: 248.649.6729
Visiting the homebound and hospitalized: Please notify the parish office.
Sacraments of Baptism or Marriage
Practicing Catholics who are registered members of the parish should contact the parish office for additional information.
Adults interested in becoming Catholic, celebrating a missed Sacrament or simply learning more about the Catholic faith, contact the office for information.
Weekly Schedule for Monday, March 19- Sunday, March 25
Mah Jong: 12 PM
NO Rel. Ed. : 6 PM
Parish Mission: 7:00 PM
Moms' Fellowship: 10:30 AM
Parish Mission: 7 PM
Gleaners: 8:30 AM
NO Bible and Bagels: 10 AM
Parish Mission: 7 PM
NO RCIA: 7 PM
NO Choirs: 7:00 PM
SVdP: 7 PM
Mass: 12:05 PM
Lenten Soup Lunch: 12:35 PM
Stations of the Cross: 7 PM
Men's Fellowship: 7:30 AM
Special Needs: 10 AM (Bake Sale after Communal Confession)
Communal Penance: 2:30 PM
Sunday: PALM SUNDAY
Pre-school: 9:30/11:00 AM
PARISH MISSION, Family Concert: 7 PM
Faith on Fire Parish Mission
Sunday, March 18 through Wednesday, 21
7 - 9 PM
Sunday: Family Concert
Father Kenneth Beale
ALL ARE INVITED.
Schedule of Lenten Events
During the 40 days of Lent, the Church imposes fasting from food and drink and abstinence from meat on ASH WEDNESDAY, GOOD FRIDAY and EVERY OTHER FRIDAY in LENT.
WEDNESDAY EVENING MASS: 6 PM
TRADITIONAL STATIONS OF THE CROSS, prayed Friday evenings at 7 PM
Friday Lenten Soup Luncheons: after 12:05 PM Mass (A sign up sheet for contributions of soup will be posted on the kitchen door.)
Faith on Fire Mission: the evenings of March 17 - 21, 7 - 8:30.
Lenten Series, Exploring Our Faith: the Sunday afternoons of February 18, 25, March 4, 11: 3 - 4:30 PM
Wednesday Morning Scripture Study: 10 AM - 12 Noon; continental breakfast served.
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LENTEN COMMUNAL PENANCE SERVICES:
Saturday, March 24 at 2:30 PM; Monday, March 26 at 7 PM.
Rest in Peace
Rest in Peace
Parish Programs and Current Events
The following posts give brief descriptions of upcoming events
and explanations of regularly scheduled programs.
Check out the "IN Our Area" and "Youth Ministry" pages found under "Getting Involved" on the menu.
*This issue, learn about Clawson Knights of Columbus fish fry and 40 DAYS FOR LIFE Lenten campaign.
Fun events, teen conferences, service projects and much more ---
For more information, email Elaine Cervera: firstname.lastname@example.org
Check the Youth Ministry page, under "Getting Involved" for additional details when available.
Family Fun Night: to be announced
Bring your favorite board or card games.
Bring an appetizer to share
and drinks for you and your family!
Moms' Fellowship is open to all stay at home and working moms. It is a time for moms to come to be with other moms to share stories, learn from each other and enjoy fellowship. A short Bible study will be offered. There will be snacks and activities for children who accompany their mom. Non-parishioners are welcome!
MEETINGs: Tuesdays, 10:30 AM - 12 noon.
Volunteers who assist with the children will need to complete "Protecting God's Children" training.
Contact Elaine Cervera for more information: 248.649.5510.
For more detailed information about the Education and Special Needs programs go to the Menu and select the appropriate page.
Children should remember to bring in their offerings for the Rice Bowl in clear plastic bags.
Programs are designed for children preschool through high school to instruct them in the tenants of their faith, prepare them for the sacraments and provide opportunities for social interaction and Christian Service.
Saturday, March 10,
Holy Week Presentation and Brunch with the Bunny
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Open to students of all ages, the Special Needs Program provides a nurturing environment where parents, students and teachers pray, learn and socialize. Currently the enrollment is in the forties, with students ranging in age from six to fifty-six.
Last meeting for this year will be March 28; classes will begin in the fall
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults): Attendees at sessions may be those interested in becoming Catholics, preparing to celebrate the reception of a sacrament they have missed, or those simply wanting to learn more about the Catholic faith. Meetings are scheduled on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 - 8:00 PM.
The Rosary is said after daily Mass. Please feel free to join the group.
Bible and Bagels
A series entitled A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother meets Wednesday mornings at 10 AM in the Social Hall. Filmed in the Holy Land, it is a powerful dramatization of Mary's life on earth.
Ministering to the Homebound
We are in need of more people to minister to the Homebound and Heartland Nursing Home. This ministry involves taking the Eucharist to those who have requested it and/or sending cards to them. If you are interested, please contact Elaine Cervera, 248.739.0916.
Here is a question using next week’s Scriptures (March 18): In the First Reading (Jer. 31: 31 - 34) it says, "I will place my law within them and write it upon their hearts." How comfortable are you with having "unwritten rules" in any situation, much less in a relationship? How do you know if you have broken a rule in your relationship with God? How is it rectified?
As always, you are invited to come and share in the discussion at our meeting on Saturday mornings from 7:30 – 9:00 at Christ, Our Light! Please contact the parish office to get information on the Men’s Fellowship.
The next luncheon: March 15.
We can always use yo7.ur help with setting up or cleaning up.
Contact Marie Reitzloff: 248.689.4297
Next meeting: to be announced.
Blood Drive: March 12
Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, 14 Mile
Sign up sheet in the lobby
or call Pat Dobosenski, 248.422.4729
or log on to http//www.redcrossblood.org/ .
Saint Vincent de Paul
Volunteers meet at Christ, Our Light! at 8 AM the first and third Wednesdays and second Tuesday of each month to assist sorting and packing items for distribution. Call Tom Lenhard for more information, 248.544.7913.
South Oakland Warming Center
Contributions can be placed in the blue bin currently located in the north church lobby, facing Glouchester.
The following are examples of items you can donate:
Large cans of peaches, fruits and vegetables
Grits in bags
Heavy duty paper products
If you change your name, address, phone number, or registration status, please remember to notify the Parish Office - 248.649.5510.
For your convenience, the Parish Office in now open Saturdays from 2:30 - 5:30 PM and Sundays from 8:45 AM until 12:30 PM.
Another Way To Stay Informed.
Email updates are now available when you sign up for them.
Included will be schedule changes, information about event planning, reminders of upcoming activities and notifications of funerals. Interested? Just click on the following link: http://tinyurl.com/powwpqd
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Links to other related web sites
Catholic Services Appeal: http://coltroy.aodcsa.org
Archdiocese of Detroit web site: www.aodonline.org
The Michigan Catholic web site: http://www.themichigancatholic.org
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops web site: www.usccb.org
Vatican web site: www.vatican.va
Christ, Our Light! email: http://tinyurl.com/powwpqd
South Oakland Vicariate: http://www.southoaklandvicariate.org
- Rev. Donald Demmer, Administrator
- Mrs. MaryAnn Farrell, Parish Secretary
- Mr. Robert Mervak, Music Minister
- Mr. David Minnick, Music Minister
- Mrs. JoAnn Bonahoom, Director, Religious Education
- Mrs. Janet Surdu, Religious Education Secretary
- Mrs. Pam LaGrassa, Director, Special Needs Religious Education
- Mrs. Elaine Cervera, Parish Life Coordinator, Youth Ministry
- Saint Vincent dePaul, Contact