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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Worship

Mass Times
Tuesday - Thursday: 9:00 AM
Friday: 12:05 PM
Saturday: 4:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00, 9:30, 11:00 AM
Monday - Communion Service, 9:00 AM

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday: 3:00 - 3:30 PM or anytime by appointment

Visiting the homebound and hospitalized: Please notify the parish office.

Sacrament of Baptism / Sacrament of Marriage:
Practicing Catholics who are registered members of the parish should contact the parish office for additional information and arrangements.

RCIA:
Adults interested in becoming Catholic, celebrating a missed Sacrament or simply learning more about the Catholic faith should contact the office for information.

Serving Our Youth

First Reconciliation Students

Students who will be participating in their First Reconciliation and their parents will meet on the evening of November 20 to view a DVD on the Sacrament and take part in table discussions and activities.  First Reconciliation will be held on Saturday, December 6, with an 11 AM prayer service, individual confessions, and a family luncheon.

 

Youth Service Project

Our Confirmation class and the newly formed Youth Group will be collecting items to be placed in care packages to be sent to our troops.  Bins will be placed at both entrances over the next few weekends so you can contribute needed supplies.  You may also help defray the $12.00 mailing cost for each package by placing a cash donation in an envelope marked "mailing" or "veterans" and dropping it in the collection basket.  Suggested items for the packages are

  • Chap stick
  • Baby wipes
  • Sun block
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Granola bars
  • Candy (nothing that will melt). crackers and cookies
  • Books and magazines
  • Hand held games 

Sunday, November 9 students will meet at church to assemble the packages.

 Preschool

Preschool for children ages 3-6 will begin on Sunday, October 5 during the 9:30 and 11:00 AM Masses.  Registration forms will be available on September 28 in both church lobbies.

Religious Education Classes for children in Grades 1-8 begin Monday, September 22.  Registration is currently taking place.  Forms are located in the offices and lobbies of the church.  Children will gather in church at 6:00 PM.  The session will end at 7:30 PM.  For safety's sake, parents should arrange to pick up students from inside the building.

Ninth grade Confirmation preparation includes four Sunday afternoon programs of study, prayer and activity, beginning September 28.  Confirmation will be celebrated on November 18 with Archbishop Vigneron.

 

Religious Education for Students with Special Needs

Check out the Events calendar and Special Needs menu page for a list of class times and special events.

*There was a meeting October 27 in the Social Hall to discuss sewing projects for costumes that will be worn by the special needs students in the Christmas Pageant and the Last Supper Program.  Volunteers will be working on stoles, crowns and one size fits all robes or ponchos.  Anyone who has material you would like to donate, please contact Pam La Grassa, 248-649-5510.

 

Family Fun Nights

The second Friday of each month:  Parents have an opportunity for fellowship, while kids watch a movie, play games or share other activities brought from home.  (Bring friends, your favorite game and/or munchies to share.)

 

Ninth Grade Confirmation Students Take Part in Offsite Service Projects

At Saint Frances Cabrini Clinic

A tour was provided for the Christ, Our Light! Confirmation students so that they could learn of the mission of the Saint Frances Cabrini Clinic in Detroit and see firsthand the facilities.  The students then began their task of a fall clean-up of the grounds around the clinic.  Students and families assembled with rakes, hoes, spades and other gardening implements.  The site is now clear of debris and can be unitized by the community for children's play and serves as a safe place for families waiting to be served by the clinic.

At the Royal Oak Animal Shelter

October 5 members of the ninth grade Confirmation Class assisted shelter staff and volunteers in feeding, cleaning and walking animals awaiting adoption.  They also helped with dishes, cleaning windows and taking out trash.  The shelter is run by the City of Royal Oak and supervised by the Royal Oak Police Department.  It is sustained through the donations and efforts of volunteers.

 

 

Opportunity for Adult Study and Commitment

Parishioners Are Taking On  Roles of Leadership 

Youth Minister:  Mrs. Elaine Cervera

Christian Service Commission:  Mrs. Linda Capp

RIGHT TO LIFE representatives:  Eileen and Ron Page

 

 Evangelization:  Upcoming Events

Please take time after Mass to sign up for one of the numerous ministries that are posted in the social hall.  

November 1:  Assisting in the All Souls Brunch

November 1 through November 23:  Please bring food and/or monetary donations for Thanksgiving food baskets.  Containers will be available at the entrance.

November 6:  Evangelization Gathering, Discussion of Matthew Kelly's book The Four Signs of A Dynamic Catholic.

November 9:  Veterans Recognition and Mass

December 1 through December 20:  Collection of Giving Tree items for needy families.  Details to follow.

  • If you are interested in visiting the sick or homebound or taking communion to those in need, purchasing and/or sending out greeting cards, call Betty Sheehan at 586-260-4250 or email bsheehanac@aol.com.  Also, if you are aware of a parishioner, friend or family member whom we can assist, call Betty.
  • Collection of Halloween candy for the needy:  Baskets will be at both entrances.  Please be generous.  Distribution will take place October 27 and 28.

50 Uppers

The date of the planned outing to Shields Pizza has been changed  to Thursday, November 6 at 4:00 PM.  The cost will be $12.00.  If you have signed up and cannot attend, or if you have not signed up and would like to attend, call Celia Rasico at 248-844-1049 no later than November 1.

Anyone interested in drafting and mailing our newsletter or maintaining the database of member information, please contact Agnes Andrews, 248-334-3038.  The newsletter is sent out every two months.  There is also a need for a Luncheon Coordinator to oversee and assist the teams who plan and set out the luncheons we all enjoy.

 

40 Days for Life -  Eileen and Ron Page have volunteered to serve our parish as RIGHT TO LIFE representatives.

Our parish is scheduled to cover the hours of noon to 4 PM every Monday during the five Mondays in October outside the Woman Care Abortion Clinic, Southfield Road.  One small group at a time takes one of the four hours.  Additional details can be found in the Sunday bulletin, which can be accessed on this web site, or by calling the office at 248-649-5510.

 

Book Club

November 13, 7:00 PM:  The Giver by Lois Lowry

January 8, 7:00 PM:  The Arc of Justice, Kevin Boyle

 

 RCIA  

Adults interested in becoming Catholic, celebrating a missed Sacrament or simply learning more about the Catholic faith should contact the parish office for information concerning this program for adults, held from September through April, Monday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 PM. 

 

 Christ, Our Light! Choirs 

The 9:30 AM Sunday choir is under the direction of David Minnick; the 11:00 AM Sunday choir is directed by Bob Mervak.  Both meet for rehearsals  Wednesdays at 7:00 PM.  For more information, call 248-649-5510.

 

Need for volunteers to provide transportation for people to Mass and/or other events at Christ, Our Light! 

 If you are interested in this ministry and able to help, either on an occasional or regular basis, please contact the parish office or Helen Moultrup at 248-593-5993 or moultruph@gmail.com.

 

Christ, Our Light! parishioners may be interested in a program being presented at Visitation North Spirituality Center, 7227 Lahser Road, Bloomfield Hills:

  • An Advent Morning of Reflection - Saturday, December 13, from 9:30 AM until 12:30 PM

To register for either or both presentations call 248: 433-0950; suggested donation for each, $20.00.                                                   visitationnorth@ihmsisters.org 

 

 

 

Of Special Interest

Community Outreach by Christ, Our Light! Ninth Grade Confirmation Students

 

Members of Christ, Our Light! support A Vision for Clean Water, founded by parishioners John and Eileen Heasley.   

 

October 4, the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, pets and their companions gathered for a special blessing.  Due to inclement weather, the event took place inside the church.  Although difficult to count, there appeared to be about thirty dogs, two cats and one brave guinea pig. 

The Harmony of Autumn

"By means of earthly beauty, we can help our contemporaries discover the truth of the Gospel.  Then, they may come to know the eternal beauty of God."

Bishop James D.Conley, Catholic Answers National Apologetics Conference, San Diego, California, 2012.

Staff

Office Hours

Monday-Thursday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday, 8:00 - 3:00 PM

3077 Glouchester
Troy,MI 48084

Phone: 248-649-5510
christourlight@comcast.net

Links to other Catholic web sites

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