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
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
Contact Information -
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.
RCIA: Adults interested in becoming Catholic, celebrating a missed Sacrament or simply learning more about the Catholic faith, contact the office for information.
Monday, September 26
Religious Education, 6 PM
Tuesday, September 27
Centering Prayer, 6:30 PM
Wednesday, September 28
RCIA, 7 PM
Thursday, September 29
Coffee in the Garden: 9:35 AM
Friday, September 30
Saturday, October 1
Men's Fellowship, 7:30 AM
Special Needs, 10 AM
Blessing of the Pets, 10:30 AM
Sunday, October 2
World Religions, 1:30 PM
Confirmation Class, 3 PM
On My Own, 4:30 PM
Youth Ministry, 6 PM
Rest in Peace
Deceased members of Christ, Our Light!
First meeting of RCIA
Wednesday evening, September 28, 7 PM
Take advantage of this opportunity
to learn more about your faith,
prepare to receive a sacrament you missed
or introduce those who are unfamiliar with our faith to the Catholic Church.
Religious Education News:
Monday, September 26: First Religious Education Formation Class, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Blessing of the Pets
Saturday, October 1, 10:30 AM
Special Needs Program Resumes: Our program meets on Saturdays from 10:00 - 11:30 AM, beginning September 17.
The next meeting is October 6 at 7 PM.
Subject of discussion: Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls.
Please come and join us. Everyone is welcome.
Coffee in the Garden
Each Thursday after the 9:00 AM Mass, weather and scheduling permitting, coffee will be available in the garden. Pick up a cup as you leave church, or stop and enjoy conversation and, if you are lucky, treats brought by generous parishioners.
Next Blood Drive
Our next drive will be announced in The Spotlight and on this website. Sign up sheets will be in the Glouchester side vestibule. If you would like, you can sign up for an appointment online. Volunteers are also needed to assist at the registration table or canteen.
Next Blood Drive: Monday, October 3, 1 - 7 PM
Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, Fourteen Mile
Go to http://www.redcrossblood.org/ or call Pat Dobosenski at 248.642.0029.
For assistance in signing up for emails regarding "Breaking News," either go to the link at the bottom lefthand corner of this Home Page or leave your email address in the office and you will be added to the current list of 135 people who receive the latest news regarding cancelations, changes in schedules or funeral details.
Interested in becoming a Eucharistic Minister? Contact Gerry Connell at firstname.lastname@example.org. Altar Server Ministry new trainees will be instructed and scheduled by Janet Surdu. For information, contact Janet at 248.549.9689 or Janet.Surdu@coltroy.org.
The Thursday Lunch Bunch
This group welcomes all parishioners to monthly luncheons in the Social Hall on the third Thursday of each month. Each gathering provides opportunities to meet new people and keep up with old friends.
The next luncheon will be Thursday, October 20.
Luncheon, $5.00; yearly membership registration, $15.00.
Call Marie Reitzloff at 248.689.4297 to help with preparations and clean-up, or if you are bringing guests.
Young Adults and Youth Ministry
For a detailed account of upcoming events, go to the "Getting Involved" menu page.
Here is a reading from next week's Scripture (10/2/16). The First Reading (Habakkuk 1: 2 -3; 2: 2 - 4) says, "How long, O Lord? I cry for help but you do not listen! I cry out to you, "Violence!' but you do not intervene. Why do you let me see ruin; why must I look at misery? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and clamorous discord. ..."When have you felt like this author?
As always, you are invited to come and share in the Men's Fellowship meets each Saturday
from 7:30 until 9:00 AM. For more details, call the Parish Office at 248.649.5510.
Of Special Interest
Check out our menu page for a list of opportunities to get more involved in our parish's upcoming projects and other special events.
World Religious Series
One of the important declarations of Vatican II in 1965 was "Nostra Aetate" (In Our Time), which addressed the Church's attitude towards other world religious and urged the Church "to recognize, preserve and promote the good things, spiritual and moral, as well as the socia-cultural values" found in other religions.
If you are curious about similarities and differences between other religions, join us for a four-part "World Religions Series" offered by the Vicariate Justice and Peace Committee.
Where: Christ, Our Light
When: Sunday afternoons, 1:30 to 3:00 PM
October 2: Judaism
October 9: Orthodox Christian Religions
October 16: Islam
The presenter is Dr. Jeannie O'Connor, adjunct professor in the Masters in Religious Studies Program at Madonna University.
Christ, Our Light! parishioners at Gleaners
In Our Area
The menu page "In Our Area" provides information about additional activities that offer opportunities to enrich your spiritual life, volunteer to provide needed services and/or to enjoy social events with people who share your beliefs and interests.
*The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima movie, October 23.
*Campus Ministry at area colleges and universities
*Engaging the Young Church Conference, September 30 and October 1 at St. Anastasia Parish in Troy
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 also 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
Links to other related 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
Christ, Our Light! email: http://tinyurl.com/powwpqd
South Oakland Vicariate: http://www.southoaklandvicariate.org
- Rev. Donald Demmer, Administrator
- Rev. Mr. Dan Gonos, Deacon
- Mrs. MaryAnn Farrell, Parish Secretary
- Mr. Robert Mervak, Music Minister
- Mr. David Minnick, Music Minister
- Mrs. JoAnn Bonahoom, Director, Religious Education
- Janet Surdu, Religious Education Secretary
- Mrs. Pam LaGrassa, Director, Special Needs Religious Education
- Mrs. Elaine Cervera, Youth Minister
- Saint Vincent dePaul, Contact