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
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 20 - Sunday, March 26
Monday: Rel. Ed., 6 PM
Tuesday: Mom's Fellowship, 10:30 AM
Parish Council, 7:00 PM
Bible and Bagels, 10 AM
Mass, 6 PM
RCIA, 7 PM
Choirs, 7 PM
Thursday: Religious Ed. - Eucharistic Plates, 7:00 PM
Praying 101, 7:00 PM
SVdP, 7:00 PM
Bethany, 8:00 PM
Friday Mass, 12:05 PM
Lenten Soup Lunch, 12:35 PM
Stations of the Cross, 7 PM
Men's Fellowship, 7:30 AM
NO Special Needs, 10 AM
Sunday, - Fourth Sunday of Lent
The Keys and the Sword, 3 PM
On My Own, 4:30 PM
Youth Ministry, Our Lady of Sorrows, 6 PM
Rest in Peace
Rest in Peace
March 22, 2017
Bob was a longtime member of the former Saint Alan Parish
and currently of Christ, Our Light!
Visitation: Hopcroft Funeral Home, John R, Madison Heights
4 - 9 PM, Friday, March 24
Funeral Mass: 10:30 AM, Saturday, March 25, Christ, Our Light!
Visitation: preceding Mass, beginning at 10:00 AM
March 20, 2017
Frank was Director of Religious Education
at the former Saint Alan Parish from 1998 until 2007.
The Lenten Saeson
PRAYER, FASTING AND ALMS GIVING
Soup Luncheons following 12:05 PM Mass
Sign-up sheet for volunteer soup makers is posted on kitchen door.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Fridays (except Good Friday) at 7:00 PM
Bible Study: THE KEYS AND THE SWORD
Sundays, March 19 and 26
3 - 4:30 PM
Wednesdays at 6:00 PM
Catholic Relief Services Collection - Envelopes will be provided.
Heifer International: Providing third world countries with means to develop life sustaining incomes
Individual confessions: Saturdays, 3 - 3:30 PM (Except Holy Saturday)
Communal Penance: Saturday, April 8, 2:30 PM; Monday, April 10, 7:00 PM
PALM SUNDAY: April 9
Holy Thursday, April 13: Mass at 7:00 PM
Good Friday, April 14: Tre Ore Services, noon until 3:00 PM
Holy Saturday, April 15: Easter Vigil Mass, 7:30 PM (No 4 PM Mass)
Easter Sunday, April 16: Masses at 8:00 AM, 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM
Lent, A Time of Giving
Help to Impoverished Areas Abroad
The parish of Christ, Our Light! will be accepting contributions to Heifer International as a focus of our Lenten alms giving. Students in both the Monday Religious Education classes and in the Saturday morning Special Needs Program are actively participating in this commitment.
Heifer International provides livestock, education and income for individual families who will then share the products produced by livestock and their offspring to a neighbor, thereby potentially educating an entire community. It also focuses on empowering women by providing training so that they can become more self-sufficient in answering the needs of their families.
More information will be posted about the efforts and generosity of parish members during this Lenten season.
Food for Area Families
We will be collecting items for food for families, Easter baskets for children and monetary contributions to purchase hams. Parish families in need and families from Saint Damien of Molokai Parish in Pontiac and from the former Saint Luke Parish in Detroit will be the recipients.
All items should be returned by noon, Sunday, April 9. Non-perishable food may be dropped in designated bins at both church entrances. Suggested items: canned vegetables, soup, fruit or beans (pinto), peanut butter, crackers, cereal, pasta, pasta sauce, long grain rice, instant potatoes, gravy, mac and cheese, etc.
The collection will begin March 18. A list of suggestions will be available then at the donation sites in the church.
Questions? Contact Elaine Cervera, elaine.cervera@coltroy,org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christ, Our Light! Youth Lenten Projects and Events
Religious Education Students: Enact "Where Were You?" The program offers reflections on each Station of the Cross. Monday, March 27, beginning at 7 PM. Children report directly to their classrooms at 6 PM.
Special Needs: Lenten Prayer Program and Brunch with the Bunny, April 1.
Youth Ministry Members: Assist in assembling Easter Baskets, April 9, 5 - 8 PM.
Family Bible Study
1. You are invited to join a Bible Study of the "Book of Acts." Learn about the early history of the Church and the great men and women who picked up the message of Jesus and began to spread it throughout the world.
2. The Keys and the Sword is an entry level program that is meant to be a family study. Perfect for teens and adults.
Sundays; March 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 3:00 PM until 4:30 PM
Announcing Moms' Fellowship
Open to all stay at home and working moms. It will be a time for Mom to come to be with other moms to share stories, learn from each other and enjoy fellowship. We will also have crafts for children.
Regularly scheduled meetings: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 10:30 AM - 12:00 noon
2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3 PM
We are in need of volunteer caregivers for this program. (You will need to have taken or plan to take the "Protecting God' s Children" program, a three hour class held throughout the year at various sites throughout the diocese.)
For more information: 248-649-5510, ext. 105.
Members of the Special Needs Program will perform their Lenten Presentation, April 1, followed by their Easter Brunch.
Praying 101 Molly Doherty-O'Shea Gallucci continues her series by focusing on "how daily prayer can be used to reduce anxiety and worry. The focus is on preparation for Easter. How to use prayer to stay focused on our Lenten promises. "If you haven't made changes for Lent, this is the perfect opportunity to start growing your relationship with God through prayer... ."
Next meeting: Thursday, March 23, 7 PM.
Bibles and Bagels meets Wednesdays at 10 AM.
Subject: The Gospel of Matthew
Please join us March 19 at 5:15 PM in the Social Hall for information
about the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC),
to be held in Indianapolis, IN, November 16 - 18, 2017.
You can learn more about experience of
prayer, community and empowerment by viewing the video
Next meeting : to be announced
Join us at 7:00 PM. We welcome everyone!
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: to be announced
At 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 left hand corner of this Home Page or leave your email address in the office, and you will be added to the current list of 149 households that receive the latest news regarding cancellations, changes in schedules or funeral details.
Interested in becoming a Eucharistic Minister? Contact Gerry Connell at email@example.com. 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 - to be announced
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.
is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer.
Meetings have been discontinued until further notice. Watch for a special invitation this spring.
Here's a question using next week's scripture (3/26/17): In the First Reading (1 Sam 16:1-13) God sends Samuel to anoint David. Who would you say God sent into your life to “anoint” you – to reveal how precious you are to God?
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.
TUITION ASSISTANCE FOR CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
Since 2005, more than $20 million in financial assistance has helped make a Catholic education more affordable for 17,000 families. The deadline for the 2017 - 2018 school year is April 7.
For more information, call 1.313.237.4661 or www.aod.org/financial-aid.
Christ, Our Light! Parishioners at Gleaners
Parishioners volunteer at Oakland Gleaners in Pontiac on the first and third Wednesday and second Thursday mornings of each month. They leave the parking lot at 8:30 AM and return by noon.
The primary activity is sorting food from bulk packaging into specific containers. For more information call Tom at 248-544-7913.
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.
*Campus Ministry at area colleges and universities
YOUNG ADULT RETREAT
May 5 - 7, 2017
Saint Paul of the Cross Retreat Center
$75 non-student young adults; $50 for students (Scholarships available.)
Includes private rooms with private bath and all meals.
Includes: Adoration, Private Reconciliation, Mass, peer witness talks,
small group discussions and fun!
Contact: Kim Boismier, 248.906.8571 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A bereavement seminar for all widowed men and women will be held on Saturday, May 13 from 10 AM to 2 PM at Saint Jane Frances de Chantal Parish, Sterling Heights. Guest speakers include author Ron Gries, and from Saint Jane Frances-Bereavement Ministry-Barbara Mezzapelle. Cost: $10 per person, which includes beverages and a light lunch. Registration is required by May 6. For information, please contact Kathy at 248.918.1622 or Rose at 586.876.1270.
Come ... walk with us on our Journey!
Every year in preparation for ordination to the priesthood, our first year Theology class makes a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. We will spend four weeks participating in intensive prayer, study and spiritual formation. Our Journey will end in Rome.
Saint Vincent Ferrer Parish and the Serra Club invite you and your family to
THE 2017 DESERT MEAL
A potluck dinner to support our seminarians on their journey
SUNDAY, March 26, 2017 3 - 5:30 PM
National Shrine of the Little Flower, Grade School Gym
12 Mile at Woodward, Royal Oak
Please RSVP by March 22
Call Marte Bewick at 248.761.2175.
CYO SEASONAL CAMP JOBS
POSITIONS BEGIN JUNE 19, 2017. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT SUMMER EMPLOYMENT AT CAMPS CONNECT BY CALLING 810.622.8744.
Covenant Presbyterian Church
2175 Ten Mile
Southfield, MI 48075
There is a great need for food and the following items for the homeless: fruits, vegetables, dry cereals, grits in bags, Kleenex, honey, syrup, heavy duty paper plates, bowls and paper towels.
Please bring your donations to Christ, Our Light!, and we will see that the homeless receive them.
South Oakland Citizens for the Homeless (SOCH) PO Box 1937 Royal Oak, MI 48068
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
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, Parish Life Coordinator, Youth Ministry
- Saint Vincent dePaul, Contact