This is Christ, Our Light!
STAYING IN TOUCH DURING THIS TIME OF TRANSITION
A LETTER FROM FATHER DEMMER
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
Regular Parish Office Hours have resumed:
Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM until 4 PM
Weekday Masses have resumed:
Tuesday through Thursday at 9 AM
Fridays at 12:05 PM
Weekend Mass schedule:
We are experimentally returning to our regular weekend Mass schedule of
Saturday at 4 PM
Sunday at 8 AM, 9:30 AM, 11 AM
I am hearing confessions at our regularly scheduled time: Saturday at 3 PM.
Regarding current pandemic directives and public Masses in our parish:
Considering the configuration of our church, we cannot realistically conform exactly to some of the guidelines.
Our capacity for Mass will be cut by approximately 50% by only allowing seating in every other pew.
It is encouraged that you wear a mask, and you are free to wear gloves.
Holy Communion will only be available under the one form of bread.
The Holy Eucharist cannot be placed into a GLOVED hand.
If you are wearing gloves, one of your gloves must be removed at the time you approach to receive Holy Eucharist.
Neither I nor anyone will be measuring distances between people sitting in the pew.
IF YOU ARE NOT HEALTHY YOURSELF OR
IF YOU ARE OF A VULNERABLE AGE OR HEALTH CATEGORY OR
IF YOU ARE CARING FOR SOMEONE AGED OR ILL AT HOME OR
IF YOU ARE NOT COMFORTABLE BEING AROUND OTHERS AT THIS TIME OR
IF YOU CANNOT BE FLEXIBLE WITH OUR SPACING OR MASKING,
PLEASE STAY HOME AT THIS TIME OR UNTIL YOU ARE COMFORTABLE.
Our parish staff will have met to discuss the resumption of our normal parish life, programs, sacramental liturgies and procedures.
During the next few weeks the parish staff will continue to review our plans and procedures and make adjustments as necessary.
THANKS, again, to our parish members and friends who have been able to continue the financial support of our parish through these difficult times. You’ve helped to keep our “ship” afloat!
Remember that Jesus encouraged His followers at the table of the Last Supper:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled;”
so, too, Our risen Saviour continues to encourage us with His same words.
May we begin to return to our lives with faith, hope, caution and common sense and overcome fear and anxiety.
Congratulations, in this most challenging year, to those in our RCIA group who were initiated on June 14 into the Catholic Church, to the children making their First Communion, to our young people graduating from college and high school, and to all of their families.
RCIA Class of 2020
Baccalaureate Mass: June 21, 2020
First Communion on June 13, 2020
If you are viewing our 9:30 AM Sunday Masses from home and would like to follow the readings using a Missalette, they are available for no charge at both church entrances during our regular hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM until 4 PM.
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
Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Troy, Michigan 48084
phone: 248.649.5510 fax: 248.649.6729
Visiting the home bound 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.
UPDATES OF WEEKLY SCHEDULE THROUGH TIME OF TRANSITION
A live, online broadcast of 9:30 AM Sunday Mass, celebrated by Father Demmer, will continue to be available via a livestream service and for later viewings at the following web address:
Videos of previous Masses may be viewed by clicking on:
Mah Jongg has resumed:
Mondays at Noon
Tuesdays at 6:30 PM
YOUTH GROUP BONFIRE GATHERINGS
are finished for the year.
For information on the Christ, Our Light! Youth Ministry,
please contact Elaine Cervera:
[email protected]; 248.649.5510, ext. 105
The Spotlight is available by clicking on "Weekly Bulletin" heading listed in the menu box at the top of this page.
Rest in Peace
REST IN PEACE
father of Deacon Johnny Vanneste
July 30, 2020
Please keep the Vanneste family and friends in your prayers.
brother of Kathleen Cwik
July 30, 2020
Please keep the Machczynski and Cwik families and friends in your prayers.
Edna "Marie" Reitzloff
July 25, 2020
Please keep the Reitzloff, Taylor, Booth, Weaver and Maskill families and friends in your prayers.
mother of Denise Schwab
July 14, 2020
Please keep the Lareau and Schwab families and friends in your prayers.
We pray for all deceased members of Christ, Our Light!,
the souls in Purgatory,
and all victims of Covid-19 around the world.
Ongoing and Upcoming Events
WE LOOK FORWARD TO GATHERING AGAIN FOR CONNECTION, SERVICE AND RENEWAL
Upcoming events will be listed here (and in bulletin) as information becomes available. Thank you for your participation in the many parish offerings for social interaction, fun, and ministry as we encounter Christ through time spent in His service and with each other.
Lunch Bunch suspended until current restrictions have been suspended. We can always use your help with setting up or cleaning up! Please call Agnes Andrews at 248.330.7001.
BIBLE AND BAGELS
This is an adult Bible Study and is held, when activities resume, on Wednesdays from 10 AM-12 PM. All are welcome. No experience necessary. Questions may be directed to the Religious Education Office (248-649-5510, x107). All are welcome to join us. Thank you for your interest and participation.
Religious Education Calendar
Go to the Faith Formation menu page to view
the Family Calendar and the Preschool Calendar for 2019.
This year the Education Commission will focus on adult education or enrichment that will concentrate on the role of the domestic church: the family unit. The Catholic Church counts on the parents and grandparents of our children to develop faith in their children and recognizes parents as the primary educators of their children.
Wednesdays, 7 - 8 PM, in the Social Hall, when parish gatherings resume:
All adults who are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith or are preparing to receive the Sacrament of Baptism or Confirmation are invited. Please refer to Spotlight monthly calendar or Weekly Schedule section of our website for event confirmation.
Interested in working with - or becoming - one of our Christian Service leaders? Our outreach areas include: holiday giving, funeral luncheon service, helping the home-bound, health education, and many more. All are welcome to join us at our next meeting, to be scheduled following the current restrictions. Please contact Elaine Cervera if you need further information at: 248.649.5510, ext. 105 or [email protected]
To sign up online for October 26 blood drive at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church: www.redcrossblood.org or call Pat Dobosenski: 248.422.4729
ALL NEEDS ARE SPECIAL/PRAY-IN-PLACE WEEKLY INTERNET PRAYER
Saturdays at 10:30 AM: Join Pam and the Special Needs Students as they "Pray-in-Place" in their own homes, knowing that their classmates -- and others -- are doing the same at the same time, too!
SAINT DOMINIC OUTREACH
Located at Warren and Trumbull near Wayne State University and serving the needs of eligible individuals and families in the Detroit community, Saint Dominic Outreach, a ministry supported by our church, continues to supply food pantry groceries (and much more). Donations may be made on their website:
The outreach will also be grateful for the food items brought to our large blue bin at our church entrance: pull-tab canned salmon, ham, chicken, ravioli, spaghetti; stovetop, boxed-rice and macaroni-and-cheese meals; packets of tuna, etc. With any questions, please feel free to call the center at 313.831.6070.
We need a few volunteers to assist after your usual weekly Mass for the Welcoming Event, held the first full weekends of February through May and September through November. Although the amount of time spent averages about 15 minutes, this is a great way to welcome and get to know our new members and visitors. For more information, please contact: Elaine Cervera at [email protected] or Mike Parker at [email protected]
HELPING THE HOMEBOUND
If you would like to take the Eucharist to our home-bound parishioners, please call the Parish Office, 248.649.5510. You will need to have taken the free Archdiocesan Program, "Protecting God's Children," or have signed up for it before you begin visitations. If you are aware of a home-bound parishioner who would like to receive the Eucharist, please call the parish office.
Additional information regarding meetings and activities scheduled by established committees can be found on the "Christian Service, Outreach" and "Fellowship" menu pages.
Currently included under "Fellowship" are those of Christ, Our Light! Youth Ministry, Moms' Fellowship, Men's Fellowship, Lunch Bunch, Book Club and Bible and Bagels.
Projects associated with Gleaners, South Oakland Warming Center, Red Cross Blood Drive, sending cards to the homebound and the military, Saint Vincent de Paul Society, Special Needs outreach and the Bereavement Committee appear on the "Christian Service, Outreach" menu page.
While not everyone uses the internet, here are some tools for those who do:
Our website: christourlight.weconnect.com
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Christourlight
Email updates: sign up at https://www.tinyurl.com/powwpqd
Our bulletin: click on "weekly bulletin" in the menu box at the top of this page
Archdiocese of Detroit web site: https://www.aod.org/https://www.aod.org/
Catholic Services Appeal: https://www.osvonlinegiving.com/4221/Home/NewQuickGive?oboid=0https://www.osvonlinegiving.com/4221/Home/NewQuickGive?oboid=0
Eternal Word Television Network: https://www.ewtn.com/
Detroit Catholic News and Stories: https://detroitcatholic.com/
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: http://www.usccb.org
Official Vatican web site: https:// www.vatican.va
Mass Finder: https://masstimes.org
Our Archdiocese: prayers; live Masses; updates and connection opportunities, including Unleashing the Gospel, Detroit Catholic online news, and more at: www.aod.org and unleashthegospel.org
Eternal Word Television Network: www.ewtn.org; daily Mass and Readings: https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/daily-readings
Laudate app: Catholic smartphone app with everything from Daily Readings and Saints of the Day and Stations to Rosary guides, a rich trove of prayers for every need and devotion, the Catechism and much more.
EWTN: The Eternal Word Television Network (Live Truth: Live Catholic): offers television, internet, and radio news and rich programming for Catholics and their families.
EWTN Television Channels (cable) : AT&T: 562 WOW: 44 Catholic Television: 398 Comcast: 393
Radio Stations for Ave Maria Radio: WDEO FM 98.5; Ave Maria Radio AM 990; WMAXAM 1440
Via Roku apps for television streaming: EWTN, The Catholic Channel, Catholic TV Network
Our smartphone app allows update texts and access to our website, bulletin, and more. To download it, you may need your Apple Password for the iPhone or be able to Allow Permissions for Android.
iPhone users text: ParishApp1 to 555888
Android users text
: ParishApp2 to 555888
Inquire in the Parish Office if you need assistance.
Another Way To Stay Informed.
Email updates are now available when you sign up for them.
Included will be
information about event planning,
reminders of upcoming activities and notifications of funerals.
Interested? Just click on the following link: http://tinyurl.com/powwpqd
Also, login and like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook/christourlight
- If you change your name, address, phone number, or registration status, please remember to notify the Parish Office - 248.649.5510. Thank you!
- Rev. Donald Demmer, Administrator
- Johnny Vanneste, Deacon
- Mrs. Mary Murray, Communications Coordinator
- 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
- Mr. Bill Konanos, Business Manager
- Saint Vincent dePaul, Contact