This is Christ, Our Light!
STAYING IN TOUCH DURING THIS TIME OF CLOSINGS
With Christ, Our Light!:
Our church is open for personal prayer (following guidelines/wellness, six-foot social distancing):
9 AM - 3 PM daily.
During this period of office closure:
Office phone messages will be checked remotely several times daily during business hours at: 248-649-5510, ext.100. To leave a message, press "100" at any time during our recorded message.
While not everyone uses the internet, here are some tools for those who do:
Our website: www.christourlight.weconnect.com
Facebook page: facebook.com/Christourlight
Email updates: sign up at tinyurl.com/powwpqd
Our bulletin: click on "weekly bulletin" in the menu box at the top of this page
Our app: allows update texts and access to website, bulletin and more. To download smartphone app:
iPhone users: text ParishApp1 to 555888.
Android users: text ParishApp2 to 555888.
With Catholic Communities:
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, Saints of the Day and Stations of the Cross to Rosary guides, a rich trove of prayers for every need and devotion, the Catechism and much more.
With Broadcast Services:
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
We hope this (partial) list of resources is a helpful tool in addition to our most powerful ones: prayer, with faith, hope and love.
To Our Parishioners
At the direction of the Archbishop: All Sunday and weekday public Masses (as well as all other parish events) will be suspended through Easter Monday, April 13.
Christ, Our Light! church will be open for private prayer (for ten or fewer individuals who are well and with the practice of social distancing of six feet from others) daily from 9 AM - 3 PM.
The church office is closed, but voice messages will be remotely checked at various times throughout the day. The office phone number is 248.649.5510, ext. 100. TO LEAVE A MESSAGE, PRESS "100" AT ANY TIME DURING OUR RECORDED MESSAGE.
OUR SEASON OF LENT
As Christian believers, we remain joined together during these 40 days of
prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
Faithfully reading from the Little Black Book and from Matthew Kelly's book, "Rediscover the Saints" (available/distributed near church entrances); if your health allows, visits for personal prayer to Christ, Our Light! (9 AM - 3 PM); daily Gospel readings; daily Rosary. As your Pastor, I pray that these - and your other prayers - will draw you closer to Jesus.
Updated information about Easter Baskets and Easter Food Baskets has been noted online and via recent postal mailings and email "blasts." There are donation envelopes in church for Easter food, A Vision for Clean Water, and for CRS (Catholic Relief Services). However, it is understood that these are financially trying times for many, beyond the isolation and disruptions of the virus and isolation. Collection dates for these donations will be posted when sanctions are soon lifted.
FASTING AND ABSTINENCE
The law of abstinence binds those who have completed their fourteenth year. Abstinence from meat is observed on all Lenten Fridays. Abstinence and fasting are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
Fasting is the act of doing with less. In the Catholic Church, those ages 18-59 must fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday (Canon 97). On such days, those fasting may eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals, sufficient to maintain strength. However, together, the smaller meals should not equal a full meal. Eating between meals is not encouraged, but liquids are allowed. It is important to understand that The Church excuses certain people from these obligations, such as the frail, pregnant or manual laborers.
TOGETHER THESE 40 DAYS AS A TIME OF
PRAYER, ALMSGIVING AND FASTING
Faithfully reading from the Little Black Book
booklet that was mailed to you and from
Rediscover the Saints, available at the church
Daily Bible readings: https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/daily-readings
Stations of the Cross: during personal prayer
visits to Christ, Our Light during office hours
(see column at left) if you are well.
The Rosary: wherever you may be , and with our Special Needs family (said in=home), 10:30 AM Saturdays.
Collections for A Vision for Clean Water; Catholic Relief Services; Operation Rice Bowls; Right to Life Baby Shower; children's baskets and food baskets: collection dates upon lifting of stay-at-home sanctions.
FASTING AND ABSTINENCE
The law of abstinence binds those who have
completed their fourteenth year. Abstinence from
meat is observed on all Lenten Fridays.
Abstinence and fasting are to be observed on Ash
Wednesday and Good Friday.
Fasting is the act of doing with less. In the Catholic
Church, those ages 1859 must fast on Ash
Wednesday and Good Friday (Canon 97). On such
days, those fasting may eat one full meal, as well as
two smaller meals, sufficient to maintain strength.
However, together, the smaller meals should not
equal a full meal. Eating between meals is not
encouraged, but liquids are allowed. It is important
to understand that The Church excuses certain
people from these obligations, such as the frail,
pregnant or manual laborers.
When public Masses resume (April 13):
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 (when office reopens, April 13):
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 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.
Weekly Schedule through April 12
At the direction of the Archbishop: All Sunday and weekday public Masses (as well as parish events) will be suspended until April 13. More information, including prayers and links to Masses via media, available at www.aod.org.
Christ, Our Light! will be open for private prayer (for ten people or fewer who are well and who practice social distancing of six feet during these hours): Daily, 9 AM - 3 PM
Please contact the office (248.649.5510/ext. 100) with any questions or concerns. Phone calls will be remotely monitored during business hours. To leave a message, press "100" at any time during our recorded message.
We look forward to celebrating the sacraments together.
God bless you.
Rest in Peace
Rest in Peace
Dorothy was a long-time member of Saint Alan and Christ, Our Light!
John Hassler, husband of Mildred Hassler
The Hasslers are founding members of Saint Columban
Annamary Waldon, wife of Bob Waldon
Bob is a longtime parishioner and previously an usher for 8 AM Masses.
We pray for all deceased members of Christ, Our Light!, the souls in Purgatory,
and all victims of Covid-19 around the world.
WE GATHER 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.
Formed is a collection of Catholic resources for you and your family to enjoy. During this time of social distancing, they are offering a free 40-day subscription. While many have access to Formed through their parish, now everyone has access for free for the next few weeks.
Signing up only takes a few easy steps:
- Visit www.formed.org and click “Sign Up.”
- Click “I belong to a Parish or Organization.”
- Type “Faith at Home Detroit” in the box under Create New Account. (You’ll see it populate from the drop-down menu.) Click “Next.”
- Enter your first and last name as well as your email.
- Now you’re registered! You can also download the app on your Smartphone. If you need further assistance, contact Formed at www.help.formed.org or toll-free at 844-367-6331.
" ALL NEEDS ARE SPECIAL" WEEKLY, PRAY-IN-PLACE ROSARY
Saturdays at 10:30 AM: Join Pam and the Special Needs Students as they "Pray-in-Place" the Rosary in their own homes, knowing that their classmates -- and others -- are doing the same at the same time, too!
BLOOD DRIVE THANK YOU!
We had a goal of collecting 42 pints of blood,and we had 62 appointment times. All appointment times were filled before the start of the drive, and we
had a few walk-ins come as well. And there were fourteen first-time donors. So, (drum roll) we collected 57 units of lifesaving blood, which could save 171 lives! That is a record! Many thanks to all who came to donate.
Pat Dobosenski: [email protected]
To sign up online for June 8 blood drive at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church: www.redcrossblood.org or call Pat Dobosenski: 248.422.4729
40 DAYS FOR LIFE
Please join our Lenten Campaign through April 5 by signing up at 40daysforlife.com to pray at nearby locations:
- Planned Parenthood in Ferndale
- Northland Family Planning in Southfield
Your parishioner contact is Mike McAuliffe at 248.830.4761 or [email protected] We ask you to pray for life, anywhere and at any time.
CHRISTIAN SERVICE MEETING
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]
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.
K. OF C. FISH FRY
NO FISH FRIES until further notice
Clawson Knights of Columbus Council 4188
870 N Main St 248.588.3547
BIBLE & BAGELS
This is an adult Bible Study and is held on Wednesdays from 10 AM-12 PM. All are welcome. No experience necessary.
NOTE: March 11 is the last meeting of Bible & Bagels until after Easter. Thank you for your interest and participation!
Questions may be directed to the Religious Education Office (248-649-5510, x107). All are welcome to join us.
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.
Four programs will be offered. Though they target parents and grandparents, all parishioners are welcome. The programs will be offered on Monday nights DURING THE RELIGIOUS EDUCATION SESSION in the church. Parents may attend at the same time that their children are in religious formation classes.
The first presentation, Passing on the Faith, was presented on Monday, October 14, at 6:15. The second, Ron Ward's "How to Share the Gospel Through Your Discipleship Parenting" took place on January 13.
On Tuesday, November 19, our Religious Education Confirmation candidates received the Sacrament from Bishop Robert Fisher at a special 7 PM Mass to which the Parish was invited.
Wednesdays, 7 - 8 PM, in the Social Hall
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 Weekly Schedule website section for event confirmation.
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 sign up for it before you begin visitations.
If you are aware of a homebound 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 dePaul Society, Special Needs outreach and the Bereavement Committee appear on the "Christian Service, Outreach" menu page.
Update: Messages will be deleted automatically from the Christ, Our Light! app
after 30 days of their being sent
or sooner if the message referred to an event that has already occurred.
To download 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.
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
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 @ChristOurLight
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 instant notice: http://tinyurl.com/powwpqd
South Oakland Vicariate: http://www.southoaklandvicariate.org
Mass Finder: https://massfinder.org
- Rev. Donald Demmer, Administrator
- Johnny Vanneste, Deacon
- 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