Diocesan Collection Amount for Baghdeda Wedding Fire Victims

Thank you to all parishioners and faithful for their generous response to help our brothers and sisters and Baghdeda after their tragedy. The diocesan second collection from all parishes amounted to over $130,000. Let us continue to pray for all our brothers and sisters in need in Baghdeda, that they may continue to receive assistance and guidance through the Lord.  

Proverbs 3:27: “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.” 

Father Emmanuel Rayes

Dear Faithful in Christ,

I personally ask for your prayers for the repose of the soul of Fr. Emanuel Rayes. He has been an active member of our diocese even after his retirement in 2001. He passed to eternal life Tuesday morning. Funeral services will be as follows:

Thursday, 10/9:

He will be brought to the Church hall at Mother of God Church at 5:00 PM for visitation

There will be a prayer service at 6:00 PM.

Visitation will end at 8:00 PM.

Friday, 10/22:

Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10:00 AM at Mother of God Church.

God rest his soul and bless all of you.


Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima Rosary & Mass with Bishop Francis


Please join His Excellency Bishop Francis in celebrating the Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima on October 13, 2023 at Mother of God Church. The rosary will be prayed at 6:30 PM, followed by Mass celebrated by Bishop Francis at 7 PM. Confessions will be available and there will be fellowship in the hall after the Mass. For more information, please call the Diocese Office at (248) 351-0440.