Order of Malta


Michigan Area holds February First Saturday


A well-attended First Saturday devotion, with 42 Dames, Knights, auxiliaries, and guests, was just the start of a busy February for the Michigan Area.

While the Michigan Area has long observed First Saturdays with Mass, the February 3rd event, held at St. Owen Catholic Church in Bloomfield Hills, included the opportunity for Confession and recitation of the Rosary, to offer the full First Saturday devotion.

Marcia McBrien, DM, and Peggy Stanton, DM, led the Rosary; confessions were heard by Msgr. Michael LeFevre, ChM, the Michigan Area’s chaplain and pastor of St. Owen’s. Msgr. LeFevre celebrated the Mass, assisted by server Santiago Smith, son of Andrea Smith, DM, and Michigan Area chair Andy Smith, KM. Auxiliary Kristen Andree and candidate in formation Alan Wegienka proclaimed the readings; Stephanie Le, DM, and Auxiliary Ky Cam offered the Prayers of the Faithful. Andy led the group in the Order’s Daily Prayer (pictured above with Msgr. LeFevre).

After Mass, a light breakfast was provided by Stephanie Le and Ky Cam, who are  members of the Michigan Area’s Hospitality Ministry. 

During the breakfast, Andy Smith reminded members of some upcoming events involving the Order, such as the February 11 Mass of Anointing at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, and several volunteer opportunities, including service at St. Leo’s Soup Kitchen in Detroit.

Patrick Jones, KM, and John Juriga, KM, gave a brief presentation on the “Into the Fire” ministry, which takes food, clothing, and other supplies to Detroit’s homeless. They reported that “Into the Fire” now offers sign-up slots for volunteers to make sandwiches and to distribute sack lunches to people living on the streets. Lectio Divina followed, led by Msgr. LeFevre.

The Area’s next First Saturday event is set for March 2 at the Grosse Pointe Academy Chapel in Grosse Pointe Farms, starting at 8 a.m. After the First Saturday devotion, there will be an opportunity to join the “Into the Fire” sandwich ministry. 

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