Saint Patrick Parish News 01.02.20

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This week’s Mass schedule  

Sat., January 4
5PM Mass

Sun., January 5
8AM Mass
10:30AM Mass

Mon., January 6
No Mass Here

Tue., January 7
No Mass Here

Wed., January 8
No Mass Here

Thu., January 9
No Mass Here

Fri., January 10
First Friday
9AM Mass

Sat., January 11
5PM Mass

Upcoming Events
Sat., January 4
3PM Confessions, Church

Sun., January 5
9AM K of C Breakfast, Parish Center
9AM REP, School
1PM Adult Volleyball, Gym

Mon., January 6
Parish Office Closed
6:30PM Women’s Faith Sharing, St Brigid of Kildare

Wed., January 8
6:30PM REP, School
6:30PM Adoration, Church

Thu., January 9
10AM Senior Luncheon, Parish Center
6:30PM Rosary, Church
6:30PM RCIA Inquiry, Faith Formation Room
8PM Men’s Basketball, Gym

Fri, January 10
First Friday
10AM Adoration, Church
3PM Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Church

Sat., January 11
8AM Men’s Spirituality, St Brigid of Kildare
3:45PM Confessions, Church

 

From the Director of Religious Education:

The three wise men’s worship of baby Jesus is a profound event that highlights the amazing phenomenon of the divine Son entering humanity.  Their worship of Christ calls our attention to the simultaneous aspects of His kingship, divinity, and humanity.  

His great feat to be born of human flesh tells us about our Lord’s character just as much as it attests to His omnipotence.  Not only did God perform a miracle, but in His miracle, we witness God’s love, and the knees of the magi bend before not only the authority of a king, not only the superiority of divinity, and not only the meekness of a baby.  In all three of these aspects together, our God comes in love for us, and the wise men’s homage to Christ is a response to His love. 

Christ invites us into this unique moment through meditation of it in the Gospel.  Reading Matthew 2:1-12, we get to place ourselves in the position of the magi who approach Christ to honor all that they find before them:  the King, our God, incarnate as a human baby. We too have the opportunity to bend our knees before the Lord in worship, and love Him back.  

Just like every day on this earth, the Gospel passage presents us with the choice to respond to God.  The magi depict for us the hearts of men who believed in Christ, and yet, theirs is not the only response men had to Christ.  Harrod too had a response to Jesus. He too was exposed to the magnitude of that little Baby, and he wished to remove Christ from his life.  While the magi were offering gold to the King of kings, Harrod let jealousy rule his heart.    

What came of Herrod’s decision?  He may have slept comfortably in his palace and Jesus certainly died on the Cross, but the Truth was not satisfied in this earthly realm.  In fact, the Truth rose from the dead and resumed His place in the heavenly kingdom where His Kingship is visible.  A heart ruled by jealousy is not bound for such a place.  

Here on earth we can let any number of things take dominion over our hearts, and what lies there directs our actions and the path we take through this life.  

The King has come!  Let Him reign in your heart and guide you to His kingdom.  Let Him usher you into the place He has reserved for you.

In Christ,
Lindsey Wilbur

In Memoriam
We offer our prayers and condolences to the family of Randy Walters, whose Funeral Mass was celebrated on Dec. 23, 2019 at St. Patrick Parish.  May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

Know of Someone in Need?
Again this year our parish will be able to help families that may find themselves needing extra assistance. If you need some help or know of someone who does, please contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office. This could be with a meal for the holidays, presents for the family, a bill that is a challenge to pay, or whatever would be helpful. All personal information is kept confidential.

First Friday
First Friday Adoration:  January 10th 

“After the Lord was baptized, the heaven’s were opened, and the Spirit descended upon him like a dove, and the voice of the Father thundered:  ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.’”

The life of God is in every soul and those who are baptized become partakers in his paschal mystery:  death to self and life in Him. Adoration of our Divine Lord feeds and renews us on our journey, and also brings consolation to his Sacred Heart.  St. Patrick offers this every First Friday, but this month it will be changed to the Second Friday, January 10th.  Please join us after the 9:00 am Mass until 4:00 pm.  The rosary will be recited at 2:30 followed by the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3:00.  All are welcome.

Please call Beth to schedule an hour at 874-7572.

Festival Auction 2020
St. Patrick’s is starting to plan Auction 2020. Our goal is to raise funds to support St. Patrick’s parish and school. In the heart of sticking together to make St. Patrick’s the best place for schooling and enriching experiences, we are seeking your assistance.

Booking has started for sponsor tables and would make a great gift. Each six top is eight hundred dollars and sponsors will be represented on our auction banner, in the program, and receive hors d’oeuvres and beverages during the auction. 

We have already started locking in our long-distance travel destinations; however, we are looking to add more local Michigan, OH, IL, and WI destinations and experiences.  Collection of live and silent auction items begins Jan. 6th, 2020.  If you have any questions or information for us, please do not hesitate to reach out. Elaine Buehner, ebuehner@spparnell.org, 616.915.9339 OR Jessica Perkins, perkjess70@gmail.com, 616.427.7230.

NEW Info!  Catholicism Series
In January we will begin the study Catholicism: The Pivotal Players focusing on St. Augustine, St. Benedict, Fulton J. Sheen and Flannery O’Connor. This is a new study from Bishop Robert Barron and is a wonderful time to get involved in a study!  The group will meet following the 10:30 Mass in the St. Brigid Room. Contact Cheryl Emmette for more details and the schedule. 

Donate your old Magnificat!
The Religious Education Program has a use for the artwork on the  cover of your old Magnificat booklets.  Instead of discarding those old issues drop them off in the basket next to the Sacred Heart of Jesus statue in the back of the church.  We look forward to utilizing those sacred images! 

Other devotional subscriptions with sacred art is welcome for donation as well.  Thank you for your donation!

Photographer Wanted
We are looking for a person to photograph First Communion Masses this spring.  If anyone in the parish has photography skills and is interested in serving our parish with them, please contact       Lindsey Wilbur: lwilbur@spparnell.org, 616-691-8541 ext. 41.  We would greatly appreciate your service!  The Masses will take place Sunday April 19, at 1pm and Sunday, May 3rd at 1pm.

FORMED
Are you familiar with FORMED? St. Patrick now has a subscription free to our parishioners. This online resource gives you unlimited access to thousands of Catholic videos, programs, and daily reflections.

In your web browser type in stpatrickparnell.formed.org and it will take you to our parish’s subscription. Create an account and you will have access to all of the content on their platform. You can also download the FORMED app and enter stpatrickparnell.formed.org and register.  Have questions, contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office.

NEW! Online Giving
In 2020, we encourage you to make a New Year’s resolution that will make a big difference for you and St. Patrick:  commit to consistent giving.  This can be difficult, but we have a tool that will make it just a bit easier.  Those who give online tend to give more and give consistently.  Through our secure ParishSOFT Giving program, accessible from the Give a Gift link at stpatrickparnell.org, you can set up a recurring or one-time gift, contribute to specific funds, and see your giving history at anytime.

If you want to give to a fund not listed, please put enter the information in the misc. notes box Contact the parish office with any questions.

Ministering to the Homebound
Do you currently bring communion to a family member or someone else who is homebound?   We are trying to establish a list as the Bishop is implementing some changes on how this is done.  Please contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office so you can be informed of the changes.

Wedding Coordinator Needed
Do you like weddings?  We are in need of one or two more people to serve as wedding coordinators for the Parish.  It is a small commitment of 2 or 3 weddings per year; appx. 4 to 6 hours the weekend of the wedding you choose.  There is a small stipend for your service.  If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Sally Goffer 616-719-8971 (call or text) or email sgoffer@comcast.net.

Photos of Our Beloved Deceased
If you brought photos for the remembrance of our faithful departed, please pick them up from the parish office. Thank you! 

More Liturgical Ministers Needed
Ushers/Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion/Sacristans/Servers are needed, especially 5pm and 8am Masses.  Please give the parish a call (Cheryl or Darci) to help with these important  roles.  We could also use some Lord’s Launderer’s if you are so inclined! If you’d like to know more detail, please call Cheryl in the parish office.

Bunco
Dear Ladies of the Parish:  Our next bunco night is Tuesday, January 7th at 7:00 in Multipurpose Room 1 of the Parish Center.  Please join us!  If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Covell at cindylou3711@comcast.net.
 

Senior Luncheon
Our next monthly senior luncheon is on January 9th. Anyone 60 and over are welcome to attend. We meet monthly from 10 am until 12:30/1:00 on the second Thursday of the month. Lunch is served at 11 am. It is a wonderful time to catch up with long-time friends or make some new ones. If you plan on attending each month, please call Cheryl Emmette in the office so we have enough food.

Euchre
Knights of Columbus Euchre Sunday, January 12th at 1:00PM in the parish Center.  Cost is $10.00, all are welcome!  Contact Dennis Brown 616-262-1888 or Diane Brown 616-293-4993, for more information.  Remember the Euchre tournament during Festival weekend, June 28.  Sign up starts at 6pm.

Are you discerning the priesthood?
Gifted and Called is a discernment opportunity sponsored by the diocesan Office of Priestly Vocations. Each month, young men (ages 16 – 35) are invited to gather and discern God’s will for their lives.  Time for prayer and reflection will be held monthly at St. Robert Catholic Church in Ada from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Men are also personally invited to attend the 6 p.m. Sunday Mass.  This year’s Gifted and Called discernment opportunities are offered on the following Sundays:

Jan. 19, Feb. 16, March 15, Apr. 19, and May 17.  Feel free to show up or call to let us know you are coming at 616-288-0910.  Questions, email Fr. Stephen Durkee (sdurkee@dioceseofgrandrapids.org)

Prayer for Peace in the spirit of Taize
Monday, January 20, 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary Church, 423 First St. NW, Grand Rapids, celebrating the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The Prayer of Peace is contemplative, ecumenical, candlelight musical prayer in the spirit of Taizé. Few things are more conducive to a communion with the living God than a meditative common prayer with, as its high point, singing that stretches through time and that continues in the silence of one’s heart when one is alone again. Every year Christians across the world gather in prayer for growth in unity. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity gives Christians across the world an annual opportunity to gather in prayer and continue our quest for the unity we already share in Christ. www.prayerofpeacegr.org

Knight’s Fundraiser
Pizza fundraiser night with Papa Murphy’s on Northland Drive.  January 23rd they will donate a portion from every order they get from us back to the Knight’s.  Watch the bulletin for more detail coming soon.

Right to Life March
Go to the 2020 March for Life and be a part of the largest prolife event in the world. This peaceful demonstration, on the somber anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decisions that legalized abortion-on-demand through all nine months of pregnancy, is a witness to the truth concerning the greatest human rights violation of our time.

Grand Rapids Right to Life is hosting bus trips to Washington, DC, for the 47th annual March for Life on January 24, 2020. Travel options vary by dates, prices, and hotel locations. To view travel options visit www.grrtl.org/event/march or contact Betty at 616-516-0082.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter
Give your spouse the best gift of all this Christmas – time with you. Refresh your faith and your marriage by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend: Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at the Comfort Inn in Farmington Hills or Feb. 28-Mar. 1 at the St. Francis Retreat Center in DeWitt.  Check out wwme.org  to apply or contact Chris & Darla Vinton at 269-953-8287 for more info.

Men’s Retreat
We will be hosting a half day men’s retreat for the men of the area. Fr Phil Shangraw will lead the retreat this year on February 1st from 8 am-12 pm. The cost is $15. To register please contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office or by email pastoralassociate@spparnell.org.

Cherish Marriage
Registration opens Nov. 1 for the annual Cherish Marriage event!
It will take place on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020 at Frederik Meijer Gardens from 6 – 11 p.m.  Couples will enjoy an evening of dinner, inspiration, and dancing to strengthen their marriage.  The keynote speakers for the evening are Dan and Amber DeMatte.  Register at cherishmarriage.net.  You can find a flyer here.

Catholic Women’s Conference
The GR Diocesan Council of Catholic Women invites all Catholic women to join them for the state conference, BEACONS OF LIGHT, to be held April 24-25, 2020 in Frankenmuth, MI.

Please join us for this event that will feature Mass with our bishops, inspirational speakers, vendors, and fellowship time with women from all over the state. Check-in begins at 8:30am Fri. and concludes on Sat. at lunch. For registration information and room block details, email grdccw@grdiocese.org or call Janet at 616-915-5930.

New Parish App
Do you have our current parish app and are receiving from us?  If not, download our new app today and see what you’ve missed!  There are many new options on the new app and you can continue to stay connected. Questions or need help,  contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office. 

We hope for our new app to be a tool for fostering stronger parish life at St. Patrick and better engaging the New Evangelization.

Text APP to 88202 to download our parish app.  Download myParish App and select our Parish after opening.  You must setup an account to receive our notifications.

WC Shadow Days
New to the Grand Rapids area or West Catholic?  Want to experience what has made West Catholic one of the top Catholic school sin the U.S.?  Join us for a shadow day!  Flyer is here.

Open Jobs at the Diocese
The Diocese of Grand Rapids is seeking an Administrative Assistant (part-time, 30 hours maximum) to provide a variety of specialized administrative support services to the Office of Faith Formation including Catechesis, Family, Youth, and Young Adult ministries.  The successful candidate will provide administrative support, event coordination, and database management while creating a welcoming environment for visitors and callers. More information can be found on our website at www.grdiocese.org.

Other Diocesan openings:  Parish Auditor, Parish Accounting Services Specialist, Assistant Director of Hispanic Ministry

Eucharistic Adoration:  Our Lady of Consolation
Jesus Christ is in love with YOU and wants to spend time with YOU! Have you made time for Him this week in the classroom of silence? Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the Perpetual Adoration Chapel at Our Lady of Consolation is 24/7. Stop in anytime. For more information or to schedule an hour with Jesus, call 616-866-0931 or e-mail jwoodruff@olcparish.net. 

North Kent Connect is Hiring
Experienced Administrative Specialist:  see details on this job here
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Critical Pantry Needs
WILL YOU HELP?  Our Pantry (free to all NKC clients) is critically low.  Would you please consider donating any of the following items?

Cereal, quinoa, rice (other healthy grains), Canned fruit (peaches, pears, anything low-sugar), Canned pasta sauce (no glass, please), and Pasta.  Flyer can be found here.

Thank you for your generosity!

We are grateful to our community for ensuring the well-being of our clients in northern Kent County. We cannot do this without you!
Donation Hours:  Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. or you can put them in the baskets at church.  
Reading Reflections
Epiphany of the Lord:  A Gift for All People
Reading I:  Isaiah 60:1-6 – Glory of the new Zion
Reading II:  Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6 – Commission to  preach God’s plan
Gospel:  Matthew 2:1-12 – The visit of the magi

Key Passage:  In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, “Where is the Child:  who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” (Matthew 2:1–2)

AdultThe Magi were strangers from another land. How do you welcome immigrants and strangers in the name of Christ?
Youth:  What could you do to be like a star and lead someone to know about Jesus?

Respect Life
“The best thing I can show you to defend life is my life.  It has been a great gift.  I have met other survivors of abortion.  They are all thankful for Life … when I speak, I speak not only for myself, but for the other survivors … and also those who cannot yet speak … Today a baby is a baby when convenient.  It is tissue or otherwise when the time is not right.

A baby is a baby when miscarriage takes place at two, three, four months.  Why is that? I see no difference.”

–Gianna Jessen, saline abortion survivor who has overcome amazing odds

A Family Perspective
by Bud Ozar
Today’s gospel tells us “all Jerusalem” was upset because “King Herod was deeply troubled.” A similar ripple effect happens in families; one person’s negative attitude can affect the whole family.  If you want a peaceful and joyful home, it must start with you. Be peaceful and joyful!  

Word of Life
When I meet another parent of a child with Down syndrome, there is usually a moment of instant recognition and understanding. Our eyes meet, and we smile conspiratorially, as if we’re in on the same secret: the fundamental truth that every life is a good and perfect gift. …Our love for our children has nothing to do with their abilities. We love them simply because of who they are, and understanding this teaches us how to truly love everyone.”

USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities

“A Perfect Gift” (www.respectlife.org/a-perfect-gift)

St. Raphael’s Adult Singles Group
St. Raphael’s Singles is a diocesan-wide Catholic ministry for adult singles age 40+ who are divorced, widowed, or have never been married.  Join us for friendship, fellowship and many kinds of events, both spiritual and social.   Gatherings take place on the first and third Fridays of the month from 7-9 p.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew.  
Email straphaelssingles1@gmail.com for more information.

Cancer Support & Prayer Group
Cancer support & prayer group is held the last Thursday of the month, at 6:30 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Caledonia, Lower Level room #6 (enter through Main Entrance, & ramp; follow signs to the room).  The group is free.  

This support group is to allow persons touched by cancer to be with others touched by cancer to gain insight, support, pray for one another, and share in a warmhearted and understanding environment. Those with cancer, survivors, and caregivers are welcome; all ages, stages & diagnoses.

If you have questions, want to be on the contact list/register, or have an interest in assisting with this ministry, please contact Christine Shafer, cshafer@holyfamilycaledonia.org or 891-9259 x224.

Courage Groups
“Before all else comes the individual person,” Pope Francis wrote, “and people should not be defined only by their sexual tendencies.  We are all destined to receive his infinite love.”  The Courage apostolate welcomes men and women who experience same-sex attractions as brothers and sisters in Christ, and helps them to respond to their vocation as sons and daughters of God, created in his image and likeness.  Together with a priest chaplain, Courage members strive for chastity, build authentic friendships, and grow in holiness. For more information, call 616-459-4662 or email courage@dioceseofgrandrapids.org

EnCourage Groups
For parents of sons and daughters who experience same-sex attraction, “speaking the truth in love” to their children can often present a challenge.  The EnCourage apostolate is the Catholic Church’s outreach to parents and other loves ones in this situation, and offers them support and direction as they strive to love their children without the boundless love of Christ.  A priest chaplain leads the regular meetings of EnCourage and offers insights into how to keep the Faith while keeping family relationships strong.  For more information, please call 616-288-0918 or email encourage@dioceseofgrandrapids.org.

Legacy Giving – Learning to See as Jesus Sees
As humans, we often think first about looking out for ourselves – and can quickly default to using our own strength and ambition to do so – but the Lord’s way is always best. Psalm 24:1 says “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.” This verse reminds us that God is the rightful Owner of everything and He knows how to best care for it. His desire is that we would instead cultivate an awareness of how to accomplish His purposes in our lives – to see as He sees. How would seeing through Jesus’ eyes change the way we live? Consider how living with greater attention to Christ’s purpose could look in each of the following areas:  Your time, Your talents and Your resources.  To learn more about how you might leave a legacy to the Church, contact Mark Morrow at 616-475-1251 or mmorrow@catholicfoundationwm.org.  Visit CatholicFoundationWM.org.  Flyer  

AA Meetings
Meetings have been put on hiatus until after Memorial Day 2020.

Lo-Gluten Host
We provide lo-gluten hosts for those needing them. Please contact Emma Darling at fredem@comcast.net for more information.

Adoration
There will be adoration Tue-Fri at St. Patrick’s from 6-7AM in the Church as long as Father is in town.  Please feel free to stop in and start your day with some quiet prayer time.  Please watch the bulletin or online calendar for cancellations or addition opportunities.

Thursday Rosary
Thursday evenings, 6:30, in the church.  Questions, gary.venturo@gmail.com

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Every Saturday, 3:45 PM, in the church.

Men’s Faith Sharing
The group meets on the 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month at 8AM in the St. Brigid of Kildare room in the school.  If you are looking to form a closer relationship with other Catholic men and learn more about your faith, this is for you. Please contact Cheryl Emmette in the office if you would like more information. 

Women’s Faith Sharing
This group has begun meeting on Monday nights at 6PM in the St. Brigid of Kildare room in the school.  The book is Father Solanus Casey by Catherine Odell.  Please contact Cheryl Emmette if you would like more information.

Adult Christian Initiation
To become Catholic, complete your adult initiation into the Catholic Church, or if you know someone whom might be interested, St. Patrick Parish has a process of inquiry into the Catholic faith that meets throughout the year.  Contact Lindsey Wilbur, 691-8541, x12. 

Adult Indoor Volleyball
Adult volleyball for ages 16+ has started and runs through April’ish from 1-3pm in the gym.  Everyone welcome!  USA volleyball rules, teams of 4’s/5’s/or whatever shows up.  We have (2) courts if necessary.  You don’t have to be a member of St. Patrick’s or even Catholic to play (you may get a favorable line call however if you are [smile]).  Contact Emily or Gregg Intrain w/Questions 616-608-248.

Franciscan Life Process Center Events
Grandma’s Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
Jan. 14, 6:30-8:30pm
Franciscan Life Process Center – Lowell Campus, 654 Davis Ave, GR 49504
Sister Damien Marie Savino, FSE will share her family recipe and provide an experience of making sauce from scratch.  Participants will enjoy sipping Italian wine as they work and go home with their own jar of sauce. Go to oamkhomemadespaghettisauce.eventbrite.com to register.

Touched by Mercy, a Day for those Affected by Suicide
Feb. 8th, 10-3PM
Franciscan Life Process Center – Lowell Campus, 654 Davis Ave, GR 49504
Join Sister Colleen Ann Nagle, FSE, MA and Father Ron Hutchinson, MA for a special day of reflection, sharing and prayer for those who have been affected by the suicide of a loved one.  Please go to touchedbymercy2020.eventbrite.com to register.

FLPC| 11650 Downes St NE | Lowell |616-897-7842  | lifeprocesscenter.org
To register, please go to www.lifeprocesscenter.org to find the link in events or call 616-897-7842.

Love, Mercy, Life.  Opening the Heart of Marriage
Married love is the most deeply personal union found among men and women. The marital union calls husband and wife to become one flesh, one heart and one soul. In fact, the Church teaches that when they marry, God prepares a husband and wife to faithfully live their sacred union and become parents who will love and nurture their children. The methods of Natural Family Planning (NFP) are a support for married love. Natural Family Planning (NFP) is an umbrella term for the safe, natural and effective methods of both achieving and avoiding pregnancy. NFP methods teach couples how to observe and interpret the woman’s signs of fertility and infertility.  The benefits of NFP though move well beyond biology and include enhancing the couple’s marriage through greater communication and shared responsibility.  Want to learn more about the methods of NFP offered in our diocese? Married and engaged couples are encouraged to visit: grdiocese.org or call (616) 243-0491 for a list of learning opportunities, both on site or online.  The Catholic Church invites all the faithful to embrace God’s plan for married love. Learn more about these beautiful teachings which support the use of NFP in marriage at: http://www.usccb.org/nfp/catholic-teaching.

Benefit: Free & Easy Fundraising (or Apply to Tuition)
Benefit is a free iPhone and Android app that allows you to shop at places like Target, Starbucks, Amazon, Walmart and many more, while giving up to 20% of every transaction back to your own tuition account or to the general tuition assistance program. Just shop as normal, and at checkout, use the Benefit app and purchase a digital gift card to redeem instantly.  For instance, spend $100 at Gap, and $8 (8%) goes to your tuition account, your designee or to general tuition assistance.  It doesn’t cost you a dime beyond what you were already going to spend.  It’s raising funds without fundraising!  Download the app and select St. Pat’s as your beneficiary to start giving today. For more info, www.benefit-mobile.com/consumers. Involve family and friends – the more people who participate, the more funds raised!

Offered by Catholic Charities
• Catholic Charities West Michigan’s Pregnancy Counseling and Support Program is designed to assist individuals, couples and their families to make decisions, solve problems, set goals and utilize appropriate resources. This voluntary free program counsels expectant parents who have concerns related to their pregnancy. Please email us at pregnancy_services@ccwestmi.org or visit www.ccwestmi.org for more information.

• Did you know that on any given day, Catholic Charities West Michigan has over 300 children in its licensed foster homes? Foster care means providing a temporary, substitute, safe, nurturing home to children who may have been removed from their parent’s care due to neglect and/or abuse. If you are ready to open your home and heart to a child in need, please call (616) 356-6202, email us at foster_care@ccwestmi.org or visit www.ccwestmi.org to find out how to become a foster parent.

• Post Abortion Healing – If you are struggling because of a past abortion or abortions, Project Rachel can help. Project Rachel, a program of Catholic Charities West Michigan, offers referrals to priests and counselors specially training to help those who have experienced abortion. We also offer Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats. The retreat offers an opportunity to step away for a while and focus on healing, grieving and reconnecting with God. The retreats are open to both women and men. All calls and emails are kept in the strictest confidence. For more information contact Maggie at (800)-800-8284 (MI only) or 616-340-1824 or email mwalsh@ccwestmi.org.

• Bring the kids and your creativity to Gallery 303, God’s Kitchen Gift & Painting Studio. Paint your own plate, bowl, cup and other fun items with your favorite colors and designs! Join us for some great family fun and feel good knowing that the proceeds benefit the food and pantry programs of God’s Kitchen. Location: 303 Division Ave, Grand Rapids, phone: (616) 456-4110. Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10am to 4pm.

• Marriage, relationship and family counseling are available through Catholic Charities West Michigan’s (CCWM) Behavioral Health Department. We encourage you to call us toll free at 1-877-359-6523 to gather more information about our counseling services or to make an appointment with one of our highly qualified counselors. CCWM will provide you with a safe and confidential opportunity to address your pain to find hope and healing.

• Did you know that over 2,000 families strengthened their relationships through Catholic Charities West Michigan’s family preservation and support programs? Family Support Services assists and supports “at risk” families. In a non-traditional way, intensive, strength-based, solution focused counseling and family preservation services are provided in the home. CCWM has continued to successfully stregthen families in throughout West Michigan. For more information, please contact Aleaha Bowen at (616) 356-6262.
• God’s Kitchen Food and Pantry programs are in need of donations! Please see the list below of suggested items that we are in need of.
• Food Pantry
o Peanut butter
o Cereal
Baking items: sugar, flour, oil
o Condiments: ketchup, mustard, mayo
• Baby Pantry
o Diapers sz 4-6
o Wet wipes
o Clothing sizes 2t-6t
o Summer shoes/sandals
o Diaper bags
o Sippy cups
o bottles
o Pacifiers

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Resources and Events

The Franciscan Life Process Center
Visit the Life Process Center website for current schedules, registration information and other faith formation resources.  Email flpc@lifeprocesscenter.org or call 897- 7842.

The Catholic Information Center
Visit the CIC  website for current program schedules, registration information and other faith formation resources.  Email register@catholicinformationcenter.org or call (616) 459-7267.  

The Dominican Center at Marywood
Visit the Dominican Center website for current schedules, registration information for these and other faith formation resources.  514-3325.