Saint Patrick Parish News 01.17.20


This week’s Mass schedule  

Sat., January 18
5PM Mass

Sun., January 19
8AM Mass
10:30AM Mass

Mon., January 20
No Mass Here

Tue., January 21
9AM Mass

Wed., January 22
9AM Mass

Thu., January 23
9AM Mass

Fri., January 24
9AM Mass

Sat., January 25
5PM Mass

Upcoming Events
Sat., January 18
3PM Confessions, Church

Sun., January 19
9AM REP, School
9AM Scout Donuts/Hot Cocoa, Parish Center
11:30AM Scout Donuts/Hot Cocoa, Parish Center
1PM Adult Volleyball, Gym

Mon., January 20
Parish Office & School Closed
6PM Women’s Faith Sharing, St Brigid of Kildare

Tue., January 21
6AM Adoration, Church

Wed., January 22
6AM Adoration, Church
6:30PM REP, School
6:30PM Adoration, Church

Thu., January 23
6AM Adoration, Church
6:30PM Rosary, Church
6:30PM RCIA Inquiry, Faith Formation Room
8PM Men’s Basketball, Gym

Fri, January 24
10AM Adoration, Church

Sat., January 25
8AM Men’s Spirituality, St Brigid of Kildare
3:45PM Confessions, Church


From the Director of Music Liturgy:

It is great to be back home.  I was excited at the prospect of a good old fashioned Michigan blizzard only to realize that, once again, the weather crews here in West Michigan love to hype storms that don’t seem to ever materialize.  Maybe next time!  

As we being the liturgical season of Ordinary Time, I wanted to share some basic info about this season that I found on the internet.  

Ordinary Time is called “ordinary” not because it is common but simply because the weeks of Ordinary Time are numbered. The Latin word ordinalis, which refers to numbers in a series, stems from the Latin word ordo, from which we get the English word order. Thus, the numbered weeks of Ordinary Time, in fact, represent the ordered life of the Church—the period in which we live our lives neither in feasting (as in the Christmas and Easter seasons) or in more severe penance (as in Advent and Lent), but in watchfulness and expectation of the Second Coming of Christ. 

It’s appropriate, therefore, that the Gospel for the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time (which is actually the first Sunday celebrated in Ordinary Time) always features either John the Baptist’s acknowledgment of Christ as the Lamb of God or Christ’s first miracle—the transformation of water into wine at the wedding at Cana. 

Thus for Catholics, Ordinary Time is the part of the year in which Christ, the Lamb of God, walks among us and transforms our lives. There’s nothing “ordinary” about that! 

Likewise, the normal liturgical color for Ordinary Time—for those days when there is no special feast—is green. Green vestments and altar cloths have traditionally been associated with the time after Pentecost, the period in which the Church founded by the risen Christ and enlivened by the Holy Spirit began to grow and to spread the Gospel to all nations. 

ThoughtCo. “What Ordinary Time Means in the Catholic Church.” Learn Religions. (accessed January 14, 2020). 

Thank you for all your prayers while I was gone.  Oremus pro invicem.

In Mary,
Fr. Tom

Festival Meeting
This Sunday, Jan. 19th we are having a festival meeting at 11:30am in the school library.  If you’d like to be a part of festival weekend, we can use you!  Please come to the meeting.

Scout Donuts
Come warm up with the scouts and enjoy some coffee, a hot chocolate bar, and donuts this Sunday in the parish center.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Right to Life
This Sunday, 1/19/20, is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. We remember the value of every human life, and also the tragic Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions in 1973 that stripped the legal  protection and lives of more than 59 million children.

47 years. 59 million lives. This Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, commit to doing more about this unimaginable loss of life in the womb. Every human life has value.

Please pick up an informative pamphlet or bumper sticker from the table in the narthex next Sunday.  There will also be luminaria available there for you to display at your home.

In Memoriam
We offer our prayers and condolences to the family of Donna Parcher, whose Funeral Mass was celebrated on January 17th, 2020 at St. Patrick Parish.  May her soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

Rediscover the Saint’s
Please feel free to take a free copy of Matthew Kelly’s new book Rediscover the Saints. They are located on the heaters in the narthex.

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. 

9 Days for Life
Participate in 9 Day’s for Life, a novena available through the USCCB for the respect and protection of human life.  Each day from Jan. 21-29, a   different intention is accompanied by a short reflection, suggested actions, and related information.  Sign up to receive the novena by email, text   message or an app at

Soups On For All
January 27, 6:30-9:30PM
The BOB – 20 Monroe Ave NE, Grand Rapids
Tickets: $50 in advance/$60 at the door

Held at The BOB in downtown Grand Rapids, the Soups On For All event raises more than $100,000 annually for God’s Kitchen. Guests can visit each of the building’s floors where they are able to sample soups, breads and desserts donated by area restaurants while enjoying live music and entertainment. Throughout the year, volunteers also hand paint thousands of soup bowls. Each guest selects a bowl as a souvenir of the evening — and a reminder that hunger is a reality every day for many in our community.     

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
January 18–25 marks the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This is a chance for Christians of all denominations to recognize their common ground and celebrate together. Participate in this worldwide effort on Monday, January 20, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary Church, (423 First St. NW, Grand Rapids) with the Prayer of Peace in the spirit of Taizé. The Prayer of Peace is always ecumenical, and prayer in the spirit of Taizé is particularly well-suited for celebrating  Christian unity. The Prayer of Peace is contemplative, candlelight musical prayer. 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.

Campus Visit Day
Aquinas College welcomes any high school students and families to our STEM AQDay on Friday, January 24. If you’re interested in pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering, math, health sciences, nursing or kinesiology – this day is for you! Details and registration can be found at

December Baptisms
Leah Marie Paiz, Daughter of Andrew & Erin
Roslynn Morse Andrews, Daughter of Matthew & Stephanie
Mary Alice Dean, Daughter of Eric and Samantha
Oliver Joseph Morris, Son of Tyler & Jorgie

May your life be filled with laughter.
May your heart be filled with song.
May your eyes be filled with beauty.
May your soul always know to whom you belong.
~Irish Blessing

Encourage Group
Loving a family member who experiences same-sex attraction is “not an easy situation either for parents or for children,” Pope Francis wrote in Amoris Laetitia.  The EnCourage apostolate is the Catholic Church’s outreach to parents and loved ones of people who experience same-sex attraction.   Together with a priest, EnCourage members meet regularly to support one another. For more  information, call 616-288-0918 or email

Courage Group
Do you experience same sex attraction and seek to live a chaste life in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church? If so, the   Courage apostolate might be able to help.  Courage provides support for both men and  women through monthly meetings. For more   information, call (616) 288-0914 or email: 

Online Giving
Have you considered using online giving? By creating a login and contributing online you’ll always have a report of your giving history available.  You can access your report easily and securely via the web, and your information will always be up-to-date with your last contributions.

You can find the online giving link on a gift.

If you want to give to a fund not listed in the form, 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.

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!

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 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 and register.  Have questions, contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office.

Photos of Our Beloved Deceased
If you brought photos for the remembrance of our faithful departed, please pick them up from the parish office. There are still three pictures to be spoken for.  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.

Festival Auction 2020
St. Patrick’s is planning 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 has begun.  If you have any questions or information for us, please do not hesitate to reach out. Elaine Buehner,, 616.915.9339 OR Jessica Perkins,, 616.427.7230.

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.

Seeking Awareness of Addiction & Recovery
Gathering HOPE, an addiction recovery support group, invites the community to attend a public speaking event at the St. Joseph Catholic Church Activity Center in Belding. Daniel Carlock, addiction therapist, will speak on The Problem of Addictions and there is a Solution. This presentation will take place on Sunday, January 19, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. There is no charge to attend. Gathering HOPE extends an invitation to anyone interested in learning more about substance abuse and recovery. 

For more info contact 616-446-3000.

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 (

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.

Mass for Life
On Wednesday, Jan. 22 the nation will mark the 47th anniversary of the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize abortion in the    United States via their ruling in Roe v. Wade.

The Diocese of Grand Rapids will observe a Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children on Jan. 22. As Catholics, we are deeply committed and concerned about the need to protect human life from conception to  natural death. Resources and ways you can participate can be found at 

All are welcome to join Bishop Walkowiak for Mass on Jan. 22 to mark this anniversary.   Time: 7 p.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew.  Other information on Life events in the month of January can be found on the diocesan website:  here

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 or contact Betty at 616-516-0082.

Mobile Food Pantry at FROM
It is that time of the year again when our parish join’s St. Mary’s in Lowell and sponsor a food distribution to our neighbor’s in need at Flat River Outreach Ministries. We are looking for adult volunteers to unload, sort and help distribute food on January 25th from 9am-12:30pm.

Please contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office for questions and let her know if you plan to help. 

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  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 “Now is the  Winter of Our Discontent”:  How to protect ourselves from the cold winds of divisiveness and polarization.

February 1st from 8 am-12 pm (breakfast included).  The cost is $15. To register please contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office or by email at 

Cherish Marriage
Registration has opened, event 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  You can find a flyer here.

Dear Ladies of the Parish:  Our next bunco night is Tuesday, February 4th at 7:00 in Multipurpose Room 1 of the Parish Center.  Please join us!  If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Covell at

Blood Drive
Happy New Year! Please consider as a resolution for 2020 a 1st time blood donation that will help save lives in our community.

First Blood Drive is scheduled for Sunday February 9th in the multi purpose room. Subsequent blood drives will be held on Sunday April 19th, July 26, and October 18. Please place on your schedule.

For questions or to make an appointment call 1-866-642-5663 or visit or contact myself at Thank you in advance for your willingness to donate!

Senior Luncheon
Our next monthly senior luncheon is on February 13th. 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.

Catholic Men’s Conference
Man up!  Make THIS the year you go to your first (or 16th!) Building A Legacy/KEPHA Catholic Men’s conference.  You won’t regret it.  The speaker lineup is top-notch: Matt Fradd, Fr. Leo Patalinghug and Jesse Romero – men on fire for Christ.  Our own Bishop Walkowiak will be there to celebrate Mass too.  Saturday, March 14th at West Catholic High School in Grand Rapids.  Find more details and registration at  Bring your sons (teens and older), fathers, uncles, friends.  Give God this one day and see what He can do in your life!

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 or call Janet at 616-915-5930.

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.

Catholic Central Beyond Belief
Happy New Year!  May your 2020 be filled with joy and blessings.  We invite you to enjoy our students’ performance of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, January 22-25.  Contact Catholic Central for more information.

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

Other Diocesan openings:  Parish Auditor (part-time up to 30 hrs), Administrative Assistant Faith Formation (19hrs), Administrative Assistant Prison & Jail Ministry (variable part-time from 12-19 hrs) and Assistant Director Hispanic Ministry (two full-time positions).

NEW!  Administrative Assistant Needed at the Catholic Information Center – Full Time, (30) hours per week, Mon-Thu 9-4:30pm.  More information can be found on the diocesan website.  Interested applicants should e-mail a cover letter and resume by Friday, January 31st to  No phone calls please.

NEW! SS. Peter and Paul Parish has an opening for a 30 hour per week Maintenance Manager.  Duties pertain to the care and maintenance of the parish buildings and grounds, including regular maintenance of lawn equipment, boilers, and buildings, as well as mowing grass, and snow and ice removal.  Hours are ordinarily 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. daily, with some flexibility allowed.  Applications and a full job description are available at the parish office, 434 High Street, Ionia, MI 48846, or call 616-527-3610.

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 

North Kent Connect is Hiring
Experienced Administrative Specialist:  see details on this job here

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
2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time:  Jesus, the Son of God
Reading I:  Isaiah 49:3, 5-6 – The servant of the Lord
Reading II:  1 Corinthians 1:1-3 – Greeting to the church
Gospel:  John 1:29-34 – John’s testimony to Jesus

Key Passage:  [John said,] “I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.” (John 1:31)

AdultWe witness to Christ as John did, by living lives full of generosity, forgiveness, and mercy toward others. When do you find it most difficult to do this?
Youth: Who has surprised you by doing something kind for you when you did not expect it?

A Family Perspective
by Bud Ozar
Can you say, “I have testified Jesus is the Son of God?”  If you aren’t talking about Jesus in your family, you aren’t testifying.  If you are not talking your talk, your children will see your words as meaningless. 

Word of Life
“An unexpected pregnancy can be a difficult and frightening time, and it’s important that your friend knows you are thinking of her and supporting her. … don’t forget the most important thing is to pray. Even if it’s just a quick two-second prayer, prayer is the most effective way we can help. Pray for her, for her child, and for guidance in how you can give her the best possible support.”

USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities

“10 Ways to Support Her When She’s Unexpectendly Expecting”

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 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, or 891-9259 x224.

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  Visit  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 for more information.

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,

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
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 to register.

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue.   Fresh bread and wine make your valentine sweet on you!
Feb. 11th, 6:30-8:30PM
Franciscan Life Process Center – Lowell Campus, 11650 Downes St. NE Lowell, MI.
Bake Bread with your Valentine at the Franciscan Life Process Center, Lowell Campus.  Sister Colleen Ann Nagle, FSE has selected delicious bread recipes for you to choose to make with your spouse. No prior experience needed. Limit of 10 couples.  Go to to register.

FLPC| 11650 Downes St NE | Lowell |616-897-7842  |
To register, please go to 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: 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:

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, 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 or visit 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 or visit 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

• 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

St. Patrick Parish, Parnell

The Diocese of Grand Rapids
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 or call 897- 7842.

The Catholic Information Center
Visit the CIC  website for current program schedules, registration information and other faith formation resources.  Email 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.