Saint Patrick Parish News 01.24.20

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This week’s Mass schedule  

Sat., January 25
5PM Mass

Sun., January 26
8AM Mass
10:30AM Mass

Mon., January 27
No Mass Here

Tue., January 28
9AM Mass

Wed., January 29
9AM Mass

Thu., January 30
9AM Mass

Fri., January 31
9AM Mass

Sat., February 1
5PM Mass

Upcoming Events
Sat., January 25
8AM Men’s Spirituality, St Brigid of Kildare
9AM Food Mobile, FROM
3PM Confessions, Church

Sun., January 26
9AM REP, School
11:30AM Pivotal Players-Adult Faith Formation, St Brigid of Kildare
1PM Euchre, Parish Center
1PM Adult Volleyball, Gym

Mon., January 27
Parish Office Closed
6PM Women’s Faith Sharing, St Brigid of Kildare

Tue., January 28
6AM Adoration, Church

Wed., January 29
6AM Adoration, Church
6:30PM REP, School
6:30PM Adoration, Church

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

Fri., January 31
10AM Adoration, Church

Sat., February 1
8AM Men’s Retreat, Parish Center
3:45PM Confessions, Church

 

From the School Principal:

Welcome Back Señor James Albert!

The most important ingredient to the success of Saint Patrick School has been our ability to find incredibly faith filled, talented and passionate educators who see themselves as servants to our parish community. This year we have been blessed to welcome back Señor  James Albert, parishioner, as our Spanish Teacher for all grades in our school. Señor Albert brings great energy and passion every single day and continues to share his love of learning, and love for St. Patrick’s with our children.

We recently published an article about Senor Albert, his passion for teaching and about his deep rooted love for St. Patrick’s. An excerpt from the article:

Jim Albert’s sons have long since graduated from St. Patrick School, and yet you’ll still find the father of five walking the school hallways each week.  At one time, Jim may have been Mr. Albert to the kids he passed in the hall, but today, he is Señor Albert. After decades spent working in the public school system and as a special education monitor with the Michigan Department of Education, the long-time educator shifted gears 12 years ago to become the Spanish teacher at St. Patrick School.  The job gives Jim not only a chance to share his love of the language, but also to connect with his grandkids in a unique way. Nine of his 16 grandchildren are enrolled at St. Patrick School, and two of his daughters-in-law serve as educators in the school. Being able to spend time with family doing meaningful work is one reason Jim says, “I am truly blessed.”

To read the entire article, please visit our school or parish Facebook page or our school website here.

In Christ,
Scott Czarnopys

Catholicism Series:  Adult Faith Formation
This weekend, January 26 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. 
 

Passion & Purpose for Marriage
What are the key ingredients to a happy, healthy marriage? Whether you’re dating, engaged, or happily married, this event will open your eyes to new and practical ways to strengthen and enrich your relationship. Dr. Allen Hunt combines humorous commentary and real-life stories to share ways to bring passion and purpose to relationships.   Including musical guest George Lower.  

Friday, April 24th from 6:30-10:30pm at the Parish of Holy Spirit, 2230 Lake Michigan Dr NW, GR.
Tickets are:  $25 at dynamiccatholic.com/grandrapids OR until Feb. 2nd, $19 in St. Patrick’s Parish Office.

Questions? Contact Joe Houdek at jhoudek@hsparish.org

Ash Wednesday Liturgical Ministers
We are in need of liturgical ministers for both the 9am and 7pm Masses on Ash Wednesday, February 26th Please log into the ministry scheduler and sign up if you can or call/email the parish office for help.  Thank you!

Catholic Schools Week
CHRIST-CENTERED

Catholic schools educate the whole child for a life of encounter with Jesus Christ. Our Catholic schools are devoted to helping students in every dimension of life, nurturing a relationship with Christ which is the foundation of all learning.

To find a Catholic school near you, visit CatholicSchools4U.org. Scholarships are available.

Soup Suppers During Lent
Lent will be here before you know it so planning begins for our annual tradition of Soup Suppers on the Fridays of Lent.

We are looking for volunteers of all abilities and ages to help. Volunteers are needed to help make soup and salads for each week. This a a great opportunity to contribute, even if you can’t attend. If preparing food is not your specialty, we also need help setting up for dinner, serving during the dinner, and cleaning up afterwards.

There is something for everyone to help with and a variety of time commitments. If you would like to help for any of these roles for any of the weeks, please contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office or via  email pastoralassociate@spparnell.org.

New!! Job Openings
The Catholic Foundation of West Michigan is seeking to hire its first permanent full-time executive director and stewardship officer. The new director will be responsible for leading the $66M independent foundation and implementing its recently approved strategic plan for the years 2020-2022. The stewardship officer will be responsible for engaging donors to ensure fulfillment of their gift intentions and to convey the impact of their generosity.  Job descriptions can be found here:  Exec. Director Catholic Foundation   Stewardship Officer Catholic Foundation

Fund$ For Friend$
Friday, February 12th has been reserved at The Score on Northland Dr for the Knight’s of Columbus fundraiser.  See the flyer here, bring that to dinner with you anytime after 5PM and 10% of the proceeds will benefit the Knight’s of Columbus Council #8564 here at St. Patrick, Parnell.

Scout Mass
All children, youth, and adults involved in scouting—Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Camp Fire4, Venturing and American Heritage Girls—are invited to attend, dressed in uniform.

Date:  Sunday, Feb. 16, Time:  10AM (televised Mass), Location:  Cathedral of Saint Andrew Immediately following Mass is an awards reception at the Cathedral Square Center honoring those who have earned religious emblems in the past year, Eagle Scouts, and adults nominated for recognition of service.  More information  at grccscouting.org.  We will be having a Scout Mass here at St. Patrick at 10:30AM Mass on Sunday, Feb. 9th.

Save the Date/Donations
The Knight’s Irish Dinner will be on Saturday, March 7th.  Watch the bulletin for details coming soon.  The Knight’s are also accepting donations for raffle items the night of the event.  Items or monetary donations can be left with any Knight or the parish office.

Retrouvaille Weekend
Do you feel lost, alone or bored in your marriage?  Are you constantly fighting?  Or, do you simply shut down?  Have you thought about separation or divorce?  Does talking only make it worse?  Rediscover healing and love and find hope by attending Retrouvaille (pronounced re-tro-vi with a long i).  The program offers tools needed to rediscover a loving marriage relationship.  The next Retrouvaille weekend is Feb. 28-Mar. 1 at Camp Geneva in Holland.  Availability is limited.  For more information, to register, or to sponsor a couple, call 616.752.7004, email retrograndrapids@gmail.com or visit helpourmarriage.org.

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  encourage@grdiocese.org

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: courage@grdiocese.org 

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 stpatrickparnell.org/give 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.

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.

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, ebuehner@spparnell.org, 616.915.9339 OR Jessica Perkins, perkjess70@gmail.com, 616.427.7230.

Euchre
Knights of Columbus Euchre Sunday, this weekend January 26th 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.

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
Soupsonforall.org

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.   

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 “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 pastoralassociate@spparnell.org 

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 cherishmarriage.net.  You can find a flyer here.

Bunco
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 cindylou3711@comcast.net.
 

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 versiti.org or contact myself at gaylelemasters@gmail.com. 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.

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:

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)

Sweetheart Soup Dinner:  St Stanislaus
Come join us for our annual St. Stanislaus “Sweetheart Soup Dinner”, Money and Basket raffles on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 1861 136th Ave, Dorr, MI.   Dinner includes a choice of seven different homemade soups, salad, rolls, homemade desserts and beverages.  Serving from 11:30am to 2:30pm.  Adult: $10., 7-13 yrs $5., 6 and under Free. Take out is available.  Flyer can be found here.

Catholic Men’s Conference
Guess what?  God wants to do GREAT things in your life.  Now it’s time for you to let him. Join us for the Building A Legacy/ KEPHA Catholic Men’s Conference, Saturday, March 14 as West Catholic High School in Grand Rapids.  It’s one power-packed and spirit-filled day of 1,000+ men coming together to get right with our Creator and learning how to live bold, fearless lives of faith in a world that wants you to cower.  Amazing lineup of nationally (and internationally) renowned speakers.  Mass celebrated by our own Bishop David Walkowiak.

Find more details and register at buildingalegacy.org.    Questions?  Call Deacon Jim Thorndill at 616-242-0422.

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.

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 www.grdiocese.org.

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).

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 jobs@catholicinformationcenter.org.  No phone calls please.

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 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
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time:  Following Jesus
Reading I: Isaiah 8:23-9:3 – The Prince of Peace
Reading II1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17 – Factions
GospelMatthew 4:12-23 – Jesus in Capernaum

Key Passage: Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.  (Matthew 4:23).

Adult:  To whom could you preach the gospel of Jesus Christ this week with actions rather than words?
Youth:  What could you do for someone this week that would tell them something about Jesus?

A Family Perspective
by Bud Ozar
When Jesus called his disciples, they came “immediately.”  Parents wish their children would respond as quickly, but they don’t.  Children grow slowly into responsibility.  It is a process like walking, not done “immediately”, but in small steps.  Parenting demands patient encouragement. 

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”  www.respectlife.org/support-her

Right to Life
“God, our Father, you always bear the cry of the poor.  How many times have Christians themselves not recognized you in the hungry, the thirsty and the naked, in the persecuted, the imprisoned, and in those incapable of defending themselves, especially in the first stages of life.  For all those who have committed acts of injustice by trusting in wealth and power and showing contempt for the ‘little ones’ who are so dear to you, we ask your forgiveness: have mercy on us and accept our repentance.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.”

– St. Pope John Paul II, March 12, 2000

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.

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
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.

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 oamkvalentinebread.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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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.