Saint Patrick Parish News 02.07.20


This week’s Mass schedule  

Sat., February 8
5PM Mass

Sun., February 9
8AM Mass
10:30AM Mass

Mon., February 10
No Mass Here

Tue., February 11
No Mass Here

Wed., February 12
No Mass Here

Thu., February 13
No Mass Here

Fri., February 14
No Mass Here

Sat., February 15
5PM Mass

Upcoming Events
Sat., February 8
8AM Men’s Spirituality, St Brigid of Kildare
3:45PM Confessions, Church
5:30PM RCIA Dismissal, Faith Formation Room

Sun., February 9
8AM Blood Drive, Parish Center
9AM REP, School
11:30AM Pivotal Players Faith Study, St Brigid of Kildare
1PM Euchre, Parish Center
1PM Adult Volleyball, Gym

Mon., February 10
Parish Office Closed
6PM Women’s Faith Sharing, St Brigid of Kildare

Tue., February 11
6AM Adoration, Church *weather permitting

Wed., February 12
6AM Adoration, Church *weather permitting
6:30PM REP, School
6:30PM Adoration, Church

Thu., February 13
6AM Adoration, Church *weather permitting
10AM Senior Luncheon, Parish Center
6:30PM Rosary, Church
8PM Men’s Basketball, Gym

Fri., February 14
6AM Adoration, Church *weather permitting

Sat., February 15
3:45PM Confessions, Church
5:30PM RCIA Dismissal, Faith Formation Room


From the Pastor:

I am so happy to have a full staff once again.  We made a great addition by bringing on Cassie Herrington.  She is thrilled to be back at her childhood parish. As important as it is to have a youth minister, statistical data has demonstrated, that the biggest influence on whether or not your child remains Catholic after leaving the house, falls squarely on mom and dad.   Here is an excerpt from a recent article from Crisis Magazine:

So why are young people still leaving? And how can we change this? Finding the answer starts with     looking at which factors influence a person’s decision to remain Catholic after the teenage years. The biggest influence on them is the parents. As a recent study by the Pew Research Center noted, 

Among those who were raised in a single religious background…the family’s religious commitment is closely linked with retaining one’s religion into adulthood. Those adults who say religion was very important to their family while growing up and whose parents frequently discussed religion are more likely than others to continue to identify with their parents’ religion as adults.

For Catholics, if religion was “very important” in the family, then 73 percent of the time the kids remained Catholic after leaving the house. If it was “not too/not at all important,” only 38 percent remained Catholic.

I hope, with the help of my staff, to be able to provide our families with resources and teaching that will help to solidify their faith.  Catholic families committed to practicing their faith and growing in their faith will help create a foundation that encourages our youth to remain   active in the sacraments of the Catholic Church.

After Mass this Sunday, I will be traveling for the final week long    session of Spiritual Direction training at Mundelein Seminary.  This will conclude a three year long program of training. I am grateful that you have all supported my studies. There will be no weekday Masses Tuesday – Friday.  As always, if you are up early, the Carmelite      Sisters have Mass every morning at 7 o’clock. We will still be having adoration Tuesday through Friday mornings from 6:00 – 7:00 (weather permitting).

Please keep me in your prayers and know that I will be praying for you all.  

In Mary,
Fr. Tom

New Procedure for Bringing the Eucharist to the Homebound
We have begun implementing the new procedures for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to bring the Eucharist to those unable to join us each weekend.

If you did not attend the training or are interested in this ministry, please contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office.

Thank You
Thank you to all that helped with the luncheon after my Mom’s funeral.  Your thoughtfulness and generosity is greatly appreciated. 

Becky & Gary Parcher

2nd Quarter High School Honor Roll
The following students from St. Patrick’s achieved 2nd quarter honor roll at West Catholic High School:  Luke Bailey, Mary Camp, Lydia Gasper and Anna Richmond!

The following students from St. Patrick’s achieved 2nd quarter honor roll at Catholic Central High School:  Isabella DeNardo, Kristen Hauk and Henry Marshall!

Congratulations to you all!!

Save the Date:  40 Days for Life
St. Patrick will pray 9:00am – 10:00am on Tuesday, March 24, at 320 Fulton St., the abortion Clinic.  Please consider praying that we can put an end to the senseless killing of our most vulnerable, babies.    Please call Rose (616)987-6641

January Baptism
Lawson Patrick Fricke, Son of Johnathon & Erin

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

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!

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

Youth Ministry Kick-Off Event
Join Cassie for games, food, music, and prizes!  * Please note that dates and times have changed*

High School Kick-Off Event: February 16th in the Parish Center from 6-7:30PM

Middle School Kick-Off Event: February 23rd in the Parish Center from 6-7:30PM

Email with questions!

Camp Sancta Maria
Looking for a fun and faith-filled place for your children or grandchildren to spend a week or two this summer?  Want to help them unplug from technology and not even miss it?  Look no further! Camp Sancta Maria (CSM), located in Gaylord, Michigan, provides wholesome recreation and adventure in an atmosphere of Christian faith.  CSM is a Catholic camp offering one- and two-week sessions for boys and one-week sessions for girls.  Since 1933, CSM has provided countless youth with lasting memories.  Activities include daily Mass and evening prayer, horseback riding, swimming, a high- and low- challenge ropes course, a fifty-foot climbing wall, crafts, archery, various sports, a trip to Mackinac Island, campfires (and s’mores!) and so much more!!!  Fun, faith, and friendships included at no extra cost!  Check out our website to learn more at  or call (248) 822-8199.

Catholicism Series:  Adult Faith Formation
We have begun (and it’s not too late to join us) 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. 

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  We will be having a Scout Mass here at St. Patrick at 10:30AM Mass on Sunday, Feb. 9th.

Blood Drive
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!

Knights of Columbus Euchre Sunday, this weekend February 9th 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.

Prayer for Peace
Monday, February 10, 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary Church, 423 First St. NW, Grand Rapids. The Prayer of Peace is contemplative, 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.

Fund$ For Friend$:  Knight’s of Columbus
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.

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 (

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.

Financial Peace University
Coming to St. Patrick’s starting February 20th, 6:30-8PM. Take control of your money with Financial Peace University (FPU)! This nine-lesson course uses biblical wisdom and common sense to help you tackle budgeting, pay off debt, and make your money work for you! FPU starts Feb. 20th and includes your member workbook and a year of free online resources through Financial Peace Membership. Join an FPU group today! Contact Kyle Dye at (269) 370-2218 for more info.

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 or visit

High School Youth Retreat
Interested in a relaxing retreat with other high schoolers in Grand Rapids? I am teaming up with St. Jude and St. Stephen for The Refresh Retreat! It is 24 hours to take a break, sleep whenever you want (yes, there are even naps!), adoration available the whole time, awesome Catholic community, and more!

It will be 11AM, February 29th – 11AM March 1st at Little Pine Island Camp. The retreat costs $20, but if cost is an issue please let me know! Email me at if you are interested!

Dear Ladies of the Parish:  Our next bunco night is Tuesday, March 3rd at 7:00 in Multipurpose Room 1 of the Parish Center.  Please join us!  If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Covell at 

Save the Date/Donations
The Knights Irish Dinner will be on Saturday, March 7th.  Watch the bulletin for details coming soon.  The Knights 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.

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    Questions?  Call Deacon Jim Thorndill at 616-242-0422.

Arts Contest for Middle and High Schoolers
The annual Creating on the Margins contest is organized by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD).  It is a tool for schools and parishes to engage Catholics in grades 7-12 in learning about the root causes of U.S. poverty and the Church’s response.

Contest materials can be found at Creative work of any medium (e.g. video, song, painting, etc.) is welcome!  This year’s theme entitled, “More Than a Roof”, will focus on affordable housing.  Local and national prizes awarded  If you are interested in submitting an entry contact Maggie Walsh:   Deadline:  March 31st

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 or in the parish office

Questions? Contact Joe Houdek at

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
Spring is near and so is our Spring Musical! Contact Catholic Central for more information about the performances being held March 18-21.

Every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Please consider giving to this life saving cause at CC’s Blood Drive. Contact Kris DeYoung at CC 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).

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.

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.

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

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 

Reading Reflections
5th Sunday of Ordinary Time:  Spreading the Light of Christ
Reading I: Isaiah 58:7-10 – True fasting
Reading II:  1 Corinthians 2:1-5 – Preaching on Christ crucified
GospelMatthew 5:13-16 – The similes of salt and light

Key Passage: Jesus said, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

AdultIn what way might you be hiding the light of Christ from others? What could you do to improve this?
Youth:  How can you let the light of Christ in you shine for others this week?

A Family Perspective
by Bud Ozar
Today’s gospel challenges us to be a “light” to our family.  Parents shine their guiding light, not in front but behind them, inviting their children to follow their “good deeds.”

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”

Respect 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

Encourage Group
The EnCourage ministry welcomes parents, spouses and loved ones of people who experience same-sex attraction to join regularly for prayer and mutual support.  Under the direction of a priest, EnCourage members seek to know  God’s will for themselves and their loved ones, and to follow it with charity and patience.  For more information, call 616-288-0918 or email

Courage Group
The Courage apostolate is the Church’s invitation to people who experience same-sex attraction, who desire to live in accord with the Gospel call to chastity.  Courage, a confidential support group led by a priest, accompanies men and women along the road to integration, freedom and discipleship.  For more information, call 616-288-0914 or email

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
In the midst infertility Support Retreat
Mar. 7th, 10AM-3PM
Franciscan Life Process Center – Lowell Campus, 11650 Downes St. NE Lowell, MI.
Join us for a special day for couples who have been unable to conceive, couples who have experienced pregnancy loss, and those struggling to add more children to their families. Cost: $80  Please go to to register.

A Hectic Work Week and the Peace of Sabbath
Mar. 12th, 6:30-8:30PM
Albertus Magnus Hall of Science, Aquinas College, 1700 Fulton Street East, Grand Rapids
Join us for a light strolling dinner as we explore the dignity of work. St. Francis of Assisi heard God’s call to work. He responded to this divine invitation by becoming a laborer, rebuilding small churches. His manner of working provides for us a model of six steps, one step for each day of the work week. Six days of work and on the seventh we find peaceful rest.  Keynote speaker: Father Michael Lasky, OFM Conv. Response: Sister Damien Marie Savino, FSE, Ph.D.  Go to for tickets.  

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.

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.