Saint Patrick Parish News 02.21.20


This week’s Mass schedule  

Sat., February 22
5PM Mass

Sun., February 23
8AM Mass
10:30AM Mass

Mon., February 24
No Mass Here

Tue., February 25
9AM Mass

Wed., February 26:  Ash Wednesday
9AM Mass
7PM Mass

Thu., February 27
9AM Mass

Fri., February 28
9AM Mass

Sat., February 29
5PM Mass

Upcoming Events
Sat., February 22
8AM Men’s Spirituality, St Brigid of Kildare
3:45PM Confessions, Church
5:30PM RCIA Dismissal, Faith Formation Room

Sun., February 23
9AM REP, School
11:30AM Pivotal Players Study, St Brigid of Kildare
1PM Euchre, Parish Center
1PM Adult Volleyball, Gym
6PM MS Youth Group Kick-Off, Parish Center

Mon., February 24
Parish Office Closed
6PM Women’s Faith Sharing, St Brigid of Kildare

Tue., February 25
6AM Adoration, Church

Wed., February 26
Ash Wednesday
6AM Adoration, Church

Thu., February 27
6AM Adoration, Church
6:30PM Rosary, Church
8PM Men’s Basketball, Gym

Fri., February 28
6AM Adoration, Church

Sat., February 29
8AM Men’s Spirituality, St Brigid of Kildare
3PM Confessions, Church
5:30PM RCIA Dismissal, Faith Formation Room


From the Pastor:
It is good to be back home.  My final week at Mundelein was bittersweet.  I have been studying at Mundelein since 2010.  I have made so many friends with the staff on campus and with the priest in my program these past three years.  It was sad realizing that I will not see much of them now that my studies are finished. I want to thank all of you for being so understanding of my absence while I have finished up my studies in Spiritual Direction.  I came home to a very full schedule – a funeral Mass, wedding, 6 baptisms, EnCourage meeting, and the kickoff for our High School Youth Ministry. What a JOY! It is such an honor to be your priest and to help bring God’s grace to you all. 

Before you know it, we will be entering into the season of Lent.  Ash Wednesday is February 26th. Many of you might be considering some type of fast during lent so I wanted to take some time to address fasting.   We always want to be sure that we fast for the right reasons. If you are giving something up and it makes you unbearable, it is not a good idea. Our discipline should not become a source of torture for those around us.   The following comes from an article by Fr. Dwight Longenecker and appeared in Catholic Online.  

“This is the main reason why we are expected to fast: to discipline our physical appetites in order to concentrate on the spiritual realm. Rather than being satiated and dull as the result of too much food and drink, fasting makes our senses sharper and we become more aware of the spiritual realm.  Fasting combined with prayer is a powerful force in our lives because through it we combine physical discipline with spiritual discipline. God made us to be physical-spiritual hybrids, and we combine the spiritual and the physical–as we do in the sacraments and in prayer and fasting it means we are operating at full capacity.”

Whatever discipline you decide is right for you this Lent, be sure that you have a proper reason for engaging in the act.  If your fasting is not leading you into a deeper relationship with God, then it isn’t proper. We can always simply default to a very logical disciple for our Lenten fast: we can all agree to fast from sin.  

Oremus pro invicem.

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.

Knights Irish Dinner
Tickets are on sale starting Feb. 15th after all Masses and in the parish office for the Knights Dinner on March 7th, 6:30-11PM.  Featuring Peat in the Creel, Corned Beef & Cabbage dinner/salad/dessert, Irish dancers, 50/50 and a cash bar.   Tickets are $25 each

American Heritage Girls Strawberry Sales
Fresh Florida Strawberry Sale! Support the American Heritage Girls by getting your juicy berries to welcome in Spring! 8-lb. flats for $25.

Selling after all Masses now until March 5th or you can call Juliet Hoke for more info 616-648-9185. 

In Memoriam
We offer our prayers and condolences to the family of Gerald ‘Jerry’ Kehoe, whose Funeral Mass was celebrated on Feb. 15, 2020 at St. Patrick Parish.

May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

Blood Drive Thank You
Thank you to all who donated or attempted to donate blood on 2-9-20. Your willingness to serve others is saving lives in our community.  18 pints were collected surpassing our goal of 17 pints! Please consider being a first time donor at the next scheduled drive on 4-19-20. To schedule an appointment for the next drive please  call 1-866-642-5663 or visit or contact myself at 616-540-3387 or

Social Security Planning Seminar/Lunch
The Catholic Foundation of West Michigan invites all parishioners to a no-cost Social Security Planning Seminar Luncheon Thursday, April 2, 2020 from 11:30am-1pm. at Cathedral Square Center, 360 Division Ave South.  Enjoy a complimentary lunch with fellow parishioners at this event. Vonda VanTil, Social Security Administration Public Affairs Specialist, will present “The Ins and Outs of Social Security Retirement” and provide expert advice on topics including: strategic planning and ways of filing and monitoring benefits. RSVP by Sunday, March 29, 2020 to save your place at this free educational seminar luncheon; call (616) 459-4508 or email There’s no better time than now to get started on your retirement planning!  A flyer can be found here.

2020 Census: Dates to Know
Each decade, households participate in the U.S. census, which records population counts and characteristics. With the 2020 census beginning in March, here are important dates to know:

  • March 2020-April 1, 2020: Households are invited to participate in the census by mail, phone, or online.
  • April 2020: Census officials will begin visiting colleges, senior centers, transitory housing, and those who are experiencing homelessness to aid in the counting process.
  • May-July 2020: The Census Bureau visits homes that have not yet responded.
  • August 2020: The response portion of the 2020 census is completed.
  • December 2020: The Census Bureau delivers counts to the White House and Congress

    To learn more, visit and

Men’s Faith Sharing
During Lent, the group will meet every Saturday at 8AM in the St. Brigid of Kildare room in the school to reflect on the Lenten readings for the weekend.  Lent is a great opportunity to grow deeper into your faith or try this opportunity as they start something new. Please contact Cheryl Emmette in the office if you would like more info. 

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!  

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

If you are interested in receiving weekly updates about youth ministry events and opportunities, please email Cassie at

Old Palms
Please bring in your old Palm Branches so they can be burned, and the ashes used on Ash Wednesday.  
A basket will be will be in the gathering space of church February 15th through February 25th.    

Prayer Fasting and Almsgiving
Ash WednesdayFeb. 26th, Mass at 9AM & 7PM

Stations of the Cross:  Friday’s of Lent at 7PM

Friday Evening Soup Suppers:  February 28, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3.  5:45-6:45PM, Parish Center. Donations accepted for the Refugee Education Center.

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Wednesday’s of Lent from 6:30-7:30pm
Saturday’s of Lent from 3-4:40pm
Good Friday:  1-2pm and 7-8:30pm
Holy Saturday 2-4pm

The Light is On For You!Thu., March 26th, 5-8pm 

Sacrament of Reconciliation Services:
Sun., Feb. 23rd, 4-6pm, St Joseph, Belding

Sun., Mar. 8th, 6-8pm, Our Lady, Rockford
Wed., Mar. 18th, 6:30pm, St Mary, Lowell
Thu., Mar. 19, 6-8PM, St Robert, Ada

An Evening of prayer and reflection with Fr. Phil Shangraw.  Dehydration, Blindness and Death – And That Is Just For Starters!  A Journey Through Lent, Tue., March 10th at 6:30pm in Church. Hospitality to follow.

Catholicism: Pivotal Players Faith Study. Sunday’s 11:45-1:30pm. St Brigid of Kildare room (school).

More Lent, Triduum & Easter detail coming in this weeks bulletin and in the back of church.

Lenten Fish Fry Opportunities
St Mary Church, Lowell:  Knights of Columbus #7719 Lenten Fish Fry.  Fridays 5 – 7, Feb 28 – April 3.  $8 for Adults and children 13 and up, $4 for children 12 and under.  $25 for Families.  402 Amity Street, Lowell.  Dine in or take out.  Cash, check, and credit cards accepted.  All you can eat Menu:  Baked and fried cod, mac & cheese, fries, cole slaw, apple sauce, corn bread, juice, coffee. 

There will be a bake sale during the sponsored by the Council of Catholic Women of St. Mary’s Church.  Additional sales of frozen pastys ($5 each) will also be held at the dinner provided by Viki’s Bridge Street Pasty Shop in Saranac.

West Catholic:  Get hooked on West Catholic Fish Fry Fridays.  Join us for 5 Fridays during Lent, February 28th through March 27th from 4:30 – 7:00 PM, in the West Catholic HS Cafeteria, 1801 Bristol NW.  Dine in, take out, or drive through! On the menu this year is fried Walleye, Lake Perch, Baked Salmon, Breaded Shrimp, baked potato or fries, home-made coleslaw, roll or garlic toast, dessert, and beverage.  Cheese pizza or macaroni  and cheese is also available.  Adults – $10, Seniors and Students – $8, Baked Salmon $10, Children – $5; Age 4 and under – Free.  If you choose Walleye its $12.

Middle School Shine Rally
Saturday March 21st 1-8PM.  Shine Youth Rally is a unique event specifically designed for middle school youth with a goal of helping them to have an encounter with Jesus or renew and deeper their encounter with Jesus.  This rally exists to inspire conversion, prayer and love of Christ Jesus in the context of the Catholic faith.

Shine Rally is at West Catholic High School and you are responsible to provide transportation for your student. The event costs $35/student.  

Announcing VBS 2020!
Vacation Bible School for ages 5-10 will take place from 9am to noon July 21-24th. Registration details will be coming soon!  

Your talents are needed for Vacation Bible School!
Anyone with a zeal for the Faith and a heart for children, please contribute your talents to Vacation Bible School this summer, July 21-24 from 9am to noon.  

Activities where your help is needed include music ministry, catechesis, crafts, decoration, and snack volunteers.  Be part of our team and contribute your talents to furthering the faith of our parish youth!  To volunteer, contact Lindsey Wilbur:, (616) 691-8541 ext. 41

Financial Peace University
Never worry about money again with Financial Peace University (FPU)! It’s the proven plan to help you master budgeting, beat debt, and live the life of your dreams! Through nine lessons rooted in biblical wisdom, your FPU group will learn from Dave Ramsey and his team of financial experts. FPU includes your member workbook and other exclusive online benefits through a free year of Financial Peace Membership. Contact Kyle Dye at (269) 370-2218 for more info.   Started Feb. 20th.

Knights of Columbus Euchre Sunday, this weekend February 23rd 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.

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 

Lenten Prayer of Peace in the spirit of Taize
Monday, March 9, 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. The Lenten Prayer of Peace will also be celebrated on Sunday, March 29, 7:00 p.m. at Dominican Chapel–Marywood, 2025 Fulton St. East, Grand Rapids.

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.

Senior Luncheon
Our next monthly senior luncheon is on March 12th. 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:

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 (

People receiving end of life care need your friendship and support:  Become a Hospice Volunteer
Would you like to read to a patient who can no longer see the pages? Watch a Tigers game with a patient while their spouse goes out to get groceries? Document a life story for someone who wants to leave their stories behind for their loved ones? We offer a flexible Volunteer Orientation program and there is no cost for the training. Volunteers are able to determine what geographic area they would like to serve patients in. We have many opportunities in your surrounding areas. Average time commitment is one hour per week after orientation is completed.

We also are looking for additional Caring Crafter volunteers who would like to sew, knit or crochet items for our patients receiving end of life care with us. We welcome a variety of items come of which include: blankets, quilts, activity aprons, adult clothing protectors and special request items such as Bereavement Bears and Memory Pillows. To volunteer with our Caring Crafter program, a completed application is all that is required. Sewing or crafting groups are welcome and encouraged!

If you are interested in attending our next orientation training, please contact us as soon as possible.  We are working on getting a few more dates and locations on the calendar depending on how much inquiry we have. The next training date we have planned is March 21 (1 day session) from 9am-5pm in Grand Rapids. We have a pre-orientation training for you to complete at home prior to joining us!

Phone: 616-391-4240

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

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
Lent is a time of discipline.  And the discipline of stewardship – of planned and consistent giving – is appropriate for this time.  As you spend time in contemplation this season, consider planning your giving for this season as well as seasons to come.  You can use ParishSOFT Giving – our secure giving option accessible through our website [, click on Give A Gift] to plan and give this season.  You can use Online Giving for your regular tithes or to contribute to special funds. 

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.

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.

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
7th Sunday of Ordinary Time:  Love of Enemies
Reading I: Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18 – Various rules of conduct
Reading II:  1 Corinthians 3:16-23 – The work of God’s ministers
GospelMatthew 5:38-48 – New law of retaliation; love of enemies

Key Passage:  Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”   (Matthew 5:43–44a)

AdultWhat is the point of “turning the other cheek” in an argument, and why is it so hard to do?

Youth:  Who are the people you find it most difficult to forgive?

A Family Perspective
by Bud Ozar
Giving the shirt off your back, turning the other cheek or walking / driving the extra mile is normal stuff in families. We do that for one another. Today’s gospel reminds us all people, even those we don’t like, are our brothers and sisters. Our family should prepare us to be FAMILY to others.

Word of Life
“The essence of our identity is that we are created in God’s image and likeness and loved by Him.  Nothing can diminish the priceless worth of any human life.  Every person is cherished.”

USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities
2018-19 Respect Life Reflection

Respect Life
“Any discrimination based on the various stages of life is no more justified than any other discrimination.  The right to life remains complete in an old person, even one greatly weakened; it is not lost by one who is incurably sick.  The right to life is no less to be respected in the small infant just born than in the mature person.  In reality, respect for human life is called for from the time that the process of generations begins.  From the time that the ovum is fertilized, a life is begun which is neither that of the father nor of the mother; it is rather the life of a new human being with his own growth.  It would never be made human if it were not human already.”

Declaration on Procured Abortion

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.

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. 

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 flyer can be found here.

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.  A flyer can be found here.

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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.