Saint Patrick Parish News 03.01.19


This week’s Mass schedule  

Sat., March 2
5PM Mass

Sun., March 3
8AM Mass
10:30AM Mass

Mon., March 4
No Mass Here

Tue., March 5
9AM Mass

Wed., March 6
Ash Wednesday
9AM Mass
7PM Mass

Thu., March 7
9AM Mass

Fri., March 8
9AM Mass

Upcoming Events
Sat., March 2
3:45PM Confessions, Church

Sun., March 3
9AM K of C Breakfast, Parish Center
9AM Religious Education, School
9AM Exploring the Sunday Readings, St. Brigid of Kildare
11:30AM Festival Meeting, Library
1PM Euchre, Parish Center
1PM Open Gym Basketball, Gym
3PM Adult Volleyball, Gym
3PM Middle School Youth Group, Faith Formation Room

Mon., March 4
Parish Office Closed
6PM Women’s Faith Sharing, St. Brigid of Kildare

Tue., March 5
6AM Adoration, Church
7PM Bunco, Parish Center

Wed., March 6
6AM Adoration, Church
NO Religious Education, School

Thu., March 7
6AM Adoration, Church
5:45PM Hand Chime Rehearsal, Shepard of Armagh Music Room
6:30PM Rosary, Church
7PM No Greater Love Bible Study, St. Brigid of Kildare
7PM Choir Practice, Shepard of Armagh Music Room
8PM Men’s Basketball, Gym

Fri., March 8
6AM Adoration, Church
5:45PM Soup Supper, Parish Center
7PM Stations of the Cross, Church

Sat., March 9
8AM Men’s Spirituality, St. Brigid of Kildare
3:45PM Confessions, Church



Coins for Kids
Please bring in your baby bottles this weekend (and next if needed). We would like to deliver them to Right to Life soon. If you did not fill a baby bottle and would still like to contribute, please send money to the parish office or have it clearly marked in a envelope in the collection basket.  Questions…contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office.

Lenten Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving
Ash Wednesday:  March 6 Masses with ash distribution are 9AM and 7PM

Soup Suppers:  Friday’s starting March 8, 5:45-6:45PM in the Parish Center
Stations of the Cross: Friday’s starting March 8, 7PM in the Church

Sacrament of Reconciliation:
Saturday’s, 3:45PM, St. Patrick’s
March 13th at 6:30PM, St. Mary’s in Lowell
March 17th 4:00-6:00PM, St. Joseph, Belding
March 27th, 5-8PM, Adoration & The Light is On For You, St. Patrick’s and almost every parish in Diocese. 
Visit for details
April 10th, 6:30-8PM, Adoration & Reconciliation St. Patrick’s
April 11th, 6:00-8:00PM, St. Robert of Newminster

Fish Dinners
SS. Peter & Paul, 317 Baldie St, Ionia:  March 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 5-7pm.  $10 adults, $9 seniors and $6 for children ages 6-12.  Max price $30 for families with minor children.  Fried and baked fish, roasted potatoes, macaroni & cheese, vegetables, french fries, coleslaw, rolls and dessert!  Take out available.  Proceeds will benefit SS. Peter & Paul Church and School.  Sponsored by Knight’s of Columbus, Council #944.  For questions, call 616-527-3610.

Bishop Mass at St. Patrick’s
Mark your calendar, Bishop Walkowiak will be here to celebrate Mass on Friday, March 15th (9AM).  It would be wonderful to have a full church to welcome him to St. Patrick’s.

Angel Raffle
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Belmont is holding an Angel Raffle.  Only 200 tickets will be sold!  $24,000 CASH prizes.  Four (4) $1,000.00 cash prizes every month for six (6) months.  Your same ticket number is good for the entire six months.  Winning tickets are re-entered for each subsequent month drawings!  $500 per ticket.  Get your tickets before the end of March!  Contact ABVM Parish Office #361-526.  2019 Raffle License #C28848.  

St. Thomas the Apostle
Join us for the screening of the New Documentary Angst, Raising Awareness around Anxiety.    Sunday, March 17th from 1-2PM at St. Thomas the Apostle in the lower church level.  A new documentary that explores anxiety, its causes and effects, and what we can do about it.  Features World Champion Swimmer Michael Phelps!  Post-film panel and discussion following the film.  Hope to see you there!

An Empowering Evening with Irene Miller (Holocaust Survivor)
Crossroads Parishes invites you to join us for an empowering evening with Irene Miller, a Holocaust survivor.  Author, speaker, educator and mediator.  Thursday, April 25th at 7PM, Holy Redeemer Parish, Jenison.  See this flyer for details.

Journey through The Shrine of Christ’s Passion in St. John, IN
Join the Grand Rapids Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (GRDCCW) on May 14 for a one-day bus trip to The Shrine of Christ’s Passion.  

The pilgrimage includes: round-trip transportation; coffee and rolls; a tour of the shrine, either walking or by tram; a guided tour of St. John’s Church; a chicken lunch at Tiebel’s Restaurant; and tips.

The cost is $77 per person. The bus will pick up and drop off at St. Isidore and St. Mary Magdalene Parishes. To register or for more information call Mary Ellen at (616) 452-3054 or Jill at (616)451-9633 or email  A flyer with more detail can be found here.

Food Pantries in Need
We have seen an increase in need at our local food pantries.  More people will be walking through the doors and donations have been decreasing. This increase in need will most likely wipe out their food reserves and it will be challenging to help those in the greatest need. Items that will help the most are funds for fruits, vegetables, meats and dairy. If you are able to contribute to North Kent Connect or Flat River Outreach Ministries directly, please help any way you can. If you would like to help, but are unsure how, please contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office and she can assist you. Any extra assistance you can provide, especially right now, is greatly appreciated!

Palm Branches
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 Feb. 16th-March 3rd. 

In Memoriam
We offer our prayers and condolences to the family of Jade Hefferan, whose Funeral Mass was celebrated on Feb. 23, 2019 at St. Patrick Parish.

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

January/February Baptisms
Evelyn Jean Pullen, Daughter of Sean & Amber
Colton Patrick Pullen, Son of Sean & Amber

Liam James Rasch, Son of Christopher & Meghan
Avi Rashad Elabed, Son of Thomas & Sarah Harrell

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

2nd Quarter Honor Roll
The following students, earned 2nd quarter honor roll:

Catholic Central High School: Gallen Byrne, Isabella DeNardo and Donald LaPonsie

West Catholic High School:  Michael Bearden, Erin Brooks, Mary Camp, Anna Richmond and John-Luc Richmond.

Congratulations to you all!

Thank You
Thank you for sponsoring and staffing the January Foodmobile.  In 2018 the Foodmobile served an average of 42 families a month, you served 50 clients in January.  Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus and for helping care for families in need, we are so thankful for you.                              ~Sincerely, Flat River Outreach Ministries

Festival 2019: Next Meeting Date
Next meeting: March 3rd, 11:30am in the school library.  Festival Committee is in need of a chairperson(s) for the Festival Auction.  The auction will take place on Saturday, June 29th.  We are also looking for other volunteers to help with this event.  If you have questions or are interested, please contact Martha Hefferan-Snyder at 616-540-6462 or

Knights of Columbus Euchre Sunday, Mar. 3rd 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.

Youth Group
This Sunday March 3rd we will have a middle school night from 3-4:30 in the faith formation room.

Snacks and games will be provided.

There are still spots open for both the middle and high school trips. The high school trip is July 7-12th in South Bend, IN and there are six spots open for the trip. The middle school trip is July 15-19th in St. Joseph, MI. There are still six spots open and one female chaperone spot open. The deposit for students is $100. Contact Connor if you have any questions, or would like to attend!

Dear Ladies of the Parish:  Our next bunco night is Tuesday, March 5th at 7:00 in Multipurpose Room 1 of the Parish Center.  Please join us!  If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Covell at

Adult Faith Formation Study
Beginning March 7 and continuing on Thursdays through Lent, adults of the parish are invited to join the faith study No Greater Love: A Biblical Walk Through Christ’s Passion. This new study is  being released by Ascension Press soon. The group will meet in the St. Brigid of Kildare Room on Thursdays at 7:00pm.  Please contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office to register.

KEPHA Women’s Night
On Friday, March 8, KEPHA will be sponsoring a special women’s event featuring Matthew Leonard at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Grand Rapids.   All mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts and nieces are invited to share in this inspiring faith-filled evening.  Matthew will be speaking on “Spiritual GPS:  the Secret Path to Heaven Nobody Knows About.”  Inviting all women to register NOW at

LAST CHANCE!  Coming next week…don’t miss out!
The Building a Legacy 2019 Catholic Men’s Conference at West Catholic High School in Grand Rapids is almost here.  Featuring Elvis Grbac, Matt Fradd and Matthew Leonard, with Mass celebrated by Bishop David Walkowiak.  Don’t miss this powerful day.  Encounter Christ in a real and life-changing way. Saturday, March 9.  For details and to register, go to  Questions?  Call Deacon Jim at 616-292-0422.

Knight’s of Columbus St. Patrick’s Dinner
Saturday, March 9th the Knight’s will be hosting their St. Patrick’s Dinner here in our parish center.  Guest band….Peat in the Creel!  Dinner will be Irish stew, salad and dessert.  There will be Irish Dancers as well.  Cash Bar.  Tickets are being sold after all Masses and in the parish office.   American Heritage Girls are serving strawberry shortcake for dessert.  You can still buy strawberries from them this evening.  $20 per person, ticket in advance.  6:30PM is dinner, 8PM the band will start.  Flyer can be found here.

Senior Luncheon
Our next luncheon will be, Thursday, March 14th.  Coffee and fellowship will begin at 10AM and lunch will be served at 11AM.  Anyone 60 and older please join us in the parish center for fellowship, a meal and fun.  Please RSVP to the parish office by Mar. 12th.

40 Days for Life
St. Patrick will again be participating in 40 Days For Life.  We will be praying for the protection of babies and mothers on Friday, March 22 at 9:00am in front of the abortion clinic on Fulton St.  If interested in car pooling, please meet at 8:15am, in the church parking lot.   If you have questions call Rose at (616) 987-6641.

Are you discerning the priesthood?
Gifted and Called is a discernment opportunity sponsored by the 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 on the 2nd floor of Cathedral Square Center from 4 -5 p.m.  This year’s Gifted and Called discernment opportunities are offered on the following Sundays:  March 10, April 7, and May 5

Feel free to show up or call to let us know you are coming at 616-288-0910.  Questions, email Fr. Ron Hutchinson ( or Fr. Stephen Durkee (

Diocesan Women’s Conference
“Dwell”, Saturday, March 16
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church.  All women, ages 18 and up, are invited to attend the annual Diocesan Women’s Conference on March 16 at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church (6390 Belmont Ave. NE, Belmont, MI 49306).  

The conference will feature author, speaker and missionary, Colleen C. Mitchell.  The cost, which includes morning hospitality and lunch, is $30 prior to March 12 and $35 after the 12th.  Registration is available on the diocesan website or by contacting Marianne Verner at; 616-246-0588.

Altar Server Training & Pizza Party
Attention all altar servers!  Please mark your calendars for Sunday, St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, at noon, to meet in the church with Fr. Tom for a training update and refresher for altar server skills.  Following the training, servers are invited to come to the Rectory for pizza!  Please, RSVP (or 691-8541) so we are prepared with enough pizza.  What a great way to honor our patron saint, in service and fellowship!  Thank you.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter
Instead of flowers and candy, give the gift of yourselves to each other on a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend.  Upcoming weekend will be held March 15-17 at St. Francis Retreat Center-DeWitt.   

Apply online at or contact Chris & Darla Vinton at 734-531-9191.

Mid-life Singles
Mid-Life Singles (mid 30s – 50s):  Are you looking for a renewed sense of purpose and belonging? Register today for a life-changing REFLECT weekend retreat at the St. Francis Retreat Center, In DeWitt, Michigan (10 miles north of Lansing), on March 22-24, 2019. Take a chance and get involved . . . you won’t regret it! Cost is $185 which includes single room and meals. Call (586) 770-1772, email or visit for website for more information.

Ireland Pilgrimage
The music ministry of St Anthony’s  is excited to announce a ten-day pilgrimage to Ireland April 1 – April 10 (2019). Fr Luis Garcia will join us as we travel to Belfast – visiting the Titanic Museum, Armagh, Giants Causeway, Knock  (the sight of the Blessed Mother’s Apparition),Galway, Kylemore Abbey, Cliffs of Moher, Dublin and much more! Cost is $3,050 (which includes flights out of Grand Rapids, First Class Hotels, all breakfasts, dinners and entrance fees) For detailed information contact Vonnie Clark 616- 485-0695 or (Non- singers are welcome!) Space is limited.

Help Needed:  Phone Calling
Callers are needed to ask for donations of food and workers for funeral luncheons here at St. Patrick’s.  Calling times take about three hours per luncheon, but only asked to work three months of the year.  

For more information and details please call the parish office, Mary Mankel 616-874-6955 or Luella Rose 616-866-1866.

Parish Census
Thank you, thank you!  We have received numerous parish census forms, thank you for returning them.  If you haven’t yet returned yours, please do so.  If you didn’t receive a form and would like one, please contact the parish office.  You still have time so no need to worry if you lost your census or haven’t seen it yet, they were mailed with your year end statements.

Reading Reflections
8th Sunday in Ordinary Time:  Authentic Living
Reading I
Sirach 27:5-8 – All tested by their speech

Reading II1 Corinthians 15:54-58 – Glorification of the body
GospelLuke 6:39-45 – All known by their works

Key Passage:  Jesus said, “How can you say to your neighbor, ‘Friend, let me take out the speck in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log in your own eye?” (Lk. 6:42a)

AdultWhen have you most felt like a hypocrite?  How did you overcome this feeling?
YouthIs it a good thing or a bad thing to act differently from what you are really feeling? Why?

Respect Life
On Jan. 22, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a horrific bill into law. With his pen – on the 46th memorial of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton – he made several changes to state abortion law, including formally legalizing abortion through all nine months of pregnancy for any reason. The new law doesn’t really change the status quo, because abortion is generally legal in the U.S. through all nine months because of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. The law does allow New York to keep abortion-on-demand when Roe v. Wade is overturned. The law also highlights the radical views of abortion advocates, which most Americans are not aware of due to poor education and media coverage. If you’re just learning about this for the first time, shocked, and resolving to do more, join us today and help us defend life!  Contact Right to Life of Michigan at

Divine Mercy Can Save the World
On February 22, 1931, a young Polish nun, Sr. Faustina Kowalska, saw a vision of Jesus with rays of mercy streaming from His Heart.  He told her to have an image painted to represent this vision and to sign it, “Jesus, I trust in You!”

Calling her the Apostle and Secretary of His Mercy, He ordered her to begin writing a diary so others would learn to TRUST in Him.  In a series of revelations, He taught her that His Mercy is unlimited and available even to the greatest sinners, and He revealed special ways for people to respond to His Mercy:
The Feast of Mercy – the first Sunday after Easter
The Sacred Image – a vessel to obtain unimaginable graces for souls
The Novena – prayed before the Feast of Divine Mercy
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy – recite daily to obtain Mercy for the world
The Three O’Clock Hour of Great Mercy – to implore Mercy for the world

More information can be found in the narthex or by the Sacred Image located in the Parish Center.  For questions, please call Beth at 874-7572.

A Family Perspective
by Bud Ozar
Don’t look very far when you hear today’s gospel speak of poverty, hunger, sorrow or exclusion.  These things happen in families. Children feel “insulted” when they are constantly criticized.  Spouses “hunger” for affection.  Grandparents feel “excluded” by divorce and custody decisions.  Parents “weep” because they feel alienated from their children.

Word of Life
“Abortion affects marriages more than many people recognize.  But there is no doubt that God will bring great healing to those who trust in this infinite mercy.  If a past abortion can be acknowledged and addressed, a married couple can make great strides in experiencing even more fully God’s design that ‘the two shall become one’ (Mt. 19:5).”  

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

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

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

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

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

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

AA Meetings
Meetings are currently on hiatus.  Will resume closer to Summer. 

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.

Thursday Rosary
Thursday evenings, 6:30, in the church.  Questions,

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

Women’s Faith Sharing
This group meets every Monday night at 6PM in the St. Brigid of Kildare room in the school.  We are currently studying: My Soul Magnifies the Lord by The Word Among Us Press. Please   contact Cheryl Emmette in the office if you would like more information.

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.  A new study is beginning, Mystery of God by Bishop Robert Barron.  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. 

Catholicism Series
Are you looking to learn more about your faith?  We meet for the Catholicism series by Bishop Robert Barron on Sunday afternoons. Group meets following 10:30 Mass in the St Brigid Room. Contact Cheryl Emmette for more details or to begin this wonderful series. 

Exploring the Sunday Readings
We have resumed meeting on Sunday at 9AM, join us to discuss how to apply the Sunday readings to our daily lives.  We gather in the St. Brigid of Kildare room for coffee and conversation using resources from 23rd Publications and Sunday Scripture Insights.  All are Welcome, especially if you have children in REP!  Contact Mary Nugent, 691-8557.

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 Diane Hamel, 691-8541, x12. 

Catholic Information Center Events
CIC| 360 Division Ave S, Ste 2A | Grand Rapids |616-459-7267  |
For all events and/or to pre-register, please call 616-459-7267 or email to

Franciscan Life Process Center Events
Banana Peels and Climate Change:  A Daily Examen
March 216:30PM 
St. Robert of Newminster Parish
Former NASA astrophysicist Dr. Phil Sakimoto and Sister Damien Marie Savino, FSE, Ph.D. will lead “Banana Peels & Climate Change: A Daily Examen,” a thought-provoking dinner discussion on the interconnections between climate change, the climate of our culture, and faith. Proceeds from the fundraising event at St. Robert of Newminster Parish in Ada will benefit the Franciscan Life Process Center’s land experiences program and will be used to make eco-friendly improvements at the Center in Lowell.  Facebook event: click here

Cost: $50, includes a baked potato or salad bar, as well as beer and wine.  Please click  BananaPeels2019 to register.

Rejoice and Be Glad:  Living a Holy Life
A Silent Retreat for Women led by Sister Colleen Ann Nagle and the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist
Friday, March 15 at 6:00PM through Saturday, March 16th at 4:00PM
Lowell Campus
Women of all ages are invited to a silent retreat at the Franciscan Life Process Center. This retreat includes silent reflection, Mass, Liturgy of the Hours and presentations using Pope Francis’ The Call to Holiness in Today’s World, which addresses ways to live a holy life.

Cost:  $250 includes presentations, room, snacks Friday evening.  Continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday.

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.

Dominican Center at Marywood
Dominican Center at Marywood| 2025 Fulton St East | Grand Rapids |616-514-3325  |   For event information go to

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

Parish App & Parish e-News 
Enrich your daily life with spiritual resources and parish community! Connect all week long with prayer, educational opportunities, news and community event information. Download the app to your phone from the website or the e-newsletter. 

Job Openings
There are several job openings within our Diocese, see all listings here

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. Patrick Parish, Parnell

The Diocese of Grand Rapids
Resources and Events

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

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

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