Saint Patrick Parish News 03.06.20


This week’s Mass schedule  

Sat., March 7
5PM Mass

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

Mon., March 9
No Mass Here

Tue., March 10
9AM Mass

Wed., March 11
9AM Mass

Thu., March 12
9AM Mass

Fri., March 13
9AM Mass

Sat., March 14
5PM Mass

Upcoming Events
Sat., March 7
8AM Men’s Spirituality, St Brigid of Kildare
10AM 1st Reconciliation (School/REP Youth), Church
3PM Confessions, Church
5:30PM RCIA Dismissal, Faith Formation Room
6:30PM Knights of Columbus Dinner, Parish Center

Sun., March 8
9AM REP, School
1PM Adult Volleyball, Gym
1PM Euchre, Parish Center
6PM HS Youth Group Mtg, Faith Formation Room

Mon., March 9
Parish Office Closed
6PM Women’s Faith Sharing, St Brigid of Kildare
6PM Hand Chimes/Choir Rehearsal, Shepherd of Armagh

Tue., March 10
6AM Adoration, Church
6:30PM Lenten Speaker, Church

Wed., March 11
6AM Adoration, Church
6:30PM REP, School
6:30PM Adoration/Confession, Church

Thu., March 12
6AM Adoration, Church
10AM Senior Luncheon, Parish Center
6:30PM Rosary, Church
8PM Men’s Basketball, Gym

Fri., March 13
6AM Adoration, Church
5:45PM Soup Supper, Parish Center
7PM Stations of the Cross, Church

Sat., March 14
8AM Men’s Spirituality, St Brigid of Kildare
3PM Confessions, Church
5:30PM RCIA Dismissal, Faith Formation Room

From the Pastor:
This has been a mild winter in terms of snow, wind, and ice, but, it has been a particularly nasty winter in terms of germs.  Nationally, we have experienced the worst flu season in a decade and continue to be in a high risk situation here in Michigan.  Internationally, we have the phenomenon of the Coronavirus. All of these situations have led some parishes to suspend offering the chalice of Precious Blood during Mass.  Some of you may remember when the chalice was never offered, or, if communion was served under both forms, the priest used the method of intinction. For the last 30 years, it has been the common practice to offer the Eucharist under both forms: the body of Christ and the most Precious Blood.  

If the chalice is not offered, do you still receive the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ?  The answer is YES! This is one point that I make sure to teach the students here at St. Patrick. The Church has always taught that, regardless if you receive the Body of Christ or the Precious Blood, you are fully receiving the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity.  Here is what the Catholic Encyclopedia has to say about this:  “For we do not receive in the Sacred Host one part of Christ and in the Chalice the other, as though our reception of the totality depended upon our partaking of both forms; on the contrary, under the appearance of bread alone, as well as under the appearance of wine alone, we receive Christ whole and entire”(cf. Council of Trent, Sess. XIII, can. iii).  Please use common sense when deciding if you will receive from the chalice.  If you are not well, it is best to refrain from the chalice. The obligation to attend the weekend Mass does not require you to come out if you are sick.  It is better to stay at home and rest so that you can get better and join us the following week.

There is an amazing conference being held at West Catholic for the men of our diocese.  The Kepha conference will feature three dynamic speakers: Matt Fradd, Fr. Leo Patalinghug, and Jesse Romero.  You will not regret attending this conference. The world needs men to fully embrace their faith and be strong spiritual leaders for their families.  For more information go to          

Mark your calendars!  Bishop Walkowiak will be offering Mass here on Tuesday March 24th at nine o’clock.  It would be great to have the church packed and to show the Bishop a warm Parnell welcome.  

Oremus pro invicem.

In Mary,
Fr. Tom

Cleaning Bee Coming Up!
Energetic crew of dusters and scrubbers needed to ready the interior of our beautiful church for the Easter season on March 28th from 8:00 to 12:00.

Please call Shirley Condon with any questions (home):  616-874-9184; (cell) 616-485-1593.

Capital Campaign Update
Our Shepherds Our Future Capital Campaign has rounded another corner. Current gifts and pledges total: $23,652,917. This is more than a $2 million increase in a three-week period.

Please celebrate this mile marker of fundraising on behalf of the future of the Catholic Church in West Michigan. The seminarians and priests are most grateful to the parishioners and their generosity.    

The St Joseph Table
The St. Joseph Table is a religious and traditional custom that started centuries ago in Sicily. When Sicilians were affected by a severe drought, they turned to St. Joseph, the Father of Jesus and head of the Holy Family, to rescue them by asking St. Joseph to intercede before God for their cause. As a result of their prayer and intercession of St. Joseph, an abundance of rain was poured over the fields to save their crops.  As a sign of gratitude to God, the Sicilians committed themselves to share the fruit of the earth with the poor. The tradition was started all over Sicily and spread throughout the world.

On March 19th, the Noto family will ‘make’ the table of this tradition for the honor of St Joseph.  6:30pm Mass/Dinner to follow.  RSVP at 616-493-6686 or online at  $35 per person, $15 per child 4-12yrs.  Bring non-perishables for the food pantry if you wish.  Proceeds and donations will be made to local seminarians.  A flyer can be found here.

Lent is upon us!
As you reflect on how you can sacrifice, fast, and pray this Lenten season, consider joining the choir as we prepare for Holy Week and Easter. We meet in the music room of the Parish Center on Monday nights from 7:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. If you can’t make our Monday night rehearsal, we will have extra Saturday morning rehearsals March 14, 21, and 28, and April 4 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. (For all rehearsals, please ring the doorbell at the west entrance of the parish center). 

Children’s Choir rehearsals for the 10:30 a.m. Easter Sunday Mass, are on the four Sundays leading up to Easter, starting on Sunday, March 15, immediately following the 10:30 a.m. Mass.

Feel free to walk over with me to the parish center music room once Mass is concluded. Rehearsals go until 12:30 p.m.

I hope to see you singing soon.

Parish Festival Meeting
The next festival meeting is Sunday, March 29th at 11:30am in the school library.  All chairpersons and anyone wanting to lend a hand at festival this year are welcome!

Preventing the spread of illness during cold/flu season
During cold and flu season, and in general throughout the year, please follow these basic guidelines to help prevent the spread of illness in our parish:

If you suspect you have the flu or are suffering from a serious cold, please stay home.   Your Sunday obligation is waived.
Cover your mouth/nose when coughing or sneezing.
Wash hands frequently and for the appropriate length of time using soap and water, or using hand sanitizing products.
Please do not hold hands during the “Our Father.”
Instead of shaking hands during the sign of peace, clasp your hands together, make eye contact with those around you, and say “Peace be with you,” or “Peace of Christ.”
If you are feeling sick, please receive Holy Communion in the hand, rather than on the tongue, and refrain from receiving Communion from the cup.

Now is the Time for Mercy!
God is giving us the “wake-up call” to become messengers of Mercy to the world. His grace is a fountain of Mercy flowing from His Sacred Heart, as depicted in the Divine Mercy Image.  Did you know St. Patrick Parish, through the generosity of The Knights of Columbus, has purchased a Divine Mercy Image, which is currently available in the Parish Center for veneration.  Jesus told St. Faustina, “I desire that this Image be venerated first in your chapel and then throughout the world.” 

Diary #47  Jesus also told her, “I am offering people a vessel with which they are to keep coming for graces to the fountain of mercy. That vessel is this image with the signature “Jesus, I trust in You.” 

Diary #327  This Lent consider taking a moment for veneration of this Image, asking God for His mercy and begging Him to pour out Mercy on our troubled world.                                

Jesus, I Trust in You!

St Patrick’s Day Mass
Liturgical ministers are needed for St Patrick’s Day Masses, mostly 7pm Mass.  Please log in to the ministry scheduler and sign up if you can or email Darci at

Save the Date: Bishop Visit
Bishop David Walkowiak will be here for out 9AM Daily Mass on Tuesday, March 24th.  All are welcome to attend!

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 for the Knights Dinner on March 7th, 6:30-11PM – can still get them at the door.  
Featuring Peat in the Creel, Corned Beef & Cabbage dinner/salad/dessert, Irish dancers, 50/50 and a cash bar.   Tickets are $25 each

Young Adults – the church needs you!
Enrollment Open for 2020 Young Adult Leadership Institute
In collaboration with the Diocese of Grand Rapids, the Catholic Information Center (CIC) is offering an in-depth, interactive formation experience for young adults in their 20s and 30s who aspire to leadership. In this five-month program, you'll discover and develop the unique gifts that God gave you. It begins and ends with a retreat and includes monthly workshops on topics like intercultural competence, discernment, prayer, and conflict resolution. The Institute includes opportunities to network and socialize with other Catholic leaders in West Michigan, and you'll end the experience with a new community of peers who will strive with you toward holiness.

If you are interested in signing up or know a young adult who would be a good fit, we encourage you to check out Applications are due April 12.

2020 Census: It’s Critical, Convenient, and Confidential
From March until July, Michiganders will participate in the 2020 census. The census is critical for Michigan, as it determines federal funding for local communities and the state’s representation in government. Responding to the questions is more convenient than ever as people can respond one of three ways—by mail, phone, or online—and all information gathered will be kept confidential and secure. An invitation to record your responses should come from the federal government by April 1. Learn more at 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 Group News
High School Youth Group
This Sunday, March 8th from 6-7:30pm in the Faith Formation Room.  Entrance is the same as the parish office entrance.  All high school students welcome!

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

Prayer Fasting and Almsgiving
Stations of the Cross:  Friday’s of Lent at 7PM

Friday Evening Soup Suppers:  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

As we begin the season of Lent, the Diocese of Grand Rapids will once again offer a special opportunity to receive the sacrament of reconciliation.
The Light is ON for You: An Evening of Penance”

Thursday, March 26
5 – 8 p.m. in almost every parish of the diocese, as well as right here at St Patrick’s
Visit for details

Sacrament of Reconciliation Services:
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).

Lenten Almsgiving
Looking for ways as a family (or individual) to help those in need this Lent? Each week we have baskets in the narthex (as you enter church) to collect most needed items. We always collect food, but some other needed items are: toilet paper, deodorant, toothpaste, hygiene products, laundry supplies, cleaning supplies, shampoo, feminine products, baby toiletries, baby food/snacks, diapers, formula, new reading glasses, new white socks. Please continue to place the food in the three darker brown baskets, but other items can be placed in the taller, tan basket as they will go to other organizations. This Lent we also have rice bowls to help those hungry world-wide as well as here locally. If you did not get a rice bowl and would like one, please contact the office. These are collected on Holy Thursday or a monetary donation can be made at that time as well.

Lenten Fish Fry Opportunities
St Mary Church, Lowell:  Knights of Columbus #7719 Lenten Fish Fry.  Fridays 5 – 7, Feb 28 – April 3 from 5-7PM.  $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, 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.

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

Knights of Columbus Euchre Sunday, this weekend March 8 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Finding healing after abortion
The next Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat for healing after abortion will be held in West Michigan on the weekend of March 27-29. The retreats are designed to help you with forgiveness, allow you to experience the mercy of God, and grieve the loss of your unborn child or children. Retreats are open to women, men, and couples. For more information or to register contact Maggie Walsh at (616) 340-1824 or All inquiries are confidential. Financial aid is available.

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

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.

Dear Ladies of the Parish:  Our next bunco night is Tuesday, April 14 at 7:00 in Multipurpose Room 1 of the Parish Center.  Please join us!  If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Covell at 

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.

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
2nd Sunday of Lent:  Call to Faithfulness
Reading I:  Genesis 12:1-4 – Call of Abraham
Reading II2 Timothy 1:8b-10 – Exhortation to faithfulness
Matthew 17:1-9 – Jesus transfigured

Key Passage:  Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. (Matthew 17:1–2)

Adult:  What difference does your faith in Jesus Christ make in your life?Youth:  What does it mean to you to be a holy person?

A Family Perspective
by Bud Ozar
Transfiguration is a common occurrence in families.  When we commit to another, such as a spouse in marriage or a child in parenting, we are not committing to them only as they are today, but to the person they are becoming.

Word of Life
“We are facing an enormous and dramatic clash between good and evil, death and life, the “culture of death” and the “culture of life”.  We find ourselves not only “faced with” but necessarily “in the midst of” this conflict: we are all involved and we share in it, with the inescapable responsibility of choosing to be unconditionally pro-life” (The Gospel of Life 28).

Respect Life
“Christians have a duty to be politically active, to register and vote, to lobby and educate candidates and elected officials, and to speak up about the issues that affect the common good.  The Church does not set up the voting booths, but when we go into the voting booths, we don’t cease to be members of the Church! If we don’t shape public policy according to moral truths, why do we believe that moral truth at all?”
–Fr. Frank Pavone, Director, Priests for Life

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.

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.