Saint Patrick Parish News 03.08.19


This week’s Mass schedule  

Sat., March 9
5PM Mass

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

Mon., March 11
No Mass Here

Tue., March 12
9AM Mass

Wed., March 13
9AM Mass
7PM Mass

Thu., March 14
9AM Mass

Fri., March 15
9AM Mass

Upcoming Events
Sat., March 9
8AM Men’s Spirituality, St. Brigid of Kildare
3:45PM Confessions, Church
6:30PM Knights of Columbus St. Patrick’s Dinner

Sun., March 10
9AM Religious Education, School
9AM Exploring the Sunday Readings, St. Brigid of Kildare
11:30AM Catholicism Study, St. Brigid of Kildare
1PM Open Gym Basketball, Gym
3PM Adult Volleyball, Gym
6PM High School Youth Group, Faith Formation Room

Mon., March 11
Parish Office Closed
6PM Women’s Faith Sharing, St. Brigid of Kildare

Tue., March 12
6AM Adoration, Church

Wed., March 13
6AM Adoration, Church
6:30PM Religious Education, School

Thu., March 14
6AM Adoration, Church
10AM Senior Luncheon, Parish Center
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 15
6AM Adoration, Church
9AM Mass with Bishop David J. Walkowiak
12PM Conklin Celli Band, Gym
5:45PM Soup Supper, Parish Center
7PM Stations of the Cross, Church

Sat., March 16
8AM Confirmation Retreat, Parish Center
3:45PM Confessions, Church



Knights of Columbus St. Patrick’s Dinner
Tickets are available at the door!  Saturday, March 9th the Knights 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.  American Heritage Girls are serving strawberry shortcake for dessert.  $20 per person, 6:30PM is dinner, 8PM the band will start.  Flyer can be found here.

Lenten Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving
Soup Suppers:  Friday’s starting March 8, 5:45-6:45PM in the Parish Center.  If you’d like to help in some way, please contact Cheryl Emmette.
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

Inner Conversion:  Immersing Yourself in the Crowd, March 19thAn evening of prayer and reflection with Sr. Colleen Ann Nagel, FSE  Tuesday, 6:30PM in Church.  Hospitality to follow.

Operation Rice Bowl:  Rice Bowl boxes for contributions to Catholic Relief Services are available in the gathering space throughout Lent.

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.  

Here is a link to Lenten dinners in our diocese:  Lent Dinners

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.

Adult Choir
Rehearsals for Lent and Easter have begun!  Thursdays, 7:00 until 8:30 in the Parish Center music room.  All are welcome!

Next Liturgical Minister Schedule
The next Liturgical Minister Schedule will be run for the period of May 11-August 11, 2019.  If you have dates during that period on which you do not wish to be scheduled, please login to your Ministry Scheduler account and in your Profile, mark yourself unavailable for those dates.

Please do this no later than April 14.  Or, call the Parish Office and leave a message with the dates you are unavailable. 

Thank you for your service to the Parish!

2019 Catholic Services Appeal (CSA)
Next week we begin CSA 2019.  Your support of CSA will benefit both parish and diocesan ministries, including training our future priests, the ongoing education of teachers and faith formation staff, proclaiming Christ’s message through the media, evangelizing our youth, and aiding those struggling with family issues, hunger and homelessness.

Please prayerfully consider how sharing your gifts will benefit many – in our parish and far beyond.  Next week we will learn more about the specific programs CSA supports.  I look forward to your participation and working together to accomplish more of our Lord’s work.

Mark your Calendars!
Cleaning Bee! Needed: energetic crew of dusters and scrubbers to ready the interior of our beautiful church for the Lenten season on April 6th from 8 to noon. Men, women and able bodied kids are welcome. Refreshments provided. Please contact Shirley Condon at #874-9184 or to let her know if you can help.

Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
You may have noticed your March envelope packet contained an envelope for CRS. This collection is taken the weekend of March 30/31.  Please note, there will be no second collection taken during Masses that weekend.  You can put your CRS envelope in the basket with your regular collection envelope.  Thank you!

Distinctly Catholic
All parishioners are invited to join Mark Morrow, Executive Director of The Catholic Foundation of West Michigan, for a conference call via phone or online to learn:

  • what makes our foundation distinctly Catholic
  • what ministries receive mission-critical support from The Foundation
  • where we started and our potential to reach $100 million in assets
  • the significant impact our Catholic foundation has every single day in our diocese

CONFERENCE CALL DETAILS:  Wednesday, March 13, 2019 | 1-1:45   p.m., Call in number +1 646 558 8656 | Participant Number  4514466751## Online web address | Access Code 4514466751

Mark is looking forward to engaging with each of you and taking a close look at our uniquely Catholic foundation during this inaugural conference call!





In Memoriam
We offer our prayers and condolences to the family of Tom Rasch, whose Funeral Mass was celebrated on Mar. 5th, 2019 at St. Patrick Parish.

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

Adult Faith Formation Study
Began March 7 and continues 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.The group meets in the St. Brigid of Kildare Room on Thursdays at 7:00pm.  Please contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office to register.

Youth Group
This Sunday March 10th we will have a high school night from 6-7:30 in the faith formation room.  We will be looking at the Ignatian Examen Prayer.   

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!

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.

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.

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.

Knights of Columbus Euchre Sunday, Mar. 17th 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.

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!

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.

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.

Dear Ladies of the Parish:  Our next bunco night is Tuesday, April 2nd at 7:00 in Multipurpose Room 1 of the Parish Center.  Please join us!  If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Covell at

Festival 2019: Next Meeting Date
Next meeting: April 14th, 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

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 (

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.

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!

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
1st Sundy of Lent:  Salvation Through Faith
Reading I:  
Deuteronomy 26:4-10 – Thanksgiving for the lord’s goodness

Reading II:  Romans 10:8-13 – The faith of the Christian
Gospel:  Luke 4:1-13 – Temptation in the desert

Key Passage: For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Rom. 10:13)

Adult How willing are you to profess your faith in Jesus Christ openly to others?
Youth:  Would you still be able to say that you believe in Jesus if others made fun of you for it?

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

God’s Mercy for the World
God revealed to St. Faustina that the message of Mercy is as simple as A-B-C.  

“A” is Ask for His Mercy. God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly.
“B” is Be Merciful.  God wants us to receive His Mercy and let it flow through us to others.
“C” is Completely trust in Jesus.  God wants us to know that the graces of His Mercy are dependent upon our trust.   
Lord, help us to say, “Jesus, I trust in You!” And bring your Mercy to a broken world.

A Family Perspective
by Bud Ozar
Jesus “was led by the Spirit in the wilderness.”  What is the wilderness in your life to which the Holy Spirit is leading you this Lent?  Perhaps there are uncharted areas in your marriage or family relationships.  Spend this Lent in your “wilderness” with God.  Where is the Spirit leading you this Lent?

Word of Life
“Heavenly Father, thank you for the precious gift of life.  Give us love for all people, especially the most vulnerable, and help us bear witness to the truth that every life is worth living.”  Find the entire prayer here:

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.  

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
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.