Saint Patrick Parish News 03.15.19


This week’s Mass schedule  

Sat., March 16
5PM Mass

Sun., March 17
8AM Mass
10:30AM Mass

Mon., March 18
No Mass Here

Tue., March 19
9AM Mass

Wed., March 20
9AM Mass

Thu., March 21
9AM Mass

Fri., March 22
9AM Mass

Upcoming Events
Sat., March 16
3:45PM Confessions, Church

Sun., March 17
9AM Religious Education, School
9AM Exploring the Sunday Readings, St. Brigid of Kildare
12PM Server Refresher/Pizza Lunch, Church
1PM Euchre, Parish Center
1PM Open Gym Basketball, Gym
3PM Adult Volleyball, Gym

Mon., March 18
Parish Office Closed
6PM Women’s Faith Sharing, St. Brigid of Kildare

Tue., March 19
6AM Adoration, Church
6:30PM Lenten Speaker, Church

Wed., March 20
6AM Adoration, Church
6:30PM Religious Education, School

Thu., March 21
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 22
6AM Adoration, Church
5:45PM Soup Supper, Parish Center
7PM Stations of the Cross, Church

Sat., March 23
8AM Confirmation Retreat, Parish Center
3:45PM Confessions, Church



Lenten Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving
Soup Suppers:  Friday’s during Lent, 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 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

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

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion: April 13 Mass at 5PM, April 14 Mass at 8AM and 10:30AM*.   *for the 10:30AM Mass, meet in the parish center for procession with palms.

Lenten Speaker
On Tuesday, March 19th, 6:30pm in Church we will welcome Sr. Colleen Ann Nagel, FSE.  Topic of her discussion is Inner Conversion: Immersing Yourself in the Crowd.  Hospitality to follow.  Free childcare will be provided. 

Fish Dinners
SS. Peter & Paul, 317 Baldie St, Ionia:  March 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

Lenten Lunches
Franciscan Life Process Center Lowell Campus 11650 Downes St. NE Lowell MI 49331
Wednesdays, March 13 through April 10, Noon – 1:00 pm

Join us at our Lowell Campus for lunch and prayer.  Lunches include soups donated by local restaurants, bread baked by our Franciscan volunteers, and applesauce made from apples grown on our farm.  A Lenten prayer will be offered at 12:45. Donations appreciated. To learn more, go to  Flyer here, with lunch supplier information, etc.

Thank You
The Rasch family would like to extend their sincere thanks to Fr. Tom, Cheryl, Michelle and the choir, as well as the luncheon workers and parishioners who provided the wonderful food for the recent  funeral of Tom Rasch.  We truly appreciate all of our kind thoughts and prayers.   

-The Rasch Family.

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

Youth Easter Choir
Youth Easter Choir – All young people in grades K through ? are     invited to sing in the choir on Easter Sunday at the 10:30 Mass. We are  rehearsing on Sundays immediately after the 10:30 Mass in the  parish center Music Room beginning NEXT Sunday, March 24.

Contact Michelle Ogren at or 691-8541, ext.13 with questions.

Youth Easter Orchestra
Youth Orchestra – We will have our youth orchestra at the 10:30 Mass on Easter as well!  Rehearsals begin on Sunday, March 31 from 12:45 until 1:30 in the Shepherd of Armagh room. 

If you play a wind, percussion or string instrument and are interested in playing at Easter, please contact Michelle at or 691-8541, ext. 13 so we can have music ready for everyone.

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)
This week you will receive a letter from Bishop Walkowiak asking you to make a commitment to support the work of our diocesan programs and ministries that provide services that no one parish could provide on its own through CSA. Your gift to CSA enables diocesan and parish ministries to reach out to people in our 11 counties in a variety of ways, including formation of our seminarians; youth programming; support for the homebound and those who are incarcerated; families who are struggling; the hungry; and the homeless. Through CSA we all work together to care for the Church by sharing the gifts God has granted us. Our parish goal for 2019 is $129,919 and 100% participation, which means a pledge card from every parish family.  Please experience the joy of giving and join us as we work to continue God’s work of spirituality, charity, and education.

I am confident that your generosity will enable us to exceed our goal, but everyone’s participation is needed.  Keep in mind, any amount raised above our goal stays in this parish. Thank you for doing your part for CSA 2019.

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!  Letter from the Bishop can be found here.

Young Adult Leadership Institute
For young adults in their 20’s and 30’s who are looking for meaningful opportunities to live our faith and values at work, with their family and friends, and in the world.  In the Leadership Institute, we will explore and develop a variety of leadership skills.  For more information see this flyer.

Camp Sancta Maria
Looking to spark the faith of your children or grandchildren while they have a blast at the same time?  Check out Camp Sancta Maria located in Gaylord, Michigan.  We are a Catholic camp that provides fun experiences in a technology-free zone (and they won’t even miss their cell phones!) while immersed in a faith-filled environment.  We offer separate camping experiences for boys and girls that include daily Mass, horseback riding, swimming, archery, various sports, high and low ropes, campfires, crafts and more.  For additional information, check us out at or call (248) 822-8199.  See the flyer here, for more details.






In Memoriam
We offer our prayers and condolences to the family of Anne Wood, whose Funeral Mass was celebrated on Mar. 8th, 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.

Adult Faith Formation Study
Our parish is participating in the faith study No Greater Love: A Biblical Walk Through Christ’s Passion. This study was newly released by Ascension Press.  We still have books and online credits available for independent study.  

If you are interested in this study for your at home,   personal use during lent, please contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office to register.

Youth Group
Sunday, March 31st we will have a middle school youth night from 3-4:30 in the faith formation room.

Sunday, April 6th we will have a high school youth night from 6-7:30pm in the faith formation room. 

Snacks and games will be provided.

There are still a few spots open for both the middle and high school trips. 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, April 11th.  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 Apr. 9th.

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:  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
2nd Sunday of Lent:  Transformed by Christ
Reading I
Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18 – The covenant with Abram

Reading IIPhilippians 3:17–4:1 – Christ our goal
GospelLuke 9:28b-36 – Jesus transfigured

Key Passage:  But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. (Phil. 3:20)

AdultHow are your priorities affected by your faith in Jesus Christ?
YouthWhen you have important choices to make, do you and your family pray to make the right choice?

Respect Life
Our defense of the innocent unborn, for example, needs to be clear, firm and passionate, for at stake is the dignity of a human life, which is always sacred and demands love for each person, regardless of his or her stage of development.  Equally sacred, however, are the lives of the poor, those already born, the destitute, the abandoned and the underprivileged, the vulnerable infirm and elderly exposed to covert euthanasia, the victims of human trafficking, new forms of slavery, and every form of rejection.   –Pope Francis

God’s Mercy for the World
During our Lenten journey this year we can ask ourselves what we can do to bring ourselves and the world closer to God, especially during these trying times in our Church!  Saint Pope John Paul II says we must appeal to God’s mercy with “loud cries”. He does not mean we should shout when we pray. Rather, Jesus teaches us how to pray through a beautiful prayer He taught to St. Faustina callled the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.  (Diary #475) 

You might say that this prayer becomes the loudest of the “loud cries”. This short prayer is recited on rosary beads,  in our beautiful church every 1st Friday at 3:00pm.  

Please consider making this a part of your Lenten journey.

Copies of the Chaplet are in the narthex or by the Image of The Divine Mercy in the Parish Center 

A Family Perspective
by Bud Ozar
Jesus “went up the mountain to pray” and he was “changed.”  Prayer has hte power to change us.  This Lent set aside a few minutes each day to pray for members of your family.  Pray before each meal and if you are married, spend five minutes in prayer together.  

Word of Life
“Fatherhood has its origins in God, and so we pray to you, Father Almighty, for those men who have adopted a child.  Give them a mind receptive to your guidance, a patient voice, and a loving heart.”  Pray the novena to St. Joseph:

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
Biblical Training Institute for Michigan Catholics 2019:  Old Testament
One year program consisting of four Saturday conferences, meeting 8:30-3:00PM.  $240 for the year-long program OR $75 per conference.  Required text:  The Catholic Study Bible (NABRE 3rd Ed., Oxford University Press) – Please bring a copy to the first session.  For more information see this flyer.

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.

Summer Experiences for Children 2019
Led by Sr. Mary Paul Moller, FSE
The Franciscan Life Process Center offers day camps for children (ages 6-15):  June 26-28 Art from Nature, August 7-9 Bugs, Bees and Creepy Crawlies, and August 4-16 Where Did this Come From:  From Seed to Table.
Please go to or call 897-7842 to lean more.

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.