Saint Patrick Parish News 03.20.20

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This week’s Mass schedule  

Sat., March 21
No Mass Here
3-6PM Church open for private prayer

Sun., March 22
No Masses Here
8-11:30AM Church open for private prayer
10AM Mass from the Cathedral of St Andrew on Fox17

Mon., March 23
No Mass Here
6-5PM Church open for private prayer

Tue., March 24
No Mass Here
6-5PM Church open for private prayer

Wed., March 25
No Mass Here
6-5PM Church open for private prayer

Thu., March 26
No Mass Here
6-5PM Church open for private prayer

Fri., March 27
No Mass Here
6-5PM Church open for private prayer

Sat., March 28
No Mass Here
3-6PM Church open for private prayer

Upcoming Events
Sat., March 21
3PM Confessions, Church

Mon., March 23
Parish Office Closed

Wed., March 25
6:30PM Confession, Church

Thu., March 26
5-8PM The Light is ON For You, Church

Sat., March 28
3PM Confessions, Church

 

From the Pastor:
The 16th chapter of John’s gospel seems appropriate for the times we find ourselves in right now.  The final two verses read: “Behold, the hour iscoming and has arrived when each of you will be scattered to his own home and you will leave me alone.  But I am not alone, because the Father is with me. I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world” (John 16:32-33).

We certainly find ourselves troubled due to the Covid-19 virusThese are difficult times for all of us.  We must remember the words of Jesus Christ above.  Take courage!  I have conquered the world.  Jesus has already won for us the final victory and we need not fear whatever the world throws at us.  This is not the time to panic. This is not the time to allow fear to take us on a journey that will bring us away from the truth Jesus speaks to us.  This is the time to come together as a parish community and to demonstrate our great love for one another. I know the Coronavirus will eventually run its course – I just don’t know how long that will take.  We must not fight the process. We must trust in God and trust we will be able to rebuild what was lost during these crazy days of Coronavirus. 

There are ways we can all unite to ensure that we come through the many challenges ahead of us without falling into despair.  Please contact the office and share with us if you need some help or if you are able to offer some   assistance to others. My desire is to keep our parish functioning in this limited capacity as best as possible.  In order to do this, it is imperative that the weekly offertory continues to come in. The reality of not having Mass for the next few weeks means that our typical offertory collection will be disrupted, resulting in a great reduction of funds available to handle the fixed costs associated with maintaining our parish.

Our offertory budget calls for $18,750 per week.  This fiscal year we have been running below our budget requirement but we have controlled our costs which has enabled us to still operate in the black. The prospect of a greatly diminished offertory will force us to make very difficult decisions with our staff since we will not be able to continue to pay their salaries. Our staff is amazing. Our teachers are still   delivering instruction to the school kids.  I know that many of you are also going to be struggling during this time. We are a parish family and, if we resist the temptation to turn inward and hunker down, we can survive this crisis by coming together. Please consider going to our website and signing up for online giving.  I will continue to offer my daily private Mass and will pray for all of you and for your intentions during each of those  Masses. 

Please also continue to pray for me. I love you all and I know that together we can get through this challenging time.

Oremus pro invicem.

In Mary,
Fr. Tom

When you can’t receive the Eucharist
Catholic’s are encouraged to pray the rosary or meditate on Sacred Scripture or make a spiritual Communion to keep holy the Lord’s Day.

Saint’s often made an act of spiritual communion when they couldn’t receive the Eucharist at Mass.  In these cases the Church encourages us to make an act of “spiritual communion,” where we unite ourselves to God through prayer. It is a beautiful way to express to God our desire to be united with him when we are unable to complete that union in the reception of Holy Communion.

Below is a traditional prayer of spiritual communion that many saints have prayed over the years. It can be prayed if you find yourself at Mass unable to receive the Eucharist, or even in the midst of your daily work, lifting up your thoughts to God.  The ultimate goal of our lives should be communion with God and an act of spiritual communion can help a person draw closer to that goal.

My Jesus,
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.
Amen. 

As people of faith, let us pray for all affected by this virus, especially those who have died and for all health care workers who are working diligently to protect us in this time.  Let us entrust our prayers to Mary, Mother of the Church and Health of the Sick.

Let Us Pray
Let us turn to the calm and reassuring presence of our Blessed Mother during this time of uncertainty:

Holy Virgin of Guadalupe
Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas.
We fly to you today as your beloved children.
We ask you to intercede for us with your Son,
as you did at the wedding in Cana.

Pray for us, loving Mother,
and gain for our nation and world,
and for our families and loved ones,
the protection of your holy angels,
that we may be spared the worst of this illness.

For those already afflicted,
we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.
Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful,
wipe away their tears and help them to trust.

In this time of trial and testing,
Teach all of us in the Church to love one another and be patient and kind.
Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.

We come to you with confidence,
knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother,
Health of the sick and cause of our joy.

Shelter us under the mantle of your protection,
keep us in the embrace of your arms,
Help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus. Amen.

Prayer of Archbishop Jose Gomez of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

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.

Prayer Fasting and Almsgiving
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 GRdiocese.org/penance for details

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion
No Mass Here

Need Assistance?
If you find yourself unable to go in public for groceries, please contact the office.  We have several people able to run errands for you. Please call the parish office.

If you need financial assistance, please call the parish office and we will direct you to programs that can help.

Daily Mass Options
Here are a couple options to view daily Mass as shared by one of our parishioners. With Comcast Cable, channel 393 has the EWTN Catholic channel with daily Mass at 8am, 12pm and 7pm.  Also, Bishop Robert Barron has a website that he is posting daily at 8:15 am everyday now. Here is the website . www.wordonfire.org/daily-mass .

From the Bench
Dear Faithful Parishioners, 

Please be advised that all choir and hand chime rehearsals are canceled through Palm Sunday, April 5. Consequently, and unfortunately, there will be no children’s choir for this upcoming Easter.

Thank you for your understanding, discretion, and commitment to the health and safety of those around you. During this difficult time, let us reflect upon especially the things which are inseparable from us: peace, hope, and love, all of which can be found in our Savior who is with us, in us, and fervently desires to live through us; we need only welcome Him in. 

May the Peace of Christ be with you always.
Sincerely,
Simon

In Memoriam
We offer our prayers and condolences to the family of Lenore Doran, whose passing was celebrated on March 17th at St. Patrick Parish.

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

FORMED
Need some peace during our trouble times? St. Patrick has a subscription free to our parishioners. This online resource gives you unlimited access to thousands of Catholic videos, programs, and daily reflections.

Click here St Patrick on Formed 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 stpatrickparnell.formed.org and register.  Have questions, contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office.

Parish App
Are you missing the bulletin?  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 get the bulletin, newsletter and 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.

Another online source for the bulletin is at DiscoverMass.com.  You can register here to receive the bulletin every week right to your email and it’s free!  Click here and sign up today.

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 here to plan and give this season.  You can use Online Giving for your regular tithes or to contribute to special funds. 

North Kent Connect
As we limit personal contact by closing our donation area and distributing pre-packaged boxes of food to our clients, we are asking our community to purchase a food box for $13.75 through our website, nkconnect.org. Each box will provide a family of four with five meals, and includes items such as canned and boxed foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, and dairy items.  Or, you can make a one-time donation in any amount to fund our need as we help families especially hit hard during the pandemic.  (PLEASE BE SURE TO ADD “BOXED FOOD” OR “AS NEEDED” IN THE DESCRIPTION FIELD).

FROM
Make a Monetary Donation:  We will use financial donations to purchase perishable food items (as needed) and provide crisis funding for families affected by business closures and reduced income.

Donations can be made in person or online at www.fromlowell.org  Volunteer:  We need healthy volunteers (must be 15 yrs old). Must complete a Volunteer Orientation.  Donate Food:  We need food items that are healthy, non-perishable, and easily prepared by children.

New Liturgical Ministry Schedule
The next LM schedule will run May 11 through Sep. 13. If there are any dates during this period that you cannot serve, please log in to the Scheduler and block them out or email secretary@spparnell.org by April 10. 

Thanks for your service to the parish.  

Divine Mercy Message
St. John Paul II had the intuition that this is the time of mercy. Now, thanks to our Holy Father Pope Francis we have a heightened awareness of the necessity for prayer and works of mercy. In this time of a national pandemic, it is vital that we pray for ourselves and others. Jesus taught us how to pray for mercy through Saint Faustina Kowalska. That prayer is called the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

Please consider taking less than ten minutes every day, to pray this chaplet. Using a rosary, at each “Our Father” bead we say, “Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.” On each “Hail Mary” bead ,we say, “For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy of us and the whole world.”: 

Let us together invoke God’s Mercy on us.

Cleaning Bee Coming Up!:  on hold
On hold until further notice!!  Energetic crew of dusters and scrubbers needed to ready the interior of our beautiful church for the Easter season on TBA from 8:00 to 12:00.

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

Adoration
Canceled until further notice

Thursday Rosary
Canceled until further notice

Bringing the Eucharist to the Homebound
Canceled until further notice

Men’s Faith Sharing
Canceled until further notice

Soup Suppers During Lent
Canceled until further notice

Euchre
Canceled until further notice

Parish Festival Meeting
Canceled until further notice

Catholicism Series:  Adult Faith Formation
Canceled until further notice

Women’s Faith Sharing
Canceled until further notice

Adult Indoor Volleyball
Canceled until further notice

Knights of Columbus Breakfast
Canceled until further notice:  

Youth Ministry Group News
High School Youth Group
Canceled until further notice

Middle School Game Night
Canceled until further notice

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
West Catholic:  DRIVE THRU TAKE OUT ONLY  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: lwilbur@spparnell.org, (616) 691-8541 ext. 41

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 www.micatholic.org/2020Census and www.census.gov.

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:

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 (sdurkee@dioceseofgrandrapids.org)

Save the Date:  40 Days for Life
St. Patrick will pray 9:00am – 10:00am on Tuesday, March 24, at 320 Fulton St., the abortion Clinic.  Please consider praying that we can put an end to the senseless killing of our most vulnerable, babies.  Please call Rose (616)987-6641

Arts Contest for Middle and High Schoolers
The annual Creating on the Margins contest is organized by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD).  It is a tool for schools and parishes to engage Catholics in grades 7-12 in learning about the root causes of U.S. poverty and the Church’s response.

Contest materials can be found at www.usccb.org/youthcontest. 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:  mwalsh@ccwestmi.org.   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 events@catholicfoundationwm.org. There’s no better time than now to get started on your retirement planning!  A flyer can be found here.

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 will 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 www.catholicinformationcenter.org/leadership. Applications are due April 12.

Bunco
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 cindylou3711@comcast.net. 

Senior Luncheon
Our next monthly senior luncheon is on April 16th. 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.

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 dynamiccatholic.com/grandrapids or in the parish office

Questions? Contact Joe Houdek at jhoudek@hsparish.org

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 grdccw@grdiocese.org or call Janet at 616-915-5930.

Attention Catholic Central Class of 1970
The 50th class reunion will be Saturday August 22, 2020 at 5PM.

It will be held at English Hills Event Center 1200 4 Mile Rd NW, Grand Rapids MI 49544.  Please contact Sue (Ulanch) Underhill for tickets.

E-mail: underhillsusan19@yahoo.com Phone: 616-450-5855

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 www.CampSanctaMaria.org  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 www.grdiocese.org.

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 jobs@catholicinformationcenter.org.  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

Reading Reflections
4th Sunday of Lent:  Source of Light
Reading I:  1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a – Samuel anoints David
Reading IIEphesians 5:8-14 – Duty to live in the light
GospelJohn 9:1-41 – The man born blind

Key Passage:  For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as Children of light—for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. (Ephesians 5:8–9)

Adult:  What are you doing in your life right now to move toward light rather than darkness?

Youth:  How can you let the light of your faith in Jesus shine for others to see?

A Family Perspective
by Bud Ozar
Failure to forgive blinds us to another’s goodness.  Lent provides an opportunity to wash away our blind-spots in the pool of forgiveness.  Listen to Jesus in today’s gospel:  “Go wash and see.”

Word of Life
“There is an everyday heroism, made up of gestures of sharing, big or small, which build up an authentic culture of life… Part of this daily heroism is also the silent but effective and eloquent witness of all those ‘brave mothers who devote themselves to their own family without reserve, who suffer in giving birth to their children and who are ready to make any effort, to face any sacrifice, in order to pass on to them the best of themselves’ …  We thank you, heroic mothers, for your invincible love!  We thank you for your intrepid trust in God and in his love.  We thank you for the sacrifice of your life” (The Gospel of Life 86)

Respect Life
“There is an everyday heroism, made up of gestures of sharing, big or small, which build up an authentic culture of life… Part of this daily heroism is also the silent but effective and eloquent witness of all those ‘brave mothers who devote themselves to their own family without reserve, who suffer in giving birth to their children and who are ready to make any effort, to face any sacrifice, in order to pass on to them the best of themselves’… We thank you, heroic mothers, for your invincible love! We thank you for your intrepid trust in God and in his love. We thank you for the sacrifice of your life” (The Gospel of Life 86).

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 encourage@grdiocese.org.

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 courage@grdiocese.org.

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 fredem@comcast.net for more information.

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

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. 

Franciscan Life Process Center Events
FLPC| 11650 Downes St NE | Lowell |616-897-7842  | lifeprocesscenter.org
To register, please go to www.lifeprocesscenter.org 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, www.benefit-mobile.com/consumers. 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 pregnancy_services@ccwestmi.org or visit www.ccwestmi.org 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 foster_care@ccwestmi.org or visit www.ccwestmi.org 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 mwalsh@ccwestmi.org.

• 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

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