Saint Patrick Parish News 08.10.18


This week’s Mass schedule  

Sat., August 11
5PM Mass

Sun., August 12
8AM Mass
10:30AM Mass
1PM Mass: Our Lady of Knock

Mon., August 13
No Mass Here

Tue., August 14
9AM Mass

Wed., August 15
9AM Mass

Thu., August 16
9AM Mass

Fri., August 17
9AM Mass


Upcoming Events
Sat., August 11
3:45PM Confessions, Church
6:30PM Concert on the Porch, Rectory Lawn

Sun., August 12
8AM Blood Drive, Parish Center

Mon., August 13
Parish Office Closed

Thu., August 16
8:30AM Safety Training, Parish Center
6:30PM Rosary, Church
8PM Men’s Basketball, Gym

Sat., August 18
8AM Habitat for Humanity Catholic Build
3:45PM Confessions, Church

The Flock








Solemnity of the Assumption
This week we celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption on Wednesday, August 15. Masses will be at 9:00 am and 7:00 pm.  The Assumption of Mary – also called the “Dormition of Mary” in the Eastern Churches – has its roots in the early centuries of the Church. The Catholic Church teaches that when Mary ended her earthly life, God assumed her, body and soul into heaven. Join us for this Holy Day honoring Mary.

Liturgical Ministers Needed
Liturgical Ministers are needed for both the 9AM and 7PM Masses on Wed., Aug. 15, The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  If you can serve, please log in to the Scheduler and sign up or notify the parish office.  Thanks for your service to the parish.

Job Opening:  St. Patrick, Parnell
If you hear God calling you to MINISTRY….

Saint Patrick Parish, seeks a Director of Religious Education. The Director of Religious Education provides leadership for all aspects of parish formation programs for children and teens. The Director of Religious Education plans, leads and oversees catechetical sessions, retreats, service projects, and prayer services for all ages. The Director recruits, trains, and supports catechists and volunteers. This person also leads sacramental preparation for Baptism, First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, Confirmation, and Children’s Initiation. In addition, the Director oversees Vacation Bible School.

Please click here for more detail.  

Choir News
Our Adult Choir will be at St. Ann’s Church on Mackinac Island next weekend. We will provide music for the 5:30 Saturday Mass there. Please keep us in your prayers for safe travel and voices that truly give praise!!

Religious Education
Registration has begun for this coming school year.  Go to this Registration Link to register your child(ren)   Contact the parish office if you have any questions. 

Legacy Giving Workshop
Save the date, September 13, 2018, for a legacy giving workshop luncheon to be held at Cathedral Square Center.  Mark Morrow, Executive Director of The Catholic Foundation of West Michigan, will provide an overview of exactly what “legacy giving” is and facilitate the workshop that will explore the topic, what it means within our faith    community, and discover what that looks like in our everyday lives.

RSVP by September 7, 2108 by email or call 616.459.4508.

Medicaid and Social Security Luncheon
Yes, it is one-stop-shopping! Mark your calendar for Thursday, September 20, 2018 for a no-cost luncheon event hosted by The Catholic Foundation of West Michigan.  If you are thinking about retirement, newly retired or supporting someone thinking about retirement or newly retired, you will not want to miss this informational event. 

The schedule will be as follows (you can attend one or both events): 11:00-12:15 p.m. Medicaid presentation, presented by Bob Callery, Regional Coordinator, Michigan Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program, Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan.  12:15-12:45p.m., Lunch.  12:45 until 1:30 p.m. Social Security presentation, presented by Sabrina Fitzgerald, Social Security Administration Claims Specialist.   

RSVP by September 12, 2108 by email or call 616.459.4508. 

Ministry Fair
Save the date:   The weekend of September 15th and 16th the Ministry Fair will be held after all Masses on the plaza (Sat.) or in the parish center (Sun.). Knight’s breakfast will be served in the parish center as well.    

Summer & Fall Flowers, Church Decor
If you would like to make a contribution, toward the plants and other accents that adorn our worship space during the Ordinary Time, please use the offertory envelope found in the back of the church labeled Flower Fund. Thank you for your generosity!

Women’s Retreat
Save the Date: St. Patrick of Parnell Women’s Retreat, October 13, 2018.  Our theme this year is Mary, Shrine of the Spirit, Awaken My Soul. More details to follow later.

Do you feel called to the permanent diaconate?
The process of forming the next cohort of permanent deacons will begin soon. To be considered, applicant must be a Roman Catholic man at least 35 years of age, an active member of his parish, and live within the diocese. Must be in good health, of sound moral character, mature faith, regular practice in the sacramental life of the Church, and have a sense of vocation to service. If married, he must be in a strong, valid, Catholic marriage for a min. of five years and have the support of his wife and    family. If unmarried, he must be willing and able to commit to celibacy. 

Those admitted should be prepared to commit themselves to the formation process for at least the next four years, beginning in the fall of 2019. Applicants should have a substantial history of active service to their parish, have the written approval of their pastor, and meet various other admission requirements. There are no special educational requirements.

The deadline for inquiries is December 2018. All men who are interested in more information and/or applying should contact the Office of Diaconate Formation for an appointment: 616-288-0910.

Help Support our Seminarians and Priests
Attend a town hall meeting or respond online!
Many of you have already responded to the feasibility study survey but if you have not, here’s YOUR chance to have YOUR voice heard. Read about the proposed plans at and click “Take the Planning Study Survey” to complete the online survey. The password is Study. Or if you prefer, please attend one of these town hall meetings to learn more and share your thoughts in person:

Monday, August 13, 5:30 p.m.
Prince of Peace, 1110 Dykstra Rd., N. Muskegon, 49445

Thursday, August 16, 5:30 p.m. (English), 7 p.m. (en Español)
Cathedral Square Center, 360 Division Ave. S., GR, 49503

Migrant Ministry Needs
Some seasonal workers have arrived and more will be coming in the next month. We would like to welcome them with a gift to use while they are here this year, rather than closer to when they depart. We will be collecting NEW bath towels, hand towels, wash cloths, toothbrushes, toothpaste, band aids, white athletic socks, bar soap, and rosaries for these bags. We are looking to make 100-150 bags. Please place donations in the large, marked, light-colored wicker basket in the narthex of the church (by the food baskets). If you have a large donation, please bring it to the office as they will all be stored there. If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office.

Need One, Take One; Have One, Leave One
Look for the table outside on the plaza, please drop off produce to share that you may have leftover from the garden or market.  Anyone wanting fresh produce can take what they need and any produce remaining after Masses will be taken to North Kent Connect to help those in need.

Weekly Novena
Join the U.S. bishops each Friday in a nationwide Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life,  August 3–September 28. Participants will receive weekly email or text reminders to pray and fast, along with information about Roe v. Wade to share with others. Sign up at

Concerts on the Porch
Mark your calendars!! Saturday, August 11 with the Conklin Celi Band.

Sat, September 8 The Proulx Brothers are really brothers! They have made music together, in some form or another, all of their lives. They started in high school playing in coffee houses and hootenannies. Their dad, Clyde, was a professional jazz guitarist. For his 80th birthday, they got back together to play some music for him, but needed to find a common music genre that their dad would also like. They chose Folk  Music, and then specifically the Kingston Trio.

This is an evening for the whole family to enjoy the Irish heritage of St. Patrick Parish. Bring your lawn chair/blanket/refreshments. Hot dogs will be available. In case of rain, concert will be in the gym. Free will offering.

Blood Drive News
Next Blood Drive, August 12. Michigan Blood will be here to help you make a donation that could save a life in our community.  For questions or to make an appointment call 1-888-MIBlood or go to or call or email Bonnie Zaskowski at 616-437-4474,  There will be a sign up opportunity after both Sunday Masses this weekend, see the table on the plaza.  

Our Lady of Knock Mass
Our Sr. Annette Marie Byrne division of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians invite you to a celebration of the Mass of  “Our Lady of Knock” on Sunday August 12th at 1pm at St. Patrick’s Church, 4351 Parnell Rd., in Ada.  To remember the suffering of the village of Knock in Ireland at the time of our Lady’s appearance canned goods will be collected and donated to North Kent Community Services.  

All are welcome to a potluck dinner following Mass.  Beverages & place settings will be provided; please bring a dish to pass.

If you have any questions or want to learn more about LAOH, please contact Dianne Mankel at or call 990-4722.

Prayer of Peace in the Spirit of Taize
Mon., August 13, at 7pm at St. Mary Church, 423 1st St NW, Grand Rapids. The Prayer of Peace is contemplative, sung Christian prayer that uses singing, scripture, extended silence, intercessory prayer, icons and candlelight. All are welcome.

Driving Horse Camps
Come and join us for Driving Horse Camps at the Franciscan Sisters farm and outdoor arena just north of Lowell, 11761 Downes Rd., NE!
The weeks of August 13-18, we will be offering both Children (ages 8-18) 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and ADULT Driving Horse Camps, late afternoons through early evenings M/F, with a mini horse show for family and friends at its conclusion. All levels of ability welcome! For more information, please call Sister Ann Frances 616-265-6355 (c) or 616-897-5220 (h) instructor and/or Jen Groters 616-889-8238, instructor. Cost is $289.00 per student. Class size limited to 4 students per week.

Surge of the Heart
Coming to St. Patrick Church, Portland.  Internationally know Catholic speaker and author, Jon Leonetti!  August 12-14, 7PM. 
Sunday:  Who is God and why does that matter?  We cannot lose someone we don’t know. So how do we come to know God?  Jon examines the ways he’s revealed himself to us to help us better understand who we are and what our mission in life is all about.

Monday (Adoration, Benediction 6pm):  God’s Dream for your Life.  God’s dream is to make you a saint.  Jon shares both powerful and humorous stories of Catholic men and women who revolutionized their generation, living and sharing the extraordinary love and mercy of God in the most ordinary of ways.

Tuesday (Mass 6PM):  Let’s be Saints.  Every saint had a mission.  Every saint had a plan.  We should, too.  Jon explains the three things every saint had in common, and how we can implement them into our lives as well.

For more information, contact Carolyn 517-647-6505, x418.

St. Joseph Church – Annual Festival/BBQ
Sunday, August 12 from noon to 4PM.  Dinners will be served at $10 for adults, $6 for children ages 4-12 and children under four eat free.  Dine in or take out.  Entertaiment:  The Grand Raffle prize is $3,000, there will be children’s games, games for teens, pinwheel, grocery booth, baked good sale, Las Vegas tent, Bingo, musical entertainment and our Country craft Store featuring many interesting items made by our parishioners.  Later in the afternoon brats and Mexican food is available.  Please join the people of St. Joseph’s for dinner, fun and games.  Take Int. 96 west to the 8th ave. exit and proceed north six miles.  

Spanish Mass
On the second Monday of every month we’ll be having a Spanish Mass with Fr. Oscar at 7PM here at St. Patrick’s.  All are welcome, please spread the word to those that may be interested.  Next Mass will be August 13th

Campus Safety Training
All parishioners are welcome to attend our staff campus safety training on August 16, 8:30-11:30am in Multi room 1 and 2 in the parish center.  

A professional in law enforcement will review best safety practices for schools and churches. Additionally, there will be simulated experiences to deepen the understanding of events that can happen and how best to react as a community. This is a great opportunity for catechists, ushers, volunteers and anyone who wants to help out in case of traumatic events.

Free Mental Illness and Faith Communities
Individuals struggling with mental illness find they are significantly less likely to receive the same level of pastoral care in their church as persons in the hospital, persons who are dying or those who have long-term illnesses. People often visit others with physical illness but ignore those with mental illness.  

This important presentation about mental illness, what we can do and who we should be, is open to everyone. Learn about different kinds of mental illness, what mental health is, what mental illness is, and how we can respond.

Thursday, August 16, 6:30pm.  Holy Family Church in Caledonia in Holy Family Center Hall. All are welcome to this FREE event! The event is open to people of all faiths and backgrounds. Let’s learn more about how to love and care and be Christ to one another.

Presenters will be trained instructors from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).  Contact Christine Shafer at Holy Family with questions, 616-891-9259 x224 or   Flyer can be found here.

Students for Life
Middle school and high school students are encouraged to take part in Grand Rapids Students for Life activities this August.  
On Thursday, August 16, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, volunteer at “Let the Little Children Come to Me” at HELP Pregnancy Crisis Aid.

For more information, visit or contact Cassidy at

Habitat for Humanity
It is nearing that time of the year again when we help with Habitat for Humanity. This year we will be participating in the Catholic United Build that is located at 1700 Clyde Park. We will be volunteering on Saturday, August 18th from 8:30-4:00.

Anyone 16 and older is welcome to help (all skill levels needed – including no skills). To register please contact Ed Donahue at or Cheryl Emmette in the parish office. We need to know if you would like to participate soon as this is a larger project. There are indoor and outdoor projects available. Please consider helping in this year’s build!

Consolata Sisters Euchre Tournament
Mark your calendars for the 2nd annual Euchre Tournament to benefit the Consolata Missionary Sisters!!!  August 18th, 7-10PM, $20 to play, dinner being provided by Dam Dogs.  Snacks included, bring your own cooler.  Raffle tickets will be available at the door, we have lots of fun prizes from local Rockford businesses!  Please let us know if you plan to attend and share away! Playing at the Rockford Ambulance Hall, 8450 Shaner Ave NE.  To reserve your spot, contact Emily Camp,  

We are extending a request from our members for cookies and snack mixes/candy for the table tops. They can be dropped off between 2 and 5pm at the Rockford Ambulance Hall, 8450 Shaner Ave NE.  

Blessing of the Backpacks
Sunday Aug. 19, at 10:30 AM Mass Fr. Tom will bless backpacks, just prior to dismissal.  The backpack blessing is open to all students of any school.

Following Mass, St. Patrick School families are invited to attend a Back to School Potluck Picnic and School Open House.  Families please bring a dish to share and PTO will provide the main dish, drinks and tableware. Gather on the playground lawn for prayer before meal.  Teachers will be in their classrooms after the meal for a brief Open House to meet new students and families.  Families are invited to bring student school supplies on this day, so there is not so much to carry the first day of school!  See you then!

Liturgical Ministers Schedule
The next LM schedule will run Sept. 22 through Jan. 13. Special Masses (such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other days of obligation that fall in this time period) are filled on a volunteer basis, not by automatic scheduling. If there are any dates during this period that you cannot serve, please log in to the Scheduler and block them out, email, or notify the parish office, by Aug. 24

Dear Ladies of the Parish:  Our next bunco night is Tuesday, September 4th at 7:00 in Multipurpose Room 1 of the Parish Center.  Please join us!  If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Covell at

Annual Men’s Retreat
September 7-9, St. Francis Retreat Center in DeWitt, MI.  “From Chaos to Order: A Scriptural Guide to Building a Life-Giving Community”

Join us to gain new scriptural insights on ways to bring order into your own life and community.  The retreat runs from dinner on Friday to lunch on Sunday. Register by calling the retreat center at 517-669-8321 or online at Rooms are limited, register today!

The suggested donation for the weekend is $175. Please prayerfully consider if God is calling you to set aside time for this encounter opportunity!

Knight’s News
Golf Outing:  Sept. 8th!  Arrowhead Golf Course.  9AM tee off, 4 person scramble.  $30/person.  18 holes, prizes and lunch.  All are welcome!  Call George Mauric, #616-485-3443.  Flyer here

Reboot:  A life-changing event
Let internationally renowned speaker and author Chris Stefanick, along with top performing live music artists, help you REDISCOVER God, and REDISCOVER the life you were made for.  

REBOOT! is the fun, inspiring and practical experience for all (ages 12 and up), of applying the beauty and genius of the Gospel to every aspect of your life, from prayer and spirituality, to work, dating, marriage, parenting, health and more!

Featuring internationally acclaimed speaker, author and TV host:  Chris Stefanick.  Thursday, Sept. 20 from 7-9:30PM at St. John Vianney Catholic Church (4101 Clyde Park Ave SW, Wyoming MI).  Tickets are $22.  For more information and to purchase tickets, call 616-724-3132 or click on RealLifeCatholic.

Retrouvaille.  The Other Alternative to Divorce.
Did you know that according to the State of Michigan there were 28,916 divorces in the State in the year 2016?  

Do you feel lost, alone or bored in your marriage? Are you frustrated, hurt or angry with your spouse? Are you constantly fighting? Or, do you simply shut down? Have you thought about separation or divorce? Does talking only make it worse? 

Rediscover healing and love and find hope by attending Retrouvaille (pronounced re-tro-vi with a long i). The program offers tools needed to rediscover a loving marriage relationship. The next Retrouvaille weekend is September 28th. The next weekend will not be scheduled until March. Please don’t wait, rooms will fill quickly.  

For more information, to register or to sponsor a couple:  616.752.7004 | | | P.O. Box 26 Grandville, Michigan 49468.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter
Looking for marriage enrichment that will take your marriage from good to great? Or from great to even better? Look no further! Worldwide Marriage Encounter, the original Catholic marriage enrichment weekend, has been enriching marriages for 50 years. Upcoming weekends:

Sept. 28-30 at the Holiday Inn in Troy
Oct. 5-7 at the Augustine Center in Petoskey
Nov. 2-4 at the Saginaw Center for Ministry, Saginaw

Space is limited, apply today at or contact Andrew & Alaina Wollner at 734-531-9191 for more information.

Parish Ministry & Catechetical Conference
Please mark your calendars for the 2018 Parish Ministry and Catechetical Conference!  The event is open to all adults in the diocese.  Sat., Sept. 29th West Catholic High School (1801 Bristol Ave. NW, Grand Rapids).  Keynote Speaker: Nancy Bird.  Questions? Please contact Marianne Verner at 616-246-0588 or

Wedding Anniversary Mass
Together with your families, the Church in the Diocese of Grand Rapids honors the faithful witness to your vocation of marriage and wishes to celebrate with you.  Bishop Walkowiak is inviting all couples celebrating milestone anniversaries to join him on Sun., Oct. 21 at the 10a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew (265 Sheldon Blvd., Grand Rapids). A simple reception will immediately follow.  Please RSVP by calling the parish office.

Strong Catholic Families
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time:  Life for the World
Reading I:  
1 Kings 19:4-8 – Elijah’s flight to Horeb

Reading II:  Ephesians 4:30—5:2 – Vices to be avoided
Gospel:   John 6:41-51 – Discourse on the bread of life, continued

Key Passage:   Jesus said, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” (John 6:51).

Adult:   When has the bread of life given you the strength you needed to face a difficult situation in your life?

Youth:  What will you ask Jesus to help you with when you receive Holy Communion this week?

Respect Life
Many people don’t realize that Roe v. Wade legalized abortion through all nine months of pregnancy. Roe says abortions may not be restricted at all during the first three months and in the second three months may be regulated only for the mother’s health.1  After “viability”Roe allows abortion to be prohibited but must make an exception for the woman’s life or health.3

But in Roe’s companion case, Doe v. Bolton, the Court defined “health” to include “all factors – physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age -relevant to the well-being” of the mother.4 In most states, that is broad enough to permit virtually any abortion in the seventh, eighth, or ninth months of pregnancy5 if any of these reasons is invoked.6                     -USCCB

A Family Perspective
by Bud Ozar
“Stop murmuring” Jesus told the disciples in today’s gospel. Complaining is a dead-end and constant complaining is nagging. We might feel better but others feel bitter. Silence or grumbling will not resolve the problem. Address differences honestly and respectfully. Don’t make them personal attacks.

Greeters Needed
We are growing our ministry of Greeters.  If you are willing to come to church a little earlier, meet and welcome your fellow parishioners and visitors with a smile, a handshake, and a word of welcome, we need you – especially during construction!  Perhaps your family would like to share this ministry. We are scheduling up to four greeters during the winter months (we greet inside the main doors) and more when the weather allows us to be outside.  Please email Cindy Samson at or Michelle Ogren, or call the parish office.

Sacristans Needed
We are in need of Sacristans for weekend Masses, especially 5PM Mass.  If you would be willing to assist in seeing that the altar is set for Mass and that liturgical volunteers are there, ready to serve, please email Cindy at or call the Parish Office and leave a message. Thank you!

Server Vestment Cleaning
We are looking for a person/persons to wash the altar server cassocks and surpluses approximately four times a year. Contact Cindy Samson at or Michelle Ogren at for more information. Thank you!

Altar Server Vestments
Server cassocks and surplices are found lying on the floor or rolled up under chairs and in corners. This occurs after daily Mass as well as after weekend Masses.  We would like to remind all servers that part of the serving ministry is to properly care for the garments worn and if assistance is necessary to ask for help.  We ask the older servers to assist the younger servers.  In addition, we ask the parents of weekend servers for help in seeing that the garments are hung properly.  Please feel welcome to stop in the server room to assist with hanging their garments.  We thank everyone for their attention to this and appreciate your time and effort in service to the parish.

Funeral Luncheon Helpers
In the past few months as we have called for help or dishes for our funeral lunches, we are more and more running into disconnected phone numbers. If you are on the list and feel you are not being called, want to update your phone number(s) or wish to be added to the list, please email the parish office at with your name and current phone number(s).  Thank you so very much!

Urgent Prayer Warriors
Did you know you can call and in a very short time have several people praying for your needs and intentions?  In addition, First Friday prayers can be called in or e-mailed to the parish office any time for the following month. We say these prayers after Mass on the first Friday of the month. Extra copies of the prayers are on the left as you come into Church. Those who take a copy of the prayers are asked to pray them daily for that month.  Please contact the parish office to leave your prayer request or to be added to the Prayer Warrior email chain so you too can pray for others.  Email:

Parish Library
Ever want to learn more about your faith at your own pace?  Library is in the gathering space of the parish center, checkout procedures are posted there as well.  If you have any title recommendations or donations, please contact Cheryl Emmette in the office.

Check it Out!
Our family bulletin board is up and ready for viewing.  Once a month we will be gathering and displaying  a new set of smiling faces.  It highlights new and “seasoned” parishioners as well as the  young and young at heart!  This is a great opportunity for us to get to know each other a little bit better. We are so blessed here at St. Patrick’s to ALL be part of this amazing “Family”.

Calling all “NextGen Catholics,” ages 14-25 years! UPRISE – – a brand new, volunteer global movement of generosity!  It is an invitation to inspire your personal Catholic commitment of greater time, talent, and ties, using social media to spread your

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

Make your WHY a Way of Life
If you’ve ever spent ten minutes with a three-year old, you can vouch for their curiosity. “Why can’t I touch that?” “Why is my hair brown?” “Why does that person’s face look so old?”  

While an untimely “why” can put unsuspecting parents in an embarrassing situation, cultivating curiosity is how every child grows. In fact, we should never shy away from life’s “whys,” even as our children reach adulthood. Here are several “whys” your grown children or grandchildren actually need to hear from you.  Have you told them WHY they mean so much to you? Have you told them WHY you embraced faith? Have you told them WHY you have certain personal values?  

Many individuals are excited to learn they can easily turn their WHY into action by supporting a ministry or cause that aligns with their values. For instance, a gift in your Will is a simple way to communicate your WHY to the next generation and create a legacy of your Catholic faith in the process. Contact your parish office or call Mark Morrow, Executive Director of The Catholic Foundation of West Michigan at 616.475.1251 to learn more!

Helping Hearts, Helping Hands
We are looking for more people who may be interested in helping with projects at parishioner’s homes. Occasionally we get requests for parishioners who are unable (for whatever reason) to take care of some things around their home.  Time commitment varies and is not needed on every project.  We just need a larger list to ask for volunteers.  If you are interested in being added to the possible volunteer list, please contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office, by email, or through the website volunteer form.

If you are in need of Helping Hearts, Helping Hands service, please contact us also.  Cheryl Emmette, or 691-8541 x14.

AA Meetings
Meetings have resumed on Sunday nights at 6:30PM in the St. Brigid Room of Kildare (in the school) or outside near the playground if it’s nice out.

Adult Volleyball Open Gym
Adult Volleyball is on hold for now, will resume later this Fall.  Check here for details.

Lo-Gluten Host
We provide lo-gluten hosts for those needing them. Please contact Emma Darling at for more information.

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

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Every Saturday, 3:45 PM, 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 Diane Hamel, 691-8541, x12.

Men’s Faith Sharing
The group meets on the 2nd Saturday of the month at 8AM in the St. Brigid of Kildare room in the school.  Please contact Cheryl Emmette in the office if you would like more information.

Women’s Faith Sharing
The group meets on Monday evenings in the St. Bridgid of Kildare room in the school from 6:30-8PM.  Please contact Cheryl Emmette in the office if you would like more information.  Will start again in the Fall, updates will be posted here.

Sunday Study Group
Currently on haitus for the summer:  Please consider joining our group each Sunday at 9AM to discuss how to apply the Sunday readings to our daily lives.  We gather in the St. Brigid of   Kildare room in the school for coffee and conversation using resources from Twenty-Third Publications and Sunday Scripture Insights.  All are welcome; hope to see you there.  Contact Mary Nugent, 691-8557 for additional information

Pilgrimage to Ireland
The music ministry of St Anthony’s is excited to announce plans of a ten day pilgrimage to Ireland April 1 – 10 (2019).  Fr Luis Garcia will join us as we travel to Belfast (The Titanic Museum), Armagh, Giants Causeway, Knock (the sight of the Blessed Mother’s Apparition), Galway, Kylemore Abbey, Cliffs of Moher, and Dublin. For detailed information contact Vonnie Clark (485-0695) or

Consolata Guild
Euchre Tournament, August 18th to benefit the Consolata Misionary Sisters.  See this flyer for details.

Catholic Information Center Events
Brown Bag Lunch Discussion
Thursdays, Sept. 6, 13 & 20 from noon -1PM
Led by Fr. Rene Constanza, CSP
Rejoice and be Glad!  A Call to Holiness, by Pope Francis.  You don’t need to be a mystic, a priest or a member of a religious order to be holy.  Each of us is called to be a saint. “Saints next door,” Pope Francis calls them. All we need to do is “live our lives in love” and “bear witness” to God in all we do.  Join Fr. René for this three-week book study and learn more about the call to holiness, the signs of holiness in today’s world, the enemies of holiness, and about spiritual combat, vigilance and discernment. (Please feel free to bring your lunch to these discussions). Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the CIC office.  CFD: Theology or Spirituality.  ($10 donation per session requested)

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
Unplug at the FLPC Eco Retreat 
Wednesday evening, August 1 through Sunday afternoon, August 5
Turn off the noise and reconnect with God and nature at this special retreat for Catholic adults, ages 21 to 35, interested in disconnecting from the consumer culture and reconnecting to more simple living and the Catholic faith. Led by Sister Damien Marie Savino, FSE, we will work, pray, and eat together, learning how to harvest fruits and vegetables, make homemade pies and bread, and care for livestock.  There will be opportunities for spiritual integration along with daily Mass, Adoration, and the Divine Office. Cost: $250 includes food, lodging, and equipment

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
Development Dateabase Admin at Diocese of Grand Rapids  Details here
Catholic Charities of West Michigan have a number of position openings throughout the Diocese of Grand Rapids.  All position openings can be found on their website here.
Local job openings via the Diocese of Grand Rapids, Catholic Information Center, etc. can be found here.
Childcare team, St. Patrick – Parnell.  Please click here for information.
Facility Maintenance Coordinator at Catholic Charities of West Michigan.  More detail 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.