Saint Patrick Parish News 08.24.18


This week’s Mass schedule  

Sat., August 25
5PM Mass

Sun., August 26
8AM Mass
10:30AM Mass

Mon., August 27
No Mass Here

Tue., August 28
No Mass Here

Wed., August 29
No Mass Here

Thu., August 30
No Mass Here

Fri., August 31
No Mass Here


Upcoming Events
Sat., August 25
3:45PM Confessions, Church

Sun., August 26
7PM Migrant Mass at Camp, Tom Heffron’s

Mon., August 27
Parish Office Closed

Thu., August 30
6:30PM Rosary, Church
8PM Men’s Basketball, Gym

Sat., August 31
3:45PM Confessions, Church

The Flock








Job Openings:  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.  

Saint Patrick Parish, seeks a Youth Ministry Coordinator.  Are you looking for an exciting opportunity in Youth Ministry? We would love to have you apply! This person will work enthusiastically and creatively to develop relationships with the middle and high school youth within our community. You will help lead them into a deeper life of discipleship through events, programs and mission trip during the year.

Please click here for more detail.

Choir News
If you have been thinking about sharing your musical talents this year, adult choir rehearsals begin Thursday, September 20th at 7:00 p.m. Also, our hand chime choir will begin rehearsals the same evening at 5:45. If you are interested or have questions, please email or call Michelle at, 616-691-8541, ext.13. Soli Deo gloria!

Religious Education Registration 2018-19
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.  

Religious Education Catechists
Have you ever thought of sharing your faith with the younger generation?  We are looking for a few catechists on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings.  This is a wonderful ministry that will help you grow in your faith and allow you to help shape the young Catholics  in our community.  You will have materials to assist you as well as support.  No experience is needed. 

Contact the parish office for questions, grades needed or to volunteer.  Call 616.691.8541 or email

Thank You
We would like to thank the St. Patrick Parish for all of their support and help following Dan’s Death.  Thank you Fr. Tom Cavera, Cheryl Emmette and Michelle Ogren for helping us put together and execute the perfect funeral Mass.  Also, thank you to all the hands that helped provide a wonderful lunch so we might have a chance to talk to so many who attended.  What a wonderful parish we have been blessed with.

Very Sincerely,

Dan Nugent Family

Feasibility study update: Thank you!
Thank you to everyone who filled out a feasibility study survey – YOUR input is appreciated! Over the next few weeks, based on the gathered feedback, the Steier Group will prepare a final recommendation for Bishop Walkowiak as to whether the diocese should proceed with a capital campaign to address the identified needs facing our diocese. Once Bishop Walkowiak reviews the report and makes a final decision, the decision will be announced. Please pray for Bishop Walkowiak and the diocese as these important decisions are made.

Irish Dinner/Music Concert Fundraiser
West Michigan’s Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians is once again inviting you to an entertaining evening of Great Irish music!  The talented Irish music group,Blackthorn, who has recently been inducted into the Michigan Irish American Hall of Fame, will be preforming after a delicious dinner at St. Jude Parish on Saturday October 13, 2018.  Doors open at 5:30pm, Dinner at 6:30 and the Music starts at 7:30pm.  This event benefits Catholic Charities  West Michigan Baby Pantry and Help Pregnancy Crisis Aid.  $40 per Person Includes Dinner and Concert (Beer and Wine will be included at the Cash Bar).  Contact: 616-363-8257 or
  Flyer is here.

Catholic Women Fall Seminar
The Grand Rapids Diocesan Council of Catholic Women will be hosting their 79th Annual Fall Seminar, “Brokenness, Mental Health; Faith and Family,” on Tuesday, October 23rd at St. Sebastian Parish in Byron Center. Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak, bishop of Grand Rapids, will celebrate Mass. Guest speakers include Christy Buck, “be nice.” campaign, and Kevin Matthews author of Broken Mary. Morning hospitality begins at 8:30 a.m. with the program running from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Here is a flyer as well.

Cost is $20, which includes lunch. To register email or call (616) 915-5930. Deadline to   register October 15th.

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.

Mount Mercy Academy Alumnae Assoc.
We will be celebrating Mount Mercy Academy’s 100yr. anniversary on Sunday, October 23rd at the former Mount Mercy Academy.  This will also be our last Mass (10AM in the chapel) and Breakfast with a guest speaker. We will then be closing our Alumni Association and donating all funds to the Sisters of Mercy in Detroit.  Cost is $10, reservations are due September 30th and seating is limited.  We are hoping to reach out to as many former Mercians as possible.  If you have any questions, you can reach me through my email or my phone number616-914-4895.

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.

Campus Visit Day
Aquinas College is hosting an AQDay for all rising high school juniors and seniors interested in visiting their beautiful 117-acre campus.  The Admissions Office invites you to come and discover what life at AQ is really all about.  Get the inside scoop on    academics, athletics, scholarships, service learning, study abroad, and more. 

Please visit for more details or to register for the event on August 31.

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!

Concerts on the Porch
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.

Knight’s Golf Outing
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

Upcoming VIRTUS Training
A Protecting God’s Children training session will be held at St. Charles Greenville on Monday September 10th from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. This one time training session is required for all volunteers who will be working with children at the school or parishes.  To register for the training session go to and click on Registration.  In order to hold our training date, we must have a minimum number of participants.  If you plan on attending, please register as soon as possible. 

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 September 10th 

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.

Fishing Tournament
7th Annual Fishing Tournament!  Saturday, Sept. 15th on Big Pine Island Lake in Grattan.  Check in will be 6-7AM, fishing begins at 7AM and ends at noon.  Dinner will be served at 1PM in the parish center at St. Patrick’s.  Awards at 1:30PM.  Please see this flyer for registration and more detail.

Ministry Fair
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.    

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.

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. 

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Strong Catholic Families
Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time:  Christian Marriage
Reading I:  
Joshua 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b – Reminder of the divine goodness

Reading II:  Ephesians 5:21-32 or 5:2a, 25-32 – Christian wives and husbands
Gospel:  John 6:60-69 – Effect of the bread of life discourse

Key Passage:  This is a great mystery, and I am applying it to Christ and the church. Each of you, however, should love his wife as himself, and a wife should respect her husband. (Ephesians 5:32–33).

Adult: In what way has the example of Christian marriage (your own or that of another couple) helped you understand the relationship between Christ and his church?

Youth:  What can you do for your family to show them Jesus’ love and care?

Respect Life
The Eucharist and the Pro-Life Movement
“I am the Bread of Life. He who eats this bread will live forever. I will raise Him up on the last day.” (See Jn.6:47-58) The Eucharistic sacrifice is the very action of Christ by which He destroyed our death and restored our life. Whenever we gather for this sacrifice we are celebrating the victory of life over death, and therefore over abortion. The pro-life movement is not simply working “for” victory; we are working “from” victory. As Pope Saint John Paul II said in Denver in 1993, “Have no fear. The outcome of the battle for life is already decided.” Our work is to apply the already established victory to every facet of our society. Celebrating the Eucharist is the source and summit of such work.

A Family Perspective
by Bud Ozar
Even though many found the teachings of Jesus “difficult”, He did not back down. In our families, it is important to say what is difficult to hear, to speak the truth with kindness, to correct with love and guide with understanding.

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
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.