Saint Patrick Parish News 09.07.18


This week’s Mass schedule  

Sat., September 8
5PM Mass

Sun., September 9
8AM Mass
10:30AM Mass

Mon., September 10
No Mass Here

Tue., September 11
9AM Mass

Wed., September 12
9AM Mass

Thu., September 13
9AM Mass

Fri., September 14
9AM Mass


Upcoming Events
Sat., September 8
8AM Men’s Spirituality, St. Brigid of Kildare
3:45PM Confessions, Church
6:30PM Concert on the Porch, Rectory Lawn

Sun., September 9
1PM Family Volleyball, Gym

Mon., September 10
Parish Office Closed
6PM Women’s Faith Sharing, St. Brigid of Kildare
7PM Spanish Language Mass, Church

Thu., September 13
6:30PM Rosary, Church
8PM Men’s Basketball, Gym

Sat., September 14
7AM Fishing Tournament
3:45PM Confessions, Church


The Flock








Your $10 + Meijer’s $20 = $30 for FROM/North Kent Connect Food Pantries
Meijer Simply Give Double Match Day is September 7th!  TODAY….  Buy a $10 Meijer Simply Give card at the Lowell Meijer September 7th and Meijer will DOUBLE MATCH your donation!  That means your $10 donation becomes a $30 donation to FROM’s food pantry. You can also purchase a card at the Rockford Meijer and donations will go to North Kent Connect.  

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

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.

Scout News!
New parent meeting:  Cub Scout Pack 3106 is kicking off another year of fun at St. Patrick’s!  If your son is in grades 1st through 4th and is interested in learning more about scouts, please join us at our new scout and parent information night in the St. Patrick’s Parish Center, Multipurpose Room #1, on Monday,  September 10 at 6:30 p.m.  If you have any questions, please call Jim George at 204-4932 or Stacey George at 204-4931.

Cub Scout Donut Sundays are back next weekend, Sept. 16!

Consolata Guild Bake Sale
The Consolata Guild will be having their annual Bake Sale on: Saturday, September 15th from 8am-1pm at the Rockford Farmer’s Market.  We are asking for donations of any home-baked goods or produce from your garden. (Please identify nuts in any baked goods).  Please drop off at the Center House on Friday, September 14th from 3pm to 6pm.  All proceeds go directly to the Consolata Sisters.

Save the Target Date
Oct. 2nd:  Tables go on sale for the 2018 Wild Game Dinner to support our Youth Groups. Dinner is Friday, November 30th.   Event starts at 5:30PM/Dinner is at 7PM.  Tables are limited and registration forms can be picked up after Mass starting September 22nd.  

Please turn registration forms/payment in to the parish office.  $12 per person w/dish to pass or $120 per table of 6 w/three dishes to pass and each person gets one raffle ticket. Watch the bulletin for Raffle Ticket Sales information.

Word of Life
“Holy Spirit, comforter of hearts, heal your people’s wounds and transform   brokenness into wholeness.  Grant us the courage and wisdom, humility and grace, to act with justice.  Breathe wisdom into our prayers and labors.  Grant that all harmed by abuse may find peace in justice.  We ask this through Christ, our Lord.”

USCCB Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection, “Promise to Protect” Bookmark.

Family Volleyball
Adult volleyball has now become, Family Volleyball!  Sunday’s from 1-3 pm, all interested players grades 5 through adult are invited to come play in the gym.  Let’s make it a family event!

Prayer of Peace in the Spirit of Taize
Monday, September 10 at 7:00 p.m. 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.

2nd Annual Awesome Ladies Night Out
This is a wonderful opportunity to get together with friends, make new friends and enjoy some food, drinks and dancing.  Everyone is welcome!  (ages 21 and over).  Friday, September 28th from 7-11pm in the parish center.  Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. $20 per ticket, contact the parish office for tickets.  Must have a ticket to enter.  Flyer can be found here.

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.  Classes start the first week of October.

Men’s Faith Sharing
The group meets on the 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month at 8AM in the St. Brigid of Kildare room in the school.  They will be beginning a new study:  A Biblical walk through The Mass, starting Sept. 8th.  If you are looking to form a closer relationship with other Catholic men and learn more about your faith, this is for you. Please contact Cheryl Emmette in the office if you would like more information. 

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

Women’s Faith Sharing
This group meets every Monday night at 6PM in the St. Brigid of   Kildare room in the school.  The study will be starting Sept. 10th, My Soul Magnifies the Lord by The Word Among Us Press. Please   contact Cheryl Emmette in the office if you would like more information.

Upcoming VIRTUS Training
A Protecting God’s Children training session will be held at: 

St. Charles Greenville on Mon., September 10th
St. Patrick, Parnell on Tue. September 18

Both 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, select the Diocese of Grand  Rapids and proceed with Registration.  You must register to attend, please register as soon as possible.   

St. Patrick’s, Parnell will have a light snack / free daycare available. If any questions, please contact the parish office. 

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
Now is a great time to learn about the different opportunities to get involved here at  here at St. Patrick’s.  Our ministry fair is Sat. Sept. 15th on the plaza and Sun., Sept. 16th in the parish center after Masses.    New booklets will be available that week, feel free to grab one!

Knights of Columbus Euchre this Sunday, Sept. 16 at 1:00PM in the parish Center.  Cost is $8.00, all are welcome!  Contact Dennis Brown 616-262-1888 or Diane Brown 616-293-4993, for more information. 

Choir News
Rehearsals for both groups resume on Thursday, September 20th.  All are welcome to come and join in this parish ministry of music. 

Hand Chime ringers do not need a background in music.  What is needed is a love of music, a sense of rhythm and the desire to give God praise through music!  We rehearse on Thu evenings from 5:45-6:45PM.  Come and see what the wonderful group of fellow parishioners is preparing for upcoming Masses.  

The Adult Choir  will be singing a wide variety of choral repertoire over the course of the year.  Now is the time to make the commitment of to give choir  a try!  A sense of pitch, love of singing and commitment to regular attendance are essential; a music background is not required.  We rehearse beginning at 7PM every Thursday evening in the Shepherd of Armagh music room in the parish center. 

Please contact Michelle at 691-8541 x13 or at with any questions.

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.  a small group from our parish is going to pray the novena at the abortion clinic on Friday, Sept. 28 at 7am. All are welcome.     Call Rose Thomet with questions. 987-6641.

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  A flyer with details can be found here.

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

Women’s Retreat
Mary, Shrine of the Spirit, Awaken My Soul – Women’s Retreat October 13, 2018 St. Patrick’s Parnell. Join us to Experience a deeper love for Jesus through Mary our Mother. The Trinitarians of Mary will be the keynote speakers. The retreat will begin at 8:00 a.m. with Mass in the church and conclude at 3:00 p.m. A suggested donation fee of $25 will be collected the day of the retreat. Childcare provided.  To register, contact Marie at  A flyer can be found here.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Strong Catholic Families
Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time:  Rich in Faith
Reading I:  
Isaiah 35:4-7a – Israel’s deliverance

Reading IIJames 2:1-5 – Against favoritism
Gospel:  Mark 7:31-37 – Healing of a deaf-mute

Key Passage:  Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters. Has not God chosen the poor in the world to be rich in faith and to be heirs of the kingdom that he has promised to those who love him? (James 2:5).

AdultWhen has your faith in Jesus enabled you to speak out on an issue of importance?

Youth:  What does your belief in Jesus mean to you?

Respect Life
Every human person is created in the image and likeness of God. The conviction that human life is sacred and that each person has inherent dignity that must be respected in society lies at the heart of Catholic social teaching. Calls to advance human rights are illusions if the right to life itself is subject to attack. We believe that every human life is sacred from conception to natural death; that people are more important than things; and that the measure of every institution is whether or not it enhances the life and dignity of the human person. (US Bishops: Faithful  Citizenship – Civic Responsibility for a New Millennium, 1999).

A Family Perspective
by Bud Ozar
Because the deaf man in today’s gospel recognized his disability, he could seek help from Jesus. Deafness abounds in families: in our children (“Oh dad, not that again”), in parents (“It is just a stage”), and in spouses (“Are you listening?”). Before Jesus can enter your home and heal, you must first  recognize your deafness.

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.

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.

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

Catholic Information Center Events
Holy Brew for Adults in their 20’s and 30’s:  What’s Brewing in Your Life?
Tuesdays, Sept. 18 & Oct. 23, 6-7:30PM
Led by Fr. Michael Hennessy, CSP
*Meeting at Brewery Vibrant (925 Cherry St SE)
Our generation lives in a world of nearly unlimited choice, from the important (our careers, where to setle down) to the not-so-important (there are now over 60 different Oreo flavors).  With so many options, it’s become harder and harder to make these choices.  The Holy Spirit can help!  Come, learn about and discuss the process of discernment.  Registration required:  Call 616-459-7267 or email  CFD:  Theology or Evangelization.

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
Calling All Runners/Walkers!  Join us for West Michigan’s most unique race, the Franciscan Rhythms Trail Run/Walk on Saturday, October 6th for a 5K run or walk, 10K run, and a kid’s run.  Enjoy the live music throughout the trail, Franciscan stew, freshly baked bread, and a custom t-shirt.  Franciscan Life Process Center, 11650 Downes St NE, Lowell.  Early bird registration is $10 for 5K run/walk and $35 for the 10K.  Register online today at ‘trail run‘. 

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:

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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.