Saint Patrick Parish News 09.12.19


This week’s Mass schedule  

Sat., September 14
5PM Mass

Sun., September 15
8AM Mass
10:30AM Mass

Mon., September 16
No Mass Here

Tue., September 17
9AM Mass

Wed., September 18
9AM Mass

Thu., September 19
9AM Mass

Fri., September 20
9AM Mass

Sat., September 21
5PM Mass

Upcoming Events
Sat., September 14
8AM Men’s Spirituality, St. Brigid of Kildare
3:45PM Confessions, Church

Sun., September 15
9AM REP, School
1PM Euchre, Parish Center

Mon., September 16
Parish Office Closed
6:30PM Women’s Faith Sharing, St. Brigid of Kildare

Tue., September 17
6AM Adoration, Church
6:30PM Art & Environment Meeting, St. Brigid of Kildare

Wed., September 18
6AM Adoration, Church
6:30PM Adoration, Church
6:30PM REP, School
6:45PM REP Parent Mtg, Parish Center
7:30PM REP Benediction w/Fr., Church

Thu., September 19
6AM Adoration, Church
5:30PM Hand Chime/Choir Practice, Shepherds of Armagh
6:30PM Rosary, Church
6:30PM RCIA Inquiry, Faith Formation Rm
8PM Men’s Basketball, Gym

Sat., September 21
3:45PM Confessions, Church



From the Pastoral Associate:
We have so many things to be thankful for here at St. Patrick. Week after week we gather in our beautiful church that we all have worked hard to maintain and enhance it’s beauty. Each week we gather as one Body of Christ singing and praying together as a family. It is very evident to me that each of you makes this parish family vibrant, and dynamic.

Last weekend I was fortunate to be present at all of the liturgies seeing so many of you that I do not see on a regular basis. It was wonderful to see your smiles and feel your embraces and be blessed by your presence.  I was around all last weekend as it was our ministry weekend. A weekend where we highlight the vast opportunities we have to share the gifts that God has given us. I am hopeful that you took an opportunity to take a green ministry booklet home with you. If you were visiting another parish last weekend or forgot to take one home, we left them in the pews for you to grab one this weekend. Please prayerfully read through all of the ministries that are happening here and discern where you can offer your gifts this year. There are opportunities and ways for everyone to lend a hand. If everyone gives a small amount, we can accomplish all that we are planning to do and so much more. You could give some time to the many liturgical ministries on the weekend or possibly sorting/delivering donations that we collect to support those in need. Both take different gifts and amounts of time, but one could fit your season of life (young to not as young).

Getting involved in an area of ministry also will give you an opportunity to meet other members of the parish. If you have been a parishioner your entire life or you are newer to the parish, there are people sitting around you that you do not know each weekend. What a great way to really get to know someone, not just by face or name, but by what gifts God has blessed them with.

If you have an area of ministry that you feel God is nudging you     towards and we don’t offer something like that here, ask. We may have something similar or are willing to start that ministry here. As we gather as one Body of Christ, let us share our gifts with each other and the world.

Cheryl Emmette

Are you familiar with FORMED? St. Patrick now has a subscription free to our parishioners. This online resource gives you unlimited access to thousands of Catholic videos, programs, and daily reflections.

In your web browser type in and it will take you to our parish’s subscription. Create an account and you will have access to all of the content on their platform. You can also download the FORMED app and enter and register.  Have questions, contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office.

Hurricane Dorian Special Collection
Bishop Walkowiak has asked for a special collection to be taken up in all parishes of the diocese this weekend, Sept. 14/15, after seeing the extent of the devastation left behind in the Bahamas from Hurricane Dorian.  All monies collected from this special collection will be sent to Catholic Relief Services.  Collection will be done after communion.

Festival Follow-up Meeting
Please join us on Sunday, Sept. 22nd after 10:30am Mass in the parish center.  We will be discussing how festival went, what can be done next year and if you are interested in helping next year – now is the time to get on board, never to early to start planning for Festival 2020! 

Thank You
Thank You to all that played Golf at our outing. We had 44 people and all had a good time.  A special thanks to Dawn and George Mauric for heading up the outing and for the food.  The 1st place team donated their winnings of $95.00 and we had a 50/50 drawing of $183.00.  The 1st place team was headed up by Pat Smiggen from St. Roberts, our District Deputy.  With all profits going to Our Sheppard Campaign.           Brian Mauric, GK

Adult Volleyball
Adult volleyball for ages 16+ will be starting again on Oct. 20th from 1-3pm in the gym.  Everyone welcome!

Save the Date:  Wild Game Dinner Info
Oct. 1st:  Tables go on sale for the 2019 Wild Game Dinner to support our Youth Group.  Dinner is Friday, December 6th.  Event starts at 5:30PM/Dinner is at 7PM.  Tables are limited and registration forms can be picked up after Mass starting September 21st. Please turn registration forms/payment in to the parish office on Oct. 1st starting at 8:30am.  $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.

Polaris and Gun Raffle ticket sales start this weekend after Masses.

Summer/Fall Flowers
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 in  the back of the church labeled Flower Fund. Thank you for your generosity!

Women’s Faith Sharing
This group has begun meeting on Monday nights at 6PM in the St. Brigid of Kildare room in the school starting Sept. 9th.  The book will be Father Solanus Casey by Catherine Odell.  Please contact Cheryl Emmette if you would like more information.

Religious Education Registration is Open
Religious Education begins THIS WEEKEND!  Register on the parish website from the homepage following:  Faith Formation -> Religious EducationRegistration Link.  You’ll see the registration link at the top of the page.  If you prefer, hardcopies can be picked up in the back of the church and returned to the parish office. 

Are you discerning the priesthood?
Gifted and Called is a discernment opportunity sponsored by the diocesan Office of Priestly Vocations. Each month, young men (ages 16 – 35) are invited to gather and discern God’s will for their lives.  Time for prayer and reflection will be held monthly at St. Robert Catholic Church in Ada from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Men are also personally invited to attend the 6 p.m. Sunday Mass.  This year’s Gifted and Called discernment opportunities are offered on the following Sundays:

Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 17, Jan. 19, Feb. 16, March 15, Apr. 19, and May 17.  Feel free to show up or call to let us know you are coming at 616-288-0910.  Questions, email Fr. Stephen Durkee (

Holy Family Radio Fall Pledge Drive




Trinitarian Sisters of Mary Event
You are cordially invited to attend a fundraising event featuring dinner and a talk on the Power of Eucharistic Adoration.  September 21, 6-8PM in the St. Patrick Parish Center.  Contribution is $30 per person, $55 per couple. 

RSVP by Sept. 14th to 616-897-5272 or Space is limited, don’t wait too long!  A flyer can be found here.

Knights of Columbus Euchre Sunday, Sept. 15 at 1:00PM in the parish Center.  Cost is $10.00, all are welcome!  Contact Dennis Brown 616-262-1888 or Diane Brown 616-293-4993, for more information.  Remember the Euchre tournament during Festival weekend, June 28.  Sign up starts at 6pm.

Spanish Language Mass and Meal
This summer and fall we are having Mass in Spanish for those who are in our area.  Fr. Oscar will be celebrating Mass at camps on September 15, September 22, and October 6.  

Mass will be at 7:00 pm. We would like to provide a meal following Mass. There is a SignUp Genius menu on Facebook and in the newsletter or contact Cheryl Emmette for details and to help contribute.

Mass & Blessing of Pastoral Musicians
All parish musicians of the Diocese of Grand Rapids are invited to a Mass with a blessing of renewal and recommitment to our ministry at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew, Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m.  Bishop Walkowiak presiding.  All pastors, deacons, music directors, instrumentalists, cantors, choir members and staff associated with liturgical music are welcome! A reception on the Piazza Secchia will be held following Mass.

Wednesday night adoration from 6:30 – 7:45 pm begins September 18, and runs weekly according to the religious education program schedule.  Schedule can be seen here.

Every week, at least two people must be present in order to expose the Blessed Sacrament.  Please email Lindsey Wilbur at, to let us know which date we can count on your attendance.   Open to all parishioners!

HELP Pregnancy Crisis Aid Annual Fall Dinner
Thursday, September 19th from 6″30-9PM at Thousand Oaks Golf Club (4100 Thousand Oaks Dr, Grand Rapids).  Keynote speaker:  Fr. Frank Pavone, Priests for Life.  Online reservations are here.

2019 Catechetical Conference
Register today for the 2019 Parish Ministry & Catechetical Conference on September 28 at West Catholic High School. Early bird registration through Aug. 1.  “Open Wide Our Heart” is the theme of this year’s conference featuring keynote speaker Mike Patin, a “faith horticulturist” who uses energy, humor and stories to affirm God’s goodness and presence while inviting others to take the “next step” in our journey with God.   More than 30 workshops as well as three daylong institutes will be offered for anyone who would like to grow in knowledge of the Catholic faith or develop their ministry skills. Registration available at

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

Sr. Angela de Fatima Coelho Visit
Join us to welcome Sr. Angela de Fatima Coelho on Saturday, Oct. 5th at The Cathedral of St. Andrew – 8:30am Rosary led by Kevin Matthews, 9am Mass The Most Reverend Bishop Walkowiak Presiding, 10am Sr. Angela speaks.   Details can be found here.   

St. Patrick’s Annual Women’s Retreat
Our annual Women’s Retreat will be held on Saturday October 5th. This is a beautiful day retreat held here at St. Patrick guided by the Trinitarians of Mary. More details to come on how to register and cost…stay tuned!  Here is a flyer.

Senior Luncheon
It is that time of the year again! We will begin our monthly senior luncheons on October 10th. Anyone 60 and over are welcome to attend. We meet monthly from 10 am until 12:30/1:00 on the second Thursday of the month. Lunch is served at 11 am. It is a wonderful time to catch up with long-time friends or make some new ones. If you plan on attending each month, please call Cheryl Emmette in the office so we have enough food.

Wedding Anniversary Mass
Together with your families, 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 Sunday, Oct. 13 at the 10 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew (301 Sheldon Ave. SE, Grand Rapids).

Please invite your family and friends, a simple reception will immediately follow. RSVP to the parish office 616-691-8541 or

Fall Campaign for 40 Days for Life
A few of us are again participating in an hour of prayer for the end of abortion.  We will be carpooling from our church parking lot on Tues., Oct. 15 at 8am to pray on the sidewalk at Heritage Clinic,  320 Fulton St. in Grand Rapids Please contact Rose (616) 987-6641 if you’d like to join us.

Habitat for Humanity
St. Patrick will be sponsoring the Catholic Build again this year through Habitat for Humanity of Kent County.

We will be working October 19th.  Contact Cheryl Emmette or Ed Donahue to register.

We will be working alongside other parishes to help provide housing to families in need in Grand Rapids.

Blackthorn Concert
West Michigan’s Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians presents:  BLACKTHORN Concert & Dinner, Sat. October 19, 2019 at St. Jude Brophy Center.  Doors open at 5:30pm./Dinner at 6:30pm./Concert at 7:30pm. $40 per person includes dinner & concert (Beer & Wine will be available at the cash bar).

Contact 616-363-8257 or for tickets. This dinner & music concert will benefit Catholic Charities West Michigan Baby Pantry and Help Pregnancy Crisis Aid.  Flyer can be found here.

80th Annual Fall Seminar for Women
Grand Rapids Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s 80th annual fall seminar, “Catholic Strong”, will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, at St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Marne. Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak, bishop of Grand Rapids, will celebrate Mass. Guest speakers are Katie Mendenhall, DRE, St. John Paul II Parish; Margaret M. McCarthy, St. Mary’s Parish, Marne; and Colleen Mitchell, founder, UPRISE. 

Hospitality begins at 8:30 a.m., program runs from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. with lunch.

To register: Email or online at:  Cost is $20. Deadline to register is October 11th

Fr. Wayne Wheeler Jr. 40th Anniversary to the Priesthood
Save the date and come celebrate with Fr. Wayne B. Wheeler, Jr. for his 40th Anniversary to the Priesthood on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at the 10:30am Mass at St. Simon Church, Ludington, MI with festivities to follow, noon until 3pm, in the Family Center. More information to follow. Contact information:

Knight’s of Columbus News
The Knights clothes bin in the east parking lot is for clothes and shoes (NO COATS) we will be collecting them in Oct/Nov. for our give a way. So, save them for us.

SAVE the DATE:  October 23rd, Dining for Dough:  Join us at Pietro’s Italian Restaurant for our Dining for Dough charity dinner w/proceeds going to the K of C.  Dinner starts at 5pm and 10% of all sales from 5-10pm will be donated to this great cause.  Simply redeem the coupon that will be available soon.  Watch here for details.

Nov 9th, Big Dinner Dance:  Seeking donations (gift cards/baskets, etc.) for the raffle, email Brian Mauric at with any items or questions.  Tickets will be $20/each and will be sold starting in October, after Masses or come to the October 6th Breakfast and purchase them.

Need One, Take One; Have One, Leave One
Each weekend we will be putting out the harvest table on the church plaza.  If you have extra garden goodies please bring some, if you need some, feel free to take some.  

St Patrick Gym Use Policy
Although our gym is very nice and quite convenient versus a public gym, it is expensive to maintain. Therefore, we must refrain from allowing employees, parishioners and school families to use the gym for personal use.

There will be times during the school year where an open gym situation will be available, at that time anyone from our school or parish family may use the gym. Open Gym will be posted on the St Patrick public calendar and in the bulletin/newsletter.

In order to keep the gym nice for our school, school athletics & larger parish events, keep expenses down and allow maintenance to keep the gym clean, only community wide events can be scheduled in the gym. For example: School Athletics, Knight’s Free Throw Contest, Festival, Open Gym, Pie Making, Wild Game Dinner, Men’s Basketball, etc.

If you find you have an event that fits the criteria, please contact the parish secretary for scheduling at 616.691.8541.

New Parish App
Do you have our current parish app and are receiving from us?  If not, download our new app today and see what you’ve missed!  There are many new options on the new app and you can continue to stay connected. Questions or need help,  contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office. 

We hope for our new app to be a tool for fostering stronger parish life at St. Patrick and better engaging the New Evangelization.

Text APP to 88202 to download our parish app.  Download myParish App and select our Parish after opening.  You must setup an account to receive our notifications.

New Job Posting at the Diocese
Raiser’s Edge Database Administrator:  see details on this job and more here

North Kent Connect is Hiring
Experienced Administrative Specialist:  see details on this job here

Children’s Day Retreat
Greetings in the joy of Our Risen Lord!  We will be once again starting our First Saturday Retreat Days for boys and girls.  Children’s Day Retreat every first Saturday of the month September-October.  Little Flower/Mary’s Knights, Boys and Girls ages 7 and up from 9-1PM.  Retreat includes Mass, Confessions, Rosary, talks, activities, and crafts.  A flyer can be found here.

RSVP  via email or phone or 616-897-5272.

Critical Pantry Needs
WILL YOU HELP?  Our Pantry (free to all NKC clients) is critically low.  Would you please consider donating any of the following items?

Cereal, quinoa, rice (other healthy grains), Canned fruit (peaches, pears, anything low-sugar), Canned pasta sauce (no glass, please), and Pasta.  Flyer can be found here.

Thank you for your generosity!

We are grateful to our community for ensuring the well-being of our clients in northern Kent County. We cannot do this without you!
Donation Hours:  Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. or you can put them in the baskets at church.

Reading Reflections
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time:  The Courage to Forgive
Reading I: 
Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14 – The golden calf

Reading II1 Timothy 1:12-17 – Paul’s gratitude
Gospel:  Luke 15:1-32 or 15:1-10 – The prodigal son

Key Passage:  The servant replied, “Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has got him back safe and sound.” Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to plead with him. (Luke 15:27–28) 

Adult:  When have you persistently sought after a member of your family who has lost his or her way?
Youth: Have you ever felt you were not getting credit for your good works? What did you do?

Respect Life
“The victims of this [throwaway] culture are precisely the weakest and most fragile human beings – the unborn, the poorest, the sick and elderly, the seriously handicapped, etc. – who are in danger of being ‘thrown away,’ expelled from a system that must be efficient at all costs. …It is necessary to raise awareness and form the lay faithful, in whatever state, especially those engaged in the field of politics, so that they may think in accord with the Gospel and the social doctrine of the church and act consistently by dialoguing and collaborating with those who, in sincerity and intellectual honesty, share – if not the faith – at least a similar vision of mankind and society and its ethical consequences.              

–  Pope Francis: Speech to a delegation from the Dignitatis Humanae Institute Dec. 7, 2013

A Family Perspective
by Bud Ozar
Parents are like that shepherd in today’s gospel for they don’t give up and can’t rest if one of their children has wandered away.  A parent’s persistent love provides a glimpse of the unconditional love for each of us by God, Our Father.  A parent is a window to the divine.

Word of Life
“Throughout salvation history, God has welcomed repentant sinners with special joy. Jesus concludes the parable of the lost sheep with these words: ‘there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance’ (Lk 15:7).”

USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities

St. Raphael’s Adult Singles Group
St. Raphael’s Singles is a diocesan-wide Catholic ministry for adult singles age 40+ who are divorced, widowed, or have never been married.  Join us for friendship, fellowship and many kinds of events, both spiritual and social.   Gatherings take place on the first and third Fridays of the month from 7-9 p.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew.  
Email for more information.

Cancer Support & Prayer Group
Cancer support & prayer group is held the last Thursday of the month, at 6:30 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Caledonia, Lower Level room #6 (enter through Main Entrance, & ramp; follow signs to the room).  The group is free.  

This support group is to allow persons touched by cancer to be with others touched by cancer to gain insight, support, pray for one another, and share in a warmhearted and understanding environment. Those with cancer, survivors, and caregivers are welcome; all ages, stages & diagnoses.

If you have questions, want to be on the contact list/register, or have an interest in assisting with this ministry, please contact Christine Shafer, or 891-9259 x224.

Courage Groups
“Before all else comes the individual person,” Pope Francis wrote, “and people should not be defined only by their sexual tendencies.  We are all destined to receive his infinite love.”  The Courage apostolate welcomes men and women who experience same-sex attractions as brothers and sisters in Christ, and helps them to respond to their vocation as sons and daughters of God, created in his image and likeness.  Together with a priest chaplain, Courage members strive for chastity, build authentic friendships, and grow in holiness. For more information, call 616-459-4662 or email

EnCourage Groups
For parents of sons and daughters who experience same-sex attraction, “speaking the truth in love” to their children can often present a challenge.  The EnCourage apostolate is the Catholic Church’s outreach to parents and other loves ones in this situation, and offers them support and direction as they strive to love their children without the boundless love of Christ.  A priest chaplain leads the regular meetings of EnCourage and offers insights into how to keep the Faith while keeping family relationships strong.  For more information, please call 616-288-0918 or email

Legacy Giving – Learning to See as Jesus Sees
As humans, we often think first about looking out for ourselves – and can quickly default to using our own strength and ambition to do so – but the Lord’s way is always best. Psalm 24:1 says “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.” This verse reminds us that God is the rightful Owner of everything and He knows how to best care for it. His desire is that we would instead cultivate an awareness of how to accomplish His purposes in our lives – to see as He sees. How would seeing through Jesus’ eyes change the way we live? Consider how living with greater attention to Christ’s purpose could look in each of the following areas:  Your time, Your talents and Your resources.  To learn more about how you might leave a legacy to the Church, contact Mark Morrow at 616-475-1251 or  Visit  Flyer  

AA Meetings
Meetings have begun again for the summer.  Sunday’s at 6:30pm in the St. Brigid of Kildare room (or on the playground if it’s nice out).

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

There will be adoration Tue-Fri at St. Patrick’s from 6-7AM in the Church as long as Father is in town.  Please feel free to stop in and start your day with some quiet prayer time.  Please watch the bulletin or online calendar.

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

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Every Saturday, 3:45 PM, in the church.

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.  If you are looking to form a closer relationship with other Catholic men and learn more about your faith, this is for you. Please contact Cheryl Emmette in the office if you would like more information. 

Catholicism Series
Are you looking to learn more about your faith?  We meet for the Catholicism series by Bishop Robert Barron on Sunday afternoons. Group meets following 10:30 Mass in the St Brigid Room. Contact Cheryl Emmette for more details or to begin this wonderful series. 

Adult Christian Initiation
To become Catholic, complete your adult initiation into the Catholic Church, or if you know someone whom might be interested, St. Patrick Parish has a process of inquiry into the Catholic faith that meets throughout the year.  Contact Lindsey Wilbur, 691-8541, x12. 

Franciscan Life Process Center Events
Attention High Schoolers!  SOMETHING TO SAY ‘YES’ TO
Theology of the Body (TOB), is an awesome way for all of us to understand God’s plan for the living of our Sexuality.  These three sequenced retreats include unique, fun experiences that are grounded in solid Catholic teaching and take place on the Franciscan Sisters’ farm in Lowell.  Students in grades 10 – 12 are invited to join us Nov. 15-16, Jan. 24-25, Feb. 28-29. Cost: $125. Please go to for more information.

Fifth Annual Franciscan Rhythms Trail Run & Walk!
October 5th 2019

Franciscan Life Process Center – Lowell Campus
9 am – 2 pm
This fundraising event replenishes the Center’s Music Therapy Scholarship fund. FLPC provides music therapy to many in West Michigan. Many of our clients receive a variety of therapies. Families often need help to pay for the services offered by the Center and Music Therapy is rarely covered by medical insurance. The Center provides over $5,500 per month in scholarship assistance. Registration fee is $30 through September 13. From September 14 through the day of the race, the fee is 5K $35 and 10 K $40, 

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.
Right to Live Events
Focus on Life Benefit Dinner
Monday, October 7
Former U.S. Congressman Trey Gowdy will be the keynote speaker at the 32nd annual Focus on Life Benefit Dinner.  Gowdy entered Congress with a resolute commitment to conservative principles, such as upholding the Constitution and protecting the dignity of human life.  Celebrate life during this gala evening at the DeVos Place ballrooms in downtown Grand Rapids on Monday, October 7 at 6:30PM.  Tickets are $100 per seat or $1,000 per table of 10.  For more information, contact Grand Rapids Right to Life at 616-532-2300, or visit

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:

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

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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.