Saint Patrick Parish News 09.20.19


This week’s Mass schedule  

Sat., September 21
5PM Mass

Sun., September 22
8AM Mass
10:30AM Mass

Mon., September 23
No Mass Here

Tue., September 24
No Mass Here

Wed., September 25
No Mass Here

Thu., September 26
No Mass Here

Fri., September 27
No Mass Here

Sat., September 28
5PM Mass

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

Sun., September 22
9AM REP, School
9AM Scout Donuts, Church Plaza
11:30AM Catholicism Study, St. Brigid of Kildare
11:30AM Festival Wrap Up Mtg, Parish Center

Mon., September 23
Parish Office Closed
6PM Women’s Faith Sharing, St. Brigid of Kildare

Wed., September 25
6:30PM Adoration, Church
6:30PM REP, School

Thu., September 26
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 28
8AM Men’s Spirituality, St. Brigid of Kildare
3:45PM Confessions, Church



From the Pastor:
Last week Friday I had a meeting with Bishop Walkowiak to in order to secure his formal permission to move forward with our planned addition of two classrooms for our growing school.  Bishop was very supportive of our project and authorized the next step which will be to make a formal presentation to the Building & Planning Committee. Please keep your prayers coming for this project so we can begin the excavation.  

As mentioned last week, we will be offering Eucharistic adoration each Wednesday that our Religious Education classes are meeting.  This will be from 6:30 – 7:45 PM. I will also be in the confessional during that time to hear confessions (when I am available). The sacrament of reconciliation is vital to our spiritual grow and I wanted to create this additional time to hear confessions so more of you can take advantage of this beautiful sacrament of healing.

There is a huge challenge that faces every church in our diocese.  How can we get the next generation of parishioners to get involved?  Us baby boomers are getting up there in age and we need our younger members to be generous with their gift of their time and talent.  This is the only way we will continue to be able to offer such events as the Wild Game Dinner and Festival. Please spend some time in prayer considering where you may be able to offer your special gift of time and talent.  The green Ministry Booklets are a great source of information regarding things happening in our parish, you can find them in the back of church.

This coming week I will be with my brother priests and Bishop Walkowiak in Traverse City for our yearly convocation.  Following that, I will remain up north and offer my help covering all Masses at St. Anne’s on Mackinac Island so their pastor can have some time away.  Remember that there is a 7:00 AM daily Mass every morning at the Carmelite Monastery.

Thank you for all of your prayers and support as I continue to serve in this beautiful parish.  I am so blessed to have such wonderful parishioners. Please keep me in your prayers and know that I will pray for you all – oremus pro invicem.

In Mary,
Fr. Tom

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.

In Memoriam
We offer our prayers and condolences to the family of John Pease, whose Funeral Mass was celebrated on Sep. 21, 2019 at St. Patrick Parish.

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

Religious Education has begun: but you can still register
Register on the parish website from the homepage following:  Faith Formation -> Religious Education or here Registration 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. 

Festival Follow-up Meeting
Please join us this 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! 

Are you Exploring the Priesthood?
Join others for the 2019 Vianney Visit to St. John Vianney College Seminary, St. Paul MN from Nov. 14-16.

The Diocese of GR will be offering young men ages 16-24 an opportunity to take a closer look at the priesthood by experiencing a few days in the life of a seminarian.  Transportation, accommodations and meals will be provided at no cost. 

Contact Pattie Reynolds at to register or call Fr. Stephen Durkee at 616-475-1254 with any questions.  Registration ends November 1.  A flyer can be found here.

Healing our Church
Come together for six weeks in small groups with fellow parishioners to pray and reflect on the clergy abuse crisis and to envision a path forward as a Roman Catholic family of faith. Each session is only 90 minutes. RENEW International, a Catholic nonprofit organization, has designed this healing process.

We have a Parish Coordinating Team to move this initiative forward. Please pray for its success.   If interested, contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office.

Blood Drive
Blood Drive at St Patrick’s on Sunday, October 20, 8am – 1pm in the multi purpose room. Michigan Blood will be here to help you make a donation that could save a life in our community. Other ways to donate time & talent are a donation of baked goods or 1-2 hours at the aftercare table. Our goal is for at least 17 donations and 1 first time donor. For questions or to make an appointment call 1-866-642-5663 or visit or Gayle LeMasters at 616-540-3387 or  Thank you in advance for your willingness to donate!

North Kent Connect Pastor’s Feud
Want to support North Kent Connect and have a great evening out? St. Patrick has purchased two tables to their annual fundraiser Pastor’s Feud at Frederik Meijer Gardens on Thursday October 10th at 6:00pm.

This fundraiser helps support their ministry to help those in need in northern Kent County. If you are interested in attending, please contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office.

Eucharistic Adoration:  Our Lady of Consolation
Jesus Christ is in love with YOU and wants to spend time with YOU! Have you made time for Him this week in the classroom of silence? Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the Perpetual Adoration Chapel at Our Lady of Consolation is 24/7. Stop in anytime. For more information or to schedule an hour with Jesus, call 616-866-0931 or e-mail  

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 21stPlease 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 after most Masses on the church plaza.

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 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.

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

Knights of Columbus Euchre Sunday, Sept. 29 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.

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

Metal for Meals Scrap Metal Drive
Friday, October 4, 6:00-8:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 5, 8:30 a.m.–noon. It’s time for the St. Mary Church semi-annual Metal for Meals scrap metal drive to benefit their food pantry. A dumpster will be in the parking lot (420 Second St. NW, Grand Rapids) to receive scrap metal—anything you’d like to get rid of that is made of metal: items like old washing machines, dryers, rakes, garden tools, irons, bikes, grills, tin cans, file cabinets, tire rims, bed frames, etc. Proceeds will help to fund the community food pantry at St. Mary Church on the near west side of Grand Rapids. This is a great way to help others with your fall cleaning!

Catholic Central Beyond Belief
CCNEXT Discovery Day – Nov. 3, 2019, 1pm at Catholic Central High School
Students – Discover what’s NEXT in your personal journey and what it means to be a Catholic Central Cougar. Take a student-guided tour of our campus, learn about our STEAM program, our new House System and meet our teachers, staff and students. Please Register to attend at

Aquinas College Visits
Aquinas College welcomes any high school students and families to our Fall Open 
Houses on Saturday, October 5 or Saturday, November 2! Choose your own path through sessions throughout the day as you get the inside scoop on academics, athletics, service learning, study abroad and more! Details and registration information can be found 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.

Consolata Bowling Event
Sunday, October 6th at Westgate Bowling at 4486 Alpine Ave NW, Comstock Park from 1-4PM.  Unlimited bowling & shoes, Singles $10 and Family $20.  All donations are appreciated.  Come join the fun!  All proceeds to to the Consolata Missionary Sisters, sponsored by the Consolata Guild.

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.

White Mass
Sunday, Oct. 20th at 10AM at Cathedral Square.  Join Bishop Walkowiak as we honor those who work in health care – from nurses and physicians to lab techs and environmental service workers.  Health care workers and caregivers from all faiths are welcome and all are encouraged to wear their working uniform.  A reception will follow Mass.  The White Mass – named for the white coats of physicians – is traditionally celebrated on the Feast of St. Luke, the patron saint of physicians.   A flyer with details can be found here.

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

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:

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 (

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

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.  

Wednesday night adoration from 6:30 – 7:45 pm, and runs weekly according to the religious education program schedule.  Schedule can be seen here.  Confessions will also be heard when Fr. Tom is available.

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!

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 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time:  The Value of Honesty
Reading I:  
Amos 8:4-7 – Against greed

Reading II:  1 Timothy 2:1-8 – Conduct of men and women
GospelLuke 16:1-13 or 16:10-13 – The dishonest steward

Key Passage: Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. (Luke 16:10)

AdultCan cheating and deception ever be justified?
Youth:  If someone treats you unfairly, do you have the right to do the same to them?

Respect Life
“. . . we are facing an enormous and dramatic clash between good and evil, death and life, the “culture of death” and the “culture of life”. We find ourselves not only faced with but necessarily in the midst of this conflict: we are all involved and we all share in it, with the inescapable responsibility of choosing to be unconditionally pro-life.” 

-St. Pope John Paul II (Evangelium Vitae)

A Family Perspective
by Bud Ozar
Despite all our time saving gadgets, we still have less leisure and family time.  To solve this, we created the myth of ‘Quality Time’.  Don’t be fooled: Quality time is quantity time.  Jesus counsels us today, we “cannot serve two masters” and expect to be happy.  Dedicate time to your family.  No one in their final hours regretted not spending more time at work.

Word of Life
“Suicidal individuals—with or without a terminal illness—typically do not want to die… The patient requesting assisted suicide is often asking, ‘Does anyone want me to be alive, or care enough to talk me out of this request and support me through this difficult time?’”

USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities
“Every Suicide is Tragic”

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. 

Women’s Faith Sharing
This group has begun meeting on Monday nights at 6PM in the St. Brigid of Kildare room in the school.  The book will be Father Solanus Casey by Catherine Odell.  Please contact Cheryl Emmette 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
in the midst Infertility Support Series
Grand Rapids Campus, 7-9PM
Have you been experiencing infertility? Join us for a 3-session support series for couples struggling with the effects of both primary and secondary infertility.   Oct. 7:  Grief and Loss in the midst of Infertility; Nov. 4:  Strong Marriages in the midst of Infertility; Dec. 2:  Fruitfulness  in the midst of Infertility.  Cost is $65 per couple.  To register, click here

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

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.