Saint Patrick Parish News 09.21.18

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This week’s Mass schedule  

Sat., September 22
5PM Mass

Sun., September 23
8AM Mass
10:30AM Mass

Mon., September 24
No Mass Here

Tue., September 25
No Mass Here

Wed., September 26
No Mass Here

Thu., September 27
No Mass Here

Fri., September 28
9AM Mass

 

Upcoming Events
Sat., September 22
8AM Men’s Spirituality, St. Brigid of Kildare

3:45PM Confessions, Church

Sun., September 23
1PM Family Volleyball, Gym

Mon., September 24
Parish Office Closed
6PM Women’s Faith Sharing, St. Brigid of Kildare

Thu., September 27
5:45PM Handchime Rehearsal, Music Room
6:30PM Rosary, Church
7PM Choir Rehearsal, Music Room
8PM Men’s Basketball, Gym

Sat., September 29
3:45PM Confessions, Church

 


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Habitat for Humanity
It is nearing that time of the year again when we help with Habitat for Humanity. We will be helping in the Catholic United Build that is located next to St. Adalbert’s. We will be volunteering on Sat., Nov.  3rd from 8:30-4:00. Anyone 16 and older is welcome to help (all skill levels needed – including no skills). To register please contact Ed Donahue at Ejd5454@gmail.com or Cheryl Emmette in the parish office. We need to know if you would like to participate soon.

Right to Life Holiday Auction
The Right to Life Holiday auction begins Sept. 25th and runs through Oct. 2nd.  There are books in the back of Church.  You can also get information and see the auction items at grrtl.org.  All bidding is done online.

Senior Luncheon
Our next luncheon will be, Thursday, Oct. 11th.  Coffee and fellowship will begin at 10AM and lunch will be served at 11AM.  Anyone 60 and older please join us in the parish center for fellowship, a meal and fun.  Please RSVP to the parish office by Oct. 9th.

June/July/August Weddings
Paul Kleff & Denise Mason (June)
Shaun Scudder & Ashley Vroman (June)
Thomas Riddering & Katie McCabe (July)
Sebastian Knoll & Arie Reath

May God be with you and bless you,
May you be poor in misfortune, rich in joy,
And may you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.  ~Irish Blessing

August Baptisms
Maxwell Elliott Meckl, Son of Mavin & Sarah
Isabella Jane Spruit, Daughter of Jerald & Angela
Tidus Salvatore Duffy, Son of Darren & Jillian
Wyatt Andrew Bilski, Son of Andrew & Emilee

May your life be filled with laughter.
May your heart be filled with song.
May your eyes be filled with beauty.
May your soul always know to whom you belong.
~Irish Blessing 

St. Patrick’s Facebook
Have you liked our Facebook page yet?  Did you know we had a Facebook page?  You can find us here

Wild Game Dinner Auction Donations
We are accepting item and/or gift card donations for the Wild Game Dinner auction.  Proceeds will offset the cost of both the middle and high school mission trips next summer.  Donations and/or checks can be delivered to the parish office by Nov. 1st.

Word of Life
“We are created to walk with and support one another; we don’t need to fear reaching out in love.  Help your friend experience the strength of God’s    message that resounds throughout time:  “Do not fear; I am with you” (Isaiah 41:10).  

What can you do if someone you know is considering abortion?  Read more here:  usbccb.org/l-0-v-e

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.

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 secretary@stpatrickparnell.org.

Thursday Faith Study
All adults are welcome to join us for this Fall study, Untold Blessings by Word on Fire.  We will meet Thursday evenings at 7PM beginning Sept. 27th in the St. Brigid of Kildare room in the school. Contact Cheryl Emmette by email or in the parish office to register.

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.

Euchre
Knights of Columbus Euchre Sunday, Sept. 30 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. 

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 mverner@dioceseofgrandrapids.org.  A flyer with details can be found here.

Wild Game Dinner Tickets
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.

Bunco
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 cindylou3711@comcast.net.

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:

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 www.wwme.org or contact Andrew & Alaina Wollner at 734-531-9191 for more information.

Exploring the Sunday Readings
Starting Sunday, Oct. 7th at 9AM join us to discuss how to apply the  Sunday readings to our daily lives.  We gather in the St. Brigid of Kildare room for coffee and conversation using resources from Twenty-Third Publications and Sunday Scripture Insights.  All are welcome!  Contact Mary Nugent, 691-8557 for additional info.

Are you discerning the priesthood?
Gifted and Called is a discernment opportunity sponsored by the 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 on the 2nd floor of Cathedral Square Center from 4 -5 p.m.  This year’s Gifted and Called discernment opportunities are offered on the following Sundays: Oct. 7, Nov. 11, Dec. 9, Jan. 13, Feb. 10, March 10, April 7, and May 5

Feel free to show up or call to let us know you are coming at 616-288-0910.  Questions, email Fr. Ron Hutchinson (rhutchinson@dioceseofgrandrapids.org) or Fr. Stephen Durkee (sdurkee@dioceseofgrandrapids.org).

Rosary Coast to Coast
Sunday October 7, 2018, God’s Unfathomable Mercy is opening the hearts, the minds and the eyes of people of Faith.  Our Lady’s Clarion Call is upon us!  The time is now to call upon God, through the powerful intercession of Our Lady of the Rosary, to heal our country and return it to holiness.  Americans across the country are invited to pray the Rosary Coast to Coast.  Please join us the local division of LAOH leads the rosary at 4pm at St. Jude Parish on Sunday, October 7.  For more information go to rosarycoasttocoast.com

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:  October 8th

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 womensretreatstpatsparnell@gmail.com.  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 grmilaoh@earthlink.net.
  Flyer is here.

White Mass
Mass of Christ the Healer.  Physicians, Nurses, Health Care Professionals and Students, Caregivers, Trustees and all others engaged in the care of sick and infirm, along with your families and friends… 

Please join us, Sunday, October 14 at 10AM Mass (televeised and live streamed).  The Cathedral of St. Andrew, 215 Sheldon Blvd. SE, Grand Rapids.  Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak presiding.  Reception to follow in the Parish Center (lower level of Cathedral).  You are invited to wear your working uniform (scrubs, coat, etc.).  Flyer can be found here.

St. Jude Rummage Sale
St. Jude rummage sale will be held on Saturday October 20th from 8:30 to 6pm.  1120 Four Mile Rd. NE, bag special starts at 4.

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 grdccw@dioceseofgrandrapdis.org or call (616) 915-5930. Deadline to   register October 15th.

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.

Annual Vianney Visit
The annual Vianney Visit is taking place November 15-17. This road trip to St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul Minnesota is hosted by Fr. Ron Hutchinson and Fr. Stephen Durkee. The trip allows young men, ages 16-24, to visit the seminary, see what college life is like, and think about the priesthood as a vocation. 

All transportation, accommodations, and meals will be provided at no cost. To register, please call: 616-288-0910.  Flyer can be found here.

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 vclark@saparish.com. (Non- singers are welcome!) Space is limited.

Strong Catholic Families
Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time:  True Wisdom
Reading I:  
Wisdom 2:12, 17-20 – The wicked speak

Reading IIJames 3:16—4:3 – True wisdom and worldly desires
GospelMark 9:30-37 – Second teaching of the Paschal event and words against ambition and envy.

Key Passage:  He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” (Mark 9:35).

AdultWhat evidence do you see in the world around you that many do not accept Jesus’ teaching on power and ambition?

Youth:  Why is it wrong to feel envy for what belongs to another?

Respect Life
TAKE A STAND FOR LIFE

Please join us as we participate in Life Chain on Sunday, October 7th from 2-3PM. We will again be standing along Main St. in Lowell along with            parishioners from St. Mary’s of Lowell.  Please meet at the Little Ceasar’s parking lot on Main Street just before 2PM.  We will stand and pray while holding    pro-life signs.  Signs are provided.  Also, from 11:30 – 2PM, the St. Mary’s K of C will be hosting a spaghetti  lunch as a fundraiser to help the St. Mary’s Youth Group attend the March for Life in Washington, DC.  Lunch will be at St. Mary’s.  For more information, contact Ed Donahue at ejd5454@gmail.com or (616) 780-0580.

A Family Perspective
by Bud Ozar
Disagreements are common in families. But what would you say if Jesus posed the same question “What are you arguing about?”  Is it silly and petty? Is it an attempt to impose your will and control on another? Today Jesus tells us and his disciples to give it up. We are meant to serve each other, not control.

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 asstsecretary@stpatrickparnell.org or Michelle Ogren, music@stpatrickparnell.org or call the parish office.

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 asstsecretary@stpatrickparnell.org or Michelle Ogren at music@stpatrickparnell.org for more information. Thank you!
 

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:  secretary@stpatrickparnell.org.

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”.
 

Uprise
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 courage@dioceseofgrandrapids.org

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 encourage@dioceseofgrandrapids.org.

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 mmorrow@catholicfoundationwm.org.  Visit CatholicFoundationWM.org.  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, pastoralassociate@stpatrickparnell.org 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.

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

Thursday Rosary
Thursday evenings, 6:30, in the church.  Questions, gary.venturo@gmail.com

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.  A new study has begun:  A Biblical walk through The Mass.  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 meets every Monday night at 6PM in the St. Brigid of   Kildare room in the school.  The study, My Soul Magnifies the Lord by The Word Among Us Press has begun. Please contact Cheryl Emmette in the office if you would like more information.

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.

Catholic Information Center Events
Visual Prayer
Tuesday, September 25, 7-8:45PM
Led by Annette Witte
Just as a gesture conveys a deeper meaning, Visual Prayer also speaks a deeper language than words can express.  Join Annette and explore ways to create your own visual response to scripture and the prayers of your heart.  CFD:  Spirituality.  $10 donation requested.

CIC| 360 Division Ave S, Ste 2A | Grand Rapids |616-459-7267  | catholicinformationcenter.org
For all events and/or to pre-register, please call 616-459-7267 or email to register@catholicinformationcenter.org

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  | lifeprocesscenter.org
To register, please go to www.lifeprocesscenter.org 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  | dominicancenter.com.   For event information go to doninicancenter.com/events.

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: www.dioceseofgrandrapids.org 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: http://www.usccb.org/nfp/catholic-teaching.

Parish App & Parish e-News 
Enrich your daily life with spiritual resources and parish community! Connect all week long with prayer, educational opportunities, news and community event information. Download the app to your phone from the website or the e-newsletter. 

Job Openings
Development Database Admin at Diocese of Grand Rapids  Details here
Development Assistant at Diocese of Grand Rapids  Details here 
There are several job openings within our Diocese, see all listings 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, www.benefit-mobile.com/consumers. 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 pregnancy_services@ccwestmi.org or visit www.ccwestmi.org 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 foster_care@ccwestmi.org or visit www.ccwestmi.org 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 mwalsh@ccwestmi.org.

• 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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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 flpc@lifeprocesscenter.org or call 897- 7842.

The Catholic Information Center
Visit the CIC  website for current program schedules, registration information and other faith formation resources.  Email register@catholicinformationcenter.org 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.