Saint Patrick Parish News 1.04.19


This week’s Mass schedule  

Sat., January 5
5PM Mass

Sun., January 6
8AM Mass
10:30AM Mass

Mon., January 7
No Mass Here

Tue., January 8
No Mass Here

Wed., January 9
No Mass Here

Thu., January 10
No Mass Here

Fri., January 11
First Friday
9AM Mass

Upcoming Events
Sat., January 5
3:45PM Confessions, Church

Sun., January 6
9AM K of C Breakfast, Parish Center
9AM Exploring the Sunday Readings, St. Brigid of Kildare
9AM Religious Education, School
1PM Family Basketball, Gym
3PM Adult Volleyball, Gym

Mon., January 7
Parish Office Closed
6PM Women’s Faith Sharing, St. Brigid of Kildare

Tue., January 8
7PM Bunco, Parish Center

Wed., January 9
6:30PM Religious Education, School

Thu., January 10
10AM Senior Luncheon, Parish Center
5:45PM Hand Chime Rehearsal, Music Room
6:30PM Rosary, Church
7PM Adult Choir Rehearsal, Music Room
8PM Men’s Basketball, Gym

Fri., January 11
First Friday

10AM Adoration
3PM Chaplet of Divine Mercy

Sat., January 12
3:45PM Confessions, Church
6PM Winter’s Eve Open House, Rectory


First Friday Adoration:  January 11th
“Be not afraid of your Savior, O sinful soul.  I make the first move to come to you, for I know that by yourself you are unable to lift yourself to me.  Behold, for you I have established a throne of mercy on earth – The TABERNACLE – and from this throne I desire to enter into your heart. You can come to me at any moment, at any time; I want to speak to you and desire to grant you grace.”  Diary of St. Faustina #1485

First Friday Adoration will be the second Friday in January,  January 11, 2019, following the 9:00 am Mass and continuing until 4:00 pm. Please join us as we pray for the needs in our parish, homes, workplaces and world.  The rosary will be recited at 2:30 pm; The Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3:00 pm.  To schedule an hour please call Beth at 874-7572.  All are welcome!

Touched by Mercy
Touched by Mercy, a Day of Reflection for Those Affected by Suicide with Sister Colleen Ann Nagle, FSE, M.A. February 2 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Franciscan Life Process Center, Lowell Campus.  Join us for a special day of reflection, sharing, and prayer for those who have been affected by the suicide of a loved one. The day includes lunch and Mass. Cost:  $60 includes lunch.

Dear Ladies of the Parish:  Our next bunco night is Tuesday, January 8th at 7:00 in Multipurpose Room 1 of the Parish Center.  Please join us!  If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Covell at

Senior Luncheon
Our next luncheon will be, Thursday, January 10th.  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 Jan. 8th.

Winter’s Eve Open House
On Saturday, January 12th from 6-8:30PM all adults of the parish are invited to the rectory for appetizers and drinks.  Please join Fr. Tom, parish staff and other parish adults in fellowship, catch up with old friends and make some new ones! 

Help Clean up our Worship Space
Thank you to all the volunteers for your hard work setting up for Christmas.  It’s hard to believe the season is over.  The Art and Environment ministry is in need of volunteers to help with the Christmas clean up.  Many hands make light work.  We will begin removing the Christmas items immediately following the baptisms after 10:30AM Mass on Sunday, January 13th.  Questions, contact Jillian Westbrook at 616-443-1778 or

Knight’s Free Throw Tournament
The championship is scheduled for January 13th in the School Gym. Starting time is 1:00 so come early (12:30) to sign up.  Open to girls and boys ages 9-14. There will be Basketball awards to all who win their age group.  Any questions call Todd Gross at #691-8163.  

Knights of Columbus Euchre Sunday, Jan. 13th 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. 

Prayer for Christian Unity: Prayer of Peace in the Spirit of Taize
Monday, January 14, 7:00PM at St. Mary Church, 423 1st St NW, Grand Rapids. 

Every year Christians across the world gather in prayer for growth in unity. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity gives Christians an annual opportunity to continue their quest for the unity they already share in Christ. Prayer of Peace in the Spirit of Taizé (pronounced “teh-ZAY”) is prayer for Christians of all traditions. The church is lit by candles. The simple monthly service is meditative in character, consisting of songs, scripture, a service of light, an extended period of silence for meditation, and prayers for the world.

Mass for Life
Mass for life to be celebrated by Bishop Walkowiak, Tuesday, January 22nd at the Cathedral of St. Andrew.  This Mass will mark the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children with Mass at 7PM. 

Soup’s on for All
Join us! Soup’s On For All! has warmed the hearts of thousands while helping to provide hot meals for those in need. Held at the B.O.B in downtown Grand Rapids, the event raises more than $100,000 annually for the food and pantry programs of God’s Kitchen, a program of Catholic Charities West Michigan.

January 28, 2019. Time:  6:30PM.  Price:  $50/person in advance, $60/person at the door.  Will call tickets can be picked up the night of the event on the first floor of the B.O.B. directly across from the hostess stand. Register here

December Baptisms
Peyton Eleanor Miller, Daughter of Derek & Rochelle
Reagan Ann Moore, Daughter of Chris & Katherine

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

Thursday Prayer
The Trinitarians of Mary are offering Prayer for our Priests on Thursday’s.  12pm Holy Mass, 1PM Holy Rosary and prayers for our priests, 1-2pm confessions.  62 N Marble Rd, Lowell.

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: 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 ( or Fr. Stephen Durkee (

Cherish Marriage
Registration is now open for the annual Cherish Marriage event!  It will take place on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at Frederick Meijer Gardens from 6-11PM.  Couples will enjoy an evening of dinner, inspiration, and dancing to strengthen their marriage.  The keynote speakers for the evening are Damon and Melanie Owens from joytob.  Register at  A  flyer with details can be found here.

Ireland Pilgrimage
The music ministry of St Anthony’s  is excited to announce a ten-day pilgrimage to Ireland April 1 – April 10 (2019). Fr Luis Garcia will join us as we travel to Belfast – visiting the Titanic Museum, Armagh, Giants Causeway, Knock  (the sight of the Blessed Mother’s Apparition),Galway, Kylemore Abbey, Cliffs of Moher, Dublin and much more! Cost is $3,050 (which includes flights out of Grand Rapids, First Class Hotels, all breakfasts, dinners and entrance fees) For detailed information contact Vonnie Clark 616- 485-0695 or (Non- singers are welcome!) Space is limited.

Funeral Luncheon Dishes
If you provided a dish for a funeral lunch in a pan/bowl you’d like back, all left behind dishes are now in a rubbermaid deck box outside the west entrance of the parish center.  This is the entrance closest to the kitchen.  It’s tucked up in the corner of the building to the right of the entrance.  

Reading Reflections
Epiphany of the Lord:  Overcoming Jealousy
Reading I:  
Isaiah 60:1-6 – Glory of the new Zion

Reading II:  Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6 – Commission to preach God’s plan
Gospel:  Matthew 2:1-12 – The visit of the magi

Key Passage: Then Herod sent the [magi] to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.”  (Matthew 2:8)

Adult:  When have you been jealous or fearful of another person? When are such feelings harmful?
YouthWhen have you been jealous because something good happened to another person instead of you? What is the problem with feeling that way?

Respect Life
The annual National March for Life will be in

Washington, D.C. on January 18. The March for Life is a great opportunity to physically stand up for the rights of the unborn and demonstrate support for life in our nation’s capital. On the 46th memorial of the legalization of abortion through Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, hundreds of thousands of people will gather to protest the injustice of abortion. This year the speakers at the rally preceding the March are Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood abortion facility director, and Ben Shapiro, host of “The Ben Shapiro Show,” a top national podcast. Several Right to Life of Michigan affiliates are planning bus trips for the March. 

Visit for more information.

A Family Perspective
by Bud Ozar
The gospel tells us “Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart.”  We would do well to imitate Mary in our New Year’s resolution.  Instead of criticizing let’s “keep it in our hearts.” Criticism isn’t productive or well received anyway!

Word of Life
“Never tire of firmly speaking out in defense of life from its conception and do not be deterred from the commitment to defend the dignity of every human person with courageous determination.  Christ is with you: be not afraid.”

“Address of John Paul II to the Bishops and Apostolic Administrators of Albania on their Ad Limina Visit, February 3, 2001” © 2001, Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Used with permission.  All rights reserved. 

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:

Calling all “NextGen Catholics,” ages 14-25 years! UPRISE – – a brand new, volunteer global movement of generosity!  It is an invitation to inspire your personal Catholic commitment of greater time, talent, and ties, using social media to spread your

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

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

Unemployed Support Group
Are you headed in the right direction? Do you need help determining what direction is the right direction for you? We know how unsure you can be when you are without a job. Join us in our small group setting, and we will help you discover your direction and confirm all the positive assets you have to offer an employer.  Our goal is to help you prepare yourself to present the best “you” to your next employer.  All are welcome.  Please join us on:  The Second Wednesday of the month 9:30-11am, St. Jude Brophy Center             

For more information, please contact, Dan at or Mary at

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  

Helping Hearts, Helping Hands
We are looking for more people who may be interested in helping with projects at parishioner’s homes. Occasionally we get requests for parishioners who are unable (for whatever reason) to take care of some things around their home.  Time commitment varies and is not needed on every project.  We just need a larger list to ask for volunteers.  If you are interested in being added to the possible volunteer list, please contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office, by email, or through the website volunteer form.

If you are in need of Helping Hearts, Helping Hands service, please contact us also.  Cheryl Emmette, or 691-8541 x14.

AA Meetings
Meetings are 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 for more information.

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 meets every Monday night at 6PM in the St. Brigid of Kildare room in the school.  We are currently studying: My Soul Magnifies the Lord by The Word Among Us Press. 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. 

Exploring the Sunday Readings
We have resumed meeting on Sunday 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 23rd Publications and Sunday Scripture Insights.  All are Welcome, especially if you have children in REP!  Contact Mary Nugent, 691-8557.

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

Franciscan Life Process Center Events
SymptoPro Classes
Jan. 8, 22; Feb. 5.  
Grand Rapids Campus, 654 Davis Ave NW
SymptoPro is taught through a series of classes and offers highly personalized support. It can be used throughout the fertile lifespan to detect the days of fertility and infertility of the couple from postpartum to the premenopausal years. For more information, please contact Laura Chapin at 616-319-3841 or email Cost: $145

Creighton Method Introductory Session
January 16
Franciscan Life Process Center, 11650 Downes St NE, Lowell
This 90 minute presentation introduces the use and applications of the Creighton Model FertilityCare system which provides a means through which a couple may either achieve or avoid a pregnancy. FertilityCare System can be used throughout the woman’s entire reproductive years. Please contact Georgia Schmitz at or call 616-481-9699 for more 

FLPC| 11650 Downes St NE | Lowell |616-897-7842  |
To register, please go to to find the link in events or call 616-897-7842.

Dominican Center at Marywood
Dominican Center at Marywood| 2025 Fulton St East | Grand Rapids |616-514-3325  |   For event information go to

Love, Mercy, Life.  Opening the Heart of Marriage
Married love is the most deeply personal union found among men and women. The marital union calls husband and wife to become one flesh, one heart and one soul. In fact, the Church teaches that when they marry, God prepares a husband and wife to faithfully live their sacred union and become parents who will love and nurture their children. The methods of Natural Family Planning (NFP) are a support for married love. Natural Family Planning (NFP) is an umbrella term for the safe, natural and effective methods of both achieving and avoiding pregnancy. NFP methods teach couples how to observe and interpret the woman’s signs of fertility and infertility.  The benefits of NFP though move well beyond biology and include enhancing the couple’s marriage through greater communication and shared responsibility.  Want to learn more about the methods of NFP offered in our diocese? Married and engaged couples are encouraged to visit: or call (616) 243-0491 for a list of learning opportunities, both on site or online.  The Catholic Church invites all the faithful to embrace God’s plan for married love. Learn more about these beautiful teachings which support the use of NFP in marriage at:

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

Job Openings
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, 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.