Saint Patrick Parish News 1.11.18

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This week’s Mass schedule  

Fri., January 12
9AM Mass

Sat., January 13
5PM Mass

Sun., January 14
8AM Mass
10:30AM Mass

Mon., January 15
No Mass Here

Tue., January 16
9AM Mass

Wed., January 17
9AM Mass

Thu., January 18
9AM Mass

Fri., January 19
9AM Mass

Upcoming Events

Sat., January 13
3:45PM Confession, Church

Sun., January 14
9AM Exploring the Sunday Readings, St. Brigid Room of Kildare
9AM Religious Education, School
11:30AM Pivotal Players Faith Study, St. Brigid of Kildare
3PM MS Youth Group, Faith Formation Room
7PM Adult Volleyball, Gym

Mon., January 15
Parish Office Closed
6:30PM Women’s Faith Sharing, St. Brigid of Kildare

Wed., January 17
6:30PM Religious Education, School
6:30PM 1st Communion Parent Meeting, Church

Thu., January 18
5:45PM Hand Chimes Rehearsal, Shepherd of Armagh Room
6:30PM Rosary, Church
7PM Adult Choir, Shepherd of Armagh Room
8PM Men’s Basketball, Gym

Sat., January 120
9AM Foodmobile, Kent County Fairgrounds
3:45PM Confessions, Church


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Group Volunteer Opportunity
Community outreach at Catholic Charities West Michigan has an urgent ‘group’ volunteer need to assist with our agencies largest fundraiser, Soups On For All! on Monday, January 29 from 10-2pm.  We are in need of a group of 10-20 to assist with set-up of the event.  This volunteer need includes set-up of bowl displays, placing signage, assembling pipe & drape and moving supplies to each floor of venue.  As a thank you, we are offering some goodies and a complimentary lunch at Bobarinos.  

If you or someone you know would be interested in a fun and meaningful volunteer day, please contact our agency volunteer coordinator, Holly Salas. Holly may be reached via email hsalas@ccwestmi.org or via phone at 616-224-1294.  

Youth Christmas Choir/Orchestra
Thank you to all who played and sang for our Christmas Liturgies. The following people participated in the Christmas Youth Orchestra, Youth Choir and as instrumentalists.  We are blessed! 

Instrumentalists
Michael Beardon, Tom Beardon, Mary Camp, Alayna Davis, Bella DeNardo, Colleen DeNardo, Avery Elmhirst, Joshua Fabis, Michael Goffer, Brendan Heishetter, Kate Kozminski, Steve Kozminski, Max LaPonsie, Megan McCambridge, Zoey Mierendorf, CJ Michaud, Cheryl Nawrocki, Karmyn VonEhr, Christian Wojcik, Paul Wojcik, Carolina Zook, and Anna-Maria Zook.

Christmas Youth Choir
Kaylee Byrne, Maggie Camp, Grace Elmhirst, Jillian Fabis. Sarah Goffer, Fiona Kelly, Shea Lamoreaux, Sophie Liley, Zoe Liley, Elise Marshall, Adelaide Plank, Ashley Pohl, Ellie VanSpronsen, Eleanor Westbrook and Maria Westbrook.

Musical Possibilities?
NOW!  Is a great time to join the Hand Chime group, the Adult Choir or an ensemble.  Contact Michelle Ogren at music@stpatrickparnell.org for more information!

Soup Supper Help
Yes, Lent is a short time away! If you are interested in making soup, cookies, bread, or by volunteering your time to help with our Lenten Soup Suppers during the Fridays of Lent, please contact Cheryl Emmette at pastoralassociate@stpatrickparnell.org or call the parish office. We need many volunteers to make this successful, so please consider what you can give to this parish meal. Lent begins February 14th!

Save the Date
The Knights of Columbus are having a dinner on St. Patrick’s Day!  Date:  March 17th, Place:  St. Patrick’s, Time:  6:30PM.  More details will follow soon.

Diocesan Catholic Women’s Conference
Saturday, March 17th from 9-3pm, at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Belmont All women, ages 18 and up, are invited to attend the annual Diocesan Women’s Conference.  The Conference will feature Mary Lenaburg and Sisters of the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary as speakers.  The cost to attend is $30, which includes morning hospitality and lunch.  Registraion is available at dioceseofgrandrapids.org.  Questions?   Call Marianne Verner at 616-246-0588.

Visit AQ:  Catholic Schools Week
In honor of Catholic Schools Week, Aquinas College invites all high school juniors and seniors to come explore Catholic higher education by visiting campus the week of Jan 29-Feb 3.  As part of this invitation, all students who visit this week will receive an exclusive AQ swag bag.  Aquinas is excited to share their commitment to the Dominican tradition of the Catholic faith and hopes to see many new faces on campus as part of this special week.  Please visit here for more details or to schedule. 

Youth Group News
Middle School Youth Group
God is present with us now! How are you going to respond to Jesus calling you? Join us for our next Middle School Meeting, Battle Cry, this Sunday from 3pm-5pm in the Faith Formation Room!

High School Youth Group
January 20th come out to Lowell Fair Grounds to help FROM and serve others. Please arrive at the Foreman Building (park in the lot closest to Burch Field east of the building) at 9:00am till about 11:30am. Please make sure to wear warm clothes as the building is not heated.  Have you decided to walk with Jesus? Come to our next youth group meeting next Sunday, Jan 21, 6-8PM to take some more steps in that walk with Him in our meeting Like, Follow, Share!

December Baptisms
Connor Patrick Doyle, Son of Patrick & Kati

Marianne Ruth Mueller, Daughter of Andrew & Bethany
Claire Alexandra Donohue, Daughter of Kevin & Bethany
Aria Marie Dzingle, Daughter of Jared and Kristi

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

Thank you
Thank you for donating pies for the Christmas baskets we distributed. 278 families were provided a Christmas dinner complete with dessert.  Your support of our programs is deeply appreciated.     ~Flat River Outreach Ministries

Respect Life
Next Sunday is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday when we remember the value of every human life, and also the tragic Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions in 1973 that stripped the legal protection and lives of more than 58 million children.  44 years. 58 million lives. This Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, commit yourself to doing something about the unimaginable loss of life in the womb. Every human life has value.  There will be a table with information for you, as well as a luminaria for you to display at your home as a witness to your support of life. 

Nine Days for Life
Since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision 45 years ago, more than 58 million children’s lives have been lost to abortion, and the lives of millions of parents have been shattered. In prayerful recognition of these lost and broken lives, the U.S. Bishops invite Catholics and others nationwide to participate in Nine days of prayer, penance and pilgrimage (Jan. 18-26). Click the link for details or to receive the daily novena in English and Spanish each day by email, text, or through their app.

KofC Basketball Free Throw Championship Winners
Zoe Liley, N
ikos Zimmerman, Jesse Reamer, Sarah Goffer,
Jackson Liley, Isaiah Reamer, Jack Mauric and Elijah Reamer.
Great job everyone!!

Foodmobile
The parishes of St. Patrick and St. Mary will again be helping with a food distribution in January for those in need in our local community. If you would like to help, please arrive at the Foreman Building (in Lowell at the Kent County Youth Fairgrounds) at 9am on January 20th. Please wear warm clothes as this building is NOT heated and please park in the lot east of the building. We will be there until all of the food has been distributed. For questions, please contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office.

Euchre
Knights of Columbus Euchre, Sunday, January 21st at 1PM in the Parish Center. Cost is $7.00.  All are welcome.  Contact Dennis Brown 616-262-1888 or Diane Brown 616-293-4993 for more information.

Mass for Life
Mass for Life to be celebrated by Bishop Walkowiak.  Monday, January 22nd, 2018, 7 p.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew.  The Mass will mark the 45th anniversary of the passage of Roe v. Wade.  There will be brief testimonies at the end of Mass pertaining to the power of prayer around the theme of abortion.  Reception to follow. All are welcome.

Spanish Language Class
Interested in learning some basic Spanish? There will be a FREE, eight week Spanish class at St. Patrick. The class will include grammar, conversational skill and Hispanic cultural awareness. The class will be held on Mondays from 6-8pm in the Multi-Purpose Room #2 and begins January 22nd. For more information or to register, please contact Jim Albert at 616-446-3000 or by email diegoalbert48809@yahoo.com.

Parish Mission w/John Angotti
St Anthony of Padua Catholic Community (2510 Richmond NW) will be hosting a Parish Mission with John Angotti. John travels throughout many parts of the world providing inspirational music and witness to all ages through his concerts and missions. He will be at St Anthony’s for our weekend liturgies (Jan 27 -28) and will spread the Gospel message through word and song at his evening presentations, Sunday and Monday (Jan 28 – 29) at 6:30 pm.John’s witness and music has inspired and changed the lives of thousands.  All are welcome! (There is no charge)

Questions: contact Vonnie Clark 485-0695.

Soups on for All!
January 29, 6:30pm at the B.O.B. $50/person in advance, $60 at the door Soup’s On For All! has warmed the hearts of thousands while helping to provide hot meals for those in need. 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 (CCWM).  At this fun-filled evening guests can visit each of the building’s five floors where they are able to sample soups, breads and desserts donated by area restaurants while enjoying live music and entertainment. Each guest selects a bowl as a souvenir of the evening — and a reminder that hunger is a reality every day for many in our community.  Event questions:  Bethany Stowe at bstowe@ccwestmi.org or 616-551-5663.  Buy tickets at ccwestmi.org.

First Friday
Please join us February 2nd for Adoration after the 9:00am Mass until 4:00pm to implore God’s  Mercy on the Holy Souls.  Rosary at 2:30PM followed by the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3:00.  According to St. Gertrude the Great this prayer will release a great number of souls from purgatory: Eternal Father, I offer Thee the most precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with all the Masses being said this day throughout the world for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

Men’s Retreat:  St. Patrick
St. Patrick will be hosting a men’s retreat on Saturday morning, February 3rd. We will begin with Mass at 8am and conclude around 11:30-11:45am. Fr. Phil Shangraw will be leading this half day retreat on prayer. The cost will be $15 and breakfast will be included.  To register, please contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office or by email: pastoralassociate@stpatrickparnell.org

Touched by Mercy, a Day of Reflection for those Affected by Suicide
February 3, 2018  10:00 am – 3:00 pm.  With Sister Colleen Ann Nagle, FSE, MA and Fr. Ron Hutchinson, MA, Franciscan Process Center, Lowell Campus.  Join us for a special day of reflecting, sharing, and prayer for those who have been affected by the suicide of a loved one.  The day includes lunch and Mass.  Cost: $55 http://lifeprocesscenter.org to register.  Lodging is available at the Franciscan Life Process Center if needed.  Facebook Post  Facebook Event

Bunco
Dear Ladies of the Parish:  Our next bunco night is Tuesday, February 6th 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.

Senior Luncheon
Our next senior luncheon will be, Thursday, February 8th 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 Cheryl or Darci in the parish office no later than  Tuesday, Feb. 6th to ensure we have enough food.

Cherish 2018
The 2nd Annual West Michigan Catholic Marriage Event, will be held at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 from 6 pm – 10:30 pm.   Couples will enjoy an evening with Bill & Rebecca Donaghy from Theology of the Body Institute for dinner, inspiration, and dancing to strengthen their marriage.  Registration began November 1st at cherishmarriage.net All married and engaged couples are welcome, and financial assistance is available.   You can find additional details on Facebook (Cherish Marriage) or cherishmarriage.net.

Catholic Men’s Conference – Behold the Man
Mark your calendars and register NOW for the upcoming 13th annual Building a Legacy Catholic Men’s Conference, March 10th – it will be a day of dynamic speakers, powerful faith development and reinvigorating fellowship.  This year’s theme BEHOLD THE MAN is designed to give all attendees an opportunity to encounter the One Man who changes hearts and transforms lives –  Jesus Christ.  Join us March 10th at West Catholic High School in Grand Rapids.  The lineup features outstanding speakers: evangelist Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, Steve Bollman (found of That Man is You! Ministry), musician Chris Muglia and youth breakout leader Justin Fatica.  Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak will celebrate Mass.  For more information and to register, go to buildingalegacy.org.  Questions? Call Deacon Jim at 616-292-0422 (Early registration ends February 23rd and is limited…don’t miss out!). 
  See more detail here.

Retrouvaille Weekend
Rediscover healing and love and find hope by attending Retrouvaille (pronounced re-tro-vi with a long i). The program offers tools needed to rediscover a loving marriage relationship. The next Retrouvaille weekend begins March 23, 2018.  Please don’t wait. The next weekend is not scheduled until September 28, 2018.

For more information, to register or to sponsor a couple:  Phone 616.752.7004, retrograndrapids@gmail.com, retrouvaille.org|  P.O. Box 26 , randville MI, 49468.

Strong Catholic Families
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time:  Come and See
Reading I: 
1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19-Revelation to Samuel

Reading II1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20 – Against sexual immorality

GospelJohn 1:35-42 – The first disciples

Key Passage: They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. (John 1:38b–39)

AdultWhat qualities do you have that would cause others to recognize you as a disciple of Jesus?

YouthWhat does it take to be a follower of Jesus?

A Family Perspective
by Bud Ozar
Jesus’ question in today’s gospel is still valid today: “What are you looking for?”  What do you want from your spouse, children or parents? Families are populated with imperfect people. To expect perfection is unreal. To expect and accept imperfection is wisdom.

West Catholic HS Prayer Support

West Catholic High School offers its students more than just an outstanding academic education.  It also has committed members from our community who spend time in prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament, praying for its students when school is open. Please consider joining in this ministry.  You can commit to one hour a week, work out a schedule with us that works for you, or become a substitute.  Please call Lois Flickenger at (616) 443-3126 for more information.

Uprise
Calling all “NextGen Catholics,” ages 14-25 years! Introducing 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 good works of mercy to those in need!

Started this autumn right here in West Michigan by a team of young adults, designed for young adults, in service partnerships with their families, schools, campus and parish ministry.  Check out CatholicUprise.com to learn more and join the generosity movement!  

UPRISE for our faith, for love of others, through generous service! 

Plenary Indulgence for March for Life Participants
Christian faithful who participate in the 2018 March for Life may receive a plenary Indulgence. In order to receive the Indulgence while attending the March for Life you must be detached from sin, pray for the pope’s intentions and, within a few days, make a sacramental confession and receive the Eucharist.  The elderly, sick, and those unable to leave home will be able to receive a plenary Indulgence if they fulfill the same requirements as those of the pilgrims while spiritually joining themselves to the March and offering prayers and their own physical sufferings to God.  If you are not able to complete all of the requirements necessary for a plenary Indulgence you may still be granted a partial Indulgence.

Greeters
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!  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.

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 are on hiatus at this time.  Will resume in June.

Adult Volleyball Open Gym
Adult Volleyball is on Sunday, 7PM (or 7:30PM, check parish calendar) in the gym.  Call or text Jamie Dye with any questions, 269-330-6395.

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.

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.

Thursday Faith Study
Do you struggle with anger, fear, loneliness or hopelessness? Do you feel enslaved by shame, envy or your appetites? Learn the practical ways to overcome your struggles with the study Walking Toward Eternity: Engaging the Struggles of Your Heart by Jeff and Emily Cavins. In this program, you will learn how to listen to your struggles, engage them and overcome them in simple, practical steps, and how to hear God’s loving voice in your struggles. Learn how to Improve your lifestyle and relationships today! We will begin Walking Toward Eternity: Engaging the Struggles of YourHeart on Jan. 25th. The group will meet in the St. Brigid of Kildare Room (in the school) every Thu. at 7pm. Please contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office to register or email pastoralassociate@stpatrickparnell.org.  Click here to view a video regarding the study.

Men’s Faith Sharing
This Fall’s guide for sharing is Be a Man!:  Becoming the Man God Created You to Be (by Fr. Larry Richards).  The group meets on the 2nd Saturday of the month at 8AM and this year we’ll be in the St. Brigid of Kildare room in the school.  Please contact Cheryl  Emmette in the office if you would like more information. 

Women’s Faith Sharing
This Fall’s guide for sharing is A Father Who Keeps His Promises: God’s Covenant Love and Scripture (by Scott Haan).  The group meets on Monday evenings and this year we’ll be in the St. Brigid of Kildare room in the school from 6:30-8PM.  Please contact Cheryl Emmette in the office if you would like more information. 

Sunday Study Group
Please consider joining our group each Sunday at 9AM to discuss how to apply the Sunday readings to our daily lives.  We gather in the St. Brigid of   Kildare room in the school for coffee and conversation using resources from Twenty-Third Publications and Sunday Scripture Insights.  All are welcome; hope to see you there.  Contact Mary Nugent, 691-8557 for additional information.

Hispanic Ministry
The Data Gathering Subcommittee has been busy tabulating the surveys received from parishes that have Hispanic Ministry.  Beyond the demographic data previously gathered, and the environment surveys from church leadership, we received over 600 surveys from parishioners about the services provided by our parishes.  The data is being compiled and will be forwarded to the Data Analysis subcommittee to be used as a basis for the creation of the plan.  The Data Gathering Subcommittee thanks the pastors and church leaders who helped distribute the surveys to the community, and all parishioners who took the time to give us feedback.  Your input is essential to the creation of the Pastoral Plan for Hispanic Ministry.

Ministry Booklet
Please feel free to take one from the back of church. Our ministries happen because of our volunteers! Please consider sharing some of your time to an area that interests you.

Scapular’s
We received a very generous donation of Scapula’s of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  If you’d like one, there are a few in church and more in the parish office.

Catholic Information Center Events
Special Viewing of “The Good Lie”
Tuesday, January 30, 6-8:45PM
Cost:  $15, dinner included
Discussion lead by Fr. Bill Edens, CSP and Debra Hoekwater, Bethany Christian Services
They were known simply as “The Lost Boys.” Orphaned by the brutal Civil war in Sudan that began in 1983, these young victims traveled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety.  “The Good Lie,” brings the story of their survival and triumph to life.  CFD:  Evangelization.
Please visit their website for many more events

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

Franciscan Life Process Center Events
Once a Month Kitchen
Grandma’s Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
Wednesday, January 17, 6:30-8:30PM
Sister Damien Marie Savino, FSE, will share her family recipe and provide an experience of making sauce from scratch using home grown tomatoes, garlic, basil and local beef.  Participants will enjoy sipping Italian wine while they work and will go home with their own jar of sauce.  Class size is limited, so register today!!  Cost is $25

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
A Well-Lived Life
Thursday, January 25, 6:30-8PM
Cost:  $35
Discussion lead by Sandra Mitchell
Often we dismiss the promise of our best life because our everyday circumstances overshadow our inner hopes and aspirations. As the New Year begins, take time to realize ever-expanding possibilities by rediscovering and acting on what it is your heart most longs for.

Dominican Center at Marywood| 2025 Fulton St East | Grand Rapids |616-514-3325  | dominicancenter.com
To pre-register, doninicancenter.com/events

Grand Rapids Right to Life Events
The annual Memorial Service for the Unborn will be held on Sunday, January 14, at 2PM at St. Jude Catholic Church (1120 4 Mile Rd NE, Grand Rapids).  Sponsored by Grand Rapids Right to Life, this is an opportunity to remember the 58 million children who have lost their lives in the 45 years since the legalization of abortion.  The keynote speaker will be sidewalk counselor Mary Verwys and special music will be arranged by Mary Harkema.  Diapers will be collected for local pregnancy centers.  For information visit www.grrtl.org/memorial or contact 16-532-2300 or info@grrtl.org.

Ever wonder what YOU can do to help promote a culture of life in our city?  Get involved with Grand Rapids Right to Life! There’s a volunteer opportunity that will fit your skills and interests.  Join a committee…the Holiday Auction and Bike & Hike need help!  Work in the office …volunteers help with mailings and special projects!  Assist with youth outreach…be a part of the next youth rally or student activity!  Host a Coins for Kids drive…it’s fun and easy!  Become a prolife church representative…ask us how!  To get involved, complete the online form at www.grrtl.org/volunteer or contact Laura at 616-532-2300.

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
Local job openings via the Diocese of Grand Rapids can be found 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.