Saint Patrick Parish News 1.18.19


This week’s Mass schedule  

Sat., January 19
5PM Mass

Sun., January 20
8AM Mass
10:30AM Mass

Mon., January 21
No Mass Here

Tue., January 22
9AM Mass

Wed., January 23
9AM Mass

Thu., January 24
9AM Mass

Fri., January 25
9AM Mass

Upcoming Events
Sat., January 19
3:45PM Confessions, Church

Sun., January 20
9AM Exploring the Sunday Readings, St. Brigid of Kildare
9AM Religious Education, School
1PM Open Gym Basketball, Gym
3PM Adult Volleyball, Gym
3PM Middle School Youth Group, Faith Formation Room

Mon., January 21
Parish Office Closed
6PM Women’s Faith Sharing, St. Brigid of Kildare

Wed., January 23
6:30PM Religious Education, School

Thu., January 24
5:45PM Hand Chime Rehearsal, Shepard of Armagh Music Room
6:30PM Rosary, Church
7PM Choir Practice, Shepard of Armagh Music Room
8PM Men’s Basketball, Gym

Sat., January 26
8AM Men’s Spirituality, St. Brigid of Kildare
8AM School Carnival, Parish Center
3:45PM Confessions, Church



Youth Group
Our next youth nights are here!
Sunday, January 20th will be our middle school night (3-4:30). Meet in the Faith Formation room in the front of the school.  

Sunday, January 27th will be our high school night (6-7:30).   Meet in the Faith Formation room in the front of the school.

The topic being prayer: what it is and how to increase it in our lives. We will have snacks and games available, it will be a great night of fellowship.

High School Youth Retreat
High school students have an awesome opportunity to join us for the Presence Retreat in Kalamazoo Feb. 22nd-24th.  The cost will be $90 for a weekend retreat with some amazing speakers. Additional information to follow.  Check the insert in the bulletin for more details and contact Connor at if you are interested or have any questions.  You can also go to to learn about the retreat, speakers and more.

Festival 2019: 1st Meeting
The first meeting for the 2019 Festival will be Feb. 10th after 10:30AM Mass in the parish center (Multi-purpose room #1).  All those currently involved and anyone who would like to be involved, please plan on coming.

Festival 2019: Auction Chairperson Needed
Festival Committee is in need of a chairperson(s) for the Festival Auction.  The auction will take place on Saturday, June 29th.  We are also looking for other volunteers to help with this event.  If you have questions or are interested, please contact Martha Hefferan-Snyder at 616-540-6462 or

Worldwide Marriage Encounter
Instead of flowers and candy, give the gift of yourselves to each other on a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend.  Upcoming weekends will be held Jan. 25-27 at Holiday Inn-Troy and March 15-17 at St. Francis Retreat Center-DeWitt.   

Apply online at or contact Chris & Darla Vinton at 734-531-9191.

Food Delivery Help
We have an opening for food delivery to FROM once a month.  Great family opportunity!  Contact Cheryl Emmette if interested.

Food Mobile
We will again be helping with food distribution at FROM in conjunction with St. Mary’s , Lowell.  The date is January 26th, there will be changes to the program.    Contact Cheryl Emmette if interested in helping.

Mass for Life
On Tuesday, January 22nd the nation will mark the 43rd Anniversary of the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, Roe vs. Wade, legalizing abortions in the U.S.  The Diocese of Grand Rapids will observe a Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children on January 22nd.  As Catholics, we are deeply committed and concerned about the need to protect human life from the time of conception to natural death.  Many prayer resources and ways you can participate can be found on the diocesan website.

On Tuesday, January 22nd at 7PM, Bishop Walkowiak will celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of St. Andrew giving thanks to God for the gift of human life.

All are welcome!!

Knights of Columbus Euchre Sunday, Jan. 27th 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.

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

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.

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.

Conversational Spanish Class
We will again be holding a free conversational Spanish class.  Class will include introduction, review, grammar skills and building vocabulary.  

Monday evenings, from 6-8PM in the Parish Center.    First class begins Feb. 4th (will be about 8 weeks). Contact Jim Albert to register or with any questions:

Dear Ladies of the Parish:  Our next bunco night is Tuesday, February 5th at 7:00 in Multipurpose Room 1 of the Parish Center.  Please join us!  If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Covell at

Blood Drive
Blood Drive at St Patrick’s on Sunday, February 10th 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 if you are unable to donate blood are a donation of baked goods or 1-2 hours at the aftercare table.  For questions or to make an appointment contact 1-866-miblood (642-5663) or or Gayle LeMasters at 616-540-3387 or

The Wild Goose is on the Loose!
Are you seeking? You may be in search of the Wild Goose! “Being apart from the Wild Goose, there is no life. The Wild Goose is the ancient term the Celts used for the Holy Spirit.”  “Seek and you will find…” out more by joining our Lenten journey to the Goose in a 6-part series beginning the week of February 18.  Our Lady of Consolation in Rockford, Class Options Mon: 10-11:30 am OR Thurs 6:30-8 pm.  Classes will be led by Chelie Simmons. Please register at

Senior Luncheon
Our next luncheon will be, Thursday, February 14th.  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 Feb. 12th.

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:  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 (

KEPHA Women’s Night
On Friday, March 8, KEPHA will be sponsoring a special women’s event featuring Matthew Leonard at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Grand Rapids.   All mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts and nieces are invited to share in this inspiring faith-filled evening.  Matthew will be speaking on “Spiritual GPS:  the Secret Path to Heaven Nobody Knows About.”  Inviting all women to register NOW at

Attention Men of the Parish
Mark your calendars and register NOW for the upcoming 14th annual Building a Legacy Catholic Men’s conference on March 9 — it will be a day of dynamic speakers, powerful faith development and reinvigorating fellowship. This year’s lineup includes Elvis Grbac, Matt Fradd and Matthew Leonard with Mass celebrated by Bishop David Walkowiak.  

See for details and to register. Questions? Call Deacon Jim at 616-292-0422. (Early registration ends February 22nd and is limited… don’t miss out!).

Diocesan Women’s Conference
“Dwell”, Saturday, March 16
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church.  All women, ages 18 and up, are invited to attend the annual Diocesan Women’s Conference on March 16 at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church (6390 Belmont Ave. NE, Belmont, MI 49306).  

The conference will feature author, speaker and missionary, Colleen C. Mitchell.  The cost, which includes morning hospitality and lunch,
is $30 prior to March 12 and $35 after the 12th.  Registration is available on the diocesan website or by contacting Marianne Verner at; 616-246-0588.

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
2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time:  Thinking of Others
Reading I:  
Isaiah 62:1-5 – Jerusalem the Lord’s bride

Reading II:  1 Corinthians 12:4-11 – Variety and unity
Gospel:  John 2:1-11 – The wedding at Cana

Key Passage: When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” (Jn. 2:3)

Adult:  When have you stepped in, as Mary did at Cana, to try and make a difficult situation easier for someone?
YouthWhat can you do this week to help make someone’s job a little easier?

Respect Life
Today is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.

Today 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 59 million children.  45 years. 59 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.

NOTE: Please visit the table at the church entrance and pick up a luminaria for you to display as well as some pro life literature.

A Family Perspective
by Bud Ozar
At Cana, we get a good insight into Mary’s parenting style.  She did not plead, argue, demand or manipulate.  She merely pointed out the situation and trusted her son would make the best decision.

Word of Life
“We are created to walk with and support one another; we don’t need to ear 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).”

How can we use the acronym L-O-V-E to help a friend considering abortion?

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 currently on hiatus.  Will resume closer to Summer. 

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. 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.