Saint Patrick Parish News 1.04.18


This week’s Mass schedule  

Fri., January 5
First Friday
9AM Mass

Sat., January 6
5PM Mass

Sun., January 7
8AM Mass
10:30AM Mass

Mon., January 8
No Mass Here

Tue., January 9
9AM Mass

Wed., January 10
9AM Mass

Thu., January 11
9AM Mass

Fri., January 12
9AM Mass

Upcoming Events

Fri., January 5
First Friday
10AM Adoration, Church
3PM Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Church

Sat., January 6
3:45PM Confession, Church

Sun., January 7
8AM KofC Breakfast, Parish Center
9AM Exploring the Sunday Readings, St. Brigid Room of Kildare
9AM Religious Education, School
1PM Euchre, Parish Center
1PM KofC Free Throw Championship, Gym
7PM Adult Volleyball, Gym

Mon., January 8
Parish Office Closed
6:30PM Women’s Faith Sharing, St. Brigid of Kildare

Wed., January 10
6:30PM Religious Education, School

Thu., January 11
10AM Senior Luncheon, Parish Center
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 12
8AM Men’s Spirituality, St. Brigid of Kildare
3:45PM Confessions, Church

The Flock








VIRTUS Training
Training for all adults (18 and older).  It is required for all adults planning on working with children or youth.  Next upcoming training:  St. Charles in Greenville, Saturday January 13th from 9-12pm in Mckinney Hall (505 S Lafayette St, Greenville).  You may go to to register.

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

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.

Thank you’s
Thank you for donating books for our Christmas Distribution.  This year over 385 children benefited from this program.  Your continued support is deeply appreciated.       ~Flat River Outreach Ministries

The Prison and Jail Ministry’s annual Christmas Drive collected hundreds of hygiene items, socks and reading glasses.  It is because of the generosity of your parish that we were able to donate 2650 socks and 2550 Rice Krispie Treats to our county jails.  We also provided gift bags to our juvenile detention centers containing bookmarks, candy canes, pencils and numerous travel size hygiene items.  A total of 142 bags were donated to Kent, Muskegon and Ottawa Juvenile Detention Centers. In addition, we delivered 265 gift bags to our prisons containing small prayer books, bookmarks, rosaries and rosary pamphlets.  The 66 pair of reading glasses, 160 pairs of socks and numerous hygiene items will be donated to our county jails throughout the year as needed.

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.

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.

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.

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 or 616-551-5663.  Buy tickets at

December Weddings
Kevin Nugent & Loie Byville 

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

First Friday
Please join us January 5th, 2018, 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.

KofC Basketball Free Throw Championship/Breakfast
The championship is scheduled for January 7th in the School Gym.   Starting time is 1:00 so come early (12:30) to sign up.  Open to girls and boys ages 9 to 14. There will be Basketball awards to all who win their age group.  Any questions call Todd Gross at 691-8163.

The Knights of Columbus will be serving breakfast after the 8AM and 10:30AM Masses on Sunday, January 7th.  It is open to all, come and support the Charity of the Month:  ‘Right to Life of Michigan’.  The Knights would like to thank all that donated at our December breakfast, our charity was ‘North Kent Connect’.  Our breakfasts are now ‘donation’ only. 

Next Liturgical Minister Schedule
The new schedule will begin Feb. 3 and run through May 6.  Please update your profile in Scheduler by Jan. 8 with those dates for which you do not wish to be scheduled.  If you prefer, please call the parish office and leave a message with your request or send an email to  Thanks for your service to the parish!

Knights of Columbus Euchre, Sunday, Jan. 7th 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.

World Youth Day 2019:  Informational Meeting
The Diocese of Grand Rapids is offering the opportunity for young adults, ages 18-30, to participate in the next World Youth Day – being hosted in Panama City, Jan. 22-27, 2019. World Youth Day is not just a day or an experience, but an ongoing pilgrimage of faith.  These special days and celebrations are meant to rejuvenate and reinvigorate the spiritual life of young adults along their pilgrim journey, which ultimately leads to Christ Jesus.  Those interested in making this pilgrimage are invited to an information meeting on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018 at Cathedral Square Center (360 Division Ave. South, Grand Rapids) beginning at 2pm. For more information, visit or contact Mark Mann, director of family, youth, and young adults at

Senior Luncheon
Our next senior luncheon will be, Thursday, January 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 Cheryl or Darci in the parish office no later than  Tuesday, Jan. 9th to ensure we have enough food.

Foodmobile – January
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.

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

Respect Life
There have been more than 58 million abortions performed in the US since the infamous Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton court decisions were  handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court Justices. That action legalized abortion in all 50 states through all nine months of pregnancy in 1973. The most recent statistics show 26,395 abortions were performed in Michigan in 2016, and there have been 1,194,427 abortions in Michigan since statistics were first kept in 1980.

Save the Date
Men’s retreat here at St. Patrick’s on February 3rd.    Watch the bulletin for more detail in the coming weeks.

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 to register

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

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 All married and engaged couples are welcome, and financial assistance is available.   You can find additional details on Facebook (Cherish Marriage) or

Catholic Men’s Conference – Behold the Man
The Building A Legacy Catholic Men’s Conference is Saturday, March 10th 2018 at West Catholic High School.  This years lineup of Speakers is stellar:  They include:  Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers (The Dynamic Deacon World Renowned Catholic Evangelist), Steve Bollman (Founder-That Man Is You Minsitries (TMIY)), Chris Muglia (Speaker, Songwriter, Musician, Worship Leader), Justin Fatica (Founder- Hard As Nails Ministry – a Fr. Larry Richards impossible to convert,  Convert), Our Bishop the Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak.   Early registration deadline, Feb. 23rd.  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,,|  P.O. Box 26 , randville MI, 49468.

Strong Catholic Families
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?

Youth:  When have you been jealous because something good happened to another person instead of you? What is the problem with feeling that way?

A Family Perspective
by Bud Ozar
The Magi in today’s gospel were led to Jesus by a star.  Who are the stars your children follow?   Don’t let it be the tabloid stars.  Resolve in this New Year to be the guiding star in the life of your children.

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 to learn more and join the generosity movement!  

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

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 or Michelle Ogren, 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, or 691-8541 x14.

AA Meetings
Sunday nights at 7:30PM in the St Bridgid of Kildare Room (in the School) and Tuesday nights at 7:30PM in Canonsburg above the Bottle Shop

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 for more information.

Thursday Rosary
Thursday evenings, 6:30, in the church.  Questions,

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  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.

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  |
To pre-register, please call 616-459-7267 or email to

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  |
To register, please go to to find the link in events or call 616-897-7842.

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 or contact 16-532-2300 or

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
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, 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.