Saint Patrick Parish News 10.05.17


This week’s Mass schedule  

Fri., October 6
First Friday
9AM Mass

Sat., October 7
5PM Mass

Sun., October 8
8AM Mass
10:30AM Mass

Mon., October 9
No Mass Here

Tue., October 10
9AM Mass

Wed., October 11
9AM Mass

Thu., October 12
9AM Mass

Fri., October 13
No Mass Here

Upcoming Events

Sat., October 7
3:45PM Confession, Church
6PM Youth Fellowship Dinner, Parish Center

Sun., October 8
9AM Explore the Sunday Readings, School
9AM Religious Education, School
11:30AM Pivotal Players Study, School
7PM Adult Volleyball, Gym

Mon., October 9
Parish Office Closed
6:30PM Women’s Faith Sharing, St Brigid of Kildare

Wed., October 11
6:30PM Religious Education, School

Thu., October 12
10AM Senior Luncheon, Parish Center
5:45PM Hand Chimes, Music Room
6:30PM Rosary, Church
7PM Adult Choir, Music Room
7PM Faith Study, St Brigid of Kildare
8PM Men’s Basketball, Gym

Sat., October 14
8AM Men’s Spirituality, St Brigid of Kildare
3:45PM Confessions, Church

Liturgical Minister Schedule
The new Liturgical Minister Schedule begins Nov. 11, 2017 through January 28, 2018.  If there are dates during this period on which you are unable to serve, please update your profile in the Scheduler system with those dates or email  Special liturgies (Thanksgiving, Immaculate Conception, Christmas, etc.) are scheduled on a volunteer basis. Liturgical ministers who are being trained during the next month or so, will be added to the Scheduler system after training and will also have a chance to update their profiles.  Thanks for your service to the parish.

2018 Lector Books
Beginning this weekend, Lector Books for 2018 are available for pick up in the Sacristy.  Each book is  labeled by name.  If you are a St. Patrick lector, you will find one with your name on it (one book per family for those with multiple lectors in their household).  Please stop by and take yours home. Thank you for your service to the parish.

Youth Ensemble and Fellowship
This next Saturday, October 7th at the 5pm Mass our high school and college age ensemble will lead us in music worship. If you enjoy contemporary worship music then you will want to come and pray with us!  Afterwards we will have a fellowship dinner with Youth, middle school and high school, as well as young adults.  Young adults please contact Drew Anderson, Director of Youth Faith Formation (, if you are interested in this event.  Parents of middle school and high school, please contact Drew if you have any questions.

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. Bridgid 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. Bridgid 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.

Sunday Afternoon Faith Study
CATHOLICISM: The study will take a look at St. Francis of Assisi, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Catherine of Siena, Bl John Henry Newman, G.K. Chesterton, and Michelangelo. Journey with Bishop Barron to explore the lasting influence of these Pivotal Players.  Our parish journey begins on September 24th. We will meet in the St. Brigid of Kildare Room in the school following 10:30AM Mass and will meet every other Sunday. For more information and/or to register, please contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office or by email:

Attention parent of boys in grades 1st through 4th
Cub Scout Pack 3106 at St. Patrick’s Parish is kicking off another exciting year and we welcome you and your boys to learn more about our pack in the hopes that they may wish to join us!  Although many of you have seen our scouts with their donuts after mass, the boys participate in a number of different fun activities.  This year we are looking forward to building and launching rockets, our popular Pinewood Derby, family night at Sky Zone, a flag retirement ceremony, a trip to the Air Zoo in Portage, family camping, camping in the “great indoors,” and so much more, in addition to earning cub scout awards, having the opportunity to participate in service projects and earn religious medals.  If you would like more information about our pack, please contact Stacey George at 204-4931, or Jim George at 204-4932,  Thank you!

Strong Catholic Families
On October 10th at 6:30pm in the parish center we will again be continuing the conversation on how we can strengthen our families here at St. Patrick.  If you EVER attended an information session OR just want to be part of the conversation about what we are doing and what we can do at St.    Patrick, please join us.  We want to hear from you on what we can do here at St. Patrick to help you grow and strengthen your faith. Child care will be provided. If you have questions, please contact the parish office.  

Knights of Columbus Council 8564 News
The Knights are starting our annual coat drive.  Please bring your gently used or new coats to Church or our breakfast, from now until November 5th. Last year we placed over 200 coats, they were well appreciated.  There is a basket in the church gathering area.

Knights of Columbus Euchre, Sunday, Oct. 15th 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.

Father’s Mark’s Birthday
October 11th will be Fr. Mark’s 60th birthday!!

Public Fatima Rosary
Saturday, October 14h at 12PM in the covered pavilion at Creekside Park (1550 Gee Dr, Lowell).  Refreshments will be provided. If any questions, please contact Donna at 616-691-7275.

October-Respect Life Month
Baby Pantry of Lowell offers hope and encouragement to mothers and babies in our area by helping with basic baby supplies.  American Heritage Girls MI1208 is renewing efforts of St. Patrick’s parish to donate needed baby items to the Baby Pantry. The girls spent time organizing clothing at the pantry on our National Day of Service, Sept. 16, and we had so much fun! Please JOIN US to SPREAD HOPE by donating baby items to the marked basket in the vestibule of the church and the girls will deliver to the Pantry. Items needed: #2 BABY FOOD, BABY WASH, BABY LOTION,WIPES,DIAPERS SIZED 3-6, GENTLY-USED OR NEW CLOTHING FROM NEWBORN TO 5T (ALL SEASONS).

40 Days for Life
Would you be willing to pray for one hour to end abortion?  40 Days for Life is a pro-life effort that consists of 40 days of praying, fasting and holding a peaceful vigil in front of an abortion clinic.  The Fall campaign will take place Sep. 27 through Nov. 5th this year.  It will take place on the public sidewalk in front of Heritage Clinic for Women at 320 East Fulton St.  St. Patrick’s has adopted the hour of 9am-10am on Mon., Oct. 9th.  Prayer warriors are needed, please contact Rose Thomet at 616-987-6641 for more information.

Grand Rapids Right to Life Auction
19th Annual Holiday Auction to help fund the prolife outreach efforts of Grand Rapids Right to Life.  Auction begins Oct. 9th at 9PM.  Bid online through Oct. 19th at 9PM.  You can also bid by phone at 616-532-2300 on Oct. 17-18 9AM-5PM or Oct. 18th from 9AM-9PM.  For general information call 616-532-2300.   Auction ends Oct. 19th at 9PM.  To view the items go to  100’s of items in the categories of:  Travel & Lodging, Entertainment, Dining, Services, Gift Cards, Baskets, Food, Sweets & Snacks, Home & Garden, Sports & Leisure and much more!  There are a few booklets in the back of church. 

Relic of St. Jude
October 10, St. Jude Church in Grand Rapids (1120 Four Mile Rd NE) is happy to announce it will host the largest relic of one of the apostles outside of Rome.  The Arm Relic of St. Jude Thaddeus, housed in a silver reliquary, comes from the Dominican Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus in Chicago.  Father Mike Ford, O.P., director of the Shrine, will provide unique opportunities to learn about the relic, give a special blessing with the Oil of St. Jude Thaddeus, and provide time for veneration of the relic at the following times.  10:30AM (School Mass, all are welcome), 3PM (No Mass. Talk and veneration) and 7PM (Mass).  Holy oil will be available for a donation.  Conact Irene Wittkoski, 616-363-6146

Coins for Kids
Your pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters help support Grand Rapids Right to Life and local pregnancy centers that offer material support to mothers and children.   For the month of October, take a baby bottle from the basket in church and fill with your loose change/money.  Bring the bottle to Mass the last weekend of October and place in the Coins for Kids basket. 

October Rosary
For the month of October, in addition to Thursday night rosary, we will be saying the rosary after the week day Masses.  Except for First Friday, then it will be at 8:20AM

Have One, Give One: Need One, Take One
Do you have some extra produce you would like to share with others in the St. Patrick family?  This summer please drop off produce on tables at Masses to share that you may have left over from the garden or market.  Anyone wanting fresh produce can take what they need and any produce remaining after Masses will be taken to North Kent Connect to help those in need

500th Anniversary of the Reformation
From Conflict to Communion:  The Rev. Craig Satterlee, Lutheran Bishop of the NW Lower Michigan Synod and Most Rev. David Walkowiak, Roman Catholic Bishop of Grand Rapids, invite you to attend an Ecumenical Prayer Service Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew (301 Sheldon Blvd. SE, Grand Rapids).  Sunday, October 29, 2017 @ 3PM.

Dear Ladies of the Parish:  Our next bunco night is Tuesday, November 7th at 7:00 in Multipurpose Room 1 of the Parish Center.  Please join us!  If you have any questions, please contact Stacey George at 616-204-4931.

First Friday Adoration
This year we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal.  Our Lady appeared 6 times, from May 1917 to October 1917, giving her timeless messages of prayer, specifically the rosary to obtain peace for the world, sacrifice  and reparation for the conversion of sinners.  The Angel of Peace preceded her visit with instructions on prayer and Adoration of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament.

October 6th, 2017, St. Patrick will offer Adoration and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament following the 9:00 Mass until 4:00pm.  The Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be recited at 3:00pm.  Please join us in response to Our Lady’s request.  Call Beth at 874-7572 to schedule an hour.  All are welcome!

3rd Annual Franciscan Rhythms Trail Run/Walk
Musicians are tuning up! Trails are being prepared!  Are you getting ready for the Third Annual 5K Trail Run/Walk on October 7, 2017? The Franciscan stew, the bread, the t-shirts and the kids’ run will all be back, AND we’ve added a 10k Run.  Register today!  Cost is $30.  To register, please go to and click on the “Events” tab.

Metal for Meals, Scarp Metal Drive
Sat, October 7, 8:30 a.m.–noon. It’s time for the St. Mary Church semi-annual Metal for Meals scrap   metal drive to benefit their food pantry. A dumpster will be in the parking lot (420 Second St. NW, Grand Rapids) to receive scrap metal—anything you’d like to get rid of that is made of metal: items like old washing machines, dryers, rakes, garden tools, irons, bikes, grills, tin cans, file cabinets, tire rims, bed frames, etc. Proceeds will help to fund the    community food pantry at St. Mary Church on the near west side of Grand Rapids, which currently serves over 100 families each time the pantry is open. This is a great way to help others with your spring cleaning!  More information can be found here

Awesome Ladies Night Out
In conjunction with our Strong Catholic Families initiative, the Awesome Ladies Group is holding a dinner and dance on Saturday, October 14 at 6pm in the Parish  Center. All women of the parish, age 21 and older, are invited to attend.  What is the Awesome Ladies Club? We are women from all walks of life who meet informally for fellowship and fun activities. We include singles, seniors, moms in the thick of parenting, empty  nesters and everything in between. Although we come from diverse backgrounds, we share a common thread in St. Patrick Parish. If you’ve been   looking for an opportunity to meet other women in the parish or simply want an excuse for a night out, please join the Awesome Ladies Group for their dinner/dance on October 14.  Tickets to the event are $20, which covers the meal, drinks and other expenses. Please call Mari Zook at 616-634-5937 to RSVP by Oct. 10th or for more information. You can also RSVP/buy tickets in the parish office.  Here is a flyer with more detail, flyer.

Christopher West:  Holy Spirit Parish
Holy Spirit Parish in GR is excited to announce that they will be hosting an uplifting event with Christopher West on the evening of Wed., Oct. 11th at 7PM. Appropriate for ages 15 and older.  Christopher is the world’s most recognized teacher of John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.  Made for More is an inspired blend of live music, art and presentation that taps the deepest desires of the human heart revealing their ultimate purpose and goal.  For more detail go to  Watch for ticket sale dates/pricing.

Senior Luncheon
Our next senior luncheon will be, Thursday, Oct. 12th.  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, Oct. 10th to ensure we have enough food.

Mount Mercy Alumnae Mass/Breakfast
19th Annual Holiday Auction to help fund the prolife outreach efforts of Grand Rapids Right to Life.  Auction begins Oct. 9th at 9PM.  Bid online through Oct. 19th at 9PM.  You can also bid by phone at 616-532-2300 on Oct. 17-18 9AM-5PM or Oct. 18th from 9AM-9PM.  For general information call 616-532-2300.   Auction ends Oct. 19th at 9PM.  To view the items go to  100’s of items in the categories of:  Travel & Lodging, Entertainment, Dining, Services, Gift Cards, Baskets, Food, Sweets & Snacks, Home & Garden, Sports & Leisure and much more!  There are a few booklets in the back of church. 

St. Jude Rummage Sale
Please come and check out the great deals! Saturday, October 14, 8:30AM-6PM.  Bag special starts at 4PM.  1120 4 Mile Rd NE, Grand Rapids.

Mount Mercy Alumnae Mass/Breakfast
The Mount Mercy Alumnae Association will hold it’s Annual Mass/Breakfast on Sunday, Oct. 15th at the former Mount Mercy Academy.  Mass will begin at 10 am in the chapel followed by breakfast and a guest speaker.   Individual and class pictures will also be available. Reservations due by Sept. 29th.  For more information, please contact Kathy at (616) 914-4895.

White Mass
Bishop Walkowiak wishes to invite all Healthcare Professionals (doctors, nurses, students,  caregivers, trustees and any engaged in the care of the sick and   infirm), along with your family and friends, to attend the Mass of Christ the Healer at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew on Sun., Oct. 15, at 10AM.  A reception will follow the Mass in the Cathedral’s Parish Center.   Please see this attached flyer for more information.

Holy Family Radio Pledge Drive
Tune in, Pray, Pledge and Share!  October 17-20.  For more information, guest schedule and more at:

Grand Rapids Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Fall Seminar
78th Annual Fall Seminar:  October 17th, 9AM-3:30PM.  St Mary Catholic Church, 402 Amity St, Lowell.  “Women Healing Wounds” is the them of the seminar, presented by the Diocesan Council of Catholic Woman focusing on Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking.  Open to all women and the cost is $20.  Speakers:  Leslie King, New Beginnings Ministry and Vicki Seidl, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Kent Co.  Register by clicking here or email Janet at  Deadline for registration is October 10th.  There is a flyer here

Blood Drive
You are invited to make a Blood donation at St. Patrick Sunday October 22nd 8am-1pm.  Call Bonnie 616-437-4474  with questions or to make an appointment. 

Wedding Anniversary Mass
Together with your families, the Church in the Diocese of Grand  Rapids honors the faithful witness to your vocation of marriage and wishes to celebrate with you.  Bishop Walkowiak is inviting all couples celebrating milestone anniversaries to join him on Sunday, October 22 at the 10:00 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew (265 Sheldon Blvd., Grand Rapids). A simple reception will immediately follow.   Please RSVP by calling the parish office to confirm your attendance by Monday, October 16th.

David Haas: Holy Family Catholic Parish
A concert and workshop to be held by David Haas at Holy Family Parish.  A wonderful opportunity for reflection and discussion with one of the great teachers of liturgy and liturgical music.  The following flyer has all the information concerning tickets for Friday evening’s concert (Oct. 27) and registration for the Saturday workshop program entitled “That You Might Have Life:  Spiritual Practices for the Call to Holiness” (Oct. 28).  Detailed flyer is here.  Paper registration form can be found here.

Altar Servers
The first of two training sessions will be Oct. 28th at 10-11:30AM in Church (for weekend Masses).  Please contact Cindy Samson at 

Save the Date:  Knight’s Dinner/Dance
Knight’s of Columbus is hosting a Big Band Dinner/Dance featuring Lakeshore Big Band on Nov. 4th to honor our Veterans.  Dinner will be lasagna, bread sticks, salad bar and dessert.  $15 per person.   Watch for ticket sales after all Masses starting this weekend.  Contact Bill  Crothers 616.481.8871 or Todd Gross 616.691.8163 for questions/tickets.  If you would like to sponsor the live band contact the parish office.

Spread the Word!
The annual road trip for the Vianney Visit to the St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul, MN will be on November, 16-18.  The Vianney Visit is open to young men ages 16-24 and will give them the opportunity to take a closer look at the priesthood by experiencing a few days in the life of a seminarian.   Transportation, accommodations and meals will be provided at no cost.  Interested?  Contact Fr. Ron Hutchinson at or 616-475-1254.  For the invite, click here

Helping Heart, Helping Hands Need
Our Helping Hearts, Helping Hands Ministry is a ministry that links needs of parishioners to those parishioners who may be able to help with those needs. We currently are looking for a used car that is in good running condition. The price needs to be around $2,000-$3,000 and preferably a 4 door as it is for a mother and child on a fixed income. If you or someone you know has a car with a cost in that price range, please contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office.

It Pays to be Pro Life!
Did you know that Grand Rapids Students for Life (GRSFL) offers a variety of opportunities for high school students to earn awards and scholarships? The DJ Zarnosky Life Leadership Award is $1000  presented to a high school senior who has been involved in GRSFL and exhibits outstanding  
leadership in the prolife movement.  Other opportunities include the Prolife Youth Award, High School Oratory Contest and Prolife Essay Contest.  For more information, visit : or or call 616.532.2300.

Respect Life
“God, our Father, you always hear the cry of the poor.  How many times have Christians themselves not recognized you in the hungry, the thirsty and the naked, in the persecuted, the imprisoned, and in those incapable of defending themselves, especially in the first stages of life.  For all those who have committed acts of injustice by trusting in wealth and power and showing contempt for the ‘little ones’ who are so dear to you, we ask your           forgiveness: have mercy on us and accept our repentance.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.”

–Pope John Paul II, March 12, 2000  

Strong Catholic Families
Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time:  Dealing with Injustice
Reading I:  
Isaiah 5:1-7 (the vineyard song)

Reading II:  Philippians 4:6-9 (joy and peace in Christ)

Gospel:  Matthew 21:33-43 (parable of the tenants) 

Key Passage:  Jesus said, “Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit.” (Matthew 21:43)

Adult:  How have you used your talents and abilities well for the Reign of God?

Youth:  What can you do in your week to help the love of God grow in the world?

A Family Perspective
by Bud Ozar
Every family is visited by difficult times which can unite or divide. These hardships, which we would quickly reject, hold the potential to be the unifying “cornerstone” where we drop our pettiness and defenses and pull together, linked by a common bond and love for one another.

St. Jude Unemployed Support Group
We discuss resumes, networking, prospecting, interviewing and much more. All are welcome.  Please join us on:  The Second Wednesday of the month 9:30-11am, St. Jude Brophy Center, 1120 4 Mile Rd. NE., Grand Rapids.  For more information, please contact, Dan at or Mary at

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.

Women’s Faith Sharing
The group meets on Monday evenings and this year we’ll be in the St. Bridgid of Kildare room in the school from 6:30-8PM.  Please contact Cheryl Emmette in the office if you would like 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.

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.

Franciscan Life Process Center Events
Awareness, Gratitude, and Imagination: Writing for a Healthy Soul with Vinita Hampton Wright
October 13-14
Through a variety of writing exercises, group discussion, silence, movement, and time alone, participants will experience sharpened awareness of God’s presence in daily life. They will explore multiple aspects of gratitude and use imagination as a prayer, and a playful way to ask, “What’s next?” This retreat begins Friday at 6 p.m. and ends at 4:30 Saturday.  Vinita Hampton Wright has been a book editor in the religion market for 26 years. She is the author of numerous books, including Days of Deepening Friendship, The Soul Tells a Story, The Art of Spiritual Writing, and the novel Dwelling Places.  Cost: $240 includes presentations, room, snacks Friday evening, continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Attendees are encouraged to stay at the Center to enjoy a time away from the responsibilities of daily life; however, guest rooms at the FLPC are optional.  Register here

Harvest Pie Baking
Wednesday, October 25 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Join Sister Darlene Wessling, FSE, to celebrate the hard work of spring and summer and the joy of the harvest by making fresh apple pie using apples grown at the Center. Participants were learn how to make delicious pie crusts and learn with a fresh pie to bake at home.

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.

Catholic Information Center Class Dates
Divorce Recovery and Support Group
Wednesdays, October 4 – December 6, 7:30-8:45PM
Facilitated by Jim Kline
A ten-week series offered for all who are divorced or are in the process of becoming divorced.  Led by those who have gone through the process themselves, these support groups provide a pathway to personal growth.  The book, Divorce and Beyond, will be used as a guide and is included in the series cost of $15.00.

CIC| 360 Division S | Grand Rapids |616-459-7267
For more events, information or to register go to

Grand Rapids Right to Life Events
30th Annual Focus on Life Benefit Dinner
Monday, Oct. 9,  6:30PM
With Ann McElhinney
The 30th annual Focus on Life Benefit Dinner at the DeVos Place ballrooms in downtown Grand Rapids will take place on Monday, October 9 at 6:30PM.  Ann McElhinney, producer of the film Gosnell:  America’s Biggest Serial Killer, will be the keynote speaker.  McElhinney produced this film to shed light on the heinous crimes of abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who was convicted in 2013 of first-degree murder for killing three infants who were born alive.  Tickets are $100 per seat or $1,000 per table of 10.  For more information, contact Grand Rapids Right to Life at 616-532-2300,, or visit

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
Diocese of Grand Rapids:  Director, Office for Worship.  More information here

Diocese of Grand Rapids:  Accounts Receivable Specialist.  More information here

Diocese of Grand Rapids:  Development Assistant.  More information here

Dominican Sisters:  Part-time Evening and Weekend Receptionist.  More information here.

Dominican Sisters:  Part-time Dietary Aid.  More information here.

Other local job openings via the Diocese of Grand Rapids can be found here.

Director of Religious Education:  St. Mary Church, Lowell
St. Mary Catholic Church in Lowell, MI, is looking to fill a part time position as the Director of Religious Education. St. Mary is looking for qualified applicants who have experience working with both children and adults.  For more information, please see this attachment.

Diocesan Publications is also hiring, see the flyer 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.