Saint Patrick Parish News 10.11.19


This week’s Mass schedule  

Sat., October 12
5PM Mass

Sun., October 13
8AM Mass
10:30AM Mass

Mon., October 14
No Mass Here

Tue., October 15
No Mass Here

Wed., October 16
No Mass Here

Thu., October 17
No Mass Here

Fri., October 18
No Mass Here

Sat., October 19
5PM Mass

Upcoming Events
Sat., October 12
8AM Men’s Spirituality, St. Brigid of Kildare
3:45PM Confessions, Church

Sun., October 13
9AM REP, School
9AM REP Parent Mtg, Parish Center
1PM Euchre, Parish Center

Mon., October 14
Parish Office Closed
6PM Women’s Faith Sharing, St. Brigid of Kildare

Tue., October 15
6AM Adoration, Church

Wed., October 16
6AM Adoration, Church
6:30PM Adoration, Church
6:30PM REP, School
6:45PM REP Parent Mtg, Parish Center

Thu., October 17
6AM Adoration, Church
6:30PM Rosary, Church
6:30PM RCIA Inquiry, Faith Formation Rm
7PM Healing Our Church, St. Brigid of Kildare
8PM Men’s Basketball, Gym

Fri., October 12
6AM Adoration, Church
6:30PM Middle School Youth Night, Parish Center

Sat., October 19
3:45PM Confessions, Church
7PM Swing Dance Lessons, Gym



From the Pastor:
Thank you for being patient with my crazy fall schedule.  I had a problematic start to my time away.  On my travel back to GR from Chicago September 20th, I had some car trouble.  My car quit working just south of Holland MI.  Thank God it did not quit in the dangerous Chicago city traffic.  I had my car towed to the dealer and my brother-in-law brought me home.  I anxiously waited to hear from Subaru because I was scheduled to be at the Fall Convocation September 23rd.  I finally received this message from the service manager late Monday: “Got it looked at, and there is a catastrophic engine failure.”  Oh my!  Those are not good words to hear.  Subaru was very good and gave me a loaner car so I could get up to Traverse City by Tuesday morning.  The convocation was fruitful and from there I went to Mackinac Island for some quiet time.  I had a very restful week on the Island.  Although it was very wet, I enjoyed my time there. 

I have one more week away yet this October.  I will be traveling back to Mundelein Seminary after the Sunday Masses for a silent retreat.  This is all part of the program I am enrolled in to learn how to be a Spiritual Director.  I will return in time for the weekend Masses on the 19th and 20th.  

I would like to share with you some great news regarding the classroom project.  After Bishop Walkowiak gave us permission to move forward, we needed to still receive approval from the Diocesan Building and Planning Committee.  The committee met Scott, Jay, and our general contractor on October 3rd and we received permission to move forward with the project.  Once the contract is signed by all parties, we will start to move some dirt!  This project is possible because of the dedicated generosity shown over the years by all of you.  I encourage you to please continue to support our parish financially so that we can always be in a position to make capital improvements when necessary.  

Please pray that my silent retreat is filled with much grace and know that you will all be in my prayers.  

Oremus pro invicem 

In Mary,
Fr. Tom

Are you familiar with FORMED? St. Patrick now has a subscription free to our parishioners. This online resource gives you unlimited access to thousands of Catholic videos, programs, and daily reflections.

In your web browser type in and it will take you to our parish’s subscription. Create an account and you will have access to all of the content on their platform. You can also download the FORMED app and enter and register.  Have questions, contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office.

All Saint’s Day Masses
Liturgical Ministers, we are in need of many helpers for All Saint’s Day. Please log in to the scheduler or contact the parish office to sign up.

Rosary, Come Pray with Us
For the month of October, we will be praying the Rosary after daily Mass.

World Mission Sunday:  Oct. 20th
This year, October 20 is World Mission Sunday.  You would have received a special envelope for this in your monthly envelope packet.  If you need one, there are some in the back of the church on the ledge.  There WILL NOT BE a second collection taken up for this next weekend.  You can put your envelope in the regular collection as it comes around.  You can find a letter from our Bishop regarding this collection here.

Remembering our Deceased Loved Ones
We will again give framed photos of our deceased loved ones a place of honor during the month of November. Please deposit framed photos in the designated bin in the gathering space. They will be placed in the church space throughout the month of November.

August/September Baptisms
Jace Charles Gritter, Son of Christopher & Joanna
Celia Diane Wirgau, Daughter of Dustin & Andrea
Alden Kirk Dzingle, Son of Jared & Kristi
Laney Lea Harrell, Daughter of Thomas & Sarah
Levi Gerald Thompson, Son of Ben & Jeannette
Cameron Christopher Brinkmeier, Son of Jon & Elizabeth

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

Radical Forgiveness
3rd Annual West Michigan Restorative Justice Conference: Radical Forgiveness – Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., at Cathedral Square Center, 360 Division Ave. S.

“Radical Forgiveness” is the theme of the third annual West Michigan Restorative Justice Conference organized by inmates of Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility in Ionia.  Hear from the men about the power of forgiveness and keynote speaker Kate Grosmaire, author of “Forgiving my Daughter’s Killer, A True Story of Loss, Faith and Unexpected Grace.”

REGISTRATION: Admission is free, but registration is required.  Register at Contact Tricia Worrell,

Healing our Church
Come together for six weeks in small groups with fellow parishioners to pray and reflect on the clergy abuse crisis and to envision a path forward as a Roman Catholic family of faith. Each session is only 90 minutes. RENEW International, a Catholic nonprofit organization, has designed this healing process.

We will begin sessions in October. Most will meet on Thursday evenings. The dates are: October 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14. Sessions will begin at 7pm.  Contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office to register. 

Middle School Youth Game Night
Middle school students are invited to come for a night of fun with their peers in the parish!  This is the first of a monthly game night event we will be hosting at the parish.  Monthly game nights kick off Friday, October 18 with a bring-your-own style night of board games.  Parents are welcome to stay and chaperone if they wish.  Bring a snack to share if you’d like!

When: Friday October 18, 6:30- 8:30pm 
Where:  Parish Center multi-purpose rooms
What:  Bring your own board games and a snack to share if you’d like! 

Let us know if you plan to attend:

Memorial Service
Clayton John Covell (Feb. 26, 1977 – Dec.11, 2018). Memorial Service October 19, 11:00 AM, Father Tom Cavera as Celebrant.  A celebration with Cindy and Cameron Covell in remembrance of a beloved son and brother. Luncheon follows.

Trunk or Treat
St. Patrick PTO Presents…

Enjoy a night of spooky family fun and fellowship as children walk from car to car gathering treats.  Decorate your car and dress up, or bring a a lawn chair and relax as you pass out candy.  Kids are welcome to play on the playground while parents chat. 

Please observe these safety rules:  1) refrain from driving through the west-side playground parking area – children will be playing there and no through traffic will be allowed  2) park your car in the designated Trunk or Treat area if you will be handing out treats, or in the church parking lot and walk to the treat area, if you will not be out treats.  Bring candy & your best costume,  Thursday Oct. 24, 6-8PM.

Wild Game Dinner Raffle Ticket Info
Gun and Polaris tickets will be on sale after Masses Oct 19/20, plus the first four weekends of November (Sunday, Nov. 3 in the parish center during the Knight’s breakfast).  You can also purchase them from the parish office.  Hours are T-F, 8:30am-4:30pm.  Gun tickets are $5 each and there are three prizes, Polaris tickets are $20 each or 6 for $100.  Only 12oo tickets each were printed.  Drawing is Dec. 1st, no need to be present to win.

Religious Education has begun: but you can still register
Register on the parish website from the homepage following:  Faith Formation -> Religious Education or here Registration Link.  You’ll see the registration link at the top of the page.  If you prefer, hardcopies can be picked up in the back of the church and returned to the parish office. 

Igniting the Light of Christ within You!
Concert & Reflection by Paul Koleske.  SS Peter & Paul Church, Ionia.  Sunday, Oct. 20th at 4PM.  Let the Holy Spirit minister to you during this moving event with Paul Koleske, Catholic speaker, singer, songwriter, recording artist.

Paul’s music and message offers an exceptional listening experience that speaks to the mind, touches the heart, and enlivens the spirit!  This is no ordinary event … you will feel as though you are on a retreat.  Doors open at 3:30pm.  Enjoy some quiet time in church before the Reflection!  Feel free to bring Family & Friends.

Paul will be sharing his Inspired Music at all Masses on October 19th & 20th.  

Holiday Auction:  Right to Life
The 21st annual holiday auction is an opportunity to shop early for Christmas and to support he prolife work of Grand Rapids Right to Life.  Bid on vacation rentals, services, gift baskets, homemade food, children’s toys, merchandise gift cards, books, sports items, and more.  The auction will take place Monday, October 7 – Monday, October 14.  Items may be viewed online or at the Grand Rapids Right to Life office (2340 Porter St SW in Wyoming) on October 10, 11 and 14 from 9-5PM.  Bids may be placed online ( or by phone (532-2300).  Bid high and bid often!

Catholic Central Beyond Belief
Save the Date  and have lunch with us on October 16, 2019! The High School with a Higher Calling Luncheon celebrates everything that is amazing about the Catholic Central experience and what our higher calling is in continuing the tradition of Catholic education. For more information, contact Stefanie Snyder at or 616-233-5899.

Aquinas College Visits
Aquinas College welcomes any high school students and families to our Fall Open 
Houses on Saturday, November 2! Choose your own path through sessions throughout the day as you get the inside scoop on academics, athletics, service learning, study abroad and more! Details and registration information can be found at .

Knights of Columbus Euchre Sunday, October. 13th at 1:00PM in the parish Center.  Cost is $10.00, all are welcome!  Contact Dennis Brown 616-262-1888 or Diane Brown 616-293-4993, for more information.  Remember the Euchre tournament during Festival weekend, June 28.  Sign up starts at 6pm.

Fall Campaign for 40 Days for Life
A few of us are again participating in an hour of prayer for the end of abortion.  We will be carpooling from our church parking lot on Tues., Oct. 15 at 8am to pray on the sidewalk at Heritage Clinic,  320 Fulton St. in Grand Rapids Please contact Rose (616) 987-6641 if you’d like to join us.

Habitat for Humanity
St. Patrick will be sponsoring the Catholic Build again this year through Habitat for Humanity of Kent County.  We will be working October 19th.  Contact Cheryl Emmette or Ed Donahue to register.  We will be working alongside other parishes to help provide housing to families in need in Grand Rapids.

Knight’s of Columbus News
SAVE the DATE:  October 23rd, Dining for Dough:  Join us at Pietro’s Italian Restaurant for our Dining for Dough charity dinner w/proceeds going to the K of C.  Dinner starts at 5pm and 10% of all sales from 5-10pm will be donated to this great cause.  Simply redeem the coupon that will be available soon.  Watch here for details.

Nov 9th, Big Dinner Dance:  Seeking donations (gift cards/baskets, etc.) for the raffle, email Brian Mauric at with any items or questions.  Tickets will be $20/each and will be sold starting in October, after Masses or come to the October 6th Breakfast and purchase them.

NEW:  Worried about not knowing how to dance and would love to come to the dinner?  We will be having FREE DANCE LESSONS here at St. Patrick’s on Oct. 19 and 26, in the gym from 7-8:30pm.  Call the parish office if interested.

Blackthorn Concert
West Michigan’s Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians presents:  BLACKTHORN Concert & Dinner, Sat. October 19, 2019 at St. Jude Brophy Center.  Doors open at 5:30pm./Dinner at 6:30pm./Concert at 7:30pm. $40 per person includes dinner & concert (Beer & Wine will be available at the cash bar).

Contact 616-363-8257 or for tickets. This dinner & music concert will benefit Catholic Charities West Michigan Baby Pantry and Help Pregnancy Crisis Aid.  Flyer can be found here.

Blood Drive
Blood Drive at St Patrick’s on Sunday, October 20, 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 are a donation of baked goods or 1-2 hours at the aftercare table. Our goal is for at least 17 donations and 1 first time donor. For questions or to make an appointment call 1-866-642-5663 or visit or Gayle LeMasters at 616-540-3387 or  Thank you in advance for your willingness to donate!

White Mass
Sunday, Oct. 20th at 10AM at Cathedral Square.  Join Bishop Walkowiak as we honor those who work in health care – from nurses and physicians to lab techs and environmental service workers.  Health care workers and caregivers from all faiths are welcome and all are encouraged to wear their working uniform.  A reception will follow Mass.  The White Mass – named for the white coats of physicians – is traditionally celebrated on the Feast of St. Luke, the patron saint of physicians.   A flyer with details can be found here.

Are you discerning the priesthood?
Gifted and Called is a discernment opportunity sponsored by the diocesan 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 at St. Robert Catholic Church in Ada from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Men are also personally invited to attend the 6 p.m. Sunday Mass.  This year’s Gifted and Called discernment opportunities are offered on the following Sundays:

Oct. 20, Nov. 17, Jan. 19, Feb. 16, March 15, Apr. 19, and May 17.  Feel free to show up or call to let us know you are coming at 616-288-0910.  Questions, email Fr. Stephen Durkee (

Adult Indoor Volleyball
Adult volleyball for ages 16+ will be starting again on Oct. 20th through April’ish from 1-3pm in the gym.  Everyone welcome!  USA volleyball rules, teams of 4’s/5’s/or whatever shows up.  We have (2) courts if necessary.  You don’t have to be a member of St. Patrick’s or even Catholic to play (you may get a favorable line call however if you are [smile]).  Contact Emily or Gregg Intrain w/Questions 616-608-248.

Are you Exploring the Priesthood?
Join others for the 2019 Vianney Visit to St. John Vianney College Seminary, St. Paul MN from Nov. 14-16.

The Diocese of GR will be offering young men ages 16-24 an 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. 

Contact Pattie Reynolds at to register or call Fr. Stephen Durkee at 616-475-1254 with any questions.  Registration ends November 1.  A flyer can be found here.

Fr. Wayne Wheeler Jr. 40th Anniversary to the Priesthood
Save the date and come celebrate with Fr. Wayne B. Wheeler, Jr. for his 40th Anniversary to the Priesthood on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at the 10:30am Mass at St. Simon Church, Ludington, MI with festivities to follow, noon until 3pm, in the Family Center. More information to follow. Contact information:  Flyer can be found here.

Catholic Central Beyond Belief
CCNEXT Discovery Day – Nov. 3, 2019, 1pm at Catholic Central High School
Students – Discover what’s NEXT in your personal journey and what it means to be a Catholic Central Cougar. Take a student-guided tour of our campus, learn about our STEAM program, our new House System and meet our teachers, staff and students. Please Register to attend at

Dear Ladies of the Parish:  Our next bunco night is Tuesday, November 12 at 7:00 in Multipurpose Room 1 of the Parish Center.  Please join us!  If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Covell at

Senior Luncheon
It is that time of the year again! We will begin our monthly senior luncheons on November 14th. Anyone 60 and over are welcome to attend. We meet monthly from 10 am until 12:30/1:00 on the second Thursday of the month. Lunch is served at 11 am. It is a wonderful time to catch up with long-time friends or make some new ones. If you plan on attending each month, please call Cheryl Emmette in the office so we have enough food.

Wednesday night adoration from 6:30 – 7:45 pm, and runs weekly according to the religious education program schedule.  Schedule can be seen here.  Confessions will also be heard when Fr. Tom is available.

Every week, at least two people must be present in order to expose the Blessed Sacrament.  Please email Lindsey Wilbur at, to let us know which date we can count on your attendance.   Open to all parishioners!

New Parish App
Do you have our current parish app and are receiving from us?  If not, download our new app today and see what you’ve missed!  There are many new options on the new app and you can continue to stay connected. Questions or need help,  contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office. 

We hope for our new app to be a tool for fostering stronger parish life at St. Patrick and better engaging the New Evangelization.

Text APP to 88202 to download our parish app.  Download myParish App and select our Parish after opening.  You must setup an account to receive our notifications.

Eucharistic Adoration:  Our Lady of Consolation
Jesus Christ is in love with YOU and wants to spend time with YOU! Have you made time for Him this week in the classroom of silence? Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the Perpetual Adoration Chapel at Our Lady of Consolation is 24/7. Stop in anytime. For more information or to schedule an hour with Jesus, call 616-866-0931 or e-mail 

New Job Postings at the Diocese
Two full-time Assistant Directors to fill positions in the Office of Hispanic Ministry (one for marriage and family ministry and one for youth and young adult ministry).  In addition:  Parish Accounting Services Specialist and a part-time Parish Auditor:  see details on these jobs and more here

North Kent Connect is Hiring
Experienced Administrative Specialist:  see details on this job here

Critical Pantry Needs
WILL YOU HELP?  Our Pantry (free to all NKC clients) is critically low.  Would you please consider donating any of the following items?

Cereal, quinoa, rice (other healthy grains), Canned fruit (peaches, pears, anything low-sugar), Canned pasta sauce (no glass, please), and Pasta.  Flyer can be found here.

Thank you for your generosity!

We are grateful to our community for ensuring the well-being of our clients in northern Kent County. We cannot do this without you!
Donation Hours:  Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. or you can put them in the baskets at church. 
Reading Reflections
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time:  Saying Thank You
Reading I: 
2 Kings 5:14-17 – Elisha’s cure of naaman

Reading II2 Timothy 2:8-13 – Paul’s faithfulness to the gospel
Gospel:  Luke 17:11-19 – Ten lepers

Key Passage:  Then one of the lepers, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. (Luke 17:15–16)

Adult:  Whose generosity do you tend to take for granted? How will you change this?
Youth: When have you failed to say thank you? Why does this matter?

Respect Life
Assisted suicide is detrimental not only for individual patients, but also for patient care on a large scale. In countries like the Netherlands, where assisted suicide has been accepted for many years, progress in palliative care has stagnated.4 In Oregon, legalization was followed by an increase in severe untreated pain among terminally ill patients. During a period when 1,832 hospices opened in other states, only five opened in Oregon. In other states legalizing assisted suicide, use of hospice care has fallen below the national average.5 By contrast, when states pass new laws forbidding assisted suicide, while affirming that doctors may use drugs like morphine for effective pain control, use of these medications has increased indicating progress in pain management practices.

– USCCB  For more on this and other life issues, visit and click on ‘issues and action’.

A Family Perspective
by Bud Ozar
Everyone needs “A Round Tuit.” The lepers in today’s gospel probably meant to thank Jesus.  Excited about being cured they didn’t get ‘around-to-it.’  We get caught up in our own interests and fail to appreciate what we have or to say what is in our hearts.  This week get yourself “A Round Tuit.”  

Word of Life
“With the help of an abortion healing ministry, couples can successfully work through abortion-related challenges. God’s grace can bring true healing to the relationships of those who trust in His infinite mercy.”

USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities
“Healing within Marriage from an Abortion”

St. Raphael’s Adult Singles Group
St. Raphael’s Singles is a diocesan-wide Catholic ministry for adult singles age 40+ who are divorced, widowed, or have never been married.  Join us for friendship, fellowship and many kinds of events, both spiritual and social.   Gatherings take place on the first and third Fridays of the month from 7-9 p.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew.  
Email for more information.

Cancer Support & Prayer Group
Cancer support & prayer group is held the last Thursday of the month, at 6:30 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Caledonia, Lower Level room #6 (enter through Main Entrance, & ramp; follow signs to the room).  The group is free.  

This support group is to allow persons touched by cancer to be with others touched by cancer to gain insight, support, pray for one another, and share in a warmhearted and understanding environment. Those with cancer, survivors, and caregivers are welcome; all ages, stages & diagnoses.

If you have questions, want to be on the contact list/register, or have an interest in assisting with this ministry, please contact Christine Shafer, or 891-9259 x224.

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

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  

AA Meetings
Meetings have been put on hiatus until after Memorial Day 2020.

Lo-Gluten Host
We provide lo-gluten hosts for those needing them. Please contact Emma Darling at for more information.

There will be adoration Tue-Fri at St. Patrick’s from 6-7AM in the Church as long as Father is in town.  Please feel free to stop in and start your day with some quiet prayer time.  Please watch the bulletin or online calendar.

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 has begun meeting on Monday nights at 6PM in the St. Brigid of Kildare room in the school.  The book is Father Solanus Casey by Catherine Odell.  Please contact Cheryl Emmette 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. 

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 Lindsey Wilbur, 691-8541, x12. 

Franciscan Life Process Center Events
in the midst Infertility Support Series
Grand Rapids Campus, 7-9PM
Have you been experiencing infertility? Join us for a 3-session support series for couples struggling with the effects of both primary and secondary infertility.   Oct. 7:  Grief and Loss in the midst of Infertility; Nov. 4:  Strong Marriages in the midst of Infertility; Dec. 2:  Fruitfulness  in the midst of Infertility.  Cost is $65 per couple.  To register, click here

Fifth Annual Franciscan Rhythms Trail Run & Walk!
October 5th 2019

Franciscan Life Process Center – Lowell Campus
9 am – 2 pm
This fundraising event replenishes the Center’s Music Therapy Scholarship fund. FLPC provides music therapy to many in West Michigan. Many of our clients receive a variety of therapies. Families often need help to pay for the services offered by the Center and Music Therapy is rarely covered by medical insurance. The Center provides over $5,500 per month in scholarship assistance. Registration fee is $30 through September 13. From September 14 through the day of the race, the fee is 5K $35 and 10 K $40, 

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:

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.