Saint Patrick Parish News 10.19.17

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This week’s Mass schedule  

Fri., October 20
No Mass Here

Sat., October 21
5PM Mass

Sun., October 22
8AM Mass
10:30AM Mass

Mon., October 23
No Mass Here

Tue., October 24
9AM Mass

Wed., October 25
9AM Mass

Thu., October 26
9AM Mass

Fri., October 27
9AM Mass

Upcoming Events

Sat., October 21
3:45PM Confession, Church

Sun., October 22
8AM Blood Drive, Parish Center
9AM Explore the Sunday Readings, School
9AM Religious Education, School
11:30AM Pivotal Players Faith Study, School
6PM HS Youth Group Meeting, Faith Formation Room
7PM Adult Volleyball, Gym

Mon., October 23
Parish Office Closed
6:30PM Women’s Faith Sharing, St Brigid of Kildare Room

Wed., October 25
6:30PM Religious Education, School

Thu., October 26
5:45PM Hand Chimes, Music Room
6:30PM Rosary, Church
7PM Adult Choir, Music Room
7PM Faith Study, St Brigid of Kildare Room
8PM Men’s Basketball, Gym

Sat., October 28
3:45PM Confessions, Church


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

All Saint’s and All Soul’s Masses
All Saint’s Day is Wednesday, Nov. 1: Mass is at 9AM and 7PM.  All Soul’s Day is Thursday, Nov. 2:  Mass is at 9AM and 7PM.

Big Band Dinner/Dance
Knight’s of Columbus is hosting a Big Band Dinner/Dance featuring Lakeshore Big Band on Nov. 4th to honor our Veterans.  $15 per person.   Ticket sales after all Masses, sales end Nov. 2nd, no sales at the door.  Contact Bill  Crothers 616.481.8871 or Todd Gross 616.691.8163 for questions/tickets. 

Mark Your Calendars
Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Have you ever wondered about the Sacrament of the Sick?  Last Rites?  Who to call when a loved one dies?  What the church teaches about 
cremation?  How do we prepare for a funeral?  Put Nov. 7th at 6:30PM on your calendar.  Fr. Mark and other staff members invite you to bring your  questions about the care of the sick and dying and what the Church teaches.  We will meet in the school.

All Soul’s Day Mass/Reception
All Soul’s Day is Thu., Nov. 2nd and will be celebrated at St. Patrick with Mass at 7PM.  As is our custom, loved ones will be remembered in prayer with a procession to the cemetery.  A reception follows the prayer procession, in the rectory.  All are invited!  Liturgical ministers are needed for all Soul’s Day Mass—please log into the scheduling system and volunteer if you can.  

Remembering Our Deceased Loves 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.     

Fall Cleanup
The leaves are starting to fall!  If you would like some help with your yard this year please contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office or at Pastoralassociate@stpatrickparnell.org.

Basketball Coaches Needed
If you have some knowledge of basketball and a willingness to work with the youth at St. Patrick school, then we need you!  Lots of students at St. Patrick are excited to play for the Fightin’ Irish this winter season, but a few teams still need coaches.  Coaches are needed for a 5/6 grade combined girls team, 7th grade boys team, and an 8th grade boys team.  Please contact athletic  director, Jamie Dye via call or text at 269-330-6395, or email at athleticdirector@stpatrickparnellschool.org.

Cub Scout Donuts
Donuts will be sold after Sunday Masses this weekend, Oct 21/22!

High School Youth Group
Next meeting is this Sunday, Oct. 22nd from 6-8PM in the Faith Formation Room.  Park/drop off in front of the school.

Help Wanted
Paraplegic Priest needs help getting up and dressed one day a week.  6:00AM to 8:15AM – this is a paid position.  St. Ann’s Home, 2161 Leonard NW.  No previous experience necessary, present caregivers will train you.  Call Fr. Tom McKinney at 616-453-9193.

Rake n’ Run
Every year the teens and families of St. Pat’s get  together and serve our local community by helping the elderly in raking their leaves. This year we will be doing our Rake and Run on October 29th, at 3pm. We will meet at the parish and will rake until dusk. Afterwards we will meet back at the parish for pizza and pop.  We do need parents to help drive with the event so please contact Drew Anderson at faithformation@stpatrickparnell.org, if you are feeling called to help or if you have any questions.  Because this event is off campus, all youth will need to have signed permission slips. Please fill out the permission form found here.

September Weddings
Natalie Laudicina & John Myles; Kelly Wybenga & Jerry Summers; Margaret Spitzley & Daniel O’Hara; Megan Rogers & Forest Martin 

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

September Baptisms
Abigail Rae Pieper, Daughter of David and Sara

Sullivan Arthur Walsh, Son of Neal and Janna
Truman Joseph Ekstrom, Son of Joe and Abby

May your life be filled with laughter.
May your heart be filled with song.
May your eyes be filled with beauty.
May your soul always know to whom you belong.

~Irish Blessing

Thank You!
Thank you for your generous donations of food to our food pantry in September. Your continued support of this program is deeply appreciated. 

~Flat River Outreach Ministries   

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: pastoralassociate@stpatrickparnell.org.

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.

Euchre
Knights of Columbus Euchre, Sunday, Oct. 29th 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.

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).

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. 

Harvest Dinner
SS. Peter & Paul Harvest Dinner, Sunday, October 22, Noon – 3PM.  Ages 13 and up $10.00, Ages 5-12 $4.00, Under 5 are free!  Family Rate for five or more (parents and children), $30.  Join us for baked chicken, mashed potatoes, vegetables, rice, tamales, salad, rolls and wonderful desserts!  The meal will be served in Apostles Hall, in our school, 317 Baldie St, Ionia.  Raffle Drawing at 3PM, for six cash prizes, with a grand prize of $1,000.  You need not be present to win.  For raffle tickets or more information contact the parish office 434 High St, Ionia or 616-527-3610.

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 asstsecretary@stpatrickparnell.org. 

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.

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. 

Mass with Bishop Walkowiak
Please join us as we celebrate St. John Paul II’s feast day with Mass on October 23 at 10:12 a.m. St. John Paul II is the patron saint of West Catholic High School.  Mass will be held in the cafetorium.  Please enter through the main entrance.

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.

Mercy Health: Drug Takeback Day 2017
Visit either of Mercy Health’s two Drug Takeback Day locations on Saturday, October 28 to drop-off  your used, unused, and expired prescription and non-prescription drugs. Drive up and hand over your  medications to our medical professionals, who will dispose of them safely and confidentially, and answer any medication- related questions you might have.

Grand Rapids:  Saint Mary’s Campus, Main Entrance, 200 Jefferson Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., for more information call 616.685.6355.  Muskegon:  Muskegon Fire Department, 770 Terrace Street, Muskegon, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., Remove patient information prior to drop-off, Also available: Sharps will be accepted and containers will be provided, for more information, call 231.672.3201 or visit www.mamdp.com

St. Mary Parish 43rd Annual Craft Show
Saturday, October 28 from 9-3PM.  Have fun shopping for that special Christmas Gift at our talented Vendors’ booths, and enjoy our famous St. Mary Lunch from 9-2PM!  Door prizes drawn all day!!  Raffle tickets available a the Door for $1 each, the drawing will be held at 3PM.  Located at St. Mary Hall, Carson City, MI.  Information:  989-584-6044

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.

November 3rd, 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!  

Aquinas Visit Days
Aquinas College is hosting two AQDays for all high school juniors and seniors interested in visiting their beautiful 117-acre campus.  You’re invited to come and discover what life at AQ is all about.  Get the inside scoop on academics, athletics, scholarships, service learning, study abroad, and more.  
Friday, November 3: General AQDay  (open to all academic majors)
Friday, November 10: STEM & Health Sciences AQDay

Please visit aquinas.edu/aqday for more details or to register.

Mass for God’s Children
The Diocese of Grand Rapids would like to invite you to the 2nd annual “Mass for God’s Children” to be celebrated on Friday, November 3rd at 7:00pm. This year Fr. Thomas Cavera will offer this Memorial Mass at the Cathedral of St. Andrew for  families as a way to remember and celebrate the lives of children who have died before baptism.  A memorial rose and naming cards will be provided for families who have lost a child(ren). If you would like to reserve a rose and have your child(ren) remembered on a name card, please contact Mary Pereira before Nov. 1st by calling 616-240-7896 or email mpereira@dioceseofgrandrapids.org.  All are welcome to attend including parents, grandparents, siblings, relatives and friends.  A reception will follow Mass.

Holy Family Catholic Church 29th Annual Holiday Craft Show
Saturday, November 4, 2014  9:00a.m.-2:00p.m., 34 crafters with a variety of handmade Crafts ~ Quilts, Jewelry, Ornaments, Wood Crafts & More!  Raffle of Handmade other unique items. Bake Sale Table hosted by the Little Flower Guild. Cake Walk, Kids Face Painting, Door Prizes.      Lunch menu:  BBQ’s, Hot Dogs, Walking Tacos, Cookies, Pop & Coffee.  Admission is Free! – Bring your Christmas List & your friends!  425 S. State St. Sparta, MI 49345, 616-887-8222

West Catholic Information Night
When:    November 6 & 9 (anytime from 5pm – 8pm)

Where: Our Lady of Consolation School Library
Who:     All families with school aged children (K-8th grade)

Learn more about the benefits of a faith-based education at West  Catholic High School and attend one of these information sessions to speak with current parents and students.  Invest in your children as they continue their faith journey at a school nationally recognized by the Washington Post for its college prepatory curriculum.   West Catholic students are educated in a nurturing and challenging educational environment that prepares them for success beyond high school.     Students‘ participate, play and perform’ in extra curricular activities from an award winning marching band to championship athletic teams.  And when it is time for college, the average student is rewarded with    scholarship offers totaling over $60,000.

Come learn how West Catholic will make a difference in your child’s future!

Bunco
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 Cindy Covell at cindylou3711@comcast.net.

Senior Luncheon
Our next senior luncheon will be, Thursday, Nov. 9th.  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, Nov. 7th to ensure we have enough food.

West Catholic Alumni Mass
The annual Alumni Memorial Mass will be offered on Thursday, November 9, at 7 p.m. in the Maria  Goretti Chapel at West Catholic High School.  We will be remembering deceased students, faculty and alumni of West Catholic at this Memorial Mass.  This very special Mass is open to the community and all are welcome.  Please join us as we remember those who have gone before us over the past 55 years.  Questions, please feel free to contact Phil Dolci, West Catholic’s Director of Campus Ministry at (616) 233-5958 or phildolci@grwestcatholic.org.

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 rhutchinson@dioceseofgrandrapids.org or 616-475-1254.  For the invite, click here

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-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time:  Social Responsibility
Reading I:  
Isaiah 45:1, 4-6 (rewards to Cyrus, king of Persia)

Reading II:  1 Thessalonians 1:1-5 (a model for believers)

Gospel:  Matthew 22:15-21 (paying tax to the emperor) 

Key Passage:  At that [Jesus] said to them “Give therefore to the emperor  the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Matthew 22:21)

Adult:  How much responsibility do you feel the government should take for meeting the needs of the less fortunate in our society? How willing are you to contribute?

Youth:  Who needs help in your neighborhood or community? What could you and your family do to help?

A Family Perspective
by Bud Ozar
Jesus was exasperated when he scolded: “Why do you put me to the test?”  It is natural for children to test parents; this is how they learn and how we teach limits, rules and values. Be like Jesus in    today’s gospel; he was firm, honest and direct.

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 : www.grrtl.org/students or info@grrtl.org or call 616.532.2300.

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 danmakowski@comcast.net or Mary at mmtomaszewski@comcast.net.

Greeters
We are growing our ministry of Greeters.  If you are willing to come to church a little earlier, meet and welcome your fellow parishioners and visitors with a smile, a handshake, and a word of welcome, we need you!  Perhaps your family would like to share this ministry. We are scheduling up to four greeters during the winter months (we greet inside the main doors) and more when the weather allows us to be outside.  Please email Cindy Samson at asstsecretary@stpatrickparnell.org or Michelle Ogren, music@stpatrickparnell.org or call the parish office.

Helping Hearts, Helping Hands
We are looking for more people who may be interested in helping with projects at parishioner’s homes. Occasionally we get requests for parishioners who are unable (for whatever reason) to take care of some things around their home.  Time commitment varies and is not needed on every project.  We just need a larger list to ask for volunteers.  If you are interested in being added to the possible volunteer list, please contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office, by email, or through the website volunteer form.

If you are in need of Helping Hearts, Helping Hands service, please contact us also.  Cheryl Emmette, pastoralassociate@stpatrickparnell.org or 691-8541 x14.

AA Meetings
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, gary.venturo@gmail.com

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Every Saturday, 3:45 PM, in the church.

Adult Christian Initiation
To become Catholic, complete your adult initiation into the Catholic Church, or if you know someone whom might be interested, St Patrick Parish has a process of inquiry into the Catholic faith that meets throughout the year.  Contact Diane Hamel, 691-8541, x12.

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

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

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

Franciscan Life Process Center Events
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  | lifeprocesscenter.org
To register, please go to www.lifeprocesscenter.org to find the link in events. or call 616-897-7842.

Catholic Information Center Class Dates
The Origins of the Roman Catholic Church
Mondays, October 23  & 30, 7-8:30PM
Presented by Greg Carnevale
This program covers the first four centuries of the Church up to the age of Constantine.  Highlights include:

  • The Jewish community and how the early Christians practiced their Jewish faith while following the teachings of Christ Jesus
  • Peter’s address to the assembly on Pentecost
  • Paul’s miraculous conversion
  • Emperor Constantine’s influence on the Christian faith
CFD:  Evangelization     ($10 donation suggested)

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

Love, Mercy, Life.  Opening the Heart of Marriage
Married love is the most deeply personal union found among men and women. The marital union calls husband and wife to become one flesh, one heart and one soul. In fact, the Church teaches that when they marry, God prepares a husband and wife to faithfully live their sacred union and become parents who will love and nurture their children. The methods of Natural Family Planning (NFP) are a support for married love. Natural Family Planning (NFP) is an umbrella term for the safe, natural and effective methods of both achieving and avoiding pregnancy. NFP methods teach couples how to observe and interpret the woman’s signs of fertility and infertility.  The benefits of NFP though move well beyond biology and include enhancing the couple’s marriage through greater communication and shared responsibility.  Want to learn more about the methods of NFP offered in our diocese? Married and engaged couples are encouraged to visit: www.dioceseofgrandrapids.org or call (616) 243-0491 for a list of learning opportunities, both on site or online.  The Catholic Church invites all the faithful to embrace God’s plan for married love. Learn more about these beautiful teachings which support the use of NFP in marriage at: http://www.usccb.org/nfp/catholic-teaching.

Parish App & Parish e-News 
Enrich your daily life with spiritual resources and parish community! Connect all week long with prayer, educational opportunities, news and community event information. Download the app to your phone from the website or the e-newsletter. 

Job Openings

Diocese of Grand Rapids:  Staff Accountant to the GRCSS.  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.

Benefit: Free & Easy Fundraising (or Apply to Tuition)
Benefit is a free iPhone and Android app that allows you to shop at places like Target, Starbucks, Amazon, Walmart and many more, while giving up to 20% of every transaction back to your own tuition account or to the general tuition assistance program. Just shop as normal, and at checkout, use the Benefit app and purchase a digital gift card to redeem instantly.  For instance, spend $100 at Gap, and $8 (8%) goes to your tuition account, your designee or to general tuition assistance.  It doesn’t cost you a dime beyond what you were already going to spend.  It’s raising funds without fundraising!  Download the app and select St. Pat’s as your beneficiary to start giving today. For more info, www.benefit-mobile.com/consumers. Involve family and friends – the more people who participate, the more funds raised!

Offered by Catholic Charities
• Catholic Charities West Michigan’s Pregnancy Counseling and Support Program is designed to assist individuals, couples and their families to make decisions, solve problems, set goals and utilize appropriate resources. This voluntary free program counsels expectant parents who have concerns related to their pregnancy. Please email us at pregnancy_services@ccwestmi.org or visit www.ccwestmi.org for more information.

• Did you know that on any given day, Catholic Charities West Michigan has over 300 children in its licensed foster homes? Foster care means providing a temporary, substitute, safe, nurturing home to children who may have been removed from their parent’s care due to neglect and/or abuse. If you are ready to open your home and heart to a child in need, please call (616) 356-6202, email us at foster_care@ccwestmi.org or visit www.ccwestmi.org to find out how to become a foster parent.

• Post Abortion Healing – If you are struggling because of a past abortion or abortions, Project Rachel can help. Project Rachel, a program of Catholic Charities West Michigan, offers referrals to priests and counselors specially training to help those who have experienced abortion. We also offer Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats. The retreat offers an opportunity to step away for a while and focus on healing, grieving and reconnecting with God. The retreats are open to both women and men. All calls and emails are kept in the strictest confidence. For more information contact Maggie at (800)-800-8284 (MI only) or 616-340-1824 or email mwalsh@ccwestmi.org.

• Bring the kids and your creativity to Gallery 303, God’s Kitchen Gift & Painting Studio. Paint your own plate, bowl, cup and other fun items with your favorite colors and designs! Join us for some great family fun and feel good knowing that the proceeds benefit the food and pantry programs of God’s Kitchen. Location: 303 Division Ave, Grand Rapids, phone: (616) 456-4110. Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10am to 4pm.

• Marriage, relationship and family counseling are available through Catholic Charities West Michigan’s (CCWM) Behavioral Health Department. We encourage you to call us toll free at 1-877-359-6523 to gather more information about our counseling services or to make an appointment with one of our highly qualified counselors. CCWM will provide you with a safe and confidential opportunity to address your pain to find hope and healing.

• Did you know that over 2,000 families strengthened their relationships through Catholic Charities West Michigan’s family preservation and support programs? Family Support Services assists and supports “at risk” families. In a non-traditional way, intensive, strength-based, solution focused counseling and family preservation services are provided in the home. CCWM has continued to successfully stregthen families in throughout West Michigan. For more information, please contact Aleaha Bowen at (616) 356-6262.
• God’s Kitchen Food and Pantry programs are in need of donations! Please see the list below of suggested items that we are in need of.
• Food Pantry
o Peanut butter
o Cereal
Baking items: sugar, flour, oil
o Condiments: ketchup, mustard, mayo
• Baby Pantry
o Diapers sz 4-6
o Wet wipes
o Clothing sizes 2t-6t
o Summer shoes/sandals
o Diaper bags
o Sippy cups
o bottles
o Pacifiers

St. Patrick Parish, Parnell
Website

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 flpc@lifeprocesscenter.org or call 897- 7842.

The Catholic Information Center
Visit the CIC  website for current program schedules, registration information and other faith formation resources.  Email register@catholicinformationcenter.org or call (616) 459-7267.  

The Dominican Center at Marywood
Visit the Dominican Center website for current schedules, registration information for these and other faith formation resources.  514-3325.