Saint Patrick Parish News 10.19.18


This week’s Mass schedule  

Sat., October 20
5PM Mass

Sun., October 21
8AM Mass
10:30AM Mass

Mon., October 22
No Mass Here

Tue., October 23
No Mass Here

Wed.,October 24
9AM Mass

Thu., October 25
9AM Mass

Fri., October 26
9AM Mass


Upcoming Events
Sat., October 20
3:45PM Confessions, Church

Sun., October 21
9AM Scout Donuts, Front Lawn
9AM Exploring the Sunday Readings, St. Brigid of Kildare Room
9AM Religious Education, School
1PM Family Volleyball, Gym
1PM Euchre, Parish Center

Mon., October 22
Parish Office Closed
6PM Women’s Faith Sharing, St. Brigid of Kildare

Wed., October 24
6:30PM Religious Education, School

Thu., October 25
5:45PM Handchime Rehearsal, Music Room
6:30PM Rosary, Church
7PM Adult Faith Formation:  Untold Blessings, St. Brigid of Kildare Room
7PM Choir Rehearsal, Music Room
8PM Men’s Basketball, Gym

Sat., October 27
8AM Men’s Spirituality, St. Brigid of Kildare
9AM Altar Server Training, Church
3:45PM Confessions, Church
6PM American Heritage Girls Bake Sale, Plaza or Parish Center


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Altar Server Training
Fourth Graders and up may be trained as altar servers.  The next training is Sat., Oct. 27, 9-11AM, in the church.  We are in need of altar servers for all Masses, especially 5PM.  The training is open to all servers, current who may need a refresher and new.  Please see Fr. Tom’s letter, attached, and use the attached form to sign up.  Thank you.   Letter is here.   Permission slip is here.

Campus Visit
Aquinas College is hosting two AQDays for all high school juniors and seniors interested in visiting our 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 2: STEM & amp; Health Sciences AQDay
Friday, November 9: General AQDay (open to all academic majors)
Please visit for more details or to register.

November 2 – All Souls Day
Free concert/prayer service for all who have gone before us, 6:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew.  Join the Diocesan Choir and members of the Grand Rapids Symphony for a concert/prayer service to remember all who have gone before us in faith. The Choir will perform Requiem by Gabrielle Faure. The evening is a wonderful way to pray for all the souls who have died, especially for those who have no one to pray for them.

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.

Wild Game Dinner Auction Donations
We are accepting financial, item and/or gift card donations for the Wild Game Dinner auction.  Proceeds will offset the cost of both the middle and high school mission trips next summer.  Donations and/or checks can be delivered to the parish office by Nov. 1st.

The Leaves are changing!
Soon the leaves will be falling, if you or someone you know, would like/need help with raking your leaves this Fall, please contact Cheryl Emmette at the parish office or email at

Dessert Anyone?
The annual St. Patrick’s School pie sale is here. Get your holiday dessert from them. The PTO pie making and pick up day will be Saturday, November 17th. Apple, blueberry, or cherry pies can be purchased for $10 each or 3/$27. Don’t need a pie? Purchase a pie for FROM, and we’ll deliver it for you! Order forms available in the narthex on the table, or message Melissa Patyi by calling or emailing (616)550-8264

It’s not too early to plan for Advent
All women of the parish are invited to the Annual Advent Women’s Evening of Reflection to begin the Advent season, Tuesday, December 4th at 6:30PM.   This year we welcome Sr. Mary Kay Oosdyke, O.P.  To host or join a table please contact Cheryl Emmette at

West Catholic High School
West Catholic High School offers its students more than just an outstanding academic education.  It also has committed members from our community who spend time in prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament, praying for its students when school is open.  Please consider joining in this ministry.  You can commit to one hour a week, work out a schedule with us that works for you, or become a substitute. Please call Lois Flickenger at 616-453-9104 for more information.  

Ushers, Altar Servers and Sacristans Needed
Ushers for all Masses are urgently needed, especially for 5PM.   This ministry is open to men and women, as well as high school students.  Sacristans are also needed, especially for 5PM Mass. 

Sacristans prepare the vessels for Mass and ensure all ministry volunteers have checked in and that positions are filled for that Mass.  This ministry is open to men and women.  

Altar Servers, especially for 5PM Mass are also urgently needed.  Now is the time for new 4th graders to sign up to be trained as servers.  Boys and girls of any age are encouraged to sign up to be altar servers.

We frequently do not have enough volunteers to schedule all open  positions and current volunteers are “over-scheduled” to fill open spots.  Please give the parish office a call (Michelle or Cindy) to help with these important roles.  Thank you!

October Rosary
The Rosary will be said after each weekday Mass during the month of October, with the exception of First Friday, Oct. 5th – rosary will be at 8:20am and again at 2:30pm. 

Knight’s News
Time has come to prepare the food for the Dinner/Dance.  We will prep the food on October 27 from 9-3pm in the kitchen of the Parish Center.  We need 10 to 12 workers. This is a lot of fun and you get to learn something new.  Call Todd Gross Grand Knight at 691-8163.

Get ready for the Big Band Dinner/Dance on the 10th of November.  Tickets will be on sale after all Masses starting this weekend, cost is $20.00/pp, doors open at 6:00pm Dinner starts after Fr. Tom’s prayer (6:30), More to come.

The Knights are having their annual coat drive.  So bring your gently used coats, all sizes to the back of Church during the month of October.  These will be given out to the local Fire Dept. for victims of fires and those in need.

St. Patrick’s Facebook
Have you liked our Facebook page yet?  Did you know we had a Facebook page?  You can find us here

Word of Life
“Pray daily for the end to abortion, that all mothers and children experience the loving support of the Church community, and that all who suffer after abortion find healing and peace.”

USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, “Another Look at Abortion”

Religious Education Catechists
Have you ever thought of sharing your faith with the younger generation?  We are looking for a  couple more catechists on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings.  This is a wonderful ministry that will help you grow in your faith and allow you to help shape the young Catholics  in our community.  You will have materials to assist you as well as support.  No experience is needed. 

Contact the parish office for questions, grades needed or to volunteer.  Call 616.691.8541 or email

Knights of Columbus Euchre Sunday, Oct. 21st at 1:00PM in the parish Center.  Cost is $8.00, all are welcome!  Contact Dennis Brown 616-262-1888 or Diane Brown 616-293-4993, for more information. 

Exploring the Sunday Readings
We have resumed meeting on Sunday at 9AM, join us to discuss how to apply the Sunday readings to our daily lives.  We gather in the St. Brigid of Kildare room for coffee and conversation using resources from 23rd Publications and Sunday Scripture Insights.  All are Welcome, especially if you have children in REP!  Contact Mary Nugent, 691-8557.

Are you discerning the priesthood?
Gifted and Called is a discernment opportunity sponsored by the Office of Priestly Vocations.  Each month, young men (ages 16 – 35) are invited to gather and discern God’s will for their lives. Time for prayer and reflection will be held monthly on the 2nd floor of Cathedral Square Center from 4 -5 p.m.  This year’s Gifted and Called discernment opportunities are offered on the following Sundays: Nov. 11, Dec. 9, Jan. 13, Feb. 10, March 10, April 7, and May 5

Feel free to show up or call to let us know you are coming at 616-288-0910.  Questions, email Fr. Ron Hutchinson ( or Fr. Stephen Durkee (

St. Jude Rummage Sale
St. Jude rummage sale will be held on Saturday October 20th from 8:30 to 6pm.  1120 Four Mile Rd. NE, bag special starts at 4.

Catholic Women Fall Seminar
The Grand Rapids Diocesan Council of Catholic Women will be hosting their 79th Annual Fall Seminar, “Brokenness, Mental Health; Faith and Family,” on Tuesday, October 23rd at St. Sebastian Parish in Byron Center. Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak, bishop of Grand Rapids, will celebrate Mass. Guest speakers include Christy Buck, “be nice.” campaign, and Kevin Matthews author of Broken Mary. Morning hospitality begins at 8:30 a.m. with the program running from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Here is a flyer as well.

Cost is $20, which includes lunch. To register email or call (616) 915-5930. Deadline to   register October 15th.

Consolata Guild Small Group Retreat
Consolata Missionary sisters – center house Small Group Retreat.  Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018.  Time: 9:30-12:30PM.  Theme:  Growing…through loss and grief.  If you would like to participate, or invite a friend to participate, please call 361-2072 or 361-5126 ext. 255. 

St. Mary’s 44th Craft Show
404 N Division St, Carson City .  October 27th, 9-3pm.  Homemade cinnamon rolls, 9am-gone!  Delicious, hot lunch served until 2pm.  Door prizes drawn all day.  Raffle tickets sold all day for $1.00 a piece.  Winners are drawn at 3pm.  You could win up to $300!!  For info:  989-584-6044 or

Habitat for Humanity
It is nearing that time of the year again when we help with Habitat for Humanity. We will be helping in the Catholic United Build that is located on Clyde Park. We will be volunteering on Sat., Nov.  3rd from 8:30-4:00. Anyone 16 and older is welcome to help (all skill levels needed – including no skills). To register please contact Ed Donahue at or Cheryl Emmette in the parish office. We need to know if you would like to participate soon.

Holy Family Craft Show
Holy Family Parish in Sparta, will be holding their 30th Annual Holiday Craft Show & Bazaar on Saturday, November 3, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00p.m at 425 S. State St., Sparta.  There will be 34 booths with a variety of crafts such as quilts, jewelry, ornaments, woodwork items and more.  Also offered are, mini raffle, bake sale, Children’s Activities, door prizes and a lunch of BBQ’s, Hot Dogs and more.  Admission is free!    Come and join in the fun and festivities!  Visit for more information.

Discovery Day
CC NEXT Discovery Day – Nov. 4, 2018, 1pm at Catholic Central High School 

8th Grade Students – Discover what’s NEXT in your personal journey and what it means to be a Cougar. Visit us to take a student-guided tour of our campus, learn about our STEAM program, and meet our teachers, staff and students.

Catholic Central High School:  319 Sheldon Blvd SE, Grand Rapids.

Dear Ladies of the Parish:  Our next bunco night is Tuesday, November 6th at 7:00 in Multipurpose Room 1 of the Parish Center.  Please join us!  If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Covell at

Senior Luncheon
Our next luncheon will be, Thursday, Nov. 8th.  Coffee and fellowship will begin at 10AM and lunch will be served at 11AM.  Anyone 60 and older please join us in the parish center for fellowship, a meal and fun.  Please RSVP to the parish office by Nov. 6th.

Blood Drive
Blood drive at St. Patrick’s on Sunday November 11th, 8 am-1 pm. Make a donation that could save lives in our community! To make an appointment 1-866-MIBlood, or contact Gayle LeMasters at 616-540-3387 or

Mass for God’s Children
The Diocese of Grand Rapids invites parents, family members and friends to a Mass for God’s Children.  Monday, Nov. 12 at 7PM at the Cathedral of St. Andrew, 301  Sheldon SE, Grand Rapids.  This memorial Mass will be offered 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).  A reception will follow.  If you would like to reserve a rose and have your child(ren) remembered on a name card which will be part of the Mass program, please complete a registration form and return by Nov. 8th.  

Contact the parish office to have a form emailed or mailed to you, or 6116-691-8541. 

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you.”  ~Jeremiah 1:5

Annual Vianney Visit
The annual Vianney Visit is taking place November 15-17. This road trip to St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul Minnesota is hosted by Fr. Ron Hutchinson and Fr. Stephen Durkee. The trip allows young men, ages 16-24, to visit the seminary, see what college life is like, and think about the priesthood as a vocation. 

All transportation, accommodations, and meals will be provided at no cost. To register, please call: 616-288-0910.  Flyer can be found here.

Cleaning Bee
Needed: energetic crew of dusters and scrubbers to ready the interior of our beautiful church for the Christmas season on November 17th from 8 to noon. Men, women and able bodied kids are welcome. Refreshments provided. Please call #874-9184 or email to let Shirley know if you can help.

Deer Hunter’s Mass: St. Joseph – Weare
St. Joseph’s – Weare welcomes all Deer Hunters (local and visitors to our area)!  7PM Mass on Saturday, Nov. 17th and Nov. 24th.  Our other weekend Mass time are as follows:  Sat. evening 4PM at St. Vincent’s in Pentwater.  Sun. morning 9AM at St. Joseph’s in Weare.  Confessions 1/2 hour prior to Mass times.  St. Joseph Catholic Church, 2380 W. Jackson Rd., Hart 49420.  Good luck in the woods and stay safe!

Do you feel called to the permanent diaconate?
The process of forming the next cohort of permanent deacons will begin soon. To be considered, applicant must be a Roman Catholic man at least 35 years of age, an active member of his parish, and live within the diocese. Must be in good health, of sound moral character, mature faith, regular practice in the sacramental life of the Church, and have a sense of vocation to service. If married, he must be in a strong, valid, Catholic marriage for a min. of five years and have the support of his wife and    family. If unmarried, he must be willing and able to commit to celibacy. 

Those admitted should be prepared to commit themselves to the formation process for at least the next four years, beginning in the fall of 2019. Applicants should have a substantial history of active service to their parish, have the written approval of their pastor, and meet various other admission requirements. There are no special educational requirements.

The deadline for inquiries is December 2018. All men who are interested in more information and/or applying should contact the Office of Diaconate Formation for an appointment: 616-288-0910.

Ireland Pilgrimage
The music ministry of St Anthony’s  is excited to announce a ten-day pilgrimage to Ireland April 1 – April 10 (2019). Fr Luis Garcia will join us as we travel to Belfast – visiting the Titanic Museum, Armagh, Giants Causeway, Knock  (the sight of the Blessed Mother’s Apparition),Galway, Kylemore Abbey, Cliffs of Moher, Dublin and much more! Cost is $3,050 (which includes flights out of Grand Rapids, First Class Hotels, all breakfasts, dinners and entrance fees) For detailed information contact Vonnie Clark 616- 485-0695 or (Non- singers are welcome!) Space is limited.

Strong Catholic Families
Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time:  Promise of Eternal Life
Reading I:  I
saiah 53:10-11 – The suffering servant

Reading IIHebrews 4:14-16 – Jesus, compassionate high priest
GospelMark 10:35-45 or 10:42-45 – Ambition of James and John

Key Passage:  Jesus said, “Whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all.” (Mark 10:44).

AdultWhy is it hard to do good works if you will not be acknowledged for them?

Youth:  Are you willing to do a good deed even if no one knows that you did it? Why?

Respect Life
Celebrate Respect Life Month!  You’re invited to join Catholics nationwide in celebrating Respect Life Month this October with the message “Every Life: Cherished, Chosen, Sent”!  Learn more at

A Family Perspective
by Bud Ozar
“Advice” books abound on marriage and parenting. Jesus tells us in today’s gospel the real secret:  satisfying relationships depend on how well we sacrifice our needs to serve others. It is not about “getting,” it’s about “giving” ourselves. If you feel like you are a servant to your children and spouse, then you are doing it right.

Greeters Needed
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 – especially during construction!  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.

Server Vestment Cleaning
We are looking for a person/persons to wash the altar server cassocks and surpluses approximately four times a year. Contact Cindy Samson at or Michelle Ogren at for more information. Thank you!

Urgent Prayer Warriors
Did you know you can call and in a very short time have several people praying for your needs and intentions?  In addition, First Friday prayers can be called in or e-mailed to the parish office any time for the following month. We say these prayers after Mass on the first Friday of the month. Extra copies of the prayers are on the left as you come into Church. Those who take a copy of the prayers are asked to pray them daily for that month.  Please contact the parish office to leave your prayer request or to be added to the Prayer Warrior email chain so you too can pray for others.  Email:

Parish Library
Ever want to learn more about your faith at your own pace?  Library is in the gathering space of the parish center, checkout procedures are posted there as well.  If you have any title recommendations or donations, please contact Cheryl Emmette in the office.

Check it Out!
Our family bulletin board is up and ready for viewing.  Once a month we will be gathering and displaying  a new set of smiling faces.  It highlights new and “seasoned” parishioners as well as the  young and young at heart!  This is a great opportunity for us to get to know each other a little bit better. We are so blessed here at St. Patrick’s to ALL be part of this amazing “Family”.

Calling all “NextGen Catholics,” ages 14-25 years! UPRISE – – a brand new, volunteer global movement of generosity!  It is an invitation to inspire your personal Catholic commitment of greater time, talent, and ties, using social media to spread your

Courage Groups
“Before all else comes the individual person,” Pope Francis wrote, “and people should not be defined only by their sexual tendencies.  We are all destined to receive his infinite love.”  The Courage apostolate welcomes men and women who experience same-sex attractions as brothers and sisters in Christ, and helps them to respond to their vocation as sons and daughters of God, created in his image and likeness.  Together with a priest chaplain, Courage members strive for chastity, build authentic friendships, and grow in holiness. For more information, call 616-459-4662 or email

EnCourage Groups
For parents of sons and daughters who experience same-sex attraction, “speaking the truth in love” to their children can often present a challenge.  The EnCourage apostolate is the Catholic Church’s outreach to parents and other loves ones in this situation, and offers them support and direction as they strive to love their children without the boundless love of Christ.  A priest chaplain leads the regular meetings of EnCourage and offers insights into how to keep the Faith while keeping family relationships strong.  For more information, please call 616-288-0918 or email

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

Make your WHY a Way of Life
If you’ve ever spent ten minutes with a three-year old, you can vouch for their curiosity. “Why can’t I touch that?” “Why is my hair brown?” “Why does that person’s face look so old?”  

While an untimely “why” can put unsuspecting parents in an embarrassing situation, cultivating curiosity is how every child grows. In fact, we should never shy away from life’s “whys,” even as our children reach adulthood. Here are several “whys” your grown children or grandchildren actually need to hear from you.  Have you told them WHY they mean so much to you? Have you told them WHY you embraced faith? Have you told them WHY you have certain personal values?  

Many individuals are excited to learn they can easily turn their WHY into action by supporting a ministry or cause that aligns with their values. For instance, a gift in your Will is a simple way to communicate your WHY to the next generation and create a legacy of your Catholic faith in the process. Contact your parish office or call Mark Morrow, Executive Director of The Catholic Foundation of West Michigan at 616.475.1251 to learn more!

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

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

AA Meetings
Meetings have resumed on Sunday nights at 6:30PM in the St. Brigid Room of Kildare (in the school) or outside near the playground if it’s nice out.

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

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

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

Men’s Faith Sharing
The group meets on the 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month at 8AM in the St. Brigid of Kildare room in the school.  We are currently studying: A Biblical walk through The Mass, starting Sept. 8th.  If you are looking to form a closer relationship with other Catholic men and learn more about your faith, this is for you. Please contact Cheryl Emmette in the office if you would like more information. 

Women’s Faith Sharing
This group meets every Monday night at 6PM in the St. Brigid of Kildare room in the school.  We are currently studying: My Soul Magnifies the Lord by The Word Among Us Press. Please   contact Cheryl Emmette in the office if you would like more information.

Thursday Faith Study
All adults are welcome to join us for this Fall study, Untold Blessings by Word on Fire.  We meet Thursday evenings at 7PM in the St. Brigid of Kildare room in the school. Contact Cheryl Emmette by email or in the parish office to register.

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

Catholic Information Center Events
Mary – Bridge between Catholics and Muslims?
Monday, November 5 7-8:30PM
With Rita George-Tvrtkovic
How has the Virgin Mary been “shared” by Christians and Muslims over time? We’ll begin by comparing Biblical and Qur’anic Annunciation stories, and then sketch out the contours of a broad historical trajectory which has vacillated between two opposite ideas: Mary as interfaith bridge, or Mary as interfaith barrier. We’ll examine pivotal texts, art works, and shrines which have brought Christians, Muslims, and Mary together, and which have affected Catholic views of Islam in both positive and negative directions, depending on time and place. We’ll end by learning what a key Vatican II document, “Nostra Aetate,” has to say about Muslims and Mary. Does this long history of sharing Mary continue to affect Christian-Muslim relations today? CFD: Spirituality       ($10 donation requested)  Live Streamed!

CIC| 360 Division Ave S, Ste 2A | Grand Rapids |616-459-7267  |
For all events and/or to pre-register, please call 616-459-7267 or email to

Franciscan Life Process Center Events
Healthy Wives, Healthy Marriages: A group for women focused on health, fertility and strong marriages
Thursdays, 1st and 3rd of each month
6-7:30PM beginning October 18th
Grand Rapids Campus, 654 Davis Ave NW
A venue for women to celebrate their strength and dignity as women, wives, and mothers and to support one another in the use of fertility awareness to avoid pregnancy, achieve pregnancy, manage infertility and move through different phases of life.  All NFP/Fertility Awareness methods welcome. No chidcare available, lap/nursing children are welcome.  Cost:  $10/session or prepay $50/quarter (6 sessions)

Embracing Motherhood:  A support group for mothers of infants and young children
Tuesdays, 2nd and 4th of each month
9-10:30AM beginning October 23rd
Grand Rapids Campus, 654 Davis Ave NW
A venue for women to celebrate their strength and dignity as women, wives, and mothers and to support one another in the use of fertility awareness to avoid pregnancy, achieve pregnancy, manage infertility and move through different phases of life.  All NFP/Fertility Awareness methods welcome. No chidcare available, lap/nursing children are welcome.  Cost:  $10/session or prepay $50/quarter (6 sessions)

Questions on either of these groups can be directed to Georgia Schmitz at or Laura Chapin at

FLPC| 11650 Downes St NE | Lowell |616-897-7842  |
To register, please go to to find the link in events or call 616-897-7842.

Dominican Center at Marywood
Dominican Center at Marywood| 2025 Fulton St East | Grand Rapids |616-514-3325  |   For event information go to

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

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

Job Openings
Development Database Admin at Diocese of Grand Rapids  Details here
Development Assistant at Diocese of Grand Rapids  Details here 
There are several job openings within our Diocese, see all listings here

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. Patrick Parish, Parnell

The Diocese of Grand Rapids
Resources and Events

The Franciscan Life Process Center
Visit the Life Process Center website for current schedules, registration information and other faith formation resources.  Email or call 897- 7842.

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

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