Saint Patrick Parish News 11.01.19


This week’s Mass schedule  

Sat., November 2
5PM Mass

Sun., November 3
8AM Mass
10:30AM Mass

Mon., November 4

Tue., November 5

Wed., November 6

Thu., November 7

Fri., November 8

Sat., November 9
5PM Mass

Upcoming Events
Sat., November 2
3:45PM Confessions, Church
6PM All Soul’s Day Dessert Reception, Parish Center

Sun., November 3
9AM K of C Breakfast, Parish Ctr
9AM REP, School
1PM Adult Volleyball, Gym

Mon., November 4
Parish Office Closed
6PM Women’s Faith Sharing, St. Brigid of Kildare

Tue., November 5
6AM Adoration, Church
6PM Welcome Dinner, Parish Center

Wed., November 6
6AM Adoration, Church
6:30PM Adoration, Church
6:30PM REP, School
6:30PM Confirmation Parent Mtg, Parish Center

Thu., November 7
6AM Adoration, Church
5:30PM Hand Chimes/Choir Rehearsal, Shepherds of Armagh
6:30PM Rosary, Church
6:30PM Inquiry, Faith Formation Room
8PM Men’s Basketball, Gym

Fri., November 8
6AM Adoration, Church

Sat., November 9
8AM Men’s Spirituality, St. Brigid of Kildare
3:45PM Confessions, Church
6PM Knight’s Big Band Dinner Dance, Parish Center



From the Pastor:
I have been presenting to each grade a lecture regarding the Mass.  I have split my lecture into two different talks. The first talk begins with a discussion on the architecture of the church and then follows the movements and prayers up to the homily.  This includes the prayers that I say in preparation for the Mass – my vesting prayers. I am giving this talk in the church and allowing the kids to ask questions as we go. The second part of the talk will focus on the Mass from the preparation of the altar until the final blessing.  I am sharing all the private (secret) prayers that a priest is instructed to say along with a detailed explanation of my actions at the altar. My hope is that this will help make the Mass more understandable and that the kids will come to appreciate all that is happening during this holy sacrifice.  If any of you would like to attend, contact the school secretary and ask about my schedule for these talks.

Part of my instruction to the kids will be an explanation of Mass offered ad orientem (to the east).  During a Mass offered ad orientem, the priest faces the people while in dialogue with them and faces God when offering prayer on behalf of the congregation.  You notice this most dramatically during the Eucharistic prayers. The priest stands united with the people as he offers prayers on their behalf to God.  Everyone in the church is facing the same direction and is united in the common procession toward God present in the tabernacle. This posture helps to demonstrate the sense of harmony that exists when a faith community gathers together to worship God.  I will begin to offer Mass ad orientem on each First Friday during the 9 o’clock Mass starting in Advent.

Did you see the Faith Magazine article featuring our amazing principal?  We are so blessed here at St. Patrick Parnell to have Scott Czarnopys leading our school.  He has fought hard to make sure we have ample space for our kids to use during the school day.  I am happy to announce that the contract for construction of the two additional classrooms was signed by Bishop Walkowiak.  The excavation will begin soon. We also must replace one of our large heat exchange units on the rooftop of the multipurpose center.  These projects are possible because of your generous financial support. I so appreciate your continued support – without your offertory giving, we would never be able to tackle such imposing projects.   

Let us continue to pray for one another – 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.

The Leaves will soon be falling!
Every year 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 the first part of November. We will meet at the parish and will rake until dusk.

Please contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office or at if you or your family are willing to help.

All Soul’s Day
On Saturday, November 2, the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls), we pray for and remember all the dead. The tradition of praying for those who have died goes back to the earliest years of the Church. Here at St. Patrick we will celebrate Mass at 5:00 pm as usual.

At the end of the evening Mass we will process to the cemetery by candlelight and for those who choose, candles will be placed on the graves of family members and friends.  Following the procession, there will be a dessert reception in the parish center.

Chicken & Wild Game Dinner
St. Mary’s Visitation Community Center, 24th St at 146th Ave, New Salem.  Sunday, November 3. Serving from 11am to 4pm.  Bingo starting at 10:30am.  Adults $12, Child $6, under 4 free.  

Things to make note of:
Senior Luncheon:  our next lunch will be Thursday, Nov. 14th starting at 10am with coffee and fellowhship, lunch at 11am. RSVP  to the parish office at 616-691-8541.
St. Patrick School PTO Pie sale pickup dates are:  Nov. 23 (4-7pm) and Nov. 24 (9-1pm)
Cleaning Bee to prepare our church for Christmas:  Saturday, Nov. 23rd in the church from 8am-Noon.
Thanksgiving Day Mass:  9AM on November 28th.
Parish Office will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28th and Friday, Nov. 29th for Thanksgiving.    Also, December 23-27 for Christmas and January 1st.

Free Webinar
The Religious Alliance Against Pornography (RAAP) will present a free, one-hour webinar for parents and young adults about how to face the reality of our porn-addicted culture and have victory over it. The webinar will provide a realistic approach for parents and practical steps for youth and young adults.  A flyer can be found here.

The Challenge, one-hour free webinar,  Thursday, Nov. 14 at Noon EST.  Register here

Liturgical Ministers
Ushers/Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion/Sacristans/Servers are needed, especially 5pm and 8am Masses.  Please give the parish a call (Cheryl or Darci) to help with these important  roles.  We could also use some Lord’s Launderer’s if you are so inclined! If you’d like to know more detail, please call Cheryl in the parish office.

National Vocation Awareness Week
God calls every one of us to be holy – to know, love, and serve Him in this world, so that we may be happy with Him eternally in heaven. Vocations can come in many forms and during National Vocation Awareness Week (Nov. 3-9) we focus on and celebrate vocations that are devoted to the proclamation of the Gospel: the priesthood, consecrated and religious life, and the diaconate. 

If you would like to learn more about these vocations, visit

Right to Life March
Go to the 2020 March for Life and be a part of the largest prolife event in the world. This peaceful demonstration, on the somber anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decisions that legalized abortion-on-demand through all nine months of pregnancy, is a witness to the truth concerning the greatest human rights violation of our time.

Grand Rapids Right to Life is hosting bus trips to Washington, DC, for the 47th annual March for Life on January 24, 2020. Travel options vary by dates, prices, and hotel locations. To view travel options visit or contact Betty at 616-516-0082.

Prayer of Peace in the spirit of Taize
Monday, November 11, 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary Church, 423 First St. NW, Grand Rapids. The Prayer of Peace is contemplative, candlelight musical prayer in the spirit of Taizé. Few things are more conducive to a communion with the living God than a meditative common prayer with, as its high point, singing that stretches through time and that continues in the silence of one’s heart when one is alone again.

Please note that November’s prayer will include incense. We will also gather for prayer on December 2nd and January 20th—save the dates!

Wild Game Dinner Raffle Ticket Info
Gun and Polaris tickets will be on sale after Masses all 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. 6th, no need to be present to win.

Holy Family Craft Show
Holy Family Parish in Sparta, will be holding their 31st Annual Holiday Craft Show & Bazaar on Saturday, November 2, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00p.m at 425 S. State St., Sparta. 34 booths with a variety of Crafts, Gifts, Décor & More.  Also offered are, Mini Raffle, Bake Sale, Children’s Activities, Door Prizes and lunch.  Admission is free!    Come and join in the fun and festivities!  Visit org for more information.  Click here for a flyer.

Catholic Central Beyond Belief
7th & 8th graders interested in Catholic Central High School, please join us for the Blue Madness Social on Friday, Dec. 6th from 7-9PM in the CC Student Center.  Enjoy refreshments and a great time with your future Cougar family!  Please register to attend  here

Dignity. Identity. Purpose.
Living Authentic Love Through Theology of the Body
A day workshop for adults looking to understand the basics of Theology of the Body
Saturday, November 2, 2019
8:00 am—2:30 pm 

St. Jude Parish at 1120 4 Mile Rd NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525 

Featuring Keynote Speaker 
Fr. Jegar Fickel 
Parochial Vicar St. Mary/St. Paul, Big Rapids 

Cost: $20 per person, includes lunch

Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse:  The Theology of the Body and Every Day Life
When: Friday, Nov. 15
Where: Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 1935 Plymouth Ave. SE, Grand Rapids
Time: 7- 8:30 p.m.
Cost: No tickets required; there will be a free will offering.
Come hear celebrated Catholic writer and speaker, Emily Stimpson Chapman, author of “These Beautiful Bones,” as she shares how to make the teachings of St. John Paul II part of our everyday lives. This talk is appropriate for high school age and above.

West Catholic:  Two Special Masses
West Catholic High School invites you to join us in celebrating two special Masses. All are welcome!  1)  West Catholic Alumni Memorial Mass – Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. (WC’s St. Maria Goretti Chapel).  2) Veterans Day Mass & Luncheon with Bishop Walkowiak – Friday, Nov. 8 at 10:12 a.m. (WC Competition Gym)

Knight’s of Columbus News
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.

St Mary Magdalen Craft Show
St Mary Magdalen (1253 52nd St Se, Kentwood) Craft Show & Bake Sale.  Saturday November 9th from 10 am-3 pm.  Enjoy Hand crafted items for sale, a bake sale, and a luncheon is available.  No admission fee!  Flyer here.

An Invitation from Simon Vernon
I invite you to attend my senior capstone performance, which will culminate my music degree at Aquinas College. On November 9th, at 7:30 p.m., in the Kretschmer Recital Hall (in the Art and Music Center, on Aquinas’ Campus: 1700 Fulton St. E, Grand Rapids, MI, 49507), I will perform and record live my first original album, Shadows and Graveyards. The album tells part of my testimony, sharing the darker points of my recent life only to emphasize the contrasting light that is always to follow. I will play piano, sing, and be accompanied by flute, cello, vocals, and percussion throughout this 10-movement performance. Anyone is welcome to attend; I will be joy-filled if you take the time to witness and participate in the bearing of my heart, gifts, and story. Desserts and visiting will follow the program.

Thank you for your support, prayer, and hopeful attendance. May God bless you this day.                                
~Peace, Simon Vernon

Knights of Columbus Euchre Sunday, November 10th 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.

Mass for God’s Children
The Diocese of Grand Rapids invites parents who have experienced the loss of a child before baptism to a Mass for God’s Children Celebrated by Fr. Scott Nolan Monday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m., Cathedral of Saint Andrew 301 Sheldon SE, Grand Rapids.  

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 Stephanie Grey before Nov. 8 by calling 616-288-0908 or email:

All are welcome to attend including parents, grandparents, siblings, relatives and friends.  A reception will follow Mass.

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

Come Learn more about Prison and Jail Ministry
Did you know our Prison and Jail Ministry in the Diocese of Grand Rapids establishes and maintains Catholic religious services within 21 correctional facilities across our 11-county diocese? This ministry has more than 150 active volunteers including Bishop Walkowiak. With the help of these volunteers, we offer 46 weekly Catholic services including Masses, Communion services, RCIA classes and prayer services. Are you interested in learning more? Consider attending one of two informational sessions to learn more about this important work and volunteer opportunities.
When: Wednesday, Nov. 13.  Two identical sessions, come to either one: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. or 6-9 p.m.
Where: Cathedral Square Center, 360 Division Ave. S., Grand Rapids, MI
Register: Visit the Prison and Jail Ministry page on the diocesan website:
Questions: Tricia Worrell, program director, 616-475-1255 or

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.

Middle School Youth Game Night
How many cubits in length was Noah’s ark? 

Middle School Game Night :  Trivia Edition!

When: Friday November 15, 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! 

For questions or to RSVP email:

Worldwide Marriage Encounter
The best gift you can give your kids is a strong, Christ-centered marriage. Refresh your faith and invest in your family by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend: Nov. 15-17 at Weber Center in Adrian. Check out or contact Chris & Darla Vinton at 269-953-8287 for more info or to apply.

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:

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 (

High School student retreat
Happy Dance – Fall Antioch 2019.  All high school students are welcome from any school or church.  This is a Catholic retreat, however, all faiths are welcome to attend.  Cost is only $15 for St. Jude parishioners and $20 for non-parishioners.  Check-in begins at 7:30pm on Friday, Nov. 22nd and retreat ends at 2PM on Sunday, Nov. 24th.  Register here or find out more information online at  The signup deadline is Nov. 18th.  Contact Sue Wuorinen with any questions: or 616-560-8107.  Retreat FAQ’s

Cherish Marriage
Registration opens Nov. 1 for the annual Cherish Marriage event!
It will take place on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020 at Frederik Meijer Gardens from 6 – 11 p.m.  Couples will enjoy an evening of dinner, inspiration, and dancing to strengthen their marriage.  The keynote speakers for the evening are Dan and Amber DeMatte.  Register at  You can find a flyer here.

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.

WC Shadow Days
New to the Grand Rapids area or West Catholic?  Want to experience what has made West Catholic one of the top Catholic school sin the U.S.?  Join us for a shadow day!  Flyer is here.

Open Jobs at the Diocese
The Diocese of Grand Rapids is seeking an Administrative Assistant (part-time, 30 hours maximum) to provide a variety of specialized administrative support services to the Office of Faith Formation including Catechesis, Family, Youth, and Young Adult ministries.  The successful candidate will provide administrative support, event coordination, and database management while creating a welcoming environment for visitors and callers. More information can be found on our website at

Other Diocesan openings:  Parish Auditor, Parish Accounting Services Specialist, Assistant Director of Hispanic Ministry

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 

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
31st Sunday in Ordinary Time: Welcoming the Sinner
Reading I:  
Wisdom 11:22—12:2 – Digression on god’s mercy
Reading II:  2 Thessalonians 1:11—2:2 – Exhortation to faithfulness
GospelLuke 19:1-10 – Zacchaeus the tax collector

Key Passage:  And Jesus said to Zacchaeus, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:9–10)

AdultDuring the next week, what could you do to welcome someone who usually feels excluded?
Youth: Is there a child in your class or neighborhood who is left out of games and activities? What can you do?

Right to Life
Calling all prolife students! Here’s a great chance to explain why you are prolife and to compete in a contest for prize money. Grand Rapids Right to Life is sponsoring a Prolife Essay Contest. Prizes are awarded for first place ($100) and second place ($50) in both the Senior Essay Contest (grades 10–12) and the Junior Essay Contest (grades 7–9). The essay topic is: Why I am pro-life.

The deadline to submit a 300-500 word essay and an application form is December 1. For guidelines visit For more information, contact Laura at 616-532-2300 or at

A Family Perspective
by Bud Ozar
Jesus is saying to you what he said to Zacchaeus, “I must stay at your house today.”  It doesn’t matter if in today’s gospel Jesus “intended to pass through Jericho to another town.”  In families, we sometimes stop at the wrong places.  It is wisdom to “pass through” annoying family situations so we can enjoy the goodness of each other.

Word of Life
God never stops offering each of us his mercy, ‘a concrete reality with which he reveals his love’ (MV 6).”

USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities
Reflection: Moved by Mercy

(Excerpt from Misericordiae vultus, © 2015, Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Used with permission. All rights reserved.)

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. 

Adult Indoor Volleyball
Adult volleyball for ages 16+ has started and runs 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.

Franciscan Life Process Center Events
Theology of the Body (TOB) for high school students ages 10-12
Nov. 15-16, Jan. 24-25, Feb. 28-29

Franciscan Life Process Center – Lowell Campus
TOB is an awesome way for all of us to understand God’s plan for the living of our Sexuality. These three sequenced retreats, Nov. 15-16, Jan. 24-25, Feb. 28-29 (students commit to all three weekends),  include unique, fun experiences grounded in solid Catholic teaching.  TOB has been collaboratively offered by the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist and a lay team of adults since 2007. Teens from all parishes are welcome to join us. Cost:  $125, time Fri. 6pm through Sat. 9:15PM (after Mass).  Click here to register.

Natural Family Planning
Nov. 25, 6:30-8:30pm
Franciscan Life Process Center – Grand Rapids Campus, 654 Davis Ave, GR 49504
A Creighton Method Introductory session will be offered. This 90-minute session introduces its uses and application.  Please contact Georgia Schmitz, BSN, CFCP, RN at to register.

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.

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.