Saint Patrick Parish News 11.02.17


This week’s Mass schedule  

Fri., November 3
First Friday
9AM Mass

Sat., November 4
5PM Mass

Sun., November 5
8AM Mass
10:30AM Mass

Mon., November 6
No Mass Here

Tue., November 7
9AM Mass

Wed., November 8
9AM Mass

Thu., November 9
9AM Mass

Fri., November 10
9AM Mass

Upcoming Events

Sat., November 4
3:45PM Confession, Church

Sun., November 5
9AM Knights of Columbus Breakfast/Fair Trade Coffee, Parish Center
9AM Explore the Sunday Readings, St. Brigid of Kildare
9AM Religious Education, School
11:30AM Pivotal Players Study, St. Brigid of Kildare
1PM Euchre, Parish Center
7PM Adult Volleyball, Gym

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

Tue., November 7
7PM Bunco, Parish Center

Wed., November 8
6:30PM Religious Education, School

Thu., November 9
10AM Senior Luncheon, Parish Center
5:45PM Hand Chimes, Music Room
6:30PM Rosary, Church
7PM Adult Choir, Music Room
7PM Faith Study, St Brigid of Kildare Room
8PM Men’s Basketball, Gym

Sat., November 10
3:45PM Confessions, Church

High School Youth Group
Nov. 4th:  Contemporary Mass, 5PM (no fellowship dinner this month).

Nov. 5thPraise and Worship:  St. Patrick High School Youth Group will be getting together with the Youth Group of St. Sebastian’s, from 5pm to 8pm. Dinner will be provided and youth are invited to join in fellowship and Eucharistic Adoration. Fr. Mark and Msgr. Duncan will be presiding. Please join us in praise and worship with live music and join other teens from the diocese. For any further questions, please contact Drew Andersen at,  

Knights of Columbus Euchre, Sunday, Nov. 5th 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.

Funeral Planning Workshop
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 church.

Pie Sales
St. Patrick School’s long-standing and largest fundraiser is now underway.  Pie Sale runs until November 7.  We will have apple,  blueberry, and cherry pies.  They are perfect for the holidays and gifts!  Order forms are located at the back of the church (green paper) or you can contact the Parish Office.  This year we ask that all payment be turned in with the order forms.  Pie pick up is Saturday, November 18 and Sunday, Nov. 19.  Thank you as always for your support.  

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

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.

Altar Servers
New servers and all servers interested in a refresher, please come Saturday, November 11th from 10-11:30AM to the Church.

Bake Sale
American Heritage Girls are baking up a storm for you! We will be selling cookies, brownies, pies, cupcakes, no-bakes, cake balls, and decorating cakes for sale after all Masses November 11-12.  Pick up some goodies to help us encourage our girls as they have been working hard with mom baking to raise funds for Camp and Service Projects.  Cash and checks accepted!

Youth Group 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 November 12th, 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, 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.

Advent Cleaning
Cleaning Bee! Needed: energetic crew of dusters and scrubbers to ready the interior of our beautiful church for the Christmas season on November 18th from 8 to noon. Men, women and able bodied kids are welcome.  Refreshments provided. Please contact 874-9184 or to let Shirley know if you can help.

Advent Women’s Evening of Reflection
Women of the parish are invited to the Annual Advent Women’s Evening of Reflection, Tue., Nov. 28th at 6:30PM in the Parish Center.  Join us to prepare ourselves for Advent.  This year we welcome Sr. Diane Zerfas, OP.  To host a table, just attend or ask questions, contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office.

Save the Date
Women’s Evening of Reflection: Nov. 28, Parish Center

KofC Breakfast with St. Nicholas:  Dec. 3, Parish Center
5-8th Christmas Concert:  Dec. 4, 6:30PM, Gym
Feast of the Immaculate Conception: Dec.8, 9AM/7PM, Church
DK-4 Grades Christmas Program:  Dec. 12, 6:30PM, Church

Christmas Choir
Adult Choir – Midnight Mass – if you have been thinking of being a part of the Christmas Choir, please join us for rehearsal at 7PM on Thursdays in the Shepherds of Armagh room in the Parish Center.

Gun Raffle Tickets
The middle school youth group, along with parents, will be selling the Wild Game Dinner Gun Raffle tickets after all Masses during the month of November.  They will also be available at this weekend’s Knight’s breakfast and in the parish office during the week.  Tickets are $5, need not be present to win.

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

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.

First Friday Adoration
November is the month the Church traditionally prays for the Souls in Purgatory.  These souls, who have great joy knowing they will be in heaven, need our prayers and sacrifices for their release.  Please join us December 1st, 2017, for Adoration after the 9:00am Mass until 4:00pm to implore God’s  Mercy on the Holy Souls.  Rosary at 2:30PM followed by the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3:00.  According to St. Gertrude the Great this prayer will release a great number of souls from purgatory: Eternal Father, I offer Thee the most precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with all the Masses being said this day throughout the world for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

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.

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..  Bring the bottle to Mass this weekend and place in the Coins for Kids basket. 

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 10: STEM & Health Sciences AQDay

Please visit 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  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 preparatory 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.  Flyer can be found here

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

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

St. Catherine’s Church Spirit Fest 2017
Share an evening of Spirits, Food and Fun.  November 11, 2017, 6:00 – 10pm at St. Catherine’s Hall (3381 Thomas St. Ravenna).  $30 a person.  (after Nov 5th, $35 per person) Admission includes a keepsake wine glass & 10 tickets to sample drinks and food.  Breweries represented – Grand Armory, Perrin Brewing, Pigeon Hill and Elk Brewing.  Wineries represented – Heavenly Vineyards, Cadillac Winery, Peninsula Cellars & Kayla Rae Cellars.  Cider – Pux Cider. Food – Moonland Catering and Rolling Smoke BBQ.  Please call the parish office at 231.853.6222 to reserve your tickets.  Flyer for the event can be found here.

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

Respect Life
“I am increasingly suspicious that shadow language is used because many political leaders either don’t support abortion and are afraid to say so or because they want to pretend that a moral evil is somehow a moral good.  And the only way to make evil into good is to disguise it.”

–Cardinal Roger Mahoney, on the phrase “a woman’s right to choose…”

Strong Catholic Families
Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time:  Sincerity of Heart
Reading I:  
Malachi 1:14b-2:2b, 8–10 (punishment for imperfect sacrifices)  

Reading II:  1 Thessalonians 2:7b-9, 13 (Paul’s sincerity)

Gospel:  Matthew 23:1-12 (hypocrisy of the scribes and Pharisees)

Key Passage:  Jesus said, “Therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach.” (Matthew 23:3)

Adult:  Is there an area of your life in which you sometimes feel like a hypocrite?

Youth:  Why is it important for you to live according to how you believe?

A Family Perspective
by Bud Ozar
In today’s gospel Jesus describes the vocation of parents: “The greatest among you will be your    servant.” Children take our blood, genes, strength, name, patience and resources. A parent’s servitude begins at the moment of conception. The Lord is present in each of our acts of selfless service.

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

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

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

AA Meetings
Sunday nights at 7:30PM in the St Bridgid of Kildare Room (in the School) and Tuesday nights at 7:30PM in Canonsburg above the Bottle Shop

Adult Volleyball Open Gym
Adult Volleyball is on Sunday, 7PM (or 7:30PM, check parish calendar) in the gym.  Call or text Jamie Dye with any questions, 269-330-6395.

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.

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

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

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

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

Franciscan Life Process Center Events
Gluten Free Quick Breads
Wednesday, November 8th 10AM-Noon OR 6:30-8:30PM
The holidays are coming! Jan Hendrick will lead an enjoyable evening of working with gluten free flours and techniques to make some delicious treats for friends and family members who have dietary restrictions.  Class size is limited. Register today!

Holiday Art Sale & Facebook Auction
Friday, November 10th from 6:30-8:30PM at 654 Davis St NW, Grand Rapids
Get an early start to your Christmas shopping with the Franciscan Life Process Center’s Guardian Gallery holiday art sale, nosh on fresh baked Franciscan bread, cheese and wine and mingle with the Sisters in a festive atmosphere with live music.  Local artists and friends of the Center have donated artisan jewelry, paintings, and other beautiful art pieces for sale to support the work of the Franciscan Life Process Center. In addition to jewelry and art sales on the night of the event, the Center will be hosting a silent auction with pre-bidding available through Facebook:  Beginning Wednesday, October 18, there will be photos of pieces to bid on. Bidding will be open through Facebook until November 9, and will resume again LIVE at the event. Place your bid by commenting with your bid amount below the photo. Bids may be increased by a minimum of $1. Auction items may be picked up at the end of the event, or you may arrange a pick up time the following week.

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:

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, 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.