Saint Patrick Parish News 11.16.17


This week’s Mass schedule  

Fri., November 17
9AM Mass

Sat., November 18
5PM Mass

Sun., November 19
8AM Mass
10:30AM Mass

Mon., November 20
No Mass Here

Tue., November 21
9AM Mass

Wed., November 22
9AM Mass

Thu., November 23
9AM Mass

Fri., November 24
No Mass Here

Upcoming Events

Sat., November 18
8AM Church Cleaning, Church
2:30PM Pie Pickup, Parish Center
3:45PM Confession, Church

Sun., November 19
7:45AM Pie Pickup, Parish Center
9AM Explore the Sunday Readings, St. Brigid of Kildare
9AM Religious Education, School
11:30AM Pivotal Players, St Brigid of Kildare
11:30AM Euchre, Parish Center
3PM Middle School Youth Group Meeting, Faith Formation Room
6PM High School Youth Group Meeting, Faith Formation Room
7PM Adult Volleyball, Gym

Mon., November 20
Parish Office Closed
6:30PM Women’s Faith Sharing, St Brigid of Kildare Room

Thu., November 23
Parish Office Closed

Fri., November 24
Parish Office Closed

Sat., November 25
8:30AM Adult Choir Rehearsal, Music Room
3:45PM Confessions, Church

Help Needed
We are looking for individuals willing to deliver poinsettia’s this holiday season. If you are able to help, please contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office or via email at

Wild Game Dinner Donations
We are accepting 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.  

Calling all “NextGen Catholics,” ages 14-25 years! Introducing 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 good works of mercy to those in need!

Started this autumn right here in West Michigan by a team of young adults, designed for young adults, in service partnerships with their families, schools, campus and parish ministry.  Check out to learn more and join the generosity movement!  

UPRISE for our faith, for love of others, through generous service! 

Thank You
Members of St. Patrick –
Thank you for your generous donations of food to our food pantry in October.  Your continued support of this mission is deeply appreciated.


Flat River Outreach Ministries

Campus Visit Days:  Aquinas
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.  Fri., December 1: General AQDay  (open to all academic majors)  and Sat., December 2: Athletic AQDay  (open to student-athletes).  Please visit for more details or to register.

Calling Future Farmers of America
Is your child interested in a future career and leadership role in agriculture, food, science and environment?  We are gauging interest in beginning a new FFA club at St. Patrick’s working in partnership with Lowell FFA to provide activities and experiences that explore the field of agriculture.  We plan to meet after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-4:30PM in the library starting November 14th through February 1st.  The group will be led by Mr. Schut, Mrs. Schut, Mrs. McCauley and Mr. Nugent.

This program will be open to all St. Patrick School 7 and 8th graders, and also to current St. Patrick Parish and St. Mary Parish 7th/8th grade students who attend R.E.P or have a homeschool curriculum approved by our Faith Formation Director, Andrew Anderson. Please contact our principal, Scott Czarnopys if interested:

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.

Pie Sale Pickup
Pie pick up is Saturday, November 18 from 2:30-7PM in the parish center and Sunday, November 19 from 7:30am-noon in the parish center.  Thank you as always for your support!!

Advent Collections
Beginning the weekend of November 18th, we will again be collecting various items for those in need, watch for a tree and baskets in the gathering area:
Prison and Jail Ministry (tube socks/reading glasses [+1.0, +1.25, +3.0 strengths]  Flyer
Tree of Hope – North Kent Connect (take a tag/buy a gift/return unwrapped under the tree) Flyer
Mission Possible – FROM (learning toys, arts & crafts, teen gifts, lego’s, science themed, games, books, cologne, bath & body, sports, etc.)  Flyer

New Our Lady of Wisdom Chapel:  Aquinas College
All are welcome to attend a Community Mass at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Chapel at Aquinas College on Tuesday, November 21 at 7PM on the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Mass will be a chance to celebrate the Eucharist with the Aquinas community inside their new Marian chapel located in the heart of campus. Parking is available in the Fulton Street Lot, a short walk from the chapel. A brief reception will follow Mass. Clergy are invited to concelebrate.  We hope to see you there!

Christmas Choirs
Youth Choir – 5PM Mass Christmas Eve – Sign Up’s and short (1hr) rehearsal will be Sunday, November 26th right after the 10:30AM Mass in the church.  This is for singers and instrumentalists.  In order to have instrumental parts for everyone, please contact Michelle before the first rehearsal.    For more information or to sign-up, please call Michelle at 616-691-8541, x13 or email

Adult Choir – Midnight Mass – if you have been thinking of being a part of the Christmas Choir, please join us for rehearsal Sat. November 25th at 8:30AM in the Shepherds of Armagh room in the Parish Center.

Work of Human Hands Sale
Ever wonder what Fair Trade is?  Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade.  It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers – especially in the South.

CRS Fair Trade helps us bring the core values of our faith to the choices we make as consumers – choices that have the power to lift our brothers and sisters out of poverty.  We will be having a consignment sale on Sunday, Dec. 3rd.  We will have Fair Trade coffee sales, the Olivewood sales and other Fair Trade items for you to peruse. Please consider supporting this program and the artisans/farmers around the world.  Please join us in the Parish Center after the Sunday Masses for not only these sales, but the world famous Knights of Columbus breakfast and a visit with St. Nicholas!

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:  Advent Prayer
Women’s Evening of Reflection: Nov. 28, Parish Center

KofC Breakfast with St. Nicholas:  Dec. 3, Parish Center
St. Patrick Middle School Band: A Christmas Program:  Dec. 4, 6:30PM, Gym
Parish Celebration of Reconciliation/with individual confession:  Dec. 6, 7PM, Church

Feast of the Immaculate Conception: Dec. 7, 6:30PM, Church
Feast of the Immaculate Conception: Dec. 8, 9AM, Church

St. Patrick Preschool-4 Grade:  Sing a Song for Christmas: Dec. 12, 6:30PM, Church. Refreshments to follow in Parish Center.
St. Patrick Middle School: A Holiday Program:  Dec. 21, 9:45AM (following 9AM Mass), Parish Center
Preparing the Church for Christmas:  Dec. 22, 6:30PM & Dec. 24, following 10:30AM Mass
Vigil of the Nativity of the Lord:  Dec. 24, 5PM (caroling before Mass), 8PM (caroling before Mass), 12AM (caroling before Mass/refreshments after)
The Nativity of the Lord:  Dec. 25, 11AM
The Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God:  Monday, Jan. 1, 10AM
Winter’s Eve Gathering:  Wednesday, Jan. 3, 6:30PM, Rectory

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.  Tickets are $5, need not be present to win.

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.

Youth Group
Middle School: Our theme for the next couple of meetings will be Kingdom Come. We will be exploring the life of Christ from the very beginning to his Second Coming. This week’s meeting, Nov. 19, will be about Jesus as our King, a great way to dive into Advent this year. Middle School Youth Group will be meeting from 3-5pm in the Faith Formation Room at the front of the School. 

High School: Who is Jesus and how do I come closer to him? This weeks meeting, Nov. 19, will be exploring about who Jesus is to each of us and how we can grow in relationship with him. High School Youth Group will be meeting from 6-8pmin the Faith Formation Room at the front of the School.

Our next fellowship dinner will be Saturday, Dec. 2nd after 5PM Mass in the parish center.  All High School and Middle School youth are welcome!

First Friday Adoration
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.

Knights of Columbus Euchre, Sunday, Nov. 19th 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.

Sounds of Christmas Concert
Welcome the Christmas season with the Chamber Choir of Grand Rapids at the annual Sounds of Christmas Concert on Saturday, November 25th at 7:30PM and Sunday November 26, 2016 at 3:00PM at the Basilica of St Adalbert’s. With wonderful holiday music, and a chance to sing some favorite carols, the Sounds of Christmas concert will be well worth attending! Purchase tickets early at Schuler Books for $5 off the adult price OR at the door: Adults $20 Seniors $15 Students $10

West Catholic Art & Craft Fair
Saturday, Dec. 2nd from 9-3PM.  West Catholic High School, 1801 Bristol NW, Grand Rapids.  Free parking, food, snacks, and shopping fun!  200 or more booths represented.  $2.00 admission.

Dear Ladies of the Parish:  Our next bunco night is Tuesday, December 5th 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, December 14th 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. 12th to ensure we have enough food.

Respect Life
“When we elect our lawmakers in America, we influence the moral character of this nation for better or for worse.  When our laws permit violence against little babies, incidents like the Columbine High School shootings are the logical outcome.”  –Fr. Frank Pavone, Director, Priests for Life

Strong Catholic Families
Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time:  Using your Gifts
Reading I: 
Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 (the ideal wife)

Reading II:  1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 (the need for preparation)

Gospel:  Matthew 25:14-30 (parable of the silver pieces)

Key Passage:  [The servant said,] “Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” (Matthew 25:20b–21)

Adult:  What gift have you not developed as you had hoped? What could you still do?

YouthWhat gift has God given you? What do you want to do with it?

A Family Perspective
by Bud Ozar
As the man in today’s gospel entrusted his servants with his money, so God has “entrusted” our family to us. Like the good servants we are expected, not to play it safe, but to selflessly and totally invest ourselves in each other.

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.

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. Brigid 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. Brigid 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.

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.

Consolata Guild
Christmas Party:  Dec. 3, potluck at 2PM, Assumption of the BVM Activity Center
Advent Retreat:  Dec. 6, 9:30-12:30PM.  Center House (6801 Belmont Ave NE, Belmont).  RSVP to Sr. Felicia at 361-2072, x3 or 361-5126, x5.

Franciscan Life Process Center Events
Christmas Breads
Saturday, December 2nd 10AM-Noon
Join Sister Mary Paul Moller, FSE, to learn to make braided fruit – filled sweet bread shaped into a wreath or a candy cane. Share this Franciscan tradition with your family and friends. Class size is limited. Register today!

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 
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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.