Saint Patrick Parish News 12.13.19


This week’s Mass schedule  

Sat., December 14
5PM Mass

Sun., December 15
8AM Mass
10:30AM Mass

Mon., December 16
No Mass Here

Tue., December 17
9AM Mass

Wed., December 18
9AM Mass

Thu., December 19
9AM Mass

Fri., December 20
9AM Mass

Sat., December 21
5PM Mass

Upcoming Events
Sat., December 14
8AM Men’s Spirituality, St Brigid of Kildare
3PM Confessions, Church

Sun., December 15
7AM Confessions, Church
9AM REP, School
11:30AM Catholicism Group, St Brigid of Kildare
1PM Adult Volleyball, Gym

Mon., December 16
Parish Office Closed
6:30PM Advent Evening of Reflection, Parish Center

Tue., December 17
6AM Adoration, Church

Wed., December 18
6AM Adoration, Church
6:30PM REP, School
6:30PM Adoration/Confessions, Church

Thu., December 19
6AM Adoration, Church
5:30PM Hand Chime/Choir Rehearsal, Shepard of Armagh
6:30PM RCIA Inquiry, Faith Formation Room
6:30PM Rosary, Church
8PM Men’s Basketball, Gym

Fri., December 20
6AM Adoration, Church

Sat., December 21
3PM Confessions, Church


From the Pastor:
Wow!  What a week.  We had a rousing packed house for the 10th annual Wild Game Dinner.  I would like to thank Nancy Partridge and Mike Mankel for the past 10 years of organizing and supporting this event.  Thank you also to all the other people who worked so hard to provide this unique Parnell experience. It was my pleasure to draw some of the winning tickets for the many raffles that we had.  The Polaris Ranger went home with Jeff and Julie Batzer. Overall a fantastic night. I can’t wait until next year. We had two more baptisms this past Sunday. It is so nice to see and hear all the little ones at Mass.  We are definitely a vibrant, young parish.   

When I first started in July of 2018, the parish had raised about $10,000 in the ‘fund-a-need’ at the parish festival for new signs for the campus.  I am happy to report that three new signs were installed last week with one more remaining (the large sign on the corner of 5 mile and Parnell). We will also have better interior directional signs, etc. to help all of our visitors understand where the parish and school offices are located.  A special thanks to Valley City Signs for the great help in creating our beautiful new signs.  

This Sunday is the Third Sunday or Gaudete Sunday.  Here is a blurb from a 2013 National Catholic Register article by Jimmy Akin:
1) Why is the third Sunday of Advent known as Gaudete Sunday?

Its name is taken from the entrance antiphon of the Mass, which is: Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice.  Indeed, the Lord is near.

This is a quotation from Philippians 4:4-5, and in Latin, the first word of the antiphon is gaudete (Latin, “rejoice”; it’s also pronounced with three syllables: gau-de-te).

2) What significance does this have?
Advent is the season of preparing for the arrival of the Lord Jesus (both his first coming and his second coming), and by the third Sunday of Advent, we are most of the way through the season.                                                          

Thus it is appropriate to rejoice as we see the goal of the season   approaching: “The Lord is near.”                                                       

Thanks for all the prayers.  Know that I am praying for you.  Oremus pro invicem.  

In Mary,
Fr. Tom

Know of Someone in Need?
Again this year our parish will be able to help families that may find themselves needing extra assistance. If you need some help or know of someone who does, please contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office. This could be with a meal for the holidays, presents for the family, a bill that is a challenge to pay, or whatever would be helpful. All personal information is kept confidential.

Poinsettia Delivery
We will again be delivering poinsettias this Christmas season. This is a great activity to do as a family! There is a window of time that deliveries will happen and can work in many schedules.  If you would like to deliver, please contact Cheryl Emmette in the office.

Christmas Flowers, Church Decorations
If you would like to make a contribution, toward the plants and other accents that adorn our worship space during the Christmas season, please use the offertory envelope in this bulletin.  Thank you for your generosity!

Festival Auction 2020
St. Patrick’s is starting to plan Auction 2020. Our goal is to raise funds to support St. Patrick’s parish and school. In the heart of sticking together to make St. Patrick’s the best place for schooling and enriching experiences, we are seeking your assistance.

Booking has started for sponsor tables and would make a great Christmas present. Each six top is eight hundred dollars and sponsors will be represented on our auction banner, in the program, and receive hors d’oeuvres and beverages during the auction. Also seeking a primary auction sponsor that is willing to donate $5,000 this fiscal year, so that we may begin looking for discounted experiences to auction off next year.

We have already started locking in our long-distance travel destinations; however, we are looking to add more local Michigan, OH, IL, and WI destinations and experiences.  Collection of live and silent auction items begins Jan. 6th, 2020.  If you have any questions or information for us, please do not hesitate to reach out. Elaine Buehner,, 616.915.9339 OR Jessica Perkins,, 616.427.7230.

New Year’s Party
St. Jude New Years Eve Party, Tuesday, Dec. 31st 7pm –12:30am.  Held at the Brophy Center, St. Jude, 1120 Four Mile Rd, Grand Rapids. Dinner, two complimentary drinks of beer/wine (cash bar after that), dancing, raffles and a champagne toast at midnight.  $50 per person.  

Click here for a reservation form.

Donate your old Magnificat!
The Religious Education Program has a use for the artwork on the  cover of your old Magnificat booklets.  Instead of discarding those old issues drop them off in the basket next to the Sacred Heart of Jesus statue in the back of the church.  We look forward to utilizing those sacred images! 

Other devotional subscriptions with sacred art is welcome for donation as well.  Thank you for your donation!

Catholic Women’s Conference
The GR Diocesan Council of Catholic Women invites all Catholic women to join them for the state conference, BEACONS OF LIGHT, to be held April 24-25, 2020 in Frankenmuth, MI.

Please join us for this event that will feature Mass with our bishops, inspirational speakers, vendors, and fellowship time with women from all over the state. Check-in begins at 8:30am Fri. and concludes on Sat. at lunch. For registration information and room block details, email or call Janet at 616-915-5930.

Photographer Wanted
We are looking for a person to photograph First Communion Masses this spring.  If anyone in the parish has photography skills and is interested in serving our parish with them, please contact       Lindsey Wilbur:, 616-691-8541 ext. 41.  We would greatly appreciate your service!  The Masses will take place Sunday April 19, at 1pm and Sunday, May 3rd at 1pm.

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.

NEW! Online Giving
Even when the weather is bad and you can’t make it on Sunday, you can still tithe!  With ParishSOFT Giving, you can give from anywhere and even set up contributions in advance.  This creates a safer flow of cash for St. Patrick’s Parish because we know when we can expect your support, and it allows you to participate in giving even when you can’t make it here.

Look for the Give a Gift link on 

If you want to give to a fund not listed, please put enter the information in the misc. notes box Contact the parish office with any questions.

Advent Prayer/Events
Sacrament of Reconciliation:  Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30PM, Saturdays 3-4:40PM, Sundays 7-7:40AM. Parish celebration with individual confessions at St. Mary’s in Lowell:  Wednesday, December 11th @ 6:30PM

Sing a Song for Christmas:  St. Patrick Pre-school – 4th grade, Thursday, December 19th at 6:30PM in the Lowell Performing Arts Center (Lowell High School).  Refreshments following.

A Holiday Program:  St Patrick Middle School, Friday, December 20th following 9AM Mass in the parish center.  Refreshments, light entertainment.

Preparing the church for Christmas:  Helpers needed!  Families welcome.  Sunday, December 22nd from 1-4PM

Vigil of the Nativity of the Lord:  Dec. 24th at 5PM (caroling before Mass), 8PM (caroling before Mass), and Midnight (caroling before Mass/refreshments after Mass)

Nativity of the Lord:  Dec. 25th at 11AM

The Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God:  Jan. 1st at 10AM

Advent Collections
Last weekend concluded our Advent collections.  If you still have items that you forgot to bring, please bring them ASAP as the organizations will sometimes take late deliveries.

Ministering to the Homebound
Do you currently bring communion to a family member or someone else who is homebound?   We are trying to establish a list as the Bishop is implementing some changes on how this is done.  Please contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office so you can be informed of the changes.

Liturgical Ministers for Christmas
All positions have openings for Christmas Vigil, Christmas Day Masses and the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (Jan. 1st).  Please login and sign up if you can help or contact the parish office if you’d like to sign up for a spot and need help.  Thank you for your continued support of this ministry!

Liturgical Ministers: Next Schedule
REMINDER:  The next schedule runs from Jan. 18-May 10.  Please enter your unavailable dates into your Profile in the Scheduler system, email them to or leave a message in the parish office.   The last date for entering them is Dec. 20.  Thank you for your service to the church!

Wedding Coordinator Needed
Do you like weddings?  We are in need of one or two more people to serve as wedding coordinators for the Parish.  It is a small commitment of 2 or 3 weddings per year; appx. 4 to 6 hours the weekend of the wedding you choose.  There is a small stipend for your service.  If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Sally Goffer 616-719-8971 (call or text) or email

Photos of Our Beloved Deceased
If you brought photos for the remembrance of our faithful departed, please pick them up from the parish office. Thank you! 

Things to make note of:
Parish Office will be closed December 23-27 for Christmas and January 1st for New Year’s Day.

More Liturgical Ministers Needed
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.

Olive Wood Sale
Thank you to all who stopped by the Olivewood sale this past weekend. Please note that they have a kiosk at Rivertown Crossings Mall until Christmas.  They are located near Panera Bread.

Knights of Columbus Euchre Sunday, December 22nd 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.

Midnight Mass: St. Andrew Cathedral
Midnight Mass and the Prelude of Carols on Christmas Eve will be broadcast live from the Cathedral of St Andrew on FOX 17 (check local listings) and online on the diocesan website,, and Facebook page (Diocese of Grand Rapids). The concert begins at 11pm and Mass begins at Midnight.  There will be a replay of Midnight Mass on FOX 17 beginning at 4:30am Christmas morning. The live broadcast of Mass from the cathedral is a ministry provided by our diocese for more than 60 years.

Dear Ladies of the Parish:  Our next bunco night is Tuesday, January 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
It is that time of the year again! We will begin our monthly senior luncheons on January 9th. 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.

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:

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 (

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.

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
Third Sunday of  Advent:  Actions Worthy of Praise
Reading I: Isaiah 35:1-6, 10 – Israel’s deliverance
Reading IIJames 5:7-10 – Patience
GospelMatthew 11:2-11 – Christ’s witness to John

Key Passage:  Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.” (Matthew 11:11)

AdultHow do you prepare yourself to meet Christ in those around you?
Youth:  Kids: What good thing have you done so far during Advent to be like Jesus?

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

Respect Life
In a statement released Oct. 28, representatives of the Abrahamic (Catholic, Jewish and Muslim) religions signed a document condemning euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. The paper condemns pressuring dying patients to end their lives deliberately and promotes the use of palliative care.  According to the document: “Care for the dying is both part of our stewardship of the divine gift of life when a cure is no loner possible, as well as our human and ethical responsibility toward the dying (and often) suffering patient.”

A Family Perspective
by Bud Ozar
The question put to Jesus in today’s gospel is also put to us today:  “Are you the one?”  Are you the one who will give guidance to the children in your life or must they look to TV sitcoms, films, videos and music lyrics for direction?  Are you the one?  Will you be the one?        

Word of Life
“Those who die in God’s grace and friendship live forever with Christ.  Heaven is not an abstract idea, but a true and lasting relationship with God that is beyond all earthly description and understanding.  We look forward to the resurrection of the dead and everlasting life by preparing now, in hope, for our passage from this life into eternal life.”

USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities

“Catholic Consideration for Our Earthly Passing”

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 for cancellations or addition opportunities.

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
Grandma’s Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
Jan. 14, 6:30-8:30pm
Franciscan Life Process Center – Lowell Campus, 654 Davis Ave, GR 49504
Sister Damien Marie Savino, FSE will share her family recipe and provide an experience of making sauce from scratch.  Participants will enjoy sipping Italian wine as they work and go home with their own jar of sauce. Go to to register.

Touched by Mercy, a Day for those Affected by Suicide
Feb. 8th, 10-3PM
Franciscan Life Process Center – Lowell Campus, 654 Davis Ave, GR 49504
Join Sister Colleen Ann Nagle, FSE, MA and Father Ron Hutchinson, MA for a special day of reflection, sharing and prayer for those who have been affected by the suicide of a loved one.  Please go to 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.