This week’s Mass schedule
Fri., December 15
Sat., December 16
Sun., December 17
Mon., December 18
No Mass Here
Tue., December 19
Wed., December 20
Thu., December 21
Fri., December 22
Sat., December 16
8:30AM Adult Christmas Choir Rehearsal, Shepherds of Armagh (Music) Room
3:45PM Confession, Church
Sun., December 17
9AM Exploring the Sunday Readings, St. Brigid of Kildare Room
9AM Religious Education, School
11:30AM Youth Choir Practice, Church
12:40PM Youth Orchestra Practice, Shepherds of Armagh (Music) Room
7PM Adult Volleyball, Gym
Mon., December 18
Parish Office Closed
6:30PM Women’s Faith Sharing, St Brigid of Kildare Room
Wed., December 20
6:30PM Religious Education, School
Thu., December 21
5:45PM Hand Chimes Rehearsal, Shepherd of Armagh Room
6:30PM Rosary, Church
7PM Adult Choir Rehearsal, Shepherd of Armagh Room
8PM Men’s Basketball, Gym
Fri., December 22
Parish Office Closed
Sat., December 23
9AM Youth Christmas Choir Rehearsal, Church
9:45AM Youth Christmas Orchestra Rehearsal, Church
3:45PM Confessions, Church
CHANGE IN REHEARSAL TIME: Rehearsal schedule for next week is as follows: Choir – Saturday, Dec. 23rd, 9am-9:40am, Orchestra – Saturday, Dec. 23rd, 9:45am-10:30am. We will rehearse in the Church! Thank you all!!
Christmas Flowers/Church Decor
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 Church. Thank you for your generosity!
If you can assist with Christmas Masses in the positions still open, please log into Schedule and sign up, or call the parish office. Thank you!
Preparing the Church for Christmas
Help Decorate our Worship Space for Christmas: The Art and Environment Ministry is seeking willing hands of all ages! If you are interested, please join us on Friday, December 22nd, 6:30-8:30PM in the church.
Final Preparation for Christmas: The fourth Sunday of advent falls on Christmas Eve this year. The advent wreath will need to be removed after the 10:30AM Mass on Sunday, December 24th and a quick clean up before the Christmas Eve Mass.
For more information, contact Jillian Westbrook at 616-443-1778 or email@example.com.
We offer our prayers and condolences to the family of Margaret (Gahan) Merryman, whose Funeral Mass was celebrated on Dec. 7, 2017 at St. Patrick Parish.
May her soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Religious Give Thanks
A religious sister writes, “When we see the generous response of so many thousands of persons in order to help us, religious men and women, we are left speechless.” Senior sisters, brothers, and religious order priests across the country send heartfelt thanks and prayers for your donation to last week’s Retirement Fund for Religious collection.
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 CatholicUprise.com to learn more and join the generosity movement!
UPRISE for our faith, for love of others, through generous service!
Save the Date: Advent Prayer
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
Thursday Faith Study
Do you struggle with anger, fear, loneliness or hopelessness? Do you feel enslaved by shame, envy or your appetites? Learn the practical ways to overcome your struggles with the study Walking Toward Eternity: Engaging the Struggles of Your Heart by Jeff and Emily Cavins. In this program, you will learn how to listen to your struggles, engage them and overcome them in simple, practical steps, and how to hear God’s loving voice in your struggles. Learn how to Improve your lifestyle and relationships today! We will begin Walking Toward Eternity: Engaging the Struggles of YourHeart on Jan. 25th. The group will meet in the St. Brigid of Kildare Room (in the school) every Thu. at 7pm. Please contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office to register or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to view a video regarding the study.
Being in a troubled marriage at any time is difficult. Over the holiday’s is even harder. Do you feel lost, alone or bored in your marriage? Are you frustrated, hurt or angry with your spouse? Are you constantly fighting? Or, do you simply shut down? Have you thought about separation or divorce? Does talking only make it worse?
Rediscover healing and love and find hope by attending Retrouvaille (pronounced re-tro-vi with a long i). The program offers tools needed to rediscover a loving marriage relationship. The next Retrouvaille weekend begins March 23, 2018. Please don’t wait. The next weekend is not scheduled until September 28, 2018. For more information, to register or to sponsor a ouple: Phone 616.752.7004, email@example.com, retrouvaille.org| P.O. Box 26 Grandville MI, 49468.
Mom’s Prayer Group
There will be a Mom’s Prayer Group starting in January. It will be held on Thursday mornings at 9AM. All Mom’s and children are welcome! If interested, please call or text Kerri Bengel at 616.498.8022.
Karl Paganelli & Amanda McDowell
May God be with you and bless you,
May you be poor in misfortune, rich in joy,
And may you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.
Photo’s of Deceased Loved Ones
Photos are now in the parish office.
Edelweiss German Choir Christmas Concert
Sunday, December 17, 3:30 p.m. at St. Mary Church, Grand Rapids. Music from the German-speaking regions of Europe will be performed by the Edelweiss Choir, the Ein Prosit Band, and the Alphorn group Alpentraum. Free admission, free parking, with a freewill offering at the end. St. Mary Church, 423 1st St NW, Grand Rapids. More information can be found here.
Midnight Mass from Cathedral of St. Andrew
Midnight Mass and the Prelude of Carols with Brass, Strings and Choirs on Christmas Eve will be Broadcast live from the Cathedral of Saint Andrew on FOX 17 (check your local listings) and online on the diocesan website, dioceseofgrandrapids.org, and Facebook page (Diocese of Grand Rapids). The concert begins at 11 p.m. and Mass begins at Midnight.
There will be a replay of Midnight Mass on FOX 17 at 6:30 a.m. Christmas morning. The live broadcast of Mass from the cathedral is a ministry provided by our diocese to the homebound and imprisoned for more than 60 years.
Please join us January 5th, 2018, 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.
Dear Ladies of the Parish: Our next bunco night is Tuesday, January 2nd at 7:00 in Multipurpose Room 1 of the Parish Center. Please join us! If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Covell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KofC Basketball Free Throw Championship
The championship is scheduled for January 7th in the School Gym. Starting time is 1:00 so come early (12:30) to sign up. Open to girls and boys ages 9 to 14. There will be Basketball awards to all who win their age group. Any questions call Todd Gross at 691-8163.
Knights of Columbus Euchre, Sunday, Jan. 7th 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.
World Youth Day 2019: Informational Meeting
The Diocese of Grand Rapids is offering the opportunity for young adults, ages 18-30, to participate in the next World Youth Day – being hosted in Panama City, Jan. 22-27, 2019. World Youth Day is not just a day or an experience, but an ongoing pilgrimage of faith. These special days and celebrations are meant to rejuvenate and reinvigorate the spiritual life of young adults along their pilgrim journey, which ultimately leads to Christ Jesus. Those interested in making this pilgrimage are invited to an information meeting on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018 at Cathedral Square Center (360 Division Ave. South, Grand Rapids) beginning at 2pm. For more information, visit www.dioceseofgrandrapids.org or contact Mark Mann, director of family, youth, and young adults at email@example.com.
Our next senior luncheon will be, Thursday, January 11th. 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, Jan. 9th to ensure we have enough food.
Parish Mission w/John Angotti
St Anthony of Padua Catholic Community (2510 Richmond NW) will be hosting a Parish Mission with John Angotti. John travels throughout many parts of the world providing inspirational music and witness to all ages through his concerts and missions. He will be at St Anthony’s for our weekend liturgies (Jan 27 -28) and will spread the Gospel message through word and song at his evening presentations, Sunday and Monday (Jan 28 – 29) at 6:30 pm.John’s witness and music has inspired and changed the lives of thousands. All are welcome! (There is no charge)
Questions: contact Vonnie Clark 485-0695
Save the Date
Men’s retreat here at St. Patrick’s on February 3rd. Watch the bulletin for more detail in the coming weeks.
Hundreds of youth, young adults and adults from our diocese will make the pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. to participate in the 44th Annual March for Life to march, pray and peacefully protest the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision and to promote the gift and sanctity of life. Along with students from high schools and colleges/universities throughout our diocese, many of our parishes as well as Grand Rapids Right to Life will be represented at the March. The event is scheduled for January 18-21. Please visit dioceseofgrandrapids.org or call (616) 475-1243 for more information.
The 2nd Annual West Michigan Catholic Marriage Event, will be held at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 from 6 pm – 10:30 pm. Registration begins November 1st at cherishmarriage.net. All married and engaged couples are welcome, and financial assistance is available.
Catholic Men’s Conference – Behold the Man
The Building A Legacy Catholic Men’s Conference is Saturday, March 10th 2018 at West Catholic High School. This years lineup of Speakers is stellar: They include: Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers (The Dynamic Deacon World Renowned Catholic Evangelist), Steve Bollman (Founder-That Man Is You Minsitries (TMIY)), Chris Muglia (Speaker, Songwriter, Musician, Worship Leader), Justin Fatica (Founder- Hard As Nails Ministry – a Fr. Larry Richards impossible to convert, Convert), Our Bishop the Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak. Early registration deadline, Feb. 23rd. See more detail here.
Strong Catholic Families
3rd Sunday of Advent: Bringing Joy through Justice
Reading I: Isaiah 61:1-2a, 10-11 – The mission to the afflicted
Reading II: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 – Christian conduct; blessing
Gospel: John 1:6-8, 19-28 – John as witness to the light
Key Passage: I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my whole being shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation. (Isaiah 61:10)
Adult: What work of justice could you do this week to bring someone joy?
Youth: What could you do for someone this week to make them happy?
A Family Perspective
by Bud Ozar
Today’s gospel reports “there is one among you whom you do not recognize.” It is hard to believe Christ is present in a family with crazy schedules, suppers that start too late and end too early, cars that don’t start, misunderstandings, frustrations, piles of laundry, unmatched socks and stretched food budgets. The list is endless. The words spoken at mass, “The Lord is with you,” are not a hope, they are a fact.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Michelle Ogren, email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or 691-8541 x14.
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.
We provide lo-gluten hosts for those needing them. Please contact Emma Darling at email@example.com for more information.
Thursday evenings, 6:30, in the church. Questions, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
Catholic Information Center Events
Mysticism How Deep In Prayer Do We Really Want To Go
Wednesday, January 3, 7-8:45pm
Presented by Fr. Joachim Lally, CSP
How do our desires and fears reflect our intimacy with God? What are our hearts longing for that we are no aware of? What are we afraid of that we are not aware of? Some practical suggestions for our everyday lives. CFD: Spirituality ($10 donation suggested). Live streamed.
Please visit their website for many more events
CIC| 360 Division Ave S, Ste 2A | Grand Rapids |616-459-7267 | catholicinformationcenter.org
To pre-register, please call 616-459-7267 or email to email@example.com
Franciscan Life Process Center Events
FLPC| 11650 Downes St NE | Lowell |616-897-7842 | lifeprocesscenter.org
To register, please go to www.
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: www.dioceseofgrandrapids.org 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: http://www.usccb.org/nfp/catholic-teaching.
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.
Cathedral Square: Receptionist. More information here.
Diocese of Grand Rapids: Staff Accountant to the GRCSS. More information here
Diocese of Grand Rapids: Immigration Staff Attorney. 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, www.benefit-mobile.com/consumers. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ccwestmi.org 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 email@example.com or visit www.ccwestmi.org 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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 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
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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 email@example.com or call 897- 7842.
The Catholic Information Center
Visit the CIC website for current program schedules, registration information and other faith formation resources. Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.