Saint Patrick Parish News 12.21.17


This week’s Mass schedule  

Fri., December 22
9AM Mass

Sat., December 23
5PM Mass

Sun., December 24
8AM Mass
10:30AM Mass

Nativity of the Lord Vigil Mass
5PM Mass

8PM Mass

Mon., December 25
The Nativity of the Lord
12AM (Midnight) Mass
11AM Mass

Tue., December 26
No Mass Here

Wed., December 27
No Mass Here

Thu., December 28
No Mass Here

Fri., December 29
No Mass Here

Upcoming Events

Fri., December 22
Parish Office Closed

Sat., December 23
9AM Youth Christmas Choir Rehearsal, Church
9:45AM Youth Christmas Orchestra Rehearsal, Church
3:45PM Confession, Church

Sun., December 24
11:30AM Advent Wreath Removal, Church

Mon., December 25
Parish Office Closed

Tue., December 26
Parish Office Closed

Thu., December 28
5:45PM Hand Chimes Rehearsal, Shepherd of Armagh Room
6:30PM Rosary, Church
8PM Men’s Basketball, Gym

Sat., December 30
3:45PM Confessions, Church

Advent Flock








Youth Choir/Orchestra
CHANGE IN REHEARSAL TIME:  Rehearsal schedule for this 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!

Liturgical Ministers
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

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,, 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.

2018 Calendars
Feel free to take a 2018 calendar from the table in the gathering space at Church.  Available until gone.

Thank you’s
Thank you so much for hosting such a wonderful “Coins for Kids’ drive at St. Patrick’s.  Your church raised $3,992.13 for women and children in our city!   ~Grand Rapids Right to Life

Thank you for donating Meijer gift cards to the Christmas Distribution programs.  Your support of this program is deeply appreciated.
~Flat River Outreach

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! 

Save the Date:  Advent Prayer
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  Click here to view a video regarding the study.

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.

November Baptisms
Della Velia Fortune, Daughter of Dean & Debbie
Sydney Grace Westgate, Daughter of Jeffrey & Agnes
Taylor Anne Hall, Daughter of Joseph & Jamie
Dylan Thomas Hall, Son of Joseph & Jamie
Elizabeth Clare Peck, Daughter of Steven & Alicia
Felicity Marie Prina, Daughter of Peter & Kelly
Allie Mae Stuckey, Daughter of John & Angela
Jillian Paula Leckenby, Daughter of Ryan & Connie
Shea Parker Sandee, Daughter of Cliff & Rebecca

May your life be filled with laughter,
May your heart be filled with song,
May your eyes be filled with beauty,
and May your soul always know to whom you belong.
~Irish Blessing

Photo’s of Deceased Loved Ones
Photos are now in the parish office.

First Friday
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

KofC Basketball Free Throw Championship/Breakfast
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.

The Knights of Columbus will be serving breakfast after the 8AM and 10:30AM Masses on Sunday, January 7th.  It is open to all, come and support the Charity of the Month:  ‘Right to Life of Michigan’.  The Knights would like to thank all that donated at our December breakfast, our charity was ‘North Kent Connect’.  Our breakfasts are now ‘donation’ only. 

Next Liturgical Minister Schedule
The new schedule will begin Feb. 3 and run through May 6.  Please update your profile in Scheduler by Jan. 8 with those dates for which you do not wish to be scheduled.  If you prefer, please call the parish office and leave a message with your request or send an email to  Thanks for your service to the parish!

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 or contact Mark Mann, director of family, youth, and young adults at

Senior Luncheon
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.

Foodmobile – January
The parishes of St. Patrick and St. Mary will again be helping with a food distribution in January for those in need in our local community. If you would like to help, please arrive at the Foreman Building (in Lowell at the Kent County Youth Fairgrounds) at 9am on January 20th. Please wear warm clothes as this building is NOT heated and please park in the lot east of the building. We will be there until all of the food has been distributed. For questions, please contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office.

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

Respect Life
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 or call (616) 475-1243 for more information.

Save the Date
Men’s retreat here at St. Patrick’s on February 3rd.    Watch the bulletin for more detail in the coming weeks.

Cherish 2018
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 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.

Retrouvaille Weekend
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 couple:  Phone 616.752.7004,,|  P.O. Box 26 , randville MI, 49468.

Strong Catholic Families
4th Sunday of Advent:  Acceptance of God’s Will
Reading I: 
2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16 – The Lord’s promises to David

Reading IIRomans 16:25-27 – Doxology

GospelLuke 1:26-38 – The annunciation of the Lord

Key Passage: Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”  Then the angel departed from her.  (Luke 1:38)

AdultHow do you open your heart to what God wants for you?  How do you follow the pathway that leads to happiness?

A Family Perspective
by Bud Ozar
QUESTION:  What do you call a family which began with an unmarried pregnant teen and had a twelve-year-old son who ran away from home and was eventually executed as a criminal?  ANSWER:  HOLY!  Two lessons in today’s gospel:  (1) no matter what is happening in your family, “The Lord is with you.”  (2) “Do not be afraid” for “nothing is impossible with God”.

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.

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  |
To pre-register, please call 616-459-7267 or email to

Franciscan Life Process Center Events
Once a Month Kitchen
Grandma’s Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
Wednesday, January 17, 6:30-8:30PM
Sister Damien Marie Savino, FSE, will share her family recipe and provide an experience of making sauce from scratch using home grown tomatoes, garlic, basil and local beef.  Participants will enjoy sipping Italian wine while they work and will go home with their own jar of sauce.  Class size is limited, so register today!!  Cost is $25

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

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, 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

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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 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.