Saint Patrick Parish News 2.01.19

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This week’s Mass schedule  

Sat., February 2
5PM Mass

Sun., February 3
8AM Mass
10:30AM Mass

Mon., February 4
No Mass Here

Tue., February 5
9AM Mass

Wed., February 6
9AM Mass

Thu., February 7
9AM Mass

Fri., February 8
First Friday
(observed)
9AM Mass

Upcoming Events
Sat., February 2
3:45PM Confessions, Church

Sun., February 3
9AM K of C Breakfast, Parish Center
9AM Exploring the Sunday Readings, St. Brigid of Kildare
9AM Religious Education, School
1PM Open Gym Basketball, Gym
1PM Euchre, Parish Center
3PM Adult Volleyball, Gym
3PM Middle School Youth Group, Faith Formation Room

Mon., February 4
Parish Office Closed
6PM Women’s Faith Sharing, St. Brigid of Kildare

Tue., February 5
6AM Adoration, Church
7PM Bunco, Parish Center

Wed., February 6
6AM Adoration, Church
6:30PM Religious Education, School

Thu., February 7
6AM Adoration, Church
5:45PM Hand Chime Rehearsal, Shepard of Armagh Music Room
6:30PM Rosary, Church
7PM Choir Practice, Shepard of Armagh Music Room
8PM Men’s Basketball, Gym

Fri., February 8
First Friday (observed)
6AM Adoration, Church
10AM Adoration, Church
2:30PM School Rosary, Church
3PM Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Church

Sat., February 9
8AM Men’s Spirituality, St. Brigid of Kildare
3:45PM Confessions, Church

 

 

Food Pantries in Need
With the government shutdown continuing, there has been an increase in need at our local food pantries.  More people will be walking through the doors and donations have been decreasing. This increase in need will most likely wipe out their food reserves and it will be challenging to help  those in the greatest need. Items that will help the most are funds for fruits, vegetables, meats and dairy. If you are able to contribute to North Kent Connect or Flat River Outreach Ministries directly, please help any way you can. If you would like to help, but are unsure how, please contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office and she can assist you. Any extra assistance you can provide, especially right now, is greatly appreciated!

Coins for Kids
We will again be participating in a Coins For Kids Collection to support Right to Life and various pregnancy centers in the area. Please look for baby bottles in the gathering space soon (in the next couple weeks). When they arrive, please take them home, fill with money, and return them to the marked baskets by the end of February!  Questions…contact Cheryl Emmette in the office.

Youth Group
MS youth night Feb. 3rd at 3-4:30 in the faith formation room. We will be looking at prayer-specifically looking at using readings for lectio divina. Snacks and pop will be provided. Can’t wait to see everyone out there!!

HS youth night Feb. 10th at 6-7:30 in the faith formation room. We will focus on using lectio divina with the readings from mass. Snacks and pop will be provided. Can’t wait to see you all there!  

There are still spots open for both the MS and HS mission trip. Contact Connor for more information.

Coming in February!
Assumption Parish hosts the Parish-wide event:  Chris Stefanick on Wednesday, February 27th from 7-9:30PM.  Real Life Catholic:  Live the Life You Were Made For.  Reserve your spot for the Live Event NOW!  

High School Youth Retreat
High school students have an awesome opportunity to join us for the Presence Retreat in Kalamazoo Feb. 22nd-24th.  The cost will be $90 for a weekend retreat with some amazing speakers. Additional information to follow.  Check the insert in the bulletin for more details and contact Connor at ckelley@spparnell.org if you are interested or have any questions.  You can also go to presenceretreat.com to learn about the retreat, speakers and more.

Altar Server Training & Pizza Party
Attention all altar servers!  Please mark your calendars for Sunday, St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, at noon, to meet in the church with Fr. Tom for a training update and refresher for altar server skills.  Following the training, servers are invited to come to the Rectory for pizza!  Please, RSVP asstsecretary@stpatrickparnellschool.org (or 691-8541) so we are prepared with enough pizza.  What a great way to honor our patron saint, in service and fellowship!  Thank you.

From the Bench….
Here we are at the end of January already!  Was stepping up and joining our adult choir on your New Year’s Resolution list? Now is the time. Come and sit in on a rehearsal to see!  Here are just a few reasons to join…

  • Praise God through His gift of song
  • Gain musical experience, education, and discipline
  • Share your talent with the people of St. Patrick and develop your spiritual gifts
  • Emotional support and expression
  • Fellowship/Fun
  • And remember – choir members get reserved seating on Sunday!

If you are interested or have questions, contact Michelle at music@stpatrickparnell.org

Soup Suppers
Yes, Lent is a short time away! If you are interested in making soup, salad, bread, or by volunteering your time to help with our Lenten Soup Suppers during the Fridays of Lent, please contact Cheryl Emmette at Pastoralassociate@stpatrickparnell.org or call the parish office.

Knight’s of Columbus St. Patrick’s Dinner
Saturday, March 9th the Knight’s will be hosting their St. Patrick’s Dinner here in our parish center.  Guest band….Peat in the Creel!  Dinner will be Irish stew, salad and dessert.  There will be Irish Dancers as well.  Cash Bar.  Tickets will be sold after Masses and in the parish office starting February 16th.  $20 per person, ticket in advance.  6:30PM is dinner, 8PM the band will start.  Flyer can be found here.

Retrouvaille Weekend
Retrouvaille. The Other Alternative to Divorce
Did you know that according to the State of Michigan website there were 28,136 divorces in the state of Michigan in the year 2017? Don’t let your marriage become a statistic!  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 1st. The next weekend will not be scheduled until September, please don’t wait.  Rooms will fill quickly.  For more information, to register or to sponsor a couple:  Phone 616.752.7004 | email retrograndrapids@gmail.com |retrouvaille.org|P.O. Box 183 Caledonia Michigan, 49316

First Friday, February 8th (re-scheduled due to weather)
Jesus, in revealing His tender heart to St. Faustina told her, “I desire that the whole world know My INFINITE Mercy.  I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My Mercy. (Diary #687). The graces of My Mercy are drawn by means of one vessel only, and that is – TRUST.  The more a soul trusts, the more it will receive.  Souls that trust boundlessly are a great comfort to Me, because I pour all the treasures of my graces into them.”  (Diary entry #1578) 

Trusting and imploring God’s Mercy for souls, please join the people of St. Patrick Parish for exposition and adoration of The Blessed Sacrament, Friday, February 1st, following the 9:00 am Mass until 4:00 pm.  The Holy Rosary will be recited at 2:30 pm followed by The Chaplet of Divine Mercy at The Three O’Clock Hour.

All are welcome!  To schedule an hour please call Beth at 874-7572.

Festival 2019: Auction Chairperson Needed
Festival Committee is in need of a chairperson(s) for the Festival Auction.  The auction will take place on Saturday, June 29th.  We are also looking for other volunteers to help with this event.  If you have questions or are interested, please contact Martha Hefferan-Snyder at 616-540-6462 or mhsnyder7393@icloud.com.

Euchre
Knights of Columbus Euchre Sunday, Feb. 3rd 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.

Touched by Mercy
Touched by Mercy, a Day of Reflection for Those Affected by Suicide with Sister Colleen Ann Nagle, FSE, M.A. February 2 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Franciscan Life Process Center, Lowell Campus.  Join us for a special day of reflection, sharing, and prayer for those who have been affected by the suicide of a loved one. The day includes lunch and Mass. Cost:  $60 includes lunch.

Conversational Spanish Class
We will again be holding a free conversational Spanish class.  Class will include introduction, review, grammar skills and building vocabulary.  

Monday evenings, from 6-8PM in the Parish Center.    First class begins Feb. 4th (will be about 8 weeks). Contact Jim Albert to register or with any questions:  diegoalbert48809@yahoo.com.

Bunco
Dear Ladies of the Parish:  Our next bunco night is Tuesday, February 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 cindylou3711@comcast.net.

Free class for family and friends of people living with mental illness
Holy Family Parish in Caledonia is hosting a free 12-week class for family and friends of people living with mental illness. The class will be taught by volunteers trained through the National Alliance on Mental Illness.  The Family-to-Family class begins Feb. 7 and runs from 6 – 8 p.m. Please register by Feb. 2.  A registration flyer can be found on the parish website: holyfamilycaledonia.org. Contact Christine Shafer, 616-891-9259 x224 orcshafer@holyfamilycaledonia.org, with questions.

Festival 2019: 1st Meeting
The first meeting for the 2019 Festival will be Feb. 10th after 10:30AM Mass in the parish center (Multi-purpose room #1).  All those currently involved and anyone who would like to be involved, please plan on coming.

Blood Drive
Blood Drive at St Patrick’s on Sunday, February 10th 8am-1pm in the multi purpose room.  Michigan Blood will be here to help you make a donation that could save a life in our community. Other ways to donate time & talent if you are unable to donate blood are a donation of baked goods or 1-2 hours at the aftercare table.  For questions or to make an appointment contact 1-866-miblood (642-5663) or miblood.org or Gayle LeMasters at 616-540-3387 or gaylelemasters@gmail.com.

The Wild Goose is on the Loose!
Are you seeking? You may be in search of the Wild Goose! “Being apart from the Wild Goose, there is no life. The Wild Goose is the ancient term the Celts used for the Holy Spirit.”  “Seek and you will find…” out more by joining our Lenten journey to the Goose in a 6-part series beginning the week of February 18.  Our Lady of Consolation in Rockford, Class Options Mon: 10-11:30 am OR Thurs 6:30-8 pm.  Classes will be led by Chelie Simmons. Please register at aoatley@olcparish.net.

Senior Luncheon
Our next luncheon will be, Thursday, February 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 the parish office by Feb. 12th.

Are you discerning the priesthood?
Gifted and Called is a discernment opportunity sponsored by the 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 on the 2nd floor of Cathedral Square Center from 4 -5 p.m.  This year’s Gifted and Called discernment opportunities are offered on the following Sundays:  Feb. 10, March 10, April 7, and May 5

Feel free to show up or call to let us know you are coming at 616-288-0910.  Questions, email Fr. Ron Hutchinson (rhutchinson@dioceseofgrandrapids.org) or Fr. Stephen Durkee (sdurkee@dioceseofgrandrapids.org).

KEPHA Women’s Night
On Friday, March 8, KEPHA will be sponsoring a special women’s event featuring Matthew Leonard at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Grand Rapids.   All mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts and nieces are invited to share in this inspiring faith-filled evening.  Matthew will be speaking on “Spiritual GPS:  the Secret Path to Heaven Nobody Knows About.”  Inviting all women to register NOW at buldingalegacy.org.

Attention Men of the Parish
Mark your calendars and register NOW for the upcoming 14th annual Building a Legacy Catholic Men’s conference on March 9 — it will be a day of dynamic speakers, powerful faith development and reinvigorating fellowship. This year’s lineup includes Elvis Grbac, Matt Fradd and Matthew Leonard with Mass celebrated by Bishop David Walkowiak.  

See www.buildingalegacy.org for details and to register. Questions? Call Deacon Jim at 616-292-0422. (Early registration ends February 22nd and is limited… don’t miss out!).

Diocesan Women’s Conference
“Dwell”, Saturday, March 16
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church.  All women, ages 18 and up, are invited to attend the annual Diocesan Women’s Conference on March 16 at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church (6390 Belmont Ave. NE, Belmont, MI 49306).  

The conference will feature author, speaker and missionary, Colleen C. Mitchell.  The cost, which includes morning hospitality and lunch,
is $30 prior to March 12 and $35 after the 12th.  Registration is available on the diocesan website or by contacting Marianne Verner at mverner@GRdiocese.org; 616-246-0588.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter
Instead of flowers and candy, give the gift of yourselves to each other on a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend.  Upcoming weekend will be held March 15-17 at St. Francis Retreat Center-DeWitt.   

Apply online at wwme.org or contact Chris & Darla Vinton at 734-531-9191.

Ireland Pilgrimage
The music ministry of St Anthony’s  is excited to announce a ten-day pilgrimage to Ireland April 1 – April 10 (2019). Fr Luis Garcia will join us as we travel to Belfast – visiting the Titanic Museum, Armagh, Giants Causeway, Knock  (the sight of the Blessed Mother’s Apparition),Galway, Kylemore Abbey, Cliffs of Moher, Dublin and much more! Cost is $3,050 (which includes flights out of Grand Rapids, First Class Hotels, all breakfasts, dinners and entrance fees) For detailed information contact Vonnie Clark 616- 485-0695 or vclark@saparish.com. (Non- singers are welcome!) Space is limited.

Funeral Luncheon Dishes
If you provided a dish for a funeral lunch in a pan/bowl you’d like back, all left behind dishes are now in a rubbermaid deck box outside the west entrance of the parish center.  This is the entrance closest to the kitchen.  It’s tucked up in the corner of the building to the right of the entrance.  

Reading Reflections
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time:  Facing Rejection
Reading I:  
Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19 – Prophet consecrated to god

Reading II:  1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13 – Love never fails
Gospel:  Luke 4:21-30 – Beginning of preaching; rejection by the townspeople

Key Passage: They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff. But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way. (Lk. 4:29–30)

Adult:  What do you do when a message you are trying to deliver “falls on deaf ears”?
YouthAre there times when you have not listened as well as you could to what someone was telling you?  Why didn’t you?

Respect Life
“Two years ago in South Carolina, a pregnant woman who was doing crack cocaine miscarried.  She was eventually convicted of murder for killing her baby and is currently doing time.  Just think, if she had taken RU-486, the results would have been the same, except that no charges would have been brought against her and she’d be a free woman.  Let me see if I understand this: If you kill your baby by accident using an illegal drug, it’s murder.  But, if you kill the same baby on purpose using a legal drug, it’s called an abortion, so it’s OK.”

–An anonymous professor at the University of South Carolina

A Family Perspective
by Bud Ozar
Mary and Joseph must have been proud when their village “all spoke well of Jesus and were amazed at his words.”  But they probably felt shame when the same people drove him out of town.  Like Mary and Joseph, the highs and lows of parenting are our path to being a Holy Family.

Word of Life
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you”  (Jeremiah 1:5)

Urgent Prayer Warriors
Did you know you can call and in a very short time have several people praying for your needs and intentions?  In addition, First Friday prayers can be called in or e-mailed to the parish office any time for the following month. We say these prayers after Mass on the first Friday of the month. Extra copies of the prayers are on the left as you come into Church. Those who take a copy of the prayers are asked to pray them daily for that month.  Please contact the parish office to leave your prayer request or to be added to the Prayer Warrior email chain so you too can pray for others.  Email:  secretary@stpatrickparnell.org.

Uprise
Calling all “NextGen Catholics,” ages 14-25 years! 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

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 courage@dioceseofgrandrapids.org

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 encourage@dioceseofgrandrapids.org.

Unemployed Support Group
Are you headed in the right direction? Do you need help determining what direction is the right direction for you? We know how unsure you can be when you are without a job. Join us in our small group setting, and we will help you discover your direction and confirm all the positive assets you have to offer an employer.  Our goal is to help you prepare yourself to present the best “you” to your next employer.  All are welcome.  Please join us on:  The Second Wednesday of the month 9:30-11am, St. Jude Brophy Center             

For more information, please contact, Dan at danmakowski@comcast.net or Mary at mmtomaszewski@comcast.net

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 mmorrow@catholicfoundationwm.org.  Visit CatholicFoundationWM.org.  Flyer  

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, pastoralassociate@stpatrickparnell.org or 691-8541 x14.

AA Meetings
Meetings are currently on hiatus.  Will resume closer to Summer. 

Lo-Gluten Host
We provide lo-gluten hosts for those needing them. Please contact Emma Darling at fredem@comcast.net for more information.

Thursday Rosary
Thursday evenings, 6:30, in the church.  Questions, gary.venturo@gmail.com

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Every Saturday, 3:45 PM, in the church.

Women’s Faith Sharing
This group meets every Monday night at 6PM in the St. Brigid of Kildare room in the school.  We are currently studying: My Soul Magnifies the Lord by The Word Among Us Press. Please   contact Cheryl Emmette in the office if you would like more information.

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.  A new study is beginning, Mystery of God by Bishop Robert Barron.  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. 

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. 

Exploring the Sunday Readings
We have resumed meeting on Sunday at 9AM, join us to discuss how to apply the Sunday readings to our daily lives.  We gather in the St. Brigid of Kildare room for coffee and conversation using resources from 23rd Publications and Sunday Scripture Insights.  All are Welcome, especially if you have children in REP!  Contact Mary Nugent, 691-8557.

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. 

Catholic Information Center Events
CIC| 360 Division Ave S, Ste 2A | Grand Rapids |616-459-7267  | catholicinformationcenter.org
For all events and/or to pre-register, please call 616-459-7267 or email to register@catholicinformationcenter.org

Franciscan Life Process Center Events
Paczki Making
February 26, 1:15PM-3PM OR 6:15PM-8:30PM
Lowell Campus.  With Sr. Colleen Ann Nagle, FSE and Sr. Anna Rose Kalinowski, FSE and some of their polish friends
Since the Middle Ages, Polish people have been known for their paczki, a rich, deep-fried doughnut filled with stewed prunes. Learn how to make this delicious traditional Polish treat!  Cost: $25 Please go to www.lifeprocesscenter.org to register.

Banana Peels and Climate Change:  A Daily Examen
March 21, 6:30PM 
St. Robert of Newminster Parish
Join the University of Notre Dame’s Dr. Phil Sakimoto and Sister Damien Marie Savino, FSE, Ph.D. for a Franciscan discussion about the connection between faith and environment. Dr. Sakimoto is an astrophysicist and the former acting director of NASA’s Space Science Education and Public Outreach Program. Sister Damien Marie Savino, FSE, Ph.D. is the Dean of Science and Sustainability at Aquinas College.

What about the banana peels? Join us to find out!

Cost: $50, includes a baked potato or salad bar, as well as beer and wine.  Please click  BananaPeels2019 to register.

Rejoice and Be Glad:  Living a Holy Life
A Silent Retreat for Women led by Sister Colleen Ann Nagle and the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist
Friday, March 15 at 6:00PM through Saturday, March 16th at 4:00PM
Lowell Campus
Women of all ages are invited to a silent retreat at the Franciscan Life Process Center. This retreat includes silent reflection, Mass, Liturgy of the Hours and presentations using Pope Francis’ The Call to Holiness in Today’s World, which addresses ways to live a holy life.

Cost:  $250 includes presentations, room, snacks Friday evening.  Continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday.

FLPC| 11650 Downes St NE | Lowell |616-897-7842  | lifeprocesscenter.org
To register, please go to www.lifeprocesscenter.org to find the link in events or call 616-897-7842.

Dominican Center at Marywood
Dominican Center at Marywood| 2025 Fulton St East | Grand Rapids |616-514-3325  | dominicancenter.com.   For event information go to doninicancenter.com/events.

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. 

Job Openings
There are several job openings within our Diocese, see all listings here

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 pregnancy_services@ccwestmi.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 foster_care@ccwestmi.org 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 mwalsh@ccwestmi.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 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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The Diocese of Grand Rapids
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The Franciscan Life Process Center
Visit the Life Process Center website for current schedules, registration information and other faith formation resources.  Email flpc@lifeprocesscenter.org or call 897- 7842.

The Catholic Information Center
Visit the CIC  website for current program schedules, registration information and other faith formation resources.  Email register@catholicinformationcenter.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.