Saint Patrick Parish News 3.01.18


This week’s Mass schedule  

Fri., March 2
First Friday
9AM Mass

Sat., March 3
5PM Mass

Sun., March 4
8AM Mass
10:30AM Mass

Mon., March 5
No Mass Here

Tue., March 6
9AM Mass

Wed., March 7
9AM Mass

Thu., March 8
9AM Mass

Fri., March 9
9AM Mass

Upcoming Events

Sat., March 3
8AM Lenten Longings Men’s Group, St. Brigid of Kildare Room
3:45PM Confession, Church

Sun., March 4
9AM KofC Breakfast/Fair Trade Coffee, Parish Center
9AM Exploring the Sunday Readings, St. Brigid of Kildare Room
9AM Religious Education, School
11:30AM Lenten Longings Sunday Afternoon, St. Brigid of Kildare Room
1PM Euchre, Parish Center
6PM HS Youth Group, Faith Formation Room
7PM Adult Volleyball, Gym

Mon., March 5
Parish Office Closed
6PM Spanish Class, Parish Center
6:30PM Women’s Faith Sharing, St. Brigid of Kildare Room

Tue., March 6
7PM Bunco, Parish Center

Wed., March 7
6:30PM Religious Education, School
7PM Festival Meeting, Parish Center

Thu., March 8
10AM Senior Luncheon, Parish Center
5:45PM Hand Chimes Rehearsal, Shepherd of Armagh Room
6:30PM Rosary, Church
7PM Adult Choir, Shepherd of Armagh Room
7PM Walking Toward Eternity Study, St Brigid of Kildare Room
8PM Men’s Basketball, Gym

Fri, March 9
5:45PM Soup Supper, Parish Center
7PM Stations of the Cross, Church

Sat., March 10
8AM Lenten Longings Men’s Group, St. Brigid of Kildare Room
3:45PM Confessions, Church

The Flock







Lent – Triduum – Easter
Stations of the CrossFridays in Lent, 7PM
Sacrament of ReconciliationSaturdays at 3:45PM
The Light is On for YouThursday, March 15th, 5-8PM:  St. Patricks, Our Lady of Consolation, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. More detail at
Sacrament of Reconciliation Services Thu., Mar. 8, 6-8PM at St. Robert of Newminster Church in Ada.  Wed., Mar. 14, 7PM at St. Mary’s Church in Lowell. Mar. 19, 7pm at St. Alphonsus. Tuesdays 7-8PM/Saturdays 3:30-4:30PM at Our Lady of Consolation. Fridays 5:30PM & 7PM – Feb. 28th at 7:30PM, March 23 at 10AM, 5:30PM and 7PM all at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Scrutinies of the ElectSaturdays, March 4th, March 11th and March 18th during 5PM Mass. 
Operation Rice BowlRice bowl boxes are in the back of Church, contributions will go towards Catholic Relief Services. 

Friday Soup Suppers
March 2, 9, 16, 23 at 5:45-6:45PM, Parish Center.  Donations accepted for the Refugee Education Center

Soup Supper Help
Yes, Lent is a short time away! If you are interested in making soup, salad or by volunteering your time to help with our Lenten Soup Suppers during the Fridays of Lent, please contact Cheryl Emmette at or call the parish office. We need many volunteers to make this successful, so please consider what you can give to this parish meal. Lent begins February 14th!

Sacrament of Reconciliation
The Light is on for You!  Join the Diocese of Grand Rapids for the Light is ON for You: An Evening of Penance.  St. Patricks, Our Lady of Consolation, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Thursday, March 15th, 5-8PM, Church
Visit for locations and details.

Reconciliation Services
Feb. 24, 1-4PM, St. Joseph – Belding

Mar. 8, 6-8PM St. Robert – Ada
Mar. 14, 7PM, St. Mary – Lowell

Lenten Longings
Journey with us in a small community by praying and sharing Scripture through a Renew Group called Lenten Longings. We believe you will be richer for the experience this Lent. We have a few groups forming. Some of the available times are: Sundays between Masses, Sunday afternoons, Monday nights (women), Wednesday evenings, and Saturday mornings (men).  Contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office (or email: to see what group may work for you.

West Catholic Fish Fry Fridays
For 6 Fridays during Lent, February 16 through March 23, from 4:30 – 7:00 PM, you can dine in, take out, or use our new drive through.  West Catholic is located at 1801 Bristol Ave NW; Grand Rapids.  You will have your choice of Lake Perch, Baked Salmon, Breaded Shrimp, or Perch/Shrimp combo.  Dinner also includes baked potato or fries, home-made coleslaw, roll or garlic toast, dessert, and beverage.  Cheese pizza is also available.    Adult dinner – $10; Seniors and Students – $8; Children $5; Age 4 and under – Free.  The baked salmon dinner is $10 for everyone.

SS. Peter & Paul Parish Fish Dinners
For 6 Fridays during Lent, February 16 through March 23, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM, you can dine in or take out.  SS. Peter & Paul is located at 317 Baldie St, Ionia.  Dinner will be in the school cafeteria; fried and baked fish, roasted potatoes, macaroni & cheese, vegetables, french fries, coleslaw, rolls and dessert.  Adult dinner – $10; Seniors – $9; Children $6 Age 6-12.  Maximum price of $30 for families with minor children.  Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Fr. Fierle Council 944.

St. Mary’s, Lowell
Knights of Columbus #7719 Lenten Fish Fry.  Friday’s, 5-7PM – dine in or take out.  February 16 – March 23.  $8 adults and children 13 and up, $4 for children 12 and under, $25 for families, cash, check or credit cards accepted.  Proceeds / donations will go to fund the Ultrasound purchase project for Alpha Family Center of Lowell.  All you can eat menu:  Baked and fried cod, mac & cheese, fries, coleslaw, apple sauce, corn bread, juice and coffee.  Bake sale will also be held during the dinner to help fund the project.  Please bring items you wish to donate to the bake sale prior to or during the dinner.

Lenten Lunches & Prayer
A Lenten tradition continues!  Please join the Franciscan Life Process Center at their Lowell Campus for lunch and prayer. Lunches include soups donated by local restaurants, bread baked by the Franciscan volunteers, and applesauce made from apples grown on their farm.  Lunch at noon and a Lenten prayer will be offered at 12:45.

No RSVP needed, donations appreciated.  Bread will be available for purchase.  Dates: February 28, March 7, March 14, and March 21.

Divine Mercy
Jesus revealed to St. Maria Faustina Kowalska (canonized by John Paul II) a need for devotion to the Divine Mercy.  He taught her that His Mercy is unlimited and available even to the greatest sinners. Revealing methods for obtaining Mercy, he instructed her to have a portrait painted of himself as Merciful Savior with the signature, “Jesus, I trust in You!”  He promised that the soul that would venerate this Image would not perish but would have victory over its enemies here on earth and at the hour of death.   This beautiful Image will be available for veneration at various times during Lent and the Easter Season.

Strawberry Sale
Fresh Florida Strawberry Sale! Support the American Heritage Girls by getting your juicy berries to welcome in Spring! 8-lb. flats for $25. Call Juliet Hoke for more info 616-648-9185!  Flyer

Courage Groups
“The human person can hardly be adequately described by a reductionist reference to his or her sexual orientation,” the future Pope Benedict XVI wrote in 1986. The Courage apostolate welcomes men and women who experience same-sex attractions, helping them to find their true identity as sons and daughters made in the image and likeness of God. United by friendship with Christ and one another, Courage members strive for chastity and holiness, meeting regularly with a priest chaplain for prayer and mutual support. For more information, call 616-459-4662 or email

EnCourage Groups
There is a Catholic support group starting in the Diocese of Grand Rapids for those who have friends, family members or spouses who experience same-sex attraction. EnCourage is a ministry of compassion guided both by the mercy of Jesus Christ and the universal call to holiness, a call that always requires ongoing conversion from everyone. Call 616-288-0918 or email for more details.

Youth Choir
YOUTH CHOIR for Easter:  We will have sign ups and a short rehearsal NEXT Sunday, March 4th immediately after Mass in church. We will be done at 12:15pm. If you cannot be at this first rehearsal but plan on singing Easter Sunday at the 10:30 Mass, please contact Michelle Ogren at

YOUTH INSTRUMENTALISTS for Easter:  We will rehearse Sundays, March 11, 18 and 25 from 12:40 until 1:30 in the Parish Center Music room. Please contact Michelle Ogren at to sign up.

Knight’s of Columbus Breakfast
The Knights of Columbus next Breakfast is March 4th,  the Charity is the ‘Special Olympics’ Tootsie Roll Drive weekend.  It is also our annual Membership drive weekend.  This is a great time to join the Knights of Columbus.  We invite all men over 18 to join us.  So come to the breakfast and talk to the Knights about joining.

Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Supplies
For your convenience, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Supplies in Fowler, MI will be open on the Monday’s of Lent (Feb. 19-Mar. 26) from 10AM-5:30PM.  We will also extend our hours on Friday’s until 5:30PM (Feb. 16-Mar. 23).  We will be closed on Good Friday (Mar. 30).  We will have regular hours on Holy Saturday (10AM-3PM).    Store location:  108 S. Main St, Fowler, MI

We are seeking new members for the choir
If you have been on the fence about joining our adult choir, NOW is the time!  We are rehearsing for the Lent and Easter Season.  What a wonderful time to add your voice.  Come and see Thursday’s at 7PM in the parish center music room.  Contact Michelle at

Check it Out!
Our family bulletin board is up and ready for viewing.  Once a month we will be gathering and displaying  a new set of smiling faces.  It highlights new and “seasoned” parishioners as well as the  young and young at heart!  This is a great opportunity for us to get to know each other a little bit better. We are so blessed here at St. Patrick’s to ALL be part of this amazing “Family”.

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

Youth Group News
High School Youth Group:  Join us this Sunday, March 4th, for the Office Olympics from 6pm-8pm starting in the Youth Room! Come have some fun while we play Dunderball, Jelly Bean Guess and many more games! Bring friends for more fun!

Middle School Youth Group:  Please keep the Confirmandi in your prayers as they prepare to be Confirmed on May 2nd! 

Please catch us on our websites at High School Youth and Middle School Youth.  We also have a Facebook page here St Patrick Youth Faith Formation.

Knights of Columbus Euchre, Sunday, March 4th 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.

First Friday
“Let us praise Him and let us not tire of praising so great a King and Lord.  He has prepared for us a kingdom without end in exchange for a few little trials, which come wrapped in a thousand consolations and will end tomorrow.  May He be forever blessed.  Amen.    ~St. Teresa of Avila

Adoration of our great King, Friday, March 2, 2018, after the 9:00am Mass until 4:00pm. The school children will pray the Stations of the Cross at 2:30pm.  The Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be recited at 3:00pm.  To schedule an hour please call Beth at 874-7572.  All are welcome!

Dear Ladies of the Parish:  Our next bunco night is Tuesday, March 6th at 7:00 in Multipurpose Room 1 of the Parish Center.  Please join us!  If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Covell at

Cleaning Bee
Needed: Energetic crew of dusters and scrubbers to ready the interior of our beautiful church for the Easter Season on March 7th from 8 to noon Men, women, and able bodied kids are welcome. Refreshments provided. Please contact #874-9184 or to let Shirley know if you can help.

Festival 2018
Festival planning is in full swing. If you are interested in joining a committee or would like to help out, contact Martha Hefferan-Snyder at (616) 540-6462 or    Next meeting will be March 7th, at 7PM in the Multi-purpose room.

Senior Luncheon
Our next senior luncheon will be, Thursday, March 8th 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, March 6th to ensure we have enough food.

24 Hours for the Lord
As we journey through this Lenten season, Pope Francis is inviting Catholics to celebrate ‘24 Hours for the Lord.’ There will be Eucharistic Adoration from 3 p.m. Friday, March 9 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 10 at the following locations in the diocese: St. Simon, Ludington, St. Patrick-St. Anthony, Grand Haven, St. Isidore, Grand Rapids, Our Lady of Consolation, Rockford.

Last chance, coming next week … don’t miss out!
Building a Legacy 2018 Catholic Men’s Conference at West Catholic High School in Grand Rapids. Featuring a powerful lineup: Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, Steve Bollman, Chris Muglia and Justin Fatica, with Mass celebrated by Bishop Walkowiak.  You won’t want to miss this amazing day.  Encounter Christ in a real and life-changing way as together we BEHOLD THE MAN. Saturday, March 10. For more information and to register, go to  Questions?  Call Deacon Jim at 616-292-0422.  (registration is limited…do not wait any longer)
.  See more detail here.

Estate Planning Seminar-Luncheon
You are invited to a free Catholic Estate Planning Seminar Luncheon
Monday, March 12, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Cathedral Square Center, 360 Division Avenue South in downtown Grand Rapids.  Enjoy a complimentary lunch with your fellow parishioners at this event sponsored by The Catholic Foundation of West Michigan.

Thomas Flickinger, Rhoades McKee Estate Planning Attorney will present “Estate Planning Essentials” and provide expert advice on end of life planning issues from a Catholic point of view, including: legal documents to have in place; how to avoid probate estate, if a trust is necessary for you, and how to prepare and protect the next generation.   RSVP by Thursday, March 8, 2018 to save your place at this free educational seminar luncheon; call (616) 459-4508, email, or visit the Diocese of Grand Rapids website events calendar.  There’s no better time than now to get started on your estate planning!  Flyer can be found here.

40 Days for Life
St. Patrick has adopted Tuesday, March 13th from 9-10AM.  Vigil Location is 320 East Fulton St, GR.   If you are interested in joining us, but not comfortable driving yourself, we will be carpooling from the Church parking lot (north side) at 8:30AM.  For more information, contact Rose Thomet at 616-987-6641.

AQ Fine Arts Day
Aquinas College is hosting their 14th annual Fine Arts AQDay for high school students interested in Theatre, Music, Art and Creative Writing.  Discover what studying fine arts is like at AQ as you attend interactive and exciting breakout sessions.  Please visit for more details or to register for the event on Friday, March 16th (8:30am – 2:00pm).

Diocesan Catholic Women’s Conference
Saturday, March 17th from 9-3pm, at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Belmont All women, ages 18 and up, are invited to attend the annual Diocesan Women’s Conference.  The Conference will feature Mary Lenaburg and Sisters of the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary as speakers.  The cost to attend is $30, which includes morning hospitality and lunch.  Registraion is available at  Questions?   Call Marianne Verner at 616-246-0588.

Knight’s of Columbus Irish Dinner
Ticket sales start this weekend after all Masses. The Knights of Columbus are having an Irish dinner on St. Patrick’s Day!  Date:  March 17th, Place:  St. Patrick’s, Time:  6PM.  Dinner will be:  Irish Beef Stew / Soda Bread / Salad / Dessert.  $12/person, $5/kids.  Tickets also available in the parish office. Must have a ticket to enter, no will-call reservations.

VIRTUS Training at St. Patrick
A Virtus session has been scheduled at St. Patrick Parish & School for Thurs., March 22, 6PM in the Parish Center.  Childcare will be available at no charge.  Please let the school office know if you will be needing the childcare so we can staff appropriately. To sign up for the session, visit, register on the site and select the St. Patrick session.  You must register on the site ahead of time to fulfill the Virtus training requirement.  

All parents are asked to take this one-time class. The intent of the training is to raise awareness and “set the bar” for what a safe environment is and our role in providing it in our churches and schools.

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.

REFLECT Retreat Michigan
Mid-life Singles (mid-30s to 50s): Looking for a renewed sense of purpose & belonging? Then register today for a life-changing REFLECT weekend retreat at the St. Francis Retreat Center, DeWitt, MI (10 miles north of Lansing), on April 6-8, 2018. Take a chance and get involved… you won’t regret it!  Cost is $175 for meals and a single room. Call (586) 770-1772, e-mail, or visit for details.

Pilgrimage to St. Louis, MO
Women, are you looking for a way to increase your faith and make new friends?  The Grand Rapids Diocesan Council of Catholic Women will be hosting their fourth annual pilgrimage to St. Louis, Missouri and you are invited.  Join us for a trip to Our Lady of the Snows and the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis from May 10th through 12th, spouses welcome.  Cost is $250.00 per person. For questions you may email, pick up the form at your parish office, or call Mary Ellen at 616-452-3054. Cut off for reservations is March 31st. 

In addition; Calling women of all ages: Are you looking for a way to increase your faith this year?  Consider joining the Grand Rapids Diocesan Council of Catholic Women.  Membership is open to everyone.  The council helps women develop their faith through leadership, spirituality and service of the Gospel.  Like them on Facebook or email  Flyer   Reg/Med Forms

Strong Catholic Families
Third Sunday of Lent:  Trust and Doubt
Reading I:  
Exodus 20:1-17 – The ten commandments

Reading II1 Corinthians 1:22-25 – The wisdom and folly of the cross

GospelJohn 2:13-25 – Cleansing of the temple

Key Passage:  For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles. (1 Corinthians 1:22–23).

AdultWhen has the message of the cross seemed absurd to you, and when have you seen its wisdom?

Youth:  What puzzles you in the gospel stories? Which story makes you the most hopeful?

Respect Life
“It becomes necessary, therefore, on the part of all, to recover an awareness of the primacy of moral values, which are the values of the human person as such. The great task that has to be faced today for the renewal of society is that of recapturing the ultimate meaning of life and its fundamental values. Only an awareness of the primacy of these values enables man to use the immense possibilities given him by science in such a way as to bring about the true advancement of the human person in his or her whole truth, in his or her freedom and dignity. Science is called to ally itself with wisdom.” (Familiaris Consortio).   – St. Pope John Paul II

A Family Perspective
by Bud Ozar
Today’s gospel says Jesus chased the merchants out of the temple, it doesn’t say He was angry.  Jesus teaches us to act from conviction and not from anger. He didn’t condemn the merchants, only their business practice. Attack the behavior and not the person.

West Catholic HS Prayer Support
West Catholic High School offers its students more than just an outstanding academic education.  It also has committed members from our community who spend time in prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament, praying for its students when school is open. Please consider joining in this ministry.  You can commit to one hour a week, work out a schedule with us that works for you, or become a substitute.  Please call Lois Flickenger at (616) 443-3126 for more information.

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 good works of mercy to those in need!

Started in 2017 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! 

Plenary Indulgence for March for Life Participants
Christian faithful who participate in the 2018 March for Life may receive a plenary Indulgence. In order to receive the Indulgence while attending the March for Life you must be detached from sin, pray for the pope’s intentions and, within a few days, make a sacramental confession and receive the Eucharist.  The elderly, sick, and those unable to leave home will be able to receive a plenary Indulgence if they fulfill the same requirements as those of the pilgrims while spiritually joining themselves to the March and offering prayers and their own physical sufferings to God.  If you are not able to complete all of the requirements necessary for a plenary Indulgence you may still be granted a partial Indulgence.

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
Meetings are on hiatus at this time.  Will resume in June.

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
The current 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 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
The current 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 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.

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
Lectio Divina for Lent
Mondays, February 26, March 5 & 12, 7-8PM

Facilitated by Fr. Rene Constanza, CSP
Cost:  $10 donation suggested
As we read, listen and respond deeply to the Word, we grow in communion with God and with God’s people. Join Fr. René and other participants during Lent for an hour of praying with the following Gospel stories: The Woman at the Well, The Man born Blind and The Raising of Lazarus from the Dead.  CFD:  Spirituality

Holy Brew for Adults in their 20’s and 30’s:  What’s brewing in your mind?  
Tuesdays, March 6 and 13, 6-7:30PM
Facilitated by Fr. Rene Constanza, CSP and Sr. Maria Serra Garcia, FSE
This Lent join us for a heart to heart conversation on life, love, and anything in between.  Meeting at Harmony Hall, 401 Stocking Ave NW, Grand Rapids.

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
Lenten Speaker Series – St. Francis and St. Clare in the Modern World
Wednesdays, February 21- March 21, 10:30AM-Noon (and then you can stay for the Lenten lunch!)
The Franciscan Sisters of theEucharist invite you to learn about St. Francis and St. Clare as part of your Lenten journey this year.  Plase note that two classes will be offered at the Grand Rapids Campus in the evening.  Cost:  $15
February 28:  Embracing the “Leper.”  A Conversion of the Heart w/ Sr. Barbara Cline, FSE (Grand Rapids, 6:30-8PM)
March 7: 
Franciscan Prayer – the Divine and Human Relationship w/Sr. Darlene Wessling, FSE (Lowell)
March 14: 
Laudato Si, mi Signore – “Praise to you, my Lord” w/Sr. Damien Marie Savino, FSE (Grand Rapids, 6:30-8PM)
March 21: 
Our Greatest Weakness as our Greatest Gift w/Sr. Colleen Nagle, FSE (Lowell)

Lenten Lunches and Prayer Experiences
Wednesday, February 21 through March 21, Noon-1:00PM
A Lenten tradition continues!  Please join us at our Lowell campus for lunch and prayer.  Lunches include soups donated by local restaurants, bread baked by our Franciscan volunteers, and applesauce made from apples grown on our farm.  A Lenten prayer will be offered at 12:45.  Donations appreciated.
February 28: 
Chicken Noodle Soup, Schnitz East; Cinnamon Bread
March 7: 
Minestrone Soup, Vitale’s Ada;  Extreme Garlic Bread
March 14:
Broccoli-Cheese Soup, Applause Catering; Cranberry Scones, Irish Soda Bread
March 21: 
Potato Soup, Cannonsburg Catering; Dilly Bread

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.

Dominican Center at Marywood
Dominican Center at Marywood| 2025 Fulton St East | Grand Rapids |616-514-3325  |
To pre-register,

Grand Rapids Right to Life Events
Ever wonder what YOU can do to help promote a culture of life in our city?  Get involved with Grand Rapids Right to Life! There’s a volunteer opportunity that will fit your skills and interests.  Join a committee…the Holiday Auction and Bike & Hike need help!  Work in the office …volunteers help with mailings and special projects!  Assist with youth outreach…be a part of the next youth rally or student activity!  Host a Coins for Kids drive…it’s fun and easy!  Become a prolife church representative…ask us how!  To get involved, complete the online form at or contact Laura at 616-532-2300.

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
Catholic Charities of West Michigan have a number of position openings throughout the Diocese of Grand Rapids.  All position openings can be found on our website here.
Legal Secretary Immigration Legal Services at the Diocese of GR.  Information can be found here.
Local job openings via the Diocese of Grand Rapids can be found here.

Job Opening
Are you passionately prolife?  Energetic and outgoing?  Motivated to accomplish tasks and achieve goals?  If so … then consider joining the Grand Rapids Right to Life team! We are looking for a full-time Prolife Ambassador, who will be focused on outreach to churches but also involved with maintaining and growing student activities.  A full job description may be viewed at  To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to Laura Alexandria, GRRTL, 2340 Porter Street SW, Wyoming, MI 49519

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.