Saint Patrick Parish News 4.13.17


This week’s Mass schedule  

Thu., Apr. 13
NO Rosary
7PM Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Church

Fri., Apr. 14
Friday of the Passion of the Lord
3PM Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, Church

Sat., Apr. 15
Holy Saturday

8PM Easter Vigil Mass

Sun., Apr. 16
Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
8AM Mass
10:30AM Mass

Mon., Apr. 17
No Mass Here

Tue., Apr. 18
No Mass Here

Wed., Apr. 19
No Mass Here

Thu., Apr. 20
9AM Mass

Fri., Apr. 21
9AM Mass

Upcoming Events

Sat., Apr. 15
10:30AM Blessing of Easter Food, Church
8PM Easter Vigil, Church

Sun., Apr. 16
No Religious Education
No Adult Volleyball

Mon., Apr. 17
Parish Office Closed

Tue., Apr. 18
7PM Bunco, Parish Center

Wed., Apr. 19
6:30PM Religious Education, School

Thu., Apr. 20
11AM Senior Luncheon, Parish Center
6PM Hand Chime Rehearsal, Parish Center
6:30PM Rosary, Church
7PM Choir Rehearsal, Parish Center
8PM Men’s Basketball, Gym

Sat., Apr. 22
3:45PM Confession, Church



Triduum – Easter
Fasting & Almsgiving:  Operation Rice Bowl to benefit Catholic Relief Services, bowls can be turned in at Holy Thursday Mass (7PM).  Weekly Collections/Donations, we will continue our collections each week in church.  Please try to bring something each week you come to help several organizations.  Fasting is to be observed on Good Friday by all Catholics ages 18-59 (health permitting). Fasting means that you may have 1 full meal and 2 smaller meals for  the day.  Eating between meals is not allowed.  Abstinence from meat is to be observed by all Catholics 14 years and older on Good Friday.

Sacred Triduum:
Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper, April 13 (7PM).  Adoration: Chapel of the Repose, parish center immediately following Mass until 10PM.
Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion, April 14 (3PM).
Holy Saturday Blessing of Easter Food, April 15 (10:30AM), church.
Holy Saturday Easter Vigil, April 15 (8PM).
Easter Sunday, April 16 (8AM and 10:30AM), Easter egg hunt after 8AM and 10:30AM Masses.

Holy Week Livestream:  Cathedral of St. Andrew
Join Bishop Walkowiak to celebrate Holy Week
Bishop Walkowiak will mark the conclusion of our Lenten journey and celebrate the suffering, death, and resurrection of our Lord with Masses and services during Holy Week (April 9-16).  Join our bishop at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew or online at 

Thursday, April 13 (Mass of the Lord’s Supper), 7PM
Friday, April 14 (Passion of the Lord), 3PM
Saturday, April 15 (Easter Vigil), 9PM, Please join in person, no livestream available
Sunday, April 16 (Easter), 10 a.m.

Adult Confirmation
If you are an adult who attends mass regularly, have been baptized, have received first communion and have been catechized, but have not received the sacrament of confirmation there is an opportunity for you to complete your initiation.  We have scheduled a class on Saturday, April 29th, from 9:00 – 11:00 AM in the Faith Formation room (old daily Mass chapel) next to the school.  To register, call Diane Hamel at 616-691-8541, ext. 12 and leave a brief message. Include your first and last name and a number where you can be reached.  The date of the sacrament of confirmation is May 31st at the Cathedral of St. Andrew.

Habitat for Humanity
It is nearing that time of the year again when we help with Habitat for Humanity. This year we will be participating in the Catholic United Build that is located next to St. Adalbert’s. We will be volunteering on Saturday, May 13th from 8:30-4:00. Anyone 16 and older is welcome to help (all skill levels needed – including no skills).  To register please contact Ed Donahue at or Cheryl Emmette in the parish office.  We need to know if you would like to participate soon as this is a larger project and Bishop Walkowiak will be there blessing the house/project that morning.

St. Patrick School Celebration of Service
If you are a St. Patrick School student and have not yet signed up for service at one of the weekend Masses, April 22-23, please contact the school office (#691-8833,, or click on the Sign-up Genius posted in the Shamrock) to sign up for a spot.  There is room for every student, Preschool – 8th grades – join in!. Thank you!

Easter Flowers
If you would like to make a contribution toward the plants and other accents that adorn our worship space during the Easter season, please use the flower fund envelope found in the vestibule. Thank you for your generosity!

Divine Mercy
Our Lord asked Sister Faustina to work towards establishing a Feast of The Divine Mercy on the first Sunday after Easter, April 23rd.  Please consider the opportunity for gaining special graces during Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Veneration of the Divine Mercy Image on Friday, April 21 and Sunday, April 23rd (see last week’s bulletin insert for details).  In His revelation to Sister Faustina, Jesus asked for special, daily           remembrance at three o’clock, the very hour He died for us on the Cross.  “At three o’clock, implore My mercy, especially for sinners; and if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony: This is the hour of great mercy for the whole world.”  Diary #1320.  Please join us in our beautiful church to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet on Friday, the 21st and Sunday, the 23rd at 3:00pm.  Jesus, I Trust in You.  Any questions, please call Beth (874-7572) or Rose (987-6641).

A Light Approach to the Serious Matter of Faithfully Following Christ
Sheepish Question:  How have I been changed by new life in Christ?  Where do I go from here?

Father & Daughter Dinner Dance
The Grand Rapids area Catholic girls group, Challenge is putting on a Father/Daughter Dinner and Dance.  It’s on Friday, April 28th from 6:30-10PM at Egypt Valley Country Club.  RSVP’s are due by April 15th.  See this flyer for more detail.

Come Together
A free event where you will hear the story of how an innocent man (Jameel McGee) became friends with the officer (Andrew Collins) who framed him. With special guest Irv Sigler.  Saturday, April 15th, Belding High School Auditorium  Come Together promo

Dear Ladies of the Parish:  Our next bunco night is Tuesday, April 18th at 7:00 in Multipurpose Room 1 of the Parish Center.  Please join us!  If you have any questions, please contact Stacey George at 616-204-4931.

Aquinas Visit Day
Aquinas College is hosting an AQDay for all high school juniors and seniors interested in visiting their beautiful 117-acre campus.  Get the inside scoop on academics, athletics, scholarships, service learning, study abroad, and more.  Please visit for more details or to register for the event on April, 21st.

Blood Drive
Please make a connection that could create a new lease on life…..GIVE BLOOD!  Sunday April 23nd, 8:00-1:00 in St. Patrick’s Parish center. Appointments or Questions: Bonnie Zaskowski (616)437-4474 or bzaskowski@

Save the Date:  Festival Auction
The Festival Auction will be held on June 24th at 5pm with both a live and silent auction! 

Helping Hearts, Helping Hands Need
Our Helping Hearts, Helping Hands Ministry is a ministry that links needs of parishioners to those parishioners who may be able to help with those needs. We currently are looking for a used car that is in good running condition. The price needs to be around $2,000-$3,000 and preferably a 4 door as it is for a mother and child on a fixed income. If you or someone you know has a car with a cost in that price range, please contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office.

yg-newsHigh School Youth Ministry
The next youth group meeting is Sunday, April 23rd from 6-8PM in the Faith Formation Room.  If you have any questions please contact Cheryl at or call the parish office at 616.691.8541.

Middle School Youth Group
The next youth group meeting is Sunday, April 23rd
 from 2-4PM in the Parish Center.   If you have any questions please contact Kristen at or call the parish office at 616.691.8541.

Senior Luncheon
Our next Senior Luncheon will be April 20th. Coffee and fellowship will begin at 10 am 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 Emmette in the parish office no later Tuesday the 18th to ensure we have enough food.

Grace Gathering
Registration is now open for Grace Gathering which will be held Saturday April 22nd, 2016 from 8:45-3:30 (Mass available beforehand, at 7:45) At St. Isidore Parish 628 Diamond Ave NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503.  Grace Gathering is a day set aside for Catholic home educating mothers (new, seasoned or just considering it) to gather together for encouragement, personal reflection, and spiritual renewal to the vocation of family life and specifically home education.  Register online at: or contact Katherine Kryger at 616-780-6812 or for more information.  

Respect Life
“Today, the death penalty is inadmissible, no matter how serious the crime committed.  It is an offense against the inviolability of life and the dignity of the human person, one which contradicts God’s plan for man and society and his merciful justice, and impedes the penalty from fulfilling any just objective.  It does not render justice to the victims, but rather fosters vengeance.”        ~Pope Francis

Prolife Golf Classic
Save the Date:  The 10th Annual Prolife Golf Classic at Pilgrim’s Run Golf Club will be Monday, June 5th with 8AM registration and 9AM Shotgun Start.   Don’t miss your chance to golf at this prestigious course and to raise money to benefit the prolife efforts of Grand Rapids Right to Life.  Go to for more information.

Strong Catholic Families
Easter Sunday:  Witness to Faith
Reading I:  
Acts 10:34, 37-43 (Peter’s discourse)

Reading II:  Colossians 3:1-4 (mystical death and resurrection) 

Gospel:  John 20:1-9 (Peter and the disciple at the tomb)

Key Passage:  Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also  went in, and he saw and believed. (John 20:8)

Adult:  What is your experience of resurrection in your own life or the life of your family?  

Youth:  Jesus is with us today. How can you see him in the people around you in Church? 

A Family Perspective
by Bud Ozar
Today’s gospel instructs us Jesus “had to rise from the dead.”  The dying we experience with unmet expectations in marriage and parenting is normal to family life. Families must rise above disappointments and be Easter people all year long. 

Women of Grace Benedicta Leadership Institute
The Women of Grace Benedicta Leadership Institute for Women and SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary (SSCMS) have partnered to present a dynamic new offering for women interested in Catholic Women’s Leadership.  The first of its kind, this program provides women with the opportunity to acquire a certification or graduate credit hours in Catholic Women’s Leadership.  Graduate credit hours can then be applied to ward a Master of Arts in Theology degree with a concentration in Catholic Women’s Leadership. No matter which level of endeavor a woman desires, this program will help her attain her goal, and assist her to “help transform the world one woman at a time”.  Class will be held at SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake, MI and the dates are from June 19th through June 30th.  For more information please call 1-800-558-5452 or email  Please to go our website for more details:

Camp Sancta Maria
Looking to spark the faith of your children or grandchildren while they have a blast at the same time?  Check out Camp Sancta Maria located in      Gaylord, Michigan.  We are a Catholic camp that provides fun experiences in a technology-free zone (and they won’t even miss their cell phones!) while immersed in a faith-filled environment.  We offer separate camping experiences for boys and girls that include daily Mass, horseback riding, swimming, archery, various sports, high and low ropes, campfires, crafts and more.  For additional information, check us out at or call (248) 822-8199.

St. Jude 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. We discuss resumes, networking, prospecting, interviewing and much more. All are welcome.  Please join us on:  The Second Wednesday of the month 9:30-11am, St. Jude Brophy Center, 1120 4 Mile Rd. NE., Grand Rapids.  For more information, please contact, Dan at or Mary at

Holy Family Radio

Whether you are taking a trip across town or across the country, take Holy Family Radio with you. With our streaming and mobile apps, you can now listen to Holy Family Radio anywhere you get can internet access. If you are driving in the car, you can also listen to Catholic radio in many cities in Michigan. The list is growing each year with new stations and new ways to listen, including our newest 98.3FM!

Sunday Study Group
Join us in the Erin Isle Room between Masses to discuss how we can apply Sunday Readings to our daily lives.  Using “Exploring the Sunday Readings” from Twenty-Third Publications as our guide, we share coffee and conversation. A good way to meet fellow parishioners. Contact Mary at #691-8557 for additional info.

Choir Rehearsals
If you have been considering joining one of our music groups, now is the time!!  The hand chime group meets from 5:45 until 6:45 on Thursday evenings.  The adult choir rehearses from 7:00 until 8:30 on Thursday evenings.  Rehearsals are held in the Shepherd of Armagh Room in the Parish Center.  If you have questions or are interested in either group, please contact Michelle at or 616-691-8541, ext.13.

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 Parish Center 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.

Thursday Rosary
Thursday evenings, 6:30, in the church.  Questions,

Religious Education Catechists
If you are interested in helping with religious education, substitute catechists are still needed.  This is a wonderful ministry that will challenge you in your faith, and allow you to help shape the young  Catholics in our community.  Please contact Kristen Wahmhoff if interested.

Women’s Faith Sharing Group
Our group meets on Monday evenings, typically in the Erin Isle Room from 6:30-8PM.   Please contact Cheryl Emmette for information.

Men’s Spirituality Group
With the new school year starting, now is a great time to join our groups. There are two monthly meeting options: Saturday mornings from 9-11:30 and Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9. If you are interested in participating, please contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office, or 691-8541 x14.

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.

First Friday
The Blessed Sacrament is a school of holiness.  In the Blessed Sacrament, we see the profound humility of    Jesus Christ.  Here, the Eternal Wisdom of God, who made all things, condescends to come among us in the form of ordinary food, bread.  Bread is simple fare, the food of the poor.
If we are to imitate Christ, we must first practice humility.  We must be content to be unnoticed, unpraised, and unappreciated.  We must give all glory to God,   choosing to be humble and unassuming – like a piece of bread.  St. Patrick’s Parish will again offer Adoration with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Friday, April 7th, following a funeral Mass, 12PM until 6PM.  To sign up for an hour, please call Beth Zambon @ 616.874.7572.  The Stations of the Cross will be prayed by the students at 2:30 followed by the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3:00PM.  All are welcome!

Hispanic Ministry
Bishop Walkowiak officially leads our diocese in launching a strategic planning process for Hispanic Ministry in the Diocese of Grand Rapids.  The Hispanic community in West Michigan has nearly doubled since the year 2000 and members have a significant role to play in the future of the Catholic Church.  This plan will give parishes direction and resources to begin or strengthen ministry with our Hispanic brothers and sisters in their area.  It will also be a guide to shape the strategic future of Hispanic Ministry in the diocese for the next five years.  For more information, visit

Ministry Booklet
Did you miss the ministry fair or have misplaced your green booklet? Please feel free to take one from the back of church the next couple weeks. Our ministries happen because of our volunteers! Please consider sharing some of your time to an area that interests you.

Photos of our Beloved Deceased
If you brought photos for the remembrance of our faithful departed, they have been moved to the parish office and can be picked up during business hours. Thank you

Franciscan Life Process Center
Bread Baking for couples

Thursday, April 20, 2017 6:30 to 8:30 pm  
Through the creative process of baking bread, Sister Colleen Ann Nagle, FSE will lead couples through an evening of activity, prayer, and reflection with the goal of creating greater intimacy.  Cost:  $35

Seasons of Care, a Day for Caregivers
Saturday, April 29, 10AM-3PM
Being a caregiver is one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences that life can offer.  It comes to us in seasons.  Join Mary Vaccaro, spiritual care director, Kindred Hospice (formerly Gentiva Hospice),  for a time to explore and reflect on these seasons of caring.  This will be a time for caregivers to relax, reflect and regroup, through stories, silence, prayer, nature, and humor.  Lunch is included.  Cost:  $55

FLPC| 11650 Downes St NE | Lowell |616-897-7842  |

Catholic Information Center Class Dates:  April
Non-Violent Communication:  Skills to Communicate Without Violence or Judgment
Tuesdays, April 18 & 25, 7-8:30PM

with Fr. Joachim Lally, CSP
These two sessions discuss the Non-Violent Communication skills of Dr. Marshall Rosenberg.    This is a better way of communication that eliminates the kinds of phrases and words that provoke and alienate rather than bring about resolution to conflict….and offers alternative communication skills that are of practical use in our everyday lives and relationships. Effectively putting these skills into practice can bring about external and internal peace and are especially important in our times of great polarization.      ($10 donation per session suggested)

Praying and Living the Rosary
Tuesdays, April 25 & May 2, 7-8:30pm
With Fr. René Constanza, CSP 
“Father, I have a rosary but don’t know how to pray it.”  Say what?  Learn about the rosary, its profound mysteries and how to pray this beautiful devotion to our blessed Mother who draws us to a deeper relationship with her Son, Jesus Christ.  CFD:  Spirituality ($10 donation per session suggested)
CIC| 360 Division S | Grand Rapids |616-459-7267

For more events, information or to register go to

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
Diocese of Grand Rapids:  Administrative Assistant, Prison and Jail Ministry.  More information here

Diocese of Grand Rapids:  Director, Office for Worship.  More information here

Dominican Sisters:  Environmental Services Custodian & Conference Services Set-Up Assistant.  More information here

Dominican Sisters:  Float Cook.  More information in this flyer

Dominican Sisters:  Facilities Maintenance Manager.  More information here

Dominican Sisters:  Maintenance Specialist.  More information can be found here

Dominican Sisters:  Chief Financial Officer.  More information is here

Catholic Information Center:  Part-time Evening Receptionist.  More information can be found 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, 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.