Saint Patrick Parish News 4.12.18

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This week’s Mass schedule  

Fri., April 13
9AM Mass

Sat., April 14
5PM Mass

Sun., April 15
8AM Mass
10:30AM Mass

Mon., April 16
No Mass Here

Tue., April 17
9AM Mass, Parish Center

Wed., April 18
9AM Mass, Parish Center

Thu., April 19
9AM Mass, Parish Center

Fri., April 20
9AM Mass

Upcoming Events

Sat., April 14
8AM Men’s Spirituality, St Brigid of Kildare
10AM 1st Communion Plate Painting, Parish Center

3:45PM Confession, Church

Sun., April 15
8AM Blood Drive, Parish Center
9AM Exploring the Sunday Readings, St Brigid of Kildare Room
9AM Religious Education, School
3PM MS Youth Group, Faith Formation Room
7PM Adult Volleyball, Gym

Mon., April 16
Parish Office Closed
6:30PM Women’s Faith Sharing, St Brigid of Kildare Room

Wed., April 18
6:30PM Religious Education, School

Thu., April 19
6:30PM Rosary
8PM Men’s Basketball, Gym

Sat., April 21
10AM 1st Communion Practice, School Children, Church
3:45PM Confessions, Church


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Blood Drive – THIS WEEKEND
GIVE BLOOD
This Sunday April 15th  8:00-1:00, St. Patrick’s Parish center.  To make an appointment or for questions:  Call Bonnie Zaskowski at (616)437-4474 or bzaskowski@Miblood.org.

Walk in’s are always welcome!!

PLEASE NOTE:  Plaza Project Construction
During construction while the front entry of the Church is not be accessible, entry will be through the south doors only.  For weekend Masses there will be golf carts running for those needing assistance to the Church doors.  We ask those needing assistance to park in the south school parking lot for access to the golf carts.  NO driving on service drive on the south side of the Church.

For all others, the main lots will be open and parking lot assistants will be available to help direct you to the Church and/or answer questions. Look for those with green umbrellas.

HELP NEEDED:
Any adults who would be interested in being a parking lot assistant in the main lots for weekend Masses, please contact Linda Parker at lindaparkergr@yahoo.com or the Parish Office.  We are also in need of licensed drivers to drive the golf carts before AND after weekend Masses.  If interested, contact Linda Parker or the Parish Office.

CSA 2018
Next week we begin Catholic Services Appeal 2018.  Your support of CSA will benefit both parish and diocesan ministries, including training our future priests, the ongoing education of teachers and faith formation staff, proclaiming Christ’s message through the media, evangelizing our youth, and providing assistance to those struggling with family issues, hunger and homelessness.

Please prayerfully consider how sharing your gifts will benefit many –  in our parish and far beyond.  Next week we will learn more about the specific programs CSA supports.  I look forward to your participation and working together to accomplish more of our Lord’s work.

God’s Mercy for the World
Jesus, in one of his revelations to St. Faustina, told her to pray for sinners, specifically to pray The Chaplet of Divine Mercy.  (Copies are available in the narthex and by the Divine Mercy Image.)  “Oh, what great graces I will grant to souls who say this chaplet, (#848).  At the hour of their death, I defend as My own glory every soul that will say this chaplet; or when others say it for a dying person, the indulgence is the same.”(#811).

Using a rosary, at each “Our Father” bead say, “Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.”  On each “Hail Mary” bead say, “For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.” Let us together invoke God’s Mercy on our world.

3rd Quarter Honor Roll
Catholic Central High School
Gallen Byrne, Isabella DeNardo,  Tierney Greenhoe, Kristen Hauk, Donald LaPonsie, Elise Marshall and Henry Marshall

West Catholic High School
Nicholas Blundy, Erin Brooks, Margaret  Camp, Mary Camp and John-Luc Richmond

Congratulations on a job well done!

Aquinas Visit Day
Aquinas College is hosting an AQDay for all high school juniors and seniors interested in visiting their beautiful 117-acre campus.  The Admissions Office invites you to come and discover what life at AQ is really all about.  Get the inside scoop on academics, athletics, scholarships, service learning, study abroad, and more.  Please visit aquinas.edu/aqday for more details or to register for the event on April 20th.

Greeters Needed
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 – especially during construction!  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 asstsecretary@stpatrickparnell.org or Michelle Ogren, music@stpatrickparnell.org or call the parish office.

New Liturgical Minister Schedule
The new schedule will cover May 12 through Sept. 16.  If there are any dates during this time period on which you cannot serve, please log into the Scheduler and update your profile with these “do not schedule” dates, or call the parish office and leave a message with those dates you will be unavailable.  Please have your dates in no later than April 20th in order for them to be included when the schedule is run.  As always, thanks for your service to the parish.

Sacristans Needed
We are in need of Sacristans for weekend Masses, especially 5PM Mass.  If you would be willing to assist in seeing that the altar is set for Mass and that liturgical volunteers are there, ready to serve, please email Cindy at asstsecretary@stpatrickparnell.org or call the Parish Office and leave a message. Thank you!

Altar Server Vestments
Server cassocks and surplices are found lying on the floor or rolled up under chairs and in corners. This occurs after daily Mass as well as after weekend Masses.  We would like to remind all servers that part of the serving ministry is to properly care for the garments worn and if assistance is necessary to ask for help.  We ask the older servers to assist the younger servers.  In addition, we ask the parents of weekend servers for help in seeing that the garments are hung properly.  Please feel welcome to stop in the server room to assist with hanging their garments.  We thank everyone for their attention to this and appreciate your time and effort in service to the parish.

Parish Bulletin Advertising
This month, Bill Cross, a representative from our bulletin publisher, Diocesan Publications, will be seeking new and renewing present parish bulletin ads. If you are interested in advertising please call the parish office for contact information. We feel this is an excellent opportunity for local businesses to increase their visibility in the community. Advertising in the bulletin allows this publication to be printed each week at no cost to the parish.

Funeral Luncheon Helpers
In the past few months as we have called for help or dishes for our funeral lunches, we are more and more running into disconnected phone numbers. If you are on the list and feel you are not being called, want to update your phone number(s) or wish to be added to the list, please email the parish office at secretary@stpatrickparnell.org with your name and current phone number(s).  Thank you so very much!

Youth Group News
High School Youth Group
Have your teen join us April 22nd for our Summit Night: Nothing Greater from 6pm-8pm starting in the Youth Room! Have them ready for some charades we dive in Second Reading, 1 John 3:18-24, to help your child prepare for Mass on April 29th.  We will be focusing on how we love through our actions and in following God’s commandments we show love. Invite them to invite friends from school to join us for some fun and fellowship! Have your teen bring an index card that has an act of love they did in the past week!

Middle School Youth Group
On April 15th, 3-5pm, our Summit Night: Clueless is an opportunity of fun and also reflection on next Sunday’s, April 22nd, Second Reading, Acts 4:8-12. We will be focusing on what fills us, is it Jesus or something else, knowing nothing can completely fill us but the love of Christ. Meeting will begin in the Faith Formation Room at the front of the school. 

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.

Euchre
Knights of Columbus Euchre, Sunday, April 22nd at 11:30AM 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.

Woman’s 12 Step AA Retreat
“We Will Know a New Freedom”  A Woman’s 12 Step AA Retreat at Transformations Spirituality Center at 3427 Gull Road in Kalamazoo, MI, 7pm Friday, April 27 to Noon on Sunday, April 29.  Led by Karen Anne Jackson, CSC, an experienced 12 Step AA retreat facilitator whose sincere caring creates an atmosphere of welcome, acceptance, and support. Registration is $235, and includes two nights lodging in an air-conditioned guest room, meals from Saturday breakfast to Sunday breakfast, and retreat.  See TransformationsCenter.org or call (269) 381-6290 x327.   Register here.

Bunco
Dear Ladies of the Parish:  Our next bunco night is Tuesday, May 8th 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.

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  grdccw@dioceseofgrandrapids.org, 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 grdccw@dioceseofgrandrapids.org.  Flyer   Reg/Med Forms

Spanish Mass
On the second Monday of every month we’ll be having a Spanish Mass with Fr. Oscar at 7PM here at St. Patrick’s.  All are welcome, please spread the word to those that may be interested.  Next Mass will be May 14th

Holy Family Radio
Save the date:  Come Holy Spirit, Spring Pledge Drive May 16-18.  Prayer Card

Matthew Kelly coming to Grand Rapids
Are you thriving or just surviving?  Do you want more energy?  A deeper sense of purpose?  Join acclaimed Catholic speaker and author Matthew Kelly for ‘Living Every Day with Passion and Purpose’ on May 19th from 7-10PM at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids.  Kelly, found of the Dynamic Catholic Institute, is the author of several bestselling books, including: Rediscover Catholism, The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic and Resisting Happiness.   

Tickets for the event are $39 and can be purchased at a sponsoring parish during a designated weekend or online.  To learn more and to purchase tickets online, visit:  http://bit.ly/DOGRmatthewkelly.

Strong Catholic Families
3rd Sunday of Easter:  The Living Christ
Reading I: 
Acts 3:13-15, 17-19 – Peter’s discourse on Jesus’ resurrection

Reading II:  1 John 2:1-5a – Keeping the commandments

GospelLuke 24:35-48 – Jesus appears to the Eleven

Key Passage:  Jesus said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself.” (Luke 24:38–39)

AdultWhat questions about Jesus still arise in the midst of your faith?

Youth:  What question would you like to ask someone about Jesus’ appearance to the Apostles?

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 music@stpatrickparnell.org.

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”.
 

Respect Life
“Never tire of firmly speaking out in defense of life from its conception and do not be deterred from the commitment to defend the dignity of every human person with courageous determination. Christ is with you: be not afraid!”    – St. John Paul II

A Family Perspective
by Bud Ozar
The apostles were afraid of Jesus until he ate with them and they touched him. In your family, the ordinary acts of eating together, touching, embracing not only confirm our love for each other, but also celebrate God’s presence in your family. These “ordinary” moments contain the “Extraordinary.”

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.

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
Do you have a friend or family member who is experiencing same-sex attraction?  Are you looking for a Catholic support group which will allow you to provide a faithful witness while honoring your relationship?  If so, call 616-288-0918 or email encourage@dioceseofgrandrapids.org for more details.

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 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 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.

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.

Consolata Guild
Following is our Welcoming Newsletter and our 2018 Calendar of Events. We ask that you pass it on………….to friends and family………any prospective members who might like to join our group for fellowship, good food, and fun activities.  A good group that gives all, has fun, and has been known to laugh and sometimes cry together.  We’re like that!  Newsletter  Calendar

Catholic Information Center Events
Bishop Robert Barron’s Series Catholicism:  The Pivotal Players
Thursdays, April 12-May 3, 10-11:30AM
With Irene Strom, MAT
Bishop Barron is on a new journey to unlock the truth behind the Catholic Church’s most influential people, by illuminating a handful of saints, artists, mystics, and scholars who not only shaped the life of the Church but changed the course of civilization. With Bishop Barron’s epic film series and discussion, this four-week series will explore the lives of St. Francis of Assisi and G. K. Chesterton.  CFD: Evangelization ($10 donation per session requested).

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
Bread Baking for Couples
Wednesday, April 18, 6:30-8:30PM
Looking for a unique date night for you and your spouse?  Join Sister Colleen Ann Nagle, FSE, to learn how to bake delicious cinnamon bread.  You’ll leave with freshly baked cinnamon bread and memories of a relaxing evening with your spouse.  Click here to register.  Class size is limited, register today!  $25/couple.

Silent Retreat for Women
Friday, April 20 at 6:30PM to Saturday, April 21 at 4:30PM
With Sister Mary Margaret Delaski, FSE
Learn how the spirituality of Saint Francis and Saint Clare can enrich one’s process to  holiness. Cost: $240, Includes presentations, room, snacks, breakfast and lunch.

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
Remembering God’s Love Through Memory Loss
Friday’s, April 27, May 4,11,18,25 and June 1,8,15.  10:30-Noon
Please join us in remembering as God remembers, even as others may forget. Both family caregivers and their loved one with memory loss are invited to attend together. This program is designed to:

  • Give time for family caregivers to nurture and renew their spirit as we celebrate and support the role of family caregiver. Family caregivers will have time to share their story with one another and journey in support of each other. This portion of the morning is facilitated by Tim Tuthill, LMSW
  • Offer loved ones with memory loss an opportunity to participate in a creative program engaging them in their present moment and embracing them as they are. Loved ones with memory loss will be gently guided through an artful experience with Leara Glinzak, MSAT
  • Provide both the family caregiver and their loved one a common guided experience as at the end of the morning, the two groups unite and share a common experience.

In Kent County alone, nearly 10,000 people live with memory loss and dementia, and the number is expected to grow. It is a disease that forces family caregivers to make great sacrifices and to redefine their relationship with their loved ones throughout the process of memory loss.

Dominican Center at Marywood| 2025 Fulton St East | Grand Rapids |616-514-3325  | dominicancenter.com
To pre-register, doninicancenter.com/events

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 www.grrtl.org/volunteer 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: 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
Catholic Services Appeal Office Clerk (PT): Diocese of Grand Rapids.  Information here.
Admininstrative Assistant: Office of Priestly Vocations, Office of Continuing Ed. of Priests, and Office of Diaconate Formation:  Diocese of Grand Rapids.  Information here.
Administrative Assistant at St. Francis DeSales in Holland.  Information can be found here.
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.

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 www.grrtl.org/employment.  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, 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

St. Patrick Parish, Parnell
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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 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.