This week’s Mass schedule
Fri., Apr. 21
Sat., Apr. 22
Sun., Apr. 23
Second Sunday of Easter or Sunday of Divine Mercy
Mon., Apr. 24
No Mass Here
Tue., Apr. 25
Wed., Apr. 26
Thu., Apr. 27
Fri., Apr. 28
Sat., Apr. 22
3:45PM Confession, Church
Sun., Apr. 23
8AM Blood Drive, Parish Center
9AM Exploring the Sunday Readings, Parish Center
9AM Religious Education, School
11:30AM Biblical Walk through the Bible Study, Parish Center
1PM Euchre, Parish Center
2PM MS Youth Group, Parish Center
6PM HS Youth Ministry, Faith Formation Rm
7:30PM Adult Volleyball, Gym
Mon., Apr. 24
Parish Office Closed
6:30PM Women’s Faith Sharing, Parish Center
Wed., Apr. 26
6:30PM Religious Education, School
Thu., Apr. 27
6PM Hand Chime Rehearsal, Parish Center
6:30PM Rosary, Church
7PM Choir Rehearsal, Parish Center
8PM Men’s Basketball, Gym
Sat., Apr. 29
3:45PM Confession, Church
Please make a connection that could create a new lease on life…..GIVE BLOOD! Sunday April 23rd, 8:00-1:00 in St. Patrick’s Parish center. Appointments or Questions: Bonnie Zaskowski (616)437-4474 or bzaskowski@ Miblood.org.
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).
Catholic Services Appeal
Next week we begin Catholic Services Appeal 2017. 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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
Parent’s Night Out
Enjoy a night out while your child enjoys a night in! Movie, craft, outside play, hot dogs, and open gym. Open to all Saint Patrick Parish and School families: Preschool – 8th grade. Date: May 6, 2017, Time: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Cost: $10.00 per child, Registration deadline is May 1st (Prior registration is a must). Location: Parish Center. Contact Kristina Gwisdalla or Kalin Ritzenhein for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
During the month of May we will be saying the Rosary after the week day Masses except on First Friday. Then the Rosary will begin at 8:20a.m.
Rich Havenga wants to create an informal group to play tennis at FHE (Forest Hills East) or ERMS (East Rockford Middle School), Sunday evenings 5-7 p.m. Fun and friendly competition among age groups. Mixed Doubles and some Singles. Contact Rich Havenga: 691-7878, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Ladies of the Parish: Our next bunco night is Tuesday, May 2nd 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 students interested in learning more about environmental issues, sustainability and Economicology. The immersion experience is organized with hands-on activities and includes four entertaining breakout sessions. Please visit our website at aquinas.edu/bethechange for more details or to register for the event on May 12th.
Please mark your calendar for the week of July 17th for our 2017 VBS program! This year, we will be going on a Wilderness Adventure through the seven sacraments. VBS will run from 9am-12pm on Monday–Friday. VBS is only possible through the help of our adult and teen volunteers, and we would like to invite YOU to join our team! Whether you want to run a station or work in the background as a helper, we’ve got a job perfect for you! Are you crafty and creative? We also need folks to help with our decorations and set design prior to the week.
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.
High 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the parish office at 616.691.8541.
“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 grrtl.org for more information.
Strong Catholic Families
Second Sunday of Easter: Encouraging Others
Reading I: Acts 2:42-47 (communal life)
Reading II: Colossians 3:1-4 (mystical death and resurrection)
Gospel: 1 Peter 1:3-9 (thanksgiving)
Key Passage: Then Jesus said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” (John 20:27)
Adult: We show our faith when we demonstrate courage in the face of difficulty. What could you do this week to help strengthen someone?
Youth: What could you do this week to encourage someone who is sad or discouraged?
A Family Perspective
by Bud Ozar
“Whose sins you forgive, are forgiven” means the grudges we carry only make us miserable. The Kingdom of God begins in your home where children learn the paths to peace promised in today’s gospel through merciful and forgiving demonstrations by their parents.
3rd Quarter Honor Roll
Gallen Byrne (10), Donald LaPonsie (10), Tierney Greenhoe (11) and Elise Marshall (11).
Erin Brooks (10), Margaret Camp (11), Mary Camp (9), Alexander Richmond (12) and John-Luc Richmond (10)
Congratulations to you all on a job well done!!
Dominic Vincent Fischer, Son of Daniel & Julianne.
Elleigh Marie Rens-Hobbs, Daughter of Kielon Rens and Kelleigh Hobbs.
William Kielon Rens-Hobbs, Son of Kielon Rens & Kelleigh Hobbs.
Jamison Lester Orr, Son of Jeffrey & Andrea
May your life be filled with laughter.
May your heart be filled with song.
May your eyes be filled with beauty.
May your soul always know to whom you belong.
Members of St. Patrick’s: Thank you for your generous donations in February and March to our Food Pantry. Your continued support of this program is deeply appreciated! Sincerely, Flat River Outreach Ministries
Are you a quilter? Do you know people who quilt? This year during Festival we are once again holding a quilt exhibit in the church. If you have quilts you would like to show or if you were gifted a quilt, we would love to include them in the exhibit. Please call Denice Barker 987-3473.
Prayer of Peace in the Spirit of Taize
Monday, May 8, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary Church, 423 1st St NW, Grand Rapids. The Prayer of Peace is contemplative, sung Christian prayer that uses singing, scripture, extended silence, intercessions, and candlelight. All are welcome. www.prayerofpeacegr.org
Rediscover healing and love and find hope by attending Retrouvaille (pronounced re-tro-v-eye). The program offers tools needed to rediscover a loving marriage relationship. The next Retrouvaille weekend is June 9-11, 2017. Space is limited, please reserve your spot today. To register or to sponsor a couple: call (616) 752-7004 or email email@example.com or to register online visit http://retrouvaille.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please to go our website for more details: benedicta.womenofgrace.com.
Father’s Day Pilgrimage
JUNE 17-19, 2017
Celebrate Father’s Day this year on a special pilgrimage to our nation’s capital. Pilgrimage includes nonstop air on Southwest Airlines from Grand Rapids to Washington DC, 2 nights’ hotel and breakfasts. Mass at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Visit Arlington National Cemetery. Tour historic churches, monuments and memorials. Baltimore Orioles baseball game. And ……
Special presentation by EWTN radio and TV host Dr. Ray Guarendi. A leading authority on parenting and an active Catholic speaker, Dr. Ray will present “Laughter: The Sanity of Family.” Only $769 (double occupancy). Space is limited. Call Corporate Travel at 1-313-565-8888 x 122 or online at ctscentral.net for more details or reservations.
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 www.CampSanctaMaria.org 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 email@example.com or Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Michelle Ogren, email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or 691-8541 x14.
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 evenings, 6:30, in the church. Questions, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 offer Adoration with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, the first Friday of each month following Mass. For questions or to sign up for an hour, please call Beth Zambon @ 616.874.7572.
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 dioceseofgrandrapids.org/planpastoral.
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
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 | lifeprocesscenter.org
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)
For more events, information or to register go to catholicinformationcenter.org.
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.
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, 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
• 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 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
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Resources and Events
The Franciscan Life Process Center
Visit the Life Process Center website for current schedules, registration information and other faith formation resources. Email firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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.