Saint Patrick Parish News 4.26.18


This week’s Mass schedule  

Fri., April 27
9AM Mass

Sat., April 28
5PM Mass

Sun., April 29
8AM Mass
10:30AM Mass
1PM Mass – First Commuion

Mon., April 30
No Mass Here

Tue., May 1
9AM Mass, Parish Center

Wed., May 2
9AM Mass, Parish Center

Thu., May 3
9AM Mass, Parish Center

Fri., May 4
9AM Mass

Upcoming Events

Sat., April 28
10AM 1st Communion Practice, REP Children, Church

3:45PM Confession, Church

Sun., April 29
9AM Exploring the Sunday Readings, St Brigid of Kildare Room
9AM Religious Education, School

7PM Adult Volleyball, Gym

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

Tue., May 1
6:30PM Welcome Dinner, Parish Center

Wed., May 2
6:30PM Festival Mtg, Parish Center
7PM Confirmation Mass, Cathedral of St. Andrew

Thu., May 3
5:45PM Hand Chimes Rehearsal, Music Room
6:30PM Rosary
7PM Adult Choir, Music Room
8PM Men’s Basketball, Gym

Fri., May 4
First Friday
10AM Adoration
3PM Chaplet of Divine Mercy

Sat., May 5
3:45PM Confessions, Church

The Flock







Festival Meeting
The next Festival meeting will be Wednesday, May 2nd at 6:30PM in the Parish Center.  Still plenty of spots available for people to help.  We will be stuffing envelopes for the raffle ticket mailing, anyone willing to help with that is welcome at the meeting.

Spring Cleanup
Yes we will see Spring soon and with that comes cleaning up our campus.  The Building and Grounds committee has scheduled three dates for us to come and lend a hand.

May 8th from 5PM – dark
May 16th from 5PM – dark
May 19th from 9AM – finished

Please mark your calendars and consider lending a hand.  All are welcome!

Senior Appreciation Luncheon
We would like to acknowledge everything that you have done for our parish community in the past, present and future.  If you are 65 or older, please join us on Thursday, May 24th for fellowship, prayer, food and a performance by our students from St. Patrick School.  Performance begins promptly at 11:00AM.  Please RSVP to the parish office no later than Wednesday, May 16th to ensure we have enough food.  We are looking forward to hearing from you!

1st Communion
The following children will celebrate and receive the sacrament of First Communion this Sunday, April 29th at 1:00 p.m.  Please continue to pray for them as we welcome these newest members to our family table.
Gabriel Albert          Kieran Albert               Gustav Bernreuter
Nathan Dutter          Grace Elmhirst             Kyrie Inbody
Neil LaPonsie            Isabelle Mervau           Alana Ryan
Maria Westbrook       Masksym Zimmerman

Make your WHY a Way of Life
If you’ve ever spent ten minutes with a three-year old, you can vouch for their curiosity. “Why can’t I touch that?” “Why is my hair brown?” “Why does that person’s face look so old?”  

While an untimely “why” can put unsuspecting parents in an embarrassing situation, cultivating curiosity is how every child grows. In fact, we should never shy away from life’s “whys,” even as our children reach adulthood. Here are several “whys” your grown children or grandchildren actually need to hear from you.  Have you told them WHY they mean so much to you? Have you told them WHY you embraced faith? Have you told them WHY you have certain personal values?  

Many individuals are excited to learn they can easily turn their WHY into action by supporting a ministry or cause that aligns with their values. For instance, a gift in your Will is a simple way to communicate your WHY to the next generation and create a legacy of your Catholic faith in the process. Contact your parish office or call Mark Morrow, Executive Director of The Catholic Foundation of West Michigan at 616.475.1251 to learn more!

Do you know how to have ‘the talk’ with your kids?
It’s a topic many parents try to avoid, but it doesn’t have to be difficult.  Join us for “Parents, Kids and Porn: The Conversation.”  The free webinar will be shown several times:  Tuesday, May 15, Noon and Tuesday, May 22, 8 p.m.  

The Office of Family, Youth, and Young Adults is sponsoring discussion and a live viewing of the webinars. Both will take place at Cathedral Square Center during the live webinar time, discussion will follow the viewing.  The webinar will help parents initiate age-appropriate discussion with their kids on how to approach technology, social media, and pornography.  More information here.

Register here

Ave Maria University Seeking Volunteer Football Scouts:
Do you enjoy high school football? Would you like to help young Catholic men have an opportunity to attend an authentic Catholic university and play football? If so … Ave Maria University (AMU) could use your help! AMU is developing a scout network in Michigan to help identify Catholic football players from all schools (public / private / Catholic) in this area. Generous scholarships are available. For more details, please contact Dr. Gary Jackson, Michigan Scout Coordinator, at or 734-516-9615.  Flyer

Golf Outing to benefit the Special Olympics of Michigan
4-person Golf Scramble to benefit Special Olympics of Michigan, Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 1:00 start time (check in at Noon).  Arrowhead Golf Course 2170 Alden Nash NE Lowell, MI 49331.  $50 per golfer / $200 PER TEAM.  Dinner Only Price is $5 per person.  Includes: Golf with Cart, Dinner, Prizes.  Mulligans and Skins available for purchase at check-in.  QUESTIONS: ROB BRABANT @ 361-1542

Strengthened in Faith
A day for families with children, youth or adults with disabilities. Saturday, June 23 at St. Robert of Newminster, 1 – 6:30 p.m. (includes Mass & Dinner)

Don’t miss this opportunity for boosting your faith and receiving encouragement from other families who have children, youth or adults with disabilities or special needs.  Parents will be able to participate in a facilitated conversation while children, youth, and adults with            disabilities/special needs and their siblings participate in fun activities concurrently. All are invited to 4:30 p.m. Mass and a pizza dinner     immediately following MassRegistration will be available in May.

**To make this day a success, we need many hands to help with food and refreshments, buddies to partner with the children, and guides to help people find their way. If you are interested in helping, contact Teri Burns,, ext 115.

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.

Any adults who would be interested in being a parking lot assistant in the main lots for weekend Masses, please contact Linda Parker at 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
You have been asked to turn in your CSA pledge card this weekend.  If you have already done so, thank you!  Our participation in CSSA as individuals and as a parish enables us to unite with all Catholics in the Diocese of Grand Rapids.  Our collective blessings fund important work that benefits our parish and diocesan programs and individuals, families, and communities throughout our 11 counties. 

Every gift, regardless of amount, is important to funding essential ministries and programs.  Our CSA effort is not complete until we have a pledge card from every household.  If you did not bring your pledge card this week, please complete and return it next week.  Your timely response will help us avoid unnecessary mailing costs and success of CSA and complete and return your card.

CSA Fast Fact
Seminarian Support
Our men in formation for the priesthood represent a critical aspect of the future of our Church.  They carry our prayers for their virtue, health, and well-being, but they also are assisted financially as they undertake a rigorous program of seminary education and internship in our parishes.  Last year, $845,000 of CSA donations were used for the education costs of our 25 seminarians.  Your CSA support makes this essential formation possible and is a crucial investment in our faith and our parishes.

Youth Group News
No Youth Group this weekend.
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.

First Friday Adoration, May 4th
Jesus revealed to St. Faustina that the time for His Mercy is now.  He spoke very clearly about the need to pray for the dying.  In Diary entry #1777, he asked her to, “Pray as much as you can for the dying.  By your entreaties, obtain for them trust in My mercy, because they have most need of trust and have it the least.  Be assured that the grace of eternal salvation for certain souls in their final moment depends on your prayer.” 

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is the prayer Jesus taught St. Faustina to pray for the dying.

Please join the people of St. Patrick’s Parish as we adore Christ in the Blessed Sacrament after the 9:00 am Mass, on Friday, May 4th, until 4:00 pm.  The rosary will be recited at 2:30 followed by the Chaplet at 3:00 pm.  All are welcome.  To schedule an hour please call Beth at 874-7572.

Assumption Athletic Boosters
Plan for a day of FUN with the ABVM Boosters on our very own bus headed to the Little River Casino in Manistee, MI on May 5th!  You never know, you could be a big winner, or at least win your bus fare back!  More details here

Knights of Columbus Euchre, Sunday, May 6th 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.

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

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

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 16-18Prayer 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:

Strong Catholic Families
5th Sunday of Easter:  Strengthening Your Faith
Reading I: 
Acts 9:26-31 – Saul visits Jerusalem

Reading II:  1 John 3:18-24 – The actions of believers

GospelJohn 15:1-8 – The vine and the branches

Key Passage:  [The vine grower] removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. (John 15:2)
AdultWhen have you been “pruned” by your experiences in a way that led to greater abundance?
Youth:  When have you felt stronger or better because you did something hard to help another person?

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

Use of PYX
Just a reminder! If you have brought communion to a loved one and borrowed a pyx from the parish, please return the pyx to the sacristy or parish office when you are finished with it so that it can be used again. There are several pyx unaccounted for presently.  We appreciate your ministering to those who are hospitalized or homebound and bringing the Body of Christ in the Eucharist to those who cannot be with us at Mass. Thank you for your attention to this.

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 or Michelle Ogren, or call the parish office.

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 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.

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 with your name and current phone number(s).  Thank you so very much!

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
The inviolability of the person which is a reflection of the absolute inviolability of God, finds its primary and fundamental expression in the inviolability of human life. Above all, the common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights-for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family, to culture- is false and illusory if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and the condition for all other personal rights, is not defended with maximum determination.   – St. John Paul II

A Family Perspective
by Bud Ozar
Like the vine grower in today’s gospel, parents must “prune and cleanse” the branches in their family if their children are going to be rooted. Discipline,   limits and setting goals are a necessary part of   parenting so our children will grow and “bear fruit.”

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

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

EnCourage Groups
Loving a family member who experiences same-sex attractions is “not an easy situation either for parents or for children,” Pope Francis wrote in Amoris Laetitia.  The EnCourage apostolate is the Catholic Church’s outreach to parents and other loved ones of people who experience same-sex attractions. Together with a priest chaplain, EnCourage members meet regularly to support one another.  For more information, call 616-288-0918 or email

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

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.

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
Best Kept Secrets of Religion:  A Faith Response to “Garden Variety Anxiety”
Wednesday, May 2, 7-8:30PM
With Fr. Joachim Lally, CSP
Just what are we “vaguely anxious” about?  Do we frequently look for “distractions” to help us deal with our anxieties about loneliness, aging, political issues, nuclear proximity, etc.?  What is the primary difference between “anxiety” and “fear”?  Any connection with the issues of alcohol, drugs, occasional “emotional meltdowns”?  How do our religious practices possibly hinder or relieve these vague anxieties?  CFD:  Spirituality.  $10 donation required.

CIC| 360 Division Ave S, Ste 2A | Grand Rapids |616-459-7267  |
For all events and/or to pre-register, please call 616-459-7267 or email to

Franciscan Life Process Center Events
Chocolate Burgundy Torte
Wednesday, May 9  6:30-8:30PM
With Sister Lucia Treanor, FSE
When you want to have an elegant dessert, present Chocolate Torte Burgundy to your guests. Bring your friends for a fabulous experience with Sister Lucia Treanor, FSE, working with pecans, red wine, chocolate, and raspberry jam. Participants will learn how to make the recipe and be able to bring home the final course of their next dinner. Class size is limited.  Register today!  Cost is $25 per class.

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
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  |
To pre-register,

Grand Rapids Right to Life Events
The 11th annual Prolife Golf Classic, held at beautiful Pilgrim’s Run Golf Club in Pierson, is a great day for golfers of all levels.  Don’t miss your chance to golf this prestigious course and to support the prolife efforts of Grand Rapids Right to Life on Monday, June 4, with a shotgun start at 9AM.  This day of fun and fellowship includes a light breakfast, 18 holes of golf, on-course games, and lunch for on $125 per golfer.  Don’t golf?  Consider being a sponsor of this outing!  To participate in or to sponsor this event, contact Grand Rapids Right to Life at 616-532-2300,, or visit  

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.
Local job openings via the Diocese of Grand Rapids 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.