Saint Patrick Parish News 4.27.17


This week’s Mass schedule  

Fri., Apr. 28
9AM Mass

Sat., Apr. 29
5PM Mass

Sun., Apr. 30
Third Sunday of Easter
8AM Mass
10:30AM Mass

Mon., May 1
No Mass Here

Tue., May 2
9AM Mass

Wed., May 3
9AM Mass

Thu., May 4
9AM Mass

Fri., May 5
9AM Mass

Upcoming Events

Sat., Apr. 29
3:45PM Confession, Church

Sun., Apr. 30
9AM Exploring the Sunday Readings, Parish Center
9AM Religious Education, School
7PM Adult Volleyball, Gym

Mon., May 1
Parish Office Closed
6:30PM Women’s Faith Sharing, Parish Center

Tue., May 2
7PM Bunco, Parish Center

Wed., May 3
6:30PM Religious Education, School

Thu., May 4
6PM Hand Chime Rehearsal, Parish Center
6:30PM Rosary, Church
7PM Choir Rehearsal, Parish Center
8PM Men’s Basketball, Gym

Sat., May 6
3:45PM Confession, Church



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.

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.

Work Day
There are a couple of projects around our parish grounds that require many hands.  We have a work day scheduled for May 3rd, in the evening (starting about 5pm).  If you are available, please contact Cheryl Emmette for more details.  #616-691-8541 or

First Friday
“Almighty ever-living God, who restores us to   eternal life in the Resurrection of Christ, increase in us, we pray, the fruits of this Paschal Sacrament and pour into our hearts the strength of this saving food.  Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.”  Please join us as we adore our Beloved Savior, Friday, May 5th, following the 9:00am Mass until 4:00pm.  The rosary will be recited at 2:30pm followed by the Chaplet of   Divine Mercy at 3:00pm.  All are welcome! To sign up for an hour please call Beth at 874-7572.

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:,

Celebrate Father Mark’s 10 yr Jubilee
June 2nd, 2017 will mark the 10th year of Father Mark’s Ordination to the priesthood!  We will be having a cupcake reception on the front lawn after each Mass the weekend of May 27 & 28.  If weather isn’t favorable, we’ll be in the parish center.  We are looking for six volunteers per Mass, if you would like to help serve cupcakes and drinks, please contact the parish office at #616.691.8541.  

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.

Rosary:  Daily
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.

Tennis Anyone?
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,

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 for more details or to register for the event on May 12th.

VBS 2017
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 MondayFriday.  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.

yg-newsHigh School Youth Ministry
The next youth group meeting is Sunday, May 7th 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, May 21st
 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.

Respect Life
The fundamental human right, the presupposition of every other right, is the right to life itself. This is true of life from the moment of conception until its natural end. Abortion, consequently, cannot be a human right — it is the very opposite. It is a deep wound in society.    – Pope Benedict XVI

Prolife Golf Classic
The 10th 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 gold this prestigious course and to support the prolife efforts of Grand Rapids Right to Life on Monday, June 5, with a shotgun start and 9:00 AM. This day of fun and fellowship includes a light breakfast, 18 holes of golf, on-course games, and lunch for only $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

Strong Catholic Families
Third Sunday of Easter:  Recognizing the Lord
Reading I:  
Acts 2:14, 22-33 (Peter’s discourse)

Reading II:  1 Peter 1:17-21 (filial obedience)

Gospel:  Luke 24:13-35 (Emmaus)

Key Passage:  When he was at the table with the disciples, he took bread,  blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. (Luke 24:30–31)

Adult:  In what way have you come to know Jesus better through the breaking of the bread at Eucharist?

Youth:  When you join Jesus at the table of the Eucharist next   Sunday, what would you like to thank him for?

A Family Perspective
by Bud Ozar
In today’s gospel the disciples were returning home so “downcast” they did not recognize Jesus walking with them. In our homes we can be so overwhelmed with responsibilities we don’t see God with us.  Today’s gospel tells us to stop and open our eyes to the blessings we are to one another.

Calling All Quilters
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.

Retrouvaille Weekend
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 or to register online visit

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:

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 for more details or reservations.

Parents of high school youth: There is still time to register for this year’s DYMO Camp. For 40+ years, DYMO Camp has served Catholic youth in the Diocese of Grand Rapids. A week-long experience of growing in your Catholic faith and friends for a lifetime.  Space is limited, go to for more detail and to register.  DYMO Ministries Inc. Awakening Catholic youth to the power, love and mercy of God.

Franciscan Life Process Center Summer Camps
With summer just two months away, it’s time to start registering your children in summer youth camps. The Franciscan Life Process Center (FLPC) is offering eight camp options for children and teenagers, ages 5-18 on its 230-acre property and farm in Lowell and Grand Rapids campus at the Basilica Center. Camp themes range from animals and nature, to art, music and even music therapy for children with special needs.  “We have summer camp options for children and teenagers of all abilities and interests,” said Sister Mary Paul Moller. “Our day camps integrate hands-on experiences for kids that combine education, creativity, interactive experiences and play.”  In addition to weeklong day camps, the FLPC is offering a weekly music therapy class in June, July and early August. This group class helps with social interaction and communication and is part of the  FLPC’s 40-year history of music therapy.  “The Franciscan Life Process Center’s music therapy program has been serving West Michigan since 1978, before music therapy was a widely recognized therapy method,” said Sister Colleen Ann Nagle. “We serve people in all stages of life and we believe music therapy should be available to all who need it. Scholarships are available to families so children of all backgrounds can attend our summer camps.”

Music therapy grooves (ages 5-9, 10-15)
For children with special needs, a once-weekly music therapy group class is offered Wednesdays that utilizes fun and motivating interventions to work toward therapeutic goals such as social interaction and communication. Parent participation is welcomed. Classes at the FLPC Grand Rapids campus are 45 minutes and divided into age groups, 5-9 (2-2:45 p.m.) and 10-15 (3-3:45 p.m.) Cost is $120 for six sessions. Contact April or Lindsey at (616) 897-7842, extension 308.  June 21-August 2, no class July 5

Week-long day camps:
Carriage driving horse camp (ages 8-18)
Learn horsemanship and harnessing, carriage driving and safety with the FLPC’s miniature horses. The week-long class ends with a horse show for parents and friends. Camp meets from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the FLPC Lowell campus. Cost is $275, register here:

  • June 19-23
  • June 24-28
  • August 14-18

Animals wild and tame (ages 8-10)
Children and animals are natural partners; this camp will provide opportunity for kids to interact with animals and learn about their habitat and unique characteristics. Camp runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $150 per child, register here:  June 26-30

Art from nature (ages 7-12)
This class integrates arts and the natural world, with special focus on group interaction and creativity, building cooperation, problem solving and conflict resolution skills. Children will explore a variety of art media and techniques such as sculpture, painting and weaving utilizing things found in nature. Camp runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $150 per child. Register:  July 31-August 4

Rockin’ n Rollin’ (ages 10-12)
This rocky, hands-on camp offers a special focus on exploration of history through rocks and fossils. There will be group interaction and creativity, building cooperation, problem solving and conflict resolution skills. Class meets from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $150, register: August 7-11 

Integrated experiences for the natural world (ages 7-18)
Children with special needs are invited to this sensory summer camp that includes music therapy, adaptive art activities, and nature experiences. Its purpose is to provide a safe place for fostering social interaction with peer groups and developing creativity and cooperation through structure play experiences. Camp runs from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Cost is $100 per child, register here:  August 18-19

Sister Colleen Ann Nagle and Sister Mary Paul Moller are available for interview to talk about the summer camps, as well as the FLPC’s music therapy work in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and hospice centers throughout West Michigan.

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,

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Every Saturday, 3:45 PM, in the church.

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 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.  

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
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

Love Will Steer Me True: A Crash Course in Intergenerational Conversation on Faith
Saturday, May 6, 2017  10AM – 1PM
Do you know a 20, 30, or 40-something person who is no longer attending church? Studies estimate that 83% of this age group are missing from the pews.  Do they even want to talk about it?  Jane Knuth and her daughter, Ellen Knuth, authors of Love Will Steer Me True: A Mother and Daughter’s Conversations on Life, Love, and God, (Loyola Press, 2014) talk about learning from young Catholics who are not in the pews. Topics include “How not to pray for a 20-something.” “Participant vs. Member” “If they aren’t in the pews—where are they?” “Worry and prayer are not the same thing.”    Cost: $ 55 Lunch is included.  

FLPC| 11650 Downes St NE | Lowell |616-897-7842  |
To register, please go to and click on Events or call 616-897-7842.

Catholic Information Center Class Dates:  April/May
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)

Richard Rohr’s Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation   

Wednesday, May 3, 7-8:30pm
With Fr. Joachim Lally, CSP
Drawing from Scripture, theology, and the deepest insights of mystics, philosophers, and sages throughout history, Fr. Rohr presents a compelling alternative to the aloof and fairy-tale versions of God. The Divine Dance makes accessible and practicable the Christian tradition’s most surprising gift…God as Community…as Friendship…as Dance. Are you ready to join in?  ($10 donation suggested)  This program will be live streamed at
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.