This week’s Mass schedule
Fri., May 11
Sat., May 12
Sun., May 13
Mon., May 14
No Mass Here
Tue., May 15
9AM Mass, Parish Center
Wed., May 16
9AM Mass, Parish Center
Thu., May 17
9AM Mass, Parish Center
Fri., May 18
Sat., May 12
8AM Men’s Spirituality, St. Brigid of Kildare Room
3:45PM Confession, Church
Sun., May 13
7PM Adult Volleyball, Gym
Mon., May 14
Parish Office Closed
6:30PM Women’s Faith Sharing, St Brigid of Kildare Room
7PM Spanish Mass, Church
Wed., May 16
5PM Spring Cleanup around campus
Thu., May 17
7PM Adult Choir, Music Room
8PM Men’s Basketball, Gym
Sat., May 19
8AM Men’s Spirituality, St. Brigid of Kildare
3:45PM Confessions, Church
Meeting: The next festival meeting is Wednesday, June 6th at 6:30PM in the parish center. All are welcome! If you have any questions, contact Martha Hefferan-Snyder at email@example.com.
Auction: We are currently accepting sponsors and donations for the Festival Auction. Please see the insert in this weekend’s bulletin or here. Sponsorship Donations Contact the parish office or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. All donations are due to the parish office by June 4th, if you need your donation to be picked up please call the parish office or email email@example.com.
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 16th from 5PM – dark
May 19th from 9AM – finished
Please mark your calendars and consider lending a hand. All are welcome!
SAVE THE DATE
On Sunday, June 17th after the 10:30AM Mass, we will be dedicating the Plaza Project and having a Thank You Fr. Mark celebration. Please stay tuned for more information. If you have any pictures of Fr. Mark you’d like to share with the congregation we’d like for you to send them to us. Digital format only to Darci at firstname.lastname@example.org or Cindy at email@example.com.
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!
New Refugee Family
Refugee Resettlement: We have been matched with a family that will be arriving on May 16th! We need to furnish the house they will be living in on the NE side. Here is a link for to Signup Genius of items they’ll be needing: Items Needed If you have other questions, please contact the parish office. If you’d like to do a monetary donation for fresh food and other misc items, that can be sent to the parish office in person, via mail or in the Sunday collection.
Urgent Prayer Warriors
Did you know you can call and in a very short time have several people praying for your needs and intentions? In addition, First Friday prayers can be called in or e-mailed to the parish office any time for the following month. We say these prayers after Mass on the first Friday of the month. Extra copies of the prayers are on the left as you come into Church. Those who take a copy of the prayers are asked to pray them daily for that month. Please contact the parish office to leave your prayer request or to be added to the Prayer Warrior email chain so you too can pray for others. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vacation bible School
Buckle up! We’re going on a Radical Ride on the Wings of Prayer for Vacation Bible School this year. The flight takes off on Monday, July 9th and runs through Friday, July 13th. VBS will take place from 9am-12pm each day.
Children from preschool to those entering 6th grade are invited aboard as passengers. We also need tweens, teens and adults to serve as the crew – no pilot license required!
New this year: Online registration! Visit stpatrickparnell.org/vbs/ for more information and to register online. You can also contact Maryalene LaPonsie with any questions or for further details. You can text or call her at 616-897-5942 or email maryalene_L@hotmail.com.
God’s Mercy for the World
On Pentecost the Apostles went forth to preach the Gospel to all the nations. During the present time, Jesus wants His apostles to sing of His Mercy to all the nations as He revealed in the diary to St. Faustina, #1190: “From all My wounds, like from streams, Mercy flows for souls, but the wound in My Heart is the fountain of unfathomable Mercy. From this fountain spring all graces for souls. The flames of compassion burn Me. I desire greatly to pour them out upon souls. Speak to the whole world about My Mercy.”
May we contemplate God’s tremendous love and mercy for souls and then tell others to turn with trust to His infinite Mercy. Now is the time for Mercy. Jesus, I trust in You!
Copies of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy are located by the Image of the Divine Mercy in the Parish Center.
West Catholic Graduating Class of 2018
Please join the parents of West Catholic’s graduating Class of 2018 in prayer as the following parishioners prepare for graduation on May 22, 2018:
Margaret Riley Camp
Join the parents of West Catholic’s graduating class of 2018 in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament on Tuesday, May 22, beginning at 9:00 p.m. and ending at 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23. This prayer vigil will take place in the West Catholic Maria Goretti Chapel during the time of the Senior All Night Party. Stop in to pray that these students will always walk with God as their guide. Any questions, please call Cherie Quam 616-915-4192.
Beckham Scott Yowtz, Son of Justin & Amie
Haley MaryAnn Brown, Daughter of Andy & Molly
Lillyan Rosemary Brown, Daughter of Andy & Molly
Walter Thierry Reno, Son of Peter & Nicole
Treyton James Johnson, Son of Tadd & Samantha
Trinity Jean Johnson, Daughter of Tadd & Samantha
Bernadette Kateri Corcoran, Daughter of Ryan and Abigail
Piper Kristina Nugent, Daughter of Richard & Melissa
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.
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 gjackson@avemariafoundation.
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 email@example.com or the Parish Office. We are also in need of licensed drivers to drive the golf carts before AND after weekend Masses. If interested, contact Linda Parker or the Parish Office.
Parish Library: We are in the process of moving our books and reorganizing to the new parish library location. We welcome any assistance in this process. Please contact 874-9184 or firstname.lastname@example.org to let Shirley know if you can help.
Thank you for your gifts to CSA 2018. Your generous support will fund essential diocesan ministries that support ourseminarians, provide training for teachers and faith formation staff, as well as assist our brothers and sisters in need.
To date 169 families, representing 19% of our parish households, have contributed $54,959 or 46% of our parish goal. Please keep in mind that any amount raised over our goal is returned to the parish. Please continue to pray for the success of this important effort.
CSA Fast Fact
Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids are an alliance of 30 vibrant learning communities (25 elementary and five high schools) serving more than 6,600 preschool through 12th grade students. Our schools inspire young people to grow in Catholic faith and grace, achieve more in school and life, develop creativity and character, and feel welcomed and cherished.
Your CSA gift helps fund the Office of Catholic Schools, which provides shared services, scholarships, training and curriculum. The office also coordinates the “Catholic Schools: Bridging Faith and Future” strategic plan, a living roadmap that shares a vision and establishes direction for our Catholic schools’ future vitality.
High School Graduation Mass
Join us in celebrating the hard work and dedication of all high school seniors at the Graduation Mass on June 3rd at the 10:30am Mass. Also join us for breakfast afterwards put on by the Knights of Columbus. Please contact Drew Anderson, at aanderson@Stpatrickparnell.org, for more information and to RSVP to let us know that your senior will be present!
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
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
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.
Holy Family Radio
Save the date: Come Holy Spirit, Spring Pledge Drive May 16-18. Prayer Card
Matthew Kelly coming to Grand Rapids
Are you thriving or just surviving? Do you want more energy? A deeper sense of purpose? Join acclaimed Catholic speaker and author Matthew Kelly for ‘Living Every Day with Passion and Purpose’ on May 19th from 7-10PM at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Kelly, found of the Dynamic Catholic Institute, is the author of several bestselling books, including: Rediscover Catholism, The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic and Resisting Happiness.
Tickets for the event are $39 and can be purchased at a sponsoring parish during a designated weekend or online. To learn more and to purchase tickets online, visit: http://bit.ly/DOGRmatthewkelly.
Dear Ladies of the Parish: Our next bunco night is Tuesday, June 12th at 7:00 in Multipurpose Room 1 of the Parish Center. Please join us! If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Covell at email@example.com.
St. Patrick Portland Festival
June 22-24: music, youth baseball, volleyball, 3-on-3, kids karnival, food tent, beer tent, car show. Go to stpatsummerfest.com or see this flyer for more detail.
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 Mass. Registration 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, ext 115.
Knights of Columbus Euchre, Sunday, Sept. 2 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.
Strong Catholic Families
Ascension of the Lord: The Gift of Wisdom
Reading I: Acts 1:1-11 – The Ascension of Jesus
Reading II: Ephesians 1:17-23 – A Spirit of wisdom
Gospel: Mark 16:15-20 – The Commissioning and Ascension
Key Passage: [T]hat the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation resulting in knowledge of him. (Ephesians 1:17)
Adult: Who in your family has the gift of wisdom? How does he or she use this gift?
Youth: Who is the wisest person you know? What has he or she taught you?
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Michelle Ogren, email@example.com or call the parish office.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Parish Office and leave a message. Thank you!
Altar Server Vestments
Server cassocks and surplices are found lying on the floor or rolled up under chairs and in corners. This occurs after daily Mass as well as after weekend Masses. We would like to remind all servers that part of the serving ministry is to properly care for the garments worn and if assistance is necessary to ask for help. We ask the older servers to assist the younger servers. In addition, we ask the parents of weekend servers for help in seeing that the garments are hung properly. Please feel welcome to stop in the server room to assist with hanging their garments. We thank everyone for their attention to this and appreciate your time and effort in service to the parish.
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 email@example.com 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”.
“The most important person on earth is a mother. She cannot claim the honor of having built Notre Dame Cathedral. She need not. She has built something more magnificent than any cathedral – a dwelling for an immortal soul, the tiny perfection of her baby’s body…the angels have not been blessed with such a grace. They cannot share in God’s creative miracle to bring new saints to Heaven. Only a human mother can. Mothers are closer to God the creator than any other human creature. God joins forces with mothers in performing this act of creation… What on God’s earth is more glorious than this: to be a mother.” –Cardinal Joseph Mindszenty
A Family Perspective
by Bud Ozar
As Jesus appointed apostles, he also appoints parents to represent Him in the family; “make disciples of your children, baptizing and teaching them all I have taught you. Don’t worry, I am with you always.”
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
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org
For parents of sons and daughters who experience same-sex attraction, “speaking the truth in love” to their children can often present a challenge. The EnCourage apostolate is the Catholic Church’s outreach to parents and other loves ones in this situation, and offers them support and direction as they strive to love their children without the boundless love of Christ. A priest chaplain leads the regular meetings of EnCourage and offers insights into how to keep the Faith while keeping family relationships strong. For more information, please call 616-288-0918 or email email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit CatholicFoundationWM.org. Flyer
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!
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, email@example.com or 691-8541 x14.
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.
We provide lo-gluten hosts for those needing them. Please contact Emma Darling at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Thursday evenings, 6:30, in the church. Questions, email@example.com
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Every Saturday, 3:45 PM, in the church.
Adult Christian Initiation
To become Catholic, complete your adult initiation into the Catholic Church, or if you know someone whom might be interested, St Patrick Parish has a process of inquiry into the Catholic faith that meets throughout the year. Contact Diane Hamel, 691-8541, x12.
Men’s Faith Sharing
The current guide for sharing is Be a Man!: Becoming the Man God Created You to Be (by Fr. Larry Richards). The group meets on the 2nd Saturday of the month at 8AM in the St. Brigid of Kildare room in the school. Please contact Cheryl Emmette in the office if you would like more information.
Women’s Faith Sharing
The current guide for sharing is A Father Who Keeps His Promises: God’s Covenant Love and Scripture (by Scott Haan). The group meets on Monday evenings in the St. Brigid of Kildare room in the school from 6:30-8PM. Please contact Cheryl Emmette in the office if you would like more information.
Sunday Study Group
Please consider joining our group each Sunday at 9AM to discuss how to apply the Sunday readings to our daily lives. We gather in the St. Brigid of Kildare room in the school for coffee and conversation using resources from Twenty-Third Publications and Sunday Scripture Insights. All are welcome; hope to see you there. Contact Mary Nugent, 691-8557 for additional information.
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.
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
The Virtue of Resilience
Wednesday, May 16, 7-8:30PM
With Fr. Bill Edens, CSP
Life’s many challenges create the small deaths and rebirths that characterize human life. So often it seems that we will not make it through the currrent crisis. Each of these times of adversity, trauma, or tragedy have called forth resilience – the spiritual, psychological, and emotional flexibility that has allowed us to grow and thrive in the midst of unforeseen struggles. In this session we learn how to utilize the skills of recruiting, reframing, and resolving in building the virtue of resilience and finding the healing that will make us whole. CFD: Spirituality. $10 donation requested.
CIC| 360 Division Ave S, Ste 2A | Grand Rapids |616-459-7267 | catholicinformationcenter.org
For all events and/or to pre-register, please call 616-459-7267 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Franciscan Life Process Center Events
Unplug at the FLPC Retreat: Turn off the noise and reconnect with God and nature
Who: Catholic adults between the ages of 21-35
What: A Franciscan retreat during harvest time
When: August 1-5
“Catholicism Unplugged” is a retreat for Catholic adults, ages 21 to 35, interested in disconnecting from the consumer culture and reconnecting to more simple living and the Catholic faith. Led by Sister Damien Marie Savino, FSE, we will work, pray, and eat together, learning how to harvest fruits and vegetables, make homemade pies and bread, and care for livestock. There will be opportunities for spiritual integration along with daily Mass, Adoration, and the Divine Office. Cost: $250, includes food, lodging and equipment.
FLPC| 11650 Downes St NE | Lowell |616-897-7842 | lifeprocesscenter.org
To register, please go to www.
Dominican Center at Marywood
Remembering God’s Love Through Memory Loss
Friday’s, April 27, May 4,11,18,25 and June 1,8,15. 10:30-Noon
Please join us in remembering as God remembers, even as others may forget. Both family caregivers and their loved one with memory loss are invited to attend together. This program is designed to:
- Give time for family caregivers to nurture and renew their spirit as we celebrate and support the role of family caregiver. Family caregivers will have time to share their story with one another and journey in support of each other. This portion of the morning is facilitated by Tim Tuthill, LMSW
- Offer loved ones with memory loss an opportunity to participate in a creative program engaging them in their present moment and embracing them as they are. Loved ones with memory loss will be gently guided through an artful experience with Leara Glinzak, MSAT
- Provide both the family caregiver and their loved one a common guided experience as at the end of the morning, the two groups unite and share a common experience.
In Kent County alone, nearly 10,000 people live with memory loss and dementia, and the number is expected to grow. It is a disease that forces family caregivers to make great sacrifices and to redefine their relationship with their loved ones throughout the process of memory loss.
Dominican Center at Marywood| 2025 Fulton St East | Grand Rapids |616-514-3325 | dominicancenter.com
To pre-register, doninicancenter.com/events
Grand Rapids Right to Life Events
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, email@example.com, or visit grrtl.org/golf.
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.
NEW! Development Dateabase Admin at Diocese of Grand Rapids Details here
Catholic Charities of West Michigan have a number of position openings throughout the Diocese of Grand Rapids. All position openings can be found on our website here.
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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ccwestmi.org for more information.
• Did you know that on any given day, Catholic Charities West Michigan has over 300 children in its licensed foster homes? Foster care means providing a temporary, substitute, safe, nurturing home to children who may have been removed from their parent’s care due to neglect and/or abuse. If you are ready to open your home and heart to a child in need, please call (616) 356-6202, email us at email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Bring the kids and your creativity to Gallery 303, God’s Kitchen Gift & Painting Studio. Paint your own plate, bowl, cup and other fun items with your favorite colors and designs! Join us for some great family fun and feel good knowing that the proceeds benefit the food and pantry programs of God’s Kitchen. Location: 303 Division Ave, Grand Rapids, phone: (616) 456-4110. Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10am to 4pm.
• Marriage, relationship and family counseling are available through Catholic Charities West Michigan’s (CCWM) Behavioral Health Department. We encourage you to call us toll free at 1-877-359-6523 to gather more information about our counseling services or to make an appointment with one of our highly qualified counselors. CCWM will provide you with a safe and confidential opportunity to address your pain to find hope and healing.
• Did you know that over 2,000 families strengthened their relationships through Catholic Charities West Michigan’s family preservation and support programs? Family Support Services assists and supports “at risk” families. In a non-traditional way, intensive, strength-based, solution focused counseling and family preservation services are provided in the home. CCWM has continued to successfully stregthen families in throughout West Michigan. For more information, please contact Aleaha Bowen at (616) 356-6262.
• God’s Kitchen Food and Pantry programs are in need of donations! Please see the list below of suggested items that we are in need of.
• Food Pantry
o Peanut butter
o 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
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 email@example.com or call 897- 7842.
The Catholic Information Center
Visit the CIC website for current program schedules, registration information and other faith formation resources. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (616) 459-7267.
The Dominican Center at Marywood
Visit the Dominican Center website for current schedules, registration information for these and other faith formation resources. 514-3325.