Saint Patrick Parish News 5.17.18


This week’s Mass schedule  

Fri., May 18
9AM Mass

Sat., May 19
5PM Mass

Sun., May 20
8AM Mass
10:30AM Mass

Mon., May 21
No Mass Here

Tue., May 22
9AM Mass, Parish Center

Wed., May 23
9AM Mass, Parish Center

Thu., May 24
9AM Mass, Parish Center

Fri., May 25
9AM Mass

Upcoming Events
Sat., May 19
8AM Men’s Spirituality, St. Brigid of Kildare Room
9AM Spring Cleaning, Around Campus
3:45PM Confession, Church

Sun., May 20
8AM Scouts Donuts, Front Lawn
1PM Euchre, Parish Center
6PM HS Youth Group, Faith Formation Room
7PM Adult Volleyball, Gym

Mon., May 21
Parish Office Closed
6:30PM Women’s Faith Sharing, St Brigid of Kildare Room

Thu., May 24
11AM Sr. Appreciation Luncheon, Parish Center
6:30PM Rosary, Church
8PM Men’s Basketball, Gym

Sat., May 26
3:45PM Confessions, Church

The Flock







Festival News:
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

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 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

St. Patrick Festival 5K
Come join us for a great evening of racing and family fun. The Festival 5k starts at 7:00PM, on Friday June 22, 2018.  We will have live music, drinks and plenty of food in the Post Race Village.  All proceeds from this event benefit Saint Patrick Education Fund.  To register online go to

St. Patrick Festival Quilt Show
We will once again hold a quilt exhibit in the church during Festival!  If you are a quilter, know someone who quilts or if you were gifted a quilt and would like to share it with us in the Sunday afternoon exhibit, please call Denice Barker 987-3473.

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 19th from 9AM – finished

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

Please mark your calendars for June 17th when the Dedication of the Plaza will take place following the 10:30 Mass.  We will also be gathering for a “Thank You” dinner and festivities for our 9 wonderful years with Fr. Mark following the dedication.  Meat, beverages and table service will be provided.  Bring a dish to pass please.  Watch the bulletin and the Parish app for more updates.  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 or Cindy at

In Memoriam
We offer our prayers and condolences to the family of JoAnne Rowen, whose Funeral Mass was celebrated on May 17th at St. Patrick Parish.  

May her soul, and the souls of all the faithful
departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

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.  We are looking forward to seeing you!

New Refugee Family
Refugee Resettlement: The Refugee family has arrived.  Please contact Cheryl if you would still like to help, or email to get the link to Signup Genius that will show the list of needed items. 

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:

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 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

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.

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

Help Needed
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 to let Shirley know if you can help.  

CSA Fast Fact
Each year, thousands of children, youth, young adults, and adults are involved in religious education provided through our parishes.  These vital programs encourage the development of a real relationship with Jesus Christ, teach us our faith, and provide the opportunity for deeper involvement, service, and interior growth as Catholics.   

Included in our catechetical endeavors is an effort to welcome every Catholic person with disabilities, and their family, so they may be involved in religious education and the reception of the sacraments according to their needs and understanding.   

Your CSA contributions help train and support the catechists and directors of religious education in our parishes.  It also insures that the materials used by these dedicated teachers have been approved by the US Bishops, and are therefore up-to-date, and effective at strengthening our faith.

Youth Group News
High School:  Have your teen join us May 20th for our Cooling Down for the Summer Meeting from 6pm-8pm starting in the Youth Room! Have your teens be ready for water balloon fights and fun. **For those who’s teens are going on the High School Mission Trip this summer have them bring a white shirt to make tie dye t-shirts for the trip**.  Invite them to invite friends from school to join us for some fun and fellowship!  

Have your teen bring water guns or any other water based toys for outside and appropriate dress to get wet! We will have something else going on if the weather does not permit.

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.

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, for more information and to RSVP to let us know that your senior will be present!

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:

Knights of Columbus Euchre, Sunday, May 20th 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.

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:  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

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.

Grand Rapids Right to Life Golf Outing
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  

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 June 11th.

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

St. Patrick Portland Festival
June 22-24: music, youth baseball, volleyball, 3-on-3, kids karnival, food tent, beer tent, car show.  Go to 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 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.

Strong Catholic Families
Pentecost:  Gifts for Service
Reading I:  
Acts 2:1-11 – Descent of the Holy Spirit

Reading II1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13 – Many gifts, one Spirit, and the analogy of the body

Gospel:  John 20:19-23 – Appearance to the disciples

Key Passage:  Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord. (1 Corinthians 12:4–5)

AdultWhat gift of service have you received from the Holy Spirit and how well are you using it right now?

YouthWhat gift do you hope to receive from the Holy Spirit? How could you use it to serve others?

Choir News
This weekend marks the end of the Adult Choir’s regular season. We are truly blessed to have each of these singers sharing their time and talent over the course of the liturgical year.  Thank you for another wonderful year! Enjoy the summer months ahead!   ~Michelle

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 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
Today, on Pentecost, we remember Christ has given us the Holy Spirit to assist us in raising our family and he expects us to use this personal gift.  Let’s turn-off the noise, apps and distractions in our lives and let the Holy Spirit “guide us to the truth.”

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
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

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

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, 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
Blessed Stanley Rother
Tuesday, May 22, 7-8:30PM 
With Fr. Steve Dudek
Fr. Stanley Rother was an Oklahoma priest who was killed in his parish rectory in Guatemala on July 28, 1981.  Francis officially acknowledged Fr. Stanley’s martyrdom, making him the first recognized martyr to have been born in the United States.  Fr. Dudek shares the story of a remarkable man’s selflessness and kindness in the midst of the violent Guatemalan civil war.  CFD:  Evangelization.  $10 donation requested.

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
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  |
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,

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
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, 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.