This week’s Mass schedule
Fri., June 1
Sat., June 2
Sun., June 3
Mon., June 4
No Mass Here
Tue., June 5
9AM Mass, Parish Center
Wed., June 6
9AM Mass, Parish Center
Thu., June 7
9AM Mass, Parish Center
Fri., June 8
Sat., June 2
3:45PM Confession, Church
Sun., June 3
9AM Knights of Columbus Breakfast, Parish Center
9AM Fair Trade Coffee Sales, Parish Center
10:30AM High School Graduation Mass, Church
7PM Adult Volleyball, Gym
Mon., June 4
Parish Office Closed
Wed., June 6
6:30PM Festival Meeting, Parish Center
Thu., June 7
6:30PM Rosary, Church
8PM Men’s Basketball, Gym
Sat., June 9
8AM Men’s Spirituality, St. Brigid of Kildare
3:45PM Confessions, Church
Word of Life
“In 1943, when France was occupied by German Nazis, the search for Jews began. In the face of grave peril, Sister Agnes Walsh, a Daughter of Charity, convinced her mother superior to open their convent and offer refuge to a Jewish family.” Let us be open to following wherever the Lord leads. How do we decide what is right and wrong? Learn how to form your conscience at www.bit.ly/understanding-conscience.
Job Posting: Summer Care Aide
We are searching for loving, high-energy individuals to join our childcare team. Please click here for information.
Notice for Church entry
The south entrances and service drive are now gone, please use the front door to enter the Church. There is a temporary ramp to access the front door as well.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Festival Help: Check out the Signup Genius link here to sign up to volunteer the weekend of festival. Still many opportunities open, all are welcome!!
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 www.festivalrun.com
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.
SAVE THE DATE
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 email@example.com or Cindy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Group News
Cooling Down for the Summer– June 3rd
Have your middle schoolers join us June 3rd for our Cooling Down for the Summer Meeting from 3pm-5pm starting in the Youth Room! Have your teens be ready for water balloon fights and fun. 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.
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!
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.
CSA Fast Fact
Your parish receives 100% of the money raised over your parish CSA assessment. This money is earmarked for your vital local ministries and projects. Last year over $800,000 was rebated to our parishes! These rebates help fund vital ministries at the local level and also assist parishes with important building projects.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Grand Rapids Right to Life
6th Annual Pickle ball Tournament
Saturday, Aug. 4: Women’s and Men’s doubles, Sunday, Aug. 5: Mixed doubles. Play will continue through all skill level groups with a double elimination format. Cost: $30, registration fee. $10 per event. Time: 8AM registration, 9AM play begins. Location: Belknap Park, Grand Rapids. Registration and all required forms are online only: pickleballtournaments.com. Deadline: July 27. All proceeds to benefit: Grand Rapids Right to Life.
Thank you for your generous donations of food to the food pantry throughout April. Your continued support of this program is deeply appreciated. ~ Flat River Outreach Ministries
Strong Catholic Families
Body and Blood of Christ: Bread for Others
Reading I: Exodus 24:3-8 – Ratification of the covenant
Reading II: Hebrews 9:11-15 – The sacrifice of Jesus
Gospel: Mark 14:12-16, 22-26 – Passover preparation
Key Passage: While they were eating, he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” (Mark 14:22)
Adult: In what ways have you practiced the words of Jesus and been bread for others?
Youth: What can you do to prepare to celebrate Holy Communion with your parish family?
“We must be willing to accept the bitter truth that, in the end, we may have to become a burden to those who love us. But it is necessary that we face this also. The full acceptance of our abjection and uselessness is the virtue that can make us and others rich in the grace of God. It takes heroic charity and humility to let others sustain us when we are absolutely incapable of sustaining ourselves. We cannot suffer well unless we see Christ everywhere, both in suffering and in the charity of those who come to the aid of our affliction.” ― Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island
A Family Perspective
by Bud Ozar
One gets the impression there was always a lot of sharing, discussion and learning during the many meals Jesus and the disciples ate together. How does this compare to the meals in your home? Today’s gospel challenges us to make our meals more than physical functions and more a time for sharing.
New Refugee Family
The Refugee family has arrived. Please contact Cheryl if you would still like to help, email@example.com. Thank you!
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!
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.
Ever want to learn more about your faith at your own pace? We have a parish library and 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 Shirley 874-9184 or email@example.com to let her know if you can help.
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”.
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 have resumed on Sunday nights at 6:30PM in the St. Brigid Room of Kildare (in the school) or outside near the playground if it’s nice out.
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. Bridgid of Kildare room in the school from 6:30-8PM. Please contact Cheryl Emmette in the office if you would like more information. NO Meeting on Mon., May 28.
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
Paperback Picnic at the CIC
Tuesday, June 19, 5:30-7PM
With Fr. John Geaney, CSP
Divine Harmony: Seeking Community in a Broken World
Join us for a picnic dinner and a book talk as Fr. Geaney discusses today’s individualist and materialistic tendencies. Are we looking for joy in all the wrong places? Or are we most fully ourselves, more joyful and less lonely, when we are tightly bound to other people in the communities we belong to? CFD: Evangelization. $10 donation requested. **reading the book is not required, copies will be available at the CIC. (we will be picnicking indoors in the CIC Cafe).
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
Dominican Center at Marywood| 2025 Fulton St East | Grand Rapids |616-514-3325 | dominicancenter.com. For event information go to doninicancenter.com/events.
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.
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 email@example.com or visit www.ccwestmi.org for more information.
• Did you know that on any given day, Catholic Charities West Michigan has over 300 children in its licensed foster homes? Foster care means providing a temporary, substitute, safe, nurturing home to children who may have been removed from their parent’s care due to neglect and/or abuse. If you are ready to open your home and heart to a child in need, please call (616) 356-6202, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ccwestmi.org to find out how to become a foster parent.
• Post Abortion Healing – If you are struggling because of a past abortion or abortions, Project Rachel can help. Project Rachel, a program of Catholic Charities West Michigan, offers referrals to priests and counselors specially training to help those who have experienced abortion. We also offer Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats. The retreat offers an opportunity to step away for a while and focus on healing, grieving and reconnecting with God. The retreats are open to both women and men. All calls and emails are kept in the strictest confidence. For more information contact Maggie at (800)-800-8284 (MI only) or 616-340-1824 or email email@example.com.
• Bring the kids and your creativity to Gallery 303, God’s Kitchen Gift & Painting Studio. Paint your own plate, bowl, cup and other fun items with your favorite colors and designs! Join us for some great family fun and feel good knowing that the proceeds benefit the food and pantry programs of God’s Kitchen. Location: 303 Division Ave, Grand Rapids, phone: (616) 456-4110. Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10am to 4pm.
• Marriage, relationship and family counseling are available through Catholic Charities West Michigan’s (CCWM) Behavioral Health Department. We encourage you to call us toll free at 1-877-359-6523 to gather more information about our counseling services or to make an appointment with one of our highly qualified counselors. CCWM will provide you with a safe and confidential opportunity to address your pain to find hope and healing.
• Did you know that over 2,000 families strengthened their relationships through Catholic Charities West Michigan’s family preservation and support programs? Family Support Services assists and supports “at risk” families. In a non-traditional way, intensive, strength-based, solution focused counseling and family preservation services are provided in the home. CCWM has continued to successfully stregthen families in throughout West Michigan. For more information, please contact Aleaha Bowen at (616) 356-6262.
• God’s Kitchen Food and Pantry programs are in need of donations! Please see the list below of suggested items that we are in need of.
• Food Pantry
o Peanut butter
o Baking items: sugar, flour, oil
o Condiments: ketchup, mustard, mayo
• Baby Pantry
o Diapers sz 4-6
o Wet wipes
o Clothing sizes 2t-6t
o Summer shoes/sandals
o Diaper bags
o Sippy cups
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Resources and Events
The Franciscan Life Process Center
Visit the Life Process Center website for current schedules, registration information and other faith formation resources. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 897- 7842.
The Catholic Information Center
Visit the CIC website for current program schedules, registration information and other faith formation resources. Email email@example.com or call (616) 459-7267.
The Dominican Center at Marywood
Visit the Dominican Center website for current schedules, registration information for these and other faith formation resources. 514-3325.