Saint Patrick Parish News 6.1.17


This week’s Mass schedule  

Fri., June 2
First Friday
9AM Mass

Sat., June 3
5PM Mass

Sun., June 4
Pentecost Sunday
8AM Mass
10:30AM Mass

Mon., June 5
No Mass Here

Tue., June 6
9AM Mass

Wed., June 7
9AM Mass

Thu., June 8
9AM Mass

Fri., June 9
9AM Mass

Upcoming Events

Sat., June 3
3:45PM Confession, Church

Sun., June 4
9AM K of C Breakfast/Fair Trade Coffee, Parish Center
10:30AM HS Graduation Mass, Church

Mon., June 5
Parish Office Closed

Thu., June 8
6:30PM Rosary, Church
8PM Men’s Basketball, Gym

Sat., June 10
3:45PM Confession, Church



Fr. Stephen’s first Mass at St. Patrick’s

Fr. Stephen will also return to celebrate Mass at Saint Patrick on June 11th at 10:30am. Deacon Stephen appreciates all of the support and prayers from the Saint Patrick parish family.

St. Patrick Community
This year has been a wonderful experience for me as the Coordinator of Faith Formation and Middle School Youth Ministry.  I was able to see some of the beautiful programs that this parish has to offer, including H.S. Mission Trip, VBS, Faith Formation, Sacramental preparation, and had the honor of running the first year of the M.S. Youth Ministry program.  The community here is joyful and encouraging and I could not have done half of my job with without your support.  I am so thankful for the time I was able to spend serving the community of St. Patrick Parish, but I am now embarking on a new adventure taking a full-time position at Kids’ Food Basket in their finance department. Non-profit business is what I went to school for and Kids’ Food Basket has been my dream job for several years, and yet it was still a decision that required a lot of prayer and consideration because I have grown to love the community here. I will miss serving you all in this capacity.  Thank you again for all of your support and encouragement.  


In Memoriam
We offer our prayers and condolences to the family of Jim Westveer, whose Funeral Mass was celebrated on May 26, 2017 at St. Patrick Parish.  May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

Have One, Give One; Need One, Take One
Our fresh produce table will be out later this spring/summer.  As you are planning your gardens, please keep this in mind!

Festival Vegas Night
Calling all Dealers for Black Jack. We need dealers! Saturday night of the festival, looking for 3 hour shifts 7-10 or 9-Midnight.   Must be 18, never dealt? We can teach you. Call Sharon Landman for details #616-437-2773.

Festival 5k 2017
Registration is open for the 2017 Festival 5K Run! This year’s family friendly run/walk will once again kick off the Annual Parish Festival on Friday, June 23rd at 7pm.  Register at  We are looking for business sponsors! If you or your business would be interested in being a sponsor for our event, contact the Parish office at 616-691-8541. Sponsor forms with all of the details can also be found on our website

Festival Pies
Each family of our parish is asked to donate two pies (no cream pies please), two dozen cookies or $10 for the purchase of desserts for the parish   festival chicken dinner.  Pies or cookies may be dropped off to our parish center gym on Saturday morning, June 25th or Sunday morning, June 26. If you decide to donate $10 toward the purchase of pies, you may deposit the money in the collection basket at Mass in an envelope labeled ‘pies’.  You may also mail your ‘pie money’ to the parish office.  Questions, please contact the parish office.

First Friday:  June
“For His sake, I have forfeited everything; I have accounted all else  rubbish so that Christ may be my wealth and I may be in Him….  All I want is to know Christ Jesus and the power flowing from His resurrection;” Phil 3:8-10.  Get away from your busy schedule and spend a quiet hour with Our Divine Lord and Teacher.  Hours are available every First Friday from 10:00am until 4:00pm.  To schedule an hour for June 2nd, please call Beth at 874-7572.  The Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be recited at 3:00pm.

We will celebrate the great feast of Pentecost during the weekend of June 3-4.  For centuries this feast was one of the biggest days in the church year for the placing of all sort of fresh foliage, bundles of grasses and large amounts of local flowers including, peonies and irises.  People feasted on the first pickings from their gardens -asparagus, peas, lettuce, herbs and rhubarb.  An abundance of dairy products transformed winter’s fast (and the recently completed Lenten fast) into summer’s great feast.  As a reminder of God’s covenant with all creation and with the people of St. Patrick, please consider bringing a flame colored potted plant to Masses Pentecost Sunday and place them in the spaces provided before Mass begins.  Salvias, petunias, geraniums, zinnias and dahlias are all good choices.  These plants will then be planted around the parish grounds as a reminder that the Spirit guides and animates all that we do.  Also, you are encouraged to wear red to Mass as an  outward sign of this parish’s life in the Spirit.

Prolife Golf Classic
The 10th annual Prolife Golf Classic, held at beautiful Pilgrim’s Run Golf Club in Pierson, is a great day for golfers of all levels.  Don’t miss your chance to gold this prestigious course and to support the prolife efforts of Grand Rapids Right to Life on Monday, June 5, with a shotgun start and 9:00 AM. This day of fun and fellowship includes a light breakfast, 18 holes of golf, on-course games, and lunch for only $125 per golfer.  Don’t golf?  Consider being a sponsor of this outing!  To participate in or to sponsor this event, contact Grand Rapids Right to Life at 616-532-2300, or visit

Tennis Anyone?
Rich Havenga wants to create an informal group to play tennis at FHE (Forest Hills East) or ERMS (East Rockford Middle School), Sunday evenings 5-7 p.m. Fun and friendly competition among age groups. Mixed Doubles and some Singles. Contact Rich Havenga: 691-7878,

Dear Ladies of the Parish:  Our next bunco night is Tuesday, June 13th at 7:00 in Multipurpose Room 1 of the Parish Center.  Please join us!  If you have any questions, please contact Stacey George at 616-204-4931.

VBS Volunteers
Please mark your calendar for the week of July 17th for our 2017 VBS program! This year, we will be going on a Wilderness Adventure through the seven sacraments. VBS will run from 9am-12pm on MondayFriday.  VBS is only possible through the help of our adult and teen volunteers, and we would like to invite YOU to join our team! Whether you want to run a station or work in the background as a helper, we’ve got a job perfect for you! Are you crafty and creative? We also need folks to help with our decorations and set design prior to the week.

Festival Auction Donations
Festival auction preparations are underway, and we are eager for donations!  Donating sports tickets, themed parties, electronics, restaurant certificates, entertainment passes, gift basket items or other items is a great way to support St. Patrick’s  – no item is too big or small.  Contact the parish office at or 616-691-8541.

Calling all Quilters
We will once again hold a quilt exhibit in the church  during Festival this year!  If you are a quilter, know  someone who quilts or if you were gifted a quilt and would like to include it in our Sunday afternoon exhibit, please call Denice Barker at #987-3473.

May Weddings
Brian McCabe & Cecily Near

Peter Martin & Amanda Prins
Zachary Steckler & Katie Gellner

May God be with you and bless you,
May you be poor in misfortune, rich in joy,
And may you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward. 

~Irish Blessing

Helping Hearts, Helping Hands Need
Our Helping Hearts, Helping Hands Ministry is a ministry that links needs of parishioners to those parishioners who may be able to help with those needs. We currently are looking for a used car that is in good running condition. The price needs to be around $2,000-$3,000 and preferably a 4 door as it is for a mother and child on a fixed income. If you or someone you know has a car with a cost in that price range, please contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office.

Respect Life
“The common home of all men and women must continue to rise on the foundations of a right understanding of universal fraternity and respect for the sacredness of every human life, of every man and every woman, the poor, the elderly, children, the infirm, the unborn, the unemployed, the abandoned, those considered disposable because they are only considered as part of a statistic. This common home of all men and women must also be built on the understanding of a certain sacredness of created nature.”   – Pope Francis

Strong Catholic Families
Seventh Sunday of Easter:  Sharing Christ’s Suffering
Reading I:  
Acts 1:12-14 (return to Jerusalem after the ascension) 

Reading II:  1 Peter 4:13-16 (blessings of persecution)

Gospel:  John 17:1-11 (completion of Jesus’ work)

Key Passage:  If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory, which is the Spirit of God, is resting on you. (1 Peter 4:14)

Adult:  When we are welcoming, forgiving and generous, we may be criticized, but how does that connect us to Christ?

Youth:  Standing up for your faith means doing good even when it is easier not to. When have you experienced this?

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.”

Attn. Parents of Incoming Catholic Central Freshmen
The research on faith and teens cannot be clearer:   Parents matter… a lot!

Catholic Central is inviting all parents of incoming freshmen to an evening to gather with other parents and school staff on Friday, June 2, 7 – 9 p.m., at Cathedral Square (360 Division Ave. – adjacent to the high school campus).

  • Start Building Community now. Share with other parents and school leaders your hopes, needs and concerns about the faith of your children and how the school can support you in your efforts to instill faith.
  • Explore and assess your own “family faith inventory”and discern steps for growing in faith as a family in the coming year.
  • Discover some practical ideas and tools for family faith growth.

Instantaneous translation for Spanish will be available. For more information, go to or call 616-233-5848.

Volunteer Opportunity
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion needed at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s:   Volunteer extraordinary ministers of holy Communion are needed to distribute the Eucharist to Catholic patients. The Eucharist is distributed seven days per week. Extraordinary ministers of holy Communion who are currently serving in their parish, and are able to serve a minimum of two hours per week as a volunteer, are asked to contact Monica Tyler, chaplain, at or 616-685-6359.

Retrouvaille Weekend
Rediscover healing and love and find hope by attending Retrouvaille (pronounced re-tro-v-eye). The program offers tools needed to rediscover a loving marriage relationship.  The next Retrouvaille weekend is June 9-11, 2017. Space is limited, please reserve your spot today.  To register or to sponsor a couple: call (616) 752-7004 or email or to register online visit

Women of Grace Benedicta Leadership Institute
The Women of Grace Benedicta Leadership Institute for Women and SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary (SSCMS) have partnered to present a dynamic new offering for women interested in Catholic Women’s Leadership.  The first of its kind, this program provides women with the opportunity to acquire a certification or graduate credit hours in Catholic Women’s Leadership.  Graduate credit hours can then be applied to ward a Master of Arts in Theology degree with a concentration in Catholic Women’s Leadership. No matter which level of endeavor a woman desires, this program will help her attain her goal, and assist her to “help transform the world one woman at a time”.  Class will be held at SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake, MI and the dates are from June 19th through June 30th.  For more information please call 1-800-558-5452 or email  Please to go our website for more details:

Prayer for the Peace in the Spirit of Taize
Monday, June 12, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary Church, 423 1st St NW, Grand Rapids. The Prayer of Peace is contemplative, sung Christian prayer that uses singing, scripture, extended silence, intercessory prayer, and candlelight. All are welcome.

Oración de paz en el espíritu de Taizé
Lunes, 12 de junio, a las 7:00 p.m. en la Iglesia Santa María, 423 First St NW, Grand Rapids. Pase un rato juntos en una oración con el Espíritu, contemplativa, con cantos, escritura y silencio en el espíritu de Taizé. La Oración de Paz es una oración accesible, una oración meditativa y una oración del corazón para cristianos de cualquier confesión: ¡todos son bienvenidos! Bilingüe.

Father’s Day Pilgrimage
JUNE 17-19, 2017
Celebrate Father’s Day this year on a special pilgrimage to our nation’s capital. Pilgrimage includes nonstop air on Southwest Airlines from Grand Rapids to Washington DC, 2 nights’ hotel and breakfasts. Mass at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.  Visit Arlington National Cemetery. Tour historic churches, monuments and memorials. Baltimore Orioles baseball game. And …… 

Special presentation by EWTN radio and TV host Dr. Ray Guarendi. A leading authority on parenting and an active Catholic speaker, Dr. Ray will present “Laughter: The Sanity of Family.” Only $769 (double occupancy). Space is limited. Call Corporate Travel at 1-313-565-8888 x 122 or online at for more details or reservations.

Learn About the W.A.R. on Women
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Becky McDonald, founder of Women at Risk, speak at a private reception on Thursday, June 22, at 7:00 PM at the W.A.R. Chest Boutique in Wyoming.  Women at Risk is represented in all 50 states and in 51 countries and addresses issues such as female       circumcision, rape, honor killings, acid attacks, AIDS, and human trafficking.  

Human trafficking victims report high rates of forced abortions. Overseas, women have experienced as many as nine abortions. They are made to pay for them personally by their “owners” or it is held against their “debt” with daily compounding interest. W.A.R. walks with women who have experienced forced abortions and were never given any “choice.” They also assist mothers who choose life and raise their children alone.  

This private reception with Becky McDonald will include refreshments and an opportunity to shop the W.A.R. store. 

Tickets are $5.00 each and only a limited number are available.
To pre-purchase your tickets, mail a check made payable to GRRTL to:
Grand Rapids Right to Life, 2340 Porter Street SW, Wyoming, MI 49519

Holy Name of Jesus Church and San Juan Diego Academy are proud to announce their Gran Festival this year June 24 and 25 at Lamar Park in Wyoming.  We would like to extend an invitation to (NAME OF PARISH) parishioners to join us and enjoy the music, food, games and more of our multicultural parish.  Flyer can be found here

La Iglesia del Santo Nombre de Jesús y La Academia San Juan Diego, se enorgullece en anunciar su Gran Festival de este año el 24 y 25 de Junio en el parque Lamar en Wyoming.  Les hacemos una cordial invitación a sus feligreses a unirse a nosotros y disfrutar de la música y la comida de nuestra parroquia multicultural.  

¡Los Esperamos!!

Strengthened in Faith
Strengthened in Faith: The doors of the church will be wide open, Saturday, June 24 at St. Robert of Newminster parish in Ada, for a special day for families with children, of any age, who have disabilities.There will be activities for children, youth and adults with disabilities or special needs and their siblings. Childcare will be available for infants & toddlers. This event is FREE for families; fees are covered by generous donations. To receive a registration form, contact Sister Barbara Cline at or Teri Burns at or forms can be downloaded at  Here too is a flyer for the event.

Save the Date:  Oct., 11
“Made for More” – Visions of the Promised Land
Made for More  is an inspired blend of live music, art and presentation that taps the deepest desires of the human revealing their ultimate purpose and goal.  Join Christopher West and Mike Mangione as they offer a vision of the Gospel like you’ve never heard through the lens of Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.  Hosted by Holy Spirit in Grand Rapids, Wednesday, October 11th. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Camp Sancta Maria
Looking to spark the faith of your children or grandchildren while they have a blast at the same time?  Check out Camp Sancta Maria located in      Gaylord, Michigan.  We are a Catholic camp that provides fun experiences in a technology-free zone (and they won’t even miss their cell phones!) while immersed in a faith-filled environment.  We offer separate camping experiences for boys and girls that include daily Mass, horseback riding, swimming, archery, various sports, high and low ropes, campfires, crafts and more.  For additional information, check us out at or call (248) 822-8199.

West MI Works Open for everyone at North Kent Community Services
North Kent Community Services is now offering services to help people find jobs. On Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., West Michigan Works! will help people with resume writing, cover letters, and more at the NKCS location. Anyone can use West Michigan Works! Services. You do not have to be a client of NKCS.

West Michigan Works!, a workforce development firm that aims to develop Michigan’s economic future, helps clients take the next step in their new career, free of charge. “The best way out of poverty is through livable wage employment,” said Claire Guisfredi, Executive Director of North Kent Community Services. “People need the right skills to be competitive in the workforce. To have this vital resource available to people at NKCS will impact northern Kent County in a powerful way.”
For more information about West Michigan Works! and to see upcoming hiring events and workshop schedules, please visit

St. Jude Unemployed Support Group
Are you headed in the right direction? Do you need help determining what direction is the right direction for you? We know how unsure you can be when you are without a job. Join us in our small group setting, and we will help you discover your direction and confirm all the positive assets you have to offer an employer. Our goal is to help you prepare yourself to present the best “you” to your next employer. We discuss resumes, networking, prospecting, interviewing and much more. All are welcome.  Please join us on:  The Second Wednesday of the month 9:30-11am, St. Jude Brophy Center, 1120 4 Mile Rd. NE., Grand Rapids.  For more information, please contact, Dan at or Mary at

Holy Family Radio

Whether you are taking a trip across town or across the country, take Holy Family Radio with you. With our streaming and mobile apps, you can now listen to Holy Family Radio anywhere you get can internet access. If you are driving in the car, you can also listen to Catholic radio in many cities in Michigan. The list is growing each year with new stations and new ways to listen, including our newest 98.3FM!

We are growing our ministry of Greeters.  If you are willing to come to church a little earlier, meet and welcome your fellow parishioners and visitors with a smile, a handshake, and a word of welcome, we need you!  Perhaps your family would like to share this ministry. We are scheduling up to four greeters during the winter months (we greet inside the main doors) and more when the weather allows us to be outside.  Please email Cindy Samson at or Michelle Ogren, or call the parish office.

Helping Hearts, Helping Hands
We are looking for more people who may be interested in helping with projects at parishioner’s homes. Occasionally we get requests for parishioners who are unable (for whatever reason) to take care of some things around their home.  Time commitment varies and is not needed on every project.  We just need a larger list to ask for volunteers.  If you are interested in being added to the possible volunteer list, please contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office, by email, or through the website volunteer form.

If you are in need of Helping Hearts, Helping Hands service, please contact us also.  Cheryl Emmette, or 691-8541 x14.

AA Meetings
Sunday nights at 7:30PM in the Parish Center and Tuesday nights at 7:30PM in Canonsburg above the Bottle Shop

Adult Volleyball Open Gym
Adult Volleyball is on Sunday, 7PM (or 7:30PM, check parish calendar) in the gym.  Call or text Jamie Dye with any questions, 269-330-6395.

Thursday Rosary
Thursday evenings, 6:30, in the church.  Questions,

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

Women’s Faith Sharing Group
Our group meets on Monday evenings, typically in the Erin Isle Room from 6:30-8PM.   Please contact Cheryl Emmette for information.

Men’s Spirituality Group
With the new school year starting, now is a great time to join our groups. There are two monthly meeting options: Saturday mornings from 9-11:30 and Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9. If you are interested in participating, please contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office, or 691-8541 x14.

Adult Christian Initiation
To become Catholic, complete your adult initiation into the Catholic Church, or if you know someone whom might be interested, St Patrick Parish has a process of inquiry into the Catholic faith that meets throughout the year.  Contact Diane Hamel, 691-8541, x12.

First Friday
The Blessed Sacrament is a school of holiness.  In the Blessed Sacrament, we see the profound humility of Jesus Christ.  Here, the Eternal Wisdom of God, who made all things, condescends to come among us in the form of ordinary food, bread.  Bread is simple fare, the food of the poor.
If we are to imitate Christ, we must first practice humility.  We must be content to be unnoticed, unpraised, and unappreciated.  We must give all glory to God, choosing to be humble and unassuming – like a piece of bread.  St. Patrick’s Parish will offer Adoration with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, the first Friday of each month following Mass.  For questions or to sign up for an hour, please call Beth Zambon @ 616.874.7572.  

Hispanic Ministry
Bishop Walkowiak officially leads our diocese in launching a strategic planning process for Hispanic Ministry in the Diocese of Grand Rapids.  The Hispanic community in West Michigan has nearly doubled since the year 2000 and members have a significant role to play in the future of the Catholic Church.  This plan will give parishes direction and resources to begin or strengthen ministry with our Hispanic brothers and sisters in their area.  It will also be a guide to shape the strategic future of Hispanic Ministry in the diocese for the next five years.  For more information, visit

Ministry Booklet
Did you miss the ministry fair or have misplaced your green booklet? Please feel free to take one from the back of church the next couple weeks. Our ministries happen because of our volunteers! Please consider sharing some of your time to an area that interests you.

We received a very generous donation of Scapula’s of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  If you’d like one, there are a few in church and more in the parish office.

Money for Ministry
Many people work hard to make sure they can leave behind something of worth. Roberta King’s father was no exception.

When Mr. King died, his Estate was well planned, and Roberta was tasked with distributing the money he’d left. The process of doling out the checks to his church and various organizations he loved not only brought unexpected joy and pride to her heart —it helped ease her grief. Of the experience Roberta later wrote, “Yes, I did receive a nice inheritance, but the gift my dad gave me wasn’t his money. It was a deeper understanding in a very personal way, of the importance of volunteering and financially supporting a community that you love.”

Have you considered the legacy you’ll leave behind? And if so, why wait until after you’re gone to impact the ones you love? Hebrews 3:13 says “But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day . . .” Harness the power of today with these ideas:

  1. Give together. When creating or updating your Estate Plan, include your children or grandchildren in the process. Introduce them to the ministries you care about, like The Catholic Church, and help them see the passion behind your checks.
  2. Choose today. Like the late Mr. King, most people leave an inheritance to be distributed upon their death — which is normal and right to do. But what about giving to your loved ones now? Why not bless the people you care about when you can see the blessing and reaction it creates first-hand?

For the full version of this article, request a FREE copy of 3 Ways to Harness the Power of Now by contacting Mark Morrow of the Catholic Foundation of West Michigan, at (616) 475-1251 or – or bless your family today with a Christ-centered will at

Photos of our Beloved Deceased
If you brought photos for the remembrance of our faithful departed, they have been moved to the parish office and can be picked up during business hours. Thank you

Franciscan Life Process Center Events
Once a Month Kitchen
Strawberry Jam Making
June 6, 2017, 
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Enjoy the flavor of fresh strawberries throughout the year by learning to make strawberry jam.   Cost:  $30.00 which includes a $10 supply fee.  To register, please go to

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.

Catholic Information Center Class Dates
CROSSfit:  Faith Conversations for Young Professionals
Thursdays, June 1 & 8, 6-7:30PM

With Fr. René Constanza, CSP
Calling all young professionals! Strengthen your faith with Fr. René at the Knickerbocker [The Knickerbocker Brewpup & Distillery @ 417 Bridge St, NW] for a book study and discussion of Fr. Richard Leonard’s book, What Does It all Mean? A Guide to Being More Faithful, Hopeful, and Loving. The book touches on challenges to faith, inside and outside of the Church, that confront and sometimes confound believers today.  See you there!  CFD: Spirituality
CIC| 360 Division S | Grand Rapids |616-459-7267

For more events, information or to register go to

Grand Rapids Right to Life Events
30th Annual Focus on Life Benefit Dinner
Monday, Oct. 9,  6:30PM

With Ann McElhinney

The 30th annual Focus on Life Benefit Dinner at the DeVos Place ballrooms in downtown Grand Rapids will take place on Monday, October 9 at 6:30PM.  Ann McElhinney, producer of the film Gosnell:  America’s Biggest Serial Killer, will be the keynote speaker.  McElhinney produced this film to shed light on the heinous crimes of abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who was convicted in 2013 of first-degree murder for killing three infants who were born alive.  Tickets are $100 per seat or $1,000 per table of 10.  For more information, contact Grand Rapids Right to Life at 616-532-2300,, or visit

Love, Mercy, Life.  Opening the Heart of Marriage
Married love is the most deeply personal union found among men and women. The marital union calls husband and wife to become one flesh, one heart and one soul. In fact, the Church teaches that when they marry, God prepares a husband and wife to faithfully live their sacred union and become parents who will love and nurture their children. The methods of Natural Family Planning (NFP) are a support for married love. Natural Family Planning (NFP) is an umbrella term for the safe, natural and effective methods of both achieving and avoiding pregnancy. NFP methods teach couples how to observe and interpret the woman’s signs of fertility and infertility.  The benefits of NFP though move well beyond biology and include enhancing the couple’s marriage through greater communication and shared responsibility.  Want to learn more about the methods of NFP offered in our diocese? Married and engaged couples are encouraged to visit: or call (616) 243-0491 for a list of learning opportunities, both on site or online.  The Catholic Church invites all the faithful to embrace God’s plan for married love. Learn more about these beautiful teachings which support the use of NFP in marriage at:

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Job Openings
Diocese of Grand Rapids:  Director, Office for Worship.  More information here

Diocese of Grand Rapids:  Accounts Receivable Specialist.  More information here

Dominican Sisters:  Environmental Services Custodian & Conference Services Set-Up Assistant.  More information here

Dominican Sisters:  Float Cook.  More information in this flyer

Dominican Sisters:  Maintenance Specialist.  More information can be found here

Dominican Sisters:  Chief Financial Officer.  More information is here

Catholic Information Center:  Part-time Evening Receptionist.  More information can be found here

Benefit: Free & Easy Fundraising (or Apply to Tuition)
Benefit is a free iPhone and Android app that allows you to shop at places like Target, Starbucks, Amazon, Walmart and many more, while giving up to 20% of every transaction back to your own tuition account or to the general tuition assistance program. Just shop as normal, and at checkout, use the Benefit app and purchase a digital gift card to redeem instantly.  For instance, spend $100 at Gap, and $8 (8%) goes to your tuition account, your designee or to general tuition assistance.  It doesn’t cost you a dime beyond what you were already going to spend.  It’s raising funds without fundraising!  Download the app and select St. Pat’s as your beneficiary to start giving today. For more info, Involve family and friends – the more people who participate, the more funds raised!

Offered by Catholic Charities
• Catholic Charities West Michigan’s Pregnancy Counseling and Support Program is designed to assist individuals, couples and their families to make decisions, solve problems, set goals and utilize appropriate resources. This voluntary free program counsels expectant parents who have concerns related to their pregnancy. Please email us at or visit for more information.

• Did you know that on any given day, Catholic Charities West Michigan has over 300 children in its licensed foster homes? Foster care means providing a temporary, substitute, safe, nurturing home to children who may have been removed from their parent’s care due to neglect and/or abuse. If you are ready to open your home and heart to a child in need, please call (616) 356-6202, email us at or visit to find out how to become a foster parent.

• Post Abortion Healing – If you are struggling because of a past abortion or abortions, Project Rachel can help. Project Rachel, a program of Catholic Charities West Michigan, offers referrals to priests and counselors specially training to help those who have experienced abortion. We also offer Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats. The retreat offers an opportunity to step away for a while and focus on healing, grieving and reconnecting with God. The retreats are open to both women and men. All calls and emails are kept in the strictest confidence. For more information contact Maggie at (800)-800-8284 (MI only) or 616-340-1824 or email

• Bring the kids and your creativity to Gallery 303, God’s Kitchen Gift & Painting Studio. Paint your own plate, bowl, cup and other fun items with your favorite colors and designs! Join us for some great family fun and feel good knowing that the proceeds benefit the food and pantry programs of God’s Kitchen. Location: 303 Division Ave, Grand Rapids, phone: (616) 456-4110. Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10am to 4pm.

• Marriage, relationship and family counseling are available through Catholic Charities West Michigan’s (CCWM) Behavioral Health Department. We encourage you to call us toll free at 1-877-359-6523 to gather more information about our counseling services or to make an appointment with one of our highly qualified counselors. CCWM will provide you with a safe and confidential opportunity to address your pain to find hope and healing.

• Did you know that over 2,000 families strengthened their relationships through Catholic Charities West Michigan’s family preservation and support programs? Family Support Services assists and supports “at risk” families. In a non-traditional way, intensive, strength-based, solution focused counseling and family preservation services are provided in the home. CCWM has continued to successfully stregthen families in throughout West Michigan. For more information, please contact Aleaha Bowen at (616) 356-6262.
• God’s Kitchen Food and Pantry programs are in need of donations! Please see the list below of suggested items that we are in need of.
• Food Pantry
o Peanut butter
o Cereal
Baking items: sugar, flour, oil
o Condiments: ketchup, mustard, mayo
• Baby Pantry
o Diapers sz 4-6
o Wet wipes
o Clothing sizes 2t-6t
o Summer shoes/sandals
o Diaper bags
o Sippy cups
o bottles
o Pacifiers

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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.