Saint Patrick Parish News 7.06.17


This week’s Mass schedule  

Fri., July 7
First Friday
9AM Mass

Sat., July 8
5PM Mass

Sun., July 9
8AM Mass
10:30AM Mass

Mon., July 10
No Mass Here

Tue., July 11
9AM Mass

Wed., July 12
9AM Mass

Thu., July 13
9AM Mass

Fri., July 14
9AM Mass

Upcoming Events

Fri., July 7
First Friday
10AM Adoration, Church
3PM Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Church

Sat., July 8
3:45PM Confession, Church

Sun., July 9
8AM Blood Drive, Parish Center
7PM Adult Volleyball, Gym

Mon., July 10
Parish Office Closed

Tue., July 11
7PM Bunco, Parish Center

Thu., July 12
6:30PM Rosary, Church
8PM Men’s Basketball, Gym

Sat., July 15
3:45PM Confessions, Church

New Director of Youth Faith Formation
I’m Drew Anderson and I’m excited to be the new Director of Youth Faith Formation.  Thank you so much for the warm welcome to St. Patrick’s. My first experience of St. Patrick’s was the festival and I had the pleasure of meeting many of you there. I couldn’t think of a better way to start at St. Patrick’s.

I’m originally from Yuma, AZ, number seven of eight. I attended Aquinas College and graduated in 2010 with a B.S. in Geography. Soon afterwards I felt a calling to   religious life and was a Dominican Friar for five years. During this time I had the opportunity to serve in parishes, Catholic schools, travel and serve abroad in Europe and Vietnam, and obtain my master’s in Divinity (theology and pastoral studies). After five years I felt God was calling me elsewhere and so I returned to Grand Rapids and taught in both Catholic and public schools. In my spare time I love to play golf, bike, hike, travel and explore new restaurants and breweries in Grand Rapids.

As the Director of Youth Faith Formation I will be coordinating religious education on Sunday’s and Wednesday’s, Baptismal Prep and Christian Initiation for Children, and serve as the Youth Minister for High School and Middle School students.

I am excited to bring my experiences, youth development and formation to St. Patrick’s and to be a part of this very welcoming and vibrant parish!  

First Friday Adoration:  July 7th
“The Church and the world have a great need for Eucharistic worship.  Jesus awaits us in this Sacrament of love.  Let us not refuse the time to go and meet him in adoration, in contemplation full of faith, and open to making amends for the serious offenses and crimes of the world.  Let our adoration never cease.”  Catechism 1380  St. Patrick Parish offers Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every First Friday from 10:00am until 4:00pm.  To sign up for an hour please call Beth Zambon at 874-7572.  The Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be recited at 3:00pm.  All are welcome!

Blood Drive:  July 9th
Make a Connection….Give Blood and be the gift that will last a lifetime.  St. Patrick Blood Drive Sunday, July 9th from 8AM– 1PM (please note new date).  Make an appointment:  (866) MIBLOOD or  Walk-ins Welcome!  Questions?  Contact Bonnie Zaskowski @ 616.437.4474.

Next Liturgical Minister Schedule
Liturgical Ministers—please log into the Ministry Scheduler by July 10 and block out days during which you cannot serve during the next schedule or email;  or call 691-8541 to leave a message.  Thank you!

Prayer of Peace in the Spirit of Taize
Monday, July 10, 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!

Dear Ladies of the Parish:  Our next bunco night is Tuesday, July 11th 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.

Concerts on the Porch
They are back this year!!   July 15 ~ August 5 ~ August 19
Saturday Evening, 6:30-7:30PM, on the Rectory Lawn.  

July 15– Greg & Kathy  Proulx have been sharing music as a duo since 1972.  Their blend of folk and contemporary Christian music is well known and loved throughout the area.  They currently serve as music ministers at St. Thomas Parish.

Bring your lawn chair/blanket and refreshments!  In case of rain, concert will be in the parish center.  Free Will Offering

VBS Volunteers
Please mark your calendar for the week of July 17th for our 2017 VBS program!  VBS will run from 9am-12pm on Monday-Friday.  We are still looking for an enthusiastic and high-energy person to run the games station and we have a few more spots open for group leaders.  Tweens and Teens are welcome too!  To learn more, text or call Maryalene LaPonsie at 616-897-5942 or email her at

VBS Registration is Open
July 17-21 from 9-12pm in the Parish Center
Registration is underway for Vacation Bible School here at St. Patrick’s. Ages K-6th and limited pre-school spaces.  A Wilderness  Adventure through the Sacraments: Jesus in My Heart! This year at our VBS, we are going on a special, yet different kind of wilderness adventure. We are going to explore each of the sacraments at our fun wilderness activity stations.  Questions?  Call/Text Maryalene LaPonsie at 616-897-5942.    Registration forms available in the back of church or here.  

VBS Snack Donation List
All donations must be in by July 9th!  There will be a container at the entrance of the church with a sign.  Thank you for your help! VBS!

Have One, Give One; Need One, Take One
Do you have some extra produce you would like to share with others in the St. Patrick family?  This summer (June-August) please drop off produce on tables at Masses to share that you may have left over from the garden or market.  Anyone wanting fresh produce can take what they need and any produce remaining after Masses will be taken to North Kent  Connect to help those in need.

Knights of Columbus Golf Outing
Saturday September 9th, tee off at 9:00am.  The Knights of Columbus will have a golf scramble at Arrowhead Golf Course.  Cost is $30.00pp for 18 holes of golf, cart & food.  Bring your own drinks etc.  Call George Mauric at #485-3443 or Mark Hansen at #794-3096 and let them know how many are coming.  The outing is open to everyone.    Wives, kids & non members, hope to see you there. 

Help shape the future of the Catholic Church!
Help guide and shape the future of the Catholic Church by sharing your thoughts, ideas, challenges, and dreams.  Young people (ages 14-29) and anyone who is involved with our young people, Pope Francis wants to hear from you as he prepares for an  international gathering of bishops (synod) next year.  Not only will your input help Pope Francis prepare for the Synod, it will also help our  bishop, Bishop David Walkowiak, and the diocese discern how we can better engage and support young people on their journey of faith.  Share your thoughts by clicking on this link.

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,

Liturgical Minister Reminder
As the weather grows warmer, please remember proper dress for Mass when serving as a Lector, Musician,  Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion or Greeter.  As our guidelines note…dress should be modest and respectful of the role you are fulfilling.  Thank you!

Save the Date:
Annual Fishing Tournament:  Saturday, September 23rd

Helping Heart, 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
“God, our Father, you always bear the cry of the poor.  How many times have Christians themselves not recognized you in the hungry, the thirsty and the naked, in the persecuted, the imprisoned, and in those incapable of defending themselves, especially in the first stages of life.  For all those who have committed acts of injustice by trusting in wealth and power and showing contempt for the ‘little ones’ who are so dear to you, we ask your           forgiveness: have mercy on us and accept our repentance.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.”  –Pope John Paul II

Strong Catholic Families
Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time:  Laying Down Your Burdens
Reading I:  
Zechariah 9:9-10 (restoration under the Messiah)

Reading II:  Romans 8:9, 11-13 (indwelling of the Spirit) 

Gospel:  Matthew 11:25-30 (Jesus and his Father)

Key Passage:  Jesus said, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28–29)

Adult:  When has Jesus refreshed you when you felt burdened by problems?

Youth:  What burden do you need Jesus to help you carry?

Save the Date:  Strong Catholic Families
September 19th:  Pope Francis calls us all to be a church on the move!  Join us in shaping what this means at St. Patrick’s.  Share with other parishioners, parents and parish leaders your hopes, dreams and ideas for growing our faith now and in the future.  For anyone and everyone interested in passing on the faith to the next generation.

A Family Perspective
by Bud Ozar
Today’s gospel is about missionaries. As Jesus received a mission today, parents accept the mission of raising a family.  Parents are not alone in this exhausting and difficult mission. Today Jesus tells us “Come to me and I will give your rest.”

Consolata Sisters Feast/Summer Retreat
A summer retreat will be held on Saturday, July 22nd at the Center House located at 6801 Belmont Ave. in Belmont.  “Growing in Faith” is the theme of the retreat.  Time is 9-5pm, 8:45-9AM Gathering/Arriving, 9AM First Session, Noon lunch provided, 1PM Session Two, 3PM Sharing/Gathering/Conemplation, 4PM Mass and Closing (no fee for the retreat or lunch) and if you plan to attend a reservation must be made. You  can make a reservation by calling Connie Kowalski 784-5330 or Mandy McGregor 866-0384.  Please plan on attending we would love to see you there. 

Transformations Spirituality Center: 12 Step AA Retreat for Women
A Twelve Step AA Recovery Retreat for Women at Transformations Spirituality Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan, begins Friday, August 47pm to Sunday, August 612pm with Karen Anne Jackson, CSC.  This weekend of conferences, group interaction, and quiet times will provide opportunities to explore inner growth.  Karen is an experienced 12 Step AA retreat facilitator, who creates an atmosphere of welcome, acceptance, and support.  Registration is $235 and includes two nights lodging, meals from Saturday breakfast to Sunday breakfast, retreat facilitation and materials.  More information is at or call 269.381.6290 x327.  The flyer can be found here

Benefit for Life Pickleball Tournament (GRRTL)
Did you know that pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the USA, that it is a larger version of ping pong ball, that it is a small version of tennis, that it is played on a badminton court with a lowered net, and played with a paddle and a plastic perforated ball or that it is a sport named after a dog named pickles!?!  

Grand Rapids Right to Life is sponsoring the 5th Annual Benefit for Life Pickleball Tournament Aug. 19 & 20.  Teams may register as men’s, women’s or mixed doubles. $30 for one day/$40 for two. For more information and to register by August 11th, go to and click on Events.

Our Lady of Knock Mass
The Sister Annette Marie Byrne division of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians  invite you to a celebration of the Mass of “Our Lady of Knock” on Sun., Aug. 20th at 1pm at St. Patrick’s Church.  To remember the suffering of the village of Knock  in  Ireland at the time of our Lady’s appearance, canned goods will be collected and donated to North Kent Community Services.  All are welcome to a potluck dinner following Mass.  Beverages & place settings will be provided; please bring a dish to pass.  If you have any questions or want to learn more about LAOH, please contact Dianne Mankel at or call #990-4722.

Save the Date:  Oct., 11
Holy Spirit Parish in GR is excited to announce that they will be hosting an uplifting event with Christopher West on the evening of Wed., Oct. 11th at 7PM. Appropriate for ages 15 and older.  Christopher is the world’s most recognized teacher of John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.  Made for More is an inspired blend of live music, art and presentation that taps the deepest desires of the human heart revealing their ultimate purpose and goal.  For more detail go to  Watch for ticket sale dates/pricing.

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)
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:

  • 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.

St. Jude Unemployed Support Group
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

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.

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.

Franciscan Life Process Center Events
Men’s Retreat
Men, please join us on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 for the Men’s Summer Retreat at the Franciscan Life Process Center’s Lowell campus. Arrival/check in time is between 8– 9 a.m.Coffee and donuts will be available.

Msgr. Gaspar (Gus) Ancona will be the principal presenter and the day will include:

  • Welcome and opening prayer
  • Morning prayer with meditation
  • Presentation, followed by quiet, walk, or reflection
  • Presentation
  • Penitential service with homily, followed by individual Confession and absolution
  • Closing Mass with homily

The registration fee is $50, which includes lunch and is payable at the time of registration.

For those who wish transportation for Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Grand Rapids, coffee, juice, and a car ride will be available from the Immaculate Heart of Mary parking lot at Burton St. and Plymouth Ave. SE to bring you to the Center and return you to IHM. Cars going to the Center will leave at 8 a.m. sharp. You will be able to make these arrangements when you register.  You can register here and you can share on Facebook from here.

Dedication of Laudato Si’ Sanctuary
The Laudato Si’ Sanctuary is a restored prairie on the Lowell Campus. In the summer it will be alive with many native species of prairie wildflowers in bloom. The prairie, which was started two years ago by Joseph Trenshaw as an Eagle Scout project, will be named and dedicated on July 27 at 4:00 pm.  The Franciscan Sisters are dedicating the Sanctuary to Sister Mary Ann Schmitz, FSE, in gratitude for her oversight of the project and her many years of dedication to the land. The public is welcome to attend.

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
The Spiritual Wisdom of Paulist Patron Saints
Tuesday, July 25, 7-8PM
With Fr. John Geaney, CSP
Learn about the holy people who have inspired the Paulist Fathers and their mission for the Church.
Tuesday, July 25-Pope Saint John XXIII
Pope Saint John XXIII was a man of great mercy and kindness and much like Pope Francis of today, he did many things that created sensation in the streets and pews.  CFD:  Spirituality ($10 donation suggested)  Live-streamed.

Paperback Picnic at the CIC
Tuesday, July 18, 5:30-7PM
With Fr. Rene Constanza, CSP
What does it all mean?  A Guide to Being More Faithful, Hopeful and Loving, by Fr. Richard Leonard, SJ.  Join us for a picnic dinner and a book talk that explores the biggest challenges to faith, inside and outside of the Church, that confront, and sometimes confound, believers today. (We will be picnicking indoors in the CIC Café.)  CFD: Evangelization.  Cost is $15.00/Includes dinner.    *
*Reading the book is not required, but copies will be available at the CIC.   

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:

Parish App & Parish e-News 
Enrich your daily life with spiritual resources and parish community! Connect all week long with prayer, educational opportunities, news and community event information. Download the app to your phone from the website or the e-newsletter. 

Job Openings
Diocese of Grand Rapids:  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:  Part-time Cook.  More information can be found here.

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

Dominican Sisters:  Chief Financial Officer.  More information is here

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. Patrick Parish, Parnell

The Diocese of Grand Rapids
Resources and Events

The Franciscan Life Process Center
Visit the Life Process Center website for current schedules, registration information and other faith formation resources.  Email or call 897- 7842.

The Catholic Information Center
Visit the CIC  website for current program schedules, registration information and other faith formation resources.  Email or call (616) 459-7267.  

The Dominican Center at Marywood
Visit the Dominican Center website for current schedules, registration information for these and other faith formation resources.  514-3325.