Saint Patrick Parish News 7.20.17


This week’s Mass schedule  

Fri., July 21
9AM Mass

Sat., July 22
5PM Mass

Sun., July 23
8AM Mass
10:30AM Mass

Mon., July 24
No Mass Here

Tue., July 25
9AM Mass

Wed., July 26
9AM Mass

Thu., July 27
No Mass Here

Fri., July 28
No Mass Here

Upcoming Events

Sat., July 22
3:45PM Confession, Church

Sun., July 23
7PM Adult Volleyball, Gym

Mon., July 24
Parish Office Closed

Thu., July 27
6:30PM Rosary, Church
8PM Men’s Basketball, Gym

Sat., July 29
3:45PM Confessions, Church

Concerts on the Porch
Saturday Evening, 6:30-7:30PM, on the Rectory Lawn.  

August 5Relentless Abandon:  Relentless Abandon is a band of Catholic   Brothers and Sisters from different parishes in the diocese of Grand Rapids.  They are a charity band and play for God’s Greater Glory.  They have played for Diocesan Youth Conferences as well as for parish youth programs.

August 19Peat in the Creel:  Peat in the Creel draws from Irish traditional music roots, at times nourished by the heritage of Scotland and broader world  influences, to bring forth a range of energetic dance tunes, spirited folk songs, and peaceful melodies. The group’s namesake, a phrase inspired by a popular Scottish song lyric which literally wishes a basket laden with peat for fuel, metaphorically toasts to a bountiful future. Founded in 2011, the band is cut from the turf of West Michigan and enjoys performing throughout the region.

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

Migrant Ministry
We will be helping some of the local migrant families working in our area. Some of the workers have already arrived and will be here until November. These are some of the items they are going to need.  We don’t have an actual collection date yet, but wanted to get the word out on the needs of families.  Please sign up for the items you would like to provide to fulfill these needs. We will let you know when to drop off items.  Here is a link to the sign up genius where you can see the needs and sign up.  Migrant Ministry

Migrant Mass
Mass was held at Tom & Laura Heffron’s farm on Sunday, July 15th.  There was a great turnout with approximately 82 attendees!  Here are a few pictures of the Mass said by Fr. Oscar Londono-Builes and Fr. Mark.  If you speak Spanish, we are in great need of people who can attend Mass with us and the migrant families.  Please contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office if you are able to help.



















Thank You
Thank you for your donations of food to our food pantry in June.  Your continued support helps us provide families in the Lowell area in times of need.     ~Flat River Outreach Ministries

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.

The Chalice and Glove of St. Padre Pio
St. Patrick Church, Portland, will host relics of St. Padre Pio for public veneration on Thursday, August 10th – Saturday, August 12th.  This is a rare opportunity to venerate the personal chalice and glove of on of the most popular and beloved modern saints.  Thursday will be rosary and public veneration of the chalice of St. Padre Pio, with the Knights of Columbus, from 7-9PM in the church (glove will not be present).  Friday there will be confessions and veneration of the chalice and glove from 5:30-6:45PM, followed by Mass with the relics at 7PM.  Fr. Joseph Tuscan, OFM Cap., will celebrate Mass and offer a reflection.  Saturday there is a regularly scheduled 4:30PM Mass, followed by a talk by Cindy Russo at 6PM and healing prayer service with the relics.  Everyone is welcome to participate in this extraordinary event.  For more information see the St. Patrick Portland website or contact Caroly Kwiecinski at 517-647-6505 x418 or this flyer.

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
“The state has an interest in protecting the poor, the elderly, and disabled persons.  The lives of disabled and elderly must be no less valuable than the lives of young and healthy … The difficulty in defining  terminal illness and the risk that a dying patient’s request for assistance in ending his or her life might not be truly voluntary justifies the prohibitions on assisted suicide we uphold here.”

–Chief Justice William Rehnquist

Strong Catholic Families
Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time:  Overcoming Weakness
Reading I:  
Wisdom 12:13, 16-19 (on God’s mercy)

Reading II:  Romans 8:26-27 (the intercession of the Spirit)

Gospel:  Matthew 13:24-30 (the parable of the weeds)

Key Passage:  Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. (Romans 8:26)

Adult:  What weakness can the power of the Spirit help you overcome? 

Youth:  When will you need the help of the Holy Spirit this week?

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
Parents plant values in their children anticipating the tiny seeds of honesty, respect, commitment and fidelity will grow with their child and one day become “a safe haven” to many.

Dear Ladies of the Parish:  Our next bunco night is Tuesday, August 1st 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.

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.

Marriage Encounter Weekend
Are you and your spouse looking for more understanding, closeness, and romance in your marriage? Join a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend to renew and enrich your marriage and your faith, too! A commuter weekend is scheduled for August 4-6th at St. Roberts in Ada and another weekend September 15-17th at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Grand Rapids. These weekends are open to any married couple, you do not have to just be a member of one of these parishes to attend. Please sign up for one of these weekends. For more information on these and other weekends or to apply, please visit or you can call Harry and Karen Porter at 888-628-7433.

Parish Ministry & Catechetical Conference
Open to any adult in the Diocese of Grand Rapids
Devote a day to growing and learning in faith.  Keynote Speaker: Dr. John R. Wood, Hope…Anchor of the Soul.  Saturday, September 30 from 8:45 am – 4:30 pm at West Catholic High School, 1801 Bristol Ave NW.  Cost: $40 per person – registration and payment must be received together. After September 22nd cost per person is $50.00.  Please register early.  Registration /Information: Register online at or email  For questions you can also call 616-246-0588.

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
Summer Camp opportunities for kids:

Rockin’ n Rollin’ (ages 10 – 12)
August 7 – 11  
11650 Downes St NE, Lowell, Michigan 49331
This rocky “hands-on” theme will integrate the arts, age appropriate activities, and an exploration of history through rocks and fossils.

Cost: $150 per child includes supplies, snacks, and drinks.  The children should bring a sack lunch, sunblock and bug spray.Questions?  Please contact Sister Mary Paul Moller, FSE, at

Carriage Driving Horse Camp
August 14 – 18
11650 Downes St NE, Lowell, Michigan 49331
Learn how to drive a horse and cart! Using miniature horses, campers between the ages of 8-18 will have daily classes in horsemanship, harnessing and carriage driving. Classes will be individualized and tailored for each student, depending upon any previous horse experiences they have had or not had in the past. Campers will demonstrate to families and friends what they have learned in the course of their week during a small horse show that will culminate each camp.
Camp runs from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. Cost: $289.00 per week
Special Day Camp for Special People, Integrated Experiences for the Natural World
August 18 – 19
11650 Downes St NE, Lowell, Michigan 49331
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 structured play experiences.  
Camp runs for 9:00 am – noon. Cost: $100   Questions?  Please contact Lindsey Perrault at

For more information about all of these camps, please visit our website,  and click on “Events.”  For information about scholarships, please contact Sister Colleen Ann Nagle, FSE, at (616)-897-7842 or email

FLPC Prepares for  3rd Annual Trail Run/Walk
Musicians are tuning up!  Trails are being prepared! Are you getting ready for the  Third Annual 5K Trail Run/Walk on October 7, 2017?  The Franciscan stew, the bread, the t-shirts and the kids’ run will all be back AND we’ve added a 10k Run.  Register today!  Cost:$30.  To register, please go to and click on the ‘events’ tab. 

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
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.  

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

Other local job openings via the Diocese of Grand Rapids can be found here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. Patrick Parish, Parnell

The Diocese of Grand Rapids
Resources and Events

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

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

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