This week’s Mass schedule
Fri., August 4
Sat., August 5
Sun., August 6
Mon., August 7
No Mass Here
Tue., August 8
Wed., August 9
Thu., August 10
Fri., August 11
Sat., August 5
3:45PM Confession, Church
6:30PM Concert on the Porch, Rectory Lawn
Sun., August 6
7PM Adult Volleyball, Gym
Mon., August 7
Parish Office Closed
Thu., August 10
6:30PM Rosary, Church
8PM Men’s Basketball, Gym
When Our Blessed Mother first appeared to the three little shepherds at Fatima, she appeared on May 13th, the feast day of Our Lady of The Most Blessed Sacrament. She came to lead her children to the Mystery of Faith, to the Holy Eucharist and came with a message of peace, prayer, sacrifice and reparation for the sins of mankind. The Angel of Peace preceded her visit and taught the children prayers of reparation and supplication for sinners, especially the importance of Eucharistic Adoration. The Angel taught the following prayer:
My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love you.
I ask pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love you.
St. Patrick Parish offers Adoration and Exposition of The Blessed Sacrament every First Friday following the 9:00 Mass until 4:00pm. Please join us August 4th. To schedule an hour call Beth at 616-874-7572.
Concerts on the Porch
Saturday Evening, 6:30-7:30PM, on the Rectory Lawn.
August 5: Relentless 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 19: Peat 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! There will be chips and grilled hotdogs available at no charge. In case of rain, concert will be in the parish center. Free Will Offering Flyer can be found here
We offer our prayers and condolences to the family of Deward Major, whose Funeral Mass was celebrated on July 28, 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.
If you would like to make a contribution, toward the plants and other accents that adorn our worship space during the Summer season, please use the offertory envelope in this week’s bulletin. Thank you for your generosity!
Annual BBQ Chicken Dinner/Festival at St. Joseph Church, Wright
Sunday, Aug. 13th from Noon – 4PM. Dinners will be served at $9/adults, $6/children ages 5-12 and children under five can eat free. Dine in or take out. Entertainment: The Grand Raffle prize is $3,000, other raffles include a nativity set and 50/50 drawings. There will be children’s games, games for teens, pinwheel, grocery booth, baked good sale, Las Vegas tent, Bingo, musical entertainment and our Country Craft Store featuring many interesting items made by our parishioners. Later in the afternoon brats and Mexican food will be served. Please join the people of St. Joseph’s for dinner, fun and games.
Festival of the Roses 2017
Shrine of St Francis Xavier and Our Lady of Guadalupe invite you to the Festival of Roses 2017. When: Saturday, Aug. 19 from 11AM – 10PM and Sunday, Aug. 20 from 9;30AM – 10PM. Where: 240 Brown St SE, Grand Rapids. Come and join us for a weekend of delicious ethnic food, great music, kids games, raffle prizes, crowning of Queens and much much more!! Fun filled for the whole family!
Hurt Plaguing Your Marriage? Do you feel lost in your marriage? Are you frustrated, hurt or angry with your spouse? Are you constantly fighting? Have you thought about separation or divorce? 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 weekend begins Sept. 29. Space is limited, please reserve your spot today. To register or to sponsor a couple: call (616) 752-7004 or email email@example.com or to register online visit http://helpourmarriage.org.
3rd Annual Franciscan Rhythms 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 is $30. To register, please go to lifeprocesscenter.org and click on the “Events” tab.
Wedding Anniversary Mass
Together with your families, the Church in the Diocese of Grand Rapids honors the faithful witness to your vocation of marriage and wishes to celebrate with you. Bishop Walkowiak is inviting all couples celebrating milestone anniversaries to join him on Sunday, October 22 at the 10:00 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew (265 Sheldon Blvd., Grand Rapids). A simple reception will immediately follow. Please RSVP by calling the parish office to confirm your attendance.
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
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 stpatrickportland.org or contact Caroly Kwiecinski at 517-647-6505 x418 or this flyer.
The Diocese of Grand Rapids will host the annual Baraga Days celebration this year, September 2/3. Key celebrations include:
Saturday: 3 p.m. – Native American Presentation and Drum Circle at Cathedral Square Center, 6:30 p.m. – Mass in Slovenian at the Cathedral of St. Andrew
Sunday: 11 a.m. – Presentation on “the Life and Times of Bishop Baraga – A Historical Review” by James A. Surrell, MD at the Crowne Plaza hotel on 28th street, 1:30 p.m. – Drum Circle at the Cathedral of St. Andrew, 2 p.m. – Mass in English with Bishop Walkowiak at the Cathedral of St. Andrew.
Baraga Days is an annual commemoration and celebration of Bishop Frederic Baraga, a legendary figure in the history of northern Michigan and pioneer of the American Catholic Church. In 1833, Father Baraga established the beginnings of St. Andrew Church in Grand Rapids, when he built the first church, St. Mary’s Mission, amid Indian cornfields on the west bank of the Grand River. The Bishop Baraga Association, headquartered in the Diocese of Marquette, is dedicated to his memory and is the organizer of the annual Baraga Days celebration
Dear Ladies of the Parish: Our next bunco night is Tuesday, September 5th 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.
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.
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.
“In this context the temptation grows to have recourse to euthanasia, that is, to take control of death and bring it before its time, ‘gently’ ending one’s own life or the life of others. In reality, what might seem logical and humane, when looked at more closely is seen to be senseless and inhumane. Here we are faced with one of the more alarming symptoms of the ‘culture of death’.” –Pope John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life)
Strong Catholic Families
Transfiguration of the Lord: Acting with Courage
Reading I: Isaiah 55:1-3 (invitation to grace)
Reading II: Romans 8:35, 37-39 (indomitable love of Christ)
Gospel: Matthew 14:13-21 (Jesus feeds five thousand)
Key Passage: For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38–39)
Adult: To whom could you bring the assurance of Christ’s love this week?
Youth: Jesus fed the crowds today. How does he offer you spiritual nourishment?
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
The apostles were just being practical when they asked Jesus to “dismiss the crowds to go buy food.” Jesus knew there is always enough when we place our trust in the Father, even with just 5 loaves and fishes. Trust is the bridge to miracles.
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 grrtl.org 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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 a weekend. For more information on these and other weekends or to apply, please visit www.wwme.org 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 www.dioceseofgrandrapids.org or email email@example.com. 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 corproject.com. Watch hsparish.org/events/Christopher-west for ticket sale dates/pricing.
Franciscan Life Process Center Summer Camps
Summer Camp opportunities for kids:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Mary at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Michelle Ogren, email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or 691-8541 x14.
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 evenings, 6:30, in the church. Questions, email@example.com
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Every Saturday, 3:45 PM, in the church.
Adult Christian Initiation
To become Catholic, complete your adult initiation into the Catholic Church, or if you know someone whom might be interested, St Patrick Parish has a process of inquiry into the Catholic faith that meets throughout the year. Contact Diane Hamel, 691-8541, x12.
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.
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 dioceseofgrandrapids.org/planpastoral.
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
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 lifeprocesscenter.org and click on the ‘events’ tab.
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit grrtl.org/dinner
Love, Mercy, Life. Opening the Heart of Marriage
Married love is the most deeply personal union found among men and women. The marital union calls husband and wife to become one flesh, one heart and one soul. In fact, the Church teaches that when they marry, God prepares a husband and wife to faithfully live their sacred union and become parents who will love and nurture their children. The methods of Natural Family Planning (NFP) are a support for married love. Natural Family Planning (NFP) is an umbrella term for the safe, natural and effective methods of both achieving and avoiding pregnancy. NFP methods teach couples how to observe and interpret the woman’s signs of fertility and infertility. The benefits of NFP though move well beyond biology and include enhancing the couple’s marriage through greater communication and shared responsibility. Want to learn more about the methods of NFP offered in our diocese? Married and engaged couples are encouraged to visit: www.dioceseofgrandrapids.org or call (616) 243-0491 for a list of learning opportunities, both on site or online. The Catholic Church invites all the faithful to embrace God’s plan for married love. Learn more about these beautiful teachings which support the use of NFP in marriage at: http://www.usccb.org/nfp/catholic-teaching.
Parish App & Parish e-News
Enrich your daily life with spiritual resources and parish community! Connect all week long with prayer, educational opportunities, news and community event information. Download the app to your phone from the website or the e-newsletter.
Diocese of Grand Rapids: Director, Office for Worship. More information here
Diocese of Grand Rapids: Accounts Receivable Specialist. More information here
Dominican Sisters: Part-time Evening and Weekend Receptionist. More information here.
Dominican Sisters: Part-time Dietary Aid. More information 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, www.benefit-mobile.com/consumers. Involve family and friends – the more people who participate, the more funds raised!
Offered by Catholic Charities
• Catholic Charities West Michigan’s Pregnancy Counseling and Support Program is designed to assist individuals, couples and their families to make decisions, solve problems, set goals and utilize appropriate resources. This voluntary free program counsels expectant parents who have concerns related to their pregnancy. Please email us at email@example.com or visit www.ccwestmi.org for more information.
• Did you know that on any given day, Catholic Charities West Michigan has over 300 children in its licensed foster homes? Foster care means providing a temporary, substitute, safe, nurturing home to children who may have been removed from their parent’s care due to neglect and/or abuse. If you are ready to open your home and heart to a child in need, please call (616) 356-6202, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ccwestmi.org to find out how to become a foster parent.
• Post Abortion Healing – If you are struggling because of a past abortion or abortions, Project Rachel can help. Project Rachel, a program of Catholic Charities West Michigan, offers referrals to priests and counselors specially training to help those who have experienced abortion. We also offer Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats. The retreat offers an opportunity to step away for a while and focus on healing, grieving and reconnecting with God. The retreats are open to both women and men. All calls and emails are kept in the strictest confidence. For more information contact Maggie at (800)-800-8284 (MI only) or 616-340-1824 or email email@example.com.
• Bring the kids and your creativity to Gallery 303, God’s Kitchen Gift & Painting Studio. Paint your own plate, bowl, cup and other fun items with your favorite colors and designs! Join us for some great family fun and feel good knowing that the proceeds benefit the food and pantry programs of God’s Kitchen. Location: 303 Division Ave, Grand Rapids, phone: (616) 456-4110. Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10am to 4pm.
• Marriage, relationship and family counseling are available through Catholic Charities West Michigan’s (CCWM) Behavioral Health Department. We encourage you to call us toll free at 1-877-359-6523 to gather more information about our counseling services or to make an appointment with one of our highly qualified counselors. CCWM will provide you with a safe and confidential opportunity to address your pain to find hope and healing.
• Did you know that over 2,000 families strengthened their relationships through Catholic Charities West Michigan’s family preservation and support programs? Family Support Services assists and supports “at risk” families. In a non-traditional way, intensive, strength-based, solution focused counseling and family preservation services are provided in the home. CCWM has continued to successfully stregthen families in throughout West Michigan. For more information, please contact Aleaha Bowen at (616) 356-6262.
• God’s Kitchen Food and Pantry programs are in need of donations! Please see the list below of suggested items that we are in need of.
• Food Pantry
o Peanut butter
o Baking items: sugar, flour, oil
o Condiments: ketchup, mustard, mayo
• Baby Pantry
o Diapers sz 4-6
o Wet wipes
o Clothing sizes 2t-6t
o Summer shoes/sandals
o Diaper bags
o Sippy cups
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Resources and Events
The Franciscan Life Process Center
Visit the Life Process Center website for current schedules, registration information and other faith formation resources. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 897- 7842.
The Catholic Information Center
Visit the CIC website for current program schedules, registration information and other faith formation resources. Email email@example.com or call (616) 459-7267.
The Dominican Center at Marywood
Visit the Dominican Center website for current schedules, registration information for these and other faith formation resources. 514-3325.