Saint Patrick Parish News 8.31.17


This week’s Mass schedule  

Fri., September 1
First Friday
9AM Mass

Sat., September 2
5PM Mass

Sun., September 3
8AM Mass
10:30AM Mass

Mon., September 4
No Mass Here

Tue., September 5
9AM Mass

Wed., September 6
9AM Mass

Thu., September 7
9AM Mass

Fri., September 8
9AM Mass

Upcoming Events

Sat., September 2
3:45PM Confession, Church

Sun., September 3
1PM Euchre, Parish Center
7PM Adult Volleyball, Gym

Mon., September 4
Parish Office Closed

Tue., September 5
7PM Bunco, Parish Center

Thu., September 7
6:30PM Rosary, Church
8PM Men’s Basketball, Gym

Sat., September 9
3:45PM Confessions, Church

Hurricane Harvey Special Collection
The images of damage and flooding from Hurricane Harvey continue to grab our attention compelling us to help our brothers and sisters in Texas whose lives have been turned upside down by this devastating storm. While we must continue to offer prayers for those affected, our financial support is desperately needed as well. There will be a second collection this weekend to assist in relief efforts.  Funds given to the collection will support the humanitarian and recovery efforts of Catholic Charities USA and will provide pastoral and rebuilding support to impacted dioceses through the USCCB.  

In addition, parishioners may donate through Catholic Charities USA. More information on how to donate to help relief efforts can be found on the diocesan webpage:  click here

Religious Education
Registration for the Religious Education Program has now begun for the coming school year!  Registration forms are available online at To register click on this link:  Registration. You will find registration, medical release forms and media release forms under Religious Education Program. Please fill out all forms and all forms will be submitted electronically.  Please see the website for more details about religious education or contact Drew Anderson at   There are also calendars for the year for Sunday and Wednesday classes.

Knights of Columbus Council 8564 News
On Sunday, September 10th we we will be having a Corporate Communion at the 8AM and 10:30AM Masses.  Please wear any of your Knight clothing.  Just sit where you usually sit.   Father will have us stand at the end of Mass for a Blessing.  See you at Breakfast!!

The Knights are starting our annual coat drive.  Please bring your gently used or new coats to Church or our breakfast, from now until November 5th. Last year we placed over 200 coats, they were well appreciated.  There is a basket in the church gathering area.

High School Ensemble
Big news! We are forming a High School Ensemble for students in grades 9 through 12. This ensemble will lead music at Mass at least once a month. All singers and instrumentalists are invited to come and make music before the Lord. Contact Michelle at or Drew at for more information. Watch for more details in the next few weeks!

Senior Luncheon
Our first luncheon of the fall will be, Thursday, Sept. 21st.  Coffee and fellowship will begin at 10AM and lunch will be served at 11AM.  Anyone 60 and older please join us in the parish center for fellowship, a meal and fun.  Please RSVP to Cheryl or Darci in the parish office no later than  Tuesday, Sept. 19th to ensure we have enough food. 

Thursday Night Faith Study
Is it time for a change? Walking Toward Eternity is an inspiring series designed to help you live your faith more fully by developing and nurturing characteristics that are essential to the Christian life. Through daily prayer and meditation with Scripture, you will be drawn into an intimate and life-changing encounter with Christ.

Daring to Walk the Walk, the first series of Walking Toward Eternity, introduces seven key virtues and outlines practical steps for living them out in your life.  Join us for Walking Toward Eternity at St. Patrick beginning September 21 at 7PM and continuing every week for 8 weeks. For more information or to register for the study, call Cheryl at the parish office x14 or via email:  Here too is a great youtube trailer about the study:  video

Proposed Independent Catholic School Study
Have you completed your survey?

Invitations to the survey for a proposed new independent Catholic elementary school at St. Robert of Newminster Parish to serve the southeast suburban Grand Rapids area should have arrived in your mail last week.  If you are a family with children 12 and under, please use the information on the invitation to complete the online survey as soon as possible.  Our deadline is September 11.  Whether you would enroll your child(ren) in the school or not, your response is very important for planning for the future of Catholic education in our community.  Thank you for taking time to respond.

World Day of Prayer: Sept. 1st
All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty. Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one. O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes. Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction. Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth. Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light. We thank you for being with us each day.  Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace.  (Pope Francis)

Looking Ahead…
Please prayerfully consider giving of your time and talent to our parish  community as a Liturgical Minister. This might be as a lector, cantor,     Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, server, usher. sacristan, greeter, musician or choir member.  Perhaps someone has mentioned your skill in a certain area and you have been giving serious thought to an area of ministry. We will be  having a Ministry Fair September 9 and 10 that will provide information on skills needed and formation provided. If you want more information before then, please ask someone who is currently serving our parish community or contact Michelle Ogren at ext. 13 in the Parish Office.  Thank you!

Social Security Planning Seminar/Luncheon
All parishioners are invited to a no-cost Social Security Planning Seminar Luncheon Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Cathedral Square   Center, 360 Division Avenue South in Grand Rapids.  Enjoy a complimentary lunch with fellow parishioners at this event sponsored by The Catholic Foundation of West Michigan.  Vonda VanTil, Social Security Administration Public Affairs Specialist, will present “The Ins and Outs of Social Security Retirement” and provide expert advice on topics including: strategic planning, ways of filing and monitoring benefits.   RSVP by Sunday, September 24, 2017 to save your place at this free educational seminar luncheon; call (616) 459-4508 or email  There’s no better time than now to get started on your retirement planning!

Fall Women’s Retreat
Behold Your Mother” – Our Lady of Fatima

Experience a deeper love for Jesus through Mary our Mother Presentations and music by the Trinitarians of Mary.  Saturday, October 7, 2017 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Parnell 4351 Parnell NE (Parnell and 5 Mile Roads).  Retreat begins at 8:00 a.m. with Mass in the church; registration and coffee to follow in the  Parish Center – lunch will be provided. Suggested donation of $20 per person. Babies in arms are welcome – Childcare available.  RSVP by September 30, 2017.  Marie Wilson / 616-902-6065.  *A special invite for children ages 3-8: A 15 minute lesson during the Holy Hour, on “How to Adore Jesus in The Blessed Sacrament” given by the Sisters. Children must be in Church by 10:30 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult other than the retreatant. Children will leave after the lesson.

Thank You
The family of Dale Tolger wants to thank Fr. Mark, Cheryl, Michelle, choir members and all the kitchen funeral help.  A special thank you to Barb, Doreen and Cinny for the delicious food and table decorations.  We appreciated the prayers and support from family, friends and parishioners during Dale’s battle with cancer for 3 years.  Dale is at peace in the arms of the Lord.

Virtus Training
ATTENTION PARISH VOLUNTEERS:  Protecting God’s Children -VIRTUS Training at Holy Family—Sparta
Thursday, Sept. 14 at 6:30pm
425 S. State St., Sparta 49345

The Diocese mandates that all adult volunteers who work at parish events that children may attend, need to take the training session. The program has good information for anyone to know.  Call the parish office, 616-887-8222, or register online at Choose Grand Rapids Diocese then choose Holy Family from the list of sessions.

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

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.

Aquinas Visit Day
Aquinas College is hosting an AQDay for all high school juniors and seniors interested in visiting their beautiful 117-acre campus.  The Admissions Office invites you to come and discover what life at AQ is really all about.  Get the inside scoop on academics, athletics, scholarships, service learning, study abroad, and more.  Please visit for more details or to register for the event on September 1st.

Knights of Columbus Euchre starting, Sunday, Sept 3 at 1:00 in the Parish Center.  Cost is $7.00. All are welcome. Contact Dennis Brown 616-262-1888 or Diane Brown 616-293-4993, for more information.

Baraga Days
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.

Ministry Fair
Have you been looking for a way to get connected at the parish? New to our Parish?  Do you want to meet new people in the parish or volunteer a talent you may have?  Look for our updated ministry books at Ministry Fair Weekend, September 9-10th.  It is a great opportunity to find out more about what the parish has to offer and help in a way that may be interesting to you.  You can also enjoy the Knight’s of Columbus breakfast!!

American Heritage Girl: Launch Party
Start your American Heritage Girl adventure today!  Open to all families with girls ages 5-18.  Come join us at our Launch Party!  September 11, from 6:30-8:00 at St. Patrick’s School media center.  Contact Juliet Hoke for more information: 616-648-9185.

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 or you can call Harry and Karen Porter at 888-628-7433.

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.

Fishing Tournament
Insert in this weeks bulletin (Aug 26-27).  Registration/payment due by Sept. 15th. Tournament is Sept. 23rd on Big Wabasis Lake in Greenville.  Schedule:  boat check-in:  Sat. Sept. 23rd, from 6-7am.  Fishing begins at 7am and runs to noon.  Check-out: boats must be in by noon.  Dinner will be served at St. Patrick parish Center at 1pm, awards are at 1:30pm.  Contact the parish office for more detail.

Save the Date
Knight’s of Columbus Big Band Dinner/Dance Nov. 4th to honor our Veterans.  Dinner will be lasagna, bread sticks, salad bar and dessert.  $15 per person.   Watch for ticket sales after Masses.  If you would like to sponsor the live band contact the parish office.

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.

Retrouvaille Weekend
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 or to register online visit

First Friday Adoration
This year we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal.  Our Lady appeared 6 times, from May 1917 to October 1917, giving her timeless messages of prayer, specifically the rosary to obtain peace for the world, sacrifice  and reparation for the conversion of sinners.  The Angel of Peace preceded her visit with instructions on prayer and Adoration of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament.

October 6th, 2017, St. Patrick will offer Adoration and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament following the 9:00 Mass until 4:00pm.  The Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be recited at 3:00pm.  Please join us in response to Our Lady’s request.  Call Beth at 874-7572 to schedule an hour.  All are welcome!

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 and click on the “Events” tab.

Grand Rapids Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Fall Seminar
78th Annual Fall Seminar:  October 17th, 9AM-3:30PM.  St Mary Catholic Church, 402 Amity St, Lowell.  “Women Healing Wounds” is the them of the seminar, presented by the Diocesan Council of Catholic Woman focusing on Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking.  Open to all women and the cost is $20.  Speakers:  Leslie King, New Beginnings Ministry and Vicki Seidl, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Kent Co.  Register by clicking here or email Janet at  Deadline for registration is October 10th.  There is a flyer here.

Christopher West:  Holy Spirit Parish
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.

Mount Mercy Alumnae Mass/Breakfast
The Mount Mercy Alumnae Association will hold it’s Annual Mass/Breakfast on Sunday, Oct. 15th at the former Mount Mercy Academy.  Mass will begin at 10 am in the chapel followed by breakfast and a guest speaker.   Individual and class pictures will also be available. Reservations due by Sept. 29th.  For more information, please contact Kathy at (616) 914-4895.

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. 

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.

It Pays to be Pro Life!
Did you know that Grand Rapids Students for Life (GRSFL) offers a variety of opportunities for high school students to earn awards and scholarships? The DJ Zarnosky Life Leadership Award is $1000  presented to a high school senior who has been involved in GRSFL and exhibits outstanding  
leadership in the prolife movement.  Other opportunities include the Prolife Youth Award, High School Oratory Contest and Prolife Essay Contest.  For more information, visit : or or call 616.532.2300.

Respect Life
“I am here to urge you: Do not, in the name of progress for disabled people, certify or justify the destructive harvesting of human embryos for stem cell research, a practice both immoral and unnecessary.  While disabled people are interested in cures, as well as better tools for living, greater inclusion in society and other possibilities which will improve our quality of life, we are not so desperate for cures that moral considerations disappear.”                                          –Mary Jane Owens, Executive Director, National Catholic Office for Persons with Disabilities

Strong Catholic Families
Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time:  Come Follow Me
Reading I:  
Jeremiah 20:7-9 (Jeremiah’s interior crisis)

Reading II:  Romans 12:1-2 (sacrifice of body and mind)

Gospel:  Matthew 16:21-27 (first prophecy of passion and resurrection; doctrine of the cross)

Key Passage:  Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24)

Adult:  In what concrete ways do you take up your cross and follow Jesus?

Youth:  When has it been difficult to be a follower of Jesus?

A Family Perspective
by Bud Ozar
Relationships live in a careful balance.  If a person changes, the balance is altered requiring a shift in the relationship. In today’s gospel Jesus announced a change and Peter resisted.  Sometimes, those we count on for support may actually get in the way. Jesus told Peter: “You are an obstacle to me.” 

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 St Bridgid of Kildare Room (in the School) 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.

Hispanic Ministry
The Data Gathering Subcommittee has been busy tabulating the surveys received from parishes that have Hispanic Ministry.  Beyond the demographic data previously gathered, and the environment surveys from church leadership, we received over 600 surveys from parishioners about the services provided by our parishes.  The data is being compiled and will be forwarded to the Data Analysis subcommittee to be used as a basis for the creation of the plan.  The Data Gathering Subcommittee thanks the pastors and church leaders who helped distribute the surveys to the community, and all parishioners who took the time to give us feedback.  Your input is essential to the creation of the Pastoral Plan for Hispanic Ministry.

Ministry Booklet
Please feel free to take one from the back of church. Our ministries happen because of our volunteers! Please consider sharing some of your time to an area that interests you.

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 and click on the ‘events’ tab.

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 Best Kept Secrets” of Religion:  Ultimate Life Questions
Wednesday, Sept. 6, 7-8:30PM
with Fr. Joachim Lally, CSP
Fr. Joachim will take a look at the “Best Kept Secrets” of Religion; these “other looks” will focus on the ultimate questions of life and how religion relates to these all-important issues.  September 6:  How religion relates to the questions: Why do we suffer? What does it really mean to “Offer it up!”?

Ecumenical Conference:  From Conflict to Communion
Saturday, Sept. 9, 8:30AM-12:30PM
with Special Guest Speakers:  Dr. Karin Maag, Calvin College & Dr. Susan K. Wood, Marquette University
Cost:  $15.00/pp
Registration required: or call 616-459-7267
During this 500th year of commemoration of the Reformation, we are offering several programs that explore our common beliefs and shared heritage as Christians.  The series begins with an ecumenical conferences to discuss our Catholic Lutheran relationship through history, ecumenical dialogue and the ongoing path to Christian unity. Co-sponsored by the Cathedral of Saint Andrew, the Catholic Information Center, Christ Lutheran Church, the Diocesan Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, Grand Rapids Lutheran Conference, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, and Trinity Lutheran Church.

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

Diocese of Grand Rapids:  Development Assistant.  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.

Director of Religious Education:  St. Mary Church, Lowell
St. Mary Catholic Church in Lowell, MI, is looking to fill a part time position as the Director of Religious Education. St. Mary is looking for qualified applicants who have experience working with both children and adults.  For more information, please see this attachment.

Diocesan Publications is also hiring, see the flyer 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.