Ministry Sign-up

We are going to try to use ‘Signup Genius‘ for scheduling Ministry Signups. This means that each of you will need to go to signup genius and select which date, Mass time, and ministry you can volunuteer at. This means we are no longer using MSP (Ministry Scheduler Pro) that we were using previously. It does mean that we still need everyone to sign up for the Mass.

If you have been doing a ministry, you still need to be trained in your ministry. This includes Lectors, EM (Eucharistic Minisers), Altar Servers and Ushers. We have had the lector and EM training already. The alter server training is next weekend, Sunday, September 3 at 9:30 am. We are also changing our Lectors to only one per Mass. The lector will now do the 1st & 2nd readings, and the petitions.

Ministry Opportunities. We are always looking for people to give their time to the church. Giving is not always financial, serving your church is great way also. It also is a wonderful opportunity for you and your family to be involved. Children are always welcome. If they have had their first communion, they can altar serve. If they have gone through Confirmation, they are open to serve. If you are intrested in serving for one of the ministries, please contact Kim at the Parish Office or talk to the Sacristan at Mass.

To Sign-up follow this link: Sign-up Link

 

Life-Giving Wounds Retreat

This online healing retreat is a unique opportunity for any young adult (18+) or adult child of divorce or separation to reflect intentionally on the wounds caused by their family’s breakdown, together with others who know this pain.

If you are not familiar with Life Giving Wounds, here’s a brief introduction and invitation. Complete details can be found at lifegivingwounds.org  

Synod Opening Mass on Oct. 17

In October, Pope Francis will formally open a three-year synodal journey “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission” that includes three phases of consultations and discernment – diocesan, continental and universal – culminating in October 2023.

The process will begin in local dioceses. Bishop Walkowiak will mark the opening of the synod in our diocese with Mass on Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew. Join him in person for Mass, or watch live on the diocesan website, grdiocese.org, or on the Diocese of Grand Rapids Facebook page.

To read more about the synod, visit the Vatican News website, vaticannews.va, and look for Bishop’s column in the September issue of FAITH Grand Rapids magazine.

Paint Bowls for Soup’s On

Host a Bowl Painting Party for Catholic Charities’ Soup’s On Event

No matter your artistic abilities, bowl painting parties are a great way to have fun with your family and friends while supporting God’s Kitchen! Catholic Charities will furnish the bowl kits that include paint, instructions, and the bowls – providing everything you need to let your creativity go wild! It is $10 to keep the bowl and $8 to donate it back to CCWM, for our Soup’s On event. To learn more, email Jeff at jhoyh@ccwestmi.org.

Corona 2021: Moving forward

There is nothing ordinary about what has transpired over these past 15 months. Our pastors and their staff members have worked tirelessly to nourish the spiritual lives of parishioners while also safeguarding the physical health of their communities. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

As of June 22, the State of Michigan has lifted its broad epidemic orders. This is positive news, and we are hopeful that the worst of this pandemic is behind us. Daily numbers of new cases have been falling steadily. Positivity rates statewide are below 3% and have decreased 88% since their high on April 8.

Understanding that parishioners who are homebound or in long-term care facilities may be at increased risk of contracting COVID-19,

ministers who are not fully vaccinated and bringing holy Communion to individuals in these groups must wear a mask. Other than this norm, the Diocese of Grand Rapids is terminating any remaining particular law in response to COVID-19, effective immediately. This decision aligns with guidance from public health officials and is supported by the data mentioned above.

Moving forward, decisions regarding parish norms for COVID-19 will be left up to the pastor and his staff. CDC recommendations for communities of faith may be found on their website. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/faith-based.html

Franciscan Life Process Center

Since our founding by the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist in 1974, the Franciscan Life Process Center has assisted in the education, healthy development and cultural enrichment of individuals and communities of people throughout the greater Grand Rapids area and Kent County.

Our Mission: 
To promote a relationship with God that brings dignity and hope to the sacred process of all life through programs that assist, educate, enrich and inform.

Franciscan Life Process Center
11650 Downes St. NE Lowell, MI 49331
654 Davis Ave. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504

For up-to-date happenings, please check out our website and Facebook site.

www.lifeprocesscenter.org  *  www.facebook.com/FranciscanCenter

Eucharist in the life of the Church

The USCCB Public Affairs Office has released a Q + A fact sheet following last week’s USCCB Spring General Assembly debate and vote on a pastoral document on the meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the Church. This document aims to clear up misunderstandings on the document and the vote that was undertaken.

It can be found here (English | Spanish).

Hyde Amendment

UPDATE…

This week is our final opportunity to ensure members of Congress hear from their constituents.

 The House Committee on Appropriations is marking up the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. As it stands now, the Hyde Amendment and other longstanding, bipartisan provisions are not included. The elimination of these amendments would force taxpayers to pay for elective abortions, force health care professionals to perform and refer for abortions against their religious beliefs, and force employers and insurers to cover and pay for abortion.

Please encourage parishioners to contact Senator Stabenow, Senator Peters, and their respective congressional representative. This can be accomplished in the following ways:

The U.S. Bishops released a statement about this week’s activities: https://www.usccb.org/news/2021/bishop-chairmen-respond-extreme-abortion-push-appropriations-bill. Their statements, Bishop Walkowiak’s letter to parishioners, and other resources are available on the diocesan website: https://grdiocese.org/contact-congress-act-now-to-help-save-hyde-amendment-from-repeal/.

The Hyde Amendment prohibits federal funding of elective abortions and has been renewed in the federal government’s budget for the last 45 years. Despite longstanding, bipartisan support for the amendment, and overwhelming public support as well, the amendment is in great danger of being repealed.

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Catholics are being encouraged to take immediate action by signing the online petition to Congress at NoTaxpayerAbortion.com.

Here are resources to help you in these efforts:

  • You should have recently received the attached letter from Paul Long, president and CEO of Michigan Catholic Conference.
  • Backgrounder that can be printed in your bulletin and published online.
  • Bulletin/Pulpit announcements (attached)
  • A flyer and social media graphics can be found here: https://www.respectlife.org/no-taxpayer-abortion
  • We’re working on a diocesan webpage and social media posts, along with a letter from Bishop Walkowiak to parishioners.

Bishop Walkowiak’s Letter: +DJW-hyde-amendment-letter