2020 Knights of Columbus Scholarship

2020 Knights of Columbus Scholarship.
4 – $1000 scholarships will be awarded.

Completed applications and supporting documents must be received no later than
7:00 PM on Sunday, March 29, 2020.
No exceptions can be made to this deadline.

Completed applications can be submitted at the St. Luke’s parish office or by mail to:

Attn: Scholarship Chairman
Knights of Columbus
10144 42nd Ave
Jenison, MI 49428

For official rules and forms, see the attachments. 2020 KofC Scholarship

Census 2020

We are excited to announce that we’ve partnered with the @uscensusbureau to support the #2020Census! As a partner, we’ll be working to ensure that our community is accurately represented. To learn about the upcoming census, visit 2020census.gov. #2020Census

Online: For the first time, in 2020 the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online. The process will be quick and secure. You can respond to the census in less time than it takes to finish your morning coffee. You’ll still be able to respond by mail.

Every 10 years, the @uscensusbureau undertakes a mammoth task: counting all the people residing in the United States. This count affects the allocation of funding for our community’s public resources (e.g., roads, hospitals, schools), how we plan for the future, and our voice in government.

What matters to you? Schools? Transportation? Hospitals? Data from the @uscensusbureau help inform planning efforts for all these important community resources.

The ‘Do Not’ Count?

  • Anyone living away from here, either at college or in the armed forces. They will need to fill out the census to where they are on April 1; like at college.
  • Do not count anyone in a nursing home, jail, prison, detention facility, etc., on April 1, 2020
  • Leave these people OFF your questionnaire, even if they will return to live here after they college, the nursing home, the military, jail, etc. Otherwise they may be counted twice.

The next decennial census is just around the corner in 2020. Make sure you’re counted! An accurate snapshot means that communities across the nation receive the funding, services, and business support they deserve and need. And your responses are confidential.

Sample 2020 questionnaire (Bilingual, English and Spanish)

Additional resources can be found athttps://2020census.gov/en/partners.html

Dominican Sisters Come and See

Would you like to find out more about Dominican life and vocation? The Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids will be holding a Come and See Weekend on March 13th – 15th.
 
If you are a single Catholic woman, at least 20 years of age, a Come-and-See Weekend is an opportunity to explore the Dominican Charism and a life built on: PRAYER —STUDY — SERVICE — COMMUNITY
 
For information about this weekend, to:
 
To register online click the following link:

Lenten Soup Suppers

Please join us for Soup Suppers on the following
Thursday nights 6 – 7:30 pm

March 5: Soups provided by Knights and Families

March 19: Soups provided by Liturgical Ministers
(EM, Lectors, Ushers, Choir, Servers, Etc)

April 2: Soups provided by the Woman’s Group

Hope to see you there

 

Social Security Seminar

Social Security Seminar Luncheon
April 2, 2020, 11:30 am – 1 pm
Cathedral Square Center
360 Division Ave S
Grand Rapids, MI

The Catholic Foundation of West Michigan invites all parishioners to a no-cost Social Security Planning Seminar Luncheon. 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 and ways of filing and monitoring benefits. RSVP by Sunday, March 29, 2020 to save your place at this free educational seminar luncheon; call (616) 459-4508 or email events@catholicfoundationwm.org

Catholic School Scholarship

Diocese of Grand Rapids announces Faith & Future Scholarship and free tuition drawings

 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A new scholarship will support families’ investment in Catholic education in the Diocese of Grand Rapids. Beginning fall 2020, every kindergartner, 6th grader, and 9th grader in the diocese’s 31 Catholic schools will be eligible for the Faith & Future Scholarship, worth $100 toward tuition. There is also a bonus of $50 if the student completed 5th or 8th grade at one of the diocese’s Catholic schools, for a total possible scholarship value of up to $150.

The scholarship announcement comes during Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 26-Feb. 1, a nationwide event celebrating Catholic education. The announcement was made at the diocese’s annual Catholic Schools Week Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew on Jan. 28, with student representatives from Catholic schools around the diocese in attendance.

To receive the Faith & Future Scholarship, parents of future kindergartners, 6th graders, and 9th graders must complete the scholarship application, and subscribe to the CatholicSchools4U.org blog, and to the weekly newsletter from digital safety experts Protect Young Eyes, a community partner of Catholic schools in the diocese.

Along with the Faith & Future Scholarship, the diocese also announced a drawing to give away one year of free tuition to one kindergartner, one 6th grader, and one 9th grader in fall 2020. Families who complete their enrollment and meet the other Faith & Future Scholarship requirements by April 30, 2020, will be automatically entered in the giveaway. The winners will be selected in a random drawing.

Other scholarships at the diocesan, parish, and school levels also support families’ investment in Catholic education, including need-based scholarships.

“I am grateful every day to the families who choose Catholic schools, and the Faith & Future Scholarship is another way the Diocese of Grand Rapids partners with families to provide this inspiring education to their children,” said David Faber, superintendent of Catholic schools in the diocese. “An education centered in Christ offers outcomes that are second to none.”

Learn more about Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids at CatholicSchools4U.org.
CONTACT: Greg Ghering
marketing communications coordinator gghering@grcatholicschools.org
616-475-1240 | 616-826-9808 cell

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids are an alliance of 31 vibrant learning communities (26 elementary and five high schools) serving more than 6,340 preschool through 12th grade students throughout West Michigan. Our schools inspire young people to grow in Catholic faith and grace, achieve more in school and life, develop creativity and character, and feel welcomed and cherished for their unique gifts. We partner with parents to awaken the whole child to a world of light and life — that grows better and brighter when children reach their potential.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend Opportunity

Refresh your faith and your marriage by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend: Feb. 28-Mar. 1 at the St. Francis Retreat Center in DeWitt. Check out wwme.org  to apply or contact Chris & Darla Vinton at 269-953-8287 for more info.

Beacons of Light

The Grand Rapids Diocesan Council of Catholic Women invites all Catholic women to join them for the state conference, BEACONS OF LIGHT, to be held April 24-25, 2020 in Frankenmuth, MI.

Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak, bishop of Grand Rapids, Most Reverend Stephen J. Raica, bishop of Gaylord, Most Reverend Earl A.  Boyea, bishop of Lansing, and Most Reverend Paul J. Bradley, bishop of Kalamazoo, will be celebrating Mass on Friday night. This year’s event coincides with the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Council of Catholic Women.

Please join us for this event that will feature Mass with our bishops, inspirational speakers, vendors, and fellowship time with women from all over the state. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. on Friday and the conference concludes on Saturday at lunch. For registration information and room block details, email grdccw@grdiocese.org or call Janet at 616-915-5930.

Friendship Family for International Students

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,
 
Would you be interested in being a friendship family for an international student at Grand Valley? Friendship families welcome international students by making them feel at home here in the US and helping them to adjust to life here.
 
Ways that you can help include:
  • Inviting the student to have dinner with you from time to time
  • Sharing American holidays like Thanksgiving with the student
  • Taking them to fun, cultural, or sporting events in the area
  • Helping them to study to get their driver’s license
  • Practicing speaking English with them if they are from a non-English-speaking country
  • Take them to the grocery store or run other errands from time to time
  • Get to know and become a friend to the student!
The extent of your involvement would be completely up to you and the student. This is a purely voluntary program. It is not intended to provide financial assistance to the student, just kindness and friendship.
 
We are hoping to match families and students beginning at our parish picnic on September 15.
 
If you are interested, please notify Kim Thomas at the parish office at k.thomas@lukespot.com or at 895-2247.
God bless you!