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 or at 895-2247.
God bless you!

Family & Student Picnic

We would like to invite all Parishioners to a Family Picnic here at St. Luke

Sunday, September 15, Noon – 4 pm

We are having a Cookout with Games, Prizes, Drinks & Fun.
We hope to see everyone there!

Wedding Anniversary Mass

Together with your families, 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, Oct. 13 at the 10 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew (301 Sheldon Ave. SE, Grand Rapids). Please invite your family and
friends, a simple reception will immediately follow. RSVP to your parish office. Kim Thomas e-mail or 616-895-2247

Catholic Education

Catholic schools educate the whole child for a life of encounter with Jesus Christ. Our Catholic schools are devoted to helping students in every dimension of life, nurturing a relationship with Christ which is the foundation of all learning.

Catholic schools provide an outstanding personalized learning experience known to boost academic success. Catholic high schools in our diocese have a 99% graduation rate, with 97% of the class of 2019 going to college.

Catholic schools are welcoming communities where each student feels safe, honored and celebrated. Our mission is rooted in Christ who calls us to value and love all people.

Catholic schools invite participation in diverse activities that encourage exploration, creativity and the pursuit of personal potential. A wide variety of performing arts and championship-caliber athletics provide inspiration and opportunities to excel.

Catholic schools are committed to helping students learn in a joyful environment filled with Christ’s beauty, goodness and truth. Our dedicated faculty members are encouraged to be creative in their instructional approach to ensure students retain their lessons through a love for learning and life.

To find a Catholic school near you, visit Scholarships are available.

Mass and Blessing of Pastoral Musicians

Mass and Blessing of Pastoral Musicians
Bishop David Walkowiak, presiding

All parish musicians of the Diocese of Grand Rapids are invited to a Mass with a blessing of renewal and recommitment to our ministry at

the Cathedral of Saint Andrew, Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

All pastors, deacons, music directors, instrumentalists, cantors, choir members and staff associated with liturgical music are welcome! A reception on the Piazza Secchia will be held following Mass.

St. Raphael’s Adult Singles Group

St. Raphael’s Singles is a diocesan-wide Catholic ministry for adult singles age 40+ who are divorced, widowed, or have never been married. Join us for friendship, fellowship and many kinds of events, both spiritual and social. Gatherings take place on the first and third Fridays of the month from 7-9 p.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew. Email for more information.

Fall Seminar for Women

80th annual fall seminar for women

Grand Rapids Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s 80 th annual fall seminar, “Catholic Strong”, will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, at St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Marne. Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak, bishop of Grand Rapids, will celebrate Mass. Guest speakers are Katie Mendenhall, DRE, St. John Paul II Parish; Margaret M. McCarthy, St. Mary’s Parish, Marne; and Colleen Mitchell, founder, UPRISE. Hospitality begins at 8:30 a.m., program runs from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. with lunch. To register: Email or online at:
Cost is $20. Deadline to register is October 11 th .

Summer Experiences for Children 2019

Day Camps: Integrated experiences of natural world for children ages 6 – 15 with Sister Mary Paul Moller, FSE
Summer Camps 2019 flyer Information

August 7 – 9 for ages 7 – 9: Bugs, Bees & Creepy-Crawlies
August 14 – 16 for ages 10 – 15: Where did this come From: Food from seed to Table and Animal Cycles That Help the Process Along

Campers need to dress for the weather and bring a sack lunch.

When: 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Where: Lowell Campus
Cost $100 (covers all supplies)
To register, visit


Nursery Volunteers Needed


This January, St. Luke’s began offering Nursery service for preschool children during
the 10:30 a.m. Mass. We are still in need of adult volunteers to staff the Nursery. The
aim is 8-10 volunteers, so that each volunteer would serve about once a month. Below
are the requirements.

 18+ adult, willing to take a criminal background check.

 Have previously taken or willingness to take soon a one-time 3-hour VIRTUS
child-protection class offered locally.

There will be a meeting for current and new volunteers on Monday, March 3, at
6:45 p.m.

Volunteers under 18 will also be welcomed. However, since they cannot take a
background check or attend the VIRTUS class, they will be in addition to the trained
adults in the room at all times.

Please contact John Graveline,, with questions or to

Jesus said, “Whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.” Matthew 18:5