St. Luke News & Happenings

Family Perspective: The Gospel Through the Eyes of Family

The Office of Family, Youth, and Young Adult Ministries is sharing the Family Perspective reflections for 2021 (beginning with the First Sunday of Advent 2020). These offer a weekly reflection on the Gospel through the eyes of families and are a great resource for helping to build strong Catholic families. A Family Perspective by Bud Ozar November 29, 2020: First Sunday of Advent: Today’s gospel tells us to “Be watchful.” This comes natural to families. Parents are watchful of their children’s health, grades and friends. Children are watchful of parental moods. Today’s gospel encourages us to use this ability to…

Mass Guidelines

Dear friends in Christ, This has been a challenging year on many levels.  We have had to adapt and to keep adapting to ever-changing guidelines in response to Covid.  I am grateful to all those of you who have been patient and understanding as we have tried to navigate these uncertain waters. Having public Masses suspended for three months was very difficult to say the least.  After they resumed, however, we were blessed to be able to celebrate Masses outside through the summer and into the fall.  Doing so enabled us to be able to avoid many of the things that most other parishes…

Sunday – The Lord’s Day

Dear friends in Christ,   A few weeks ago Bishop Walkowiak extended the dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation through November 23. He did this at least in part because our churches continue to face occupancy restrictions; although we are no longer restricted to a certain percentage capacity (we had been limited to 25%), we are still required to maintain social distance of 6 feet between anyone who does not live in the same household. Therefore, given the size of our church, we are still limited to about 100 people at indoor Masses. The bishop said in his recent letter…

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is the biggest day of giving around the world, and this year St. Luke’s will be participating! It is a global movement of generosity that takes place every year on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. Millions of people donate to their favorite nonprofits, small businesses, and charities, and this year you have the opportunity to do the same. Even better, your donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000 by a very generous donor, so your impact will be DOUBLED! Please prayerfully consider what gift you are able to give, and join the movement on December 1st 2020! Use…

Canopy Update

Dear friends in Christ, It has been a long while since I have given any updates on our canopy project, so I would like to do that now. Here is where the project currently is at: since this is considered a major building project, the diocese of Grand Rapids must approve it before we can sign a contract and proceed.  We have had a fair number of meetings / communications with them over the 12 months plus that this has been going on; I have just been able to respond to their questions regarding some specifics of the project and…

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…