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Support Communities Impacted by Hurricane Dorian
Hurricane Dorian has left the Bahamas in a state of devastation. At least seven people were killed and thousands have been reported missing. Rescuers are working to reach trapped and stranded people and an estimated 60,000 are in need of food and clean water. Over the coming days, Hurricane Dorian is on track to impact the coasts of Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas and Virgina bringing storm surge, flooding and high winds.
Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued a statement calling for prayers for those affected and inviting all people of goodwill to give in support of relief efforts.
Prayer for Disaster Relief (Catholic Charities USA)
To support relief efforts in the Bahamas, give to Catholic Relief Services.
To support relief efforts in the United States, give to Catholic Charities USA.
Help Pregnancy Crisis Aid Annual Fall Dinner
Thursday, September 19, 2019
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Thousand Oaks Golf Club
4100 Thousand Oaks Dr.
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Father Frank Pavone – Priests for Life
Job Opening at the Diocese of Grand Rapids
Raiser’s Edge Database Administrator – Reporting to the Director of IT, this position is responsible for data management, analytics, reporting, and serving as the support for the Raiser’s Edge database. More details for this and many other openings at the Diocesan Offices, affiliated organizations, and diocesan parishes and schools can be found on the diocesan website.
World Day of Migrants and Refugees
The Church has been celebrating the World Day of Migrants and Refugees since 1914. It is always an occasion to express concern for many different vulnerable people on the move; to pray for the challenges and increase awareness about the opportunities that migration offers.
Pope Francis has chosen the theme “It is not just about migrants” this year to draw attention to our blind-spots and make sure no one remains excluded from society, whether a long-time resident or someone newly-arrived.
This year, the World Day will be marked on September 29, 2019.
For more information about WDMR, please click here to visit the resource center for this World Day.
For all who have left their homes due to war, disaster, poverty, or fear, that they may find generous welcome in a place to live in dignity and peace!
Visit of Sister Angela:
St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Parish is hosting a series of events honoring and reflecting on Mary, Our Lady of Fatima. This very unique community faith event is open to all members of the community, October 3-8.
Sr. Angela de Fátima Coelho, M.D., is the individual called by Pope Benedict XVI to become Postulator for the Cause of Canonization of the two youngest children (St. Jacinta and St. Francisco) who encountered our Blessed Mother in Fatima. Sister is the Catholic Church’s first female postulator in church history. She successfully led the process to canonize Jacinta, Francisco, and is now serving, at Pope Francis’ request, as vice-postulator for the cause of canonization of Sister Lucia.
Sr. Angela de Fátima Coelho is a medical doctor and a faculty member at the University of Porto. In 1995, she joined the Religious Congregation of The Alliance of Holy Mary.
Sr. Coelho’s Grand Rapids visit will include:
- Meetings and discussions about medical ethics and faith and healing with area religious, physicians, and health leaders as well as the faculty, staff and students at Aquinas College. These events are open to the greater medical community.
- Recitation of the rosary and the celebration of Mass, Bishop Walkowiak presiding, at the Cathedral of St. Andrew for the first Saturday of the month devotions celebrated in response to Mary’s request made to the three children of Fatima on Saturday, Oct. 5.
- Mass at Aquinas College with students and the community as part of the Feast of The Rosary on Monday Oct. 7.
- Gathering with Catholic high school and elementary school students to share with them the story of Fatima.
- A Sunday evening presentation, open to the public, held at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Grand Rapids.
Please visit St. Anthony of Padua Church’s website at www.saparish.com for a complete schedule and more information on Sister Angela’s visit. All are Welcome!
Are You Discerning the Priesthood?
Gifted and Called is a discernment opportunity sponsored by the diocesan Office of Priestly Vocations. Each month, young men (ages 16 – 35) are invited to gather and discern God’s will for their lives.
Time for prayer and reflection will be held monthly at St. Robert Catholic Church in Ada from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Men are also personally invited to attend the 6 p.m. Sunday Mass.
This year’s Gifted and Called discernment opportunities are offered on the following Sundays: Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 17, Jan. 19, Feb. 16, March 15, Apr. 19, and May 17.
Feel free to show up or call to let us know you are coming at 616-288-0910.
Questions, email Fr. Stephen Durkee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
September 26, 2017 Social Security Seminar Luncheon
Cathedral Square Center
All parishioners are invited to a no-cost Social Security Planning/Medicare Seminar Luncheon Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00.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. Bob Callery, Regional Coordinator, Michigan Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program, Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan will provide information about navigating Medicare. RSVP by Sunday, September 8, 2018 to save your place at this free educational seminar luncheon; call (616) 459-4508 or email email@example.com. There’s no better time than now to get started on your retirement planning!
The Catholic Foundation of West Michigan is hosting a free Catholic Estate Planning
Franciscan Life Process Center Events
The Franciscan Life Process Center is a non-profit organization that focuses on providing services that support healthy human development. Each year, this event promotes the work of our counseling programs to educate and offer personal support toward achieving mental health. This year the theme of our LIFEfest event is focused on showcasing local foods and beverages. Each chef will be given local in-season produce from our farm and local farms in Kent County to create a small plate to pair with a local beverage.
Location: Revel Center (1535 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49505)
Date: September 26, 2019 | Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Attendees will enjoy the creations made by participating chefs and vote on which one they like best.
Please go to Lifefest2019.Evenbrite.com
Harpist William Jackson Concert
Friday, September 13, 2019 | 7:30 pm | Lowell Campus
Join us as we host internationally known Scottish composer, harpist and multi-instrumentalist, William Jackson.
Cost: $20 online $25 at the door Please go to williamjacksonconcert.
Fifth Annual Franciscan Rhythms Trail Run & Walk!
October 5, 2019
Franciscan Life Process Center – Lowell Campus
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
This fundraising event replenishes the Center’s Music Therapy Scholarship fund. FLPC provides music therapy to many in West Michigan. Many of our clients receive a variety of therapies. Families often need help to pay for the services offered by the Center and Music Therapy is rarely covered by medical insurance. The Center provides over $5,500 per month in scholarship assistance. Registration fee is $30 through September 13. From September 14 through the day of the race, the fee is 5K $35 and 10 K $40, Register Here
September Events at the CIC
The Eucharist Through Mary
“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord;
let it be to me according to your word.”
Presentations and music by the Trinitarians of Mary
Saturday October 5, 2019 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Suggested donation of $25 per person
St. Patrick’s Parnell, 4351 Parnell NE (Parnell and 5 Mile Roads)
Babies in arms are welcome – Childcare available
Retreat begins in the church at 7:30 with early check in; followed by the Mass at 8:00.
Hospitality to follow in the Parish Center – Lunch will be provided.
It is suggested to bring a Rosary to use during the Marian Moment.
Contact: Beth Zambon 616-874-7572, Rose Thomet 616-
987-6641 or Marie Wilson
St. Vincent de Paul’s Thrift Store Needs Your Help!The Thrift Store is very low on inventory…Please help us help others especially during this fall & winter season! We are in dire need of good, clean fall and winter clothing. The more we have the easier it is to keep our prices low so those who are poor can afford to shop and those who are homeless and transient can receive free clothing.Please open the doors of your hearts and donate now.
Call 452-1408 to schedule a pick up and we’ll pick up for free.“Embrace the whole world in a network of charity.”
Calling Women of All Ages!Are you looking for a way to increase your faith this year? Consider joining the Grand Rapids Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. Membership is open to everyone. The Council helps women develop their faith through leadership, spirituality and service of the Gospel. Like them of Facebook or email the group at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Courage Apostolate is the Church’s invitation to people who experience same-sex attractions, who desire to live in accord with the Gospel call to chastity. Courage, a confidential support group led by a priest, accompanies men and women along the road to integration, freedom and discipleship. For more information, call 616-459-4662 or email email@example.com
The EnCourage Ministry welcomes parents, spouses and other loved ones of people who experience same-sex attractions to join regularly for prayer and mutual support. Under the direction of a priest chaplain, EnCourage members seek to know God’s will for themselves and their loved ones, and to follow it with charity and patience. For more information, call 616-288-0918 or email firstname.lastname@example.org