Check here for news & events happening throughout our Diocese: Courage Apostolate - A Confidential Support Group for those who experience same-sex attraction EnCourage Apostolate - Family Outreach for those with loved ones who experience same-sex attraction Plus many more!
Euro Pilgrimage Tours 2019 Trip
Hurry and Book NOW before October 24th to save $250 for an incredible journey to the Shrines if Italy to experience the joy of Easter and the Mystery of God’s Divine Mercy! Join Fr. Allen Alexander, MIC, and Euro Pilgrimage Tours to see some of the most sacred sites in all of Italy during one of the most grace-filled times of the Liturgical Year. As a Marian of the Immaculate Conception, Fr. Allen will delve in the message of Divine Mercy entrusted to his community by St. Pope John Paul II. For more information or to book now please contact Erika Piotrowski at (231)720-8378 or email at email@example.com. Hurry, space is limited!
Erika Piotrowski & Andrea Stepanski with Euro Pilgrimage Tours
Cookie Walk & Christmas Delites
Saturday, November 10, 2018
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
1200 Post Drive NE, Belmont (corner of Post and Pine Island Drives, just off Exit 95 of US 131)
Holy Spirit Episcopal Church is holding its annual Cookie Walk and Christmas Delites sale on Saturday, November 10 from 9 am to 3 pm. The church is located at 1200 Post Drive NE in Belmont (corner of Post and Pine Island drives, just off Exit 95 of US 131).
Featuring our “world-famous” Cookie Walk–come early for the best selection! We’ll also have Baked Goods, Crafts, Santa’s Attic and a Silent Auction.
The Christmas Delites sale is sponsored by Holy Spirit’s Episcopal Church Women group (ECW), and funds our support for various church activities, such as kitchen supplies, funeral refreshments, the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, the Explore & Soar Reading Club and more.
More information can be found on the church’s website: www.holyspiritbelmont.org.
Women of the Magnificat: A Contemplative Retreat for Women
Come away and spend some quiet time with Mary and Elizabeth in preparation for the Advent and Christmas season at this silent retreat. Topics covered include Church Teaching on the Magnificat, The Annunciation, Mary’s Fiat, and The Visitation. Daily Mass is offered, as well as the opportunity for Reconciliation and Spiritual Direction. Cost is $175 per person with $25 due at registration as a non-refundable deposit. This includes all lodging, meals, and materials. Register online at www.stfrancis.ws or call 517-669-8321.
2018/2019 OLC’S HAITI MISSION TRIP
Our Lady of Consolation is putting together our 3rd medical mission where the medical teams will assess and treat hundreds of people during the week that we will be in our sister parish, St. Jacques de Majuer. We are planning on running a dental mission along with the medical one as many times the patient can use care in both areas (hence, one trip for them). We also plan on suppling more water filters to the families in the area whose only source of ‘clean’ water is a well-used river.
The local priest, Fr. Ricardo, will house and ensure the safety of the group while we reach out to those in great need. There are many costs involved with this mission i.e medical supplies, medications, translators, transportation while in Haiti, housing costs, gas, food, etc. Our last medical mission had expenses of close to $15,000. The team going to Haiti will pay for their own flights and $750 towards the ground expenses (lodging, food, transportation) while there. Please consider if you are being called to such a mission and feel free to contact either Alysse Tefft or Lisa Ringler. If you feel you’d like to help out but can’t make this type of trip, please consider donating to this mission. Just write a check to OLC and put Haiti Mission in the memo line.
The OLC/Haiti Connection is currently planning this Medical/Dental/Water filter Mission to Haiti from March 18th, 2019 until March 26th, 2019.
In remote areas (like St. Jacques), the need is great. People may have to travel for hours by foot to get medical/dental attention. Although those with medical/dental or healthcare experience are useful, all are welcome and will be of help to those most in need.
St. Vincent de Paul’s Thrift Store Needs Your Help!
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
Events at the Catholic Information Center
Mary–Bridge between Catholics and Muslims? (Live Streamed)
Monday, November 5, 7-8:30pm
with Rita George-Tvrtković
Biblical Institute for Michigan Catholics
Date: Saturday, November 10, 2018, 8:30am-3:00pm
Speakers: Fr. John Kartje, PhD & Kathleen Sullivan
Tuesday, November 13, 10-11:30am (lunch included)
with Fr. Michael Hennessy, CSP
Movies that Matter!
Wednesday, November 14, 6-8:30pm
with Fr. Bill Edens, CSP
Cost: $15 per person (includes dinner)
Make Your WHY a Way of Life!
If you’ve ever spent ten minutes with a three-year old, you can vouch for their curiosity. “Why can’t I touch that?” “Why is my hair brown?” “Why does that person’s face look so old?” While an untimely “why” can put unsuspecting parents in an embarrassing situation, cultivating curiosity is how every child grows. In fact, we should never shy away from life’s “whys,” even as our children reach adulthood. Here are several “whys” your grown children or grandchildren actually need to hear from you.
- Have you told them WHY they mean so much to you?
- Have you told them WHY you embraced faith?
- Have you told them WHY you have certain personal values?
Many individuals are excited to learn they can easily turn their WHY into action by supporting a ministry or cause that aligns with their values. For instance, a gift in your Will is a simple way to communicate your WHY to the next generation and create a legacy of your Catholic faith in the process. Contact your parish office or call Mark Morrow, Executive Director of The Catholic Foundation of West Michigan at 616.475.1251 to learn more!