COME HOLY SPIRIT! Jesus said to his disciples, “Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” (John 20: 21 -22) Today we celebrate Pentecost Sunday, the descent of the Holy Spirit on… Read more
Vacation Bible School 2016Please join OLC Faith Formation and the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, for Vacation Bible School! From Monday, June 27 through Thursday, June 30, the Sisters will help us grow in our faith and get to know Jesus through games, songs, crafts, and other activities! The days will begin with Mass at 9 AM (drop off at 8:45 AM) and end by noon. Children kindergarten through fifth grade are encouraged to attend! Free will donations are graciously accepted and should be made payable to the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.Volunteers are are also needed to make VBS run smoothly each day at various stations! Middle and high school teens are also encouraged to volunteer! To register your child or sign up to volunteer, please visit:http://www.signupgenius.
com/go/30e0d4ca8a82fa1f85- vacationAttention middle and high school teens! Your help is needed for VBS from Monday, June 27-Thursday, June 30! If you are interested in helping with games, crafts, snacks, or helping small groups, please visit the VBS sign up at http://www.signupgenius. com/go/30e0d4ca8a82fa1f85- vacation! If you have any questions, please contact Josh Hanson at 616-866-2577, ex. 217 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Strengthened in Faith- Disabilities Conference for Families
STRENGTHENED IN FAITH:
A Day of Jubilee for Families with Children, Youth or Adults with Disabilities or Special Needs
Saturday, June 11, 2016 at St. Robert Church
1-6:30 p.m. (includes Mass & Dinner)
Families with children, youth or adults with disabilities or special needs are invited to attend this day, which will include a presentation by Nancy Jo Sullivan, facilitated conversation with other parents, activities for children, youth and adults with disabilities and their siblings, 4:30 Mass with Bishop Walkowiak, and dinner immediately following Mass. Registration forms available on the parish website or by contact Teri Burns, email@example.com, ext 115.
**To make this day a success, we need many hands to help with food and refreshments, buddies to partner with the children, and guides to help people find their way. If you are interested in helping, contact Teri Burns, firstname.lastname@example.org, ext 115.
Fr. Tony “Live” on Holy Family Radio
Wednesday May 18th at 10:00am
Holy Family Radio is celebrating 5 years broadcasting the knowledge, love and truth of the Catholic faith. This May 17th thru 20th we’ll be celebrating with parishes, ministries and people all over the Dioceses of Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids during the Spring Pledge Drive. Please tune in for the exciting event and prayerfully consider supporting Holy Family Radio. More information at www.HolyFamilyRadio.net . Tune in! Support Catholic Radio!
33 Days to Morning Glory
Does the verse from Luke 13:27 where Jesus tells the parable about the owner of the house who replies ‘I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!’ cause you concern? Do you want to know Jesus better? A consecration to Jesus thru Mary with the 33 Days to Morning Glory six week program could be a great way to strengthen your relationship with Jesus. Saint Louis de Montfort described total consecration to Jesus through Mary as “the surest, easiest, and most perfect means” to becoming a saint.
Dates: Thursdays, April 21 through May 26
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Our Lady of Consolation – Guadalupe Room
Consecration Visitation on May 31
Cost: Free will offering to OLC Education Foundation
Contact Greg Beasley at 616.893.5833 or GregoryDBeasley@eaton.com to register or to get more information.
This deeply spiritual experience is limited to 14 people; so, please register soon.
Marian Consecration – Consecration to Jesus through Mary
• Means giving Mary permission to complete her motherly role in our spiritual lives of helping us to great holiness in her Son, Jesus.
• It means saying to Mary: “Mary, I want to be a saint. I know that you also want me to be a saint and that it’s your God-given mission to form me into one. So, Mary, at this moment, on this day, I freely choose to give you my full permission to do your work in me, with your Spouse, the Holy Spirit.”
• 33-day journey to consecration to Mary, using the spiritual wisdom of four giants of Marian spirituality – St. Louis de Monfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta and St. John Paul II.
“This is why we’re encouraging so many of our Marian Helpers to consecrate themselves to Mary, because she brings us most intimately into that encounter with Jesus,” says Fr. Michael, the director of the Association of Marian Helpers and author of the critically acclaimed book Consoling the Heart of Jesus (Marian Press). “The Association of Marian Helpers is dedicated to knowing and proclaiming the mercy of God, and the key ally, the key person to help us, is Mary Immaculate.”
Saint Louis de Montfort (1673-1716), author of the seminal book on Marian consecration, True Devotion to Mary, described total consecration to Jesus through Mary as “the surest, easiest, and most perfect means” to becoming a saint. Long an enthusiastic promoter for Marian consecration, Fr. Michael says his book updates and modifies the 33-day regimen typically followed to prepare for such a blessing — the de Montfort Fathers’ esteemed Preparation for Total Consecration.
Register NOW! Living Your Strengths & Strengths Discovery
Living Your Strengths (adults) and Strength Discovery (teens) are both accepting reservations for the upcoming Spring Session.
Learn what Talents God has given you through this awesome program!
Click here to learn more and to get registered
Haiti Connection Presentation
Please take the time to view this amazing presentation on the impact that Our Lady of Consolation Haiti Connection has made.
Eucharistic Adoration Opportunities
ALPHA for Catholics at OLC
Alpha is a practical introduction to the Christian faith for those who have been practicing faith their whole lives or those for who the journey is not even yet begun. We welcome you to experience a place where guests have an opportunity to explore the meaning of life in a relaxed, friendly setting. The course meets once per week for 11 weeks and includes a one-day getaway in the middle. At each session, participants enjoy food, laughter and learning about the teachings of Jesus in a fun and friendly atmosphere where no question about life or God is seen as too simple or too hostile. There is no charge to attend Alpha.
LEARN MORE AT: ALPHA for Catholics!
The Ascension I enjoy this part of the Easter season as we celebrate the ascension this week and Pentecost next. I find it easy to relate with the disciples when reading the scriptures during this time. I can imagine being with Christ after he rose from the dead and how wonderful that would have been… Read more
A couple weekends ago we had Encountering Christ Weekend. We sought to emphasize the importance of encountering Christ in others. Sometimes we can fall into the thinking “that was nice” and go no further. In one sense it was just nice, however we are hoping that Christ moves souls to a deeper relationship with Him. Our desire was to help facilitate and increase our awareness… Read more
THE SPIRITUAL & CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCY When thinking about the works of mercy, I cannot but help think about Mother Teresa (soon to be a saint). She so wonderfully lived out the works of mercy that it made people all over the world curious about her. Many were curious because she was serving the… Read more
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY On April 30, 2000, Pope John Paul II canonized St. Faustina and designated the Sunday after Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday in the General Roman Calendar. This message and devotion to Jesus known as The Divine Mercy is based on the writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska, an uneducated Polish nun who, in… Read more
RESURRECTION The joy of suffering is grounded in the day of Resurrection. Suffering is revealed as having a Divine purpose. It is the road back to the Father who loves us. Love involves suffering in this world, because this world is tainted by the disobedience of sin; wherein true love is seen as counter to… Read more