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School Board of Directors Service Award Winner

Congratulations to Kevin Varner for being the 2018 recipient of the School Board of Directors Service Award!

To view the requirements and award information please click here.

Statement from the School Board:

The School Board of Directors Service Award is given annually during Catholic Schools Week to the OLC school staff member who has been recognized by our families (with input from their children) and fellow staff members for outstanding service. The purpose of the Service Award is to recognize a practicing Catholic staff member who demonstrates exemplary Christ-centered behavior through excellence in service to OLC School. Service for this award is defined as the selfless giving of oneself to benefit others with no expectation of recognition, reward, or acknowledgement. The ideal award recipient would display a love and understanding of their Catholic faith; articulate a commitment, not just to performing acts of service, but to living a service-focused life; demonstrate awareness that their gifts are blessings from God; and provide evidence of their intelligence, humility, and leadership ability.

As Our Lady of Consolation School celebrates its fiftieth anniversary, it has never been stronger or more vibrant. This is due in large part to the outstanding leadership of Mr. Kevin Varner! He epitomizes the Servant Leader! Mr. Varner implemented educational practices that enriched the lives of thousands of students, shaped a school that better served their needs, and ultimately created a more loving and caring learning environment. He consistently and without hesitation puts the needs of students, staff, teachers, and parents ahead of his own. If there is something that needs to be done within the school, parish, or diocese, Mr. Varner leads the way. He can often be found at the school or the parish several nights during the week and also on many weekends throughout the school year.
While Mr. Varner is truly a shining example of a man following Christ’s call to serve others, the impact of his dedication and leadership have positively transformed our school! His efforts played a huge role in the tremendous growth we’ve experienced at OLC School.
There simply isn’t enough time to adequately describe the myriad of ways Mr. Varner positively impacted OLC School. But, it’s clear, OLC School has been transformed because of Mr. Varner’s leadership, dedication, vision, compassion, and love for children.

Matthew Kelly at the DeltaPlex!

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Complete and print your ticket form before Mass here

Do you want to become a-better-version-of-yourself?

How about the-best-version- of-yourself?

Matthew Kelly, a New York Times bestselling author and an internationally acclaimed speaker, will help you (re)discover the genius of Catholicism, and introduce you to new habits that will re-energize your life, and inspire you to live every day with passion and purpose.

DeltaPlex Arena
2500 Turner Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49544
May 19th, 2018 7:00PM – 10:00PM

We have been selected as a Parish Sponsor!! Purchase your tickets after Mass at the best price of $20 after all Masses on February 10 & 11, 2018.






Estate Planning Workshop: Free


Monday, March 12, 2018
Cathedral Square Center
360 Division Avenue S | Grand Rapids 49503

Presentation by:
Thomas Flickinger, Rhoades McKee, Estate Planning Attorney

Topics covered include:
· Understanding the legal documents to have in place to protect your family
· Is a Trust Agreement right for you?
· End of life planning issues from a catholic point of view
· What happens if you fail to plan?

Event Hosted by:
The Catholic Foundation of West Michigan

RSVP by Friday, March 9, 2018 by emailing Jennifer Holmes

Martin Luther King Jr Day

The Diocese of Grand Rapids’ Office of Communications relays the following statement from

Bishop David J. Walkowiak marking the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States on Monday:

Today we honor the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who encouraged Americans to stand up for equality, justice, and peace – the message of the Gospel. He showed us that it is possible to fight for what we believe in, in a non-violent way.

We reflect on the progress made and the work still left undone. The sin of racism which permeated our country during Dr. King’s time still exists today. I echo the words of my brother bishops, ‘Our challenge is to bring Dr. King’s message into the present moment in a way that inspires lasting change’.

Let us take time today and throughout this year, which marks the 50th anniversary of his passing, to take time before God for internal reflection, inspire change in our communities, and to love our neighbors as Jesus commanded.

I encourage you to complete an act of kindness for a stranger or to say an extra prayer for peace in our world as we commemorate the life of Dr. King.

Bishop Walkowiak encourages all to read the full statement from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) which may be found here.

Mass for Life January 22nd

Mass for Life

Bishop Walkowiak will celebrate the Mass for Life on Monday, January 22nd, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew, with a reception to follow. This date will mark the 45th Anniversary of the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade, legalizing abortion in the United States.

Clergy will receive a separate email from the bishop’s office inviting them to concelebrate that evening.

This year there will be a few brief testimonies at the end of Mass pertaining to the power of prayer around the theme of abortion.

Plenary Indulgence for March for Life participants

Christian faithful who participate in the 2018 March for Life may receive a plenary Indulgence. In order to receive the Indulgence while attending the March for Life you must be detached from sin, pray for the pope’s intentions and, within a few days, make a sacramental confession and receive the Eucharist.

The elderly, sick, and those unable to leave home will be able to receive a plenary Indulgence if they fulfill the same requirements as those of the pilgrims while spiritually joining themselves to the March and offering prayers and their own physical sufferings to God.

If you are not able to complete all of the requirements necessary for a plenary Indulgence you may still be granted a partial Indulgence.

Nine Days for Life

Since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision 45 years ago, more than 58 million children’s lives have been lost to abortion, and the lives of millions of parents have been shattered. In prayerful recognition of these lost and broken lives, the U.S. Bishops invite Catholics and others nationwide to participate in Nine days of prayer, penance and pilgrimage (Jan. 18-26). Click the link for details or to receive the daily novena in English and Spanish each day by email, text, or through their app.

World Youth Day 2019 Panama

World Youth Day 2019 – Information Meeting

The Diocese of Grand Rapids is offering the opportunity for young adults, ages 18-30, to participate in the next World Youth Day –
being hosted in Panama City, January 22-27, 2019. World Youth Day is not just a day or an experience, but an ongoing pilgrimage of faith.
These special days and celebrations are meant to rejuvenate and reinvigorate the spiritual life of young adults along their pilgrim journey, which ultimately leads to Christ Jesus.

Those interested in making this pilgrimage are invited to an information meeting on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at Cathedral Square Center (360 Division Ave. South, Grand Rapids)
beginning at 2 p.m. For more information, visit or contact Mark Mann, director of family, youth, and young adults at

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