Ministries

 

Liturgical Schedule

Perpetual Adoration Schedule

Hospitality Schedule
*No Hospitality for December

We are excited to have you be a part of our ministries here at Our Lady of Consolation. We invite you to contact us at any time if you have any issues or concerns. Parish Phone: 866-0931 EMAIL

Liturgy and Worship

 

Altar Linen Cleaning

Judy Markee EMAIL 874-1077
Volunteers take care of linens used at the Masses. One initial training session is required.
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Altar Servers

Cindi Knudsen EMAIL 866-7412
Altar servers assist the priest during the sacred liturgy. Servers must have completed the 4th grade and complete a training session. Servers are scheduled using the Ministry Scheduler Program located at the top of this page.
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Art & Environment

Mary Harkema EMAIL 866-0931
Interior designers, seamstresses, artists, architects and those who enjoy decorating, plan and prepare the worship space and surrounding areas of the church.
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Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Jeanne Winkelmann EMAIL 866-2577
This ministry is offered during the Sunday Masses to children in grades 1-3. Adult leaders must be at least 18 years old; Adult leaders and monitors must attend Virtus Training to volunteer
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Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion

Deacon Jim Hessler EMAIL 866-0931
Assist with the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. If you are interested in more information, please submit the Interest Form. Ministry scheduler is located at the top of this page. Please click here to view the training slide show.
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Lector

Deacon Jim Hessler EMAIL   866-0931
Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Please click here to view the training slide show. Ministry scheduler is located at the top of this page.
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Sacristans

Cindi Knudsen EMAIL 866-7412
The Sacristan is responsible for the preparation for Masses and other Liturgies. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. If you are interested in more information, please submit the Interest Form. Ministry scheduler is located at the top of this page
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Music Ministry

Director: Mary Harkema EMAIL 866-0931
If you are interested in any of our Music Ministries, we encourage you to fill out the Interest Form.

Adult Choir

Tami Hjelm EMAIL 866-9854
Participate in mass by using your voices to lead the congregation in worship.
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Cantors

Mary Harkema EMAIL 866-0931
Previous Vocal Training and music reading skills are recommended.
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Children’s Choir

Mary Harkema EMAIL 866-0931
Children, grades 2-5, sing twice a year.
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Instrumentalists

Mary Harkema EMAIL 866-0931
Wanted: Keyboardists, Guitarists, Percussionists, Brass, Woodwind and String Players. Must be able to read music and perform proficiently.
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Hospitality

 

Coffee & Donuts Committee

Parish Office 866-0931
Time of fellowship is available after the 9 and 11 AM Masses. Servers prepare, serve, and clean up. Able to set your schedule preferences through our Ministry Scheduler Program. If you are interested in more information, please submit the Interest Form. Ministry Scheduler is located at the top of this page.
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Greeters

Parish Office 866-0931
Greet both parishioners and guests at weekend celebrations and at parish-wide events. To express interest in this ministry, please complete the Interest Form. Ministry Scheduler is located at the top of this page.
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Welcome Committee

Julie Woodruff EMAIL 866-0931
This committee is responsible for making connections to new parishioners and provides opportunities and education to existing members. If interested in actively assisting or for more information please contact us.
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Parish Hospitality

Rose Bartlett EMAIL
This generous committee provides food and gracious service for parish-wide and committee events.
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Ushers

(5 pm) Chris Gluth EMAIL 863-0523
(9 am) Bryan Galloway EMAIL 874-9682
(11 am) Paul Wyatt EMAIL 455-1700
Welcomes and greets people as they gather. Ushers are responsible for the specific needs of the faith community before, during, and after each liturgy. For more information please contact us. Ministry Scheduler is at the top of this page.
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Welcome Table

Parish Office 866-0931
These volunteers are the face of the parish during the weekday evenings and during weekend Masses to assist and answer questions. A working knowledge of parish operations, departments.
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Faith Formation Ministries

 

Catholic Inquiry & RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)

Anne Marie DeSantis EMAIL 874-8064
Interested in exploring the Catholic Faith? This is a place and opportunity to get answers to questions and learn about the Catholic faith. If you are interested in becoming this is also the means to enter into the Catholic Church. RCIA is a year-round process.
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Good Friday Drama

Parish Office 866-0931
All ages who wish to help our Lord’s Passion come alive are invited to participate in this beautiful drama.
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Good Shepherd

Jeanne Winkelmann EMAIL 866-2577
Good Shepherd centers on Scripture and Liturgy.  Atriums are prayerful learning environments created to enrich the spiritual formation of children ages 4 & 5.  Class is held from late September to early May on Wednesday’s from 6:15-7:30pm.
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Living Your Strengths

Anne Marie DeSantis EMAIL 866-2577 Ext 210
This is an opportunity to discover your areas of strength as a means to assist you in finding a fulfilling way to serve that fits your abilities and passions.
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Parish Library

Jan Kleefisch EMAIL 874-5894
The Parish Library provides materials that are consistent with the Catechism of the Catholic Church to help expand our knowledge and deepen our faith in Jesus Christ and His Catholic Church. The Parish Library is open after both Sunday Masses.
To search the library, click here. For a complete book list, click here.
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SCRIP

Lindsay Ulman EMAIL 863-6837
Raise money by shopping with gift cards for everyday purchase like food, clothing and entertainment. Each scrip gift card purchase earns a rebate for Our Lady of Consolation Education Foundation. It’s the powerful “no-selling” fundraiser. Click the title link above for more information about SCRIP and the Our Lady of Consolation Education Foundation.
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Vacation Bible School

Anne Marie DeSantis EMAIL 866-2577 Ext 210
Children between Kindergarten and 4th grade enjoy a fun-filled, action-packed week of God’s love during the summer. Volunteers are always needed; please contact us if you are interested
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Prayer Ministries

 

Divine Mercy Chaplet

Kristi Brown EMAIL 863-9886
One hour of prayer time on Monday evenings at 7:00 PM in the Adoration Chapel. Everyone is welcome. Please contact us if you would like to help.
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Eucharistic Adoration

Amy Oatley aoatley@olcparish.net 616-866-2577 ext 212
Adoration at Our Lady of Consolation is 24/7.  There are occasions when we do repose the Blessed Sacrament because of conditions and situations that require it.  Please contact Paul or the parish office (866-0931) for more information or to sign-up for a particular hour of prayer.  No sign-up is required to participate.
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Knit One, Pray Too!

Kathy Cadwell EMAIL 874-6336
This ministry is for anyone who would like to come together as a group to knit prayer shawls for families who have experienced a loss or illness. If you do not know how to knit we can teach you. We provide a pattern and you supply the yarn, needles and prayers while knitting for those who will receive the shawls.


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Prayer Line (Special Intentions)

Kate & Teresa Border EMAIL 866-1327
Submit your prayer requests in our “Book of Intentions” in the commons or by contacting the ministry leadership. Please contact us if you would like to help.
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Rosary Group

Kate Border EMAIL 866-1327
The group meets in the Chapel at 10:00 AM on Tuesday mornings to pray the Rosary together. All are welcome!
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Way of the Cross

Mike DiCosola EMAIL 291-3341
On the Saturday of Palm Sunday, a wooden cross, weighing more than 100 lbs, is carried from Lake Bella Vista to OLC. Participants take turns carrying the cross. The procession begins at 6:40AM with Lauds. The route is less than 5 miles and usually takes less than 2 hours. The wooden cross is then displayed at OLC throughout the year.
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Service and Justice Ministries

 

Adopt a Family

Julie Buehler EMAIL 874-6841
You can help take the stress off families who are struggling on a daily basis by donating food, clothing, personal care items or gift cards during the holiday season.
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Angel Tree

Julie Buehler EMAIL 874-6841
Take an angel from the Angel Tree in the Church Commons and purchase a needed item for local and Grand Rapids low income families and the unemployed. Held during the Advent Season following Thanksgiving. All ages are welcome to participate.
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Blood Drive

Knights of Columbus 866-0931, Coordinated by Michigan Blood
Our Lady of Consolation schedules a blood drive 3 times per year for Michigan Blood, an independent, nonprofit community service organization that puts Michigan hospitals first. Of course, we need blood donors but we also need donations of cookies, brownies, pies, etc. To express interest in this ministry, please complete the Interest Form.
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Building Maintenance

Neil Buehler EMAIL 874-6841/ Shaun Bartz 866-0931 Ext 218
This team of volunteers works under the direction of the Business Manager to maintain the interior property. Individuals who enjoy minor repair and restoration are encouraged to inquire. Duties may include maintenance, repair or other building projects as needed.
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“Circle of Caring” – Bereavement Ministry

Rose Bartlett EMAIL 866-0931
This ministry supports those in our parish who have experienced the death of a loved one. The Church calls each member of Christ’s Body—priest, deacon and layperson—to participate in the ministry of consolation: “to care for the dying, to pray for the dead, to comfort those who mourn”. Volunteers provide an active listening presence to those who would like visits and identify other needs that link them with other church ministries.
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Communion Visitation Ministry

Kathy Cadwell EMAIL 874-6336
This ministry provides visits to those parishioners that are either homebound or unable to attend Mass due to illness but would still like to receive the Sacrament of Eucharist. Volunteers visit hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living centers and private residences.
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God is Green Ministry

Rob Wilson EMAIL 874-6162
In an effort to raise awareness about our responsibility to care for God’s earth, OLC has incorporated a recycling program in our school and parish-wide. We have recycling bins throughout the parish and large dumpsters in our back parking lot. We now purchase only paper disposable cups and are continuing to improve our standards of responsible care of God’s generous gifts to us.
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God’s Kitchen North

Cindi Knudsen EMAIL 866-7412
God’s Kitchen North has been cancelled for the 2016-2017 school year due to lack of volunteers.  To express interest in this ministry, please complete the Interest Form.
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Grounds Maintenance

Frank & Wendy Savickas EMAIL 866-9319
This team of volunteers works under the direction of the Business Manager to maintain the exterior property. Individuals who enjoy gardening or restoration of grounds are encouraged to inquire. Duties may include maintaining flower beds or other similar projects as needed.
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Lazarus Ministry

Shirley Ehrlich EMAIL 866-1064
The Lazarus Ministry provides families with an opportunity to gather with friends and family after a funeral Mass. This ministry arranges for food donations as well as serving at the luncheon. To express interest in this ministry, please complete the Interest Form.
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Medical Equipment Closet

Maureen Gaynor EMAIL 915-1565
The medical equipment closet is intended for OLC parishioners who are in need of medical items such as walkers, tub benches, shower chairs, crutches, toilet risers or wheelchairs. The supplies can be borrowed for use after a surgery or kept permanently for those with a disability. Donations are gladly accepted.
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North Kent Connect

Fr. Tony Russo EMAIL 866-0931
Access/North Kent Connect is a non-profit organization that seeks to help families in crisis or emergency situations by supplying food, clothing and household goods. North Kent Connect is also a referral agency that provides information on acquiring emergency housing and assistance with utilities. Special collections and programs are offered throughout the year that supply their clients with school supplies, tax preparation assistance, baby layettes, holiday gifts, and holiday meals. Our Lady of Consolation parishioners, friends, and relatives help as a group on the second Wednesday night of the month, from 6:00PM until 8:00PM. To express interest in this ministry, please complete the Interest Form.
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OLC Take Them A Meal

Mary Callam McRell EMAIL 863-8165
We support women and their families by providing meals during time of illness or crisis, after the birth of a baby, or after a death. We also babysit, house clean, provide transportation—whatever is needed.
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Parish Health Ministry

Lynn Weber EMAIL 874-7953
The nurses of Our Lady of Consolation Parish, believe we are to use our gifts of healing as a sign of love for our Christian Parish Community. We are dedicated to Our Lady whose consolation helps us comfort God’s people.
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Respect Life

Mike Tarach EMAIL 866-3038
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Supper House

Chelie Simmons EMAIL 884-0298
Supper House offers an opportunity to serve dinner to the low-income families in the Saint Alphonsus neighborhood. The schedule is set a year in advance, and Our Lady usually has three dates assigned. Our Lady of Consolation parishioners can volunteer together by signing up in advance. Dinner is served from 4:30PM until 7:00PM in Saint Alphonsus’ cafeteria. To express interest in this ministry, please complete the Interest Form.
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Missions

 

Adult Mission Trip

Parish Office 866-0931
All adults 18 years of age and older are welcome to participate in the adult mission trip. Each year we choose a location to serve. Participants will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis when space is limited. You do not be a parishioner to participate, however, parishioners will be considered first.
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Haiti Connection

Lisa Ringler EMAIL 696-4437
The Haiti Ministry arranges opportunities for individuals to go on missions to Haiti.
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Mission Golf Classic

Julie Buehler EMAIL 874-6841
The Mission Golf Classic proceeds help fund Teens on a Mission. Sponsors and donations make the mission possible. Any interested and committed high school age person, no matter what their economic status, can earn the monies needed to participate in the mission through “The Mission Golf Classic” and from sponsorships. We need hole sponsors, teen sponsors, and donations of prizes for the annual golf outing held in May. This ministry is a collaborative group of individuals committed to keeping the parish informed and involved in the issues regarding the sanctity of life.
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Teens on a Mission

Julie Buehler EMAIL 874-6841
Teens on a Mission is a week long summer service opportunity open to high school youth and their chaperones. This program is a nine-month commitment that can be challenging but very rewarding. More than likely it will be a life changing experience. While working side by side with the poor, participants will learn how to overcome the barriers that divide us.
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Fellowship Ministries

 

Band of Brothers

Mike DiCosola EMAIL 291-3341
The Band of Brothers is a men’s ministry organization dedicated to serving the spiritual development needs of men in our parish. The Band of Brothers offers fellowship and camaraderie through which men are encouraged and supported in their efforts to courageously live out their faith. We challenge all men in our parish to join us as we seek to deepen our relationship with Christ, our wives, families, church and communities.
“That Man is You!” Thursday Mornings from 6:00-7:30 in the Family Center from September 7-December 7.
Fall Men’s retreat to CCL October 12-15
Bike Building and Distribution – December 2017 dates TDB
Vesper’s  December 22
Way of the Cross Pilgrimage: March 24, 2018
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Boy Scouts

Mark Bremmeyr EMAIL 291-1597
Youth Program with the goal of training youth in responsible citizenship, character development, and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of outdoor activities, educational programs.
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Consolata Guild

Mandy McGregor EMAIL 866-0384
Sue Arends EMAIL 240-2207
The Consolata Guild was formed in 1965 to help and support the mission of evangelization of the Consolata Missionary Sisters. The purpose of the Consolata Sisters is to fulfill the command of Jesus: “Go and proclaim the Good News to all nations.” The Sisters are presently committed to this goal by ministering in several countries in Africa, Europe, South America, Asia and in the United States. To express interest in this ministry, please complete the Interest Form.
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Family Camping Trip

Rob & Shannon Wilson EMAIL 874-6162
Each summer the parish schedules a family camping trip with limited reserved spaces at various Michigan campsites. Watch the bulletin for details.
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Fellowship Committee

Katie Lawrence EMAIL 874-3789
The fellowship Committee plans several fellowship and/or formation events each year. If you enjoy organizing, hospitality and/or decorating, please consider giving your time and talent to the planning teams of special events. For the entertainer or creative person, this ministry would be a great fit!
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Knights of Columbus

Larry Denhof EMAIL 866-8516
Knights of Columbus is a fraternal benefit society, founded under the principles of charity, unity and fraternity. Assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.
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Men’s Basketball

Matt Cable EMAIL 616-893-5431
Eric Fischer EMAIL 517-230-8342
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Men’s Softball

Rob Wilson EMAIL 874-6162
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Women’s Softball

Amy Hallock EMAIL 874-5981
Carol Hazy EMAIL 874-2945
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Parish Leadership & Communications Ministries

 

Bulletin

Linda Merring EMAIL 866-0931
Don’t miss your pastor’s remarks or opportunities for fellowship, faith formation, Christian service or prayer. The parish bulletin is brought to you by sponsorships from within our community who would like to serve you. It is your resource for current programming and event information. Contact the Parish Secretary to submit information for the bulletin at least 2 weeks prior to the print date.
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Finance Council

Barb Elkins EMAIL 866-8214
The Finance Council members bring their expertise into the service of parish property and managing revenues to review finances, formulate the parish/school budget and plan capital needs.
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Our Lady of Consolation Education Foundation Board

Bryan Galloway EMAIL 874-9682
Please click here to learn more about the OLC Education Foundation!
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Our Lady of Consolation School Board

Drinan Gorney EMAIL 874-3459
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Pastoral Council

Joe Beyer EMAIL
The Parish Council advises the pastor of the spiritual needs, concerns, gifts and resources of the parish and develops a pastoral plan.
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Stewardship Council

Peggy Helsel EMAIL 866-4078
The Stewardship council advises the pastor regarding ministry and sacrificial giving.
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Website Support

Nickie Wentworth-Holton EMAIL 866-2577 x212
Our website is being continuously updated to reflect current events. We welcome additional content, comments and suggestions.
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