Community Happenings for this week

Save the Date!

Advent by Candlelight

December 6, 6:30-9:30 pm

Parish Mission- John Schweisthal
December 8-10, 2019

Diocesan Evening of Prayer for Healing, Reparation & Restoration

December 18, 7pm
Cathedral of St. Andrew

OLCEF Gin & Jazz Event
February 7, 2020

KEPHA Men’s conference- Building a Legacy
March 14, 2020

Haiti Connection Ministry Golf Outing
May 16, 2020


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A parish mission is a major event in the life of the parish!

It means there will be a series of presentations throughout the week, given by John Schweisthal, that will help bring our parish together and steer us down a united path leading us all closer to heaven!

This year’s Our Lady of Consolation Parish Mission is:

To Live Our Faith
“Comfort the Afflicted and Afflict the Comfortable”
We will do this by learning about and indulging ourselves in the beatitudes and the Gospel of Matthew Chapters 5-7.
Our Speaker, John Schweisthal, started as a full time Roman Catholic lay evangelist on Novemeber 6th, 1989. He has conducted over 600+ parish missions over the last 30 years. His travels have taken him from Ireland to Hawaii, and from the jungles of Central America to Canada covering over 2,500,000 miles. After 30 years, this mission at Our Lady of Consolation will be John’s final parish mission as he will go from a full-time lay evangelist to a full-time retired lay evangelist.

We are inviting everyone in this parish to attend! All family and friends are encouraged to join Our Lady in this parish mission as we come together to reflect upon God’s word, renew our faith, and pray with open hearts and hands.

Presentations will be:
Sunday, Dec. 8
7:00-9:00pm
Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday, Dec. 9, 10, & 11
10:00am – about the Beatitudes
7:00pm – about the Gospel of Matthew Chapters 5,6, & 7
Each presentation will be it’s own unique experience. We invite and look forward to seeing you at each demonstration!

YBC? (why be Catholic?)

I was sitting with my, then 4 year-old, granddaughter at Mass one
Sunday, (in my usual seat, right up front), and she asked me, “why does that kid up there get to go to communion?“

I told her that he had learned a lot about Jesus and now he was old enough and ready to receive Jesus. She kept watching and every time a young person was in line, she asked if they had learned about Jesus. Well, this year, she is old enough, in second grade, and she will receive her First
Communion. I know that it will be one of the greatest joys of my life and, of course, hers!

I am a retired teacher of 35 years, and now I am a volunteer with the Confirmation candidates in our Faith Formation program at OLC. I know that every time I talk with the students or with my own grandchildren, I get a clearer understanding of my own faith and a strengthened relationship with the Holy Spirit. Talking with children, attending Bible studies that engage in meaningful discussion, participating in retreats and reading motivational books convinces me that I know exactly who I have always been and who I choose to be – Catholic!

Praise be to God that my husband, Dave, recently joined the Catholic Church and now he, too, can receive the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ!

I can’t remember what motivational speaker used this analogy but I think it is perfect for those who are looking for a way to get closer to Jesus. “If you are thirsty, you don’t stand out in the rain with your tongue out and hope to get your thirst quenched; you go right to a faucet and get a tall, full glass of water.”

This is what sets us apart by being Catholic. To me the Mass is complete. It fills me and nourishes me. – Lorraine Hemmerly



Are you an existing usher or are you interested in learning more about the usher ministry? Great! This message is for you! We are updating how we communicate with our ushers and seeking additional interested members to join this vital ministry that serves during Mass.

If you have not already done so, please complete the usher information survey at the link below before the end of the week. This will help us to communicate with you better and also to help us serve you in your ministry.


Last year, more than 1,900 dismemberment abortions were performed in Michigan. This procedure, most commonly used during the second trimester of pregnancy, dismembers an unborn child, removing him or her from the womb limb by limb. Your help is needed to end this gruesome procedure.

On June 19, the Michigan Board of State Canvassers approved a 100-word summary and form of a petition to ban dismemberment abortions (also known as dilation and evacuation or D&E). As the petitions were printed, Right to Life of Michigan formed a committee, Michigan Values Life, to lead the signature-gathering effort through a citizens’ initiative petition. To succeed, this citizen-led petition needs approximately 340,000 signatures in 180 days.

Update:

The targeted end date for the petition drive is Thursday, Dec.12. Continue collecting signatures until December 12. It is projected that just over 360,000 signatures will be gathered through the citizen’s initiative. That number is above the legal requirement of 340,000 but 37,000 short of the goal of 400,000. If you have completed petitions in your possession, please don’t hold them until December 12. Send in petitions as you complete them so there is time to check them. For more information, click here.

Add your signature to the petition

Sign the petition at your parish, or find a parish near you.

To order blank petition forms, click here. Each form contains space for eight signatures. Please remember, each registered Michigan voter may only sign the petition ONCE. For petition instructions, click here.

What’s a citizens initiative petition and why is it important?

The Michigan Constitution allows the people to initiate legislation through a petition. In May 2019, the Michigan House and Senate passed legislation banning D&E abortions, but Governor Whitmer has said she will veto the legislation when it reaches her desk. To succeed, the petition needs approximately 340,000 signatures in 180 days. If that minimum is reached, the policy will go into effect with a majority vote in the House and Senate and will not require the governor’s signature. If state lawmakers vote against the petition or take no action, it will go on the 2020 ballot to be approved or rejected by Michigan voters. The goal of Michigan Values Life is to collect approximately 400,000 signatures.

How can I get involved in the signature gathering process?

Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC) strongly encourages Catholics and parishes to participate in the petition drive which has the full support of the Michigan bishops. A petition order form, circulating instructions, and other materials are available from Michigan Values Life. If you plan to gather signatures before or after Masses at your parish, please check with your pastor for approval and any additional instructions.

Can I sign more than once?

Each registered voter may only sign the petition ONCE. With two petition drives regarding abortion circulating the state, be very clear that you are signing the ‘End Dismemberment Abortion’ petition and only signing once.

What about the ‘Michigan Heartbeat Coalition’ petition?

The heartbeat petition drive is separate from the petition drive to bypass Governor Whitmer’s veto of the dismemberment abortion ban. The heartbeat petition does not have the support of the MCC or the Michigan bishops. Here’s why: the petition language would prohibit any abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected (approximately six to eight weeks of gestation). While the intent of this legislation is honorable, it would weaken and potentially repeal Michigan’s existing pro-life law. Michigan law, enacted in 1846, and later renewed in 1931, already protects all unborn children, once a heartbeat is detected and even prior to its detection. Should a heartbeat ban be implemented, it would not likely be effective until Roe v. Wade is overturned. At that point, the state’s existing ban on abortion would again become enforceable. At best, a heartbeat ban would be redundant, but at worst, a heartbeat ban could be interpreted as repealing the 1931 law and allow abortions up until a baby’s heartbeat is detected.

Unlike the ‘Michigan Heartbeat Coalition’ petition, the ‘End Dismemberment Abortion’ petition seeks legislation to amend the existing ban on partial-birth abortion. Therefore, legislation brought forth by the ‘End Dismemberment Abortion’ petition will only prohibit a specific type of abortion procedure (dismemberment or D&E).

The standard guidance during election seasons for Catholic parishes in this state is to only support materials or efforts from the arch/diocesan bishop, MCC, or the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). MCC does not support the ‘Michigan Heartbeat Coalition’ petition drive that is also currently underway, and therefore, the heartbeat initiative and its activities should not be promoted by and within parishes.

Resources

Letter from Bishop Walkowiak to parishioners (English | Español)
FAQ on ‘End Dismemberment Abortion’ petition


Soup’s On for All!

January 27, 2020

The B.O.B. – 20 Monroe Ave. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Tickets: $50 in advance / $60 at the door

Soup’s On For All! has warmed the hearts of thousands while helping to provide hot meals for those in need. Held at the B.O.B in downtown Grand Rapids, the event raises more than $100,000 annually for the food and pantry programs of God’s Kitchen, a program of Catholic Charities West Michigan.

This fun-filled evening welcomes more than 1,000 attendees and is made possible with the support of more than 150 volunteers. Guests can visit each of the building’s five floors where they are able to sample soups, breads and desserts donated by area restaurants while enjoying live music and entertainment. Throughout the year, volunteers hand paint thousands of soup bowls. Each guest selects a bowl as a souvenir of the evening — and a reminder that hunger is a reality every day for many in our community.

To purchase tickets go to the Catholic Charities website:https://ccwestmi.org/whats-happening/events/soups-on-for-all/


There are TWO Simply Give Double Match Days:

Tuesday, Dec. 3rd (Giving Tuesday)

and
Friday, Dec. 13th

North Kent Connect relies on the Meijer Simply Give program to provide fresh fruits, vegetables, meats & cheese to families visiting our free Client Pantry.

*You may purchase as many $10 cards as you like to make your desired donation. Meijer Simply Give runs through Jan. 4, 2020.