Our Ladys Community Happenings

Community Happenings


Virtual Baptism Class

The next baptism class is this Saturday, September 12 at 10:00 am. It will be held virtually. Call Linda in the parish office to register for this class (616) 866-0931. You will then be sent a link from the teachers to attend the virtual class. 


Farewell Message from Nickie Wentworth

My dear friends,   

I have had the honor and privilege of serving the Our Lady of Consolation family for the past ten years as a volunteer and as a member of the staff team.  Throughout my tenure, I have been blessed to meet some of my dearest friends and serve with the most incredible people I have ever met, you.  The parishioners at Our Lady of Consolation are what make this parish so special.   

In my role as the Director of Marketing and Communications I had the pleasure of working with many, many volunteers and ministry leaders.  In each of you I have seen Christ’s hands and feet at work within our community.  The generosity of time, talent and treasure that I have witnessed is inspiring.  

My role with our parish has changed over the years, and especially during the past several months.  The impact the pandemic had on our parish and our parishioners was profound and I hope I  was able to help you remain as connected to your parish family as possible during our distance.   

Sadly, I write this letter with an extremely heavy heart.  Although the Our Lady community has become like family to me, I have been given an amazing opportunity to help make an impact at another parish.   

Effective September 1, I have resigned my position with Our Lady of Consolation, and I have accepted the position of Stewardship Coordinator at St. Joseph Parish in Pewamo.  This move allows me to move closer to my family in my hometown of Ionia.    

Although I am excited for this new opportunity and to be closer to my family, it comes with a great deal of sadness in leaving Our Lady.  As I walk through the hallways and offices, I am overwhelmed with memories and emotions, from Vacation Bible School decorating parties, to youth group retreats, to OLCEF auction planning, meetings with builders and architects, strolling the ministry fair, sharing laughs and dreams at council meetings and so many more.  Our Lady of Consolation became my second home, and you all became my second family.    

I can never thank you enough for each time you said ‘yes’ to my request to help and to serve.  Each of your ‘yeses’ strengthened me and allowed me to grow beside you.  You have all taught me so much that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.   

As I make my preparations for my departure, I am confident that I am leaving Our Lady of Consolation in the perfect hands.  As parishioners, this is your parish, and you have every gift ever needed to make Our Lady an even greater success and even more impacting parish than I could have ever imagined.   

What is God calling you to do?  Where is God calling you lead?  In what ways are you being asked to step up and serve our family?   

God may be calling me to another parish home, but I know in my heart that he would only do so if He felt that you already had everything you need to succeed in His plans here at Our Lady.   

So, for one final time, words that I am typing are going to challenge you, each and every parishioner, What gifts has God given you?  How are you going to use those gifts for HIS WILL on earth?   

Have you been blessed financially?  Could you support the parish in a greater capacity than last year?   

Have you been blessed with the gift of organization and planning?  Could you serve on a council or event team?   

Have you been blessed with the ability to share the faith and entertain?  Maybe you are being called to serve as a catechist or small group leader.    

I don’t know the individual gifts and talents that God has given every person, but I do know that we all have the ability to do more, serve more, love more, and be a better disciple.  That is what we are called to do.   

Although I am incredibly nervous, I  am answering the call I received.  Are you ready to say, “Yes, Lord, I’m ready!”

 



Diocesan Assembly 2020: Encounter

The Parish Ministry and Catechetical Conference has been a wonderful opportunity to gather with our Bishop to pray, learn and connect with Catholics from all parts of the diocese. This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has required us to adapt to new ways of ministry and catechesis. We are excited to announce that the Conference, too, is being transformed into a new event!   

Diocesan Assembly 2020: Encounter

September 26, 2020

8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Free to attend!  

We invite you to join us for this very special event! 

Bishop Walkowiak will open our Diocesan Assembly with prayer and set the unifying vision for our new ministry year. 

This event will be live streamed from Cathedral Square Center. The entire Diocesan Assembly will be presented in both English and Spanish. Participate individually from home or invite a couple of friends to join you for a watch party.     

Through prayer, study, and fellowship in the liturgical assembly, we hope that God will use Diocesan Assembly 2020 to bind us together more fully as one body, one spirit in Christ.  

To register or find out more about Diocesan Assembly 2020, click here.  


 

September 9
Day of Prayer & Fasting
for Racial Healing

September 9, 2020

In the midst of our country’s ongoing racial unrest, we come together as Catholics to pray for healing, atone for the Church’s and our personal past sins of racism and seek forgiveness, and call on the Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen us in continuing to work for peace and racial justice.   

To focus on these actions, Bishop Walkowiak has declared Sept. 9, the feast of St. Peter Claver, as a Day of Prayer and Fasting in the diocese for racial healing. St. Peter Claver is the patron of missionary work among black slaves.   

Catholics of the diocese are encouraged to take the following actions: 

-Read the U.S. Bishops Pastoral Letter speaking out against racism Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love.

-Pray the rosary or attend Mass (Bishop Walkowiak will celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew at 7 p.m. that evening.)

-Learn more about the life of St. Peter Claver and the work of the Church in fighting racism:

https://www.usccb.org/committees/ad-hoc-committee-against-racism


Work weekends? Retired? Know a priest or religious who would enjoy growing in their vocation? Worldwide Marriage Encounter is hosting a live virtual MIDWEEK experience
Sept. 15 from 8 a.m. -9 p.m. and Sept. 16 from 8 a.m. -3 p.m. The weekend explores and enriches the Sacraments of Marriage and Holy Orders by focusing on communication, forgiveness, listening, and other critical elements of a spousal relationship.    

Apply today for only $19 (priests/religious are free) at esharing.org (click the Apply Online button) using discount code Covid19.

Need a weekend date? Check out wwme.org (click Find a Weekend button) for a listing of all live virtual experiences being offered. Questions? Contact Andy & Jeanne Folfas at 937-886-5196.


Catholic Information Center

Because of Covid-19 and social distancing requirements, most of our programs will be online using Zoom. 

The Catholic Information Center’s mission is to provide the adults in our Diocese with the opportunity to learn, celebrate, live and pray the Catholic faith.

Click Here to view Fall Brochure