Author: Nickie Wentworth-Holton

Advent, Christmas and Reconciliation Schedules for Local Parishes

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary:


December 9th – Holy Day: 9:00am feast of the Immaculate Conception
December 24th – Christmas Eve
3:30pm Children’s Prelude
4:00pm Children’s Mass
6:00pm Mass
9:30pm Christmas Hymns
10:00pm Evening Mass
December 25th – Nativity of the Lord: 10:00am Mass
December 31 – Holy Day Vigil, Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, 5:30pm Mass
January 1st – Holy Day: Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, 9:00am Mass Only


Regular Schedule: Wednesdays – 6:00pm and Saturdays – 4:00pm
Advent Schedule: Thursday, December 19th – 6:00pm – 8:00pm

St. John Paul II


December 9th – 12pm – Immaculate Conception
December 24th –
4pm Vigil Mass of Christmas
10pm Mass at Night
December 25th 10am – The Nativity of the Lord Mass During the Day
December 31 – 4pm, Vigil Mass: Mary Mother of God
January 1st – 10am Mass: Mary Mother of God


Saturday at 3pm
Sunday at 4pm (or by appointment)

St. Patrick of Parnell


December 9 – 9am – Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
December 24 – 5pm & 8pm – Vigil Mass, Nativity of the Lord
December 25 – 12am – Midnight Mass
11am – Nativity of the Lord Mass
December 31- No Mass
January 1 – 10am Mary, Mother of God Mass


December 11 – 6:30pm at St. Mary’s in Lowell
Sundays 7-7:40am
Extras (Advent Schedule): Wednesday’s 6:30-7:30pm & Saturdays 3-4:40pm

Cathedral of Saint Andrew


December 24 – 4:30pm Christmas Eve Mass
December 25 – 12am Midnight Mass
12pm Christmas Day Mass – Spanish
January 1 – 10am Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God Mass
12pm Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God Mass, Spanish


Saturdays at 11am and after 12:05 Mass (12:35pm)
Daily Mass at 7am – Reconciliation after at 7:30am

St. Paul the Apostle


December 9 – 6:30pm Mass (with incense)
December 24 – 4pm Christmas Eve Family Mass w/ Choristers
9:30-10pm Festive Prelude
10pm Mass in the Night: Nativity of Our Lord
December 25 – 10am Mass in the Day: Nativity of Our Lord
January 1 – 5:30pm Vigil Mass for the Solemnity of Mary, Holy Mother of God


Saturdays at 3:30pm

St. Roberts of New Minister


Tuesday, December 24
4:00 PM Christmas Eve Mass
Main Church Bell Choir begins at 3:45 pm
4:00 PM Christmas Eve Mass

Marian Chapel 6:30 PM Christmas Eve Mass

Elementary Children’s Pageant
Children’s Choirs – Music begins at 6:15 PM, Main Church
10:00 PM Christmas Eve Mass
Christmas Choir – Music begins at 9:30 PM, Main Church


No reconciliation on December 24.
Monday, December 16 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Wednesday, December 18 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 21 1:00 – 4:00 pm

The reconciliation room is located in the Eucharistic Chapel.

St. John Vianney


December 9 – 8:30am – Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
December 24 – 4pm & 8pm
December 25 – 9am
December 31 – 5:30pm
January 1 – 9am


Saturdays 3:30-4:30 or by appointment

St. Jude


December 9 – 7pm
December 24 – 4, 6:30 & 10pm
December 24 – 10am
December 31 – 4pm
January 1 – 10am


#GiveCatholicWM on #GivingTuesday  

What is #GivingTuesday? What does it have to do with us at St. Simon Parish? It is a global day dedicated to giving back, especially after the commercialism and consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It is a time to think about giving rather than receiving.

And giving back is what we do every day as Catholic Christians. So why not participate with millions around the world during this secular event to support our own ministries?

#GivingTuesday happens the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and is an opportunity for communities, churches, families and individuals globally to come together and to simply celebrate generosity for 24 hours.

This year, Bishop Walkowiak is encouraging Catholics to participate by supporting parishes, schools and ministries right here in West Michigan. You are being asked to #GiveCatholicWM on #Giving Tuesday. It is our own local link to this day of giving back. 

#Giving Tuesday is about giving of your time and talent, as much as it is about giving of your treasure. To encourage younger generations in our Church to put their faith into action, a global social media movement has been launched. Uprise: Our Catholic Generosity Commitment has recently celebrated its second anniversary. The goal of the movement is to encourage the next generation to focus on service through the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. For more information and to make the Uprise Commitment visit

Here are ways you can participate on Tuesday, December 3:


  • Donate to #GiveCatholicWM from midnight to 11:59 p.m. Tuesday: One hundred percent of the donations will go to the earmarked parish, school, or ministry. Credit card fees will not be charged.


  • Post a status or photo on your social media accounts explaining why you support giving within our diocese. Use the hashtags #GiveCatholicWM and #GivingTuesday.
  • Take and post a photo of yourself or your family members sharing what #GiveCatholicWM means to you. Use the hashtags #GiveCatholicWM and #GivingTuesday.
  • Make the Uprise Commitment as a family
  • The Diocese of Grand Rapids would love to know how you plan to #GiveCatholicWM. Send your photo to and with your permission it may be posted to diocesan social media accounts. And if you aren’t already a part of our Facebook family, join us at



During this Thanksgiving season, it is appropriate for us who have given so much to be a part of and to support this worldwide effort. Join with me, other members of our parish and Catholics around the country by celebrating generosity right here at home.

Wednesday Night LIVE!- Is God calling me to more?

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“Is God Calling Me To More?” presentation by Jim Flickinger Wednesday, November 20 at 5-6 pm OR 6:45-7:45 pm

Advent is coming, a time when we are called to look at our lives and prepare… not only for our Christmas celebration, but for meeting with Christ at our death. Jim Flickinger will be with us, telling how God has worked in his life — in war zones, with the poor locally, and with lepers and indigenous tribes in the Amazon. Jim’s message will encourage each of us to individually consider, “Is God Calling Me to More?”

Jim’s work has not gone unnoticed. In 1995 he was invited with his co-workers to the White House, and after meeting with President and Mrs. Clinton, the President said in his comments at a press conference: “Thank you for your remarkable efforts…These are a series of astonishing human testaments. I don’t know that I’ve ever felt more proud to be an American than when I’ve heard you talk.” Jim has also received the National Peace Award of the Secular Franciscan Order. Past recipients of this award include Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul II.
To register or for more information, contact Amy at or 616-866-2577 ext. 210

The Prophets Bible Study

A Bible Study led by Duane Parker

Monday’s from 6:30-8 pm, October 28-December 16

God sent prophets at critical times to call the people back to their covenant relationship with him. Prophets proclaimed the consequences of continued sin, called people to repentance, and declared God’s faithful love. They also spoke of the future to shed light on current events and to reveal God’s plans and purposes.

Discover how God is constantly calling you to a deeper relationship with Him, as well as the ways you are called to be the voice of God to others.


Our Lady Giving Tree

The Our Lady Giving Tree will be set up in the commons beginning November 16, 2019 so that people can take advantage of the after Thanksgiving sales

Please return your UNWRAPPED NEW gift with the tag attached to The Our Lady Giving Tree by December 14.
We need time to sort gifts and package them for delivery.

If you are willing to adopt a family please let us know.

For any information regarding the families or items on the Giving Tree please contact Pilar Rice @ 616-874-1280 or 616-240-9042

“For whatever you did to the least of these you did it for me” MT 25:40-45