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Vote with an Informed Conscience


Every Catholic is called to engage in the political process, guided by a well-formed conscience. The 2018 General Election is significant. Michiganders will select a new governor, attorney general, secretary of state, and two members of the Michigan Supreme Court. The outcome will also determine majority control in the Michigan Legislature, along with prominent positions at the local, statewide, and federal levels.

Please visit the Diocese of Grand Rapids website to find resources to review each candidate along the guidelines of our Catholic faith.  We encourage every member of our parish to vote with an informed conscience.

Natural Family Planning Classes Available

The great benefit of NFP is that it affirms the two goods of marriage – the  Procreative and Unitive aspects of marriage.  NFP encourages the unitive (friendship) aspect of marriage because it requires communication between the spouses to have the conversation regarding family planning. They can ask each other is this a good time to have a child?  Are there grave reasons that exist right now that suggest we should wait to have another child?

Thus, the art of shared decision making is perfected as couples continue to strive to reach decisions together, including areas of their sexuality and family planning. NFP also maintains the procreative aspect of marriage as NFP is fundamentally open to life, though couples can abstain during fertile times.  NFP helps make it possible for couples to be both open to life and abstain from having children “at this time” (this is what the Church means by responsible parenthood). Finally, NFP remains the only method that aids with both family planning and helping couples to achieve pregnancy.

Click Here to learn more about Natural Family Planning

Our Lady of Consolation has 2 sessions available to our parish.
Registration is required to participate in order to get your materials.
Please watch the bulletin and current events for more information.

Fall Session:
Hosted by Mike & Marcia James
Class Dates: September 22, October 27, December 1
Sign Up Here or Call 800-745-8252

Spring Session:
Hosted by Ryan and Heidi Pohl
Class Dates: March 11, April 15, May 13
Sign Up Here or Call 800-745-8252

Life in Christ


A series based on Part III of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Is Christian Morality even relevant today?

To find out, join Dr. Luis Lugo for LIFE IN CHRIST: a series based on Part III of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

September 24 – November 26
6:30 – 8 pm in the Guadalupe Room,

Register HERE

“The dignity of the human person is rooted in his creation in the image and likeness of God.” CCC 1700

For a series outline, click here

  • Week 1 (Sept. 24): Introduction [¶1691-1698]

Chapter One: The Dignity of the Human Person

  • Week 2 (Oct. 1): The Image of God/Our Vocation to Beatitude [Articles 1 & 2, ¶1699-1729]
  • Week 3 (Oct. 8): Human Freedom/the Morality of Human Acts [Articles 3 & 4, ¶1730-1761]
  • Week 4 (Oct. 15): The Morality of the Passions/Moral Conscience [Articles 5 & 6, ¶1762-1802]
  • Week 5 (Oct. 22): The Virtues [Article 7, ¶1803-1845]
  • Week 6 (Oct. 29): Sin [Article 8, ¶1846-1876]

Chapter Two: The Human Community

  • Week 7 (Nov. 5): The Person in Society/Participation in Social Life [Articles 1 & 2, ¶1877-1927]
  • Week 8 (Nov. 12): Social Justice [Article 3, ¶1928-1948]

Chapter Three: God’s Salvation: Law and Grace

  • Week 9 (Nov. 19: The Moral Law/Grace and Justification [Articles 1 & 2, ¶1949-2029]
  • Week 10 (Nov. 26): The Church, Mother and Teacher [Article 3, ¶2030-2051]

Reading articles of the Catechism prior to weekly session is encouraged.

Link to Catechism of the Catholic Church:


“Grant, O merciful God, that I may ardently desire, carefully examine, truly know, and perfectly fulfill those things that are pleasing to you, to the praise and glory of your holy name. Give me a mind to know you, diligence to seek you, wisdom to find you. Give me a way of life pleasing to you, perseverance to trust and await you, and finally faith to embrace you. Who lives and reigns, one God forever and ever. Amen.”
— St. Thomas Aquinas

To view the presenter's biography, click here

Luis E. Lugo

Luis is the Director of Community Initiatives for the Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation in Grand Rapids. In that capacity, he oversees the foundation’s efforts to increase educational outcomes for low-opportunity children and strengthen African-American and Latino churches in the greater Grand Rapids urban area.

Prior to coming back to Grand Rapids in 2014 to assume his current position, Luis worked for nearly 20 years for the Pew Charitable Trusts, first in Philadelphia as the Director of the Religion Program and then in Washington, D.C., as one of the founding directors of the Pew Research Center, where he led the Religion Program.

Before working for Pew, Luis taught political science at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, where he won the junior faculty excellence in teaching award. He later became a tenured professor of political science at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, where he received several research fellowships.

Luis earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and history with valedictorian honors at The University of Memphis, a Master of Arts in philosophy from Villanova University, and a Doctorate in political science from the University of Chicago.

A native of Cuba, Luis is married and has three children and seven grandchildren. One of the highlights of his life was being able to return to his native Cuba in 1998 after a 36-year absence to experience Pope John Paul II’s visit to the island.

A reading of the Catechism was instrumental in bringing Luis back to the Catholic Church in the mid-1990s (he calls himself a “revert” to Catholicism). So, for him the Catechism is not only a great treasure of Christian wisdom but also a crucial factor in his own spiritual journey.