Community Happenings 1/14/20


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

Faith Formation Weather Closing Information

Winter weather is upon us! For Faith Formation closing information, please access the information through WOOD TV8 and WZZM 13. In addition, you can check the parish website and the parish Facebook page for closings or cancellations.

As a reminder, when OLC School is closed due to weather, Faith Formation classes for that day are cancelled. As always, we encourage you to use your best judgement during inclement weather. Your safety and well being are our main concern!

If you have any questions, please contact the Faith Formation Office.

On April 24, 2020 the “Passion and Purpose for Marriage” event is coming to Holy Spirit Parish. Dynamic Catholic and Dr. Allen Hunt will share the best kept secret of marriage. They will provide a plan to help make your relationship stronger! Tickets will be available after Masses and on starting January 18th. For that weekend only, you can purchase tickets for an Early Bird Special rate of $19. This is a 25% discount.

Please contact Amy Pereira at or (616)780-9028 with any questions.

Seeking Awareness of Addiction and Recovery

Gathering HOPE, an addiction recovery support group, invites the community to attend a public speaking event at the St. Joseph Catholic Church Activity Center in Belding. Daniel Carlock, addiction therapist, will speak on The Problem of Addictions and there is a Solution. This presentation will take place on Sunday, January 19, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. There is no charge to attend. Gathering HOPE extends an invitation to anyone interested in learning more about substance abuse and recovery. For additional information contact 616-446-3000.

Touched by Mercy, a Day for those Affected by Suicide 

will be held at the Franciscan Life Process Center, Lowell Campus, 11650 Downes St. NE Lowell, MI 49331 on Saturday, February 8, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Join Sister Colleen Ann Nagle, FSE, MA and Father Ron Hutchinson, MA for a special day of reflection, sharing and prayer for those who have been affected by the suicide of a loved one. Please go to to register.

Bake Bread with your Valentine

Roses are red, violets are blue. Fresh bread and wine make your valentine sweet on you! Bake Bread with your Valentine on February 11 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Franciscan Life Process Center, Lowell Campus, 11650 Downes St. NE Lowell, MI. Sister Colleen Ann Nagle, FSE has selected delicious bread recipes for you to choose to make with your spouse. No prior experience needed. Limit of 10 couples. Go to to register.

Natural Family Planning (NFP)

Are you preparing for marriage or looking into Natural Family Planning (NFP) options? The Franciscan LIfe Process Center invites you to Introduction to Natural Family Planning (NFP) on January 23 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Grand Rapids campus, 654 Davis Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504. This one-time session covers the basics of how Natural Family Planning (NFP) works and highlights the differences between methods. Pre-registration is required. Please contact Laura Chapin at

You’re invited!

St. Isidore Mardi Gras Dinner

February 22, 2020, 6:00pm

Enjoy an evening of fellowship to support St. Isidore Parish! We will celebrate Mardi Gras as we prepare our hearts for the coming season of Lent. We will raise fun and funds! The night will include dinner, a cash bar, silent auction, jazz band and dancing!  Ticket cost is $25 per person or $20 prior to February 1st.  Commemorative wine glass available for additional cost! Adult only evening, nursing babies welcome!

Reserve your tickets today!

Reach out to Diane in the Parish Office:



Follow this link to purchase tickets online following these instructions:

Enter ticket amount in the “Other” donation box and type “Mardi Gras Dinner” in the comment box on the following page.

The Theater Departments of Catholic Central High School and West Catholic proudly announce five performances of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This will be the twentieth year the schools have cooperated on this project! Performances will be held on January 22 through 25 at 7:00pm and on January 25 at 2:00pm in the Performing Arts Center located on the campus of Aquinas College. Tickets will be priced at $9 for adults, $7 for students and $5 for patrons 62 and older. Tickets may be purchased on-line at, at the PAC box office, or by phone (456-6656). For information or tickets call the PAC Box Office at 456-6656 Monday through Friday from noon to 5pm.


​Matt Fradd

Prolific author and speaker who rallies men to live bold, pure lives in our challenging times.
Fr. Leo Patalinghug
Culture and family warrior. Founder of Grace Before Meals. International speaker, author, and media host.
Jesse Romero
Man on fire for Christ. Bi-lingual preacher, evangelist, author, and radio host. Former boxing champ and veteran of L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept.
Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak
Bishop of Grand Rapids. Pastor, Professor of Canon Law and Shepherd. He will be celebrating Mass with us.


7:00 am – Doors open and Breakfast
8:00 am – Conference start
3:30 pm – Conclusion

The conference includes:

  • Hot breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Mass
  • Times for Confession

Early registration ends February 28

Aquinas College STEM AQDay
Friday, January 24

Aquinas College welcomes any high school students and families to our STEM AQDay on Friday, January 24. If you’re interested in pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering, math, health sciences, nursing or kinesiology – this day is for you! Details and registration can be found at

Join us on January 27 for Soup’s On For All! Held at The B.O.B. in downtown Grand Rapids, event attendees can visit each of the building’s floors to sample soups, breads and desserts donated by area restaurants, while enjoying live music and entertainment.

All proceeds from this event support the God’s Kitchen Food and Pantry Programs, which help feed the hungry throughout West Michigan. God’s Kitchen serves 250-350 patrons each day and more than 150,000 meals each year, to anyone who needs it. No questions asked, no qualifiers.

Soup’s On For All!
January 27, 6:30-9:30pm at The B.O.B.
Tickets: $50 in advance / $60 at the door

For more information about Soup’s On tickets or event sponsorship, please contact our Fundraising and Events Manager, Karol Maurer, at or (616) 356-6207.


Are you looking to deepen your relationship with God? Be a better husband? Become a more loving father? Build friendships with other like-minded men? And seek to be the best man you can be?

Then Come Join That Man is You!

Thursday Mornings

Starting on January 30

6:00am to 7:30am

Our Lady Holy Family Center

“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” – Proverbs 27:17

Jan 30 – Put your Sword into its Sheath

  • · Speaker: Mark Hartfiel

Feb 6 – Beloved Sons of The Father

  • · Speaker: Paco Gavrilides STL

Feb 13 – The Prodigal Son

  • Speaker: Paco Gavrilides STL

Feb 20 – Paternal Expectations

  • Speaker: Paco Gavrilides STL

Feb 27 – Lenten Series: I Have Called You Friends

  • Speaker: Steve Bollman

Mar 5 – Lenten Series: The Thirst of Christ

  • Speaker: Steve Bollman

Mar 12 – Lenten Series: Learning the Secrets of God

  • · Speaker: Steve Bollman

Mar 19 – Lenten Series: The Wounding of the Heart

  • Speaker: Steve Bollman

March 26 – Lenten Series: The Fruitfulness in Christ

  • Speaker: Steve Bollman

April 2 – Lenten Series: Persecution in the World

  • Speaker: Steve Bollman

April 16 – Lenten Series: The Depths of the Knowledge of God

  • · Speaker: Steve Bollman

April 23 – The Question of Identity

  • Speaker: Dr. Leonard DeLorenzo

April 30 – Imperishable Crown of Glory

  • · Speaker: Mark Hartfiel

We know it can be hard to choose what to watch.

Every week, we will be highlighting different content to make the decision easier for you. This week’s selection is City of Saints, which is a docu-series from St. Michael’s Abbey bringing the light of Christ to the faithful through powerful testimonies from lay people and deep insight from the Norbertine Fathers.