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Save the Date for these Upcoming Events 

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

Our Lady of Consolation School


January 13th 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Come see our classrooms and meet the teachers.


4yr Old—3 Days M/W/F

3yr Old—2 Days T/TH

Young Fives

Five afternoons a week


All Day – Everyday

Children entering Preschool must be 3 and potty trained by September 1st to be eligible. Children entering Kindergarten must be 5 by September 1st.

New Family Registration begins Monday, January 20th. Please call the school office at 866-2427 with any questions.

Wednesday, December 18, 6:45-7:45 pm Catechism of the Catholic Church—The Basics presentation by Luis Lugo

Wednesday, January 8, at 6:45-7:45 pm The Dignity of the Human Person presentation by Dr. Pete Birkeland

Wednesday, January 15, 6:45-7:45 pm Vocation: Discernment
-God’s Call 
presentation by Nick Bolda

ALL adults of the parish are invited to join us for either session/ presentation in School Classroom 309.

Haiti Connection Ministry Update

The St. Jacques children, parents, teachers and community thanks OLC for the generous donations provided from Angel Tree giving. The parish school would not be in session without the continued support from our parishioners as most local families cannot afford to send their children to school. Haiti has very few public schools (none in the St. Jacques area) so the education is provided by privately run and funded schools like ours. Sadly, many of the beautiful faces that you see here will not be in school past the 5th or 6th grade as they will be needed at home to help provide for the families basic needs.

This needs to change and education is key to ending the economic crisis in Haiti. Thanks to you, it is happening here.

Feeding Your Neighbor Ministry

On Sunday, Dec. 22nd members of our ministry gathered in the Family Center kitchen to prepare a meal for the neighbors at Heartside Ministries. Three turkeys were roasted and carved, served with stuffing, scalloped potatoes, green bean casserole and cranberry sauce. Goodie bags were handed out that included a clementine, crackers with peanut butter, candy canes, and Hershey kisses. Dessert was chocolate cake and cookies. Several grand kids joined those serving and all had a wonderful time, serving and meeting the neighbors. The society of Consolers of the hearts of Jesus and Mary donated all types of toiletries for the the Ministry.

One of the grand kids was asked afterward what they thought of the experience. The grandchild said it was a little scary at first but after thinking about it, this was a really nice meal the people were receiving and the people were so grateful and kind. The child then said I receive meals like this all the time.The Holy Spirit works through us and in us. God Bless

Lazarus Ministry Update

On Friday, June 20th the Lazarus Ministry served a luncheon in honor of Barbara Stark, wife of Bob. Friends and family gathered to enjoy fellowship and remember Barbara. Please remember the Stark family in your prayers.

Thank you to all who contributed salads and desserts, and also, those who gave up their time to help prepare and serve the food on Friday.

Thank you for your efforts to support the End Dismemberment Abortion petition drive over these past six months. At 1:30 on December 23, Right to Life of Michigan submitted 379,418 signatures to the Board of Canvassers in support of this initiative. While the signatures need to be verified by the Board, this is above the legal requirement of 340,047 signatures needed to send the proposed legislation to the legislature.

It will take several weeks, most likely early March, before the proposed legislation makes its way to the legislature. Once that occurs the Legislature has 40 days to decide on the proposed legislation. If passed, it becomes law without Governor Whitmer’s signature; if declined, it will be placed on the 2020 ballot.

Our Catholic churches and schools were a huge part of this process. We collected over 19,000 signatures for this important initiative in the diocese. Here at Our Lady of Consolation, we personally collected over 1,500 signatures.

Celebrate National Migration Week

From January 5-11, 2020, the Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate National Migration Week. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Promoting a Church and a World for All,” which reflects the need for Catholics to be inclusive and welcoming to everyone. It is a call for unity to stand in solidarity with and care for those who are excluded and marginalized. Take time during National Migration Week to reflect on how you can better welcome, protect, promote, and integrate our migrant brothers and sisters. Visit for resources.

Do you experience same sex attraction and seek to live a chaste life in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church? If so, the Courage apostolate might be able to help. Courage provides support for both men and women through monthly meetings. For more information, call (616) 288-0914 or email:

The Courage apostolate is the Church’s invitation to people who experience same-sex attraction, who desire to live in accord with the Gospel call to chastity. Courage, a confidential support group led by a priest, accompanies men and women along the road to integration, freedom and discipleship. For more information, call 616-288-0914 or email

“Before all else comes the individual person,” Pope Francis wrote, “and people should not be defined only by their sexual tendencies. We are all destined to receive his infinite love.” The Courage apostolate welcomes men and women who experience same-sex attraction as brothers and sisters in Christ and helps them to respond to their vocation as sons and daughters of God, created in his image and likeness. Together with a priest, Courage members strive for chastity, build authentic friendships, and grow in holiness. For more information, call 616-288-0914 or email

“The human person can hardly be adequately described by a reductionist reference to his or her sexual orientation,” the future Pope Benedict XVI wrote in 1986. The Courage apostolate welcomes men and women who experience same-sex attraction, helping them to find their true identity as sons and daughters made in the image and likeness of God. United by friendship with Christ and one another, Courage members strive for chastity and holiness, meeting regularly with a priest for prayer and mutual support. For more information, call 616-288-0914 or email

Loving a family member who experiences same-sex attraction is “not an easy situation either for parents or for children,” Pope Francis wrote in Amoris Laetitia. The EnCourage apostolate is the Catholic Church’s outreach to parents and loved ones of people who experience same-sex attraction. Together with a priest, EnCourage members meet regularly to support one another. For more information, call 616-288-0918 or email

The EnCourage ministry welcomes parents, spouses and loved ones of people who experience same-sex attraction to join regularly for prayer and mutual support. Under the direction of a priest, EnCourage members seek to know God’s will for themselves and their loved ones, and to follow it with charity and patience. For more information, call 616-288-0918 or email

For parents of sons and daughters who experience same-sex attraction, “speaking the truth in love” to their children can often present a challenge. The EnCourage apostolate is the Catholic Church’s outreach to parents and loved ones in this situation and offers support and direction as they strive to love their children without the boundless love of Christ. A priest leads regular meetings of EnCourage and offers insights into how to keep the faith while keeping family relationships strong. For more information, please call 616-288-0918 or


There is a Catholic support group in the Diocese of Grand Rapids for those who have friends, family members or spouses who experience same-sex attraction. EnCourage is a ministry of Courage International, an apostolate that has been present in our diocese for the past 25 years. For more information, please call 616-288-0918 or email

Do you have a friend or family member who is experiencing same-sex attraction? Are you looking for a Catholic support group which will allow you to provide a faithful witness while honoring your relationship? If so, call 616-288-0918 or email for more details.

Dear Fr. Tony and the parishioners of Our Lady of Consolation,

Thank you for adopting HELP families for Christmas. The families blessed by your generosity are always so thankful for the joyful and caring way you provide for them during this most holy season. Also, thank you for your Advent giving of baby essential items for HELP Pregnancy Crisis Aid. The baby essentials help us provide everyday care for the families who come through our door. As we look back at 2019, we lovingly and compassionately served 3500 clients in the many unique circumstances that came our way. We can only do this because of your dedicated support of HELP’s mission in creating a ‘culture of life’ for everyone.

May the blessings you bestow on us return to you a hundredfold.

Thank you,

Paula Veneklase, Executive Director

HELP Pregnancy Crisis Aid