Community Happenings 1/29/20


OLCEF Gin & Jazz Event

February 7, 2020

Diocesan Scout Mass
February 16, 2020

Dancing Through the Decades Couples Event
February 20, 2020

Ethiopia Presentation
February 23, 2020

Daddy Daughter Dance
February 28, 2020

KEPHA Men’s conference- Building a Legacy
March 14, 2020

Passion & Purpose Marriage Event
April 24, 2020

Haiti Connection Ministry Golf Outing
May 16, 2020

Get your tickets today!

Don’t miss out on this amazing evening of food, fellowship and fun!  The evening includes: buffet dinner, signature gin cocktails, beer and wine, mini-games & raffles, silent auction, live auction, blackjack & roulette, LIVE jazz band, DJ for dance music and a Christian comedian.

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Volunteer Today!

This event requires many people helping to make it successful.  We are looking for people to serve in various ways throughout the night.  Not planning on attending?  No worries, sign up to help by providing a dessert.

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Don’t forget to turn in your raffle tickets this weekend at Mass.  

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Feel free to stop into the parish, school, or faith formation offices to pick up additional tickets for your friends and family!

Give warmth to families in our community & Grand Rapids by donating your Gently Used Coats, Hats, Mittens & Boots in all Sizes. Please drop off in the box by Parish office beginning January 25—-February 2nd.

This event is cosponsored by Our Lady of Consolation Parish and the Knights of Columbus.

All coats, hats, mittens and boots will be donated to Degage Ministries, North Kent Connect, & Mel Trotter Ministries.

Thank you card received for YOU!

All fathers, step-fathers, grandfathers, or other male role models are invited to this special event with their daughter(s). This is a great opportunity for men to spend a memorable evening with their daughter(s), making each young girl feel special and loved by her father or father figure. This dance is a wonderful opportunity to create lasting memories!

This is a community event and open to all girls ages preschool through middle school. Invite your family, friends & co-workers. Space is limited!

Who: Girls preschool through middle school and their father or father figure.

When: Friday, February 28, 2020, 7 – 9 PM

Where: Our Lady of Consolation Gym & Family Center (North Entrance)

Attire: Semi-formal

Cost*: $25 per family

(only one ticket required per dad, bring all your daughters)

*Online preregistration & payment is required on or before Sunday, February 23, 2020. Space is limited!

Your evening will include:

· Dancing & DJ

· Refreshments

· Photo of Father/Daughter(s) taken (mailed to you w/ picture frame)

· One tiara for each daughter

· (NEW & Optional) Special prayer time for father & daughter(s) in the OLC chapel.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A new scholarship will support families’ investment in Catholic education in the Diocese of Grand Rapids. Beginning fall 2020, every kindergartner, 6th grader, and 9th grader in the diocese’s 31 Catholic schools will be eligible for the Faith & Future Scholarship, worth $100 toward tuition. There is also a bonus of $50 if the student completed 5th or 8th grade at one of the diocese’s Catholic schools, for a total possible scholarship value of up to $150.

The scholarship announcement comes during Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 26-Feb. 1, a nationwide event celebrating Catholic education. The announcement was made at the diocese’s annual Catholic Schools Week Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew on Jan. 28, with student representatives from Catholic schools around the diocese in attendance.

To receive the Faith & Future Scholarship, parents of future kindergartners, 6th graders, and 9th graders must complete the scholarship application , and subscribe to the blog and to the weekly newsletter from digital safety experts Protect Young Eyes , a community partner of Catholic schools in the diocese.

Along with the Faith & Future Scholarship, the diocese also announced a drawing to give away one year of free tuition to one kindergartner, one 6th grader, and one 9th grader in fall 2020. Families who complete their enrollment and meet the other Faith & Future Scholarship requirements by April 30, 2020, will be automatically entered in the giveaway. The winners will be selected in a random drawing.

Other scholarships at the diocesan, parish, and school levels also support families’ investment in Catholic education, including need-based scholarships.

“I am grateful every day to the families who choose Catholic schools, and the Faith & Future Scholarship is another way the Diocese of Grand Rapids partners with families to provide this inspiring education to their children,” said David Faber, superintendent of Catholic schools in the diocese. “An education centered in Christ offers outcomes that are second to none.”

Learn more about Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids at . Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids are an alliance of 31 vibrant learning communities (26 elementary and five high schools) serving more than 6,340 preschool through 12 th grade students throughout West Michigan. Our schools inspire young people to grow in Catholic faith and grace, achieve more in school and life, develop creativity and character, and feel welcomed and cherished for their unique gifts. We partner with parents to awaken the whole child to a world of light and life — that grows better and brighter when children reach their potential.

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We are excited to once again offer the opportunity to sing with men throughout the Diocese of Grand Rapids for the Building a Legacy Catholic Men’s Conference on Saturday, March 14. We are forming a Men’s Choir to sing throughout the day of the conference, including Mass. This is a unique way to join with other men to lift your voice to God in prayer and praise. All men are welcome. We will be singing traditional choral music – but no prior choral experience is necessary.

In order to prepare for this choir, there will be four rehearsals offered beginning in February. The rehearsals will be offered on Monday evenings – February 10, February 17, March 2 and March 9 from 6:00pm-7:15pm in the Cathedral of Saint Andrew. The rehearsals will be in the Cathedral. We will have music and folders for all who come to rehearsal. It is the hope that all singers will make at least three of the rehearsals in order to feel very prepared to sing their best in the choir.

Any questions? Contact Deacon Dennis Rybicki at

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.


​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


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

KC Sunday Brunch, February 9, 2020, In St. Isidore Parish Life Center Gym, 625 Spring St., GR,
9:00 AM – 12:45 PM, Free Will Donation, to support Holy Family Radio.

Steubenville Youth Conference 2020

All current 8th -12th graders are invited to join with Assumption Youth Ministry to attend the Steubenville Youth Conference on June 26-28, 2020. Come join together with thousands of youth from around the country to attend this life changing conference at the Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH. There will be amazing talks, praise & worship, powerful liturgies, and time for fellowship with friends. The cost is $225 (or less depending on participation in fundraisers). This is an awesome conference, and we’d love to have you there! The permission form can be found at:, Formation Tab, Faith Formation, and then High School. To sign up or if you have any questions, please contact Beth Baltruczak at (616) 361-5126 x258 or email:

Join RENEW on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land

October 12 to 22, 2020
Dear RENEW Friend and Supporter,
Please join Fr. Anthony Randazzo, pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, Westfield, New Jersey, and me on our special pilgrimage to the Holy Land from October 12 to October 22, 2020. We’ll visit Nazareth, take a boat ride on the sea of Galilee, go to Cana, pray at the Mount of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem, and explore Bethlehem.

As your spiritual guides and fellow pilgrims, Father Anthony and I have built time into our journey that allows room for grace and spiritual renewal. Our pilgrimage will include celebrations of the Eucharist, prayer, sightseeing, faith-sharing and conversations with peace-making leaders in Israel. Pilgrims will even have the option to walk part of the Jesus trail.

This pilgrimage promises to be a life-changing encounter with the transforming love of God. I hope you can join us for this special journey. Spaces are limited so reserve soon.