Community Happenings 3/10/20


KEPHA Women’s Night- Feminine Genius
With Fr. Leo Patalinghug : March 13, 2020

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

Soup, Speaker & Stations: Sr. Maria Damien: March 20, 2020

Knights of Columbus Movie Night: March 21, 2020

Soup, Speaker & Stations: Greg Beasley: April 3, 2020

Respect Life Ministry Bake Sale: April 18 &19, 2020

Passion & Purpose Marriage Event: April 24, 2020

Haiti Connection Ministry Golf Outing: May 16, 2020

Ladies- Don’t Miss Out

The talk is  about John Paul II’s “Feminine Genius” and doesn’t include a cooking demonstration

Join us for the Knights of Columbus First PUBLIC Ceremony at Our Lady!

March 29, following the 11:00 am Mass, The Knights of Columbus for Our Lady of consolation will be hosting their first ever PUBLIC ceremony and you are invited.  Please join us for this momentous event!
The Knights of Columbus is pleased to release the new Exemplification of Charity, Unity and Fraternity. 

Degree ceremonies impart lessons that inspire men to serve. This new ceremony teaches our time-honored principles in a way that is appropriate for today. It presents the lessons of charity, unity and fraternity in powerful contemporary language. It will significantly enhance a man’s first impression of the Order. It will do the same for his family and friends.
To better understand the ceremony, please click the Knights Logo above to view a video where the Supreme Knight presents the reasons for the change and the process that developed it. 

Are you called to put God’s LOVE into action?

Do you like to have fun? Do you like to make new friends?

Looking for a way to support the Knights, our parish and our community?

Are you a Catholic woman over 18 in good standing with the Church?

We are the women’s group for you!

We are very excited to introduce the formation of the Ladies Auxiliary K of C Council #7761. Our Mission and Purpose is to serve God, our parish and the community in the following ways:

· To participate in charitable and civic service opportunities

· To assist in supporting and promoting the mission and purpose of the K of C #7761

· To enhance the spiritual growth and sociability among its members, our parish and community

We meet the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7 pm

For more information call Heather Burke 616-813-8543 or email at

“Love cannot remain by itself-it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action, and that action is service.”

-Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Looking for our Best Soup Makers!

Our parish is offering three separate Soup & Station events this Lent. We would love your help with providing the meal. Do you make the best corn chowder in our parish? Do you make an amazing veggie stew that will “blow our socks off”? Consider sharing your gift of cooking with our parish and provide a soup to share. Sign up at the parish website to bring a Lenten Soup on 3/20 or 4/3.

Batter up for Jesus! Our Catholic VBS Olympics – Cathletics! – will be the mornings of June 22-25. We are looking for volunteers! Sign ups for volunteers and participants will be out after Easter! For more information please contact the Faith Formation department or Emily at 616.485.7954.

Due to lack of registered participants, we have canceled the Healing Our Church Sessions on Monday and Tuesday during Lent.  If you wish to participate in this even in the future, please contact Nickie Wentworth in the parish office.

Usher Ministry Meeting

We request your presence at a very important meeting on Tuesday, March 24, at 6:30pm in the Guadalupe Room.

You are invited to join the Friday Morning Bible Study Ladies for the following Lenten presentations. We meet in the Guadalupe Room on Friday mornings from 10:00am to 11:30am. ALL ARE WELCOME!

Friday, March 20–Presentation on Heartside Ministry by Peggy Helsel, Director of Development of the South Division Ministry. Come and learn about the wonderful work being done by volunteers. So much good is provided by a warm place, a sandwich, opportunities for creativity and learning, and a friend to listen and care. We’ll take up a free will donation for the Grand Rapids Heartside neighbors.

Meet the Founder of TMIY!

We have an amazing opportunity on Thursday, March 26, to attend a TMIY session presented LIVE by founder Steve Bollman.
Start time is still 6 am, but we are hosting this at St. Roberts Parish in Ada to make the location more central in the diocese. All men are welcome and the format will be the same. We will be cancelling our own TMIY session on that Thursday.

The Consolata Guild is once again having our annual meat sale. This will be the final event as Ada Valley Meat will no longer accommodate fundraising events. The sale starts now and ends on April 30th. Orders must be picked up on May 12 at the Assumption Church basement. Details are on the forms available in the commons. Please encourage your friends and family to participate as the Consolata Sisters receive $5 to $5.60 per box sold. If you have questions, please contact Lynn Holck at 616 334 2681 or 616 884 5188.

Bishop Walkowiak has received the feedback you submitted during sessions three and six and now invites all participants from the Healing Our Church process to attend one of the follow-up sessions, Healing Our Church: Forward in Hope.

Three identical meetings have been scheduled. Please save the date and plan to attend the time/location which is best for you.

Saturday, March 21st at 10 a.m.
St. Mary Parish
406 E. Savidge St.
Spring Lake, 49456

Wednesday, March 25th at 7 p.m.
Cathedral Square Center
360 Division Ave. S.
Grand Rapids, 49503

Saturday, March 28th at 1 p.m.
St Thomas the Apostle Parish
3252 Apple Ave.
Muskegon Twp., 49442

We will gather in prayer, hear Bishop’s response to the feedback received, and have the opportunity for questions and discussion. We would like to keep the sessions to no longer than an hour and a half.

Materials are being prepared which will be provided to you in advance of the meetings. Please be on the lookout for those and find time to review them prior to coming to the session.

Parish Core Team members and Small Group Facilitators: please make sure that your participants receive this invitation to attend.

What is Blessing of the Baskets?

Our Lady of Consolation Parish has a long standing tradition of hosting the Blessing of the Baskets on Holy Saturday. Do you know what this special tradition is? Have you ever participated? 

We would love for you to join us this year on Saturday, April 11 at Noon, following the Knights of Columbus Easter Egg Hunt.

So, what is the Blessing of the Baskets?

The roots of this tradition date back to the 12th century early history of Poland . What goes into a food basket depends on the region one is from and the family’s preferences.

Since we fast during Lent, none of the blessed food is eaten until after Mass on Easter Sunday. This then becomes the traditional Easter breakfast. Generally, each member of the family eats a sample of everything that is in the basket.

The blessing of the food is a festive occasion. Many people prepare a decorative and tasteful basket with crisp linens, both lining the basket and covering the food which symbolizes the covering of Christ’s burial shroud.

The foods that have a place of honor on the festive Easter table are the decorated hard boiled eggs, which are broken and shared by all, and a lamb molded of butter or pastry, representing Christ as the “Lamb of God.” Butter may also be placed into a glass container with cloves in the form of a cross studding the top.

To learn more about this long-standing tradition, please visit the parish website.

Join us on April 11 at Noon

To learn more, please click the image of the Food Basket above.