Community Happenings 3/17/20


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

Please note: As the situations develops, some of the events listed in this email may be cancelled.  At the time this email is being sent, these events are still planning to be held.  Please refer to the parish website for the most up to date information.

Please do NOT attend any events if you are not feeling well.

Updated Events:

Mass Added: Wed 9:00am Mass at Our Lady
Mass Added: Thursday 7:00pm

Cancelled Events:

Friday Morning Scripture Study canceled for 3 weeks.
TMIY Cancelled until further notice
Boy Scouts Troop #264  cancelled until school resumes

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For the most up to date information about canceled events and directives from the Diocese of Grand Rapids, please visit our parish website.

Join Pope Francis in Prayer for those affected by COVID-19

O Mary,
you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman People,
know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has taken upon himself our sufferings
and carried our sorrows
to lead us, through the cross,
to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.

Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

The ancient fresco of Madonna del Soccorso (Our Lady of Help) in St. Peter’s Basilica was restored with the support of the Knights of Columbus to mark the Year of Faith (2012-2013).
Photo courtesy of Fabbrica di San Pietro/M. Falcioni.

As Archbishop William E. Lori noted in his video message for this novena: Our response to the pandemic draws on our respect as Catholics for both faith and reason. Reason dictates that we should take the health precautions recommended by medical professionals and by science.

“At the same time,” the archbishop tells us, “our faith makes clear that God is our all-powerful creator and that God is more powerful than any natural force, illness or economic setback.”

O Mary, 

you always brighten our path 

as a sign of salvation and of hope. 

We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, 

who, at the Cross, took part in Jesus’ pain 

while remaining steadfast in faith. 

O loving Mother, 

you know what we need, 

and we are confident you will provide for us 

as at Cana in Galilee. 

Intercede for us with your Son Jesus, 

the Divine Physician, 

for those who have fallen ill, 

for those who are vulnerable, 

and for those who have died. 

Intercede also for those charged with 

protecting the health and safety of others 

and for those who are tending to the sick 

and seeking a cure. 

Help us, O Mother of Divine Love, 

to conform to the will of the Father 

and to do as we are told by Jesus, 

who took upon himself our 

sufferings and carried our sorrows, 

so as to lead us, through the Cross, 

to the glory of the Resurrection. Amen.

Under thy protection we seek refuge, 

O Holy Mother of God. 

In our needs, despise not our petitions, 
but deliver us always from all dangers, 
O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

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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.

Our upcoming Nourish meeting is Monday, March 30 at 6:30. The topic is, Speak Up! Overcoming Challenges of Advocacy.

Do you care for someone else?  Whether you are the primary caregiver for a loved one?  Nourish is a “Caregivers Support Group”.  Come together and share your burdens and your joys with those who are experiencing it too.

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.

The Diocese of Grand Rapids Catholic Cemeteries located at Holy Cross, Ss. Peter and Paul, Mt. Calvary, St. Andrew and Resurrection Cemetery would like to remind you that all Christmas wreaths need to be removed by March 31, 2020.  Any wreaths that remain after this date will be picked up and disposed of.  All in-ground vases may be turned up and have flower placed in them starting April 1, 2020.  PLEASE NOTE: Refer to the cemeteries’ rules and regulations as to what is allowed for memorializing a grave or call the office at 616-453-1636.

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.