Community Happenings 3/2/20


Transformed through Lent Retreat 
March 6, 9:00am

Soup, Speaker, Stations featuring Dcn. John Ashmore
March 6, 5:30pm

Knights of Columbus Breakfast
March 8, 10:00am

Parish Penance Service
March 8, 6:00pm

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

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

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 3/6, 3/20 or 4/3.

We apologize for the confusion on the dates for the Healing Our Church program.  In order to allow more people the opportunity to participate, we have moved the start date for both the Monday and Tuesday sessions back one week.  The new start dates are March 9 & 10.

Our Lady of Consolation is hosting a one-day retreat to start our Lenten journey together. All adults are invited to join us on Friday, March 6 starting with 9am Mass. Retreat is $20 per person (payable at the door) and includes all retreat materials and lunch. Retreat runs 9am-3:30pm. Guest speakers include Dcn. Jim Hessler, Tammy Graves and Logan Weber. Come and start your transformation this Lent and learn what it means to be transformed by repentance, transformed by surrender and transformed by love. More information available on the parish website or by contacting the parish or faith formation offices.

Join our faith community and nearly 14,000 Catholic communities across the United States in a life-changing Lenten journey of encounter with CRS Rice Bowl. Pick up your family’s CRS Rice Bowl at the entrances of church this weekend and put your faith into action, helping the world’s poorest create lasting change. May these 40 days better prepare us to encounter ourselves, our neighbors and our God.

9th Annual Way of the Cross Pilgrimage

When: Saturday, April 4, 7:30 am

Where: Parking lot of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Belmont, MI

What: Join us as we carry a life-sized cross from the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Belmont, MI to Our Lady of Consolation Parish in Rockford. Meet at 7:30 am to begin in Morning Prayer. We will reflect on the Stations of the Cross and decades of the Rosary as we proceed.

Who: All are welcome. You do not need to carry the cross to participate. Please share this with anyone that may be interested.

It takes about two hours for the entire journey. This is a powerful way to enter into Holy Week in expectation of Easter. I hope you can join us or encourage others to come.

Lazarus Ministry Update

Lazarus Ministry served a luncheon for approx 80 people on Feb. 2nd for the family and friends of Tony Rodebach. Please keep the Rodebach family in your prayers. This luncheon was different from others we’ve done in the past. We served the luncheon at Kateri Lodge. It was a challenge but as always God provides. Thank you to all who prepared salads and desserts. Also, to those who came and served the luncheon. One person deserves a special thank you. Shawn Bartz. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Feeding Your Neighbor Ministry Update

On Feb. 23rd we served our 8th luncheon to the “neighbors” at Heartside. It is estimated that we fed 100 people. When we started in June we served approx. 40 people. We said we were feeding their bodies so the Holy Spirit would feed their souls. The love and gratitude of the neighbors is so humbling. God Bless them all. If you would like to help cook a meal and/or serve please let me know.

Our Lady of Consolation Respect Life Ministry, co-partnering with North Kent Connect, has the opportunity to help new mom’s in need in our community. A social worker will contact us that a woman has delivered a child, and we supply the mom and baby with many necessary start-up items for their use.

These items may consist of newborn diapers, wipes, unscented lotions and soaps, infant onesies, baby bath towels and wash cloths, outfits, caps or beanies, socks, crib blankets, etc. After the basket is assembled, it is taken to North Kent Connect where it is given to the mother, and they know it is from Our Lady of Consolation Respect Life Ministry because of our enclosure card. It is positive support to women in need who have chosen LIFE instead of abortion.

There will be a Respect Life Bake Sale held after Easter on April 18-19 to raise funds for this important, year-round project. Please prayerfully consider contributing in any way you would like, either by making something for baby, baking/buying at the Bake Sale in April, or making a cash donation to our Respect Life Ministry. This is a great way to do pro-life work within our own Rockford community.