Community Happenings for this week

Save the Date!

Parish Mission- John Schweisthal
December 8-11, 2019

Diocesan Evening of Prayer for Healing, Reparation & Restoration

December 18, 7pm

Cathedral of St. Andrew

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

Only 2 Days Left-
Don’t Miss Out!

It means there will be a series of presentations throughout the week, given by John Schweisthal, that will help bring our parish together and steer us down a united path leading us all closer to heaven!

This year’s Our Lady of Consolation Parish Mission is:

To Live Our Faith
“Comfort the Afflicted and Afflict the Comfortable”
We will do this by learning about and indulging ourselves in the beatitudes and the Gospel of Matthew Chapters 5-7.
Our Speaker, John Schweisthal, started as a full time Roman Catholic lay evangelist on Novemeber 6th, 1989. He has conducted over 600+ parish missions over the last 30 years. His travels have taken him from Ireland to Hawaii, and from the jungles of Central America to Canada covering over 2,500,000 miles. After 30 years, this mission at Our Lady of Consolation will be John’s final parish mission as he will go from a full-time lay evangelist to a full-time retired lay evangelist.

We are inviting everyone in this parish to attend! All family and friends are encouraged to join Our Lady in this parish mission as we come together to reflect upon God’s word, renew our faith, and pray with open hearts and hands.

Presentations will be:
Tuesday, & Wednesday, Dec. 10, & 11
10:00am – about the Beatitudes
7:00pm – about the Gospel of Matthew Chapters 5,6, & 7
Each presentation will be it’s own unique experience. We invite and look forward to seeing you at each demonstration!

Grandma’s Homemade Spaghetti Sauce with Sister Damien Marie Savino, FSE

Grandma’s Homemade Spaghetti Sauce with Sister Damien Marie Savino, FSE will be held at the Franciscan Life Process Center, Lowell Campus, 11650 Downes St. NE Lowell, MI 49331 on Tuesday, January 14 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Sister will share her family recipe and provide an experience of making sauce from scratch. Participants will enjoy sipping Italian wine as they work and go home with their own jar of sauce.

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Touched by Mercy, a Day for those Affected by Suicide

Touched by Mercy, a Day for those Affected by Suicide will be held at the Franciscan Life Process Center, Lowell Campus, 11650 Downes St. NE Lowell, MI 49331 on Saturday, February 8, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Join Sister Colleen Ann Nagle, FSE, MA and Father Ron Hutchinson, MA for a special day of reflection, sharing and prayer for those who have been affected by the suicide of a loved one.

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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.

To register or for more information, contact Amy at or 616-866-2577 ext. 210


Dec. 4, 2019


Annalise Laumeyer, director of communications

Phone: 616-551-5629 | 616-307-3474 cell


New Catholic Church Opens in Cedar Springs

CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. ­— Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak joined the Catholic community of St. John Paul II Parish in Cedar Springs to bless and dedicate their new church on Sunday, Dec. 1. The dedication took place during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass at the new church (3110 17 Mile Road, Cedar Springs). Around 375 people were in attendance.

“In the spirit of their patron Saint John Paul II, the faithful of this parish have a vigorous missionary spirit and love which readily brings others to Christ,” said Bishop Walkowiak. “I am excited to join them in dedicating this new church which will allow them to continue this strong growth of the Catholic faith in West Michigan.”

From humble beginnings, the parish has blossomed into a warm and welcoming community of believers! How grateful I am to the Lord and to those who have joined the parish over the last six years,” said Father Lam Le, pastor of St. John Paul II Parish. “The Dedication of a Church also provides an opportunity for current and future members of this parish to recommit themselves to the parish’s mission – to be the hands and feet of Christ.”

The new church is 9,360 square feet on the main floor with an additional 500 square feet in a lower level. Ground was broken on August 19, 2018 for the new church. AMDG was the architect and designer of the project while Erhardt was responsible for construction. The new church will seat 350 people with the ability to grow in the future.

The existing church will be designated as a chapel for weddings, funerals, and daily Mass. The facilities will continue to be utilized as the faith formation and outreach center of the parish.

St. John Paul II Parish is clustered with Mary Queen of Apostles in Sand Lake and is responsible for the mission church of St. Margaret in Harvard and its cemetery. The parish serves approximately 400 registered families and is expected to grow to more than 600 families in upcoming years.

Financial support for the construction of the new church was raised through the “Growing in God’s Merciful Love” campaign. The stewardship campaign has raised $1.6 million out of its $2 million goal.

Renderings of the new church can be found here. The last church to be built in the Diocese of Grand Rapids was for St. Luke University Parish in Allendale which opened in the spring of 2017.

Photos from Sunday’s celebration may be found here. (Please credit Kristine and Mark Carpenter and Mindy Larva)

The Our Lady Giving Tree still has tags available.  We need your help!  Please pick up a tag or two this week.  Unwrapped, brand new, items must be returned to the parish commons no later than December 14. 
Help us bring Christmas joy to those in our community!

Legatus of Grand Rapids is currently seeking a Chapter Administrator. Legatus is an international organization of Catholic business leaders and spouses committed to studying, living, and spreading the Faith. The Chapter Administrator will support the board of directors and be responsible for all administrative duties, event coordinating, program planning, and membership growth and retention. Work will be part-time and primarily from home. Inquiries, resumes and cover letters may be emailed to Amy Dillon at

Christmas TV and Online Mass for the Homebound
Will someone you love be unable to join us at church this Christmas? Heart of the Nation will celebrate Christmas Mass on TV and online.
TV Mass on December 25
WOOD channel 8.1 at 4:30 a.m.
Online Christmas Mass
Christmas Mass will also be online throughout the day at
For those who can attend at church, TV or online liturgy does not fulfill the Christmas Mass obligation.
Thank you for helping to spread the word about Christmas Mass for the homebound in your parish.