Coronavirus Update 07/28/2020

FYI: Fr. Tony’s Morning Message today (Tuesday, July 28) will take place at 10:00am instead of the normally scheduled 11:00am in order to allow for a funeral. 

Please visit us on Facebook at 10:00am (CLICK HERE) to hear Fr. Tony’s important message.

Hands for Communion

Our priests are asking
for your help! 


To help them not accidentally touch your hand during the distribution of Holy Communion, and to ensure that the Body of Christ rests safely on your palm, please hold your hands as FLAT AND LEVEL as possible when receiving Communion.

Bishop Walkowiak has extended the dispensation for all Catholics within the territory of the Diocese of Grand Rapids from their obligation of attending Sunday Mass through Labor Day, September 7.


OLC School is looking to fill three Instructional Classroom Aide positions for the 2020/2021 school year.  Responsibilities include assisting classroom teachers, working with students 1 on 1 or small groups , supervising groups of children in the lunchroom or playground and more.  Classroom experience or previous experience is preferred.  This position requires 20-30 hours/week.  Must be available to begin August 19.

For more information or to apply contact Kevin Varner.
616 866-2427  

You may have participated in our recent OLCEF Popcan Drive that has taken place over the past few weeks.  That drive has not ended, but we still want your cans!!


The Knights of Columbus are collecting your returnable cans and bottles to support the Seminarians from our Diocese.  

Our Knights of Columbus Council is on competition against the other Knights Councils around our state.  Please help us in bringing home the win by continuing to bring your returnables to the parking lot behind Kateri Lodge.  Place them in the marked location and the Knights will take it from there!


Unfortunately, I write with regrettable news that the Michigan Values Life petition drive to end dismemberment abortion has ended, with too many signatures being invalidated. I am grateful for all of your work in promoting this important initiative in your parishes and your support.


Here is the update from Right to Life of Michigan:   

“On July 13, Planned Parenthood issued an expected challenge to the second sample of signatures for the Michigan Values Life petition drive to end dismemberment abortions. Sadly, that challenge has invalidated enough signatures to end the petition drive.   

We know we submitted signatures from more than 340,047 registered voters. It is tragic that children will continue to be dismembered because we lost just enough signatures due to errors and petition damage like small tears and stains.   

Instead of focusing on court challenges regarding the counting process, we will be focusing on the critical 2020 elections moving forward.   

For those who worked so hard on this petition drive, thank you! You did an excellent job. The bulk of the errors were things beyond your control, specifically people not knowing their voter registration status or forgetting they already signed the petition.   

Unlike our previous petition drives, we were forced to fight a series of unprecedented battles we did not choose. We had to retrain volunteers for a different petition drive law, the dismemberment ban was never sent to the governor to veto, a competing prolife petition drive confused people, and we faced other challenges every step of the way.   

The biggest hurdle was the large turnout in the 2018 election, which increased the number of signatures required. Our signature total would have been more than required in any previous year in Michigan history. We submitted about 65,000 more signatures than we did in our successful petition drive in 2013 to stop taxes from paying for abortion insurance coverage. It wasn’t enough this time.   

Your effort behind this petition drive was worth it and will carry forward. We educated more than 400,000 people about this barbaric abortion procedure. We will need them in the future, because we will continue working until we end this form of violence and protect the lives of every unborn child.”   

The Michigan Catholic Conference is expected to release a statement later today. Once it’s published, you should be able to find it on their website:    

We’re Not Giving Up!

Leadership for Life Base Camp

Friday, August 14

Be a part of Leadership for Life Base Camp, a great day of action-packed prolife leadership training for teens!

This interactive camp includes a tour of a former abortion clinic, games, guest speakers, lunch, and prayer in front of the local abortion facility. This day of learning and advocacy is open to students in high school as of fall of 2020.

Become a champion for the unborn on Friday, August 14, from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM in Grand Rapids. For more information call 616-532-2300 or visit