Coronavirus Update

We have received questions from a number of you expressing concern about what impact, if any, Governor Whitmer’s most recent executive orders, 2020-160 and 2020-161, issued Wednesday may have on the celebration of public Masses.   

The changes in capacity restrictions outlined in Executive Order 2020-160 do not change diocesan norms for resuming public Masses issued May 19 and the norms for parish life issued June 4 and July 29. The executive order changes capacity restrictions in the northern portion of the lower peninsula and the upper peninsula (Regions 6 and 8). For our region, Region 2, indoor gatherings remain capped at 10 people. Diocesan guidelines cap outdoor parish programming at 25 people.   

Consistent with previous orders, section 14 of 2020-160 states that “neither a place of religious worship nor its owner is subject to penalty under section 17 of this order for allowing religious worship at such place. No individual is subject to penalty under section 17 of this order for engaging in religious worship at a place of religious worship.”  

Our current directives and guidelines, issued on May 19, remain in effect.  Please visit the parish website to review the current directives.

At Home VBS

With the uncertainty of these present times, we unfortunately had to postpone our in-person Vacation Bible School. After discussing options with our amazing VBS committee, we have decided to offer an at-home, simplified VBS to our parish! 

You are invited to join our OLC family for an at-home VBS honoring the Sacred Heart of Jesus! Sign up at the link below to receive your free packet of materials for the week of August 10 (though you are welcome to use the materials in whatever way works for your family!) Pick up will begin after August 4. You will receive more details after signing up. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Faith Formation Office at 616-866-2577 or reply to this email. God bless you and your families.

We are praying for you. Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

The Faith Formation Team

Josh Hanson, Luke Grant, and Tonnie Pahl

VBS Chairperson

Emily Ziemba


The upcoming blood drive at Our Lady on August 11 has been cancelled – we invite our Our Lady blood donors to sign up to attend the blood drive being held at Assumption Blessed Virgin Mary on Tuesday, August 11 from 12pm-7pm. APPOINTMENTS PREFERRED: Contact Richard Panek (616) 490-3231 or 866-642-5663, or visit

The Franciscan Rhythms Trail Run & Walk is back! 

Join us Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 for a 5K run or walk and kid’s fun run on the beautiful 230-acre property of the Franciscan Life Process Center, 11650 Downes St NE Lowell, MI. Our fundraising target for this year is $30,000. These proceeds will ensure that we can provide Music Therapy services for all those needing scholarship in this coming year. Registration is $15 for the kid’s run, $30 for the 5K run and walk. Virtual Race option available.  

Interested in learning about natural family planning (NFP)?

A Creighton Method Introductory session will be offered on August 24, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm at the Franciscan Life Process Center, Lowell Campus,11650 Downes St. NE, Lowell, MI  49331. A 3-session SymptoPro class will be offered on Aug 31, Sept 14, and Sept 28, 2020 from 5:30-7:30pm at the Franciscan Life Process Center, Grand Rapids Campus, 654 Davis Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504.  Please go to and click on Services to learn more.