Purposefully Plan Your Lent

During Lent this year, we are asking each of our parishioners to “Purposefully Plan Your Lent!”. Lent is more than just a waiting period until the Resurrection. Lent is time of preparation and fasting to prepare ourselves for the Resurrection. It is a time in which we have the opportunity to focus our efforts on who we are as God’s beloved sons and daughters, or in the words of Matthew Kelly “The Best Version of Yourself”.

How are you going to challenge yourself? In what ways are you prepared to sacrifice? In what ways do you want to grow? Our parish has worked diligently to offer several Lenten opportunities for you so you can spend the upcoming Lent Season deep in prayer, bettering yourself as a disciple of Christ.

We would like to challenge every member of our community to chose at least one opportunity from each of the categories listed below. More information about each opportunity can be found on the parish website, or by contacting the parish office.

If you would like to download or print a copy of the PURPOSEFULLY PLAN YOUR LENT brochure, please click here.

Pray

How are you communicating with God?

SPECIAL LENTEN & EASTER MASS TIMES

Ash Wednesday
3 Masses (7:00AM, 9:00AM 7:00PM) with distribution of ashes
Ashes services at 10:30 AM at 3 senior facilities (Bishop Hills, StoryPoint of Rockford, Boulder Creek)

Holy Thursday
Mass 7:00PM With Procession of Blessed Sacrament

Good Friday Service
2:00 PM

Easter Vigil Mass 8:30PM
Easter Sunday Mass 9:00AM & 11:00AM

PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

There are many reasons and many ways to come before Our Lord in Adoration. Why do we participate in a Holy Hour? There is basically only one answer: Jesus the Christ is present

When we take time out of our busy lives and give a little to our Lord, we proclaim to everyone that Jesus is truly present among us. We know the importance of prayer in our lives. Jesus asked his Apostles and now us the question. “Could you not watch one hour with Me?”

“In order to convert America and save the world what we need is for every parish to come before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament in Holy Hours of prayer.” –Blessed Mother Teresa

MARY’S WAY OF THE CROSS

Come join us on Tuesdays from 10-11 am to pray the rosary and reflect on the stations of the Cross through Mary’s eyes. For more information, contact Kate Border at 616-866-1327.

GOOD FRIDAY PASSION PLAY

The Living Stations of the Cross, also known as The Passion Play, consists of a visual portrayal of Jesus and the other key payers in his suffering and death. The stations represent the path Jesus bore on his way to the crucifixion. You will experience Jesus enduring suffering, insults, moments of support, and relay the intense sacrifice that we believe Jesus undertook for human salvation.

Friday, April 19, 2:00 PM

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Every Friday During Lent, 5:30pm

The most important reason for praying the Stations of the Cross is that it is a powerful way to contemplate, and enter into, the mystery of Jesus’ gift of himself to us.  It takes the reflection on the passion out of our heads, and makes it an imaginative exercise.  It involves your senses, your experiences and your emotions.  To the extent you come to experience the love of Jesus for yourself, to that extent the gratitude you feel will be deep.  Deep gratitude leads to real generosity and a desire to love as we have been loved.  If you haven’t prayed the Stations in a while, we encourage you to come back.

PRAYER & PRAISE

Prayer and Praise is an opportunity to hear testimony/story of faith and practice. It is an opportunity to praise the Lord in witness, word and song.Fridays March 8-29 7:15-8:30 pm

March 8: Josh Hanson & Krissi Brott – “Serving Others”

March 15: Clive and Amy Pereira & Mary Swaving – “Light in the Darkness & Calm Amid the Storm”

March 22: Dave & Nicole Dopple – “Catholic Marriage”

March 29: Julianne Rolecki & Deacon Jim Hessler – “Why Be Catholic”

LIZ OWEN CONCERT

End Lent Deep in Prayer
Friday, April 12 at 7:15 pm

Inspired by scripture and nature, she paints a picture at the piano of bringing faith back to the basics. Her particular love of the message of mercy shines through her upcoming album, The Lilies Know. Check her out at lizowenmusic.com

5 FIRST SATURDAYS

It is way to honor Mary, to make reparation to her and receive her grace. Our Lady explained the Five First Saturdays to Sr. Lucia dos Santos, one of the Fatima visionaries, on Dec. 10, 1925, in the following way:
“See, my daughter, my Heart encircled by thorns with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. Do you, at least, strive to console me. Tell them that I promise to assist at the hour of death with the graces necessary for salvation all those who, in order to make reparation to me, on the First Saturday of five successive months:
1- Go to Confession
2- Receive Holy Communion
3- Say Five Decades of the Rosary
4- Spend 15 minutes in Adoration meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary

Join us: March 2, April 6, May 4, June 1, & July 6

THE LIGHT IS ON FOR YOU!

“The Light is ON for You:  An Evening of Penance” will be held on March 27, 2019 from 5-8:00 pm . On this date all parishes within the Diocese of Grand Rapids will be offering the sacrament of reconciliation at the same time. Mark your calendars today!

WAY OF THE CROSS PILGRIMAGE

Why would anyone carry an 80 lb ten-foot wood beam cross more than 5-miles early on a cold spring morning? Carrying the cross for me has been a profound way to silence myself and reflect on Jesus as I enter Holy Week. Early morning on the White Pine Trail is quiet. As the sun begins to warn the earth it reminds me of the vibrancy of life. Carrying the cross is not easy to do alone. You simply cannot do it for long without needing to give it to someone else. This too reminds me of how we need to rely on Jesus and those He has given us to share the load, in our families, our parish and with others in the faith.

When: Saturday, April 13, 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 walk.

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.

For more info contact: Mike DiCosola mdicosola@olcparish.net

Grow

How are you increasing your faith?

Forgiven: The Transforming Power of Confession

Forgiven explores the grace and healing offered in Confession and shows how this sacrament of mercy reveals the depth and bounty of God’s love. By looking at God’s revelation of his mercy in Scripture and making a step-by-step examination of the rite itself, FORGIVEN communicates God’s invitation to each one of us to come experience his indescribable love in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

This program is a do-it-yourself program that is offered to our parishioners for FREE through FORMED.org. If you do not already have a FORMED account, please see the sign up information below.

STEP 1: Visit FORMED.org
STEP 2: Enter access code- KPNQX3
STEP 3: Explore all of the possibilities of faith growth provided for free to our parish community.

BEST LENT EVER

It’s a free email program that will guide you on an incredible journey toward the-best-version-of-yourself. From Ash Wednesday to Easter, you’ll discover ways to transform your life in forty days.

HOW DOES IT WORK?
STEP 1: Sign up for Daily Emails at dynamiccatholic.com/best-lent-ever

STEP 2: Watch Inspirational Videos
Starting Ash Wednesday (March 6), you’ll receive daily emails with short inspirational videos, practical tips for your life, and personal stories from the Dynamic Catholic team.

STEP 3: Become a Better-Version-of-Yourself. You’ll learn simple yet powerful ways to transform your life in forty days—and you’ll be well on your way to becoming the person God created you to be.

FRIDAY MORNING SCRIPTURE STUDY

Jeanne Haenisch-Messinger
jeanne2354@aol.com

Friday Morning Senior Scripture Study at 10 am following the 9 am Mass.
Together, we study and reflect on the upcoming Sunday Mass readings and commentary from St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in MS, using the “Bread of Life” series by Deacon Ken and Marie Finn and reflections from Creighton University.

https://olcparishrockford.com/friday-morning-scripture-study/

FRIDAY MORNING WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY

Starting Friday, March 1. The Friday Morning Women’s Bible Study invites all ladies and their friends to join us for a study of THE SEVEN LAST WORDS OF CHRIST–A Bible Study on Jesus’ Passion, by Rich Cleveland.
This series of reflections on Jesus’ final saving words on the cross will renew us to put on the mind of Christ Jesus and help us grow closer to Our Lord this Lent.

We meet on Friday mornings after the 9:00am Mass.  Join us on March 1 at 10:00am in the Guadalupe Room.  All are welcome!  Books available at the first meeting. Questions? Call Jean Hessler, 616-866-2392

LITTLE BLACK BOOK

Reflections begin March 3, 2019 and end Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019.

BISHOP BARRON’S LENTEN REFLECTIONS

Our parish has purchased 800 copies of Bishop Barron’s Lenten Reflections books. These will be available for pick up for free in the commons the weekend before Ash Wednesday. Or you may get it digitally at www.lentreflections.com

THAT MAN IS YOU!

Men, mark your calendars. That Man Is You! Is weekly Thursday mornings 6-7:30am in the Holy Family Center. TMIY combines scripture, solid research, and a little fun to address the pressures and temptations facing men in our modern culture. It seeks to form authentic leaders who will be capable of transforming homes and society.No pre-registration or long term commitment is required. We invite all men to simply show up with an open mind and a playful heart. You won’t be disappointed!If you have questions, please contact either Jason Seamon jseamon@mac.com or Mike DiCosola mdicosola@olcparish.com

UNLOCKING THE MYSTERIES OF THE BIBLE

Would you like to have a deeper relationship with God and a better understanding of your faith? Join Duane Parker for Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible. You will not only benefit personally from being part of this study; you will also help to bring about a profound renewal in our parish as we grow closer to Christ.

Mondays from 6:30-8pm or Tuesdays from 10-11:30am, beginning the week of March 4/5 for seven weeks. Register at aoatley@olcparish.net or call 616-866-2577 ext. 220.

THE WILD GOOSE IS LOOSE

Are you seeking?  You may be in search of the Wild Goose!

“Being apart from the Wild Goose, there is no life. The Wild Goose is the ancient term the Celts used for the Holy Spirit.”

“Seek and you will find…” out more by joining our Lenten journey to the Goose in a 6-part series beginning the week of February 18.

Class Options :
Mon 10-11:30 am OR Thurs 6:30-8 pm Classes will be led by Chelie Simmons.

Learn More:
thewildgooseisloose.com/

Register with:
Amy Oatley aoatley@olcparish.net

KEPHA MEN’S CONFERENCE

Make an eternal difference in your life and in the lives of those you care about with a day at the Building a Legacy 2019 Catholic Men’s Conference on Saturday, March 9 at West Catholic High School in Grand Rapids. Featuring Elvis Grbac, Matt Fradd and Matthew Leonard. Mass will be celebrated by Bishop David Walkowiak. For details and to register, go to www.buildingalegacy.org . Questions? Call Deacon Jim at 616-292-0422. (Registration is limited… don’t miss out!)

KEPHA WOMEN’S CONFERENCE

On Friday, March 8th, KEPHA will be sponsoring a special women’s event featuring Matthew Leonard at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Grand Rapids. All mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts, and nieces are invited to share in this inspiring faith-filled evening. Matthew will be speaking on “Spiritual GPS: the Secret Path to Heaven Nobody Knows About. Inviting all women to Register Now!

DIOCESAN CATHOLIC WOMEN’S CONFERENCE “DWELL”

Saturday, March 16
All women, ages 18 and up, are invited to attend the annual Diocesan Women’s Conference on March 16 at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 6390 Belmont Ave. NE, Belmont. The conference will feature author, speaker and missionary, Colleen C. Mitchell. The cost, which includes morning hospitality and lunch, is $30 prior to March 12 and $35 after that date. Registration is available on the diocesan website grdiocese.org

Love

How are you serving God’s community?

SOUP SUPPERS

Potluck soup and salad dinner every Friday during Lent at 6:15 pm, following Stations of the Cross or before Prayer and Praise. Enjoy a simple supper with others in community. Everyone enjoys a good Lenten fish fry, but we ask you to consider having a simpler meal of soup, salad and bread. It’s a great way to support one another during this time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving and spend time together in community on the journey.  Click the image to sign up to bring Soup.

JOIN A PARISH MINISTRY

Your unique gifts and talents are needed!

1 CORINTHIANS 12:12-14
“There is one body, but it has many parts. But all its many parts make up one body. It is the same with Christ. We were all baptized by one Holy Spirit. And so we are formed into one body. It didn’t matter whether we were Jews or Gentiles, slaves or free people. We were all given the same Spirit to drink. So the body is not made up of just one part. It has many parts.”

BE AN INTEGRAL PART OF MASS

Ushers, greeters, Communion Ministers, Musicians, & Sacristans are extremely important ministries that are always in need of additional ministers. We cannot adequately Celebrate Mass without your help! Please consider serving once per month in one of these ministries.

TAKE A LEADERSHIP ROLE IN YOUR PARISH

FINANCE COUNCIL

Finance Council consults with the Pastor and discerns how the parish can best meet the financial and material needs of the parish. The “General operating” fund for operational expenses, including wages, is funded largely from Sunday giving. Finance Council duties include developing the parish budget, overseeing spending in accordance with it, advising the Pastor on parish spending, and overseeing the annual appeal for the offertory collection.

PASTORAL COUNCIL

Pastoral Council serves the parish by praying, studying and listening to the pulse of the church and community. It actively participates by visioning, dreaming and planning for the long-range future of the parish and advising the Pastor in various matters.

STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL

Stewardship Council is an advisory council to the Pastor. Stewardship Council reflects on the work of discipleship, stewardship and ecumenism. Stewardship Council, with the guidance from the parish mission statement and the solicitation policy, reviews parish programs, ministries and solicitations to encourage stewardship as a way of life.

OLC SCHOOL BOARD

The purpose of the School Board is to serve as a consultative body that assists the Principle and Pastor in fulfilling the school’s mission as set forth in Article II. School Board duties include long-term strategic planning, goal setting in line with parish and diocese, collaboration on Annual Educational Budget, coordination of Principle evaluation, Consultation on facilities management and promotion in unity between the parish and the school.

OLCEF BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Education Foundation Board of Trustees manages the business of the corporation. This includes financial oversight, marketing and fundraising. We believe that it is vital to our church to provide religious education to everyone who desired it. The Our Lady of Consolation Education Foundation (OLCEF) makes this possible. The Foundation seeks to provide half of the funding for all parish educational endeavors.