Category Archives: Parish News

Second Best Sale/Bake Sale Donations and Volunteers!

Spring Cleaning? Save your items to donate to the Second Best Sale! Please drop off your donations on Wednesday and Thursday the 25-26th of April from 8:00 am – 8 pm at the North gym doors. This is our 14th year holding this awesome sale which raises money for our school and parish needs. All benefit! Bake sale on Friday. Please drop off bake sale items in the kitchen Thursday April 26th!  We need set-up volunteers on Tuesday evening, (must be able to move tables) and many helpers through-out the week to put out donated items in “departments”.
Volunteers for Second Best: Please click HERE to sign up for a shift!
Bake Sale item donation Please click HERE



3 Easy Ways to Support IHM School!

1) BoxTops – Look for the BoxTops logo on products you buy everyday.  Clip and save them for our next collection this spring!  Our fall collection earned over $500!  For a complete list, visit
2) Direct your Dollars – shop D&W, Family Fare, or Forest Hills Foods and turn in your entire receipt.  We earn $1000 for every $150,000 in receipts turned in.  We are almost 1/3 of the way there already!
3) Amazon Smile – when shopping at Amazon, login at instead.  Select “Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School, Grand Rapids, MI” as your charity and 0.5% of your purchase will come back to the school!
It all adds up!  Thanks in advance for your help!!

What is the Ministry Scheduler?

Ministry Scheduler is the software system that IHM uses to manage, schedule and connect all our volunteers into one database. For all the Liturgical ministries and God’s Kitchen, we have over 400 volunteers! To accommodate families working together, vacations and preferred mass times it takes a sophisticated software to schedule volunteers. Many variants are taken into consideration and even with the computer generating the schedule we also work with the ministry leaders to then organize the best possible schedule. Volunteers who use the MS portal to communicate, i.e. put in “do not schedule dates”, place an inactive status, or preferred mass times, find the best satisfaction. We run our schedules on a three month rotation and volunteers are alerted through email when the service time is near. They are able to ask for a sub easily by clicking on the link.  Volunteers who anticipate and put in there requests before the schedule is made also find the best outcomes. Each ministry is different in how they are utilized. For instance, Altar Servers and Lectors are scheduled periodically throughout the rotation, whereas Eucharistic Ministers, Ushers , Sacristans , and Purificator Laundry are scheduled monthly. The number of volunteers within your preferred mass time dictates how often you would rotate. More volunteers the less you work and vice versa. We can accommodate those who would like to work more or less. Just use the profile page on the Ministry Schedule format or call the Parish office. If any volunteer is finding difficultly login into the MS or having any trouble using the software, we are here to help! Please contact Jane Eggleston for any questions or would like a tutorial. We can make this tool work for you!

Adult Formation Series

Prayer is one of the most basic elements of a life of faith, but it isn’t always easy to do. Though we’re taught that prayer is a “conversation,” we often feel as if the conversation is completely one-sided.” (Dr. Timothy Gray)

Join us this new year as we continue our Adult Faith Formation series.  We meet from 6:30 – 8:00 pm in the Hands Room.

Each evening stands alone so no need to worry if you have not attended before. Bring a friend, bring your Bible. And bring your hunger to know God more!

No homework. No cost. Well worth your time!

Future Sessions:

January 11 – Second Greatest Story (Fr. Gaitley)

January 25 – Solanus Casey: Priest, Porter and Prophet

February 8 – Journey of Faith

February 22 – The Problem with Evil (Jimmy Akin)

March 15 – Forgiven — Embraced in Mercy

Parish History Project

areial pic of IHMThe students at IHM have been working on a Parish History Project to help capture moments in the Parish and School history. The children partnered with Deb Moore, our Parish Historian, to make the archives more accessible to all parishioners.  Each team picked a topic and then with Deb’s help found photos and information about that topic.   IHM is  very lucky to have a dedicated archivist for projects like this. Enjoy taking a walk back through time to bring to life the history and the people who helped make it!

Beginnings and Construction

Church Architecture

Pre-Vatican II

Priests of IHM

Tewksbury Social and Fundraiser


School Changes

First Communions

May Crowning and Graduates

Graduation and 8th Grade 1964-2001

Graduation and 8th Grade 2002-2016

School Staff, 1951-1999

School Staff, 2000 – 2016

Boys Basketball


Soccer and Cheer

Yearbooks Throughout History