Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish is a Catholic community that gathers as family to worship the triune God, seeking to grow closer to God who is Love. Together with the universal Church, we make present the Body of Christ. In the heart of Grand Rapids Southeast Side, Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish gathers for worship in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, sacraments, prayer, Eucharistic Adoration, catechesis and community.
“According to the grace of God given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building upon it. But each one must be careful how he builds upon it, for no one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there, namely, Jesus Christ.” -1 Cor. 3:10
Those words of St. Paul to the Corinthian community could have just as easily been spoken by Fr. Charles Killgoar in 1949 to the Immaculate Heart of Mary community. While he was the first pastor, Fr. Killgoar knew all-too- well that he would not be the last.
This beautiful place that we call our spiritual home today remains a vibrant parish because many wonderful people before us put St. Paul’s words into practice.
It is with a sense of gratitude that we, the current members of Immaculate Heart of Mary, pick up where the previous generations left off. Through the example and the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, consider your gifts and talents — how God has blessed you — and return the blessing to those who shall follow!
Fr. Troy Nevins