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Visitation of The Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared in Mexico as the pregnant Mother of God to Saint Juan Diego, an Indian, in 1531.  She left a Miraculous Image of her appearance on his cactus fiber cloak which still exists today.

The Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, an exact 4 by 6 ft. digital replica of the original Miraculous Image will be in Grand Rapids September 12 to 30 to promote the sanctity of the family, solidarity of the Church in America, a culture of life and a civilization of love. You are invited to join us for the presentation, prayers or veneration for Life, Peace and Protection of the Unborn.

Sunday, September 22nd

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church

2:00 pm – Presentation – History of Our Lady of Guadalupe

2:30 pm – Rosary for the Protection of the Unborn

3:00 pm – Divine Mercy Chaplet

3:15 pm – Veneration of the Image Replica  (personal reflection and veneration)

4:00 pm – Procession of the Image to the Chapel of the Holy Eucharist

See the complete schedule of events for the Image at,


Movie Night Tuesday, September 17 at 7 pm in the deMazenood Room for ‘Guadalupe the Miracle and the Message’ narrated by Jim Caviezel and presented by the Knights of Columbus. Open to the parish.

IHM School Prayer Service on Wednesday, Sept. 25th at 8:30 a.m. will include the Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe along with songs and veneration to Mary.

IHM will host the Image Monday, September 23rd at Mercy St Mary’s Hospital Chapel from 11:30  – 1 pm for staff and patient veneration.

IHM will also be guardians of the Image on September 25 along with Sacred Heart Parish for the first day of sidewalk prayer for 40 Days for Life, from 11-2 pm pending weather.

Liturgical Ministry Sign-Up Fair

Liturgical Ministry Sign-Up Fair



Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish would like to welcome all parishioners to join us for our Liturgical Ministry Sign-up Fair on September 21/22nd after each Mass in the Narthex. Our ministry leaders will be available to help answer any questions you may have about these important ministries and assist with signing up through Ministry Scheduler Pro.
Liturgical ministries such as Altar servers, Ushers, Eucharistic Ministers, Sacristans and Lectors assist in our weekly Mass. Each ministry plays an important role in assisting Fr. Troy with the Mass. Along with our beautiful choirs each of these active participants serve our Lord and each other.  These are great opportunities to become an active part of your parish community and involve yourself and family in weekly Mass. 
These ministries are scheduled using our online program Ministry Scheduler, which you can personalize with your preferred Mass times to serve and dates you are available. Scheduled rotations are made every three months. Sub requests are made online for ease of use and better communication. We are looking for volunteers who can engage with this online platform and be a committed part of this ministry. 
These Liturgical Ministries will have training provided. Please read the description of each ministry on the next page and see where your gifts and time matches up the best.
Prayerfully consider sharing your time and talents. Our parish benefits from involved and engaged parishioners. The grace you receive from being a part of Mass is countless.  Please seek us out. We would love to have you! 

“Seeking to live as disciples of Jesus Christ, we reach out in Christian service to our families, our parish, our community and our world.”


Liturgical Ministries:

Altar Servers: The Altar Servers assist the priest during the Mass and other liturgical celebrations. The Altar Server occupies a privileged place in the liturgical celebration. Jesus is present and active in every liturgy. Therefore they are servants of Jesus, the eternal High Priest. Servers should be mature enough to understand their responsibilities and to carry them out well and with appropriate reverence. Three Altar Servers are needed at each Mass. Training is required before you are eligible to serve. Initial trainings are offered to boys and girls at the end of 4th grade and are available to students through high school. Refresher trainings are required in the Spring and Summer of each year. Those who have mastered the responsibilities for at least two years will be trained to be lead servers. Once a student reaches high school he or she is welcomed and encouraged to continue serving at the altar. Scheduling is once or twice a month during 3 month rotation.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: What a privilege it is, that being the Body of Christ we are enabled to distribute the Body and Blood of Christ to other members of the Body of Christ during Mass. Eight ministers are needed at each Mass.  This also includes anyone interested in bringing the Eucharist to the homebound or nursing homes. Training is required. Scheduling is on a monthly rotation during the 3 month Ministry Schedule rotation.
Lectors: Lectors use the gift of speech that God has given us to proclaim God’s word. An ideal reader is one who has a strong speaking voice, who has a love of scripture. and is eager to grow in the understanding of the Word of God. Two Lectors are assigned to each Mass, one for each of the readings. Training is available. Scheduling is once or twice a month during 3 month rotation. 
Sacristans: Sacristans set up the credence table before Mass. They are asked to arrive 15 minutes before Mass to prepare the credence table and to set out the bread and wine for the Presentation of Gifts. Scheduling is on a monthly rotation by Mass preference. This works well if you are a Eucharist Minister serving at the same time. Training is provided. 
Ushers: Ushers extend the hospitality of the Lord’s house to all who come to worship. More than just taking the collection, ushers are there to make sure everyone is welcomed, has a place to sit and to respond to any emergencies that might come up. Any parishioner, male or female, may serve as an usher. Six ushers are needed per Mass. Training is required. Arrive to Mass 15 minutes prior to welcome parishioners. Scheduling is on a monthly rotation during the 3 month rotation.
Jane Eggleston, Stewardship Coordinator


John Bergsma at IHM, September 28th. Register Now!

Join Scripture scholar Dr. John Bergsma in Grand Rapids on Saturday, September 28, for a day of dynamic Scripture study. Explore the Jewish roots and biblical basis of the Catholic faith. Cost is $10. There will be a book sale offered after event.

Click Here to Register!


9:00 a.m. — “Introduction to the Old Testament” by John Bergsma
10:00 a.m. —  St. Paul Center Presentation
10:15 a.m. — Books available for sale
10:45 a.m. — “The Dead Sea Scrolls” by John Bergsma
11:45 a.m. — Closing announcements, books available for sale

40 Days for Life! Sign up Today!

40 Days for Life – 

THe Fall campaign for 40 Days for Life will take place  from September 25 – November 3, 2019 from 7 AM until 7 PM each day. IHM will pray on Thursday, October 17, 2019. Would you be willing to pray for one hour to end abortion? 40 Days for Life is a pro-life effort that consists of 40 days of praying, fasting, and holding a peaceful vigil in front of an abortion clinic. IHM will pray in front of Heritage Clinic for Women at 320 E. Fulton St in Grand Rapids Thursday October 17th. Sign up sheets will be in the Narthex or Adoration Chapel or register online. Below are instructions to register online:

To register online to pray:

  1. Visit
  2. Log in to your account … or … create a login.
  3. Click the green “Add Vigil Hours” box.
  4. Click on the day you want to pray at the peaceful vigil.
  5. Click on the hour you want to pray.
  6. Enter your e-mail address.
  7. All done!

A reminder will be sent to you via e-mail before your prayer time.

Thank you for praying to end abortion. God bless you for standing up for life!  Call or email questions to Sandy Lowery 616-942-6756,

Healing Our Church – RENEW Program

Come together for six weeks in small groups with fellow parishioners to pray and reflect on the clergy abuse crisis and to envision a path forward as a Roman Catholic family of faith. each session is 90 minutes. RENEW International has designed this healing process. Our pastor has appointed a Parish coordinating Team to move this initiative forward, Please pray for its success. Team members will be in the back of church on August 25th, September 1st and 8th with sign-up sheets to attend. Watch for more information in the coming weeks.

Exciting new changes to Edge and Life Night!

Come and join our new growing Youth Ministry Groups with St. Paul the Apostle Parish. New locations and times, so please make note:


For those students coming from games and/or practices, dinner will be provided at SPA from 6-6:30pm. Parent carpooling is encouraged if coming from offsite practices.

A Message from Fr Troy:

Fr.Peter Damian and I are excited to announce that our two parishes, St. Paul the Apostle and Immaculate Heart of Mary, will unify efforts for youth ministry for the upcoming school year. Stefanie Iwan, well-experienced in youth ministry and with a deep passion for youth, will be leading this important area of our parish’s life beginning July 1. The great majority of students who graduate from our schools go to Catholic Central and enjoy friendships with each other. Many are neighbors. Our children play together and often compete on the same sports teams. The physical and spiritual closeness of our parishes is such that it makes sense to strengthen our collaboration in an area such as this. Stefanie will be present at both parishes and interact with our youth at both schools, as well as the main high schools our parishioners attend. However, preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation will be held separately, as our calendars differ for the celebration at the Cathedral. Our Middle School Collaborative Youth Ministry (“EDGE”) will take place on Wednesday nights at St. Paul, while High School Youth Ministry (“Life Night”) will be at IHM on Sunday nights.