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Religious Freedom Week Events!

Graphic: Religious Freedom Week logoReligious Freedom Week (formerly Fortnight for Freedom) begins June 22, the Feast of Sts. Thomas More & John Fisher and concludes on June 29.

Read Bishop Walkowiak’s letter to parishioners

(English | Español)

People of faith are committed to serving others in God’s love in healthcarechild welfaremigration and refugee resettlementeducation, and more. Religious freedom protects the space in which we can continue to serve.

Join Catholics across the country to pray and act for the freedom to serve faithfully and with integrity. Learn more

“We encourage people of faith to reflect on the importance of religious freedom so that we might have the space to carry out our mission of service and mercy, and we invite everyone to pray for our brothers and sisters who face intense persecution in other parts of the world.” – Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee for Religious Liberty, Archbishop of Louisville.


Tuesday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m.
Evening Mass and Presentation
1935 Plymouth Ave. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
After Mass, join us for a presentation with Attorney John Bursch entitled “Religious Liberty, Sex and the Church.”
Image: John Bursch photoAbout John Bursch
John Bursch is a highly successful and distinguished attorney who served as Michigan’s 10th Solicitor General from 2011 to 2013. In 2016, he parted ways with a large Michigan law firm to open his own firm, Bursch Law. With a regular U.S. Supreme Court practice and a dominant Michigan Supreme Court presence, John represents some of the nation’s largest and most respected companies as well as States, Governors, Attorney Generals, and other public officials. John is widely recognized for his advocacy and his background and experience make him uniquely qualified to speak on topics related to religious liberty and the law. John and his family are parishioners at Holy Family Catholic Church in Caledonia.
Friday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Closing Mass with Most Reverend David Walkowiak, bishop of Grand Rapid
2750 Burton St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546-4998
A musical performance will precede the Mass starting at 6 p.m. Following Mass, join us for light refreshments and conversation.

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Daily reflections from the USCCB

Day 1: June 22 |  en español
Day 2June 23  | en español
Day 3: June 24  | en español
Day 4: June 25  | en español
Day 5: June 26  | en español
Day 6: June 27  | en español
Day 7: June 28  | en español
Day 8: June 29  | en español

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Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group


A support group for adult children caring for family members with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia will meet the 3rd Thursday of the month at Immaculate Heart of Mary in the Hands Room at 7pm. For questions contact Theresa Wilson 616-301-2000 or Sue Marsh 616-325-7619.

Alzheimer’s Asociation caregiver support groups, conducted by trained facilitators, are a safe space for caregivers, family and friends of persons with dementia to build a support system with people who understand. It allows participants to exchange practical information on caregiving challenges and possible solutions, talk through issues and ways of coping, share feelings, needs and concerns as well as learn about community resources.


Michigan Adventures Trip! Tuesday, June 26th!

Come join your fellow  mates for an afternoon of FUN! Start the summer out with a Bang!

Click here for Registration Form

Click here for details Michigan Adventure Trip Details

To register please fill out and turn in the attached permission form and payment to reserve a spot on the bus.  (can turn form in to school office or parish office)
Cost covers transportation and park entrance.  Extra money for meals will be needed.  We will have lunch in the park and dinner on the way home at a fast food restaurant.
Space is limited as we are sharing this adventure with St. Stephen, St. Paul and St. Jude parishes.

Vacation Bible School Volunteers and Donations

Please click on the links below to volunteer and sign up for donations for this summers VBS. Registration is now closed! Thank you for the great response. Please email to be added to the wait list.

Youth Volunteers Register HERE (5th graders -High Schoolers)
Adult Volunteers Register HERE 
There is no cost for VBS, but we ask that each family donates to snacks and supplies- Click HERE for donations





Missions Appeal

Mission Appeal Coming Soon!
Coming June 23/24, Fr. Dennis Maglasang, MF from the Order Missionaries of Faith will
celebrate Mass and speak about the mission and the needs of the Institute. The purpose of
this mission appeal is to help support the seminarian’s education and religious formation.
The Order of Missionaries of Faith was founded in 1982 in Italy and has the charism to assist
priests, promote ecumenism, youth formation and sharing the gift of Faith. With your help
and participation you can become part of the mission. Support and be counted! We appreciate
any assistance you can offer. Thank you and God Bless!

“So Faith May Florish” 2018 CSA Appeal/Blessed Beyond Measure

  Our 2018 CSA begins this weekend. In the next few weeks we will be introducing our new Music Ministry Capital Campaign to improve the Music area of our Church. We will be partnering our CSA pledges with the Capital Campaign to help offset the cost.  Please click on links below for more information on the new music space and the 2018 CSA.

CSA Online Giving

Blessed Beyond Measure, Music Ministry Appeal



Steubenville Youth Conference Registration!

Space is limited so the sooner you sign up the better!

When: July 13 – 15th
Cost: $250 (help is available)*
Please register by clicking on link:
 *Transportation Permission form & Payment in full due by June 13.
 Monthly payment options available, please contact me to make arrangements.
Do not miss this time honored opportunity that so many of our students have experienced and made an annual pilgrimage out of!

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!

Stewardship and Service Opportunities

  • Looking for ways to engage and help our parish? Here are just a few ministries looking to grow:
  • Munch and Mingle would love more volunteers to help out on Sundays to serve donuts and coffee. Check out our sign-up tab on our website homepage.
  • We are always looking for Ushers, Altar Servers, Eucharistic Ministers for the Liturgy and Home bound,  Lectors , Sacristans, Purificator Laundress’s to fill our ranks. If you are able to serve on a monthly rotation basis and are of high school age and older, (5th grade on up for Altar servers), male and female welcomed, please consider joining these great groups! The best way to involve yourself in our Liturgy and community!
  • If you are interested in any of these ministries or others not mentioned please contact Jane Eggleston, 241-4477 or