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Positive COVID-19 Notification

Dear Parishioners,

We are saddened to inform you that a congregant who attended the 11 a.m. Mass this past Sunday, June 28, has tested positive for COVID-19. We share this news in our effort to be fully transparent with you and compliant with protocols from the Diocese of Grand Rapids. We care about all of you, and our primary goal is to keep you healthy and whole in body and spirit.

This person is now self-isolating and the people in close contact with them have been notified. The health department will notify you if you have been in close contact with this person. We have been in direct contact with the Kent County Health Department who has advised us that we’re taking the appropriate precautions.

This news should reinforce our vigilance of wearing masks AND maintaining a 6 ft social distance while attending Mass and ensuring that all parishioners continue to follow these safety requirements.

We encourage you to monitor yourself for symptoms and contact your physician if you are ill. A link to the CDC’s informational page regarding COVID-19 may be found here:

As we move through this pandemic we will continue to be diligent with communication and awareness. Let’s pray for all those suffering with Covid-19 and each other!

2020 Men’s Summer Retreat, July 31st

HM Men’s Retreat – Ignite the Fire – July 31, 2020 at IHM, 8am-3pm

Times of trial, difficulty and crisis present us with opportunity for growth. In those times, God gives us the strength to endure the challenges we encounter and a community that ensures we don’t have to go it alone. In these challenging times, it is important to build close friendships with other men of faith.

ALL IHM MEN are invited to a day of brotherhood to discuss and reflect on how we are called to respond to the events unfolding in the world today. As Catholic men, what have you learned over the last few months, and what is the Lord calling you to do?

Join us for a day that will Ignite the Fire within you to be the man God is calling you to be for your family, parish and community.


Adoration Chapel is OPEN June 15th! Adorers needed!

New Hours:  Monday-Friday 6 AM – 6 PM.

 Social distancing with mask is required AND no more than 8 people in the Chapel at once. Reading materials will be removed for now, so please bring your  own and take home with you. If you must use bathroom. please use spray disinfectant immediately after. 

Adorers Needed*

Monday ~ 6AM Partner Needed ~ 1PM Open Hour ~ 4PM Replacement
Tuesday ~ 6AM Partner Needed ~ 5PM Open Hour
Wednesday ~ 2PM Open Hour
Thursday ~ 7AM Open Hour ~ 4PM Open Hour
Friday ~ 7AM, 8AM, 10AM, 11AM, & Noon Open Hours
Friday ~ 3PM Partner Needed

*Primary ‘need’ is to cover the ‘open’ hours.  Adorers willing to step up and agree to take an ‘open’ hour on a regular basis  may register for that hour at

Congratulations Fr. Dominic!

Father Dominic T. Couturier, 41, is the son of Thomas and Roberta Couturier.
He has five siblings: Jonathan, Nathan, Jacob, Monique and Mark.
Fr. Dominic is a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Grand Rapids and grew up in
Greenville where he attended St. Charles Borromeo Parish. He attended Davenport University
and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2004. Dominic worked at Couturier Iron Craft Inc.
until entering the seminary in 2014.
Dominic received his Master of Divinity from the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/
Mundelein Seminary, Mundelein, Illinois, in the spring of 2020. He completed his pastoral
internship at St. Francis de Sales Parish in Norton Shores and St. Michael the Archangel
Parish in Muskegon, under the mentor ship of Father Charles Hall. Dominic was ordained a
transitional deacon on May 18, 2019.

Father Dominic celebrated his Mass of Thanksgiving , Sunday, June 7 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.

Bishop Walkowiak has announced that following ordination, effective July 1, Father Dominic is appointed Parochial Vicar of St. Robert of Newminster Parish in Ada, MI.



Mass Reopening May 29th! Please see guidelines

We are so ready to celebrate mass together again! Just in time to celebrate Pentecost, the birthday of the church! As we slowly come out of isolation with caution, we too at IHM are working hard to keep everyone safe. Please read the Guidelines Here that will help you understand how we are addressing those concerns and managing mass participants. Changes will occur as we go along so please stay in touch with the website, Facebook and Parish App!

Welcoming Back Video!

Killgoar Foundation working on behalf of School Families affected by Pandemic

The Killgoar Foundation exclusively supports Immaculate Heart of Mary School – primarily through tuition assistance for families who cannot afford the full cost of tuition and other funding that reduces tuition for all families.

Since 1998, generous donors have enabled the foundation to provide more than $2,200,000 to the school.

Over the last several years, nearly one-third of our school families has relied on tuition assistance to enroll their children at IHM School.

Foundation support of our school is especially important today.  Parents who have lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic have requested financial help to keep their children enrolled in our school.  The foundation has responded accordingly assuring that no child is denied an IHM School education for financial reasons.

Ways to give:

  • To make a donation online with credit card please click here: Killgoar Donation
  • To make a cash gift, write your check payable to the Killgoar Foundation and mail it to Killgoar Foundation, 1935 Plymouth Ave. SE, Grand Rapids MI 49506. If you are giving in memory or honor of someone, indicate that person’s name on the memo line.


For more information contact Ann Williams, Development Director, at 616-862-7911 or

The Heartbeat Newsletter, Summer addition and the May/June Adoration Newsletter

Catch up on all the news about what’s been going on at the parish during the “stay at home” order and how we have been staying engaged with our community!

HeartBeat Summer 2020 Newsletter


“I Miss You God!  God is more anxious than we are to resume chapel time because He misses us more than we miss Him. Keep praying for an end to this social distancing. As soon as the Diocese lets us know when we can open we will send word.” To view this newest Newsletter, please click below.

Adoration Newsletter May/June 2020

New Music Aid during Mass and Live-Stream!

IHM has implemented a simple and effective method for delivering Sunday Mass Music and Bulletins directly to smart phones – on demand.  This new method will help during the live-stream and also when we return to church without the missals in the pew.

If you have a smartphone, simply text the word IHM to the number 200-6070 and you will receive a text with links to the current weeks music aids and also a link to the weeks bulletin.

Tutorial Video is below: