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God’s Kitchen volunteer message

Dear Volunteers of God’s Kitchen,

After much thought and consideration, we have decided to end our administration of the ministry for God’s Kitchen. The Catholic Charities of West Michigan has a new online portal for signing up to volunteer and would like us to use this process instead of having to schedule volunteers here. They also need volunteers to read and sign a volunteer handbook and again this would be much better handled under one administration instead of two. What does this mean for our teams and long time attachment to this wonderful ministry? It just means each of you will determine if you would like to continue and sign up through the portal. The volunteer coordinator is keeping the second Sunday available for us for now, so  if you would like your team to stick together, just remember to sign up as a group. They also have individual dates available for flexibility. This way, the chefs and coordinator will know exactly who is showing up when and how many. They can manipulate how many volunteers they may need on any given date. It all makes good sense to process the volunteers this way but it does leave us a bit sad having run this ministry for over 40 years. We used to cook the food here with cooking teams and transfer downtown and we even had cleaning up teams. Times have changed and we simply need to accommodate and adapt. We can’t thank you enough for being a part of God’s Kitchen, serving  the community in need of a hot meal. Your witness and willingness to serve as volunteers of IHM is greatly appreciated! Please prayerfully consider continuing your service. I have attached the message from Holly Salas the volunteer coordinator and information on signing up. Simply click the link below to begin your sign-up. You can sub out easily and also pick dates that you can choose for convenience. Please remember I will be removing your God’s Kitchen ministry off of ministry scheduler. If you have any questions or need help signing up through God’s Kitchen please contact me.

Message from Holly Salas, God’s Kitchen Coordinator:

Hi all God’s Kitchen volunteers,

In order to improve communication and get everyone who volunteers with CCWM on the same page, we are switching to an online sign-up process for lunch service “shifts”. This will help determine who and how many volunteers will be present, connect you to other volunteer activities with CCWM, and help us track volunteer impact.

Please complete the following steps to sign up for lunch service “shifts” on our volunteer website:

  1. Visit our volunteer website here
  2. Select “Sign Up” on the top right of the page
  3. Enter required info and select “create account”
  4. Once logged in, select this direct link to sign up for “God’s Kitchen: 2nd Sundays” lunch shifts. Here’s a quick How To video. You can unregister at any time for shifts you are unable to attend.
  5. That’s it! You are signed up and will receive a 1 week and day of reminder before your scheduled “shift”.


If you select “Become a Fan” of the God’s Kitchen program on the right of the sign-up page, you will receive notifications about other volunteer opportunities and events related to God’s Kitchen.

Thank you for serving our community members with us! The impact you’re having is immense and your support is greatly appreciated!

Holly Salas
Volunteer Coordinator
Catholic Charities West Michigan | Diocese of Grand Rapids
303 Division Ave S. | Grand Rapids, MI 49503
P: 616.224.1294 | F: 616.551.4731 |



Jane Eggleston

Attention, Men of the Parish!

Mark those calendars and register now for the 14th annual Building a Legacy Catholic
Men’s Conference, March 9th. It w ill be a day filled w ith dynam ic speakers,
powerful faith development and reinvigorating fellowship. This years lineup includes Elvis
Grbac, Matt Fradd and Matthew Leonard with Mass celebrated by Bishop David Walkowiak.
Visit to register and for more details. Contact Deacon Jim with
any questions, 616-292-0422. Note: Early registration ends February 22nd and space is
limited. Don’t miss out!!

“These Beautiful Bones” Book Study

“Learning to Live the Incarnation”
Book Study of These Beautiful Bones
Thursday, February 28
DeMazenod Room
7:00-8:30 p.m. A limited number of books are available for purchase $5, in the parish office.

St. John Paul II, in the Theology of the Body, has NOT
discovered a new teaching of the Church. He actually is
reminding us of our own “anthropology of what it
means to be a human person, made in the image and
likeness of God.” (These Beautiful Bones, Stimpson, p.
2) Jesus came to reveal who God is–God is LOVE! By
virtue of our Baptism, we bring divinity into everything
we do, some a little bit and some a lot, depending on
how intentionally we pursue holiness. God longs for us
to be like Him. To love as God loves means giving of
ourselves freely, fully, faithfully, and fruitfully.

Men’s Ministry begins new Program this semester

The goal of Men’s Ministry is to help each of us become the best version of
ourselves. We explore practical methods to deepen our faith and become
Christ’s witness to our family, friends and colleagues. In recent years,
Men’s Ministry presented the popular “That Man Is You” program, and we
just completed Fr. Dave Pivonka’s highly acclaimed “Wild Goose” series on
the Holy Spirit. About 45 guys participate each week, but our
programming is flexible enough to allow you to come and go as your
schedule allows.
Men’s Ministry meets Friday mornings during the school year in
the deMazenod Room. We provide a hot breakfast (pancakes, waffles,
breakfast burritos, to mention a few classics, and, of course, coffee) at 6:00
a.m., the presentation video at 6:30 a.m., and small group discussion at
7:00 a.m. We’re done no later than 7:30 a.m.
Our new program starts Friday, January 11. We are presenting “Untold Blessings: Three Paths to Holiness” by
Bishop Robert Barron. Bishop Barron lays out in very practical terms three intriguing paths to holiness:
1) Finding the center
2) Knowing you are a sinner
3) Realizing your life is not about you!
Please join us this semester. If you want to enroll or have questions, please contact us at

CSA/Renovations Update

CSA/Renovations Update
This past spring, we began a project and financial effort that would greatly enhance our
choir and music ministry area of the church. As you can clearly see the results now of the
beautifully renovated area and our new organ. Below is an update on the financial effort, to

Combined cost of construction, new organ and our annual 2018 CSA commitment
Gifts and pledges received, to date
Commitment from parish reserves
$ 76,000
For all the parish faithful that have generously contributed thus far, we simply say,
For those whom have yet to respond, this is a great time of year to do so. With a modest
balance of $76,000 to be raised, we are close to our goal!
Please consider making a gift via the recent mailing, on-line from the parish website or
simply call or stop by the parish office.
This most recent investment in our parish campus and worship space will benefit all and
will make a lasting impact for years to come!

~Finance Council Members and our Beloved pastor, Fr. Troy.

Running for God, an IHM running club

Run for God in Spring of 2019?
Fr. Troy spoke recently of “running to God.” Would you like to
run for God in 2019? We are attempting to form a class now that
would start in February or March, with a goal 5K run event in
May or June. This is a perfect training/accountability group for
newbies, and those who want to return to running after a long
break. We meet once a week for information, fellowship, and training based on a walk/run
“couch-to-5K” program. Contact Randy MacGeorge, 616-401-3669 or to
express interest or find out more.