Category Archives: Parish News

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.

Freedom Team Member Sign-up for Youth Ministry

Freedom Team Applications Available NOW!!

If you are 10-12 grade high school student who has a desire to be a missionary of the faith, this opportunity is for you!  As a team member, you would be working with middle school students on Wednesday evenings leading games, skits, sharing testimonies and leading small groups.  You will also lead a retreat weekend for the middle-schoolers which is the absolute favorite part for many team members. This is a leadership opportunity and you will get service hours, but more importantly you will be sharing the importance of your faith in an effort to lead the middle school students closer to Christ!  To apply, please CLICK HERE.  Deadline for applications is Sept. 3rd and the applicant retreat/training will be Sept 7-8th.  Once your application is received, you will get a confirmation email with details about the retreat/training times and location.
Stefanie Iwan | Director of Youth Ministry | Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish | 1935 Plymouth SE | Grand Rapids, MI 49506 | (616) 241-4477


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

Our Shepherds Our Future Capital Campaign is Wrapping up!

Our Shepherds – Our Future Capital Campaign is winding down here at IHM! The objectives of this diocesan campaign are to endow and build up a restricted fund for seminarian education, as well as fully fund our priests’ retirement. Please click HERE for more information through the Diocese. If you have any questions about your pledge please call the parish office at 241-4477. Please return all pledge cards to the office by July 13/14th!

Here is a picture of the class of 2019 Mundelein Seminary and Novena Prayer we ask that you join us in praying for these special men and our campaign.










Novena Prayer for Our Priests

We thank you, God our Father, for those who have responded to Your call to serve Your Church as priests. Accept this prayer we offer on their behalf: Fill Your priests with the sure knowledge of Your love. Open their hearts to the power and joy of the Holy Spirit. Keep them in relationship with Your Son. Increase in them profound faith in the Sacraments they celebrate as they nourish, strengthen and heal us in Your Name.

Lord Jesus Christ, grant that these, Your priests, may inspire us to strive for holiness by their joyful witness, as men of prayer who ponder Your Word and seek to follow Your Will.

O Mary, Queen of Priests and Mother of the Church, guard with your maternal care these chosen ones, so dear to the Heart of your Son. Intercede for our priests, that offering the Mass, they may be conformed more each day to the image of your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

God’s Kitchen volunteer Sign-up Process

Dear Volunteers of God’s Kitchen,

We are offering a new way to sign up to work at God’s Kitchen. Catholic Charities has 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. . The volunteer coordinator is keeping the second Sunday available for us for now, so  if you would like to create a team or just sign up individually on a day that works for you, please use the portal link to sign up. This way, the chefs and coordinator will know exactly who is showing up when and how many. Thank you  for being a part of God’s Kitchen with serving the community in need of a hot meal. Your witness and willingness to serve as volunteers of IHM is greatly appreciated!  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. . 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