Category Archives: Parish News

Youth Group October


Middle School EDGE THEME:  FIAT

Mary’s ‘Yes’ to the most difficult, challenging, beautiful and faithful life as the mother of God teaches us how to be open to God’s call for our lives.  She was the most powerful witness of faithfulness to the Father and to the Son. Our yes to God’s call requires prayers, Mary’s intercessions on our behalf as well as the Holy Spirit.  We are called to be witnesses; missionaries, sharers of the love of Christ with others.  If Jesus isn’t in our hearts, we can’t be witnesses.  This year we are going to learn what it takes to say YES everyday faithfully and how to be a missionary to everyone we encounter.

SCRIPTURE: “And you will receive the power when the holy spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses…” -Acts 1:8

During the Wed. Edge Kickoff Session, we introduced the High School Leadership Team (Freedom Team) to the middle school students through games, skits and testimonies.

The goal of the night was to build a community of trust, introduce the theme and topic for the year.

EDGE Schedule: Wednesdays 6:15-7:30 pm at St Paul Apostle

October 2,9, 16, 23, 30


High School Life Night THEME: Belong

At the core of our being is a desire for meaningful connection and authentic relationship. We long to love and be loved, but how often do we just feel lonely?

As we search for ways to escape these feelings of isolation, there comes a small, quiet whisper that pierces through to the depths of our heart: “You are never alone, because you are Mine.”

SCRIPTURE: “See what love the Father has bestowed on us, that we may be called children of God.” -1 John 3:1

Life Night:

Sunday’s Kickoff started off with coffee (it was international coffee day), hot cocoa and cookies.  We participated in community building activities and ended the evening with an activity which the teens anonymously shared important attributes they would like people to know about them and of course prayer.

Life Night Schedule: Sundays 7:30-9pm at IHM School/DeMazenod Entrance

October 2, 20, 27 (13 is canceled due to IHM 8th grade Confirmation Mass)

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.

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

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.


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!