Category Archives: Parish News

Holy Week Live Streamed!

IHM will be live streaming Holy Week Services. Click on day to review the live video after.
Palm Sunday: 11:00 am                                                                           Tuesday: Holy Hour with Benediction @ 1200 pm
Holy Thursday: 7:00 pm
Good Friday: 1:30 pm
Easter Vigil: 9:00 pm

Please tune in by clicking on link HERE to view on your computer or live streaming device   to take part in these beautiful celebrations! If you have problems during broadcast remember to hit the refresh button.

 

 

 

IHM Parish and Faith Resources

During this time of quiet, physical separation and reflection, please remember we are a united community of Faith and Strength. Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish is providing these online resources accessible for you to stay connected and informed throughout this period of quarantine. Just click on the RED links to access the sites. Very soon our doors will be open again and we will be together celebrating the Mass as a parish. 
Praying you all stay healthy in mind, body and spirit!

“The Light is on for You” Confession is still available at IHM parish from 5:00 – 8:00 pm Thursday, March 26th.

IHM Church will be open during regular mass times to pray (please make sure we are practicing social distancing!)

IHM Parish Website

  • Up to date parish news and links to bulletins, Homilies and more!

Parish App   download MyParish App and turn on notifications

  • For your IOS devices and smartphones. Up to date info in your hand!
  • All up to date Parish notifications and reminders of important events 
  • Great Faith Formation Buttons for Bulletins, Prayers, Daily Readings, Podcasts, Daily Mass links and so much more!

Evangelus – Parish member email or text communication

  • Parish email or text communication. After you sign in, you can choose how you would like to receive communications from IHM parish and also sign up for particular groups that you are involved in.  

Facebook Immaculate Heart of Mary – Grand Rapids

Instagramihmparishinsta

  • Staying connected with Parish and School through social media pictures, videos, news and information.
  • Like and share to grow our community!

Formed – Catholic media content free subscription service for IHM

  • Formed is a wonderful subscription service that offers Catholic Media Content in the form or movies, programs, audio and books immediately! Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish has subscribed to this service, so for all of our parishioners, it is FREE! If you are a first time registrant, look for our parish under our zip code, 49506. No code is necessary, you will be able to easily log in from this point on.

Online Giving – Supporting your parish through online giving has never been easier. 

An IHM Blog – “A Place to Come Together”

  • Desiring to not neglect any opportunity to meet together, we would like to provide a place here online, where we can share thoughts and experiences, receive encouragement and consolation, and ask for prayer. 

Project YM LIVE – Live Streamed Youth Group!

  • Join Thousands of teenagers from across the country gathering on Sunday nights @ 8 pm for THE BIGGEST YOUTH NIGHT EVER! Project YM LIVE will feature some of the most popular speakers and workshop leaders in the Catholi youth ministry world. This is a great opportunity to be a part of and stay connected with your friends.

Virtual Men’s Catholic Conference 

  • This wonderful event was made possible after our Men’s Kepha Conference was cancelled last week. 
  • The virtual conference will be available nationwide between Friday, April 3 at 12 PM to Sunday, April 5 at midnight.

The Diocese of Grand Rapids

  • Portal into Sunday Mass with the Bishop at 10:00 am Sunday mornings
  • All up to date information on what directives the Bishop will have for the diocese response to the COVID 19 outbreak.

 

 

“A Place To Come Together” new IHM Blog for reflections and community

As our parish community spends this time apart, we are reminded that even though we may be separated now for a time, we remain one body united together through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Desiring to not neglect any opportunity to meet together, we would like to provide a place here online, where we can share thoughts and experiences, receive encouragement and consolation, and ask for prayer. Click HERE to enter the Blog “A Place To Come Together” lead by our seminarian, David Jameson.

Let us continue to pray for one another during this time, confident in the Lord’s presence among us, reliant upon his protection and peace.

A reflection from our seminarian intern David Jameson!

How good it is to be here with you at Immaculate Heart of Mary!
Each month during this internship, I hope to provide for you a
brief update here in the bulletin, sharing with you some of the lessons I have been learning through various experiences here in the parish and school. I truly believe that during the internship nothing is wasted; every liturgy, event, meeting, conversation, and relationship contributes to my formation, and God uses all of it to help me become the kind of priest he desires me to be. Therefore, I am grateful for this opportunity to learn,
and I am thankful for the role that each of you plays in my education and growth. A friend recently asked me to name what has stuck out to me most during this first month at IHM. Without having to give it much thought, I quickly responded that it was you, the parishioners of IHM, who have made such a remarkable impression. In this first month, I have had opportunity to observe the community that you are — the many ways that you serve each other, the ways that, you are the body of Christ to one another. This should be immediately apparent to anyone who comes to Mass here at IHM.
At other parishes, the end of a Mass looks something akin to the filming of an episode of
The Amazing Race, whole families desperately running through parking lots to their cars
before they have even had a chance to completely consume our Lord, truly present in the
Eucharist. But here, beautifully, after Mass is concluded you collectively kneel as one body,
praying for each other and particularly for the next person in the community who will pass
away, for their preparation for the journey, for the repose of their soul, and for their family
to be consoled. To be honest, this communal practice has personally challenged me to slow down after Mass and take time to kneel with you in prayer, rather than quickly rush to the back in order to be in place to greet you as you exit.
In this first month, I have also become keenly aware of the significant loss and pain
that individuals in your community have experienced in such a relatively short period. The
stories you have shared with me about all you have suffered and the loved ones you have
lost serve as a testimony of how deeply felt the pain still sometimes is; but along with those stories you have shared an even greater testimony with me about how this community — how Christ through this community — has supported you, accompanying you through the tears, darkness and confusion. How fortunate I am to be a part of a parish community that loves as you love, allowing yourselves to be used so that others may experience Christ’s love, peace and consolation through you in such tangible ways.
In closing, I would like to express my thankfulness and gratitude to all of you for
your hospitality and generosity as you have welcomed me into your parish, into this
community. My placement here at Immaculate Heart of Mary, the tremendous opportunity
it is to be under the direction of Fr. Troy, and the great privilege I have in learning from you
and your example far exceeds my expectations. Truly, how good it is to be here with you at
Immaculate Heart of Mary!
David Jameson

EVANGELUS! Communication made easier!

Please note, with new Software development, their have been a few bugs to work out. Please contact us if you are having any trouble with logging in. The company providing this new platform is working vigorously to create an easy way to communicate.  We are excited to announce the parish has adopted a new way to keep you connected to the life of the parish. This week you may receive a welcome message from the new system of our parish, Evangelus. This is not spam. We encourage you to open the message and follow the link to create a profile and select your preferred form of contact. There will also be groups for you to join. Take a moment to join groups which you
are already a part of and see if there are any other groups that interest you.

If you are not a registered parishioner here, or you have not shared your email, you will not receive a message because we don’t have your information on file. Click here to sign up for Evangelus.  Of course, we recommend you register as a parishioner here in general. You can also follow us on Social media and download our parish app as well.

Spring 40 Days for Life Campaign has been suspended

It is with much sadness that the national 40 Days for Life team has suspended the spring campaign. Following their lead, the Grand Rapids location will no longer encourage any church or organization to pray at the vigil on their adopted day.
Although this is very disappointing, the decision was made in an effort to limit the spread of Coronavirus.
Happy warriors praying to end abortion.
We will no longer encourage people to pray at the vigil, but we also cannot stop those who wish to publicly pray in front of the last free-standing surgical abortion facility in Grand Rapids.
Although Governor Whitmer’s “stay at home” order is now in effect, she did encourage people to get outside, enjoy the sunshine, and get some exercise. If you happen to be walking near Heritage Clinic for Women, consider stopping for a moment to pray in front of the abortion facility. They are still open, they are still performing abortions, and they are still prescribing the abortion pill.
Thank you for your participation
in the spring campaign.
If Heritage Clinic for Women remains open,
we will be hosting a stronger-than-ever
campaign in the fall.
Although the spring campaign
has been suspended,
we encourage you
to pray at home
for an end to abortion.

FORMED! Catholic Faith on Demand

 

Formed is a wonderful subscription service that offers Catholic Media Content in the form or movies, programs, audio and books immediately! Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish has subscribed to this service, so for all of our parishioners, it is FREE! If you are a first time registrant, go to this link:  formed.org/signup  and look for our parish under our zip code, 49506. No code is necessary, you will be able to easily log in from this point on.