Category Archives: Parish News

Update on Sitting in the Pews!

When you come to church next time, please notice the “blue zone” tape has been removed. We ask that parishioners socially distance 6 FT between households. This helps us fit singles in better and gives us more room. We have a limit of 200 people that we have been abiding by and this gives us better management of space. Every other pew is closed off as you can see with the red cones and taped off pews in the picture. Thank you EVERYONE who is being so considerate and patient as we continue to wear masks, count every person in through the front door and safely celebrate mass together!

A Message from our new Youth Minister, John Maxwell!

Hello IHM Parishioners, 
My name is John Maxwell and I am the new Director of Youth Ministry. I am so blessed and excited to be here in Grand Rapids. I won’t share too much as I hope to share more in person, but I am from San Diego, California and have lived most of my life there. I have volunteered and worked in all forms of youth  ministry since I graduated 8th grade. Over the past 2 years, I have also spent time in both the San Diego Seminary and as a missionary in the Bronx, New York. Once again, I am so excited to be here and hopefully will get to know you all over what is hopefully years of service and ministry to the parish and its youth. If you have any questions, comments or concerns feel free to contact me at either the email or phone. Please also check online this week for updates and events as we are all still in uncertain times and I am still getting acclimated and caught up to speed.
For all Youth:
If you are at daily morning mass over the next 2 weeks, I will be hosting a “Social-Distance Meet and Greet” in the parking lot after mass, BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair). If you plan on being there or want to your opinions, wants or concerns before our “Edge and Lifeteen Kickoff” (Date TBD) please click on this Sign-Up Genius  on the YM page or call the YM office.  Also, if you wish to serve on “Freedom Team” please fill out the application on the website before August 19th. 
For all Parishioners:
Do you have a heart for service? Do you have a love for the youth? Do you have a couple of extra hours a week to give up? If you answered yes to any of these, you may be a great person to help with “CORE Team”. We are looking for young adults who are on fire for their faith, who wish to serve or who wish to learn the inner workings of ministry. We are looking for both women and men, ESPECIALLY Young Adults to serve our youth in ministry. Please feel free to email or call the YM office so we can get in contact or with any questions you may have. Please feel free to share this opportunity with anyone you may think will be a good fit as well.
God Bless,

Letter from the Bishop extending dispensation through September 7th

Bishop Walkowiak has extended through Sept. 7 the dispensation for all Catholics within the territory of the Diocese of Grand Rapids from their obligation of attending Sunday Mass.

Please remember that: “The dispensation is granted broadly to ensure that anyone who needs to stay home to protect the common good can do so confidently, in good conscience. But those who are truly able to attend Mass should remember that we are transformed by being joined to Christ in the Eucharist. Only a weighty reason should keep us from being sanctified through participation in and our reception of Christ’s body and blood.”

Visit our COVID-19 updates page for answers to frequently asked questions and other resources:

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 ~ 6-7 AM, 1-2 PM Partner Needed,  4-5 PM Replacement
Tuesday ~ 6-7 AM Partner Needed
Friday ~   10-11AM, 11 AM-Noon, & Noon – 1 PM 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.