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VBS online registration for volunteers and donations


August  5 – 8th  9:00 am – 12:00 pm

 Volunteers: 5th graders – Adults
(Adults must be VIRTUS trained with background check) nursery available for adult volunteers
 Please click on following links  to volunteer  and or donate supplies!

  VBS Adult Volunteer Registration

 VBS Youth Volunteer Registration

 VBS Donation Sign up


Its going to be a great week!


Please contact Kellie Berkemeier or Megan Tietema : or

Our Shepherds Our Future Capital Campaign

Our Shepherds – Our Future Capital Campaign has begun 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.

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 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

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.


Missions Appeal

Mission Appeal Coming Soon!
Coming June 23/24, Fr. Dennis Maglasang, MF from the Order Missionaries of Faith will
celebrate Mass and speak about the mission and the needs of the Institute. The purpose of
this mission appeal is to help support the seminarian’s education and religious formation.
The Order of Missionaries of Faith was founded in 1982 in Italy and has the charism to assist
priests, promote ecumenism, youth formation and sharing the gift of Faith. With your help
and participation you can become part of the mission. Support and be counted! We appreciate
any assistance you can offer. Thank you and God Bless!

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!