Category Archives: Parish News

Knights of Columbus Food/Can Drive

Start scanning the stores for deals on canned goods (soups, fruits,
vegetables…) boxes (cereals, pastas, meal mixes…) and any other nonperishable food items for donation to the St. Francis Xavier Food Bank. Each of the past three years, the generous donations from our IHM parish have helped feed our neighbors in this mid-winter time when needs are great. You can leave items in the
Narthex anytime between now and Sunday, February 2nd. Knights of Columbus volunteers will be around just before and after most Masses to assist with bringing in donations from your car.

UPDATE, BEANS AND PERSONAL HYGIENE PRODUCTS GREATLY NEEDED!

 

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.

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 | www.ccwestmi.galaxydigital.com 
 
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Sincerely,

Jane Eggleston

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!