If you are 10-12 grade high school student who has a desire to be a missionary of the faith, this opportunity is for you! As a team member, you would be working with middle school students on Wednesday evenings leading games, skits, sharing testimonies and leading small groups. You will also lead a retreat weekend for the middle-schoolers which is the absolute favorite part for many team members. This is a leadership opportunity and you will get service hours, but more importantly you will be sharing the importance of your faith in an effort to lead the middle school students closer to Christ! To apply, please CLICK HERE. Deadline for applications is Sept. 3rd and the applicant retreat/training will be Sept 7-8th. Once your application is received, you will get a confirmation email with details about the retreat/training times and location.
Stefanie Iwan | Director of Youth Ministry | Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish | 1935 Plymouth SE | Grand Rapids, MI 49506 | (616) 241-4477
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.
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:
At this year’s Fall Gathering a beautiful video of the our IHM students process of making the mosaic of our church building is here! Prints will be on sale in the back of church for the next few weeks. What a great gift! Proceeds go toward the Maintenance Fund..
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.
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!
The students at IHM have been working on a Parish History Project to help capture moments in the Parish and School history. The children partnered with Deb Moore, our Parish Historian, to make the archives more accessible to all parishioners. Each team picked a topic and then with Deb’s help found photos and information about that topic. IHM is very lucky to have a dedicated archivist for projects like this. Enjoy taking a walk back through time to bring to life the history and the people who helped make it!