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for Lori Kummer

Lori Kummer, a St. Charles parishioner, has died. The funeral Mass for Lori will be Wednesday, July 6th at 12:00 pm at St. Charles Church.  Please keep Lori and her family and friends in your prayers.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her.

The 9:00 am Mass and Adoration scheduled for Wednesday, July 6th at St. Charles is cancelled.

for Fred Korson

Fred Korson, a St. Charles parishioner, has died. The funeral Mass for Fred will be Thursday, July  7th at 11:00 AM at St. Charles Church. Visitation will be Wednesday, July 6th from 5-8:00 pm at Hurst Funeral Home and at 10:00 am in the Narthex at St. Charles prior to the funeral Mass. Please keep Fred and his family and friends in your prayers.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.
Mass scheduled for Thursday at St. Joseph has been cancelled.

Faithful Servant Pentecost Collection Drive

Wallets containing gift cards to restaurants that do not sell alcohol (Arby’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Subway, McDonalds, Panera Bread)

This would be a great opportunity to purchase Scrip. Call Ruth Rittersdorf, the School Secretary, at 616-754-3416 or email Krysta Russell at

Any gift card donations should be brought to the St. Charles or St. Joseph Parish Office.

Ordination, Mass of Thanksgiving and Reception June 4th & 5th

It was a blessing to have Deacon Logan at our liturgies for Holy Week.  We look ahead to Saturday June 4th when he will be ordained to the priesthood at St. Andrew Cathedral.  On Sunday June 5th, he will celebrate his first Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Charles at 2:00 p.m. with a lite reception following in the Activities Center.  Parishioners are encouraged to RSVP to attend the ordination and reception.  It is important to know number of people for planning.  Parishioners do not need to RSVP for the Mass of Thanksgiving on June 5th but are encouraged to attend.  This Mass will also be your Sunday obligation.


Click here to RSVP online to either the Ordination at St. Andrew or/and the reception at St. Charles,  or call the parish office to RSVP.


Parishioners may contribute to the gift for Deacon Logan’s ordination by placing your donation in the collection marked Ordination Gift Donation.


Act of Consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, Friday, March 25. The pope will start with a celebration of penance at 5 p.m. (Rome time) and the Act of Consecration will begin around 6:30 p.m. Ukraine’s Latin Rite Catholic bishops— the bishops who lead that country’s Roman Catholics— wrote a letter to Pope Francis on March 2 asking him to “publicly perform the act of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Ukraine and Russia, as requested by the Blessed Virgin in Fatima.”

Watch the live broadcast from Rome on TV on EWTN (begins at 12 p.m. ET March 25):
Find your local channel using the EWTN Channel Finder

Bishop Walkowiak’s celebration of Mass, which begins at noon local time will correspond to the start of the pope’s celebration. Mass with the bishop will be followed by a recitation of the rosary and conclude with the Act of Consecration. Details follow:
Date and time:
Friday, March 25 at 12 p.m. (Noon)
Immaculate Heart of Mary Church
1935 Plymouth SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
We invite you to attend in person or watch the livestream online on Facebook

Pope Francis has asked for the prayer of consecration to be disseminated broadly “so that all of us can recite it throughout that day, in fraternal union,” empowering all the faithful to unite themselves to the consecration in whatever way their circumstances allow.

We invite parishioners to join us at St. Charles on Friday, March 25 as we gather to Consecrate Ukraine and Russia to Mary. We will begin with Mass at 1:00 pm, followed by the Act of Consecration and a Rosary. A digital copy of the Act of Consecration is available by clicking here.

Liturgical Ministers Needed for Holy Week

We begin Holy Week on Palm Sunday with our usual Sunday Mass schedule at all three churches.  An additional Lector is needed for the reading of the Passion of Lord. Call either parish office to volunteer to Lector for Palm Sunday.

The summit of the Liturgical Year is the Easter Triduum which begins on the evening of Holy Thursday, continuing on Good Friday, and ending at Saturday’s Easter Vigil.  Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically, one day unfolding for us the unity of Christ’s Paschal Mystery, his suffering, death, and Resurrection.  It is one liturgy with two pauses.  It is fitting that this liturgy take place in one location.

We encourage liturgical ministers and altar servers from all three churches to sign up for serving in liturgical roles for these three holiest days of the year.  Please sign up on Sign Up Genius or by calling either parish office.

St. Mary and St. Charles liturgical ministers are assigned. Please see the April schedule to see if you are serving. If you are unable to serve please find a sub to take your place.

Since the Easter Sunday Mass at St. Joseph falls outside of the normal schedule we are asking liturgical ministers to volunteer to serve on Easter Sunday. Click the Sign Up Genius link above to sign up online or call either parish office to volunteer.