Registration for Masses at St. Charles on January 23/24 will close at 2:00 pm on Friday, January 22nd.
Reservations for St. Joseph and St. Mary will close on Thursday, January 21st at 2:00 pm.
MASSES AT ST. MARY WILL BE HELD IN THE ST. MARY PARISH HALL TO ALLOW FOR MORE SEATING. AT ST. JOSEPH, WEEKEND MASSES WILL BE HELD IN THE ST. JOSEPH GYM TO ALLOW FOR MORE SEATING. ST. JOSEPH WEEKDAY MASSES WILL STILL BE HELD IN THE CHURCH.
Please call the parish office before Friday if you need to cancel your reservation. When you arrive at Mass you will need to check in with an Usher/Hospitality. Please see the other news post for questions about the guidelines for attending Mass (click here to see that article ).
#GiveCatholicWM on #GivingTuesday
What is #GivingTuesday? It is a global day dedicated to giving back; a time to think about giving rather than receiving especially after the commercialism and consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
This year, Bishop Walkowiak is encouraging Catholics to participate by supporting parishes, schools and ministries right here in West Michigan. You are being asked to #GiveCatholicWM on #Giving Tuesday. It is our own local link to this day of giving back.
Here are ways you can participate on Tuesday, Dec. 1:
- Donate to #GiveCatholicWM from midnight to 11:59 p.m. Tuesday: http://bit.ly/givecatholicwm. One hundred percent of the donations will go to the earmarked parish, school, or ministry. Credit card fees will not be charged.
- Post a status or photo on your social media accounts explaining which parish, school, or ministry you are supporting within our diocese. Use the hashtags #GiveCatholicWM and #GivingTuesday.
- Take and post a photo of yourself or your family members sharing what #GiveCatholicWM means to you. Use the hashtags #GiveCatholicWM and #GivingTuesday.
- The Diocese of Grand Rapids would love to know how you plan to #GiveCatholicWM. Send your photo to email@example.com and with your permission it may be posted to diocesan social media accounts. If you don’t already follow them on social media, I would encourage you to do so:
Facebook: (Diocese of Grand Rapids)
Twitter and Instagram (@GRdiocese)
First, we would like to thank all those who have made donations to the St. Charles Community Kitchen Meals. Your support is appreciated! Monday meals are going very well. We regularly have between 70-90 visitors. We are planning on starting Thursday meals again in October. These will be two Thursdays a month. For October- the 15th and 29th, and for November- the 12th and 19th. A more regular schedule for Thursdays will be set in the new year. Please help us spread the word in our community about this update. If you haven’t had a chance to visit our website you can view it by going to this address:
Donations to purchase supplies for the meals are welcomed.
Fr. Bauer, out Pastoral Associate, begins a new assignment at SS. Peter and Paul in Grand Rapids on October 1st. Due to that change we will have a new weekend Mass schedule. These changes take effect on Thursday, October 1st. For any questions or concerns call either parish office. St. Charles (616) 754-4194 or St. Joseph (616) 794-2145.
Registration is now open for 2020-21 Religious Education classes. This year we will be doing a hybrid program for First, Third, Fourth/Fifth, Sixth and Eighth grades. We are going to meet all in-person for our First Communion (2nd grade) and Confirmation (7th grade classes). This year Religious Ed classes will run tentatively on Sunday afternoon at St. Charles and Sunday evening at St. Joseph. October through April. Unfortunately, at this time we are not allowed to have nursery and Sunday School for preschool during Mass.
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