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for Charles “Charlie” Stephens

Charles “Charlie” Stephens, a St. Charles parishioner, has passed away. The funeral Mass for Charlie will be Friday, January 24th at 11:00 am at St. Charles. Visitation will take place on Thursday, January 23rd from 6-8 pm at Marshall Funeral Home with a Rosary at 8pm. Please keep Charlie and his family and friends in your prayers. For the full obituary click on the link. Obituary for Charles “Charlie” Stephens

The 1:00 pm all school Mass scheduled for Friday, January 24th at St. Charles is cancelled. 

The Ten Commandments and Civil Law ~ Video by Fr. Bauer

On the First Sunday of Advent we blessed the beautiful carvings of the Ten Commandments that were gifted to all three of our churches.  These will now be a visual reminder of how we are called to live our lives.  To better understand moral and natural law and how these have been at the cornerstone of our civil law follow the link to watch a short video.  You may be surprised to see who is depicted twice on the Supreme Court building in Washington D. C.



Beware! Scammers are Impersonating our Priests

Scammers continue to contact our parishioners by text, email, and Facebook Messenger.  Please ignore any messages coming to you from Fr. Jim for Fr. Bauer. Our priests will contact you by phone if they need to talk to you about anything. Call the parish office to let them know if you have received one of these messages.

Scammers are impersonating priests in the Diocese of Grand Rapids, asking parishioners to respond to an urgent request via email or text for cash or to buy iTunes or other gift cards for cancer patients. Please notify the parish and do not respond to these requests. When requests from Father Jim or Fr. Bauer are urgent, the parish office will call you.

Scammers pose as priests in texts and email, ask parishioners for gift cards, cash

Introducing the New YM3 Coordinators for Our Catholic Community!

We are happy to announce that we have hired new Youth Ministry Coordinators for our Catholic Community of St. Charles & St. Joseph-St. Mary. Jake & Melanie Schmiedicke will work as a team in the YM3 position.

We are both honored and excited to have the opportunity to serve the youth of our community by being the YM3 coordinators this coming year! We hope to use our experiences as college campus missionaries, teachers, and lifelong Catholics to share the treasures of our Faith with the teens and to help them come to know God’s amazing love for each of them. Lived to the fullest, the Catholic life is the best life, as our relationship with God should inform everything that we do – whether it be studying for classes, working a job, or hanging out with friends. We look forward to living the great adventure of the Catholic life with the young men and women of our community.   


Friday Mass Time Changes to 1:00 PM Beginning August 23rd

Beginning August 23rd, Friday Masses at St. Charles will be at 1:00 pm while school is in session. When there is no school, Mass will be held at 9:00 am. Please watch the weekly Liturgy schedule in the bulletin to keep up to date on changes.  As a reminder, when the schools close due to inclement weather, all events (including daily Mass) are cancelled for the day.

New! Free Community Meal Every Monday at St. Charles Beginning June 3rd

We are happy to announce that beginning in June St. Charles will be offering a free meal for the community on Mondays from 4:30-5:30 pm, in addition to the free meal we already serve on Thursdays. It is a much needed resource for our community. We are very fortunate to have one of our parishioner families willing to provide this additional weekly meal. They are in need of helpers for these Monday meals. Helpers will be setting up tables and chairs, delivering plates to the attendees, clearing plates, and helping with clean up. Our hope is to have 15 volunteers, 3 per week every 5 weeks, with volunteers commitment limited to  once every five weeks. This is a wonderful service opportunity for singles, families, or seniors. If you would like to find out more about this service opportunity, call the parish office at 616-754-4194.


We are also asking that you help get the word out to our community. If you are a “Button Brigade Member” please wear your pin and share the information about God’s Community Kitchen.

Listen to and Learn the Latin Mass Parts

Sanctus 308-B

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Dominus Deus Sabaoth.
Pleni sunt caeli et terra gloria tua. Hosanna in excelsis.
Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini. Hosanna in excelsis.

Sanctus = holy
Dóminus = Lord
Deus = God
Sábaoth = of heavenly armies
Pleni = full of
sunt = are
caeli = heaven
et = and
terra = earth
glória = glory
tua = your
Hosána = praise or adoration
excélsis = the highest
Benedictus = blessed
qui = who
venit = (He) comes
in nómine = in the name
Dómini – of the Lord.

Memorial Acclamation 309-B

Mysterium fidei! Literally: Mysterium = the mystery; fidei = of faith.
The Mystery of Faith!
We all respond:
Mortem tuam annuntiamus, Domine,
et tuam resurrectionem confitemur,
donec venias.
Mortem = death
tuam = Your
annuntiamus = we announce or proclaim
Domine = Lord.
We proclaim Your death, O Lord.
et = and
tuam = Your
resurectionem = resurrection
confitemur = confess.
And confess Your resurrection.
donec = until
venias = come.
Until You Come
The whole acclamation:
Mortem tuam annuntiamus, Domine,                           We proclaim Your death, O Lord,
et tuam resurrectionem confitemur,                               and confess Your resurrection,
donec venias.                                                                              until You come

Agus Dei 313-B

Agnus Dei,                                             Lamb of God
qui tolis peccata mundi,                 who takes away the sins of the world,
miserere nobis.                                   have mercy on us.
Agnus Dei,                                             Lamb of God
qui tolis peccata mundi,                 who takes away the sins of the world,
miserere nobis.                                   have mercy on us.
Agnus Dei,                                             Lamb of God
qui tolis peccata mundi,                 who takes away the sins of the world,
dona nobis pacem.                           grant us peace.

Video Message from Bishop Walkowiak

In a continuing effort to be as transparent as possible, Bishop Walkowiak has taken time to create a video message for the faithful of the Diocese of Grand Rapids ahead of the worldwide meeting of bishops at the Vatican. The worldwide meeting, which will gather presidents of bishops’ conferences from around the world to discuss the clergy sexual abuse scandal and our global response as a Catholic Church will take place from Feb. 21 – 24. The video addresses the meeting and some of the frequently asked questions he has received from parishioners.