Pastoral Care

Bereavement Ministry

Our goal is to assist families at the time of the death of a family member.  There are different levels of involvement in this most rewarding ministry: at the Funeral Liturgy – usher, greeter, reader, Eucharistic Minister.  We also provide: follow-up cards and calls during the year following the death

When and Where:

September 18, 2014:  Intro meeting 9:45 AM in the Parish Life Center; October 23, 2014, 10:30 AM In-service – Newminster Hall

Weekend of November 2, 2014, Bereavement Mass – Church; March 26 & May 21, 2015, 9:45 AM Ministry Meetings in the Parish Life Center

Contact: Sr. Ann Michael    616.676.9111 (Ext. 113)



Communion to Our Homebound

Our goal is to be sure that our homebound

parish members and those that may be temporarily homebound following a hospital stay are brought communion and visited weekly.

Contact: Sr. Ann Michael 616.676.9111 (Ext. 113)


Emergency Meals

During times of particular need we provide assistance to families.  The parish has such services as emergency meals to help families through short-term crises times (a child hospitalized, for example).

Contact: Kathy Conrade616.608.7157


Funeral Luncheons

Mission Statement: “To comfort families of our parish in their time of need by providing a luncheon for their guests after a funeral or memorial Mass”. The Hour of Need ministry is a great way to get involved in church without having to spend too much time away from home.  This ministry runs on volunteers.

There are three ways you can help:

1.  Drop off a dessert; 2.  Drop off a salad

3.  Help the day of the funeral with set-up, serving, and clean-up

In order to contact you, we NEED your e-mail address.  With over 200 volunteers it’s easier to send a mass e-mail to get responses.  Please feel free to call if you prefer that method of contact..

Contact: Julie Dykhouse 616.676.9111 (Ext. 121)


Grief Support Groups

Perhaps you have lost a loved one during the last year or so.   Everyone else has gotten back to “normal” but your life has been changed forever by this loss.  You’d like to share the grief you are still experiencing, but do not wish to burden family or friends.  Sr. Ann Michael facilitates a grief support group in Fall and Lent.  Please watch the bulletin for dates and times.

Contact: Sr. Ann Michael          616.676.9111 (Ext. 113)


Retirement & Nursing Home Ministry

Our goal is to make sure the spiritual needs of the Catholics in the ten facilities that we provide Catholic Chaplaincy for are met. This includes weekly communion, brought by volunteers; Mass on a scheduled basis; and anointing of the sick, as needed.  Most volunteers are assigned to bring communion one week each month. You would either conduct a communion service on your scheduled week, or visit the rooms of the patients / residents with communion.

Contact: Sr. Ann Michael          616.676.9111 (Ext. 113)