Vote NO on Proposal 3

The Catholic bishops and dioceses in Michigan are calling on all Catholics to vote no on Proposal 3 on the November election ballot. Proposal 3 will amend the Michigan Constitution to create an unlimited and unregulated right to abortion in our state. This poorly worded amendment will repeal dozens of state laws. It will affect any law related to pregnancy and does not exempt minor children.

TOO CONFUSING

Proposal 3 is a mess of convoluted wording and legalese, but it’s not by accident; the sponsors want to confuse voters to hide how extreme their proposal actually is. Behind innocent-sounding words lies a radical proposal that would wipe out 50 years of laws and regulations about abortion.
The following would be legal:

  • any kind of abortion…including partial-birth abortion
  • any time during pregnancy…including until the moment before birth
  • any age…even teens getting an abortion without their parents knowing

TOO EXTREME

All laws that protect unborn children and women getting an abortion would be wiped out, including:

  • the ban on taxpayer funding of abortions
  • laws requiring parental consent and informed consent
  • the law requiring abortion facilities to pass health and safety inspections
  • the law saying only doctors can perform abortions

Resources to Help You Understand Why It’s Important to Vote NO on Proposal 3

From Michigan Catholic Conference:
An Analysis of Proposal 3’s Extreme Constitutional Amendment
Questions and Answers Regarding Proposal 3
How to Respond About Myths and False Claims About Proposal 3

From supportmiwomenandchildren.org:
If they say…You Say…
Do You Know Planned Parenthood?

The Diocese of Lansing is doing incredible things to inform Michiganders of the gravity of Proposal 3, from their special October issue of FAITH Magazine devoted to Proposal 3, video stories of families and medical professionals, and much more. Take some time to read and watch: Fight Like Heaven | Vote No on Proposal 3.

Continue to look for more information and more ways to speak up and get involved in the bulletin and on social media in the coming weeks.

Knights of Columbus Upcoming Events

October 8-9, 2022: Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll Drive

When you see our local Holy Spirit Parish Knights at all Masses on October 8 & 9, 2022, you should have reason to smile; they will be doing their annual drive to support the campaign, “Helping People with Intellectual Disabilities.” When our Knights are holding their cans and collecting donations after Mass, they are helping to recognize the dignity of every person.

For every donation, each donor is offered a piece of candy by the Knight present, most commonly a Tootsie Roll. Because of these little gifts of appreciation, the “Campaign for People with Intellectual Disabilities” has frequently been referred to as the “Tootsie Roll Drive.” It is a popular and successful fundraiser conducted by Knights of Columbus councils!

We are excited to announce that this year, your donations will be going to wmml.org.  Giving every child a chance to play baseball!

For a look at the great work the Miracle League is doing, watch here: Miracle League Video.

October 16, 2022: Breakfast

The Knights will be hosting a breakfast after the 8:00 am and 10:00 am Masses on Sunday, October 16. Come hungry!

SAVE THE DATE!
November 5, 2022: Knights of Columbus Pulled Pork Dinner, Followed by Evening of Worship

Big things happening on November 5th! Are you ready?!
5:00 pm Mass, during which time the Blood of Christ will be reinstated and able to be received by all parishioners who would like to receive.
6:00 pm Pulled Pork Dinner in the Multipurpose Room, hosted by the Knights of Columbus
6:45 pm Evening of Worship with Eucharistic Adoration in the Church
All are welcome; invite family and friends from other parishes or faith communities!

Holy Spirit Moms Group: Fall Events

Motherhood is a vocation. Holy Spirit Moms Group is a ministry formed to provide a source of spiritual and emotional nourishment for mothers in our parish. The Moms Group is hosting a variety of events/opportunities this fall, and all moms are invited to join for one occasion or many! For more information, look for a flyer in the bulletin, search for the Holy Spirit Moms Group on Facebook, and check the bulletin boards in the Narthex at church. For more information on the group or to get involved, contact Jennifer Simon.

First Friday Mass and Toddler Playgroup

On the first Friday of each month, you are invited to observe the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus by attending 8:30 am Mass, and then meeting in the nursery afterwards for playgroup. There will be a small section of seats reserved on the far left back side of church so that everyone and their children can sit together.
October 7 | November 4 | December 2
Beginning at 8:30 am

Monthly Moms Night Out

October 20, 2022 | Bunco Game Night | 7:00 pm | Multipurpose Room in Church
November 9, 2022 | Meet at Uccello’s at 7:00 pm | 4787 Lake Michigan Drive NW

Michigan Catholic Women’s Conference

October 15, 2022 | 9:00 am-5:00 pm | Lansing, MI
Stay tuned for more details on group travel options to the conference.
To register for the conference, visit https://michigancwc.org/.

Family Working to Improve Care for Seniors

Family Working to Improve the Lives of Seniors Living in Adult Foster Care Facilities Is Asking for Your Help

Family, friends, and local advocates are working to advocate in memory of the late Theresa Sella Skrabis, a former parishioner of Holy Family – Sparta, who suffered preventable abuse, negligence, and indignity at an Adult Foster Care (AFC) facility in Michigan.

These advocates seek change to Public Act 218, which they are calling “Theresa’s Law”, after their mother’s ordeal in an AFC facility through a proposed set of updates to Michigan’s Public Act 218, which governs AFC facilities. These changes are aimed at improving the quality of life for older adults and provide Direct Care Workers (DCW) with the necessary education and skills to be successful in providing exemplary, compassionate care. Theresa’s Law would specifically address deficiencies in: DCW education requirements, oversight and enforcement of regulations, appropriate staffing standards, transparency of Resident Rights, and accountability of AFC facilities.

Currently, a bill draft is being worked on by this group of advocates for introduction by a state legislator. To learn more about Theresa’s Law and add your support by signing the online petition, please visit: www.supporttheresaslaw.com/take-action.

Diocese of Grand Rapids Synod Report

Pope Francis has invited all of us, through this current synodal process, to listen and share our experiences with the Church and one another. This theme of journeying together in synodality is decisive for the life and mission of the Church in the new millennium. As noted in the Synod preparatory document, “It is impossible to think of ‘a conversion of our activity as a Church that does not include the active participation of all the members of God’s people.'”

The Diocesan Synthesis Report can be read here: DOGR Synod Report

The report is the culmination of our collective journey of faith in the Diocese of Grand Rapids- listening to and learning from one another. The next step in the synod process: the report will be submitted to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops where it will be joined by reports from dioceses across the region and country.

On the Mark, With Fr. Mark!

View all “On the Mark” videos on our Vimeo channel!

Please remember that there is a written transcript of all Fr. Mark’s homilies online at his blog. They are usually posted by the middle of the day Tuesday through Friday for daily Mass and in the afternoon on Sunday for the weekend.

Please use these ways to stay connected while you may be unable to gather with us.

Register for Mass

All are welcome! We just ask that you please continue to register to attend weekend Masses, as those are frequently close to our current capacity limit and we are doing all we can to keep everyone safe. Registration for Mass does close 3 hours prior to the start of Mass. If you are planning to attend, please register prior to that time. Likewise, if you have registered for Mass and do not plan to attend, please cancel your reservation to open up that spot for another family that might want to attend. To cancel your Mass reservation please follow the link in your confirmation email.

We ask that you please stay at home if you are considered vulnerable due to age (over 60) or underlying health conditions (e.g., immunocompromised; heart, kidney, or liver issues; diabetes; hypertension; Crohn’s disease; cancer; rheumatoid arthritis; asthma; COPD, etc.).

If you are sick, please stay home. Bishop Walkowiak has dispensed the obligation to attend a weekend Mass until January 4, 2021.

We WILL continue to stream Mass live from the parish Facebook page Tuesday – Friday at 8:30 am, Saturday at 5:00 pm and Sunday at 10:00 am. We will also continue to record each of those Masses and you can view them upon the conclusion of Mass. 

While we are looking forward to having you back at church, please carefully read through the following items to help ensure the health and safety of all our Holy Spirit families.

  • Due to public health restrictions on attendance, we can fill 25% of our total sanctuary seating. As mentioned above this will allow 175 people inside the church at one time.
  • Bishop Walkowiak has dispensed the obligation to attend a weekend Mass until January 4, 2021.
  • We are asking those who have more flexible schedules to please attend one of the weekday morning Masses.
  • If you are not attending Mass on Saturday evening or Sunday, we ask that you please continue to “keep the Lord’s Day holy” viewing the Mass online at our parish website.

October 6-Update

October 6 Update

Bishop Walkowiak has issued an extension of the dispensation to attend Sunday Mass, and also has released an announcement on seating capacity at parishes. You can read the full letter here.

In the letter Bishop discusses an increase in seating capacity. Thankfully, we have been able to utilize all available seating in the church since reopening. We are exploring additional options to increase seating for parishioners as you continue to return to Mass. We are so excited to see more and more of you as you return to Mass each week. Please keep in mind, as our numbers continue to increase each weekend, it is vitally important that you make reservations to attend so we can safely prepare for you each week. We appreciate your cooperation in this effort!

August 24 Update

Bishop Walkowiak has again extended the dispensation for all Catholics within the territory of the Diocese of Grand Rapids from their obligation of attending Sunday Mass through October 18. Please read the complete letter from the Bishop here.

July 23 Update

Bishop Walkowiak has extended the dispensation for all Catholics within the territory of the Diocese of Grand Rapids from their obligation of attending Sunday Mass through Labor Day, September 7.

June 23 Update

We have received a letter from the Bishop regarding dispensation that we would like to share with you. Please read the letter from the Bishop here!

May 20 Update

We received updated information regarding public Masses from the Diocese this morning and are excited to share this letter from the Bishop!

While we are excited to share this information, please know that we are still working to finalize a plan for what this looks like at Holy Spirit. In the coming days we will be sending out additional details and guidelines for returning to Mass. Please be patient and stay tuned!

May 8 Update

Mindful of the current circumstances and to continue our efforts to protect the common good, the Diocese of Grand Rapids has extended its suspension of ALL public Masses and other liturgical and devotional services through May 28, 2020. The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains through June 30.

While we are not in the clear yet, we want to begin to consider what reopening our churches for public Masses may look like. The date on which public worship is restored will depend upon developments in public health guidance and our confidence that resuming public Masses will not pose an undue risk. Reopening will proceed carefully and in phases. This letter from Bishop Walkowiak provides some of that initial guidance.

April 24 Update

Following consultation with doctors in West Michigan, the Diocese of Grand Rapids has extended its cancellation of ALL public Masses and all other liturgical and devotional services through May 17, 2020. This order is in harmony with Governor Whitmer’s updated stay-at-home order.

All Catholics within the territory of the Diocese of Grand Rapids are granted a dispensation from their obligation of attending Sunday Mass through June 30. Priests are to continue to celebrate Mass each day without a congregation.

Please read the full letter from the Bishop.

 

April 9 Update

The Diocese of Grand Rapids has extended its cancellation of ALL public Masses and all other liturgical and devotional services, effective immediately, through April 30, 2020. Please read the letter from Bishop Walkowiak.

 

March 23 Update

Today, Governor Whitmer issued an executive order requiring Michiganders to stay home, outside of critical functions, for the next three weeks. The diocesan leadership team has met via conference call to discuss how this order affects our parishes, schools, and work at Cathedral Square Center.

Bishop Walkowiak issues the following directives for parishes and schools in the diocese, effective at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, in harmony with these government guidelines:

  • All public Masses and all other liturgical and devotional services through Easter Monday, April 13, in the Diocese of Grand Rapids have been canceled.
    • All Catholics within the territory of the Diocese of Grand Rapids are granted a dispensation from their obligation of attending Sunday Mass through April 13.
    • Mass will continue to be live streamed from the cathedral for those who wish to view it. It can be viewed on FOX 17, on the diocesan website and Facebook page.
    • Catholics are encouraged to make a spiritual Communion, pray the rosary, or meditate on Sacred Scripture to keep holy the Lord’s Day.
  • Funerals are to be celebrated without Mass with only immediate family members present, limiting those gathered to 10.
    • Alternately, a committal service at the cemetery may be celebrated outdoors, with the appropriate social distancing guidelines in place, with a memorial Mass to be celebrated at a later date.
  • Individual confessions at the parish will remain available during regularly scheduled times.
  • Individual confessions will remain available on the evening of Thursday, March 26th from 5-8 p.m. as previously scheduled with due precautions being taken.
  • Parish baptisms and weddings are postponed until a later date. Please contact your pastor in a situation where the death of a loved one appears imminent.
  • Holy Communion is only available as Viaticum.
  • Confirmation Masses through Monday, April 13, have been canceled and will be rescheduled.
  • All Catholic Schools in the diocese remain closed in accordance with the Governor’s order. All school buildings will be closed to the public as of 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24. Essential staff may access the school building to provide food and remote learning programs and distribution with administrator approval.
  • Faith Formation classes are suspended until Tuesday, April 14 in accordance with the Governor’s order. Plans should be made to deliver religious instruction curriculum to families if possible.
  • Parish offices are closed to the public.
  • The diocesan offices are closed until Tuesday, April 14. Diocesan staff members are working from home to the extent possible and can be reached via email.

These guidelines are in addition to those issued by Bishop Walkowiak earlier in March. These measures are intended to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The Diocese of Grand Rapids will continue to be in consultation with the Kent County Health Department and other state and federal health officials. Further guidelines will be issued upon their recommendations.

As people of faith, let us pray for all affected by this virus, especially those who are sick or who have died as well as for all health care workers who are working diligently to protect us in this time.

Additional factual information regarding COVID-19 may be found on the following websites:
Kent County Health Department (or your local health department website)
State of Michigan
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Thank you for your cooperation. We will continue to keep you updated as circumstances change.

March 17 Update

From Bishop Walkowiak:
Governor Whitmer’s most recent executive order became effective today, March 17; it prohibits all gatherings of more than 50 people in a shared indoor space. Therefore, the Diocese of Grand Rapids has decided to temporarily suspend ALL public Masses and all other liturgical and devotional services, effective immediately, through Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020. With this suspension, all Catholics within the territory of the Diocese of Grand Rapids are granted a dispensation from their obligation of attending Sunday Mass through April 5. Baptisms, weddings, and funerals may continue to be celebrated outside of Mass with no more than 50 people in attendance. Our March 26th evening of penance, “The Light is ON for You” as well as individual confession times may continue as scheduled.

These have been difficult, but necessary decisions to make. The diocesan leadership team has been thoughtful and prudent in providing assistance to me. Science and recent experience have proven that participation in public gatherings significantly increases the risk of spreading this virus. As Catholics we must stand in solidarity with others and work together for the common good. We must recognize the value of every life and work together to protect all life.

Please view the full letter from Bishop Walkowiak to parishioners.

Additional information on the liturgical guidelines for the celebrations of Holy Week and Easter will be forthcoming from the Office for Worship and the Office of Communications, please watch your emails.

Let us turn to the calm and reassuring presence of our Blessed Mother during this time of uncertainty: http://usccb.org/news/2020/20-44.cfm

Here at Holy Spirit we are grateful to the Bishop and his leadership team for their guidance during this time. With these additional directives from the Diocese we have made the following changes at Holy Spirit:

  • Daily Mass, in addition to all weekend Masses, is cancelled through April 5, 2020. The church will be open for you to pray individually if you would like.
  • The parish office is now closed until further notice. We are still answering the phone, so please feel free to call with any questions or concerns. (616) 453-6369
  • Fr. Mark will still be holding Lenten Penance scheduled for Wednesday, March 18 at 6:00 pm.
  • As stated above, The Light is ON for you will also be held as scheduled.
  • Individual confession times will continue as scheduled.

In the event it is helpful, the information regarding prior updates is listed below.

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March 13, 2020 Update

Late this afternoon we received updated information from the Diocese regarding COVID-19 and steps that will be taken to ensure that all parish families remain safe and healthy.

The celebration of the Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. We enshrine the divine law to give praise and worship to God on the Lord’s Day by the obligation to participate at Mass. We are, however, now in the midst of a pandemic which calls for extraordinary measures. Promotion of the common good is one of the pillars of Catholic social teaching and Catholic life.

New state guidelines and executive orders issued within the past 24 hours have prompted our new guidelines:

Bishop Walkowiak issues the following directives for parishes and schools in the diocese, effective immediately, in harmony with these government guidelines:

  • Weekend Masses through Sunday, March 29 in the Diocese of Grand Rapids have been canceled. However, the Church’s life of prayer must continue:
    • Churches should remain open for private prayer during normal weekend Mass times.
    • Mass will continue to be livestreamed from the cathedral for those who wish to view it. It can be viewed on FOX 17, on the diocesan website and Facebook page.
    • Catholics are encouraged to make a spiritual Communion, pray the rosary, or meditate on Sacred Scripture to keep holy the Lord’s Day.
  • Funeral Masses may be celebrated.
  • All Catholic Schools in the diocese are closed in accordance with the Governor’s order.
  • Faith Formation classes are suspended until Monday, April 6 in accordance with the Governor’s order. Plans should be made to deliver religious instruction curriculum to families if possible.
  • The March 26th evening of penance, “The Light is ON for You” will take place as scheduled.

These guidelines are in addition to those issued by Bishop Walkowiak on March 11 and March 12, 2020. These measures are intended to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The Diocese of Grand Rapids will continue to be in consultation with the Kent County Health Department and other state and federal health officials. Further guidelines will be issued upon their recommendations. As people of faith, let us pray for all affected by this virus, especially those who have died and for all health care workers who are working diligently to protect us in this time.

Additional factual information regarding COVID-19 may be found on the following websites:
Kent County Health Department (or your local health department website)
State of Michigan
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

At Holy Spirit, with your health and well-being at the forefront of our decisions, we are cancelling or postponing the following events:

  • All soup supper and stations of the cross events are cancelled.
  • Living Stations of the Cross, presented by the Holy Spirit 7th and 8th grade students, is cancelled and may be rescheduled at a later date.
  • Any regularly scheduled meeting for the parish or school is to be cancelled and rescheduled for a later date.
  • The Knights of Columbus breakfast scheduled for March 22 is cancelled.
  • The donuts and coffee event scheduled for March 29 is cancelled.

Here are a couple items that will not change:

  • We will continue to offer Daily Mass at 8:00 am, Tuesday-Friday of each week.
  • Lenten Penance on Wednesday, March 18 at 6:00 pm will go on as scheduled.
  • As stated above; The Light is ON for you: An Evening of Penance on Thursday, March 26 from 5:00-8:00 pm will continue as scheduled.
  • The Blood Drive scheduled for March 22 will go on as planned in the Activity Center. If you are interested in giving blood please register online.

Additionally, Give Us This Day has made available at no charge a digital file of their periodical, which includes daily Mass texts. You can visit GUTD.net and select “Digital” in the upper right corner of the screen.

As you are well aware this situation continues to evolve and we will be sure to keep you informed on any updates as we receive them.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

 

 

 

 

Knights of Columbus Breakfast

Join us in the Multipurpose Room on Sunday, February 23 from 8:30 am-11:30 am for a full breakfast provided by the Holy Spirit Knights! There is no set cost, but a free will offering will be collected.