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This retreat has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled this Fall.

“Caring Communication for All Whom God Gave You to Love: How to Talk and Listen with REAL Empathy”

  • When: THIS FALL (Originally was on Saturday, April 27, 2019)
  • Time: 8:45-11:15 a.m.
  • Where: The new and improved Church hall!

Mass at 8 a.m. for any moms who can sneak out of the house that early. Nursing babies welcome. Sorry, no childcare provided.

Mary Jo Thayer, seasoned mom and moral theology teacher, will lead this mini-retreat.

Come enjoy camaraderie with fellow matriarchs and learn new ways of caring for the emotions of those who reside in our four walls.

The day will consist of a light breakfast, short catechesis, Q & A, sharing, and practical tips for loving the living, breathing souls running around our houses.

You will leave refreshed to return home and nurture your growing brood.

BRING your favorite mug. Coffee and tea are always pouring!

REGISTER on the Morning for Moms website:

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Please Help Us Prepare Our Church for Easter

We need your help to prepare our church for Easter! There are several opportunities to assist. Please note, there are specific tasks and a specific number of people for each task. Thank you for helping us with this very large project! Location: Sanctuary Please see Signup Genius at the link below or contact the parish office: Sign Me Up!


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Academy presents: My Fair Lady at Gezon Auditorium

Sacred Heart Academy Theatre Arts Program is proud to present My Fair Lady, May 2, 3 & 4. We invite you to come support our youth and enjoy a classic musical!

Based on George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion, My Fair Lady is that rare musical by which all others are measured. The tale of a cockney flower girl transformed into an elegant lady features one of musical theatre’s greatest scores, including: “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?,” “With a Little Bit of Luck,” “The Rain in Spain,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “On the Street Where You Live,” “Get Me to the Church on Time,” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.”

Eliza Doolittle is a young flower seller with an unmistakable Cockney accent which keeps her in the lower rungs of Edwardian society. When Professor Henry Higgins tries to teach her how to speak like a proper lady, an unlikely friendship begins to flourish.

This amazing cast of talented 5th grade through 12th grade students has been having so much fun working on this production. We hope you and your family will join us for a great evening of this classic tale, My Fair Lady!


Get tickets now! Adults $12, Children$10.

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Morning for Moms HELP NEEDED!

Looking for seasoned moms to help with check-in, food provisions, and clean-up on Saturday morning, April 27. Please call, text, or email Mary Jo Thayer if you can help in anyway:  or 517-281-4370.

Food items needed: flavored coffee creamers, peeled hard boiled eggs and salt, fresh fruit, individual Greek yogurts, gluten free muffins, protein bars.

Thanks in advance for helping minister to our hard-working moms still raising children!

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First Friday Memorial Mass Submissions due May 15, 2019

Sacred Heart of Jesus First Friday Memorial Mass Association

If you would like to submit the name of a person or family group to be remembered in each First Friday Mass and in our bulletin for this coming year, please submit the following information and payment to the Parish Office:

  • Name of person or family to be remembered – NO MORE THAN 53 CHARACTERS PER LINE (INCLUDING SPACES)
  • Name(s) of Payor
  • Phone Number of Payor
  • Is this a new Memorial or a renewal?

Cost is $60 Per Line Due to the Parish Office by Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

Make checks payable to: Sacred Heart of Jesus

To pay by Credit Card, please call the parish office.



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Want to become more involved in our parish?

Consider joining one of the many groups that help keep our church running smoothly. This week consider becoming: A Minister of the Word

We are looking for parishioners interested in serving as Ministers of the Word (Lectors). Ministers of the Word proclaim the Word of God at weekend Masses, Holy days, and special occasions. Special training and parish update is a prerequisite for this ministry. If you have the ability to read well before a group, have familiarity with and devotion to reading scripture, and are willing to serve, please contact the parish office at (616) 459-8362.

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It’s Confirmation time!

Please pray for all those being confirmed from our parish at St. Andrew’s Cathedral on Tuesday, March 26, 2019.

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40 Days for Life Vigil-News from the Sidewalk

Our week on the sidewalk saw very low temperatures, less snow, more rain, and so many people going into Heritage Clinic for Women. Week after week, we witness so many different scenarios unfold.

On Thursday a father brought his 15-year-old daughter for an abortion! He said he couldn’t deal with “this” as he had already brought his 17-year-old here at one point. Two of his grandchildren,,,gone!

Those are the moments when we fall to our knees and pray.

And then, God blesses us with another scenario. A young woman was standing in the rain, praying for 40 Days for Life. As she stood there, a man from the neighborhood walked up to her and asked if this was a Planned Parenthood. She explained that it was not, but that it was an abortion clinic. With tears in his eyes, he held out his hand with a $20 bill in it and said, “This is for whatever you do to save the babies.”


The Spring 2019 40 Days for Life Vigil is set to begin on Ash Wednesday, March 6 and will end on Sunday, April 14.  The days set for Sacred Heart Parish’s participation is Ash Wednesday, March 6 and Friday, April 5. The hours to be filled are from 7a.m. to 7 p.m.

Your presence on the sidewalk is crucial. Do not discount its value.  Abby Johnson, a former abortion clinic manager, has stated that about 75% of the women coming for an abortion change their minds when they see people outside praying.

Let’s all make this pledge:

“We will not give up, we will not be silent, we will not stop praying, fasting, and standing in peaceful witness until every life is protected and valued.”  

The preferred way to sign up is on line, as described below.

Questions or problems?  Call Jane at 616-914-0305




2.Log in to your account … or … create a login.

3.Click the green “Add Vigil Hours” box.

4.Click on the day you want to pray at the peaceful vigil.

5.Click on the hour you want to pray.

6.Enter your e-mail address.

7.All done! A reminder will be sent to you via e-mail before your prayer time. To receive updates from the local Grand Rapids campaign, e-mail a request to

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Ember Days – Dates of Observation

For those who have misplaced their reparation booklet or weren’t able to get one, below is an excerpt outlining the tradition of the Ember Days and how the parishioners of Sacred Heart are encouraged to observe it.

Fasting & Abstinence will be a powerful means of reparation during our Nine Month Novena. Accordingly, Sacred Heart will observe communal days of fasting & abstinence known as the Ember Days of the Liturgical cycle. Please make note of the dates and encourage others to take up this practice for the sanctification and good of the Church.

  • March 13, 15, 16 (Lent I)
  • June 12, 14, 15 (Octave of Pentecost)

What are the Ember Days? “At the beginning of the four seasons of the Ecclesiastical Year, the Ember Days have been instituted by the Church to thank God for blessings obtained during the past year and to implore further graces for the new season. Their importance in the Church was formerly very great. They are fixed on the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday: after the First Sunday of Lent for Spring, after Whitsunday for Summer, after the Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross (14th of September) for Autumn, and after the Third Sunday of Advent for Winter. They are intended also to consecrate to God the various seasons in nature, and traditionally to prepare by penance those who are about to be ordained. Traditionally ordinations would generally take place on Ember Days. The faithful ought to pray on these days for good Priests. The Ember Days were once fast-days of obligation.” (Roman Missal)

“The days of fasting and abstinence of Ember Days, made allowance of one full meal, with meat at the principal meal only, except on Fridays where complete abstinence was required. The Code of Canon Law of 1983 no longer requires the observance of these fasting and abstinence rules for Ember Days. The Ember Days also are no longer universally marked on the General Roman Calendar. In the 1969 Calendar the observance of Ember Days was left to the discretion of the conference of bishops, and can be adjusted and expanded. In the USA most bishops have chosen to not officially observe Ember Days, but in other countries they are observed. While Ember Days are not part of the whole community worship, personal observance at home or small communities is not discouraged.” (Jennifer Gregory Miller –

View our Reparation Booklet

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New Parish Office Hours

Our parish office hours have changed! We are now open Monday through Friday, 8:30am until 4:30pm.

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