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Masses Added – Upcoming Masses and Sign-Ups

Great News! We’ve added two more options for 12/8 Immaculate Conception.  There’s 50 spots for the 7:45am Mass and a whole OF Mass at 7pm.  The link is the same:

If you are currently signed up for the (EF) Mass and wish to switch, please feel free to do so!

We are asking all parishioners to sign up for Masses which will be held in the basement the weekend of Dec. 5th & 6th and for the holy days of Dec. 7th & 8th due to the altar rail being installed beginning Nov. 30th. During this time, the church doors will be locked so the guys can work undisturbed and be in compliance with the bishop’s orders. You may enter through the Park Street door for Mass and head downstairs. Daily Masses during this time will be open and will not require a sign-up.

December 5th/6th Sign-Up

December 7th/8th Sign-Up

Effective Wednesday, November 18, 2020:

In compliance with the Bishop’s recent orders which remain in effect until Dec. 9, Masses at Sacred Heart will remain the same in terms of numbers and social distancing. Please remain home if you have been exposed to anyone with Covid-19 or are having symptoms. The Bishop has extended the dispensation to January 4, 2021.

In addition:

  • Advent by Candlelight has been canceled. 
  • All youth ministry and faith formation must be remote until the end of the year.  
  • No indoor gatherings of any kind are allowed on campus (except liturgies such as Mass and the Holy Hour) through Dec. 9th.
  • The parish office is closed to visitors until Dec. 9th but open for phone calls. The office is completely closed Thursday and Friday of next week for Thanksgiving.



Thanksgiving Mass – 9am

Please join us at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish for Thanksgiving Mass this Thursday, November 26 at 9am.

Faith Formation Update

Due to the newest Covid guidelines from the Diocese, main parish events and celebrations remain on hold.  All in-person education at the parish is suspended until the end of the calendar year.  This includes our Family First Saturday, bible studies, sacramental preparation and RCIA.  We are working on some at-home challenges focused on prayer and generosity for families to complete during Advent and will communicate that to the parish in coming days.

Our Friday afternoon Holy Hour of Reparation will continue as scheduled.  Our Frist Friday devotion to the Sacred Heart with 24 hour adoration will also continue.  The Men’s Pillar prayer group will continue to meet for their holy hour every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month but the spiritual talk after is suspended until 2021.

Everyone is strongly encouraged to take advantage of our adoration opportunities and attend our holy hours if you can.  It is important that you check the modes of communication through our website, online bulletin and Facebook for any added updates.

Annual Renewal of Fidelity Update

Thank you to all of those who have completed their annual renewal of fidelity form. Your commitment of stewardship to our Parish is a great blessing.

To date 77 families have completed the form, thank you!

If you haven’t yet filled out your form, your commitment is important and we ask you to fill this out as soon as possible.

We will follow up with all families regarding  their interest in our apostolates.

Renewal of Fidelity Commitment form
Parish Inventory 

Christmas Market 2020 UPDATE – Adopt a family!

We have been forced to change our mode of operation yet again due to the ever changing climate of Covid and 8th Annual Christmas Market is no exception. In order to serve the 28 families we have accepted for our program we need your help! We are asking that you prayerfully consider adopting an entire family this year and purchase 2 gifts per child along with 1 roll of wrapping paper and 1 roll of tape for each child so the parents can wrap the gifts themselves. We will then work with HELP Crisis Pregnancy Resource Center and our own St. Vincent Neighborhood Mission to get the gifts to the families in a dignified way. Please use this SIGN-UP GENIUS link to sign up for a family. There are options for buying just single gifts or wrapping paper and tape as well.

It is requested that gifts value at around $20 each.

Return all unwrapped gifts to the parish office with the family number on the bags by Monday Dec. 7th.

Don’t forget, use Amazon Smile and your purchases will benefit Sacred Heart Academy! You are welcomed to have them delivered to the parish office at 156 Valley Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504. Just let the Noelle know it is on it’s way!

Advent by Candlelight – Canceled.

Due to the governor’s recent order, this Advent by Candlelight event is canceled.

Our 8th annual Advent by Candlelight for the ladies of the parish will be held on Sunday Dec. 6th at 6pm.  Signups are in the back of the church.  Note our reduced numbers this year due to Covid restrictions and spacing requirements.  If you wish to attend get your table of 8 now!  Once they are full there will be no more adding tables.  Masks are required when walking about and hostesses will need to provide individualized treats for their guests.  The parish will provide bottled water.

Advent by Candlelight 2020


On January 9, the High School Youth Group will host the Baby Blanket Marathon to support a scholarship fund for the March for Life. This group is looking to gather 800 yards of donated fleece for the 12-hour marathon here at Sacred Heart. Donations of fleece can be left in the back of church or dropped off at the parish or academy offices. Contact Jenn Quiroz with questions or to find out more about this year’s Marathon.

Friday Holy Hour of Reparation

Holy Hour of Reparation


Join us for our Holy Hour of Reparation for the sins of the world and the conversion of sinners. The holy hour will include prayers of reparation to the Holy Face of Jesus, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and silent prayer. Twenty-four hour Adoration takes place on the First Friday of every month from 9:30 a.m. to the 8:00 a.m. Mass on Saturday morning.

Update from our Bishop – as of November 16, 2020

The Bishop has extended the dispensation for all Catholics within the territory of the Diocese of Grand Rapids from their obligation of attending Sunday Mass through January 4, 2021. – Bishop Walkowiak

Given the current situation and our restricted capacities for Mass, Bishop Walkowiak is extending the dispensation for all Catholics within the territory of the Diocese of Grand Rapids from their obligation of attending Sunday Mass through January 4. Public Masses and the celebration of the sacraments will continue with the appropriate COVID-19 mitigation strategies in place: the required wearing of masks, proper social distancing, and cleaning according to CDC guidelines. These mitigation strategies must be followed to ensure public Masses remain available. Those who are able to attend Mass should return, remembering that our physical presence at the Eucharistic table is irreplaceable. Pastors will be making decisions about parish programming in accordance with State epidemic orders issued Nov. 15. Please check with your parish for additional information.

Please visit the Diocese COVID-19 Page for the latest Letter from the Bishop

Read the latest communication from our Bishop here:

While there is an exemption for parishioners who “remove a mask while engaging in religious worship at a house of religious worship,” diocesan guidelines require parishioners wear a mask when participating in the celebration of Mass or a sacrament.  Please come to church with your mask and wear it unless you are medically unable to do so!
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 October 18


Bishop Walkowiak has announced that beginning Friday, May 29, 2020 parishes in the Diocese of Grand Rapids may resume public Masses and liturgies if they are prepared. Reopening will take place carefully and in phases. Please see the Bishop’s letter below, along with the directives, from which Sacred Heart has based their own reopening SH Parishioner Guidelines for Returning Masses:



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.



Previous letters from the Bishop:

The Diocese of Grand Rapids has extended its cancellation of all public Masses and all other liturgical and devotional services, effective immediately, through May 17, 2020.


In Spanish:

La Diócesis de Grand Rapids ha extendido su cancelación de todas las Misas públicas y de todos los demás servicios litúrgicos y devocionales, con efecto inmediato, hasta el 17 de mayo de 2020.








Mass for God’s Children

A memorial Mass will be offered for parents who’ve experienced the loss of a child before baptism, including through miscarriage, a stillborn birth, or through abortion, whether the loss was recent, or occurred many years ago. This year’s Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Walkowiak on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew. Anyone who would like to offer their prayerful support for healing is encouraged to attend (prior to attending, please review dioce- san COVID-19 guidelines, which can be found at grdio- A memorial rose and naming card are available to families who have lost a child(ren). To reserve a rose and have your child(ren) remembered on a name card, please contact Stephanie Grey before Nov. 6 by calling 616-288-0908 or emailing: