Parish & Academy High School Retreat- Registration due by October 5 

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Parish & Academy High School Retreat- Registration due by October 5 

Everyone in 9 – 12 grade, in either the Parish or the Academy, is invited!

Sacred Heart Parish and Academy High School Retreat!  Everyone in 9 – 12 grade, in either the Parish or the Academy, is invited to a guy/girl specific retreat from October 8-10.  Guys will be “roughing it” (in cottages), for a weekend of camping, outdoor activities, growth in manhood and relationship with God, and fellowship!  Girls will be in cabins, surrounded by the beauty of nature, for a weekend of peaceful prayer, outdoor activities, fun around a campfire, and growth in virtue and relationship with God and each other.

Registration is due by Tuesday, October 5, and there is a $50 deposit for the whole retreat.

For more information and to register for the Guys Retreat, contact  For the Girls Retreat, contact information.


Thank you for another successful Sacred Heart Auction!

What an amazing night! We love that so many of you got into the spirit of our theme with attire! Thank you to everyone who contributed time, talent & treasure to make our Havana Nights Auction 2021 an incredible success! Your generosity is appreciated and we hope you had a wonderful evening! God bless you all.

A special heartfelt appreciation to our tireless Auction Committee, (left to right) Thea Walsh, Meghan Power, Camellia Jobst, Amber Hiske, Sam Poliskey, Erin Roberts, Shelly Maltbie, Megan Moose, Robin Hatley and Paula Ratliff-Miller (not pictured-she must have been working hard!).


Baptism Class

If you are expecting your first child and would like a baptism by January 1, please sign up for our mandatory baptism class taking place September 23 at 6:00 pm in Cebelak Hall. This is a one-time one-hour class. Call Noelle at 459-8362 to register or email

Explore Priesthood Discernment Group

Explore Priesthood is a discernment opportunity sponsored by the Office of Priestly Vocations for the Diocese of Grand Rapids. Each month, young men in high school and college are invited to gather and discern God’s will for their lives. We will gather monthly at St. Stephen Parish, 750 Gladstone Dr., SE, East Grand Rapids from 12:30-1:30 pm for a time of prayer and reflection. This year’s discernment opportunities are offered on the following Sundays: Oct. 10, Nov. 14, Dec. 12, Jan. 9, Feb. 13, March 13, April 24 (Divine Mercy Sunday), and May 15. Lunch will be provided, please RSVP to Pattie Reynolds at Additional questions, email Fr. Stephen Durkee at

First Holy Communion and Confirmation Registration – Deadline extended to Friday, September 3.

It is time for families to begin registering their children for First Holy Communion or Confirmation.  Please contact Michael Tober (, Director of Religious Education, or call 616-459-8362 to register your child for First Holy Communion or Confirmation. Sacramental Preparation begins on Wednesday, September 15th with our Parent Information Night at 6:00pm in the Parish Hall. If both parents can be there, great!

PLEASE REGISTER by Friday, September 3, 2021 so that we can make sure families receive upcoming information and schedules concerning these sacraments.

2021-2022 First Holy Communion Registration Form

Confirmation Registration Form


Youth Ministry 2021-2022 Events

Do you have a Middle School or High School aged student at home? Are you interested in regular updates about Youth Ministries? Do you want to assist in Youth Ministry events? If you answered yes to any of these questions, please contact Ms Nosalik at


Sunday, August 15, 7-9pm

High School Youth Group Bonfire-Contact Ms Nosalik for more details

Friday, August 20, 7-9pm

FINAL Middle School Truth and Light Summer Bonfire-Contact Ms Nosalik for more details

Sunday, August 22 at 4pm
Back-to-School Picnic in the playground greenspace area

Thursday, August 26 at 6pm
Parish Youth Ministry Kickoff Meeting in Cebelak Hall
Adults and parents interested in assisting in Youth Ministry are invited.


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“I was sick and you visited me…” (Matthew 25:36)

We are looking for someone to restart our Homebound Ministry to our elderly parishioners. Anyone willing to coordinate volunteers to visit, call, or send bulletins to the homebound, please contact Noelle in the parish office (459-8362). We are also looking for volunteers to visit and call the homebound or to write notes.

And if you know someone who is homebound who would benefit from this ministry, please let Noelle know.

Sacred Heart of Jesus St. Vincent Neighborhood Mission

The Sacred Heart of Jesus St. Vincent Neighborhood Mission ministry is an important means by which parishioners can be the “hands and feet of Jesus,” providing financial and material assistance, as well as encouragement and advice to parishioners and local neighbors who are in a situation of need. While not affiliated with the St. Vincent de Paul Society, the group models its process on the national organization, personally meeting and praying with the individuals it serves. There are several ways that parishioners can assist the group in its mission:

  • Contribute to the financial resources that are often needed (write “SVNM” on the envelope or check)
  • Prayers for the ministry and those it serves are always needed and welcome
  • We have occasional need of “ad hoc” resources—people who can step up to pro- vide assistance for a specific, limited need (e.g., cooking a meal, providing a ride, donating a needed piece of furniture, providing basic technical or legal advice or assistance, etc.)
  • Become a SVNM ambassador—as the ministry involves a pair of team members visiting the prospective “neighbor” to extend the personal message of caring to those we serve. It is helpful to have a large pool of caring individuals who will act as “ambassadors” of Christ and of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish.

Both those who may need assistance and those who may be able to provide it are invited to contact the ministry through the parish office or through the SVNM Help Line (616-236-3154).

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

If you are interested in learning the Catholic Faith or in joining the Catholic Church, then consider our RCIA program starting September 13, 2021 at 7pm in Cebelak Hall. For further information, contact Michael Tober, Director of Religious Education, at or call the parish office at (616) 459-8362.

Regular schedule of Masses will continue at Sacred Heart

Many people feel profoundly concerned, sad, and anxious following the motu proprio issued this morning in Rome regarding the Traditional Latin Mass. While it is our hope that the document will change nothing here at Sacred Heart, we are awaiting the Bishop’sdirections.  That said, the Bishop’s Office has informed us that we may proceed as normal with our regular schedule of Masses. Please pray for the Church and the Bishop at this time.