Spring 2021 40 Days for Life Vigil

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Spring 2021 40 Days for Life Vigil

Just think about how important ONE life is. The Spring 2021 40 Days for Life Vigil begins on Ash Wednesday, February 17. This is Sacred Heart’s first of two scheduled days. Our second day is Friday, March 26. Both days go from 7am to 7pm. Be the ONE on the sidewalk who makes a difference in the life of another ONE.

Please sign up online (see below). IF THIS IS NOT POSSIBLE, call Jane Wilmer at 616- 914-0305 and let her know when you can be there. And then, don’t forget to fulfill your promise! SomeONE depends on you. 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.


1. Visit www.40daysforlife.com/grandrapids 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
5. Click on the hour you want to pray
6. Enter your email address

All done! An email reminder will be sent to you . To receive updates from the local Grand Rapids campaign, email a request to 40daysgrandrapids@gmail.com

We are in the season of Lent

Stations of the Cross—will be held every Friday during Lent at 7:00pm with confession heard concurrently. Because of this there will be no confessions during the 3:00pm Friday Holy Hour during Lent.


Saturdays 3:00-4:30pm
Friday at 7pm during Stations of the Cross
When a priest is available during Sunday Masses
Thursday, March 18th, 5:00-8:00pm

Lenten Offering boxes are available in the back of church.

Please review the many ways you can prepare for Easter this Lenten season:

Lent is Coming

As we prepare to enter the season of Lent, please mark your calendars. Mass times have been posted in the calendar on this website.

Apostles of Mercy

This group is dedicated to praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet or Rosary specifically for those who are near death or who may have just passed away (Catholic or non-Catholic, parishioner or non-parishioner). When the leaders of the Apostles of Mercy receives information of a dying or deceased person, all of the Apostles of Mercy will be sent a text stating that “prayers are needed” and “When you are able, please pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy or Rosary.” Anyone can notify this Apostolate by contacting its directors about a person who is near death. No sensitive information will be relayed about the person/soul, just that prayer is being requested. No confirming text reply from you will be required. Be informed that this request could come at any time of the day or night and during any day of the week.

Any person, young or old, can become a part of the Apostlate-families too! This is a wonderful opportunity to enter into the work of saving souls for our Lord.

If you wish to join this Apostolate and become an Apostle of Mercy please contact the Apostolate leaders Jim and Debbie Dirkes at 616 450-8653. Or email them at jvdirkes2@gmail.com

Holy Water font is being repaired.

Our holy water font is currently out for repair. If you are in need of holy water, please see a priest after Mass or call the parish office at 616-459-8362. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Fruits abound at Sacred Heart!


In 2020, we celebrated

  • Baptisms -41
  • First Holy Communions-35
  • Confirmations—46
  • Weddings—14
  • Funerals—6

In our current “cancel culture” and in a time where it’s hard to find things to do, be a part of, or be positive about, we’d like to highlight the many things we ARE able to do here at Sacred Heart and the fruits of all the prayers and sacrifices that are happening in our homes:

  • 18 Adults entering the Church through RCIA
  • 30 young people being Confirmed
  • 26 young people making their First Holy Communion
  • 40 people participating in the Catholic Biblical School of Michigan
  • Apostles of Mercy—praying for souls who have died or are dying
  • Cajetani—job mentoring ministry
  • Friday Holy Hour of Reparation—every Friday at 3pm
  • First Friday Devotion to the Sacred Heart—24 Hour Adoration
  • Family First Saturdays—Mass and Rosary in reparation for sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary
  • First Holy Communion and Confirmation classes participating in vespers and Adoration on Wednesdays 4pm-5pm
  • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament—Monday-Friday 6am-7am with Lauds at 7am, chanted in Latin on Tues., 6:45am
  • Men’s Pillar Holy Hour—2nd and 4th Saturday of each month 6am-7am
  • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Tuesdays 9:30am-3pm when school is in session



Listen to available homilies!

When possible, homilies are recorded and made available by volunteers of the parish. Please enjoy them here and on myParishapp.

A Year of St. Joseph

On Dec. 8, Pope Francis issued an apostolic letter, Patris corde (“With a Father’s Heart”) for the 150th anniversary of the declaration of St. Joseph as patron of the universal
Church. To mark the occasion, the pope proclaimed a “Year of St. Joseph” from Dec. 8, 2020 through Dec. 8, 2021, explaining that the aim of this special year is “to increase our love for this great saint, to encourage us to implore his intercession and to imitate his virtues and his zeal.” In addition, a plenary indulgence is available to Catholics throughout the year under specific conditions. Visit the Diocese of Grand Rapids to learn more.


School Bus Drivers needed for Catholic Central and West Catholic high schools. 20+ hours/wk., pays $17.00/hr., benefits available including tuition discount at Catholic Central/ West Catholic. Please see the bulletin for more information.


Please join us after the 12:30 Mass on Sundays as we kneel in front of the statue of the Blessed Mother and pray together this Mother’s Prayer for vocations:

“O God, grant that one of my sons may become a priest. I promise to live as a good Christian woman and will lead my children to all that is good; wherewith I hope to receive the grace to be able to give you, O God, a holy priest! Amen.”

This prayer has been shown to be effective in raising vocations to the priesthood and religious life. To read more about the history of this prayer, go here: https://40horas.org/en/the-example-of-lu-monferrato/

We are in need of mothers to volunteer to lead this prayer at the other weekend Masses. Please call Noelle in the parish office at 616-459-8362 for more information.

First Friday Holy Hour of Reparation & Adoration

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.

First Friday Adoration


Join us for 24-Hour Adoration on every First Friday starting after the 7:45 a.m. Mass and ending just before the 8:00 a.m. Mass on Saturday. Next date is February 5.