Adult Liturgical Training THIS Saturday!

“Reminder:  Become small enough for heaven by signing up for this Saturday’s training to help with one of the little things around the Parish (Adult Liturgical Ministry)!”

Answering the Call to Serve
Are you an Adult Liturgical Minister or would you like to be considered for an Adult Liturgical Ministry? There will be a Diocesan and Parish training session at St. Paul on Saturday, October 5, 1-3 p.m.
To be an Adult Liturgical Minister, you must be a Confirmed member of the Catholic Church who embraces the Catholic faith in its entirety, and strives to practice it in your daily life. This training will be for the following Liturgical Ministries:

¨ Scripture Readers

¨ EMHCs (Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion) for Mass

¨ EMHCs for those visiting the sick and homebound

¨ Sacristans

Training Schedule:

1-1:45 p.m. Diocese instruction by Aaron Sanders, Director of Sacred Liturgy

1:45-2 p.m. Break (snacks and beverages provided)

2-3 p.m. Specified training for individual ministries

Those who are currently serving and have not attended a training in the last two years are strongly encouraged to attend. *IMPORTANT NOTE: This training is required for those who have not yet been commissioned to be an EMHC (which would occur after a Sunday Mass at a later date.) EMHC commissions are valid for 5 years and require this training for renewal. Please contact Deacon Michael, or 616-949-4170 ext. 241, to register or, if you are unable to attend this training, to set up a one-on-one session.


New Prayer Opportunities in November!

Dear brothers and sisters of St. Paul’s,
It’s Deacon Michael!
Last month, we added some times of prayer, with Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesdays, 7-8 a.m., and on the first Friday of each month, 9-10 a.m., after Mass.
And now we are expanding our community prayer opportunities even more so you and your family can come pray together—and with me—at the Church!

Coming Up in November…
Every Tuesday, on Fr. Peter’s off day, I’ll be opening the Church for prayer from 8-9 a.m. From 8-8:20 a.m., we will be praying Morning Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours with these great new prayer booklets we will be using for the Parish. During Morning Prayer, the readings for the day’s Mass will be read and I will be giving a Homily after the Gospel. At 8:30 a.m., we will pray the Rosary together.
You can come for all or part of this time of prayer. Jesus would love a visit and I’d love for you to pray with me!
Every Wednesday Fr. Peter will be out providing Mass to those in assisted living communities around our Parish. Meanwhile, I will have the Parish open from
7-9 a.m., for Eucharistic Adoration in the Church! You can come for part or all of this time as well! We will be praying Morning Prayer from 7:10-7:30 a.m., during which the readings for the day’s Mass will be read and I will be giving a Homily after the Gospel. Then we will pray the Rosary starting at 8 a.m. The rest of the time will be for silent, contemplative prayer. Jesus would love a visit, and I’d love to be praying with you and your families!
Every first Friday of every month, a Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration will
be provided from 9-10 a.m.! The prayer devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
will be prayed at 9:10 a.m., and the Divine Mercy Chaplet will be prayed at
9:30 a.m. The rest of the time will be given for silent, contemplative prayer. Please come for all or part of this monthly prayer opportunity. Jesus would love a visit from you and I’d love to pray alongside you!
Watch what God does in your life and in the lives of those you love when you intentionally place yourself in Jesus’ presence and spend a little time at Church praying! It’s a little thing that can make a big difference! See you there!
Commitment: If you would like to sign up to be a regular attendee of these times of prayer, please contact Deacon Michael at the Parish Office, at
616-949-4170 ext. 241

In Christ,
Deacon Michael Goodwin


The fruit of silence is prayer,
the fruit of prayer is faith,
the fruit of faith is love,
the fruit of love is service,
the fruit of service is peace.

—St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta



Save the Date! November 15…Trivia Night!

Reserve your table of 8 NOW for a fun night of fast-paced trivia, great prizes & group costume contest! Cash bar and light snacks available. BYOA (Bring Your Own Appetizers) for your table!

Tickets are available in the Parish & School Offices. $15/person; $20 at the door.

Don’t have a group? No Problem! We’ll sit you with other singles! Don’t miss out on this fun evening that supports the Friends of St. Paul.

7-10 p.m. in the Gym

Shrines of Italy Pilgrimage

Shrines of Italy Pilgrimage April 23-May 3, 2019! Join Euro Pilgrimage Tours as they travel to see some of the most religious sites in all of Italy; including Rome, Assisi, Padre Pio’s San Giovanni Rotando, Loreto, Pompeii and so much more! For detailed information or to reserve your spot today and save $250 please call Erika at (231)720-8378 or email Check out this weblink for all the finest details: