Katie Tietema Joins SPA Staff

Katie has already enriched our community with her talents in forming and leading the first St. Paul Stewardship Council, organizing many successful events both at the parish and school, being a member of the Mission Effectiveness School Board sub-committee, on the parish choir, while raising 4 children with her husband, Ryan.

Katie, who spent her early childhood at St. Paul’s, attended Catholic Central before moving with her family to Arizona where she graduated in the top 5% of her class of 1000 students and attended Arizona State University on a full ride academic scholarship. She obtained a degree in Business, Supply Chain Management and has worked in management positions for many global companies like Apple Inc. and Spectrum Health. She has numerous additional certifications including Women’s Unlimited LEAD Program, Technology Business Analyst, and Project Management. Katie has 20 years of experience working in numerous industries including: High Tech, Marketing Promotions, Off Premise Catering & Event Planning and Health Care. She has worked in 5 different states, held many leadership positions and has always volunteered in her spare time to help plan and coordinate fundraisers.

After moving back to West Michigan 4 years ago, Katie is excited to put her passion to work for the parish and school her family attends and looks forward to helping our staff implement new processes to allow us to focus more on adding value instead of administration work. She will streamline the communication processes for the whole community and help us fully utilize to our benefit the many opportunities technology offers us, by selecting and implementing the most efficient and cost effective processes. Katie will help advance our parish and school by focusing on technology, communication and development.

You will hear much in the next few months about some amazing new features for our parish and school in keeping with our parish’s history of excellence and community involvement. Mrs. Morrow and I cannot wait to share with you these advancements as they unfold! We are already thinking ahead, beyond the summer, and are working hard to implement brand new parish & school websites, new forms of communication and easier ways to get & stay involved in the life of our community. I am sure you and our numerous amazing volunteers who serve in many capacities will appreciate the upcoming opportunities. Katie will continue volunteering for our parish in many capacities, especially as Chair of the Stewardship Council. Please join me and Mrs. Morrow in welcoming Katie Tietema in this new, exciting capacity!

Fr. Peter Damian

Meet SPA’s New Youth Minister

Fr. Troy Nevins and I are excited to announce that our two parishes, St. Paul the Apostle and Immaculate Heart of Mary, will unify efforts for youth ministry for the upcoming school year. Stefanie Iwan, well-experienced in youth ministry and with a deep passion for youth, will be leading this important area of our parish’s life beginning July 1. The great majority of students who graduate from our schools go to Catholic Central and enjoy friendships with each other. Many are neighbors. Our children play together and often compete on the same sports teams. The physical and spiritual closeness of our parishes is such that it makes sense to strengthen our collaboration in an area such as this. For St. Paul’s youth this means that we will be able to offer retreats, mission trips and other opportunities in addition to weekly meetings. Later this month a group from St. Paul will travel with IHM youth to Steubenville, OH, for a widely popular series of summer youth gatherings. Stefanie will be present at both parishes and interact with our youth at both schools, as well as the main high schools our parishioners attend. However, preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation will be held separately, as our calendars differ for the celebration at the Cathedral. Our Middle School Collaborative Youth Ministry (“EDGE”) will take place on Wednesday nights at St. Paul, while High School Youth Ministry (“Life Night”) will be at IHM on Sunday nights. In the upcoming weeks and months, there will be more communication on this. For now we wanted to share this exciting news! Your input is very important to me and Stefanie. I want to thank all who have helped me to prayerfully discern this new path for our parish youth, and I look forward to working with all our parents and volunteers to make our youth outreach thriving in the upcoming year.

Fr. Peter


SPA Choir Camp 2019

We are excited to announce our 2019 Choir Camp, July 30 – August 2, 8:30 am-Noon, for children entering grades 3-8. The cost is $50; $40 for each additional sibling

Choir Camp is a fast-paced, fun-filled time of learning and growing together in our musical skills and understanding. Campers will gain confidence in their individual abilities and strengthen their bonds with one another as they sing. Our four days of rehearsals culminate with the Camp Choir singing at the Saturday 5pm Mass.

An added bonus to this year’s camp will be a visit by Imani Milele, a youth choir from Uganda. Imani Milele will be giving a free concert at St. Paul the Apostle on the evening of July 31, and during
the day will be giving a special presentation to our Choir Camp. This will be a unique time of cultural exchange for all of us, and is sure to open our minds and hearts!

Click HERE to register children for this year’s Summer Choir Camp!

Register for SPA VBS!

Vacation Bible School for children entering Kindergarten* – 5th grade                                                               (* Kindergarten children must be 5 years old by June 1st, 2019)

Register Now for VBS- Marvelous Mystery – The Mass Comes Alive!

Cost: $50 per student; $40 for each additional sibling

VBS is a fast-paced, fun-filled time of learning and growing together in our Catholic Faith. Each day will begin with Mass followed by activities  especially designed to help the Mass come alive for children. Your child will come to better understand the Catholic Mass and deepen their love and appreciation for Jesus in the Eucharist.

When: VBS days are July 30th- August 2nd from 8:15 am – 12 noon.

Click here to register your child

Please email Jeanne Winkelmann to sign up.

Welcome to the Parish Team!

This month we welcomed Deacon Michael Goodwin to our Parish family. Deacon Michael will stay with us for the next year as he prepares to enter the priesthood.
Deacon Michael was born and raised on Long Island in a loving Evangelical Christian home. He attended the Christian Cedarville University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. He then moved to Grand Rapids to attend an evangelical seminary to become a Chaplain in the US Army Reserves. During his final phase of training, Michael was invited by a Catholic to a Mass on the base. When he returned to Grand Rapids, he decided to enter into RCIA and become Catholic. In May, Michael completed his seminary formation and earned the Master of Divinity degree. Michael enjoys meeting with friends, traveling, games, books, movies and sports. His favorite sport is Ultimate Frisbee. He is currently reading “Love Your Enemies” by Arthur Brooks. His favorite place he visited was the Holy Land for a semester during seminary.

Michael is passionate about helping people deepen their relationship with God and growing in the practice of our Catholic faith. If you want to be closer to God or feel your faith needs to go deeper, please set up a time to meet with Deacon Michael by contacting him through the Parish Office. Or email him directly.

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 aterikap.euro@hotmail.com. Check out this weblink for all the finest details: https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/899614