May 24, 2022 (Kalamazoo, Mich.): Bishop Paul J. Bradley released the following statement in the wake of the tragic school shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas:
“As we learn of yet another senseless school shooting, this time in Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, the Diocese of Kalamazoo mourns the 18 children and three adults who were killed, and we extend our love and care to the countless more children, teachers, and the entire community who have been injured and traumatized by these horrific events.  With broken hearts and in great sadness, we commend the children and adults whose lives have been taken from them to our loving God and Father of us all, knowing that He will welcome them into Eternal Life.  We send our prayerful support to the families of those who have lost loved ones, and we pray for God’s healing graces for those who are suffering in any way.  May we all pray for the conversion of the hearts of those who choose irrational hatred and heinous acts of violence instead of living together in harmony, peace and love; may we also recommit ourselves to the priority of re-discovering our society built on compassion, care, and respect for all human life.”
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 Statement from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB): 
WASHINGTON – In response to the news of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas reported this afternoon, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) offered the following statement from its spokesperson, Chieko Noguchi, director of public affairs.
 “There have been too many school shootings, too much killing of the innocent. Our Catholic faith calls us to pray for those who have died and to bind the wounds of others, and we join our prayers along with the community in Uvalde and Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller. As we do so, each of us also needs to search our souls for ways that we can do more to understand this epidemic of evil and violence and implore our elected officials to help us take action.

 

Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat June 3 – 5

Rachel’s Vineyard weekend retreats are a beautiful opportunity for any person who has struggled with the emotional or spiritual pain of an abortion.  Open to women and men, the retreat is respectful and honors the grief and trauma of post-abortion. For more information or to register for the retreat, call 616.340.1824 or email mwalsh@ccwestmi.org. All inquiries are strictly confidential.  Financial assistance is available

 SAINT MARY’S GARAGE SALE

 June 11th

 10:00 — 3:00

IT’S COMING! -SAVE THE DATE!

 

St. Mary Parish is cleaning house. Call it a Spring Cleaning, call it a Garage Sale, call it a Purge. Stop by the parish grounds on Saturday, June 11th between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to look for treasure that you need at home. Items are from St. Mary Parish campus only (please do not bring items to sell). Items marked for sale will include artwork, books, furniture, kitchen ware, tools and much more. These items will be spread throughout the campus including the parish rectory/garage, the upper garage and Fr. Bart Hall. So bring your walking shoes and we hope to see you then. Proceeds from the sales will benefit the Parish general fund.

 

MONTH TWO – Developing Baby               

The developing baby is now called a “fetus”, which is Latin for “little one”.  She is making rapid progress developing all her external and internal organs.  During the second month baby teeth form, and fingers and toes are developing.  Her ears, nose, lips and tongue can now be clearly seen.  Brain waves can be recorded.  The skeleton changes from cartilage to bone.  The central nervous system is now functioning, and so forty muscle sets begin their first exercises.  By 8 weeks all body systems are present.  This little one is now jumping, flipping and turning – her first dance steps!

 

 

 

 

 

Join us for our annual fundraiser and enjoy good food, fun, and faith.

There are activities for people of all ages. Bring the family, have a great time, and support your parishes!

The 32nd All Saints Superfest will be held September 21, 22, and 23 on the grounds of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Battle Creek.

September Good News & Brews
Married and single young adults from college through their 30s are welcome to come enjoy discussion, fellowship and music from (newly named) Jeremiah and the Hebrews and featured speaker Sr. Joseph Andrew on holiness/vocation at Arcadia Brewing Company in Kalamazoo on Sept. 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. Future dates are: Oct. 11; Nov. 8; Dec. 13.

 

 

A special Mass for couples of the Diocese of Kalamazoo who are celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversaries  in 2018 will be held on Sunday, October 14, 2018, 3:00 p.m. at St. Augustine Cathedral in Kalamazoo.  Couples celebrating their 50th Anniversary any time in 2018 are asked to contact their parish office so that their names can be submitted for a personal invitation from Bishop Bradley to participate in this celebration.  Invitations will be mailed beginning August 20th.

SAVE THE  DATE!

Eucharistic Adoration Fellowship & Information Potluck

 

Date:  Thursday, June 21, 2018

Time:  5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Place:  St. Philip Parish Center

Calling all past, present, and future Adorers!  We are having a celebration.  Bring a dish to pass and your stories to tell for an evening of fellowship and information.

More information to come!  STAY TUNED…

 

The Eighth Annual St. Jerome’s Council of
Catholic Women Purse Bingo will be held on
Saturday, May 19th. Doors will open at 5:30
p.m. The cost is $12.00 per person and includes
homemade desserts, 20 games for purses valued
over 50-100 dollars. The cover all purse is
worth over $300! 50/50 tickets will be sold.
Contact Pat Smith for more information at: 269-317-8514.

Are you a caregiver for a parent, relative, or friend? The Friends
of St. John the Caregiver will meet at 6pm on Wednesday, Feb. 7
in the St. Philip parish center. For more information contact John
Grap at 269-213-7604, johnnygrap@gmail.com, or on Facebook.
But you, O LORD, are my shield; my glory, you lift up my
head! When I call out to the LORD, he answers me from his holy
mountain. – from Psalm 3