For the 26th year, the Nazareth Association is offering $2,000 college/university scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year.  The following scholarships are offered:  1.  For upper-class students attending a Catholic college/university.  2.  Nursing students attending any accredited nursing program in Michigan.

Further information, criteria, and application form can be found on the Association’s website:  For answers to questions contact (269)342-1191 or

The application is due June 1, 2021.


The Tri-Parish Pro-Life Ministry invites you to join us in honoring mothers and fathers for giving us life.  During May and June, we will be having Masses said at all three parishes to remember and pray for both our living and deceased parents.  If you would like your loved ones remembered at these Masses, please fill out the form below and drop it in an envelope along with your donation in the collection basket by May 2nd (marked Tri-Parish Pro-Life Ministry).  The names of your loved ones and the contributors will be included in a special insert in the bulletins on May 8th/9th.  Cards will be available at each parish office for you to pick up and present to your living parents to let them know they have been remembered at these Masses.

Masses will be said:               St. Jerome – May 9th, 10:00

                                                                      June 20th, 10:00

                                                St. Joseph –  May 9th, 10:00

                                                                      May 22nd, 5:00

                                                                      June 12th, 5:00

                                                                      June 20th, 10:00

                                                St. Philip –    May 9th, 9:00

                                                                      May 16th, 11:30

                                                                      June 20th, 11:30

                                                                      June 26th, 4:30


Please print legibly using full names.  All donations must be received by May 2nd to have names included in the bulletin insert.  Call Cathy Hirzel, 968-4639, if you have questions.


Contributor(s) _______________________________ Phone ________________


Amount       $1       $5       $10       $20       $_____

       (Checks made out to Tri-Parish Pro-Life Ministry)


In memory of/in honor of:





“Thank you, Mom and Dad, for the gift of life!”


Our elderly brothers and sisters need help receiving food in Calhoun County (Battle Creek area).  Every Friday, Catholic Charities needs volunteers to pick up food boxes at St. Jerome Catholic Church between 9am-10am and deliver to persons in need.  Volunteer Requirements: Must be at least 19 years of age, provide driver’s license, and proof of auto insurance. Background clearances are required for this position.  What a great opportunity to serve. Even once a month will make a difference!    Email for more information.



Pregnant?  Need Help?  Contact:
Alternatives of Battle Creek is a non-profit, pro-life, Christian organization that is dedicated to serving families in our community.  They offer free pregnancy testing, free ultrasounds, free STI testing, and free parent education classes.  You can also receive free items from their clothing room, which is stocked full of maternity and baby clothing as well as baby equipment and supplies that are essential for raising a young child, when you participate in their program.  They are located at:
1346 W. Columbia Avenue, Suite 106, Battle Creek, MI  49015
Caring Network, a part of our Kalamazoo Diocese Catholic Charities, serves hundreds of families each year.  Its clients have access to personalized case management, referrals, material support (including maternity and baby clothes, blankets, diapers, furniture, toys, and books), parenting and pregnancy education classes, and limited transitional housing if needed.  All services are FREE.  They are located at:
1441 S. Westnedge, Kalamazoo, MI  49008
269-381-9800 (option – Caring Network)


This Lent, include Catholic Relief Services’ national virtual events in your CRS Rice Bowl experience. Learn more about the lifesaving work carried out around the world by CRS, our partners and the communities we serve—supported by the generosity of your Lenten offerings. To sign up or for more information about these events, visit

Ash Wednesday Reflection: February 17

On Ash Wednesday, join our Facebook Live event as we reflect on the meaning of Lent and answer kids’ questions about the season. Visit the CRS Facebook page for more information!

Stories of Hope: School Speaker Events

These events will feature speakers representing CRS’ work in Madagascar and El Salvador. CRS’ speakers will dive deeper into the CRS Rice Bowl Stories of Hope, share their own stories and offer a peek into what it is like to live in the countries highlighted by CRS Rice Bowl. Students will have the chance to submit questions in advance of the event to be answered by the speaker.

March 1 at 11:30 a.m. EST: Elementary School Event—Madagascar

March 2 at 11:30 a.m. EST: High School Event—Madagascar

March 8 at 1 p.m. EST: High School Event—El Salvador

March 9 at 1 p.m. EST: Elementary School Event—El Salvador

Family Prayer Evening (Spanish): March 18

Gather your family and connect with us via Zoom to pray as a community of faith for our global family. The time and Zoom link will be shared closer to the event.

Meatless Cooking with Michelle Benzinger—Instagram: March 19

Join Michelle Benzinger, Catholic author, podcast host and creative director of Greenhouse Collective and Meaningful Market, as she and her family cook a meatless recipe from one of the countries featured in CRS Rice Bowl this year. Visit the CRS Instagram page for more information!

Family Prayer and Worship Evening (English): March 24 at 7 p.m. EST

Gather your family and connect with us via Zoom to pray and worship as a community of faith for our global family. The event will feature Danielle Noonan—musician, worship leader and speaker—and a special pre-recorded guest performance by Catholic musician Sarah Kroger. The Zoom link will be shared closer to the event.

On October, 19, 2019 the Diocese of Kalamazoo is hosting a Eucharistic Congress to Ignite the Faith in Southwest Michigan.  This congress will bring together about 1000 of the faithful of the Diocese of Kalamazoo to unite in prayer and dialogue to inspire more faith in Southwest Michigan.

The faithful will gather at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo.  While at the congress they will pray, be encouraged by talks, and discuss in small groups how the Diocese of Kalamazoo can accompany families, foster more priests, and encourage the growth and sharing of the faith throughout their community.

We are currently looking for sponsors to assist with the approximate $50,000 cost of the event.  Sponsors will be listed in the program and throughout the venue as well as on the diocesan webpage and social media.  The higher level sponsors also include a specific room acknowledgement as indicated below.

The four levels of sponsorship are:

Tongues of Fire: $2,000 – includes digital acknowledgment on keynote room

Burning Bush: $1,000 – includes digital acknowledgement on a breakout room

Flaming torch: $500 – includes acknowledgement at lunch

Sanctuary Lamp – $250

If you would like to help sponsor this congress, you can sign up and make payment on our website at  If you have any question or would like to speak to someone about sponsorship opportunities please contact Tom Dowdall at, or 269-903-0145.

Thank you for your support of this initiative to transform the Church in Southwest Michigan.

With the Love of Christ,

Jamin Herold

Executive Director – Parish Life and Lay Leadership

Director of Eucharistic Congress

Diocese of Kalamazoo




1. Young Adult Retreat 2019 – A Grown Up Look At the Virtues: Looking to get away to spend some time with the Lord during the season of Lent? Join us from Friday March 1st at 7 pm – Sunday March 3rd and take this time for prayer, presentations, recreation, reflection, and fellowship at Pretty Lake Camp (9123 West Q Ave., Mattawan, MI 49071). Cost is $50 per participant. Please register by contacting Tim McNamara ( and stay tuned for more information. God bless!


2. Diocesan Annual Lenten Retreat 2019 (Formally Diocesan Annual Open Retreat) – March 16-17, 2019 at Indian Lake Nazarene Camp (8258 Victory St., Vicksburg, MI 49097). Our facilitators are Madeline Haydon, Michelle Moynihan, and Nicole Kegley, all three who serve at their respective parish as Echo Apprentices. The retreat begins at 9:00 am on Saturday, March 16th and concludes at 11:30 am on Sunday, March 17th. There are two options available when you register – one is with an overnight stay and the second is for those who would like to commute. The cost structure is as follows (please note all rooms have two queen beds):

Single Occupancy: $120
Double Occupancy: $80
Triple Occupancy: $65
Quadruple Occupancy: $60
Commuter Rate: $40

Deadline for these prices is March 1st. After that there is an additional $20 added on and rooms will be given on a first come, first serve basis. All registrations are due by March 8th. To register, please visit For more information, please contact Tim McNamara

3. Diocesan Women’s Retreat: Intended for any adult woman, this retreat is meant to provide intentional time for you to reconnect with the Lord Jesus Christ and to encounter other women from around the Diocese who desire to grow in their faith. This retreat will be held at Indian Lake Nazarene Camp (8258 Victory St., Vicksburg, MI 49097) on Saturday, November 2nd – Sunday, November 3rd. There are two options available when you register – one is with an overnight stay and the second is for those who would like to commute. The cost structure is as follows (please note all rooms have two queen beds):

Single Occupancy: $120
Double Occupancy: $80
Triple Occupancy: $65
Quadruple Occupancy: $60
Commuter Rate: $40

To register for the Women’s Retreat, please contact Tim McNamara at Thank you and God bless!




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B I S H O P P A U L J . B R A D L E Y , C E L E B R A N T

At this critically important moment in the life of our Church we are called to
come together in prayer and devote our time for the intentions of the continued
healing of all victims of abuse and for the ongoing reparation and healing
of our Church. There will be time for Pastoral Conversation following the Mass.



DIOCESAN 50th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION:  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 pm at St. Augustine Cathedral in Kalamazoo. Couples celebrating their 50th Anniversary any time in 2018 are asked to contact their parish office rectory so that their names can be submitted for a personal invitation from Bishop Bradley to participate in this celebration.



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.