The RCIA Program will begin on Sunday, October 8th. We will be publishing a list of names for all our inquirers closer to that time, so you can be praying for them as they discern God’s call. There is still time for others to sign up to be a part of our RCIA. If you know of someone who is interested, please have them call Fr. Brian at 913-4401. In addition, we are looking for people who are already a part of our Catholic Family who may feel a call to share their faith and assist our candidates. If you wish to be a part of our Sunday Catechetical team, again, please call Fr Brian. By helping our candidates, you too will come to a deeper faith!
St. Alphonsus Parish is actively recruiting a Director of Social Concerns Ministry. The Director of Social Concerns Ministry is responsible for the education and promotion of Catholic Social Teaching principles within the parish community. This involves designing, promoting and overseeing the community outreach programs such as the food and clothing pantry, Thanksgiving meal, North(east) Pole Community Christmas Store, VITA Tax Program, mobile food pantries (food trucks), and mission trips. Social Concerns Ministry also attempts to educate the parish about relevant social justice issues, the Creston neighborhood, and other nonprofit organizations in an attempt to broaden the world view of the parish and increase awareness of the work being done outside the parish campus itself.
Additional information can be found on the Diocese of Grand Rapids Employment site.
We are looking for two or three people who would be interested in becoming sacristans for the 7:00AM Sunday Mass. This would entail opening the church, turning on the lights, and setting up for mass itself: preparing the altar, the hosts and chalices, etc. If we can get two or three people to volunteer, then we can arrange a schedule to spread the duties. If you are interested, please call Fr. Grile at 913-4400.
The Parish Council and Staff have prepared a brief survey for parishioners to fill out to help identify better ways of communicating within the parish. The survey was inserted in the December 4 bulletin. If you haven’t responded to the survey you can now fill it out online at the link below.
The Parish Council and Staff will be meeting again on January 21, 2017 to finalize more exact goals to guide our future. If you have questions, comments or suggestions, please feel free to drop an email to the parish council at firstname.lastname@example.org
The gym in the Parish Center is now open Monday-Friday from 8:00am to noon for people interested in having a dry, warm, and safe place to walk.
Fr. Bob Balser was recently hospitalized. The diagnosis indicated that he would be in need of health care beyond our St. Alphonsus Redemptorist community’s ability to provide in our community house. After a few days stay at St. Ann’s Home here in Grand Rapids he received a letter of appointment from our Provincial Superior, Fr. Stephen Rehrauer. It stated Fr. Bob will be experiencing rehabilitation for the next six months at our Redemptorist Health Care Center in Liguori, MO. An evaluation will be made after that six month period as to Fr. Bob’s ability to return to our community here in Grand Rapids. He asks for your prayers and you can mail any well-wishes to him at:
St. Clement Health Care Center, 300 Liguori Drive, Liguori, MO 63057-9999 or speak to him by phoning 636-464-3666.