Parish Life Ministries
Arts and Environment
Volunteers use their artistic talents to create and enhance the beauty of the church interior through each liturgical season. Volunteer opportunities include making banners, hanging decorations, assembling candle/flower arrangements and bringing new ideas to this ministry. Contact: Jodi Deschaine 616-364-8503
Lenten Fish Fry
Many Fish Fry volunteers are needed every Friday afternoon/evening during the Lenten season. Volunteer opportunities include shopping, preparing, cooking, serving, clean up and various other duties each week. Some prep work is need on Thursday evenings. Contact: Cindy Hodges, 616-291-3693
Funeral luncheons are prepared and served in the Parish Center. Volunteers are needed to set tables, prepare food, help serve and clean up after the luncheon. Volunteers are also needed to donate salads or desserts. Anyone over the age of 14 can volunteer. Contact: Phyllis Saganski, 616-451-4619
St. Gerard’s Sew and Sew
Volunteers with sewing experience create prayer quilts, altar linens, felted mittens and work on many other sewing projects on Thursdays from 12:30-3:30pm in the Parish Center. Projects can also be worked on at home.
Contact: Phyllis Saganski, 616-451-4619
Young at Heart Senior Program
Volunteers help with hospitality, plan activities, outings, presentations and crafts on Mondays from 9:00am-3:00pm and Wednesdays from 9:00am-12:00pm. This ministry is open to anyone willing to help.
Contact: Virginia Scholten, 616-913-4419
Volunteers clean the church interior each week on Tuesday at 10:00am. Contact: Laurie Karas, 616-784-7093
Volunteers clean the Parish Center classrooms and lounge on a weekly basis. Contact: Sandy Olsen, 616-956-1258
Volunteers are needed to clean up and maintain the landscaped areas around the Parish campus.
Contact: Jodi Deschaine 616-364-8503
Volunteers pray for others inside and outside of the parish community. Prayer requests are received via phone or email and then forwarded to volunteers in the prayer network. This ministry is open to anyone willing to pray for others. Contact: Michelle Norton, 616-647-3297
40 Day for Life campaigns are held in spring and fall. The Focus on Life dinner is a fundraiser for Grand Rapids Right to Life held in October. This ministry is open to anyone called to stand in the gap of the unborn, elderly and all life issues. Contact: Mechele Duba, 616-364-8050
Knights of Columbus
Members have the opportunity to live the faith they profess, to be of service to their neighbors, church and community. Meetings are the second Wednesday of the month in the Parish Center. Men of the parish age 18 and older are welcome to join the Knights. Contact: Phil Van Huffel, 616-635-2598
K of C Ladies Auxiliary
The Women’s Auxiliary is an extension of the parish Knights of Columbus. The Auxiliary works with the Knights to serve the parish and the community. Meetings are the third Tuesday of the month in the Parish Center at 6:30pm. Women of the parish age 18 and older are welcome to join the Auxiliary. Contact: Kathy Alarie, 616- 363-2721