9408 Wilson Ave SW, Byron Center, Mi 49315

(616) 878-1619

Email: parishoffice@stsebastianmi.org

2022-23 Religious Education & Youth Ministry Registration Form

K of C Auction – Saturday, October 8, 2022

K of C Annual Silent Auction
Saturday, October 8, 2022
5:30pm to 10:00pm
in Parish Hall and Youth Center
Tickets are $20.00 per person

 You can purchase tickets after Mass or in the Parish Office.


You can purchase
High Roller Raffle Tickets after Mass or in the Parish Office. 

  Item 1 = Money Tree

Item 2 = Centershot Gift Card

Item 3 = Freezer and Pig

Item 4 = Shopping Spree

Item 5 = Pheasant Hunt

 $10 for each High Roller Raffle Ticket


 All Auction donations must be turned in by Tuesday, Sept. 27.
2022 Auction Donation Form


Please contact Mark Boillat at 616-437-3675 or Markvicb@comcast.net

St. Sebastian Knights of Columbus Council 14642

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Events in and Around the Diocese

 

 

 

Are you discerning the priesthood?

The Explore Priesthood Group is a discernment opportunity sponsored by the diocesan Office of Priestly Vocations. Each month, young men (ages 16 – 35) are invited to gather and discern God’s will for their lives.

Time for prayer and reflection will be held monthly at St. Stephen Parish in East Grand Rapids beginning at 12:30 p.m.

This year’s discernment opportunities are offered on the following Sunday:   May 15.

Feel free to show up or call to let us know you are coming at 616-288-0910.  Questions, email Pattie Reynolds (preynolds@grdiocese.org).

 


The Begger’s Bell Bash
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 6pm
at Noto’s Old World Italian Dining
$75/person — click here to purchase tickets

Franciscan Life Process Center’s Beggar’s Bell Bash is a celebration of the individual gifts of each person in West Michigan. Throughout history and across cultures, people in need have often used a beggar’s bell to encourage bystanders to become aware of their undiscovered giftedness. Proceeds from this event will support our counseling program, art program and further development of our land focus on connection, education, accessibility and our environmental impact. Join us for a strolling dinner, drinks and dancing with entertainment from the local West Michigan Band Brena.


Summer Experiences for Children at
the Franciscan Life Process Center
11650 Downes St, Lowell, MI

Click here to see their summer programs for 2022


Adoration around the Diocese

 Looking for opportunities to spend one on one time with Jesus?  The Diocese of Grand Rapids has published an online schedule of weekly days and times when Eucharistic Adoration is available in parishes throughout our diocese.  View the schedule at grdiocese.org, click on the “Parishes” menu, then “Adoration Schedules” from the dropdown.

 


Faith-Based Employment Outreach Program

The St. Robert Roundtable is an affiliate of the Employment and Resource Network and provides a support group and career coaching to unemployed and people in career transition.  The group meets at St. Roberts (6477 Ada Dr, Ada; in classroom 203) every other week, Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 am and presents a varied program  More information about EaRN can be found at their website: www.earn-network.org.  For more information, contact: Bill Weitzel, 616-446-1873 Email:weitzelwj@aol.com.

Box of Joy Project

Box of Joy

During the month of October our parish will be participating in the Box of Joy ministry, a Christmas gift outreach organized by local Catholic schools, parishes and groups nationwide. We will bless children suffering from extreme poverty by filling boxes with toys and other gifts, sharing the joy of Christmas and planting seeds of hope through the Gospel. We encourage everyone to pack a Box of Joy! Empty boxes will be available in the Narthex after Masses in October.

For more information contact MaryKay Zoulek at 616-745-2827
or by email marykaymczoulek@sbcglobal.net.

You can learn more at www.CrossCatholic.org/BoxOfJoy

 

Msgr. Duncan’s Mid-week Meditations

4-01-20      Midweek Meditations

The gospel readings for daily Mass this week reveal the growing tension between Jesus and those refusing to understand or accept who he is.  In today’s gospel from John 8:37, Jesus accuses them saying, “You are trying to kill me because my word has no room among you.”

‘My word has no room among you’ is a phrase that haunts me when I read it.  How easy for me to judge them for not allowing the word of God to find a place in their hearts.  Yet, the whole story of Jesus is replete with rejection by those who were supposedly religious; he is driven out of synagogues, scorned for dining with sinners, judged for healing on the sabbath, and finally mocked as he hangs on a cross.

All of which brings me back to that haunting line about finding room for God’s word.  It can’t just be knowledge of God’s word- even the devil knows scripture.  Have I made room in my heart and soul for Christ to truly dwell in such a way that my life is transformed by him to be a true disciple filled with genuine compassion, boundless mercy, and a servant-spirit?

Lord, help us always to make room for you in our lives.

Blessings,

Msgr. Bill Duncan