9408 Wilson Ave SW, Byron Center, Mi 49315

(616) 878-1619

Email: parishoffice@stsebastianmi.org

Annual November Raffle

Our Winners…
Nov. 20 – Tom VanNortwick
Nov. 19 – Amanda Eardley
Nov. 18 – Deb Lenhart
Nov. 17 – Patrick Cook
Nov. 16 – Thomas & Jairia Williams
Nov. 15 – Ana Kelly Ramirez
Nov. 14 – Sharon Dinley
Nov. 13 – Deb Schichtel
Nov. 12 – Russ Zuiverink
Nov. 11 – Mandy Doornbos
Nov. 10 – Tory & Ryan Patrick
Nov. 9 – Ron & Jan Bartz
Nov. 8 – Lee Ott
Nov. 7 – Allan Hielken
Nov. 6 – Justin Wheeler
Nov. 5 – Abby Wolfe
Nov. 4 – Mary Ancona
Nov. 3 – Katie Langschied
Nov. 2 – Mary Lou Taylor
Nov. 1 – Ryan Smith

November Calendar Raffle



Again this year—Our November calendar raffle tickets are available to purchase after every Mass throughout October in the Narthex or in the Parish office!!  If you haven’t participated in our November raffle before, here is how it works:

Tickets are $10.00 each or 6 for $50 or 12 for $100. 

Someone wins every day during the month of November.



$100 winners Mondays-Saturdays

$200 winners every Sunday

$500 winner on Thanksgiving Day

$300 winner the day after Thanksgiving!


You can win more than once too!  Don’t forget—all ticket stubs and money must be turned in before Thursday, October 31 to be entered into the raffle beginning Friday, November 1

Join in the fun and win…win…win!!!!


2019 Fall RCIA

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults – RCIABeginsTuesday September 17, 2019

6:30 to 8 pm in Classroom 1

Are you thinking about joining the Catholic Church?  Are you Catholic but would like to know more about the Catholic Church and its teachings or practices?

The RCIA is a place where you can ask questions and learn about the teachings and beliefs of the Catholic Church.

We will meet on Tuesday evenings in Classroom 1 in the parish hall, from 6:30 to 8 pm.

If you would like more information, please call Mona Andre @ 616-878-1619 ext 116 or email her at: mona@stsebastianmi.org.

Events in and Around the Diocese


September 26 2019 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Revel Center (1535 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49505)

The Franciscan Life Process Center is a non-profit organization that focuses on providing services that support healthy human development. Each year, this event promotes the work of our counseling programs to educate and offer personal support toward achieving mental health. This year our LIFEfest event is focused on showcasing local foods and beverages. Each chef will be given local in-season produce from our farm and local farms in Kent County to create a small plate to pair with a local beverage.

Attendees will enjoy the creations made by participating chefs and vote on which one they like best. Please go to Lifefest2019.Evenbrite.com to register.


Fifth Annual Franciscan Rhythms Trail Run & Walk!

October 5, 2019, 9 am – 2 pm 

Franciscan Life Process Center, Lowell, MI


This fundraising event replenishes the Center’s Music Therapy Scholarship fund. FLPC provides music therapy to many in West Michigan. Many of our clients receive a variety of therapies. Families often need help to pay for the services offered by the Center, and Music Therapy is rarely covered by medical insurance. The Center provides over $5,500 per month in scholarship assistance. Registration fee is $30 through September 13. From September 14 through the day of the race, the fee is 5K $35 and 10 K $40.

Please go to trailrun2019.eventbrite.com to register.


Retrouvaille Grand Rapids is hosting its next marriage  retreat program September 20-22 at Camp Geneva in  Holland, MI.  Availability is limited.
For more information, to register, or to  sponsor a couple, call 616.752.7004, email retrograndrapids@gmail.com or visit retrouvaille.org.


Save the Date!

The Grand Rapids Diocesan Council of Catholic Women presents their 80th fall seminar

Saturday, October 19
St. Mary Church,
15164 Juniper Dr., Marne, MI  49435
Cost $20

Contact: grdccw@grdiocese.org




Church Pictorial Directory

Our last Photography Date is

OCTOBER 14, from 2pm to 8:30pm in the

Parish Hall Classrooms 1 & 2

Our Directory will not be completed without you! Please schedule your professional photography session online to www.ucdir.com.
The church code is mi1176 and the password is photos. Or contact the Parish Office.



The website is down on Fridays, at midnight until Mondays at noon.

K of C Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest

                                                                            Open to all Children
Ages: 5-7; 8-10; and 11-14
First Place and Runner-up Prizes in each age group
Entry Deadline is Sunday, November 25.
Posters size must be 11×17, original artwork and reflects the theme “Keep Christ in Christmas”.
All entries must include a completed entry form (can be found in the Narthex or in the Parish Office).
Posters may be left in the Parish Office or in the K of C Conference Room in the Parish Hall.
Prizes will be awarded at the K of C Breakfast in December.

Reporting Sexual Abuse

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids has a policy regarding reporting and dealing with sexual abuse. Any person having reasonable cause to suspect past or present sexual abuse by a religious member (bishop, priest, deacon, nun, brother, etc.) or by any person acting under the authority or apparent authority of the church, is urged to contact the Victim Assistance Coordinator:
Diocese of Grand Rapids Cathedral Square Center
360 Division Avenue S, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Alternatively, you may contact the Michigan Attorney General either through its toll-free hotline at 844-324-3374 (Mon. through Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or by email aginvestigations@michigan.gov.
To read letters from Bishop Walkowiak to the faithful or to learn more about safe environment efforts in the Diocese of Grand Rapids, visit: dioceseofgrandrapids.org.