Parish Newsletter for November 27, 2023
Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time




Join us this Advent season as we prepare our hearts and homes for the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Our staff has worked diligently to prepare a special page on our website for all things Advent. From the liturgical schedule to a special events calendar and everything in between (including seasonal resources for the ENTIRE family), we’ve got you covered! Check out the Advent at SRN page on our website today.


SPECIAL REPORT in November 26 Bulletin!

Did you miss the bulletin this weekend? We published our yearly financial report! The Diocese of Grand Rapids asks every parish each year to make a financial report available to its parishioners. Every parish is allowed to put the numbers together in the format that they think is easy for our parishioners to read. You will find it beginning on page 6 of our bulletin. Click the image to view the bulletin in it’s entirety. If you have any questions, we encourage you to reach out to our Business Office. They would be happy to meet with you!


REJOICE! An Advent Pilgrimage

into the Heart of Scripture

Rejoice! An Advent Pilgrimage into the Heart of Scripture, Year B is a prayer resource that offers daily reflections on the Sunday mass readings that will help you enter more deeply into the season of Advent. Pick up your complimentary copy after Mass this weekend!

Questions? Contact Teresa Burns at or call (616) 676-9111 ext 115.



Coming to SRN this Advent Season!

St. Robert of Newminster will be hosting an exhibit on selected Eucharistic Miracles throughout the centuries December 2 though 10. The exhibit will be available during normal office hours during the week (Mon – Fri, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.), as well as at times where we can obtain volunteers to be present with the exhibit. Volunteers are asked to be present during their time slot(s) to welcome visitors and direct them to the exhibit. No prior knowledge about the exhibit is necessary. A SignUp Genius for volunteers has been prepared here. Volunteers are asked to provide their email address and phone number in case the event coordinator(s) need to get a hold of them. Please direct any questions to Ryan Flaherty at (734)507-0109 or reach out to the Parish Office at


Building a Holy Home:

FREE Half-Day Retreat for Couples!



Want your child to become more involved in our parish life? Invite them to be a greeter during our weekend Masses! Greeting is a beautiful ministry that really helps create a welcoming environment for all here at SRN. Just a quick smile and hello can really change someone’s day. Typical service obligation is once or twice per month, but totally dependent upon your family’s schedule. If your child is interested in serving with an adult member of your family, please contact Lu Paletta.



Study Scripture from the heart of the Church this Advent season with one of today’s most respected scholars.


Dr. Scott Hahn will be speaking at SRN on Saturday, December 16.


The event runs from 8:00 a.m. until 12:05 p.m. and is inclusive of Mass. Books will be available for purchase during the event.


Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased by clicking on the button below.


Questions? Contact the Parish Office at (616) 676-9111.

Childcare is being offered for those attending the event on Saturday, 12/16. DEADLINE TO RSVP FOR CHILDCARE IS WEDNESDAY, 12/6 (or until we’ve reached capacity). CHILDCARE IS AVAILABLE FOR AGES 3 MONTHS- 12 years old! The event is from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. You may drop your kids off between 7:45-8am (the day starts with Mass and we want to enable you to get to Mass on time without feeling stressed). You must pre-register for childcare during this event. We will not have the ability to accommodate walk-ins.


Parish Snapshot: What Else do I Need to Know?

  • CANCELLED: Pilgrimage to Blessed Fr. Solanus Casey Center in Detroit. Due to a scheduling conflict, we have made the decision to cancel the pilgrimage on December 9. We will be issuing refunds to all who have registered. Thank you for your understanding.
  • CHRISTMAS CHOIRS: Join us in filling the Sanctuary with beautifully arranged, holy music that is sure to inspire you. Become a member of the Christmas Choir! Rehearsals begin November 29 and continue every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 9:30 a.m. through Christmas. Contact Jane VanHouten at to join.
  • RESPECT LIFE: This year, the SRN Respect Life Committee is holding a collection for mothers and children in need at HELP Pregnancy Aid. You will find a Christmas tree with papers marked with items that are most needed near the cradle in the Narthex. Please take one or more and return the item(s) back to the cradle with the paper attached by December 20th. Please do not wrap items.
  • OWLS (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) Holiday Potluck: Friday, December 8 at 4:00 p.m. in the PLC. Bring an appetizer to share. Adult beverages will be served, and we will play “Name That Tune: Christmas Carols”. RSVP to Lu Paletta.
  • CHRISTMAS Art & Environment Memorial Donations: the Parish Office is now accepting donations for our Christmas Art & Environment fund, which helps to beautify our parish for the holy season – this includes the flowers you see throughout the Sanctuary and Narthex. Click here  to make your secure donation online OR use the form in the weekly bulletin. Deadline for donations is December 3.
  • Mary on the Mantel: Our Blessed Mother returns to the Faith Formation hallway this year to guide us through Advent. Follow along on our social media channels for daily updates!
  • EMMAUS ROAD YA & Family Ministry: Next CCC in the PLC will be Sunday, December 17 after the 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Masses. Contact Mike Michaud with any questions at
  • Young Disciples Ministry: Registration now open for the Encounter Bible Study and the Christmas Break Open Center for grades 6 through 8. Questions? Contact Kimberly Patterson at
  • FIRST RECONCILATION will be held Saturday, December 9 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Only the child and one parent/guardian/adult should attend. Confession is for the First Communicants only and not their family members. Contact the Faith Formation Office for more information.
  • FAITH FORMATION CHRISTMAS BREAK: Faith Formation sessions will not meet December 24 through January 9 for Christmas Break. Contact the Faith Formation Office with any questions or concerns.

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