Fasting should always be accompanied by prayer and almsgiving.

By following in the example set by our Patron Saint, we encourage the Faithful to participate

in the following almsgiving opportunities:



Do that which is good, and no evil shall touch you. Prayer is good with fasting and alms and righteousness. A little with righteousness is better than much with unrighteousness. It is better to give alms than to lay up gold: For alms doth deliver from death, and shall purge away all sin. Those that exercise alms and righteousness shall be filled with life: But they that sin are enemies to their own life.”      + St. Raphael the Archangel, Tobit 12:7-10.




We are conducting a winter clothing drive for the students of Ridge Park Charter Academy, the school next door to our parish. On your next shopping trip, please consider purchasing NEW coats, hats, mittens, scarves and socks for school-aged children in grades K-8. Many of the students are from warmer parts of the world and winters are difficult for them.

Collection boxes are available in the Narthex and the west entrance across from the Cultural Center from November 22-December 6. Please be generous in your support of our neighbors and friends in need.


Meijer has again selected our neighborhood’s food pantry run by Church of Servant as a recipient of the “Simply Give” double match this holiday season. That means $10 donated to “Simply Give” will result in a $30 food donation. Our parish often refers those in need to our neighborhood food pantry. Contributing to St. Nicholas for the “Simply Give” program feeds the hungry right here in our neighborhood. Please donate electronically through the parish donation page, Venmo or by check with “Simply Give” included on the memo line. The final day to give is Sunday, December 6.


Our Parish, in partnership with Catholic Charities (360 Division Avenue SE Suite 3A), will again be setting up and stocking this year’s Grand Rapids Foster Care Christmas Store at 6:00 PM on Monday, December 7 and Tuesday, December 8. We need 20 workers each night. The room will not exceed 25% capacity and masks are mandatory in the building. Please consider helping to bring some Christmas joy to the Foster children of Kent County in what has been a difficult year for everyone. Sign up at Foster Care Christmas Store.