Ignited in Christ Courses

(If you have questions about any of the courses below, please email Jim Nachtegall at or call the Parish Office at 616-681-9701).

Discovering our Deepest Desire:

A Marriage-prep and enrichment course designed to help couples place Jesus Christ at the center of their marriage and develop practical spiritual and relational skills so that they can fall more in love with Jesus Christ and with each other every day.
- Sundays, (meeting time varies by week) in the SMV Meeting Room
- Currently running until June 3rd, next class TBD
To register, click here.

Grieving with Great Hope:

A 5-week program for those who are experiencing loss or grief in their life. It focuses on prayer, learning, and fellowship, recognizing that... a) There are no stages to grief and each person grieves and mourns in a unique way, and b) Jesus Christ is the one true Healer and the font of love, in whom we have hope of Salvation and of being healed and made whole again.
- Wednesdays, 7:00 - 9:00pm in St. Mary's Visitation Church
- Begins June 6th
To register, please either turn in a post-card or click here. (If you have already placed a post-card in the offertory basket at Mass, or turned one in at the Parish Office, you do not need to register online).

The Gift:

A 6-week course on the Holy Spirit designed to help attendants... a) Learn about who the Holy Spirit is and how he desires to love us and act in our lives, and b) Encounter the Holy Spirit in a radical and beautiful way through intercessory prayer.
- Mondays, 6:30 - 8:00pm at St. Mary's Visitation Parish Meeting Room
- Begins June 18th
To register, please click here.


Alpha is a Course designed for those who ask questions. Not just ordinary questions like, "What should I have for lunch today," or "Do I match socks with my shoes or my pants?" Questions like, "Who am I? How do I find the happiness and love I so desperately long for?" and, "Is there more to life than this?" These are the types of questions that well up in the deepest recesses of the human heart. Come and explore those questions with us. Talk as much or as little as you like. There's no pressure, no commitment, and no charge. Oh, and did we mention the free food?