PJM Newsletter
 May/June 2020
D ear Volunteers and Friends,

Alleluia! Christ is risen, let us rejoice and be glad! It is with a grateful heart that I am writing this today! I hope and pray this finds you happy and healthy during these strange and uncertain times.

Our lives have changed drastically in a matter of weeks. We continue to mourn for what was and hope for what will be. As with all journeys, there will be hills and valleys, blue skies and cold nights as well as weeds and flowers along our path. As my senior mourns the loss of his many "lasts" with his friends, we also rejoice in more time as family before he leaves for college. Although we worry about trying to provide for our family on only one income, we grow in the opportunity to completely trust in Jesus and His will for us. As we long for the days where we can embrace our loved ones, we are grateful for long phone conversations and handwritten letters, rather than a simple text or social media post.

I am reminded during this pandemic, it is not so much what happens in our journey that builds our character, rather how we choose to respond to the events, that transform it. I pray these events mold us more fully into the people He is calling us to be.

The diocese has many spiritual resources to help you during this pandemic. To view these resources visit the diocesan website here .

We are all anxious to begin serving inside our facilities once again and I am hopeful that one day soon, we will be with our incarcerated brothers and sisters. Until that time, we will remain in communication with all our facilities and their chaplains. We will be sure incarcerated men and women continue to receive the resources needed to help them grow in their faith while unable to receive the sacraments.

At this time, I do not know when we will be able to begin services. I will be in contact with all program volunteers weekly to inform you of the status of your services. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.

I am delighted to share some good news during these difficult times. Martha Bellamy joined our team as administrative assistant for the Prison and Jail Ministry on March 9. Martha has been a wonderful addition to our team and is eager to learn and serve our volunteers and the incarcerated. I invite you to read Martha's letter of introduction here. Martha will now be the team scheduler for Kent County in addition to her many administrative tasks. Kent County Team volunteers, please see her message to you in the Team Updates portion of this newsletter.

Journey of Hope Through Restorative Justice
F or those who follow us on Facebook, you were able to view images of artwork created by our friend Eric Boldiszar, an inmate at Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility, during the last two weeks of Lent. The display, "Journey of Hope Through Restorative Justice," includes 10 original pieces and descriptions from Eric. This artwork was created as a gift from Eric to those who contributed to the 3rd Annual West Michigan Restorative Justice Conference. Each piece is unique and portrays some aspect of the healing power of restorative practices. Y ou may learn more about the events that led to the creation of this display, here.

Below is one piece in the display and Eric's description.
Eric states, " This piece represents the journey of hope, healing and restoration ending in Christ. The bird represents the Holy Spirit guiding the prisoner along the road, which ends in a triumphal arch. On the other side of the triumphal arch is Christ crucified - who died for all of our sins."

To view the entire display click here or visit our page on the diocesan website.

Ministry Informational Sessions
We are offering two Informational sessions on Tuesday, June 23 for those interested in learning more about this important work and possible volunteer opportunities. These sessions will be held at Cathedral Square Center in room 215. If you or someone you know are interested in attending, you may sign up for one of two sessions here .

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Please remember to read this newsletter completely. Important information and resources are included in the team updates and newsletter inserts.

Peace and be well,

Tricia Worrell
Director, Prison and Jail Ministry

Team Schedules                        
Ionia Team
Chaplain Eric Wilber is the new institutional chaplain at the Reformatory. If you see Chaplain Wilber, please welcome him and introduce yourself. We look forward to serving with Chaplain Wilber to help meet the spiritual needs of the Catholic population at the Reformatory.

We once again have a Level V Communion Service at Ionia Correctional. Chaplain Cheney has scheduled a weekly Saturday Communion Service from 11:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. Karen Stevens has been cleared and will lead this service in addition to her services at Bellamy and the Reformatory. If you are interested in serving at Ionia Correctional, please contact me. It would be helpful to have one or two more volunteers to help sustain this service.
Kent County Team
Hello Kent County Team,

My name is Martha Bellamy. I have had the pleasure of communicating with a few of you already, so thank you for your warm welcome! For those of you who don't know, I am taking over for Elizabeth (big shoes to fill!). For several years, I worked as a professional ballet dancer and teacher. In addition, I spent time as a youth minister and have done administration work in hospital settings as well as in music and dance schools. Through all of that, prison and jail ministry has remained close to my heart. I am thrilled and honored to be part of this amazing team and ministry and am looking forward to working and praying with and for all of you. As a reminder, I will list all updates for the team here. Please reach out to me with any questions or concerns regarding the schedule or the facility. - mbellamy@grdiocese.org, (616) 915-6832. Thank you for choosing to share the gift of yourself in this special ministry. I'll see you in the Eucharist!

Below is the Kent County Bible Request Form. Use this when an inmate lets
you know they have a release date and would like a Bible. Have them fill this
out and we will mail a Bible directly to their home address. 

Muskegon Team
The men who attend our Catholic service at Muskegon Correctional would like to begin a Bible Study. This service has been approved by the chaplain. If you are interested and able to help lead this once or twice a month on Thursday evenings, please contact Tricia at tworrell@grdiocese.org or 616-475-1255.
Ottawa Team

Below is the Ottawa County Bible Request Form. Use this when an inmate lets
you know they have a release date and would like a Bible. Have them fill this
out and we will mail a Bible directly to their home address. 

Resources for Juvenile Detention Centers
Communion Service Sheets
Need help with reflection time resources?
Check out the websites below.