Evangelus Archive

Father Cooper’s Grandmother’s Passing

The Grandmother of Father Cooper, Jane Ann White, passed away July 3, 2022.  


The memorial service for Jane will be celebrated by Rev. Jim Porter at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at the First Presbyterian Church of Elk Rapids, 404 Spruce, Elk Rapids, MI 49629. There will be a time of visitation one hour prior to the service. Immediately following, there will be a time of food, refreshments, and continued fellowship.  Burial is private. 


For more information you may visit the Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home online at https://www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com/obituaries/Jane-White-10/#!/TributeWall   


Please keep Father Cooper in your prayers.

Coffee Corner


Dear Family,


It has been way to long since I have written to you all. Mea Culpa! Yet, I hope and pray that the beginning of summer time fun has been a joyous one! One of my goal this summer is to keep the plants watered and alive on the back deck of the rectory! My faithful companion, Boone, is already reminding me to feed him! Although, he is a picky eater! 


June is the month that is dedicated to Sacred Heart of Jesus! Every year the first Friday after the Feast of Corpus Christi is the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. This year being June 24th. Christ’s heart is often depicted as a pierced flaming or burning heart with a cross and a crown of thorns around it. This devotion to the Sacred Heart started because of a French nun, St Mary Margaret Alacoque (her feast day is Oct 16), who had a vision of Christ in 1673. He asked her to have a feast day dedicated to His Heart on that particular Friday. He also desired that adoration to take place on Thursdays, the day in which the last super and the institution of the Holy Eucharist takes place! Extraordinary! The feast day finally appeared on the Church calendar for the universal Church in 1856. The day after the Sacred Heart is the Immaculate Heart of Mary which is also depicted with a flaming or burning heart, yet is pierced with a sword, and wrapped with a crown of roses. 


So what is the meaning behind all of this? The devotion to Christ’s Heart is out of our gratitude for Christ’s love for us. While the devotion of Mary’s Immaculate Heart points us that we should have the desire to emulate the way in which Mary loves Jesus! I love having Mary stand before the tabernacle here at Holy Family because it reminds me that I need to love Christ like she did! To Jesus through Mary! 


The video below is about an hour and it is about a young priest journey to the priesthood. It is a documentary on Fr Stephen Gadsberry journey to becoming a priest. This priest is very inspiring and someone who has a heart of Christ. A good video to watch during the month of the Sacred Heart. 


I hope and pray that during this month we can be more devoted to His Sacred Heart and love like Mary’s Immaculate Heart! 



Have a wonderful week! 

In Jesus, Mary, & Joseph, 

Fr Cooper 



Mark your calendars!

Holy Family Picnic

Sunday, July 31, 2022

after the 10am Mass

on the Grounds of the Parish  



Monday Coffee Corner


Dear Family,


What a month this has been, and the sun is shinning brightly! I love this time of year with all the birds singing and the earth coming to life after the great long winter! 


This coming week we have several things going on that I’d like to highlight several things. First of all, the retirement of Ms. Renee Johnson at the end of the school year. After thirty years of selfless devotion to the education of our students at Holy Family Church & School, Renee is retiring from teaching. As a parish we owe her a big, BIG THANK YOU! In the end our gratitude cannot express enough our thanks is what she has done for our youth of yesterday and today! I have only known her for a short time, but I have been blessed to know her and her warm smile as she teaches her students. If you can make it this Thursday, May 19 at 8:30 AM for the parish daily Mass we will pray in Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the 30 Years of Service in which Renee has given to Holy Family Church & School. Thank you, Renee! 


Secondly, Mr. Bill Erickson our janitor for the parish and school is also retiring at the end of the school year. Bill has served the past six years in this capacity for the parish. I am so grateful for his selfless work in diligently cleaning and helping to make our school sparkly clean for our school students. Bill has helped out in anyway possible throughout the parish with the grounds at the cemetery, parish & school. If you see Bill around please tell him thank you for his work at the parish and school. 


Thirdly, our school is putting on their annual Spring Concert this Wednesday, May 18 at 6PM in the church. Please come and support our school kids as they entertain us and bring joy to our hearts. 


This coming Sunday, May 22 at 10 AM Mass it will be Mass with Confirmation and Reception of Holy Communion for our students making these two sacrament. If you cannot attended please keep them in your prayers that they may always be faithful to the message of the Gospel. 


Finally, as many of you know I am the Diocese of Gaylord Diocesan Chaplain for the Knights of Columbus. Next week, May 24-27 is their annual convention on Mackinac Island and I am required to be there. With that said next Tuesday through Friday (May 24-27) there will be no daily mass at Holy Family. Please pray for safe travels for me and all the priests, knights and their families. I am hoping for good weather! 


Have a joyous week! 


In Our Lady, Mother & Queen, 

Fr Cooper


PS Boone is doing good . . . he’s making me walk more! 🤣