Diocesan News & Events

Check here for news & events happening throughout our Diocese: Courage Apostolate - A Confidential Support Group for those who experience same-sex attraction EnCourage Apostolate - Family Outreach for those with loved ones who experience same-sex attraction Plus many more!

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Euro Pilgrimage Tours 2019 Trip

Hurry and Book NOW  before October 24th to save $250 for an incredible journey to the Shrines if Italy to experience the joy of Easter and the Mystery of God’s Divine Mercy! Join Fr. Allen Alexander, MIC, and Euro Pilgrimage Tours to see some of the most sacred sites in all of Italy during one of the most grace-filled times of the Liturgical Year. As a Marian of the Immaculate Conception, Fr. Allen will delve in the message of Divine Mercy entrusted to his community by St. Pope John Paul II. For more information or to book now please contact Erika Piotrowski at (231)720-8378 or email at erikap.euro@hotmail.com. Hurry, space is limited!

Erika Piotrowski & Andrea Stepanski with Euro Pilgrimage Tours




Cookie Walk & Christmas Delites

Saturday, November 10, 2018

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

1200 Post Drive NE, Belmont (corner of Post and Pine Island Drives, just off Exit 95 of US 131)

Holy Spirit Episcopal Church is holding its annual Cookie Walk and Christmas Delites sale on Saturday, November 10 from 9 am to 3 pm.  The church is located at 1200 Post Drive NE in Belmont (corner of Post and Pine Island drives, just off Exit 95 of US 131).

Featuring our “world-famous” Cookie Walk–come early for the best selection!  We’ll also have Baked Goods, Crafts, Santa’s Attic and a Silent Auction.

The Christmas Delites sale is sponsored by Holy Spirit’s Episcopal Church Women group (ECW), and funds our support for various church activities, such as kitchen supplies, funeral refreshments, the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, the Explore & Soar Reading Club and more.

More information can be found on the church’s website:  www.holyspiritbelmont.org.

Women of the Magnificat:  A Contemplative Retreat for Women

St. Francis Retreat Center, DeWitt MI
November 16-18, 2018

Come away and spend some quiet time with Mary and Elizabeth in preparation for the Advent and Christmas season at this silent retreat. Topics covered include Church Teaching on the Magnificat, The Annunciation, Mary’s Fiat, and The Visitation. Daily Mass is offered, as well as the opportunity for Reconciliation and Spiritual Direction. Cost is $175 per person with $25 due at registration as a non-refundable deposit. This includes all lodging, meals, and materials. Register online at www.stfrancis.ws or call 517-669-8321.

There will be over 200 booths to shop at!

$2 Admission

Free Parking!


Our Lady of Consolation is putting together our 3rd medical mission where the medical teams will assess and treat hundreds of people during the week that we will be in our sister parish, St. Jacques de Majuer. We are planning on running a dental mission along with the medical one as many times the patient can use care in both areas (hence, one trip for them).  We also plan on suppling more water filters to the families in the area whose only source of ‘clean’ water is a well-used river.

The local priest, Fr. Ricardo, will house and ensure the safety of the group while we reach out to those in great need. There are many costs involved with this mission i.e medical supplies, medications, translators, transportation while in Haiti, housing costs, gas, food, etc. Our last medical mission had expenses of close to $15,000. The team going to Haiti will pay for their own flights and $750 towards the ground expenses (lodging, food, transportation) while there.  Please consider if you are being called to such a mission and feel free to contact either Alysse Tefft or Lisa Ringler.   If you feel you’d like to help out but can’t make this type of trip, please consider donating to this mission.  Just write a check to OLC and put Haiti Mission in the memo line.

The OLC/Haiti Connection is currently planning this Medical/Dental/Water filter Mission to Haiti from March 18th, 2019 until March 26th, 2019.

In remote areas (like St. Jacques), the need is great. People may have to travel for hours by foot to get medical/dental attention.  Although those with medical/dental or healthcare experience are useful, all are welcome and will be of help to those most in need.

If you would like any further information, you can contact Lisa Ringler at (616) 824-8353 or at Cadman_cs@yahoo.com or Alysse at teffta@mail.gvsu.edu.

St. Vincent de Paul’s Thrift Store Needs Your Help!

The Thrift Store is very low on inventory…

Please help us help others especially during this fall & winter season! We are in dire need of good, clean fall and winter clothing. The more we have the easier it is to keep our prices low so those who are poor can afford to shop and those who are homeless and transient can receive free clothing.

Please open the doors of your hearts and donate now.

Call 452-1408 to schedule a pick up and we’ll pick up for free.

“Embrace the whole world in a network of charity.” 

Calling Women of All Ages!

Are you looking for a way to increase your faith this year? Consider joining the Grand Rapids Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. Membership is open to everyone. The Council helps women develop their faith through leadership, spirituality and service of the Gospel. Like them of Facebook or email the group at: grdccw@dioceseofgrandrapids.org.

Courage Apostolate

The Courage Apostolate is the Church’s invitation to people who experience same-sex attractions, who desire to live in accord with the Gospel call to chastity. Courage, a confidential support group led by a priest, accompanies men and women along the road to integration, freedom and discipleship. For more information, call 616-459-4662 or email courage@dioceseofgrandrapids.org

EnCourage Ministry

The EnCourage Ministry welcomes parents, spouses and other loved ones of people who experience same-sex attractions to join regularly for prayer and mutual support.  Under the direction of a priest chaplain, EnCourage members seek to know God’s will for themselves and their loved ones, and to follow it with charity and patience. For more information, call 616-288-0918 or email encourage@dioceseofgrandrapids.org

Events at the Catholic Information Center

Mary–Bridge between Catholics and Muslims? (Live Streamed)

Monday, November 5, 7-8:30pm

with Rita George-Tvrtković

How has the Virgin Mary been “shared” by Christians and Muslims over time? We’ll begin by comparing Biblical and Qur’anic Annunciation stories, and then sketch out the contours of a broad historical trajectory which has vacillated between two opposite ideas: Mary as interfaith bridge, or Mary as interfaith barrier. We’ll examine pivotal texts, art works, and shrines which have brought Christians, Muslims, and Mary together, and which have affected Catholic views of Islam in both positive and negative directions, depending on time and place. We’ll end by learning what a key Vatican II document, “Nostra Aetate,” has to say about Muslims and Mary. Does this long history of sharing Mary continue to affect Christian-Muslim relations today? CFD: Spirituality       ($10 donation requested)
Please register by calling 616-459-7267 or email register@catholicinformationcenter.org

Biblical Institute for Michigan Catholics

Date: Saturday, November 10, 2018, 8:30am-3:00pm

Cost: $75.00

Speakers: Fr. John Kartje, PhD & Kathleen Sullivan

Topics: Scripture in the Life of the Church; Called, Formed, Sent; Actions of the Apostles; Letter of St. Paul; Small Christian Communities
Diocesan Certification Hours: (5hrs per conference attended) will be given to participants. CFDs=Theology for Biblical sessions, Evangelization for Leadership skills sessions.
Please register by calling 616-459-7267 or at catholicinformationcenter.org/bible

Holy Spirits!
Tuesday, November 13, 10-11:30am (lunch included)

with Fr. Michael Hennessy, CSP

Cost: $15.00

The Catholic Church has produced some of the world’s greatest beer, wine, and liquors. In this program, we’ll discuss the various spirits that Catholic religious orders have distilled through the centuries, including Chartreuse, which some consider to be the world’s greatest liquor. Together, we will talk about the history of liquor production and the Church’s involvement in it and connect the important social value of enjoying a fine spirit over a conversation with friends and family.
Please register by calling 616-459-7267 or email register@catholicinformationcenter.org

Movies that Matter!

Wednesday, November 14, 6-8:30pm

with Fr. Bill Edens, CSP

Cost: $15 per person (includes dinner)

Join us for dinner, a movie and discussion as we view important movies through “a lens of faith” and find surprising insights on the spiritual dimension of each film. Movies are often today’s parables and we will discuss inspirational films that illustrate how great faith can transform our own life and the lives of those around us. CFD: Spirituality
The Hurricane starring Denzel Washington:  This movie is a masterful study of racism and those who are entrapped by it. It also explores what constitutes freedom, the cost of following one’s conscience, the cause for justice, the importance of friendship, and the power of words—written, read and spoken. Based on a true story, the film tells the story of a man who could have been “one of the greatest fighters of all time,” if he had not been falsely convicted of murder.
Please register by calling 616-459-7267 or email register@catholicinformationcenter.org

To register call the CIC at 616-459-7267 or register on-line at catholicinformationcenter.org

Make Your WHY a Way of Life!

If you’ve ever spent ten minutes with a three-year old, you can vouch for their curiosity. “Why can’t I touch that?” “Why is my hair brown?” “Why does that person’s face look so old?” While an untimely “why” can put unsuspecting parents in an embarrassing situation, cultivating curiosity is how every child grows. In fact, we should never shy away from life’s “whys,” even as our children reach adulthood. Here are several “whys” your grown children or grandchildren actually need to hear from you.

  • Have you told them WHY they mean so much to you?
  • Have you told them WHY you embraced faith?
  • Have you told them WHY you have certain personal values?

Many individuals are excited to learn they can easily turn their WHY into action by supporting a ministry or cause that aligns with their values. For instance, a gift in your Will is a simple way to communicate your WHY to the next generation and create a legacy of your Catholic faith in the process. Contact your parish office or call Mark Morrow, Executive Director of The Catholic Foundation of West Michigan at 616.475.1251 to learn more!