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!

Seeking Awareness of Addiction and Recovery

Gathering HOPE, an addiction recovery support group, invites the community to attend a public speaking event at the St. Joseph Catholic Church Activity Center in Belding. Daniel Carlock, addiction therapist, will speak on The Problem of
Addictions and there is a Solution. This presentation will take place on Sunday, January 19, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. There is no charge to attend. Gathering HOPE extends an invitation to anyone interested in learning more about substance
abuse and recovery. For additional information contact 616-446-3000.www.prayerofpeacegr.org

Prayer of Peace in the Spirit of Taizé

Monday, January 20, 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary Church, 423 First St. NW, Grand Rapids, celebrating the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The Prayer of Peace is contemplative, ecumenical, candlelight musical prayer in the spirit of Taizé. Few things are more conducive to a communion with the living God than a meditative common prayer with, as its high point, singing that stretches through time and that continues in the silence of one’s heart when one is alone again. Every year Christians across the world gather in prayer for growth in unity. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity gives Christians across the world an annual opportunity to gather in prayer and continue our quest for the unity we already share in Christ. www.prayerofpeacegr.org

Mass for Life with Bishop Walkowiak

WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. (Facebook event)
WHERE: Cathedral of Saint Andrew

On Jan. 22, our nation will mark the 47th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision which legalized abortion in our country. Bishop Walkowiak encourages all people of the diocese to observe that day as a Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children.

Join the bishop for Mass to reaffirm our commitment to the Gospel of life and to the protection of all human life from conception to natural death. All are welcome!

For additional resources to observe the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children, click here.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

January 22-25, 7:00 PM at the Performing Arts Center at Aquinas College

January 25 at 2:00 PM at the Performing Arts Center at Aquinas College

Tickets:  $9-Adults, $7-Students, $5-62 and older

Purchase online at circletheatre.org, at the PAC box office or by phone (456-6656)

The Theater Departments of Catholic Central High School and West Catholic proudly announce five performances of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This will be the twentieth year the schools have cooperated on this project! Performances will be held on January 22 through 25 at 7:00pm and on January 25 at 2:00pm in the Performing Arts Center located on the campus of Aquinas College. Tickets will be priced at $9 for adults, $7 for students and $5 for patrons 62 and older. Tickets may be purchased on-line at circletheatre.org, at the PAC box office, or by phone (456-6656). For information or tickets call the PAC Box Office at 456-6656 Monday through Friday from noon to 5pm.

 The Plot

A Midsummer Night’s Dream comically portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta (the former queen of the Amazons). These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers who fall in love with the wrong person and a group of six amateur actors who are controlled and manipulated by Martians who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. Of course by the play’s end, everything ends “happily ever after. The play is recognized as one of Shakespeare’s most popular works for the stage and is widely performed around the world (Wikipedia).

The Theater Programs of West Catholic and Catholic Central High Schools are very grateful for the support and technical assistance they have received from Aquinas College and Circle Theater for this production.

Introduction to Natural Family Planning

Are you preparing for marriage or looking into Natural Family Planning (NFP) options? The Franciscan Life Process Center invites you to Introduction to Natural Family Planning (NFP) on January 23 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Grand Rapids campus, 654 Davis Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504. This one-time session covers the basics of how Natural Family Planning (NFP) works and highlights the differences between methods. Pre-registration is required. Please contact Laura Chapin at lchapin@lifeprocesscenter.org.

March for Life in Washington, D.C.

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 23 to Sunday, Jan. 26
WHERE: Washington, D.C.

Each year since 1973, on this somber anniversary, the peaceful demonstration that takes place in our nation’s capital has been a witness to the truth concerning the greatest human rights violation in our time, legalized abortion. The event is an opportunity to pray and peacefully protest the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision and to promote the gift and sanctity of life.

More than 140 young people and adults will be participating in the March for Life through the diocesan Office for Family, Youth, and Young Adults. We don’t have a final count yet, but additional attendees will be representing our Catholic high schools (all five are represented), colleges/universities in West Michigan, our parishes, and Grand Rapids Right to Life.

Watch coverage of the March for Life

On EWTN (Website | Facebook Live) and CatholicTV  EWTN TV Schedule | EWTN channel finder

Stay connected on social media

Stay connected with our March for Life pilgrims on Facebook and Twitter.

Throughout the year you can find additional resources on the Respect Life page of the diocesan website and the ministry’s Facebook page.

January 27, 6:30 – 9:30 pm

The B.O.B. – 20 Monroe Ave. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Tickets: $50 in advance / $60 at the door

Check out some photos from our 2019 event!

Soup’s On For All! has warmed the hearts of thousands while helping to provide hot meals for those in need. Held at the B.O.B in downtown Grand Rapids, the event raises more than $100,000 annually for the food and pantry programs of God’s Kitchen, a program of Catholic Charities West Michigan.

This fun-filled evening welcomes more than 1,000 attendees and is made possible with the support of more than 150 volunteers. Guests can visit each of the building’s five floors where they are able to sample soups, breads and desserts donated by area restaurants while enjoying live music and entertainment. Throughout the year, volunteers hand paint thousands of soup bowls. Each guest selects a bowl as a souvenir of the evening — and a reminder that hunger is a reality every day for many in our community.

Interested in volunteering for the event? Contact Holly Salas, Volunteer Coordinator, at hsalas@ccwestmi.org.

For event questions, please contact Karol Maurer at kmaurer@ccwestmi.org or 616.356.6207.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend Opportunity

Give your spouse the best gift of all this Christmas – time with you. Refresh your faith and your marriage by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend: Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at the Comfort Inn in Farmington Hills or Feb. 28-Mar. 1 at the St. Francis Retreat Center in DeWitt. Check out wwme.org  to apply or contact Chris & Darla Vinton at 269-953-8287 for more info.

Register NOW!

Touched by Mercy, a Day for those Affected by Suicide will be held at the Franciscan Life Process Center, Lowell Campus, 11650 Downes St. NE Lowell, MI  49331 on Saturday, February 8, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.  Join Sister Colleen Ann Nagle, FSE, MA and Father Ron Hutchinson, MA for a special day of reflection, sharing and prayer for those who have been affected by the suicide of a loved one.  Please go to touchedbymercy2020.eventbrite.com to register.


Roses are red, violets are blue.  Fresh bread and wine make your valentine sweet on you! Bake Bread with your Valentine on February 11 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Franciscan Life Process Center, Lowell Campus, 11650 Downes St. NE Lowell, MI.  Sister Colleen Ann Nagle, FSE has selected delicious bread recipes for you to choose to make with your spouse. No prior experience needed. Limit of 10 couples.  Go to oamkvalentinebread.eventbrite.com to register.

Catholic Women’s Statewide Conference

Registration is now open!

The Grand Rapids Diocesan Council of Catholic Women invites all Catholic women to join them for the state conference, BEACONS OF LIGHT, to be held April 24-25, 2020 in Frankenmuth, MI. 

Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak, Bishop of Grand Rapids, Most Reverend Stephen J. Raica, Bishop of Gaylord, Most Reverend Earl A.  Boyea, Bishop of Lansing, and Most Reverend Paul J. Bradley, Bishop of Kalamazoo, will be celebrating Mass on Friday night. This year’s event coincides with the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Council of Catholic Women.

Please join us for this event that will feature Mass with our bishops, inspirational speakers, vendors, and fellowship time with women from all over the state. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. on Friday and the conference concludes on Saturday at lunch.

For registration information and room block details, email grdccw@grdiocese.org or call Janet at 616-915-5930.

Registration is open for a pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Join Fr. Michael Cilibraise, pastor of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Holland, and the Lakeshore Academy for the New Evangelization (LANE) for a pilgrimage to the Holy Land from Nov. 29 – Dec. 8, 2020. Registration is now open. Fr. Michael will be your guide as you walk where Jesus walked, see where he taught during his earthly ministry, and feel his presence still there today! See the full itinerary, pricing, and register at lanecatholic.org.

Join Us for Adoration at Our Lady of Consolation in Rockford!

Relationships flourish when we spend time with the ones we love. Have you spent time with
Jesus this week outside of Mass? He is present – Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity – waiting for
you in our Perpetual Adoration Chapel. Stop in to the Perpetual Adoration Chapel at Our Lady
of Consolation Church in Rockford any time day or night or schedule a time by calling 616-866-
0931 or e-mail jwoodruff@olcparish.net.
Check out our Adoration video: