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!

The Journey Emerges

A Program for Marriage Preparation – Held at:  St. Robert of Newminster Parish, Ada, Michigan  |  thejourneyemerges@gmail.com, 616-822-6718

Program Dates for Couples preparing for Sacrament of Marriage

  1. Saturday, August 22, 2020
  2. Saturday, October 24, 2020
  3. Saturday, November 21, 2020
  4. Saturday, December 19, 2020
  5. Saturday, Janaury 23, 2021

NEW Program for REmarriage/Second Marriages, Non-Traditional Aged Marraiges:  The Journey Emerges-A New Beginning

Call to set a date for this program – 616-822-6718 or write to thejourneyemerges@gmail.com

Administration and Feedback using FOCCUS: by appointment

Call to get information or set up an appointment at 616-822-6718 or write to thehourneyemerges@gmail.com

Catholic Charities West Michigan Announces:

Growing Need! We Served 9,000 Meals & 1,200 Boxes of Groceries in Four Weeks!

The increasing need for food support, as a result of the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic, has led to more patrons visiting God’s Kitchen and our Muskegon Food Pantry. During this crisis, CCWM’s programs have continued to provide food to anyone who needs it, serving prepared meals at God’s Kitchen and a box of groceries at our Muskegon Food Pantry. In our first month of food to-go, God’s Kitchen has seen an average of 50 extra patrons each day and has served over 9,000 meals. At our Muskegon Food Pantry, the number of patrons has doubled from 150 per week to 300 per week as well!

Below are the costs associated with feeding each patron through our food programs. Please CLICK HERE to consider making a tax-deductible donation today to help support those most in need in our community.

Each meal at God’s Kitchen is valued at $2.20, which includes the cost of to-go materials. These meals are delicious and hearty, created by our excellent chefs, and designed to sustain our patrons throughout the day.

Each box of groceries at our Muskegon Food Pantry is valued at $18 and includes items like dairy, grains, bread, protein, vegetables, fruits, & more! This resource is limited to once a month, for anyone who needs it.

Click HERE to donate!


This is a trying time for many, particularly those with mental-health issues. The following agencies have workers available around the clock to talk to callers in crisis. By calling, those in crisis can help slow the coronavirus spread.

The agencies are set up to provide services by telephone or tele-heath. An on-site assessment is available for those in a life-threatening situation.

Network180: (616) 336-3909

Pine Rest: (800) 678-5500 or (616) 455-9200

Forest View: (800) 949-8439

Arbor Circle: (616) 456-6571

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services: 1-888-PEER-753 (888-833-7753)
Peer-run warmline for Michiganders. Open 7 days a week from 10 am to 2 am

Headspace: collection of meditation, sleep, and movement exercises

Salvation Army Compassion Hotline: 616.742.9199
Open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week, for individuals needing to talk, share and ask questions.


Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Lifeline Chat is a service of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, connecting individuals with counselors for emotional support and other services via web chat. All chat centers in the Lifeline network are accredited by CONTACT USA. Lifeline Chat is available 24/7 across the U.S.

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: