Respect Life Ministry

Respect Life Ministry

For the Church, there is no distinction between defending human life and promoting the dignity of the human person. As a gift from God, every human life is sacred from conception to natural death. The life and dignity of every person must be respected and protected at every stage and in every condition. The right to life is the first and most fundamental principle of human rights that leads Catholics to actively work for a world of greater respect for human life and greater commitment to justice and peace.

Mass for Life

January 22, 2020

On Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, our nation will mark the 47th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision which legalized abortion in our country. The faithful of the diocese are encouraged to observe Jan. 22 as a Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. Mark the Day of Prayer with Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew, Jan. 22, 7 p.m. 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!

Take part in “9 Days for Life,” a multi-faceted novena available through the USCCB for the respect and protection of human life. Each day from Jan. 21-29, a different intention is accompanied by a short reflection, suggested actions, and related information. Sign up to receive the novena by email, text message, or an app at For additional resources to observe the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children, click here.




Rachel's Vineyard Weekend Retreat

March 27-29, 2020 **CANCELED**

A retreat designed to help anyone who struggles with the aftermath of abortion. Each weekend is run by a team of trained volunteers who care deeply about your healing and are sensitive to your needs. For more information, see the link below:

Rachel's Vineyard Retreats

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Bishop's Letter regarding New York's "Reproductive Health Act"

On January 22nd, 2019, on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, the state of New York passed the "Reproductive Health Act". Bishop Walkowiak has written a letter to parishioners of the Diocese of Grand Rapids in response to the passage of this bill.

Read Bishop's Letter Here

U.S. bishops issue statement on Senate rejection of Born-Alive Act

On Feb. 25, the Senate failed to advance the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act—legislation that prohibits infanticide by ensuring that a child born alive following an abortion would receive the same degree of care to preserve her life and health as would be given to any other child born alive at the same gestational age. The Senate rejected a motion to advance the bill on a vote of 53 to 44 with 3 not voting.

Read more Here