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 God's Children

November 10, 2020 at 7 PM
Cathedral of Saint Andrew


This memorial Mass is offered for parents who've experienced the loss of a child before baptism, including through miscarriage, a stillborn birth, or through abortion, whether the loss was recent, or occurred many years ago. This year's Mass will be celebrated by Bishop David Walkowiak for parents, grandparents, siblings and other relatives and friends as a way to honor and remember these children. Anyone who would like to offer their prayerful support for healing is encouraged to attend (prior to attending, please review diocesan COVID-19 guidelines, which can be found at A memorial rose and naming card are available to families who have lost a child(ren). To reserve a rose and have your child(ren) remembered on a name card, please contact Stephanie Grey before Nov. 6 by calling 616-288-0908 or emailing:




Walking with
Moms in Need



“Walking with Moms in Need,” a nationwide year of service, is an effort to strengthen our pastoral responses to women facing unexpected or challenging pregnancies and to increase awareness of the resources available to mothers and families in need. Every parish in the United States is invited to join in.


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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.

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