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 11, 2019

This annual Mass, hosted by the diocesan Respect Life office, is for parents and family members who have experienced the loss of a child before baptism, including the loss of a child or children through miscarriage, a stillborn birth, or an abortion. All are welcome to attend, including parents, grandparents, siblings, relatives and friends. A reception will follow.

A memorial rose and naming cards will be provided at the Mass for families who have lost a child(ren). If you wish to attend or to register for a rose and naming card, contact Stephanie Grey at 616-288-0908 or



Rachel's Vineyard Weekend Retreat

October 25 - 27, 2019

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