Altar servers recess out of the Cathedral after the Easter Vigil Mass.


A seminarian incenses the altar during the consecration at the Easter Vigil Mass.

Office for Worship

The Office for Worship promotes and supports liturgical life in the Diocese of Grand Rapids by means of ministry training and catechesis. It also collaborates with the staff of the Cathedral of Saint Andrew, the mother church of the diocese, to host liturgical celebrations that unite Catholics from throughout the diocese in prayer.

Decree of Promulgation of Diocesan Liturgical Norms for Eucharistic Worship

During the National Eucharistic Revival we are all called to deepen our faith and renew our worship of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. Complementing parish faith formation and additional opportunities for prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, Bishop Walkowiak has carefully reviewed and revised diocesan liturgical norms for Eucharistic worship. The updated norms, published on September 14, 2023, begin to oblige on November 1, 2023. The decree of promulgation and the norms themselves can be found HERE. Or by clicking the title above.


Training for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

As part of the Eucharistic Revival, all Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will undergo training on these Diocesan norms:

2023 Norms for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy CommunionNormas 2023 para Ministros Extraordinarios de la Sagrada Comunión

Diocesan training for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will continue to be offered on approximately a quarterly basis. See below training dates and locations. Check back periodically as new dates are added.

Sat. July 27 - 10:00 AM

All Saints Catholic Church
500 Iroquois Drive
Fremont, MI 49412


Sat. Sept. 21 - 10:00 AM

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church
2510 Richmond St. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504


Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Certificate of Mandate

In addition to diocesan training, potential ministers must receive formation provided by their parish or institution specific to their desired mandate and the customs and procedures observed where they will serveThose who have been trained will receive a certificate card from the diocese. Names should be submitted either by the pastor or director of the parish in consultation with those in charge of training new ministers.
Cards can be produced in English, Spanish, or both. Please specify your need.
Submit the names of your newly trained extraordinary ministers of holy Communion to receive a certificate of mandate.

Parish Resources

Communion of the Sick

English Leader card
English Participant card
Spanish Leader card
Spanish Participant card

Instructions for Deacons Assisting at Mass

View booklet

Church Art and Architecture Commission

The Church Art and Architecture Commission is a committee of Catholic professionals that serves the bishop by helping to create appropriate spaces for Catholic worship in keeping with Church guidelines and liturgical principles.

Part of the Office for Worship, this commission is the primary review body and resource for the construction and renovation (including restoration) of churches and chapels in the diocese, from the early discernment process to the completion of the work. The committee meets as needed, generally on the second Thursday of the month.

Church Projects

Pastors considering projects involving their parish worship space, please contact Dr. Aaron Sanders, director of the Office for Worship.