Mass for Home-school Families

Date & time:
Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 at 10 a.m.
Location:
Cathedral of Saint Andrew
301 Sheldon Blvd. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Bishop Walkowiak will celebrate a back to school Mass with home-school families on Sept. 7. Families are invited to pack a lunch for a picnic after the Mass at John Ball Park (weather-permitting).

 

Image from the choir loft of the Cathedral of Saint Andrew of organist, choir members and music director
Mass and Blessing of Pastoral Musicians

Date & time:
Sept. 17, 2019
Location:
Cathedral of Saint Andrew
301 Sheldon Blvd. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

All parish musicians of the Diocese of Grand Rapids are invited to participate in Mass with a blessing of renewal and re-commitment to our ministry with Bishop David Walkowiak presiding. All pastors, deacons, music directors, instrumentalists, cantors, choir members and staff associated with liturgical music are welcome!  A reception on the Piazza Secchia will follow Mass.

 

2017 Parish Ministry & Catechetical Conference, West Catholic, photo by J. Perry
Parish Ministry & Catechetical Conference: Open Wide our Hearts

Date & time:
Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location:
West Catholic High School
1801 Bristol Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Some things to note:
Register before Aug. 1 for a discounted rate.
Institutes: Pre-selection is required as space is limited.
Workshops: There is no pre-selection of workshops. Participants attend the workshops of their choice on the day of the conference.

Registration:
Registration is open! Early bird discount is available for registrations purchased/postmarked by Aug. 1. Click here to register online today!

“Open Wide Our Hearts” is the theme of this year’s daylong conference, which will feature a keynote address by Mike Patin, speaker and faith horticulturist. More than thirty workshops will be offered along with day-long institutes on the topics of Scripture with Deacon Lucas, and Catechesis with Jared Dees. An additional institute will be offered in Spanish. Bishop Walkowiak will celebrate Mass at noon.

For more information, email Marianne Verner at mverner@grdiocese.org.

 

Second Annual Music and Liturgy Institute featuring Father Michael Joncas

Dates & times:
Oct. 11 from 7 – 10 p.m. & Oct. 12 from 8:15 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Locations:
Cathedral Square Center (Oct. 11)
360 Division Ave. S.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
and
Catholic Central High School Student Center (Oct. 12)
319 Sheldon Blvd. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Renowned composer, author, and speaker, Father Michael Joncas, is coming to Grand Rapids!  Friday’s presentation topic is “Finding the Sacred in Sound”.  Saturday will be a “mini-convention” with prayer, Michael giving a keynote address on the topic of psalms, and breakout sessions.  Contact programs@npmgr.org for more information, or to register.  This event is cosponsored by the Diocese of Grand Rapids and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (GR Chapter).

View event flyer for details.

 

Prison & Jail Ministry logo
Third Annual West Michigan Restorative Justice Conference: Radical Forgiveness

Date & time:
Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location:
Cathedral Square Center
360 Division Ave. S.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

“Radical Forgiveness” is the theme of the Third Annual West Michigan Restorative Justice Conference organized by inmates of Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility in Ionia. Hosted by the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids’ Prison and Jail Ministry, the 2019 conference will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19 and will feature keynote speaker Kate Grosmaire, author of “Forgiving my Daughter’s Killer, A True Story of Loss, Faith and Unexpected Grace.”

Registration:
Admission is free, but registration is required. Click here to register.

Questions? Contact Tricia Worrell in the diocesan Office of Prison & Jail Ministry, tworrell@grdiocese.org.

 


National Catholic Youth Conference 2019

Blest + Broken + Given | Bendito + Partido + Entregado
Dates:
November 21-24
Location:
Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium
Indianapolis, IN 

NCYC 2019 will be a celebration of the Catholic faith for high school age young people – involving dynamic speakers, powerful workshops, positive music, interactive activities, vibrant prayer and worship. More than that, it is the opportunity to experience the larger Church in the United States by gathering with more than 23,000 teens, priests, religious, bishops, and other leaders from all over the country. Keynote speakers include Sister Bethany Madonna, SV, Katie Prejean McGrady, Mark Hart, Immaculee Ilibagiza and Father Agustino Torres, CFR.

NCYC is a great opportunity for youth AND their parents to participate in the national gathering of the “young Church.” Built into the conference will be a workshop track for parents and a parent resource room.

Registration:
To register, CONTACT YOUR PARISH OR HIGH SCHOOL CAMPUS MINISTRY LEADER. If your parish or school is not organizing a group, contact Mark Mann at the diocesan office, mmann@grdiocese.org to be connected with a parish near you that is sending a group. Begin by printing, completing and submitting this form with payment to your parish or high school contact. Cost is $495 per person and covers the conference registration fee, hotel stay at the Springhill Suites (4 to a room), daily breakfast, t-shirt, round trip travel and ground transportation by motor coach while in Indianapolis. Registration at this regular conference rate is available until Aug. 31.

Additional questions may also be directed to Mark Mann, director of the office of family, youth and young adult ministry, mmann@grdiocese.org.

Discover other Catholic enrichment opportunities in the diocese:  Catholic Information Center | Dominican Center at Marywood | Franciscan Life Process CenterLakeshore Academy for the New Evangelization (LANE)