Trumpeter plays during 2017 Palm Sunday Mass at the Cathedral by Jaymie Perry
Mass and Blessing of Pastoral Musicians – Sept. 17

Date & time:
Tuesday, 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 – Sept. 28

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:
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! 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.

 


“Life in Focus”: Catholic Business Leaders Breakfast with featured presenter Dave Burgess

Date & time:
Friday, Oct. 11, 7 – 9 a.m.
7 a.m. – registration and networking; 7:30 a.m. program
Location:
Cathedral Square Center
360 Division Ave. S.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Attend the fall Catholic Business Leaders Forum breakfast with presenter Dave Burgess. “Life in Focus” will be the topic of his presentation. Dave is a professional photographer, a retired fundraising professional, and a recent recipient of the Catholic Central Dominican Spirit Award. He’ll share the story of Great Lakes Scrip Center, which started with two families in a basement and grew into a retail powerhouse that has raised (so far) more than $750 million dollars for non-profit organizations across the US. Dave will share his personal journey of career ups, downs and zig zags, with a touch of humor and a big helping of common-sense lessons he’s learned along the way. Seating is limited.

During this event, you’ll have the opportunity to:
Network with peers; meet and talk with other business leaders
Gain new insights and perspectives
Discover and discuss new ideas and solutions to bring into your workplace, or to benefit your home and family.

Tickets & table/event sponsors:
Individual Ticket $30; Visit https://community.cfwm.dioceseofgrandrapids.org/pages/CBLF-2019.10.11 to purchase.
Table Sponsor (one-time event sponsor) $250
Annual Event Sponsor (three-time event sponsor) $750
Premier Event Sponsor $1,250
For table/event sponsorships, or if you have questions, email Jean Katt at events@catholicfoundationwm.org.

Second Annual Music and Liturgy Institute featuring Father Michael Joncas – Oct. 11 & 12

Dates & times:
Friday, Oct. 11 from 7 – 10 p.m. & Saturday, 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.

 


Wedding Anniversary Mass – Oct. 13

Date & time:
Sunday, Oct. 13 at 10 a.m.
Location:
Cathedral of Saint Andrew
301 Sheldon Blvd. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Together with your families, the Diocese of Grand Rapids honors the faithful witness to your vocation of marriage and wishes to celebrate with you. Bishop Walkowiak is inviting all couples celebrating milestone anniversaries to join him on Sunday, Oct. 13 at the 10 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew (301 Sheldon Ave. SE, Grand Rapids). Please invite your family and friends, a simple reception will immediately follow. RSVP to your parish office.

Misa de Aniversario de Bodas
Unidos a sus familiares, la Diócesis de Grand Rapids honra el fiel testimonio de su vocación matrimonial y desea celebrarlo con ustedes. El Obispo Walkowiak esta invitando a todas las parejas que están celebrando el 25, 30, 40, 50, 60 aniversarios de bodas ó más años para que se unan a él, Domingo, 13 de Octubre a las 10 a.m. para una Misa en la Catedral de San Andrés (301 Sheldon Ave. SE, Grand Rapids). Pueden invitar a sus familiares y amigos. Una pequeña recepción tendrá lugar inmediatamente después de la misa. Responde a su oficina parroquial.

Contact Marianne Verner with questions, mverner@grdiocese.org

 

Restorative Justice Conference 2019 graphic, breaking chains, for Upcoming Events page
3rd Annual West Michigan Restorative Justice Conference: Radical Forgiveness – Oct. 19

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.

 

Christ healing the sick, White Mass-Mass of Christ the Healer graphic
White Mass (Mass of Christ the Healer) – Oct. 20

Date & time:
Sunday, Oct. 20 at 10 a.m.
Location:
Cathedral of Saint Andrew
301 Sheldon Blvd. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Physicians, dentists, nurses, administrators, students, caregivers, trustees and anyone working in the health care profession or ministry with the sick and infirm, along with your families, are invited to join Bishop David Walkowiak for the celebration of the White Mass or Mass of Christ the Healer on Oct. 20 at 10 a.m. A special blessing of health care workers will be offered by the bishop before the closing prayer of the Mass.

You are invited to wear your working uniform (scrubs, coat, etc.). A reception will be held after Mass in the cathedral’s parish center (lower level).

 

Mass for God’s Children – Nov. 11

Date & time:
Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Location:
Cathedral of Saint Andrew
301 Sheldon Blvd. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

This annual Mass 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. Additional details to come.

 


National Catholic Youth Conference 2019 – Nov. 21-24

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 the regular conference rate concluded 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)