Events are organized chronologically by date – scroll down for additional event dates and details.

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

WHEN:
Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
WHERE:
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. Register here.

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
Mass to Honor those who serve in Health Care (White Mass) – Oct. 20

WHEN:
Sunday, Oct. 20 at 10 a.m.
WHERE:
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).

WATCH video invitation on Facebook.

 


Mass for God’s Children – Nov. 11

WHEN:
Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Father Scott Nolan, celebrant
WHERE:
Cathedral of Saint Andrew
301 Sheldon Blvd. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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. Those who would like to offer their prayerful support for healing also are encouraged to attend including parents, grandparents, siblings, other relatives and friends. A reception will follow.

A memorial rose and naming card are available for families who have lost a child(ren). If you would like to reserve a rose and have your child(ren) remembered on a name card, please contact Stephanie Grey before Nov. 7 by calling 616-288-0908 or email: sgrey@grdiocese.org.

 


National Catholic Youth Conference 2019 – Nov. 21-24

Blest + Broken + Given | Bendito + Partido + Entregado
WHEN:
November 21-24
WHERE:
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.

 

Mass for Life with Bishop Walkowiak – Jan. 22, 2020

WHEN:
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 at 7 p.m.
WHERE:
Cathedral of Saint Andrew
301 Sheldon Blvd. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Additional details coming soon.

 

March for Life 2019, Holy Family Parish youth, Caledonia
March for Life 2020 in Washington, D.C. – Jan. 23-26, 2020

WHEN:
Thursday, Jan. 23 to Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020
WHERE:
Washington, D.C.

General Information: (EnglishEspañol)

The March for Life in Washington, D.C., began as a small demonstration and rapidly grew to be the largest pro-life event in the world. Each year since 1973, on this somber anniversary, the peaceful demonstration that takes place in our nation’s capital has been a witness to the truth concerning the greatest human rights violation in our time, legalized abortion on demand.

Registration to participate in this year’s March for Life is now open and continues through December 8.
The Office for Family, Youth, and Young Adults is offering the opportunity for high school age young people in the Diocese of Grand Rapids to participate in the annual March for Life in Washington D.C., Jan. 23-26, 2020.
The cost per person is $325, covering bus transportation to and from Washington, two night’s lodging, and five meals. Participants will need additional money to pay for three meals, subway fare, and sightseeing.

REGISTRATION: To register, contact your parish youth ministry leader or campus minister.

Limited financial assistance from the diocese is available on request. Check with your parish youth ministry leader or campus minister, or contact Mark Mann. All requests for financial aid must be received by Dec. 8.

For groups making separate arrangements: if you would like your group to attend the annual Youth Rally and Mass for Life, hosted by the Archdiocese of Washington on the morning of the national March for Life, please contact me before November 8. While the event is free, it is a ticketed event. Please provide your name, contact information, and how many tickets you would like. Please note that this is only a request for tickets as the Archdiocese cannot guarantee that we will receive our total requested number of tickets.

For questions or more information: Please contact Mark Mann, director of family, youth and young adult ministry.

Registro para participar en la Marcha por la Vida ya está abierta y continúa hasta el 8 de diciembre.
La oficina de familia y jóvenes está ofreciendo la oportunidad de participar en la Marcha por la Vida en Washington, D.C.: 18-21 Enero de 2018 – para los jóvenes acudir a escuela secundaria en la diócesis de Grand Rapids. El costo por persona es de $325: para el transporte de autobús a y desde Washington, dos noches de alojamiento y 5 comidas. Los participantes tendrá dinero adicional para pagar para 3 comidas, tarifa del metro y el turismo.

INSCRIPCIÓN: Para inscribirse, comuníquese con el líder del ministerio juvenil de su parroquia o el ministro del campus.

Limitada asistencia financiera está disponible a petición. Consulte con el líder del ministerio juvenil de su parroquia o con el ministro del campus, o comuníquese con Mark Mann. All requests for financial aid must be received by December 8.

Para grupos que harán arreglos separados: si su grupo desea asistir a la Misa por la Vida, organizado por la Arquidiócesis de Washington en la mañana de la Marcha Nacional por la Vida, comuníquese conmigo antes del 8 de noviembre. Aunque el evento es gratuito, es un evento que requiere boleto de entrada. Proporcione su nombre, información de contacto y cuántas entradas le gustaría. Tenga en cuenta que esto es sólo una solicitud de boletos, ya que la Arquidiócesis no puede garantizar que recibiremos nuestro número total solicitado de boletos.

Para preguntas o más información: Comuníquese con Mark Mann, director del ministerio de familias, jóvenes y jóvenes adultos.

 

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)