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

Exploring the Priesthood Discernment Group Meetings

2020 Dates – Jan. 19, Feb. 16, March 15, April 19, May 17
Hosted by the diocesan Office of Priestly Vocations. Meetings on the dates listed above take place from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Learn more.
St. Robert of Newminster Church
6477 Ada Dr.
Ada, MI
Business office conference room 506 | Enter through Door A


Diocesan-wide Holy Hour for Healing, Reparation and Restoration

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Cathedral of Saint Andrew
301 Sheldon Blvd. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Join Bishop Walkowiak for a Holy Hour to mark the conclusion of the Healing our Church process in parishes throughout the diocese.

Watch LIVE:
The Holy Hour also will be broadcast live on our website and on the diocesan Facebook page.


Image of the book of gospels with Bishop Walkowiak in background, Christmas midnight Mass 2016 by Eric Tank
Prelude of carols and Christmas midnight Mass, Bishop Walkowiak presiding

Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019 at 12 a.m. (A prelude of carols beginning at 11 p.m. Dec. 24 will precede the Mass)
Cathedral of Saint Andrew
301 Sheldon Blvd. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Join Bishop Walkowiak for the celebration of midnight Mass for the feast of the Nativity of the Lord at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew. Mass begins at 12 a.m. on Dec. 25. A prelude of carols beginning at 11 p.m. (Dec. 24) will precede the Mass. This Mass is often standing room only, so we encourage you to arrive early for seating.

Christmas midnight Mass also will be televised on WXMI Fox17 beginning at 11 p.m. on Dec. 24, and broadcast live on our website and on the diocesan Facebook page. The Mass will be rebroadcast on TV on WXMI Fox17 at 4:30 a.m. on Christmas morning.

Additional Christmas Masses at the Cathedral:
Tuesday, December 24 – 4:30 p.m. Mass
Wednesday, December 25 – 10 a.m. Mass and
12 p.m. Misa en Espanol

For a listing of Christmas Masses in parishes throughout the diocese, visit


Mass for Life Facebook graphic, baby booties
Mass for Life with Bishop Walkowiak – Jan. 22, 2020

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 at 7 p.m. (Facebook event)
Cathedral of Saint Andrew
301 Sheldon Blvd. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

On Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, our nation will mark the 47th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision which legalized abortion in our country. Bishop Walkowiak encourages all people of the diocese to observe that day as a Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children.

Join the bishop for Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew, Jan. 22, 7 p.m. to reaffirm our commitment to the Gospel of life and to the protection of all human life from conception to natural death. All are welcome!

Take part in “9 Days for Life,” a multi-faceted novena available through the USCCB for the respect and protection of human life. Each day from Jan. 21-29, a different intention is accompanied by a short reflection, suggested actions, and related information. Sign up to receive the novena by email, text message, or an app at For additional resources to observe the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children, click here.


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

Thursday, Jan. 23 to Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020
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.: 23-26 Enero de 2019 – 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.


Catholic Schools Week 2019 image showing colored pencils and the DOGR schools logo
Catholic Schools Week 2020

Jan. 26 – Feb. 1, 2020
Observed in schools and parishes throughout the diocese with various Masses, events and other activities.

The more than 6,500 students in Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids are among nearly 2 million around the country who’ll celebrate Catholic Schools Week Jan. 26-Feb. 1 This annual celebration highlights everything that makes Catholic education outstanding.​ Learn more, find a Catholic school near you at

Beacons of Light – Council of Catholic Women’s State Conference

April 24-25, 2020
Frankenmuth, MIchigan

The Grand Rapids Diocesan Council of Catholic Women invites all Catholic women to join them for a state conference, BEACONS OF LIGHT, to be held April 24-25, 2020 in Frankenmuth, MIchigan.

Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak, bishop of Grand Rapids, Most Reverend Stephen J. Raica, bishop of Gaylord, Most Reverend Earl A. Boyea, bishop of Lansing, and Most Reverend Paul J. Bradley, bishop of Kalamazoo will be celebrating Mass on Friday evening, April 24. This year’s event coincides with the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Council of Catholic Women as the voice for all Catholic women instituted by the U.S. bishops in 1920.

Please join us for this event that will feature Mass with our bishops, inspirational speakers, vendors, and fellowship with women from all over the state. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. on Friday and the conference concludes on Saturday at lunch. For registration information and room block details, email or call Janet at 616-915-5930.


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)