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Photo: Strengthened in Faith event at St. Robert Church Ada in 2016Strengthened in Faith: A Day for Families with Children, Youth or Adults with Disabilities or Special Needs  

June 24, 2017 | 1 - 6:45 p.m.

Event details & registration 
(Registration deadline is June 15)
This event is free for families; costs associated with the event are covered through generous donations.
Strengthened in Faith: The doors of the church will be wide open, Saturday, June 24 at St. Robert of Newminster Parish, Ada, for a special day for families with children, of any age, who have disabilities. Please take time to identify and invite families you know who may benefit from this day.
There will be activities for children, youth and adults with disabilities or special needs and their siblings. Childcare will be available for infants & toddlers.


Please contact Teri Burns, or Sister Barbara Cline, FSE, in the diocesan office of faith formation,

Retrouvaille Jubilee Mass

June 25, 2017 | 3 p.m.

Retrouvaille is celebrating 20 years of ministry in our diocese. All are invited, especially any couples who have attended a healing weekend in the past 20 years, together with your families, to attend the Jubilee Mass Sunday, June 25 at 3:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew. Bishop Walkowiak will be presiding. The Mass will coincide with the closing of the Retrouvaille Mideast Regional Conference, being hosted in Grand Rapids that weekend.  


For more information, contact Tony and Julie Gessner at or call (616) 752-7004. For more information about how the ministry of Retrouvaille can help your marriage, visit

Image: 2016 Evening Prayer & Blessing of Musicians, Dennis Rybicki welcomes guests to CathedralAnnual Blessing of Musicians of the Diocese of Grand Rapids

Sept. 12, 2017 | 7 p.m. 
(The Most Holy Name of Mary)

Calling all cantors, instrumentalists, choir members, and music directors to come and celebrate your love for music and liturgy with other musicians of the diocese at the annual Evening Prayer and Blessing of Musicians.  Bishop Walkowiak will preside at Evening Prayer with musicians in the Cathedral of Saint Andrew. All are welcome! Refreshments will follow afterward on the Piazza Secchia (weather permitting). 


Contact Dennis Rybicki, diocesan director of liturgical music,


Image: Friends attending the Diocesan Women's Conference 2017Grand Rapids Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Fall Seminar

Oct. 17, 2017 | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

St. Mary Catholic Church
402 Amity St., Lowell, MI
"Women Healing Wounds" is the theme of the seminar, presented by the Diocesan Council of Catholic Woman in cooperation with St. Mary Parish, Lowell, and Holy Family Parish, Caledonia. It is open to all women and the cost is $20.



National Catholic Youth Conference - “Called/Llamados”
Nov. 16-18, 2017

Teens of the diocese and your parents, now is the time to make plans to attend NCYC 2017. The NCYC is 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, and a chance 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. 

Register today!

If you wish to attend, please register through your parish youth ministry leader or school campus minister. Your parish or school may ask for a deposit at that time.
Your registration for the conference will be complete when you turn in your registration form and payment, which is due before August 31. The total cost is $485 per person. This covers the conference registration fee, 3-night hotel stay, daily breakfast, t-shirt, round trip travel and ground transportation by motor coach while in Indianapolis. Please note that lunch and dinner meals are not included in the cost.   


Please contact Mark Mann, director of family, youth and young adult ministry, or 616-475-1243.

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