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Upcoming events: Register for WYD, get tickets for Soup's On!

Graphic: Soup's On For All!CCWM's Soup's on for All!

Date & time:
Jan. 29, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
The B.O.B
20 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
$50/person in advance; $60/person at the door
Soup’s On For All! has warmed the hearts of thousands while helping to provide hot meals for those in need. Held at the B.O.B in downtown Grand Rapids, the event raises more than $100,000 annually for the food and pantry programs of God’s Kitchen, a program of Catholic Charities West Michigan (CCWM).
This fun-filled evening welcomes more than 1,000 attendees and is made possible with the support of more than 150 volunteers. Guests can visit each of the building’s five floors where they are able to sample soups, breads and desserts donated by area restaurants while enjoying live music and entertainment. Throughout the year, volunteers hand paint thousands of soup bowls. Each guest selects a bowl as a souvenir of the evening — and a reminder that hunger is a reality every day for many in our community.

Event questions?

Contact Bethany Stowe, or 616-551-5663.

Graphic: Soup's On Along the Lakeshore!CCWM's Soup's On Along the Lakeshore!

Date & time:
Feb. 12, 2018 at 6 p.m.
Trillium Events Center
17246 Van Wagoner Rd
Spring Lake, MI 49456
Soup’s On Along the Lakeshore! is an extension of our original Soup’s On for All! and held in Muskegon. This event raises funds for the Muskegon food pantry of Catholic Charities West Michigan (CCWM). Guests of this event sample a large variety of locally donated soups, breads and desserts, while enjoying live music. Throughout the year, volunteers hand paint thousands of soup-bowls. Each guest selects one as a souvenir and reminder that hunger is a reality every day.

Event questions?

Please contact CCWM by email at or by phone at 616-551-5663.

Photo: West Catholic H.S. students at MFL17March for Life 2018

"Love Saves Lives"
Jan. 18-21, 2018
(The National Youth Rally, Mass for Life and the March take place Jan. 19)
Washington, D.C.
Attending the March:
If you are a high school age young person who'd like to attend the 2018 March for Life, please contact your parish's youth ministry leader, or Catholic campus minister for more information. If your parish or school is not organizing a March for Life group, but you'd still like to attend, please contact Mark Mann, diocesan director of family, youth and young adult ministry at or 616-475-1243.
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Hundreds of youth, young adults and adults from our diocese will make the pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. to participate in the 44th Annual March for Life to march, pray and peacefully protest the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision and to promote the gift and sanctity of life. Along with students from high schools and colleges/universities throughout our diocese, many of our parishes as well as Grand Rapids Right to Life will be represented at the March.  
Please pray for our pilgrims and pray for and do your part to work to advocate for the sanctity of life. View Respect Life resources on our website.
Asistiendo a la Marcha:
Si eres un joven en la High School y te gustaría asistir a la Marcha por la Vida en el 2018, por favor de contactar al Coordinador de jóvenes de tu parroquia, o al Ministro Católico del Campus para más información.
Miles de jóvenes, jóvenes adultos y adultos de nuestra diócesis harán una peregrinación a Washinton D.C para participar en la marcha anual por la Vida para marchar, orar y protestar pacíficamente la decisión de la corte suprema sobre Roe vs. Wade  y promover el regalo y lo sagrado de la vida. Junto con estudiantes de la preparatoria y los colegios/universidades de nuestra diócesis, muchas de nuestras parroquias al igual que Grand Rapids Right to Life estarán representados en la marcha.
Por favor ore por nuestros peregrinos y haga su parte en abogar por lo sagrado de la vida. Ver recursos sobre Respeto a la Vida en nuestro sitio web.


Please contact Mark Mann, coordinator of family, youth and young adult ministry, 616-475-1243 or or Mary Pereira, 616-243-3927 or
Por favor, póngase en contacto con Mark Mann, coordinador del ministerio de familia, jóvenes y 616-475-1243 or 
WATCH: March for Life live coverage on EWTN (March for Life 2018 Schedule)  
Join the USCCB for Nine Days for Life
Four Ways to Participate!
Your prayers matter; Your sacrifices make a difference
Since the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision 44 years ago, more than 58 million children's lives have been lost to abortion, and the lives of millions of their parents have been shattered. In prayerful recognition of these lost and broken lives, the U.S. Bishops invited Catholics and others nationwide to participate in Nine days of prayer, penance and pilgrimage Jan. 21-29. Click the link for details or to receive the daily novena in English and Spanish each day by email, text message, or through their app. (Additional details

Grand Rapids Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (GRDCCW) Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows and the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis 

Thursday, May 10-12, 2018
Mary Ellen Sparks, 616-452-3054 for more information

The Grand Rapids Diocesan Council of Catholic Women invites you to join its fourth annual pilgrimage. The 2018 pilgrimage to St. Louis will include a stop at and tour of the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illionois to enjoy the beautiful gardens, Lourdes Grotto, church and gift shop. In addition the group will tour the Cathedral Basilica St. Louis to see its beautiful mosaics and grand altar. Get a glimpse through the Arch of the Gateway to the West. Couples welcome.

Graphic: Living Every Day with Passion & PurposeLiving Every Day with Passion & Purpose with Matthew Kelly

Date & time:
May 19, 2018, 7 - 10 p.m.
DeltaPlex Arena
2500 Turner Ave. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49544
Purchase tickets online through Dynamic Catholic to take advantage of the limited time, early-bird rate of $29 through Jan. 19; after that date tickets will be $39. Also, beginning in January, sponsoring parishes will be selling tickets on designated weekends including special discount weekends during which tickets will be $20. View the list of sponsoring parishes & ticket sale weekends.
Earn a free ticket by volunteering for the Passion & Purpose event. Sign up here.
Are you thriving or just surviving? Do you want more energy? A deeper sense of purpose? Join acclaimed Catholic speaker and author Matthew Kelly for “Living Every Day with Passion & Purpose” on May 19, 2018 from 7-10 p.m. at the Deltaplex. 
The program will focus on three elements:
  • Discover your purpose. You’re here for a reason. Discover what it is.
  • Learn new habits. These three game-changers will impact every area of your life.
  • Gain personal clarity. God is always speaking to you. Learn how to hear his voice.
In addition to the presentation, the program will feature live music by Eliot Morris, a singer-songwriter who has toured with Counting Crows, John Mayer and James Taylor.
Kelly, founder of the Dynamic Catholic Institute, is the author of several bestselling books, including: Rediscover Catholicism, The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic and Resisting Happiness.


Please contact Annalise Laumeyer, diocesan director of communications, or 616-551-5629. 

World Youth Day 2019

"I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word." Lk 1:38
Jan. 22-27, 2019
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In January 2019, millions of young Catholics will gather in Panama for the first World Youth Day to take place in Central America. Join other pilgrims from around the diocese for a celebration you will never forget!
The Diocese of Grand Rapids is partnering with the Archdiocese of Detroit and Corporate Travel Service to offer the opportunity for young adults, ages 18-30, to participate in World Youth Day Panama, Jan. 22-27, 2019. World Youth Day is not just a day or an experience, but an ongoing pilgrimage of faith for young people. These special days and celebrations are meant to rejuvenate and reinvigorate the spiritual life of young adults along their pilgrim journey, which ultimately leads to Christ Jesus.
The cost of the 2019 pilgrimage is $3,349 which includes round trip airfare (chartered plane), hotel accommodations, event registration and meals. Once the cost of the pilgrimage is paid, a pilgrim simply needs a current passport and a little spending money. Training yourself ahead of time for a lot of walking will also be helpful.

Space is limited! Contact Mark Mann to receive an information packet and registration form.

En Enero del 2019, millones de jóvenes Católicos se reunirán en Panamá para la Jornada Mundial de la Juventud, que se llevará a cabo por primera vez en Centroamérica. Únete con otros peregrinos de nuestra diócesis para una celebración que nunca olvidarás!
La Diócesis de Grand Rapids se unirá con la Arquidiócesis de Detroit y Corporate Travel Service para ofrecer la oportunidad a jóvenes adultos, edades 18-30, para participar en la Jornada Mundial de la Juventud en Panamá, Enero 22 al 27, 2019. La Jornada Mundial de la Juventud no es solamente una experiencia sino una jornada de fe para los jóvenes. Estos días especiales y las celebraciones fueron hechas con el fin de rejuvenecer y reforzar la vida espiritual de los jóvenes adultos en su jornada de fe , que ultimadamente lleva a Cristo Jesús.
El costo de este peregrinaje en el 2019 es $3,349, incluye vuelo de ida y vuelta (se ha contratado un avión), acomodaciones de hotel, registración para eventos y comidas. Ya que el viaje este pagado, el peregrino solo necesita un pasaporte actualizado y un poco de dinero para gastar. Entrenando para las largas caminadas también ayuda.
El espacio es limitado, por favor de contactar a Mark Mann para recibir su libro informativo y hoja de inscripción.

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