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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
Tickets are $39 and can be purchased online through Dynamic Catholic.
Earn a free ticket by volunteering for the Passion & Purpose event. For additional details and to sign up, click 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. 

Image: Photo courtesy of CCWMLet's Go To Bat For Kids!

Date & time:
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Fifth Third Ballpark
4500 West River Dr. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49321
Admission is free and registration is encouraged - Click here to register; Parking: $7/car
Get in the lineup. Join Catholic Charities West Michigan (CCWM) as the CCWM Padres take on a spirited team of Media Giants! This event benefits the foster care and adoption programs of CCWM which help keep families together here in our community. The event is FREE (parking is $7/car) and includes children’s games and activities along the concourse, local mascots, and a fun night at the ballpark! All are welcome!

Schedule of events

5:30 p.m. – Gates open
5:30-8:30 p.m. – FREE activities along the concourse!
5:45 p.m.- Scrimmage Game! Teams: St. Thomas the Apostle and St. John Vianney vs. Sacred Heart and All Saints Academy
6:30 p.m. – Opening ceremonies
7 p.m. – Game begins
8:30 p.m. – Game concludes,  MVP and raffle winners announced
Complete list of winners will be available near the main gate (you don't need to be present to win!)


Please contact Bethany Stowe by e-mail at or by phone at 616-551-5663 with any questions. 

Photo: 2017 Strengthened in Faith; photo of a boy in a wheelchair smiling with a volunteer helper standing next to him smilingStrengthened in Faith: A Day for Families with Children, Youth or Adults with Disabilities or Special Needs

Co-sponsored by the Diocese of Grand Rapids and St. Robert of Newminster Parish, Ada. 
  • This event is FREE for families; costs associated with the event are covered through generous donations.
  • Includes a facilitated conversation for parents and guardians.
  • There will be activities for children, youth and adults with disabilities or special needs AND their siblings.
  • Childcare will be available for infants and toddlers.
  • Medical assistance will be available. 
Date and time:
Saturday, June 23, 2018
St. Robert of Newminster Parish
6477 Ada Dr. SE
Ada, MI 49301
1-4 p.m. - Session Activities
4:30 p.m. - Mass
5:45 p.m. - Pizza Dinner


Please contact Teri Burns, pastoral associate for faith formation at St. Robert,

Image: Humanae vitae Mass and picnic flyer with picture of CathedralMass and picnic to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Humanae vitae

Date and time:
Monday, July 23, 2018
6 p.m. Mass, followed by a Picnic for families on the Piazza!
Cathedral of Saint Andrew
301 Sheldon Blvd. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Picnic will be held on the Piazza Secchia after Mass (in case of inclement weather the picnic will be held in the CCHS gym)

Join Bishop Walkowiak and families from around the diocese July 23 at 6 p.m. for Mass at the Cathedral followed by a picnic on the Piazza Secchia to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the promulgation of Blessed Paul VI's Humanae vitae, the historic encyclical on human life. For the picnic, please bring a dinner basket for your family and camp chairs/blankets. There will be a community table for those who wish to bring a dish to pass. Drinks and desserts will be provided by the diocese. (Details)

World Youth Day 2019

Due to lack of interest, the Diocese of Grand Rapids will not be organizing a group to attend World Youth Day 2019. If you wish to participate, please visit the World Youth Day website link below. 
If you have questions, please contact Mark Mann, diocesan director of family, youth and young adult ministry,
"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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