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Upcoming Events: Diocesan-wide celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday is April 8

Image: Women's conference logo with cross inside a heart shaped featureDiocesan Women's Conference

Women of the diocese, age 18 and up, come meet new friends, laugh and pray together at the 9th annual Diocesan Women’s Conference.

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Date & time: March 17, 2018
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church
6390 Belmont Ave. NE
Belmont, MI 49306
Cost: $30 pp, includes morning hospitality and lunch (after March 12, registration fee increases to $35)

Two ways to register:

or by mail:
Click here to open the registration form, then print and complete it. Tear off the registration slip and return it with a check made payable to "Diocese of Grand Rapids" to: 
Tammy Graves
Diocese of Grand Rapids
360 Division Ave S
Grand Rapids MI 49503

About the featured speakers:

Mary Lenaburg is a writer, speaker, wife and mother sharing her witness about God’s redeeming love. 
The Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary are a diocesan religious institute founded in 1990 by Mother Adela Galindo in the Archdiocese of Miami, Florida.  The spiritual charism of the institute is  “to be a living image and presence of the Heart of Mary in the heart of the Church and to place their Marian charism at the service of the Petrine principle.“
Instantaneous translation in Spanish is available. 


Contact Tammy Graves in the office of faith formation, or 616-288-0912.​

Image: Jesus' mercy extends to all of usDiocesan-wide celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday

Date & time:
Sunday, April 8, 2018 from 2-4 p.m.
Holy Redeemer Church
2700 Baldwin St.
Jenison, MI 49428
Everyone is invited to Holy Redeemer Church on Sunday, April 8 for the diocesan-wide celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday. The event will include a talk by Dr. Bryan Thatcher on Divine Mercy followed by Eucharistic Adoration with the recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet.
The message and devotion to Jesus as The Divine Mercy is based on the writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska, an uneducated Polish nun who, in obedience to her spiritual director, wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the revelations she received about God’s mercy. Even before her death in 1938, the devotion to The Divine Mercy had begun to spread.
The message of mercy is that God loves us — all of us — no matter how great our sins. He wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Dr. Bryan S. Thatcher, MD, of Tampa, FL, is a retired medical doctor who travels the world speaking on the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, the message of Divine Mercy, and his personal conversion. He and his wife, Susan, have seven children. In 1996 he founded Eucharistic Apostles of the Divine Mercy (EADM), now a lay apostolate of the Congregation of Marians of the Immaculate Conception. EADM is now active in 35 countries worldwide, and received three special Apostolic Blessings from the late Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, for its work. The ministry of Eucharistic Apostles promotes the notion that Divine Mercy is more than a message or devotion, rather, it is a “Way of Life.”

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. Beginning in January, sponsoring parishes will be selling tickets on designated weekends including special discount weekends during which tickets will be $20. Feb. 17-18 is the final weekend to take advantage of this special discount in certain parishes. 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. 

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
Registration form - coming soon!


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

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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