Diocesan News & Events

Check here for news & events happening throughout our Diocese: Courage Apostolate - A Confidential Support Group for those who experience same-sex attraction EnCourage Apostolate - Family Outreach for those with loved ones who experience same-sex attraction Plus many more!

Need Help Finding/Scheduling a COVID Vaccine Appointment?

 We must “rediscover once for all that we need one another, and that in this way our human family can experience a rebirth, with all its faces, all its hands and all its voices” (Fratelli Tutti, 35).

One of the ways we can support each other is by receiving your COVID-19 vaccine. Michigan residents age 16 and older are now eligible to receive their vaccine. Public health officials are encouraging individuals to self-schedule an appointment and not to wait for a call. Immediate openings are available throughout the area.

Self-scheduling is available:

  • https://vaccinatewestmi.com/register/ (multiple locations)
  • https://www.mercyhealth.com/health-and-wellness/covid-19/schedule-vaccine

Additional information on the morality of COVID-19 vaccines may be found here:

Diocesan Memorial Day Mass Cancelled

NOTICE:  The Annual Diocesan Memorial Day Mass is cancelled this year due to Covid restrictions. This affects Ss. Peter and Paul, Resurrection and Holy Cross Cemeteries.

Life in the 616

Thursday, June 10  |  4:00 PM

Join Sean Nolan, theology teacher at West Catholic High School, and Karen Weber, certified Theology of the Body instructor, for an intimate conversation about what it means to be human. Life in the 616, hosted by Grand Rapids Right to Life, will be taking place in a new venue that allows people to share a cup of coffee and comfortably chat about how respecting human dignity invites everyone to experience true joy. Be a part of the discussion on Thursday, June 10, at 4:00 PM, at Rock Urban’s Building R (3710 Chicago Drive SW in Grandville). Space is limited. Please RSVP online at www.grrtl.org/616.

14th Annual Prolife Golf Classic

Monday, June 7  |  9:00 AM

The Prolife Golf Classic, held at Pilgrim’s Run Golf Club, is a great day for golfers of all levels. Play this prestigious course while supporting the prolife efforts of Grand Rapids Right to Life on Monday, June 7, starting at 9:00 AM. This day of fun and fellowship includes a light breakfast, 18 holes of golf, on-course games, and lunch for only $125 per person. Register as a single or as a foursome. Don’t golf? Consider being a sponsor of this outing! To participate in or to sponsor this event, contact G.R. Right to Life at 616-532-2300, [email protected], or visit www.grrtl.org/golf.

Mass for God’s Creation

Celebrate the sixth anniversary of Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical on care for creation, Laudato Si. Bishop Walkowiak invites the faithful to join him for Mass on Monday, May 24 at 7:00 PM at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew. The Mass will be livestreamed on the diocesan website and Facebook page for individuals who are unable to join. Prior to attending in-person, please review diocesan COVID-19 guidelines, which can be found at grdiocese.org.

We will have an opportunity to deepen our gratitude to God for the gift of the earth, our common home, and to strengthen us to care for all members of the human family.

For more information, please contact D.J. Florian by calling 616-551-4748 or email: [email protected].

FLPC Nature Experiences for Kids

The Franciscan Life Process Center, 11650 Downes St. NE, Lowell, has a few spots left for Nature Experiences for Children ages 8 – 12.  Topics include Earthmovers: Black Gold (Worms) June 10 – 11 and Pioneer Days, August 9 – 12.  Go to www.lifeprocesscenter.org and click on Hands on Learning for more information.

Catholic Charities West Michigan Announces:

Growing Need! We Served 9,000 Meals & 1,200 Boxes of Groceries in Four Weeks!

The increasing need for food support, as a result of the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic, has led to more patrons visiting God’s Kitchen and our Muskegon Food Pantry. During this crisis, CCWM’s programs have continued to provide food to anyone who needs it, serving prepared meals at God’s Kitchen and a box of groceries at our Muskegon Food Pantry. In our first month of food to-go, God’s Kitchen has seen an average of 50 extra patrons each day and has served over 9,000 meals. At our Muskegon Food Pantry, the number of patrons has doubled from 150 per week to 300 per week as well!

Below are the costs associated with feeding each patron through our food programs. Please CLICK HERE to consider making a tax-deductible donation today to help support those most in need in our community.

Each meal at God’s Kitchen is valued at $2.20, which includes the cost of to-go materials. These meals are delicious and hearty, created by our excellent chefs, and designed to sustain our patrons throughout the day.

Each box of groceries at our Muskegon Food Pantry is valued at $18 and includes items like dairy, grains, bread, protein, vegetables, fruits, & more! This resource is limited to once a month, for anyone who needs it.

Click HERE to donate!


This is a trying time for many, particularly those with mental-health issues. The following agencies have workers available around the clock to talk to callers in crisis. By calling, those in crisis can help slow the coronavirus spread.

The agencies are set up to provide services by telephone or tele-heath. An on-site assessment is available for those in a life-threatening situation.

Network180: (616) 336-3909

Pine Rest: (800) 678-5500 or (616) 455-9200

Forest View: (800) 949-8439

Arbor Circle: (616) 456-6571

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services: 1-888-PEER-753 (888-833-7753)
Peer-run warmline for Michiganders. Open 7 days a week from 10 am to 2 am

Headspace: collection of meditation, sleep, and movement exercises

Salvation Army Compassion Hotline: 616.742.9199
Open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week, for individuals needing to talk, share and ask questions.


Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Lifeline Chat is a service of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, connecting individuals with counselors for emotional support and other services via web chat. All chat centers in the Lifeline network are accredited by CONTACT USA. Lifeline Chat is available 24/7 across the U.S.

Join Us for Adoration at Our Lady of Consolation in Rockford!

Relationships flourish when we spend time with the ones we love. Have you spent time with
Jesus this week outside of Mass? He is present – Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity – waiting for
you in our Perpetual Adoration Chapel. Stop in to the Perpetual Adoration Chapel at Our Lady
of Consolation Church in Rockford any time day or night or schedule a time by calling 616-866-
0931 or e-mail [email protected]
Check out our Adoration video: