A letter from Bishop Walkowiak in regards to Catholic Schools Week
Are you discerning the priesthood?
‘Exploring the Priesthood’ is a discernment opportunity sponsored by the diocesan Office of Priestly Vocations. Time for prayer and reflection will be held monthly for young men (ages 16 – 35) to discern God’s will for their lives. This year’s discernment opportunities will be offered on the following Sundays at noon: Feb. 21, March 21, April 18, and May 16. If you are interested in joining these events, please email Pattie Reynolds in the Office of Priestly Vocations at email@example.com.
Project Rachel Training Day in February
Social workers, counselors, parish nurses, crisis pregnancy center staff, pastoral staff, and spiritual directors are invited to attend a statewide Project Rachel Training Day being offered virtually on Feb. 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Project Rachel offers opportunities for post-abortion healing and reconciliation for women and men. The event will feature presentations addressing healing after abortion, including trauma, shame, post-abortion stress, grief, and how faith plays a role in healing. For additional details ad to register, visit: http://bit.ly/ProjectRachelTrainingRegistrationFeb2021 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration deadline is February 11th.
Finding healing after abortion
The next Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat for healing after abortion will be held virtually on the weekend of March 12-14. The retreats are designed to help you with forgiveness, allow you to experience the mercy of God, and grieve the loss of your unborn child or children. Retreats are open to women, men and couples. For more information or to register contact Maggie Walsh at (616) 340-1824 or email@example.com. All inquiries are confidential. Financial aid is available.
Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids are preparing to welcome students in person safely & prudently, and to provide remote learning in circumstances that demand it. Read our return to school plan: click here to read more #DOGRCathEd #LoveMyCatholicSchool
“Before all else comes the individual person,” Pope Francis wrote, “and people should not be defined only by their sexual tendencies. We are all destined to receive his infinite love.” The Courage apostolate welcomes men and women who experience same-sex attraction as brothers and sisters in Christ and helps them to respond to their vocation as sons and daughters of God, created in his image and likeness. Together with a priest, Courage members strive for chastity, build authentic friendships, and grow in holiness. For more information, call 616-288-0914 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For parents of sons and daughters who experience same-sex attraction, “speaking the truth in love” to their children can often present a challenge. The EnCourage apostolate is the Catholic Church’s outreach to parents and loved ones in this situation and offers support and direction as they strive to love their children without the boundless love of Christ. A priest leads regular meetings of EnCourage and offers insights into how to keep the faith while keeping family relationships strong. For more information, please call 616-288-0918 or email email@example.com
Catholic schools educate the whole child for a life of encounter with Jesus Christ. Our Catholic schools are devoted to helping students in every dimension of life, nurturing a relationship with Christ which is the foundation of all learning.
Catholic schools provide an outstanding personalized learning experience known to boost academic success. Catholic high schools in our diocese have a 99% graduation rate, with 97% of the class of 2019 going to college.
Catholic schools are welcoming communities where each student feels safe, honored and celebrated. Our mission is rooted in Christ who calls us to value and love all people.
Catholic schools invite participation in diverse activities that encourage exploration, creativity and the pursuit of personal potential. A wide variety of performing arts and championship-caliber athletics provide inspiration and opportunities to excel.
Catholic schools are committed to helping students learn in a joyful environment filled with Christ’s beauty, goodness and truth. Our dedicated faculty members are encouraged to be creative in their instructional approach to ensure students retain their lessons through a love for learning and life.