#GiveCatholicWM on #GivingTuesday  

#GiveCatholicWM on #GivingTuesday   

What is #GivingTuesday? What does it have to do with us at Saint Luke University Parish? It is a global day dedicated to giving back, especially after the commercialism and consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It is a time to think about giving rather than receiving.

And giving back is what we do every day as Catholic Christians. So why not participate with millions around the world during this secular event to support our own ministries?

#GivingTuesday happens the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and is an opportunity for communities, churches, families, and individuals globally to come together and to simply celebrate generosity for 24 hours.

This year, Bishop Walkowiak is encouraging Catholics to participate by supporting parishes, schools and ministries right here in West Michigan. You are being asked to #GiveCatholicWM on #Giving Tuesday. It is our own local link to this day of giving back.

#Giving Tuesday is about giving of your time and talent, as much as it is about giving of your treasure. To encourage younger generations in our Church to put their faith into action, a global social media movement has been launched.

Uprise: Our Catholic Generosity Commitment has recently celebrated its second anniversary. The goal of the movement is to encourage the next generation to focus on service through the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. For more information and to make the Uprise Commitment visit CatholicUprise.com

Here are ways you can participate on Tuesday, December 3:

  • Donate to #GiveCatholicWM from midnight to 11:59 p.m. Tuesday: http://bit.ly/givecatholicwm. One hundred percent of the donations will go to the earmarked parish, school, or ministry. Credit card fees will not be charged.
  • Post a status or photo on your social media accounts explaining why you support giving within our diocese. Use the hashtags #GiveCatholicWM and #GivingTuesday.
  • Take and post a photo of yourself or your family members sharing what #GiveCatholicWM means to you. Use the hashtags #GiveCatholicWM and #GivingTuesday.
  • Make the Uprise Commitment as a family
  • The Diocese of Grand Rapids would love to know how you plan to #GiveCatholicWM. Send your photo to dogrcomm@grdiocese.org and with your permission it may be posted to diocesan social media accounts. And if you aren’t already a part of our Facebook family, join us at facebook.com/DioceseofGrandRapids

During this Thanksgiving season, it is appropriate for us who have given so much to be a part of and to support this worldwide effort. Join with me, other members of our parish and Catholics around the country by celebrating generosity right here at home.


Upcoming Events from the Diocese of GR

Cherish Marriage Registration opens Nov. 1 for the annual Cherish Marriage event!
It will take place on

Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020 at Frederik Meijer Gardens from 6 – 11 p.m.

Couples will enjoy an evening of dinner, inspiration, and dancing to strengthen their marriage. The keynote speakers for the evening are Dan and Amber DeMatte.
Register at cherishmarriage.net.
NOTES: The flyer for this event is attached to the email.


Protecting Your Children Free webinar on protecting your children from online temptations The Religious Alliance Against Pornography (RAAP) will present a free, one-hour webinar for parents and young adults about how to face the reality of our porn-addicted culture and have victory over it. The webinar will provide a realistic approach for parents and practical steps for youth and young adults.
The Challenge, one-hour free webinar

Thursday, Nov. 14 Noon EST
Register: bit.ly/The-Challenge-RAAP
NOTES: The flyer can be viewed here: https://www.religiousalliance.org/


Want to understand Theology of the Body?
TOB West MI is presenting a day-long workshop for adults looking to understand the basics of Theology of the Body.

The day begins at 8 a.m. with Mass and closes at 2 p.m.
Brophy Center at St. Jude Parish, 1120 4 Mile Rd. NE, Grand Rapids.

 Fr. Jegar Fickel, parochial vicar of St. Mary – St. Paul in Big Rapids, is the keynote speaker. The event takes place at the  It is sponsored by HELP Pregnancy Crisis Aid.


Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse: The Theology of the Body and Every Day Life

When: Friday, Nov. 15
Where: Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 1935 Plymouth Ave. SE, Grand Rapids
Time: 7- 8:30 p.m.

Cost: No tickets required; there will be a free will offering. For childcare signup and questions, contact stimpsonihm2019@gmail.com by November 1. Come hear celebrated Catholic writer and speaker, Emily Stimpson Chapman, author of “These Beautiful Bones,” as she shares how to make the teachings of St. John Paul II part of our everyday lives. This talk is appropriate for high school age and above.

Catholic Education

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.

To find a Catholic school near you, visit CatholicSchools4U.org. Scholarships are available.

St. Raphael’s Adult Singles Group

St. Raphael’s Singles is a diocesan-wide Catholic ministry for adult singles age 40+ who are divorced, widowed, or have never been married. Join us for friendship, fellowship and many kinds of events, both spiritual and social. Gatherings take place on the first and third Fridays of the month from 7-9 p.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew. Email straphaelssingles1@gmail.com for more information.