Community Our Lady of Guadalupe Pilgrimage

WHAT: The Hispanic/Latino Catholic community in Grand Rapids will gather to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe with a pilgrimage. All are welcome to join!
 
WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 11, 5 – 7 p.m.
 
KEY VISUAL: The pilgrimage will be led by dancers in authentic dress, live music, and pilgrims carrying a statue/photo of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
 
WHERE: The pilgrimage will begin at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church (101 Hall St., Grand Rapids) and make its way to the Shrine of St. Francis Xavier – Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church (250 Brown St., Grand Rapids). Bishop Walkowiak will celebrate a vigil Mass for the feast day following the pilgrimage.
 
WHY: The Virgin Mary appeared as Our Lady of Guadalupe to St. Juan Diego in Mexico in 1531. Her appearance and the mission she entrusted him with led to one of the largest conversions to Catholicism in the history of the Catholic Church. Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patroness of the Americas and there is a strong devotion to her, especially in the Hispanic/Latino community.
 
NOTE: Jefferson Ave. SE from Hall to Brown Street will be closed for the pilgrimage from 5 – 7 p.m.
 
This pilgrimage is part of the larger celebration of the inaugural “Guadalupe: River of Love” Mission Week which is taking place from Saturday, Dec. 8 – Wednesday, Dec. 12. Events can be found at www.bit.ly/guadalupemission

Job Openings

We currently have the following job openings:
  • Assistant Medical Manager-Grand Haven – Part Time – approximately 24 hours/week
  • Educator of {project} BestLife – Part Time – approximately 24 hours/week
We also have staffing needs surrounding finance and development, however, we are continuing to work of at better defining those needs with the Strategic Stewardship Group. As a result, I will be back in touch at a later date to provide you more information.

Employee App Packet 

COMMUNITY & HEALTH EDUCATION

GRAND HAVEN-Assistant Medical Manager

Giving Tree

This year our Giving Tree will support  families from St Francis de Sales in Holland as well as veterans in the Grand Rapids Home for Vets.

Tags are available on the tree in the vestibule.
Gifts need to be returned by Dec. 16.

If you have any questions, please contact Barb Grzegorczyk at 616-240-1783.  Thank You.

Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love

During their Fall General Assembly the U.S. Bishops approved “Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love” – A pastoral letter against racism.

The letter asks us to recall that we are all brothers and sisters, all equally made in the image of God. Because we all bear the image of God, racism is, above all, a moral and theological problem that manifests itself institutionally and systematically. Only a deep individual conversion of heart, which then multiplies, will compel change and reform in our institutions and society. It is imperative to confront racism’s root causes and the injustice it produces. The love of God binds us together. This same love should overflow into our relationships with all people. The conversions needed to overcome racism require a deep encounter with the living God in the person of Christ who can heal all division.

This pastoral letter is not the first time the U.S. Bishops have spoken collectively on race issues in the United States; their last pastoral letter on the topic was written in 1979 and entitled “Brothers and Sisters to Us: A Pastoral Letter on Racism in Our Day.” 

You can read the full text of “Open Wide Our Hearts” here.

Honoring The Sacrament of Marriage

Registration is now open for the annual Cherish Marriage event!
It will take place on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 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 Damon and Melanie Owens from joytob.
Register at cherishmarriage.net.  Register now, this fills up fast. Deadline to register: January 20, 2019.