“Be Joyful in Hope…Rejoice, Endure, Persevere”

  • Join the Grand Rapids Diocesan Council of Catholic Women on Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for their Fall Seminar “Be Joyful in Hope…Rejoice, Endure, Persevere” (Rom 12:12) at St. Jude Parish in Grand Rapids. Mass for the conference will be celebrated by Bishop Walkowiak. Cost: $25 per person. For details and registration, email grdccw@grdiocese.org. For updates, find and follow the Council on Facebook – search “GRDCCW”. To print out mail in regristration: Registration Form

Life-Giving Wounds Retreat

This online healing retreat is a unique opportunity for any young adult (18+) or adult child of divorce or separation to reflect intentionally on the wounds caused by their family’s breakdown, together with others who know this pain.

If you are not familiar with Life Giving Wounds, here’s a brief introduction and invitation. Complete details can be found at lifegivingwounds.org  

Synod Opening Mass on Oct. 17

In October, Pope Francis will formally open a three-year synodal journey “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission” that includes three phases of consultations and discernment – diocesan, continental and universal – culminating in October 2023.

The process will begin in local dioceses. Bishop Walkowiak will mark the opening of the synod in our diocese with Mass on Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew. Join him in person for Mass, or watch live on the diocesan website, grdiocese.org, or on the Diocese of Grand Rapids Facebook page.

To read more about the synod, visit the Vatican News website, vaticannews.va, and look for Bishop’s column in the September issue of FAITH Grand Rapids magazine.

Spiritual opportunities for Women this fall

Great opportunities are coming up this fall for spiritual reflection and growth for women. Plan ahead, invite a friend or family member, and devote a day, or two, to prayer, worship and community in Christ:

  • Patrick-St. Anthony Parish in Grand Haven invites women of the diocese to join them for a powerful women’s retreat featuring retreat master and Catholic musician Sarah Hart on Sept. 18 from noon to 4 p.m. “Daughters of God” is an exploration of significant women of the Bible and the witness they provide us for inspiration. Women of all ages are encouraged to attend. Mothers come with your daughters! Cost is $10 (includes lunch) at the door. For details and to register, visit https://stpatsgh.org/rotator/5055-women-s-retreat-daughters-of-god
  • Be part of the first annual Michigan Catholic Women’s Conference on Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lansing Center. Hear from speakers including Kelly Wahlquist, Sheri Wohlfert and Father Joe Krupp. Early bird registration of $50 per person available through Sept. 7. Visit https://michigancwc.org/ for additional details and registration.

Paint Bowls for Soup’s On

Host a Bowl Painting Party for Catholic Charities’ Soup’s On Event

No matter your artistic abilities, bowl painting parties are a great way to have fun with your family and friends while supporting God’s Kitchen! Catholic Charities will furnish the bowl kits that include paint, instructions, and the bowls – providing everything you need to let your creativity go wild! It is $10 to keep the bowl and $8 to donate it back to CCWM, for our Soup’s On event. To learn more, email Jeff at jhoyh@ccwestmi.org.

Hyde Amendment


This week is our final opportunity to ensure members of Congress hear from their constituents.

 The House Committee on Appropriations is marking up the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. As it stands now, the Hyde Amendment and other longstanding, bipartisan provisions are not included. The elimination of these amendments would force taxpayers to pay for elective abortions, force health care professionals to perform and refer for abortions against their religious beliefs, and force employers and insurers to cover and pay for abortion.

Please encourage parishioners to contact Senator Stabenow, Senator Peters, and their respective congressional representative. This can be accomplished in the following ways:

The U.S. Bishops released a statement about this week’s activities: https://www.usccb.org/news/2021/bishop-chairmen-respond-extreme-abortion-push-appropriations-bill. Their statements, Bishop Walkowiak’s letter to parishioners, and other resources are available on the diocesan website: https://grdiocese.org/contact-congress-act-now-to-help-save-hyde-amendment-from-repeal/.

The Hyde Amendment prohibits federal funding of elective abortions and has been renewed in the federal government’s budget for the last 45 years. Despite longstanding, bipartisan support for the amendment, and overwhelming public support as well, the amendment is in great danger of being repealed.


Catholics are being encouraged to take immediate action by signing the online petition to Congress at NoTaxpayerAbortion.com.

Here are resources to help you in these efforts:

  • You should have recently received the attached letter from Paul Long, president and CEO of Michigan Catholic Conference.
  • Backgrounder that can be printed in your bulletin and published online.
  • Bulletin/Pulpit announcements (attached)
  • A flyer and social media graphics can be found here: https://www.respectlife.org/no-taxpayer-abortion
  • We’re working on a diocesan webpage and social media posts, along with a letter from Bishop Walkowiak to parishioners.

Bishop Walkowiak’s Letter: +DJW-hyde-amendment-letter

GLO Ministry

Deacon Pitt provides meals to people downtown in the Heartside neighborhood of Grand Rapids twice a week. On a normal day he serves about 120 people. Last week with the shutdown 200 people showed up and he was running out of food. By the end he could only offer a bread stick and a bottle of water. Normally he serves chili, but has been unable to find ground beef. He is looking in particular for donations of ground beef and is willing to pick it up. Any help would be much appreciated.

For more information visit GLO website: https://www.gloministry.net