Archbishop McCarrick Dismissed

The Diocese of Grand Rapids’ Office of Communications has issued the following statement from Bishop David J. Walkowiak in response to the Holy See’s announcement that former Archbishop McCarrick has been dismissed from the clerical state.

I stand in solidarity with our Holy Father in his decision to dismiss former Archbishop Theodore McCarrick from the clerical state based on the former Archbishop’s actions.

Cardinals and bishops, like priests and deacons, must be held accountable for any actions that cause harm to the most vulnerable in our communities. I encourage all individuals to report such instances to both the Church and civil authorities so that the appropriate steps toward justice and healing may be taken.

The Church must continue to seek forgiveness for its previous actions and I pray that this decision will provide a source of healing to the former Archbishop’s victim-survivors. I, along with the Catholic faithful, will continue to pray for all survivors of sexual abuse and provide assistance to promote healing.

As the presidents of the world’s episcopal conferences meet in Rome this week, I pray that the meeting will bear fruit to help cleanse the Catholic Church and restore the trust of the faithful.

Video Message from Bishop Walkowiak

Video Message from Bishop Walkowiak

From Feb. 21 – 24, presidents of bishops’ conferences from around the world will meet at the Vatican to discuss the clergy sexual abuse scandal and our global response as a Catholic Church. In a continuing effort to be as transparent as possible, Bishop Walkowiak would like to share an update on this topic and answer some of the questions he has received from parishioners. You can watch his video response at

Old Testament Bible Study

Registration is now open for the 2019 Biblical Training Institute for Michigan Catholics!  This year,  we are looking forward to a fascinating look at the Old Testament by four biblical experts.

To Register: 
Flyer: bible institute2019

Our guest presenters for 2019:

  • Dr. Steve Mueller taught philosophy, theology, scripture and Catholic Studies for many years at the renowned Denver Catholic Biblical School.
  • Sr. Diane Bergant, CSA, PhD, is Professor of Biblical Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. From 2002 to 2005, she wrote the weekly column “The Word,” for America magazine, reflections that have now been published by Paulist Press.
  • Dr. Bradley Gregory completed a PhD in Hebrew Bible and Early Judaism at the University of Notre Dame. Gregory is Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at the Catholic University of America.
  • Dr. Pauline Viviano is Professor of Theology at Loyola University Chicago. She received her doctorate in Biblical Languages and Literature from St. Louis University.

Food Pantry News

After 11 years, Ginny Molenkamp has decided it’s time to retire from the food pantry at the end of June, so we are looking for someone to take over running this important ministry of our parish.  Please consider whether God might be calling you to this.  If you have questions about it or would like more information, please contact Fr. Bill or Ginny.  Many thanks to Ginny for all the hard work and dedication she has put into the food pantry over the years.
Thank you,
Fr. Bill

Rejoice and Be Glad: Living a Holy Life

Rejoice and Be Glad: Living a Holy Life

A Silent Retreat for Women led by Sister Colleen Ann Nagle and the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist

Friday, March 15 at 6:00 pm through Saturday, March 16 at 4:00 pm
Franciscan Life Process Center Lowell Campus 11650 Downes St. NE Lowell MI 49331

Women of all ages are invited to a silent retreat at the Franciscan Life Process Center. This retreat includes silent reflection, Mass, Liturgy of the Hours and presentations using Pope Francis’ The Call to Holiness in Today’s World, which addresses ways to live a holy life.

Cost: $250 includes presentations, room, snacks Friday evening, and continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday.

Banana Peels and Climate Change: A Daily Examen

Franciscan Life Process Center Presents
Spark a Conversation Speaker Series

Banana Peels and Climate Change:  A Daily Examen

Join the University of Notre Dame’s Dr. Phil Sakimoto and Sister Damien Marie Savino, FSE, Ph.D. for a Franciscan discussion about the connection between faith and environment. Dr. Sakimoto is an astrophysicist and the former acting director of NASA’s Space Science Education and Public Outreach Program. Sister Damien Marie Savino, FSE, Ph.D. is the Dean of Science and Sustainability at Aquinas College.

What about the banana peels? Join us to find out!
Date: March 21, 2019 at 6:30pm
Location: St. Robert of Newminster Parish
Tickets: $50 per person includes: a baked potato or salad bar as well as beer & wine.

Please go to to register.

14th Annual Building a Legacy Catholic Men’s Conference.

30 second video Men’s Conference

Mark your calendars and register NOW for the upcoming 14th annual Building a Legacy Catholic Men’s conference on March 9 — it will be a day of dynamic speakers, powerful faith development and reinvigorating fellowship. This year’s lineup includes Elvis Grbac, Matt Fradd and Matthew Leonard with Mass celebrated by Bishop David Walkowiak. See for details and to register. Questions? Call Deacon Jim at 616-292-0422. (Early registration ends February 22nd and is limited… don’t miss out!)


Divorced & Separated Support Group

Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.
starting March 7 through mid-May

A new group for divorced and separated Catholics will begin at Holy Family Parish Caledonia. The group uses DVD’s with real divorce stories of hope and healing. With each DVD there is then time for discussion, reflection and support.

The group will meet at Holy Family on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. starting March 7 through mid-May. If you are divorced or separated or know a Catholic who is – whether practicing the faith or away from the Church right now – please contact Christine Shafer for more information at 616-891-9259 or There is a $10 registration fee to cover the cost of the participant guide; assistance is available.  Please pre-register for child care at least one week ahead.  Group contains Catholic material but has benefitted Catholics & non-Catholics; all are welcome!

Cancer Support & Prayer Group

Grieving with Great Hope
When: Six Thursdays, March 7 – April 11 or 25; 6:30-8 p.m.
Where: Holy Family Church, 9669 Kraft Ave SE, Caledonia, MI
Registration: Contact Christine in the parish office to register
or via the form on the parish website,
Please pre-register for child care.
Cost: $15 registration fee to cover the cost of the participant guide; assistance is available.

Cancer support & prayer group is held the last Thursday of the month, at 6:30 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Caledonia, Lower Level room #6 (enter through Main Entrance, & follow signs to the room).  The group is free.

This support group is to allow persons touched by cancer to be with others touched by cancer to gain insight, support, pray for one another, and share in a warmhearted and understanding environment.  Those with cancer, survivors, and caregivers are welcome; all ages, stages & diagnoses.

If you have questions, want to be on the contact list/register, or have an interest in assisting with this ministry, please contact Christine Shafer, or 891-9259 x224.


Featuring Chris Stefanick
February 27, 2019
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish
6369 Belmont Ave. NE, Belmont, MI 49306
616.361.5126 x200


Learn how to apply the genius of the Gospel to YOUR life.


God didn’t create us to just get by: He created us to live life to the full. Rediscover God and rediscover the life you were made for. (Appropriate for ages 12 and up)
Ticket prices are $22; at the door they will be $25 

For more information and to register:
Call Dana Cowen, at 616-361-5126 ext. 200 or visit:
HURRY, tickets are almost gone!