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Upcoming Events: The Hidden Holocaust with Father Patrick Desbois Oct. 28

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Image: Prison inmate holding prison bars from inside cellRestoring, Reconciling and Healing Prayer Service 

Date & time: Saturday, October 20 at 10 a.m.
Cathedral of Saint Andrew
301 Sheldon Blvd. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
During Respect Life Month in October, the Prison and Jail Ministry Office of the diocese will host an ecumenical prayer service for those who are incarcerated, their relatives, prison and jail volunteers, chaplains, employees of correctional facilities associations that offer assistance to our prisons and jails, victims of crimes and their families. Bishop Walkowiak will be the presider.
To RSVP or for further details:
Contact the Prison and Jail Ministry Office, 616-475-1255 or

Wedding Anniversary Mass 

Date & time: Sunday, October 21 at 10 a.m.
Cathedral of Saint Andrew
301 Sheldon Blvd. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
RSVP: Please RSVP your attendance by calling your parish office
The Church in the Diocese of Grand Rapids honors the faithful witness of couples to the vocation of marriage and wishes to celebrate with you. Bishop Walkowiak invites all couples celebrating milestone wedding anniversaries, together with their families and friends, to join him on Sunday, Oct. 21 at the 10 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew. A simple reception will immediately follow.
Please contact Marianne Verner, or 616-246-0588.

79th Annual Fall Seminar hosted by the Grand Rapids Diocesan Council of Catholic Women

Date & time: Tuesday, October 23, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
St. Sebastian Church
9408 Wilson Ave. SW
Byron Center, MI 49315
Cost: $20 per person, includes lunch
Registration: To register, email or call Janet at 616-915-5930. Deadline to register is October 15.
The Grand Rapids Diocesan Council of Catholic Women hosts their 79th Annual Fall Seminar, “Brokenness, Mental Health; Faith and Family,” on Tuesday, October 23rd at St. Sebastian Parish in Byron Center. All women welcome. Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak, bishop of Grand Rapids, will celebrate Mass. Guest speakers include Christy Buck, CEO of The Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan/"be nice." campaign, and Kevin Matthews, author of “Broken Mary.” Morning hospitality begins at 8:30 a.m. with the program running from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
Image above courtesy of Carrie Barcelo

Image: Father Patrick DesboisThe Hidden Holocaust presented by special guest Father Patrick Desbois

Date & time: Sunday, October 28 at 2 p.m.
Cathedral Square Center
360 Division Ave. S.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Registration: The event is free, but space is limited. Please register at:
Suggested age restriction: This event is not recommended for children under the age of 13.
While much has been documented about the genocide of Jewish people in Nazi concentration camps during World War II, French priest, Father Patrick Desbois, has worked for more than a decade to shed light on the "hidden Holocaust" in other places throughout Europe.
Father Desbois is a sleuth of sorts, who has uncovered sites in Ukraine, Russia, Moldova and Lithuania where 1.5 million Jews were executed. He has devoted his life to fighting anti-Semitism, all forms of mass violence, and to furthering relations between Catholics and Jews.
Father Desbois is the founder and president of Yahad-In Unum (meaning "together” “in one"). This international organization works to raise awareness about the sites where Jewish and Roma mass executions were carried out by Nazi mobile-killing units during World War II. The work Father Desbois has done is remarkable. With the help of more than 5,300 eyewitnesses, he has identified more than 2,100 execution sites in Eastern Europe. Father Desbois will discuss his humanitarian mission during this special event.   
This program would not be possible without the generous support of: the Ravitz Foundation, the Henry Pestka Charitable Fund, and the Joseph Stevens Freedom   Endowment of Grand Valley State University.  The event is also co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids, the Diocese of Grand Rapids, the Catholic Information Center, the Cathedral of Saint Andrew, and the Kaufman Interfaith Institute.  

Graphic: Mass for God's Children image with red roseMass ​for God's Children

Date & time: Monday, November 12 at 7 p.m.
301 Sheldon Blvd. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Memorial rose & naming card:
To reserve a rose and have your child(ren) remembered on a name card please click here.
The diocesan Respect Life Office invites parents who have experienced the loss of a child before baptism to the Mass for God’s Children November 12, at 7 p.m. in the Cathedral of Saint Andrew. All are welcome to attend this Mass, including parents, grandparents, siblings, relatives and friends. A reception will follow.
Please contact Afton Baker with questions, 616-288-0908 or

Vianney Visit to Saint John Vianney College Seminary, St. Paul, MN

Dates: November 15-17, 2018
Saint John Vianney College Seminary
2110 Selby Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55104
Cost: None; transportation, accommodations, and meals will be provided at no cost.
Every year, the diocesan Office of Priestly Vocations invites high school sophomores through college-age men (ages 16–24) to take a closer look at seminary life. We will travel to Saint John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. Participants will hear testimonies from seminarians, attend spiritual conferences with SJV priests, pray with the community, attend classes at the University and have the option to meet individually with priests on staff.
Registration & questions: Contact Father Stephen Durkee, associate director of the Office of Priestly Vocations,, or Kim Keglovitz, administrative assistant, or 616-288-0910. Check out the event on Facebook at this link.

Raising Hope Dinner with keynote speaker Ginger Zee 

Date & time: November 28
6:30 p.m. – Cocktail Reception
7:15 p.m. – Seated for Dinner
Frederik Meijer Gardens
1000 E Beltline Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Cost: $150 per ticket
Registration: Purchase tickets here.
Please join Catholic Charities West Michigan at our Raising Hope Dinner. This year we are welcoming Ginger Zee, ABC News, and Good Morning America’s Chief Meteorologist, as our keynote speaker. Ginger will speak about mental health and overcoming her own experiences with depression and verbal abuse.  During the event, we will also be hearing from our clients and celebrating our Behavioral Health and Counseling Programs. These programs work every day to help those among us that need support, guidance, and someone to listen.
Come to hear powerful stories of impact by some of the clients in our programs, while enjoying music as well as delicious food and drinks.  Also, get in the holiday spirit and experience free access to the Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World exhibit at the Frederik Meijer Gardens. Additional details on the Catholic Charities West Michigan website.
Contact Bethany Stowe, associate director of fundraising and events, at or 616-551-5663.

Image: Two friends, one carrying an infant, at the Diocesan Women's Conference, photo by Jaymie PerrySave the Date! 2019 Diocesan Women's Conference 

Women of the diocese, make plans to join us for the 2019 Diocesan Women's Conference. Additional details to come!
March 16, 2019
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church
6390 Belmont Ave. NE
Belmont, MI 49306

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