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Upcoming Events: Humanae Vitae, 50 years later

Photo: 2017 Strengthened in Faith; photo of a boy in a wheelchair smiling with a volunteer helper standing next to him smilingStrengthened in Faith: A Day for Families with Children, Youth or Adults with Disabilities or Special Needs

Co-sponsored by the Diocese of Grand Rapids and St. Robert of Newminster Parish, Ada. 
  • This event is FREE for families; costs associated with the event are covered through generous donations.
  • Includes a facilitated conversation for parents and guardians.
  • There will be activities for children, youth and adults with disabilities or special needs AND their siblings.
  • Childcare will be available for infants and toddlers.
  • Medical assistance will be available. 
Date and time:
Saturday, June 23, 2018
St. Robert of Newminster Parish
6477 Ada Dr. SE
Ada, MI 49301
1-4 p.m. - Session Activities
4:30 p.m. - Mass
5:45 p.m. - Pizza Dinner


Please contact Teri Burns, pastoral associate for faith formation at St. Robert,

Graphic: Religious Freedom Week logoReligious Freedom Week Masses and Talks 

Religious Freedom Week (formerly Fortnight for Freedom) begins June 22, the Feast of Sts. Thomas More & John Fisher and concludes on June 29.
People of faith are committed to serving others in God's love in healthcare, child welfare, migration and refugee resettlement, education, and more. Religious freedom protects the space in which we can continue to serve.   
Tuesday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m.
Evening Mass and Presentation
1935 Plymouth Ave. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
After Mass, join us for a presentation with Attorney John Bursch entitled "Religious Liberty, Sex and the Church." Light refreshments and conversation will follow the talk.
Image: John Bursch photoAbout John Bursch
John Bursch is a highly successful and distinguished attorney who served as Michigan's 10th Solicitor General from 2011 to 2013. In 2016, he parted ways with a large Michigan law firm to open his own firm, Bursch Law. With a regular U.S. Supreme Court practice and a dominant Michigan Supreme Court presence, John represents some of the nation's largest and most respected companies as well as States, Governors, Attorney Generals, and other public officials. John is widely recognized for his advocacy and his background and experience make him uniquely qualified to speak on topics related to religious liberty and the law. John and his family are parishioners at Holy Family Catholic Church in Caledonia.
Friday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Closing Mass with Most Reverend David Walkowiak, bishop of Grand Rapids
2750 Burton St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546-4998
A musical performance will precede the Mass starting at 6 p.m. Following Mass, join us for light refreshments and conversation. 

"Humanae vitae: Everything you wanted to know, but didn't know who to ask"  

Date and time:
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Catholic Information Center
Cathedral Square Center
360 Division Ave. S. (2nd floor)
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Come hear:
“The Stage is Set: Humanae Vitae and Paul VI” – Sr. Colleen Anne Nagle, FSE, and DJ Florian
- The historical context, the word spoken into that context (which had been spoken by the Church for millennia), the speaker, the aftermath
"Natural Family Planning: Pure and Simple” – Georgia Schmitz and Laura Chapin
- NFP in its methodology in general and some of the distinctions between methods
“Natural Family Planning: Bringing it Home” – Julie and David Cook
- Testimony, why and how we practice, the impact on our marriage and children
Light refreshments will be provided.
Also watch this event LIVE on the Catholic Information Center website:

Image: Humanae vitae Mass and picnic flyer with picture of CathedralMass and picnic to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Humanae vitae

Date and time:
Monday, July 23, 2018
6 p.m. Mass, followed by a Picnic for families on the Piazza!
Cathedral of Saint Andrew
301 Sheldon Blvd. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Picnic will be held on the Piazza Secchia after Mass (in case of inclement weather the picnic will be held in the CCHS gym)

Join Bishop Walkowiak and families from around the diocese July 23 at 6 p.m. for Mass at the Cathedral followed by a picnic on the Piazza Secchia to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the promulgation of Blessed Paul VI's Humanae vitae, the historic encyclical on human life. For the picnic, please bring a dinner basket for your family and camp chairs/blankets. There will be a community table for those who wish to bring a dish to pass. Drinks and desserts will be provided by the diocese. (Details)

Save 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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