September is National Suicide Prevention month. TCM Counseling will be offering (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Training to the Community. Dates & Times: Tue. Sept. 19 - Grand Haven Community Center – 5:00 to 6:15 PM, Wed. Sept. 27 - Grand Haven Community Center – Noon to 1:30 PM.
Call TCM at (616) 842-9160 to reserve your place.
Wedding Anniversary Mass – Together with your families, the Church in the Diocese of Grand Rapids honors the faithful witness to your vocation of marriage and wishes to celebrate with you. Bishop Walkowiak is inviting all couples celebrating milestone anniversaries to join him on Sunday, October 22 at the 10:00 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew (265 Sheldon Blvd., Grand Rapids). A simple reception will immediately follow. Please RSVP by calling the parish office 616-842-1702.
New Ministry Coming - St. Mary Caregiver Ministry. Caregivers and those interested in volunteering to help caregivers are invited to attend an informational meeting on Tuesday, September 19 in meeting room D. There will be two sessions to choose from, 2 p.m. or 7 p.m. Join us and learn how you can help caregivers in your parish. Schedules and duties are flexible and adaptable to your needs and preferences. You work in pairs so you share the responsibility with someone else. Call the office if you have questions, 616-842-1702.
Please take a moment to sign the petition at the following website:
in order to send a message to the U.N. that there are many people who oppose any policies which advocate for abortion around the world. Every little bit helps as we take a stand for life at all stages of development!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 6, 2017
Annalise Laumeyer, director of communications
Phone: 616-551-5629 | 616-307-3474 cell
The Diocese of Grand Rapids’ Office of Communications relays the following statement from
Bishop David J. Walkowiak in response to the repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:
As the President and Vice President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) said in their statement, “The cancellation of the DACA program is reprehensible. It causes unnecessary fear for DACA youth and their families.”
“…Our nation has done the opposite of how Scripture calls us to respond. It is a step back from the progress that we need to make as a country. Today’s actions represent a heartbreaking moment in our history that shows the absence of mercy and good will, and a short-sighted vision for the future. DACA youth are woven into the fabric of our country and of our Church, and are, by every social and human measure, American youth.”
The Diocese of Grand Rapids renews its call to protect immigrants and refugees who have made a home here in West Michigan and we stand ready to assist in any way possible.
I stand firm with my brother bishops in “urging Congress to act and immediately resume work toward a legislative solution.” Please join me in praying for the families affected by the decision to repeal DACA.
Read the full statement from the USCCB here.
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