Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak, bishop of Grand Rapids, issues the following statement after the release of video in the officer-involved shooting of Mr. Patrick Lyoya.
We always grieve the loss of life, but especially when it happens in such a violent and tragic way.
Please join me in praying for the repose of the soul of Mr. Lyoya and for his family as they grapple with the loss of their loved one and seek answers. We must also hold the men and women in our law enforcement community in prayer, recognizing the impact this is having on them as well.
Our community is hurt and angry. This pain cannot be ignored. In this moment we are called as brothers and sisters to pray fervently, care for each other, and work peacefully for justice. We must remember we are disciples of Christ and those are not mere words. Through baptism, we are called to do our part to share in His mission to build up of the kingdom of justice, love and peace, both here on earth and in our hearts.
During this Holy Week, we have many opportunities to join together in prayer and worship. On Easter, we
celebrate in a most powerful way the power of God’s love and mercy over sin and death. As followers of the risen Lord, we are called to put such love and mercy into practice and witness to it.
Come together in small groups with fellow Catholics to pray and reflect on the clergy abuse scandal and envision a path forward as a Roman Catholic family of faith.
The Healing Our Church process will be held on Thursdays from April 21 – May 26 at Cathedral Square Center, 360 Division Ave. S., Grand Rapids. This Healing Our Church opportunity is the same one offered at parishes in 2019 and is an opportunity for anyone who may not have had the ability to previously join to experience this program.
Each session will last from 7 – 8:30 p.m. and follow the outline provided by RENEW International.
There is no cost to attend, but registration is required for the purchase of materials and planning.
Register by visiting: https://bit.ly/HOC2022
The Knights of Columbus regret to inform us that it will NOT have a fish fry on Good Friday due to a lack of fish availability.
Michigan Student Opportunity Accounts will equip families with grants and benefits they can use for any education or learning expense – both inside and outside the classroom.
St. Mary’s will benefit immensely from passage of legislation. Only 500,000 signatures are needed.
Visit LetMiKidslearn.com for more information
Petition Signature Drive
After Mass on April 23 & April 24
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