January 20/21 Announcements and Homily Link

January 21, 2024
Third Sunday of Ordinary Time – Sanctity of Life Sunday

Also In Our Message
This Week

Around the Diocese
Link to Sunday Homilies

Join us for the free Winter Community Spaghetti Dinner tonight, Saturday, January 20, from 6 – 8 pm in the Church Lower Level hosted by the Knights of Columbus.


Rumble Game Update
Due to the start time
 of the Lions game, our RUMBLE basketball game has been moved back to 1pm on Sunday, January 21. Join us for this wonderful kick off to our ALL IN week! No cost to attend, a free throw contest at halftime for children of all ages, and our concessions will be open with all proceeds going to Boosters. So, let’s RUMBLE and then go home and CHEER on the Lions!


Around the Diocese

Join Bishop Walkowiak for the Mass for Life
This Monday, January 22 – 7 pm Cathedral of Saint Andrew
All are encouraged to join Bishop Walkowiak to pray for the legal protection of unborn children. Those attending Mass are invited to bring a donation for baby pantries in Grand Rapids and Muskegon run by Catholic Charities West Michigan.
Catholics also are encouraged to pray for an end to abortion during the Nine Days for Life novena beginning Thursday, Jan. 16.  Find the daily intentions in English and Spanish at usccb.org/ resources/9-days-life-novena.
Resources to support moms and families may be found at GRdiocese.org/walking-with-moms


Natural Family Planning
January 24 at 5:30 pm
Are you preparing for marriage or looking into Natural Family Planning (NFP) options? The Franciscan Life Process Center invites you to Introduction to Natural Family Planning (NFP) on January 24 at 5:30 pm at the Grand Rapids campus, 654 Davis Ave., NW.   This one-time session covers the basics of how NFP works and highlights the differences between methods. Cost: $25/individual and $40/couple Go to https://introtonfp.eventbrite.com to register. 


Exploring Priesthood Discernment Meetings

Discernment is a time of obtaining spiritual guidance and understanding. If you are considering the priesthood, the Diocese of Grand Rapids invites you to meet with other young men (ages 16+) to gather and discern God’s will for your life.
Meetings will take place from 12:30 – 1:30 pm at St. Stephen Parish,

750 Gladstone Dr. S.E., East Grand Rapids and are offered on the following Sundays in 2024: Jan. 28, Feb. 18, March 10, and April 21. Just show up or email Pattie Reynolds, preynolds@grdiocese.org, to RSVP. Questions? Contact Father Stephen Durkee, director of priestly vocations, sdurkee@grdiocese.org.


Worldwide Marriage Encounter Experience

Give your marriage and your faith a little sparkle in the new year at a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Experience. Upcoming Michigan weekends:
March 1 – 3 at Center for Ministry – Saginaw
April 12 – 14 at Saint Francis Retreat Center – DeWitt
Apply at
wwme.org or call Chris and Darla Vinton
at (517) 667-0433.


The Kepha Conference is BACK AGAIN this year Saturday March 9, 2024 at St. Robert of Newminster in Ada, Michigan. 

  • Registration is NOW OPEN 
  • Tickets are $38 and ticket prices will increase to $48 after February 23, 2024
  • 2023 SOLD OUT at 850 men and we will anticipate 2024 (capped at 850) will also sell out: REGISTER EARLY
  • Four (yes, FOUR!) amazing speakers
    • Curtis Martin, of FOCUS Ministries
    • Fr. Robert McTeigue, S.J. host of the Catholic Current podcast
    • Michael Gormley, founder of LayEvangelist.com and co-host of Catching Foxes podcast
    • John Yep, CEO of Catholics for Catholics 

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