In a continuing effort to be as transparent as possible, Bishop Walkowiak has taken time to create a video message for the faithful of the Diocese of Grand Rapids ahead of the worldwide meeting of bishops at the Vatican. The worldwide meeting, which will gather presidents of bishops’ conferences from around the world to discuss the clergy sexual abuse scandal and our global response as a Catholic Church will take place from Feb. 21 – 24. The video addresses the meeting and some of the frequently asked questions he has received from parishioners.
If you were sexually abused, or know of someone who was abused by a member of the clergy or a representative of the Church, please call our Victim Assistance Coordinator at 616-243-0491 or the Attorney General of the State of Michigan hotline at 844-324-3374.
Letters from Bishop Walkowiak to the faithful
- Initial letter regarding the scandal – August 2018 (English | Español)
- Follow-up regarding the scandal – September 2018 (English | Español)
- Reflection on the USCCB General Fall Assembly – November 2018 (English | Español)
Sunday, March 3
On the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, we will gather to celebrate all of our parish ministries and guilds. Stop by the hall after Mass for fun, food, and practical ways that you can recommit to Christ and our parish as we journey into Lent together.
A Tale of Three Cities: The Catholic Quest for Truth, Goodness, and Beauty
The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that we come to know God through the transcendent qualities of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. From its beginning, the Roman Catholic Church has been on a unique quest to know and serve Christ through these virtues. At times it has stumbled, wandered, or become distracted in its journey, but our Lord and Lady have always called us back to pursue the True, the Good, and the Beautiful.
The stories of three cities exemplify this quest. Rome—the city of St. Peter, St. Paul, and their successors—illustrates the quest for Truth. Assisi illustrates the quest for Goodness through the medieval reformation begun by St. Francis and St. Clare. Florence, the capital of Catholic creative genius, illustrates the quest for Beauty—with all its attractions and snares.
We will make pilgrimage to these cities, learning their stories and listening to how we, as individual believers and as the Church in the twenty-first century, must faithfully continue our ancient quest for what is True, what is Good, and what is Beautiful. In so doing, we will learn to love our Lord all the more, striving to become the salt and light that he calls his Church to be.