From the Diocese

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                           

February 16, 2019                                                                                                                           


Annalise Laumeyer, director of communications      
Phone: 616-551-5629 | 616-307-3474 cell

The Diocese of Grand Rapids’ Office of Communications has issued the following statement from Bishop David J. Walkowiak in response to the Holy See’s announcement that former Archbishop McCarrick has been dismissed from the clerical state.

I stand in solidarity with our Holy Father in his decision to dismiss former Archbishop Theodore McCarrick from the clerical state based on the former Archbishop’s actions.

Cardinals and bishops, like priests and deacons, must be held accountable for any actions that cause harm to the most vulnerable in our communities. I encourage all individuals to report such instances to both the Church and civil authorities so that the appropriate steps toward justice and healing may be taken.

The Church must continue to seek forgiveness for its previous actions and I pray that this decision will provide a source of healing to the former Archbishop’s victim-survivors. I, along with the Catholic faithful, will continue to pray for all survivors of sexual abuse and provide assistance to promote healing.

As the presidents of the world’s episcopal conferences meet in Rome this week, I pray that the meeting will bear fruit to help cleanse the Catholic Church and restore the trust of the faithful.

The Diocese of Grand Rapids serves more than 191,000 Catholics, 80 parishes and 31 schools in an 11-county area of West Michigan. For additional information visit our website Connect with the diocese on Facebook (Diocese of Grand Rapids), Twitter (@GRDiocese), and Instagram (@GRDiocese).

Greeter Ministry

We are looking for a few more smiling faces! Have you wanted to meet more of your fellow parishioners? Becoming a greeter may be exactly what you are looking for! Greeters are asked to arrive 20-30 minutes prior to Mass. You may set your own schedule, even working different Masses! For more information or to sign up please contact: Cheryl at

Faith Formation Opportunities

Bible Study
The Turning Point – It’s not your typical Bible Study! The Turning Point won’t just teach you how to understand the Bible better. Through engaging videos, a thought-provoking workbook, and an edition of the Gospel of John that reads like your favorite chapter book, this unique nine-week study will help you develop a meaningful relationship with Jesus. Invite a few of your family members or friends to journey through The Turning Point with you.

The Turning Point begins January 8, Tuesday Mornings, at 11am in the Church Lounge or begins January 9, Wednesday Evenings, at 6:30pm in Room 201 in the School. Please contact the Religious Education Office at either or 616 453-1591 to register.

Workbooks are available to order through for $12.95. Workbook only or $15.95 Participant Pack includes workbook, DVD, and Gospel of John book (Includes free shipping).

Divorce Recovery Group
Surviving Divorce was created to bring hope and healing to those who have experienced the pain and loneliness of a broken marriage. It is for the newly separated and divorced and those still struggling with issues many years later. It will help them find answers to their questions, restore hope, and begin authentic healing. Developed and hosted by Rose Sweet, Surviving Divorce features experts Dr. Ray Guarendi, Ph.D., Fr. Donald Calloway, M.I.C., Fr. Steve Porter, S.T.L., Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J., and Christopher West. It also includes personal testimonies of Catholic men and women who have experienced the breakdown of their families. They courageously share their stories with heart, humor, and wisdom. As they witness to their pain and the healing power of Christ in their lives, participants will laugh, cry, and identify with their journeys from heartache to healing.

Surviving Divorce will help you:

  • Work through the emotional upheaval of separation and divorce.
  • Find personal healing and hope.
  • Discover a deeper understanding of God’s love for you.
  • Gain wisdom and comfort from experts and others who share your experiences.
  • Navigate new concerns like custody, court hearings, and finances.

Program will start the week of January 21st and meets one night a week for 12 weeks. The day of the week is yet to be determined. In order to accommodate as many schedules as possible please let us know what night/nights work best for you (Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday) at either 6:30 or 7:00 pm and we will schedule from there. The optional surviving divorce guide is $15.

Please contact Diane Schoof or Sheri Vig or call the religious education office at 616.453.1591 with questions or if you are interested. When calling please let us know if you will need childcare.



Knights of Columbus Breakfast on February 17!

Join us in the Multi-Purpose Room on Sunday, February 17 from 8:30 – 11:30 AM for a full breakfast provided by the Holy Spirit Knights of Columbus! Now serving omelets! There is no set cost, but a free will offering will be collected. Breakfast includes pancakes, omelets, sausage, eggs, coffee, and juice.

A letter from Fr. Mark

Dear Families and Friends of Holy Spirit Parish,

On this feast of Christmas, we gather with Christians all over the world to celebrate the birth of Christ, Savior of the World.  As this familiar story of our Lord’s birth is proclaimed once again, our astonishment of this life-changing event should not be diminished. God has rightly fully chosen to manifest the depth of His love for us in the Christ child.

Whether you are coming here for the first time, or visit us regularly, you are most welcome. If you are visiting our parish for the first time, we are happy that you are here, and hope that you will come back to celebrate with us again in the coming year.  If you have been away from the Church for some time, we would love to have you come back and join us; everyone is welcome.

As I celebrate my first Christmas as your pastor, I would like to express my joy and happiness about being assigned at Holy Spirit Parish.

On behalf of the entire parish staff, Fr. Mike and I would like to extend to you and your loved ones our prayers and best wishes for a blessed and joyousChristmas season and a Happy New Year!


Fr. Mark

Knights of Columbus Poster Contest

The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring the Keep Christ in Christmas poster contest again this year.  Click HERE for the flyer, instructions and registration form.  Students may pick up the 11×17 poster paper from the school office.  All posters and registration forms must be turned in by December 14th to be eligible for prizes.  Entries will be divided into age groups of 5-7, 8-10 and 11-14.  Prizes will range from $25 – $100 pending place and whether a Council, District or State Level award.  We can’t wait to see all of the creative entries!

Attention High School Youth!

Attention High School Youth!  Our Sunday drop-in youth gatherings have started up again on Sunday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  Drop by the youth lounge for food, fellowship, faith sharing and fun.  Come by yourself, or bring a friend, or even bring your homework. Refresh yourself in faith to meet the challenges of the week ahead.
  • 3rd Sunday of every month is adoration and praise in the chapel from 6:30 to 7:30 (food & fellowship before and after)
  • 4th Sunday of every month is open to 8th grade; come join us for faith and fun

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Fall is upon us and we are preparing for our Thanksgiving Food Drive to help our friends at Steepletown. Here are suggestions as to what they could use:

Canned Fruits & Vegetables
Cereal & Breakfast Bars
Spaghetti/Macaroni & Cheese
Canned Meats/Peanut Butter & Jelly
Toilet Paper & Paper Towels
Laundry Detergent/Bar Soap/Toothpaste

Your help is needed to pack the Thanksgiving Food Baskets next Sunday, November 18th at 11:00am in the Multipurpose Room.

All food drive items will be picked up on Monday, November 19th at 9:00 am by Steepletown members. Please have all donations in before then.

2017-2018 Annual Report

We are excited to share our 2017-2018 fiscal year annual report with you!

You can view the entire document here!

Holy Day Mass Times

The first week of November holds some important days within the Church, including All Saints Day and All Souls Day. Holy Spirit will be offering a few different Mass times on each day for all parishioners to attend.

All Saints Day, on November 1st, is considered a Holy Day of Obligation. Mass times for that day are as follows:
8:45 am
12:00 pm
7:00 pm

All Souls Day, or the Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed, is on November 2nd. Mass times for that day are as follows:
8:00 am (Anointing of the Sick)
6:30 pm