Join in prayer on the observance for the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Jan. 22, 2017
Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat, Feb. 24-26, 2017
If you or someone you know has been struggling with the emotional or spiritual pain of an abortion experience, confidential and compassionate help is available. Our next Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat will be held Feb. 24-26, 2017 at a private location in the Kalamazoo area.
The following is a testimonial from a past retreatant: I experienced a great inner healing as a result of attending this post-abortion retreat. I highly recommend this retreat to anyone who has felt the void and shame of the abortion experience. It is a wonderful way to forgive yourself, find the unconditional love of Christ and grieve the loss of your child. For more information or to register contact Maggie Walsh at (616)-340-1824, (800) 800-8284(Toll free in Michigan only) . All inquiries are confidential. Financial assistance is available.
CCOS CATHOLIC FAMILY SCOUTING CELEBRATION 2017
Formerly the CCOS Spring Retreat, this event is intended for the entire family of any Girl or Boy Scout, not just the Scout participant. Please join us on Saturday, March 4th from 1 - 5 pm at St. Jerome Parish (229 Collier Ave., Battle Creek, MI 49037) as together we will be exploring important aspects of the Rosary. The cost is $10 per family. Please stay tuned for registration forms. God bless!
Date Night! Register soon! Spaces limited!
DODD for married couples begins March 8th
Whether you have been married for 6 months or 60 years, come and join us on Wednesday evenings starting March 8th at 6:30 pm. The (DODD) Discovering Our Deepest Desire Program consists of a series of evenings of interaction, prayer, reflection, and activities designed to support couples in renewing their understanding of what it means to have a Sacramental Marriage and to rediscover the one they fell in love. Sessions begin MARCH 8th and will run 12 consecutive Wednesdays from 6:30pm to 8:30pm and will be held in the Kalamazoo DPC (215 N. Westnedge Avenue).
For more information about the D.O.D.D. program or to register online, please go to http://www.diokzoo.org/marriage-enrichment or call Keith and Hope Marotti at 269-353-1213. Registrations to the first 12 couples who register (first-come-first-serve basis)
Young Adult Retreat - Perspectives on the Passion
Looking for some time to get away from the busy-ness of life and to spend some time with the Lord? Join us from Friday, March 10th at 7 pm - Sunday, March 12th ending at 11:30 a.m. for the diocesan Young Adult Retreat 2017 - Perspectives on the Passion and take this time for prayer, presentations, recreation, reflection, and fellowship at Bair Lake Bible Camp (12500 Prang St., Jones, MI 49061). Cost is $40 per participant. For more information, including registration, please contact Tim McNamara.
Diocesan Confirmation Retreat
The Diocese will be hosting their third annual Diocesan Confirmation Retreat from Saturday, March 25th - Sunday, March 26th at Gull Lake Ministries (1988 Midlake Dr., Hickory Corners, MI 49060). Cost is $100 per person and spots are limited, so please register your Confirmation class today! Please visit http://www.diokzoo.org/confirmation-retreat or contact Jamin Herold (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tim McNamara (email@example.com) for registration forms and more information.
BISHOP'S SCOUT MASS:Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 at 3 pm (St. Augustine Cathedral)
Lenten Meal with CRS at St. Catherine's
Kirtimayi Mishra, head of Office at Catholic Relief Service India, will speak during a special Lenten meal at St. Catherine of Siena on Friday, March 3rd. Enjoy a simple meatless Indian meal at 5:30p, and Kirtimayi’s reflections at 6:00p. A Free will offering will be taken. Participants are invited to join the parish for Stations of the Cross at 7p. RSVP to Mary Hunt at 269-978-2338 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Archabbot Lambert coming to Niles
March 2nd - 5th, St. Mark and St. Mary Parishes in Niles are sponsoring time of spirituality and prayer with Archabbot Lambert Reilly, OSB. Thursday, March 2 will begin with Mass at 6 p.m. Friday, March 3 will have Stations of the Cross at 5:30 p.m. with Mass at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 4 will be Confessions at 4 p.m. and Mass at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 5 is Mass at 10 a.m. All events will be held at St. Mark Parish, Niles.
Mr. David Anderson, Vice-President of Church Music at GIA Publications and Director of Music & Organist at Ascension Parish, Oak Park, IL, will lead a Lenten Taize Prayer with music, prayer, and candlelight on Sunday, March 5th at 7.30 p.m. at St. Joseph South Church (5353 Roosevelt Rd. Stevensville, MI)
KDCCW "Live Lent Fully"
Mark your calendars for the KDCCW's Lenten Day of Spiritual Renewal on March 8. The day will begin with check in and light refreshments at 8:15 a.m. and conclude around 3:30 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church's Fr. Bart Hall in Kalamazoo. Cost is $20 and includes lunch and refreshment. For more information or to register by March 3, contact Sue Annis, 269.217.3678.
Please join us for Lenten Reflections - Meditating on the Mysteries of the Rosary.
In this four-week series we focus on the mysteries of the Rosary and how they lead us deeper into our relationship with Christ and his mother. Each session consists of readings regarding each of the mysteries, private prayer and reflection.
The first session begins Thursday, March 9. Sessions begin at 12:30 PM and last for approximately two hours. No books are needed – only a Rosary and a willing heart.
Pre-registration is not necessary. All sessions will be held at the St. Monica Church Community Building, 534 W. Kilgore, Kalamazoo, MI.
From Ashes to Glory: A Lenten Mission with Dan Schutte
Dan Schutte, a well known composer of many contemporary worship hymns and liturgical music including "Here I Am, Lord" and "City of God", will perform a Sunday afternoon concert. Dan will also present evening mission talks to engage the congregation in music, gospel stories and reflections that will deepen their Lenten journey.
· Afternoon Concert: Sunday, March 12th 4:00-5:30pm
· Evening Presentations: Mon. & Tues. March 13th &14th 6:30-8:00 pm
*The concert and mission talks will be held at St. Joseph Downtown Church (201 Church St., St. Joseph, MI)
Triennial Convention for women
The Detroit Province Council of Catholic Women (from all dioceses of Michigan) will hold their triennial convention on April 21-22 at the Holiday Inn near the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The theme is "Lead Me Lord, Renew My Strength". The celebration will include talks by Fr. John Riccardo, Fr. Ptarick Gonyeau, Bill Richart, Katie O'Mara and Fr. Patrick Maher. For more information, contact Rita Maher, 989.635.7072.