Author: Nickie Wentworth-Holton

Celebrate Holy Week with the Bishop

Join Bishop Walkowiak to celebrate Holy Week

Bishop Walkowiak will mark the conclusion of our Lenten journey and celebrate the suffering, death, and resurrection of our Lord with liturgies during Holy Week (March 25-April 1).

Join our bishop at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew or online at


Sunday, March 25 (Palm Sunday)
10 a.m.

Tuesday, March 27 (Chrism Mass)
7 p.m.
This is a ticketed event, but please join us online

Thursday, March 29 (Mass of the Lord’s Supper)
7 p.m.

Friday, March 30 (Passion of the Lord)
3 p.m.

Saturday, March 31 (Easter Vigil)
8:30 p.m.
Please join in person, no livestream available

Sunday, April 1 (Easter)
10 a.m.

STRENGTHENED IN FAITH: A day for families with children, youth or adults with disabilities


A day for families with children, youth or adults with disabilities

Saturday, June 23 at St. Robert of Newminster

1 – 6:30 p.m. (includes Mass & Dinner)

Don’t miss this opportunity for boosting your faith and receiving encouragement from

other families who have children, youth or adults with disabilities or special needs.

Parents will be able to participate in a facilitated conversation

while children, youth, and adults with disabilities/special needs and their siblings participate in fun activities concurrently.

All are invited to 4:30 p.m. Mass and a pizza dinner immediately following Mass.

Registration will be available in May.

**To make this day a success, we need many hands to help with food and refreshments, buddies to partner with the children, and guides to help people find their way. If you are interested in helping, contact Teri Burns,, ext 115.

Haiti Dental Mission

“OLC/Haiti Connection sent down the first dental team on 02/26/2018 that would serve the area around St. Jacques, Haiti.  We hired two Haitian dentists to extract close to 250 teeth that had been decaying for who knows how long.  Everyone was so happy to have the opportunity to get some relief from the pain that they have been having.

Richard Woodruff, Christine Veltkamp and Lisa Ringler comprised OLC’s team from Michigan and we joined up with Patrick and Robinson (our translators) and Dr. Pascal and Dr. Patrick (our dentists).  Our team relied heavily on the cooks, those who carried water for us,  those who ran errands for us, the bread lady and Fr. Maxis to make everything work.

Along with extracting teeth, we also put fluoride varnish on all of the school children (175) and showed them a Haitian video about the importance of brushing, flossing and taking care of your teeth.  The varnish is supposed to cover and protect their teeth for up to six months.

The children also received tooth brushes, some floss and toothpaste to take home with them.

Along with the dental clinic, we also visited four different homes that had been destroyed back in January of 2010 when the earthquake hit.  These families have had no way to reconstruct their homes as they lack the necessary funds to do anything to them.  Three of them are using tarps for walls and one has no walls at all.  It was an eye opening situation to see a family of one dad and six children sleeping in the one bed that the ‘house’ has.  The children normally will sleep on the dirt floor since there is no where else to go.

Our group thanks our parishioners for their continued support of this mission.  If you ever have any questions, please feel free to call or text Lisa Ringler at (616) 824-8353.”

Young Adult Leadership Institute for 20-30 year olds

For young adults in their twenties and thirties who are looking for meaningful opportunities to live out their faith and values at work, with their family and friends, and in the world.

In the Leadership Institute, we will explore and develop a variety of leadership skills, including:

  • Personal strengths and gifts
  • Conflict resolution
  • Dialogue
  • Collaboration
  • Intercultural competencies
  • Discernment
  • Prayer

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7th Annual Way of the Cross Pilgrimage

When: Saturday, March 24, 7:45 am

Where: Parking lot of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Belmont, MI

What: Join us as we carry a life-sized cross from the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Belmont, MI to Our Lady of Consolation Parish in Rockford. Meet at 7:45 am to begin in Morning Prayer. We will reflect on the Stations of the Cross and decades of the Rosary as we proceed.

Who: All are welcome. You do not need to carry the cross to participate. Please share this with anyone that may be interested.

It takes about two hours for the entire journey. This is a powerful way to enter into Holy Week in expectation of Easter. I hope you can join us or encourage others to come.