Bishop David Walkowiak would like to talk about welcoming people to Mass, looking ahead to the new year as a great time to get in touch with your Christian beliefs and discover your local parish.
- We want the people of West Michigan to know that they are welcome to join us at Mass.
- We've been using audio and video messages to get the word out that, "We are always here and you are always welcome." We hope that people will learn more about our Catholic community and be inspired to return or seek us out for the first time.
- As Catholics, we are still celebrating the Christmas season (which goes until January 13th) and it's a great time to celebrate the love of Christ and participate in our rich Catholic traditions.
- For a variety of reasons, there are people who were baptized Catholic, but no longer attend Mass or consider themselves part of a parish. In fact, that's one of the biggest religious categories in America. Just as Pope Francis has said, we want you to know that you are welcome to worship with us and get back to the beauty of our faith. We would love a chance to talk to you about why you may have left in the first place.
- Staff across the diocese have also been collaborating on ways to make our parishes as warm and welcoming as possible---especially for new visitors.