Responding to Christ’s call, we, the Parish Family of Saint Adalbert, commit ourselves:

to build a community of faith that will be a true center of religious and pastoral life, where all people are valued as children of God; and to meet the challenges of our changing neighborhood in a spirit of acceptance and outreach; by coming together as a community for worship to be fed by the Bread of Life, and to be instructed, formed, and inspired through our openness to God’s word and His Spirit.

44247 Aquinas Osher LH

September 2014

My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

“Today vast numbers of people still do not know Jesus Christ.” Pope Francis begins his message for this year’s celebration of World Mission Sunday with these words. But he quickly offers us the way to make a joy-filled, life-giving difference in this regard. “World Mission Sunday is a privileged moment when the faithful of various continents engage in prayer and concrete gestures of solidarity in support of the young Churches in mission lands.”

On October 19, as our diocesan family celebrates this “privileged moment” let us join our brothers and sisters around the world who will gather at the Lord’s Table to celebrate, with great joy, our common vocation as missionaries. Our prayers and concrete gestures of solidarity will help build local churches, like the church in Mongolia, the world’s youngest Catholic Church, and churches across the globe. Through the work of these churches, and their witness to Christ, the poor receive practical help and experience God’s love and mercy, His hope and peace.

Your financial help on World Mission Sunday, offered in the collection for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, will support the 1,150 young mission dioceses and communities who await the “Good News” of Jesus as their saving hope.

Pope Francis encourages us to take joyful part in the Church’s mission to all the nations, as we live our lives grounded in love for Jesus and concern for the needs of the most disadvantaged. May World Mission Sunday offer each one of us an opportunity to accomplish both, as we share the joy of the Gospel and help the poor by our fervent prayer and through generous hearts!

Faithfully yours in the Lord,

Walkowiak Signature
Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak
Bishop of Grand Rapids


PRAYER FOR IRAQ The bishop of the Diocese of Grand Rapids, Bishop David Walkowiak, asks that Catholics throughout our diocese pray this prayer frequently on behalf of Christians throughout Iraq. Thousands of Christians have fled their homes in recent weeks rather than convert to the extremist brand of Islam imposed upon them by the Islamic State (ISIS).

The plight of our country is deep
and the suffering of Christians is severe and frightening.
Therefore, we ask you Lord
to spare our lives, and to grant us patience,
and courage to continue our witness of Christian values with trust and hope.
Lord, peace is the foundation of life;
Grant us the peace and stability that will enable us
to live with each other without fear and anxiety,
and with dignity and joy. Glory be to you forever, Amen. 
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