All are welcome to “Guadalupe: Rio de Amor/Guadalupe: River of Love” Mission Week Dec. 8-12

For a program go to: Guadalupe Mission Week Program

Mission, Guadalupe: River of Love

The Blessed Mother’s appearance in 1531 as Our Lady of Guadalupe to Juan Diego in Mexico marked the beginning of one of the largest conversions to Catholicism in the history of the Church. To this day, she remains a powerful symbol of faith and motherhood, one with which many Catholics identify. Our Lady’s message of love and compassion holds something for all of us, the language of infinite love; a universal calling which unites all Catholics through Our Lady as the patroness of the Americas.

Her voice echoes down through the centuries with the message:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

We invite you to grow in your Catholic faith through the message of Our Lady of Guadalupe during “Guadalupe: River of Love,” a special mission week, Dec. 8- 12, in the Diocese of Grand Rapids. The mission features a week of presentations by featured speakers from Mexico City including Roberto O’Farrill Corona, an expert in Mariology; Monsignor Diego Monroy Ponce, rector emeritus of the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe; and Miriam Limón, an expert in Our Lady of Guadalupe iconography. Roberto will visit several different parishes in our diocese giving presentations about Our Lady.

Live translation into English of two of his talks will be provided:
Dec. 11 at 11:40 a.m. in Catholic Central High School Gymnasium
Dec. 12 at 5:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew



Got QuestionsTry ALPHA

What is ALPHA?  Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith, typically run over eleven weeks. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone is welcome. 

Alpha runs in cafés, churches, universities, homes —you name it. No two Alphas look the same, but they generally have three key things in common: food, a talk and good conversation.

First up there’s food.  Whether it’s a group of friends gathered around a kitchen table, or a quick catch-up over coffee and cake, food has a way of bringing people together. It’s no different at Alpha. We start with food, because it’s a great way to encourage community and get to know each other.

Then a talk.  The talks are designed to engage and inspire conversation. Generally thirty minutes long, they can be given as a live talk or played as a video. They explore the big issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christianity, addressing questions such as Who is Jesus? and How can we have faith? 

Followed by discussion.  Probably the most important part of any Alpha: the chance to share thoughts and ideas on the topic, and simply discuss it in a small group. There’s no obligation to say anything. And there’s nothing you can’t say. It’s an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective in an honest, friendly and open environment.

Alpha will begin at St. John Vianney on Monday, January 7, 2019 at 6:00 PM in the Village Hall.  For more details and registration, contact Marty Best at, or (616) 724-3132.






The recordings of the 2017 Advent Parish Mission with Jon Leonetti are available here:

Evening 1 – 12/10/17

Evening 2 – 12/11/17

Evening 3 – 12/12/17




That Man is You! has started back up at St. John Vianney!

Are you looking to deepen your relationship with God?  Be a better husband? Become a more loving father?  Build friendships with other like-minded men? Seek to be the best man you can be?

Then Come Join That Man is You!

Wednesday Mornings, Starting on September 12 at 6:00 AM in the Village Hall.

The format is simple: Breakfast and conversation 6-6:15 AM;  Watch a short video 6:20-6:50 AM;  Small group discussion 6:50-7:30 AM.  We dismiss promptly at 7:30 AM.

There is a registration table in the gathering area of church, or you may contact Marty Best at the parish office (phone: 724-3132 and email:


Week Date Time Location Topic
1 Wednesday, September 12, 2018 6-7:30 AM Village Hall The Unveiling of Love
2 Wednesday, September 19, 2018 6-7:30 AM Village Hall The Battle over the Bride
3 Wednesday, September 26, 2018 6-7:30 AM Village Hall Love is Desire
4 Wednesday, October 3, 2018 6-7:30 AM Village Hall Love is a Free Gift
5 Wednesday, October 10, 2018 6-7:30 AM Village Hall Love is Communion
6 Wednesday, October 17, 2018 6-7:30 AM Village Hall Man in Communion
7 Wednesday,October 24, 2018 6-7:30 AM Village Hall Woman in Communion
8 Wednesday, October 31, 2018 6-7:30 AM Village Hall Two Become One
9 Wednesday, November 7, 2018 6-7:30 AM Village Hall Love is Expansive
10 Wednesday, November 14, 2018 6-7:30 AM Village Hall Love is Unconditional
11 Wednesday, November 28, 2018 6-7:30 AM Village Hall Love is Sacrificial
12 Wednesday, December 5, 2018 6-7:30 AM Village Hall Love is Eternal
13 Wednesday, December 12, 2018 6-7:30 AM Village Hall Love is Possible