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Our Shepherds – Our Future

The Our Shepherds – Our Future Capital Campaign is underway.  It will help us address the needs within our diocesan-wide faith family.  The objectives of this capital campaign are to endow and build up a restricted fund for seminarian education, as well as fully fund our priests’ retirement.  Thank you for your support of this worthwhile endeavor.

Please watch the video on this page – the thumbnail depicts Fr. Stephen Durkee who was in residence at St. Robert’s for a year!

For more information, please visit

You can become more informed by reading the capital campaign newsletters attached below:

April 11, Issue 1:  Why Now?

April 18, Issue 2:  Seminarian Education

April 25, Issue 3:  Priest Retirement

May 2, Issue 4:  Discerning Your Gift

May 9, Issue 5:  A Letter from a Seminarian

Campaign Prayer

 Loving God, our needs are great and
we thirst for your presence.
Call from among us an abundance of men
to serve your Church as priests
In the Diocese of Grand Rapids.
Open their hearts to respond
with faith and courage.
Open our hearts to generously support their calling to become models of discipleship,
Heralds of truth,
and shepherds of your people.
Through Christ our Lord. 


SignUp Genius for Good Friday and Easter

April 2   Good Friday Service – 1 pm in the Main Church – Reservations required via SignUp Genius – streamed
April 3  Holy Saturday:
Easter Vigil – 9 pm – Main Church – Reservations required via SignUp Genius
April 4  Easter Sunday:  Masses at 7:30 am, 9 am;   11 am* streamed; NO 6PM MASS ON EASTER

 All Easter Masses require reservations via SignUp Genius.

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WOMEN ALIVE EVENT!  Take time to enter into the stillness this Advent season and welcome Christ more deeply into your heart. Light a candle, pour a glass of wine or brew a cup of tea, and join us for Simply Still on Tuesday, December 15, at 7:00 p.m. via live stream.

Event livestream link:

A Simply Still Journal for you to use is HERE.


How are you preparing
to welcome Jesus
more deeply
into your heart and life
this Christmas?

Join the St. Robert’s parish community in A Journey through Advent with music from The Vigil Project,reflections by Fr. Dave Pivonka TOR, and a devotional companion booklet to help you celebrate Advent and Christmas in a deeper way.

Resource Options:

  • Advent & Christmas Reflection Booklet

Reflection questions for each week of Advent

  • CD

Music by The Vigil Project

5 Talks by Fr Dave Pivonka TOR

Code to access Digital Download

  • Digital Download Card (if you just want online


Code to access music, talks, and Advent & Christmas Reflection Booklet online

You are invited to watch this intro welcome video about the program!

Contact Teri Burns,, if you have any questions or would like to obtain access to the digital download even if you are unable to attend Mass.




Video Message from Bishop Walkowiak on Abuse Scandal

From Feb. 21 – 24, presidents of bishops’ conferences from around the world will meet at the Vatican to discuss the clergy sexual abuse scandal and our global response as a Catholic Church. In a continuing effort to be as transparent as possible, Bishop Walkowiak would like to share an update on this topic and answer some of the questions he has received from parishioners.


All youth ages 5-14 years old are invited to participate in this judged competition. Make a poster about the true meaning of Christmas.   Info and forms will be given to catechists for distribution.  The poster must be made on 11×17 size paper/poster.  Any other size will NOT be accepted.  Contact  Steve VanderLaan (   Deadline for submissions is Friday, December 20. Posters and submission forms should be returned to the Faith Formation Office or Parish Office.  Entries will be displayed at St. Robert’s.  Let’s keep Christ in Christmas!