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Men’s Summer Retreat

THE MEN’S SUMMER RETREAT will resume on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Franciscan Life Process Center, north of Lowell, MI. The Center offers a beautiful setting for hearing the word of God, silence, reflection, and mediation. Msgr. Gaspar Ancona is the presenter and the day includes conferences, Sacraments, Mass and quiet time for meditation and prayer. It is an excellent time to recharge your spiritual battery. For those who need transportation, a bus will be available at the IHM Church parking lot at Burton and Plymouth SE boarding 7:30 am – 8:00 am. Cost: $50 Please go to for more information or to register. Questions? Call 616.897.7842

Holy Door Pilgrimage

Holy Door Pilgrimage 2016 video above.  Nearly 80 pilgrims from St. Robert’s took part in this Year of Mercy Pilgrimage which featured a walk from the Basilica of St. Adalbert to the Cathedral of St. Andrew as well as tours of each church.

Mortgage Burning

On Pentecost Weekend, we witnessed a special surprise:  the burning of the mortgage on the Parish Life Center!  We are debt free!  Many thanks to all of you who made this possible with your faithfulness and generosity.  Moving forward, with your support we can continue our ministries, programs, and maintain our wonderful facilities.  We are truly blessed. Watch the video above and make sure your speakers are on!  

Inquiry for the Diaconate

Diaconate Aspirancy Process:  Inquiry for the Diaconate

At this time, the Diocese of Grand Rapids is accepting inquiries from men interested in the diaconate. To be considered, an applicant must be a Roman Catholic at least 30 years of age (minimum age for ordination is 35), who is an active member of his parish (located within the Diocese of Grand Rapids) with the support of his Pastor. He must be in good health, of sound moral character, mature faith, regular practice in the sacramental life of the Church, and have a sense of vocation to service. If married, he must be in a valid Catholic marriage for a minimum of five years, have the support of his wife and family, and be in a strong, stable marriage. If unmarried, he must be willing and able to commit to celibacy. Although an upper age limit for application has not been established, the expectation is that ordained deacons will have the health and energy to provide a minimum of ten years of ordained ministry to the diocese of Grand Rapids.

The deadline for inquiries to the Diocesan Aspirancy Process is August 12, 2016. All men who are interested in more information and/or applying are asked to contact Reverend Mark Przybysz, Diocesan Director, Office for Ministry & Life of Permanent Deacons, Diocese of Grand Rapids, for an appointment: or 616-453-8229, extension 100.

Stop the Christian Genocide

 The petition is available at:


USCCB President Urges Support for Petition to Stop Christian Genocide

March 15, 2016

WASHINGTON—The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, issued an urgent call, March 15, to support a petition to stop genocide in the Middle East and convince the U.S. Department of State to include Christians in any formal declaration of genocide.

The call to action was issued days before the U.S. Department of State is expected to make a decision on the issue, and as a congressional resolution gains support in Congress.

“For months, the Catholic Church has been a voice for Christians and other religious minorities facing the evil of deadly persecution,” Archbishop Kurtz said. “Please, make sure your name is added to the witness. The very future of the ancient Christian presence in the Middle East is at stake.”

 The petition is available at:

Archbishop Kurtz’ full statement follows:

 Join Me in the Pledge to Stop Christian Genocide

A Statement from Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville,

President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Today, the people of God must speak up for our brothers and sisters facing genocide in the Middle East.  I urge every Catholic to sign the petition at  As a people of faith, we must convince the United States Department of State to include Christians in any formal declaration of genocide.

For months, the Catholic Church has been a voice for Christians and other religious minorities facing the evil of deadly persecution. Now, the State Department is expected to make a decision within days.  A resolution, H. Con. Res. 75, is also gaining bipartisan support in Congress.  Please, make sure your name is added to the witness. The very future of the ancient Christian presence in the Middle East is at stake.

I am grateful to my brother bishops, the Knights of Columbus and all the faithful who have struggled to keep a focus on suffering Christians in the national debate. Rest assured of my continued prayers and support.

With each passing day, the roll of modern martyrs grows.  While we rejoice in their ultimate victory over death through the power of Jesus’ love, we must also help our fellow Christians carry the Cross of persecution and, as much as possible, help relieve their suffering. By doing so, the Middle East and the world will be made safer for people of every faith to live in peace.

National Bible Week 2015

 FF National Bible Week 2015In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, Dei Verbum, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops invites families, parishes, schools, and other Catholic groups to participate in National Bible Week, November 15-21, 2015. This year’s theme, “The Bible: A Book for the Family,” builds on the Synod of Bishops on the Family and Pope Francis’s visit to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families.

Engaging in the activities and reading the articles associated with National Bible Week will provide all the faithful, especially the Domestic Church of the Christian family, the opportunity to become more comfortable with reading and reflecting on the Scriptures and to come to know God’s Word more deeply.

Go to the National Bible Week 2015 Website to access information, including resources for families and articles for learning more about the Church’s understanding and use of the Sacred Scriptures.

Lectio Divina

This method of prayer goes back to the early monastic tradition. There were not bibles for everyone and not everyone knew how to read. So the monks gathered in chapel to hear a member of the community reading from the scripture. In this exercise they were taught and encouraged to listen with their hearts because it was the Word of God that they were hearing.

  • Quiet your body and mind as you prepare to listen to the Word of God. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your mind and heart to God’s Word.
  • Read the scripture passage aloud to hear the words with your ears.
  • Pause and recall if some word or phrase stood out or something touched your heart. Savor the insight, feeling, or understanding.
  • Re-read the passage.
  • Pause again and sit with your thoughts and feelings from the reading.
  • Dialogue with God: Father, Son, and Spirit. Share from your heart your thoughts and feelings and listen to what God might be saying to you.

 Imaginative Meditation, also known as Ignatian Contemplation

Enter into the story with your imagination. Become one of the characters or a bystander. Use your senses: see what is happening, hear what is being said, smell the aromas of the scene, touch and feel the people and things in the story.

Learn more about Imaginative Prayer…

Picture Videos

Above:  Blessing of the Pets 2015!

Please scroll through this post – there are many videos of the different programs that St. Robert’s provides!


Painting & Pretzels 2015

Senior Picnic 2015 – Christmas in July


High School Service Week 2015

Middle School Service Camp

The Twelve Tribes – that was the theme of our Grandparent/Grandchild Camp.  Watch the video in either 360 p or 720 HD…

Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power! Enjoy watching this video of images in either 360p or 720HD!

One Bread, One Cup 2015 – St. Robert’s Youth and Staff at this Liturgical Leadership Conference at St. Meinrad Archabbey in Indiana.