Catechist Certification

In 2016 the Diocese of Grand Rapids instituted a program for all catechetical leaders (including clergy, staff, teachers, and catechists) called Echoing the Gospel.  This program helps our leaders receive a well-rounded self-formation which will enable them to be even better catechists for our students.

Learning Opportunities

  • The Year of the Eucharist
    June 2023-June 2024 is planned as the Year of Parish Revival. Fr. Darrel and the Diocese of Grand Rapids will engage their staff and parishioners with community-specific activities and events such as catechetical formation on the Real Presence of Christ, opportunities to better understand and enter more deeply into the Paschal Mystery through the celebration of the …

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  • Deepening Your Understanding of the Eucharist
    Fr. Darrel is presenting monthly talks to help us enter more deeply into the mystery of the Eucharist. Talks will be offered directly following Tuesday, 6:30pm Mass. A recent Pew Research Center study4 revealed that 69% of Catholics in the United States believe that the bread and wine used in Mass “are symbols of the body and blood …

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  • Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion Training
    Required training As part of the Eucharistic Revival, all extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion are expected to be trained in updated diocesan norms for ministry. The nearest training session will be offered at Sts. Peter & Paul Parish, Ionia, on May 13 at 1:30-3:00 pm. A full schedule of trainings are available on the webpage …

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  • Corpus Christi Eucharistic Procession
    One of the key liturgical facets of Corpus Christi is its procession. Of course, processions have great biblical, liturgical and popular pietistic importance. In the Old Testament, think of the processions with the Ark of the Covenant, or the innumerable accounts of festal pilgrimage processions to Jerusalem — praising God with music and dance — …

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  • Monthly Stations of the Cross
    The second Friday of every month (at 6:00 pm) St. Joseph Parish offers the Stations of the Cross. This prayer helps us to enter more deeply into the Passion of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Come walk in the footsteps of the Lord. May 12, June 9, July 14, August 11
  • Confirmation Retreat ‘I am Sealed’
    All the newly confirmed 8th graders have their final retreat for Confirmation, ‘I am Sealed’ on Saturday, May 6, 4-9pm. At this retreat the students will learn how to totally embrace the gifts bestowed upon each of them during their Confirmation.      Contact Caleb Heckman with any questions
  • Parish Mission Spring 2023
    4 Days~3 Talks To conform you into the evangelist God is calling you to become May 20-24, 2023 St. Joseph Parish is excited to welcome Dcn. Darrell Wentworth back for the second part of our Parish Mission. Are you ready for your mission? Are you ready to learn what mission God has in store for …

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  • Tribute to Life Dinner & Discussion
    June 4, 6:00pm Planning the end of our life is stressful and complicated. From making your wishes known to your family to planning your funeral Mass, there are so many questions that come to mind. This process can be confusing and frustrating when one does not have a guide to follow. The Tribute to Life …

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  • Vacation Bible School
    Calling all elementary students and interested volunteers! St. Joseph Parish will be offering a Totally Catholic Vacation Bible School again this summer! Save the date for August 7-10. More information coming soon. Watch the bulletin for more details. Interested volunteers should contact Caleb Heckman at
  • Grandparents Day Mass
    Are you a grandparent? Do you want to celebrate your grandparents? Join us for Grandparents Day Mass on May 10 at 10:00 am while we honor our grandparents.
  • Memorial Day Mass & Rosary
    Join us on Monday, May 29 to pray the rosary and celebrate Mass at St. Joseph/Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Rosary will begin at 9:30 am Mass begins at 10:00 am
  • May Crowning
    This year St. Joseph Parish is offering two opportunities to participate in May Crowning on Friday, May 5. 12:00 pm               Mass followed by the crowning of Mary 7:00 pm                 Prayer Service including the crowning of Mary We will be crowing the Mary statue between the church and the rectory. What is May Crowning? At its …

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  • Mother/Daughter Banquet
    ST. JOSEPH PARISH ALTAR SOCIETY The St. Joseph Parish Altar Society Mother/Daughter Banquet is Monday, May 15, 2023 at 6:30 pm You do not need to bring a dish to pass or table service this year. You may bring your mothers/daughters from other parishes. Donations will be taken for new baby items or cash donations …

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  • RESTORE- Prayer Team Event
    Thursday, May 4, 7:00-9:00 pm Hosted by the St. Joseph Prayer Team “RESTORE my joy in your salvation; sustain in me a willing spirit.” Psalm 51:14 The RESTORE event is an opportunity for parish and community members to gather and encounter Jesus through the Holy Spirit. The evening includes adoration, confession, praise and worship music, …

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  • National Eucharistic Revival
    INTO THE MYSTERYSaturday, June 10 | 9:30 am – 5:30 pm | Aquinas CollegeSturrus Sports & Fitness Center The Eucharistic Revival is happening and YOU’RE INVITED! Join Catholics from across the diocese for Mass with Bishop Walkowiak, talks from dynamic speakers, and a Eucharistic Procession. This event marks the transition into the parish year of …

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  • Monthly Rosary for the Protection of the Dignity of Life
    The first Sunday of each month at 11:30am, we pray a rosary with the intention of various aspects as they relate to protecting the dignity of the human being.  Join us as we ask for the intercession of our Blessed Mother to help end the ways in which the human person is assaulted in this …

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  • That Man is You! (TMIY)
    That Man is You! honestly addresses the pressures and temptations that men face in our modern culture, especially those relating to their roles as husbands and fathers. The program harmonizes current social and medical science with the teachings of the Church and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of man fully alive! …

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  • Year of St. Joseph
    Upcoming Events PAST EVENTS St. Joseph: The Pillar of Patience St. Joseph is known as the pillar of patience.  Imagine the patience needed to raise the Son of God and accept God’s calling without knowing exactly what is going on.  Patience and Patient both come from the Latin root word pati which is translated to suffering.  Join us for a …

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  • Franciscan At Home Adult Learning
    The Diocese of Grand Rapids has partnered with the Catechetical Institute to receive authentically Catholic resources that help to form those within your parish or your school who are forming others.  All the workshops are available to every person in our parish or school, at no cost to you!   Hundreds of workshops in all ministry …

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