Christ the King Church:

9596 Reed Rd, Howard City, MI 49329

St. Francis de Sales Church:

829 East Richardson, Lakeview, MI 48850

We are saddened to announce the passing of parishioner Marty VanDyke. It is with deep regret that the posting of the information was overlooked. Please accept my apologies. We are sorry that this announcement did not get out in time. Marty’s funeral Mass was held at Christ the King Church on Friday, December 16, 2022. Please see his obituary for more details.
Parishioner Phyllis Zemaitis passed away November 29th. Her funeral arrangements have been pending. We are finally able to announce that her funeral will take place at Christ the King Church in Howard City on Saturday, December 17, 2022, at 11:00 am. There is a visitation one hour prior to the Resurrection Mass. There will be a luncheon in Fellowship Hall immediately following the service. Please see her obituary for more details.
We are saddened to announce the death of Phyllis Hall. She was the mother of our Maintenance Director and Cemetery Sexton, Rick Hall. There will be visitation at the Howard City Funeral Home on Monday, December 12 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm. On Tuesday, December 13, arrangements will take place at Heritage United Methodist Church on Kendaville Rd. in Howard City. There will be visitation at 10 am with the funeral beginning at 11 am. Following the funeral, internment will take place at Aetna Cemetery in Morley. After the burial, all are invited to a luncheon at the Fellowship Hall at Christ the King Church on Reed Rd. in Howard City.
We are saddened to announce the death of Steve Mogg, husband of parishioner Marie Mogg. Funeral arrangements are being provided by Howard City Funeral Home.
We are saddened to announce the passing of parishioner, Ralph Hauenstein. There will be visitation at Howard City Funeral Home on Sunday, November 20, 2022, from 3-6 pm. His funeral Mass will take place at Christ the King Church in Howard City on Monday, November 21 at 11:00 am. For more information, you can view his obituary at when it is posted.

We would like to welcome Camila Faye to our parish family. She was baptized at Christ the King Church in Howard City on November 13th. She is pictured with her parents, Nolan and Valeria Adamski, and her godparents, David Tarin and Violeta Tarin, along with Fr. James VanderLaan and Deacon Rick Dubridge. Welcome, little one, and may the Holy Spirit be upon you!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: November 9, 2022 Annalise Laumeyer, director of communications   Phone: 616-551-5629 | 616-307-3474 cell  Email: 

The Diocese of Grand Rapids’ Office of Communications issues the following statement from Most Reverend  David J. Walkowiak, bishop of Grand Rapids, following the approval of Proposal 3 by voters in Michigan: 

The passage of Proposal 3 in no way diminishes our commitment to pray for and support human life at all stages of  existence. It is disheartening to see that society continues to promote abortion as the only option for women experiencing unintended or unplanned pregnancies. I call on our elected representatives to enact legislation that  prioritizes the well-being and stability of families in our society. The United States Bishops have made  recommendations at the federal level to make this type of society possible. 

The Catholic Church remains committed to helping women and couples who are facing unexpected or difficult  pregnancies because we firmly believe God has a plan and purpose for every human life. We will continue to  accompany and care for women in need of emotional, spiritual, or material support and their child(ren), born and  unborn. 

For every woman who has had an abortion, know that God loves you. Help and healing are available to you through  our Project Rachel ministry. 

Local resources: 

Healing after abortion: Project Rachel 

Catholic Charities West Michigan: Pregnancy Support Services | Resources and support for moms and  families 

Pregnancy Support: HELP Pregnancy Aid | Pregnancy Resource Center – Grand Rapids | Alpha Grand Rapids Baby and Toddler Pantries: Catholic Charities West Michigan | The Baby Pantry of Lowell | Grandmother’s  Cupboard Baby Pantry (Lake County) 

St. Mary Parish, Spring Lake: Medical/dental-Pregnancy Support-Food and Clothing-Housing Infertility Support & Education: Franciscan Life Process Center 

The Diocese of Grand Rapids serves more than 175,114 Catholics, 80 parishes and 31 schools in an 11-county area of West  Michigan. For additional information visit our website Connect with the diocese on Facebook (Diocese of Grand  Rapids), Twitter (@GRDiocese), and Instagram (@GRDiocese). 

# # #

CATHEDRAL SQUARE CENTER ◊ 360 DIVISION AVENUE S. ◊ GRAND RAPIDS, MI 49503 ◊ P: 616-243-0491 ◊ F: 616-243-4910 

The Diocese of Grand Rapids has been notified that the Michigan Catholic Tribune, a newspaper purporting itself to be Catholic, is being mailed to parishioners within the diocese. The paper includes a photo of and quote from Bishop David Walkowiak along with other politically-related content. The publication also has an accompanying website, This publication and its accompanying website are not endorsed by nor are they affiliated with the Diocese of Grand Rapids or the Catholic Church. Information about the publisher is not apparent in the print publication.

The Diocese of Grand Rapids wants to assure parishioners that the publisher did not receive mailing information from the diocese or its parishes. The diocese does not sell its database of parishioner contact information.

If you have questions about the above information, please contact our Diocesan Director of Communcations: Annalise Laumeyer

Congratulations on your Baptism, Ryleigh Elizabeth! We know you’ve been looking forward to this day for quite a while. Welcome to the Catholic faith.