Welcome to Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish
We are a Catholic community of welcome and warmth sharing growth as we seek to develop as disciples of Jesus using the four pillars of Christian discipleship: Community, Message, Worship, and Service.
Community - Created for and called to spreading God's love and mercy throughout parish family and surrounding community through spiritual and social opportunities,
Christian Service - Using the gifts God has entrusted to us to serve God by helping those in need.
Mass and Rosary Schedules
Please note that if the Midland Public Schools are closed or on delay, weekday Mass is cancelled!
Wednesday and Thursday 9:00 am - follow restrictive guidelines please. For weekday Masses, please use the South entrance.
Saturday Mass at 4:30 pm - follow restrictive guidelines please.
Sunday Mass at 9:30 am - follow restrictive guidelines please.
Please know that the church doors will be opened from 10:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m., Mon thru Thurs, if anyone is in need of a quiet place to pray and/or meditate.
Reconciliation by appointment only.
Scheduled Ministries - to be updated
Directions, Church/Office Hours
Office Hours: Our office is NOW OPEN from 8:30a-4p Monday-Friday
Calendar seasonal hours
...and Jesus said, "Come."'
Here's a look at the precautions and procedures in place at Assumption to keep us all safe and healthy while we attend Mass.
For about 8 weeks we've been gathering in response to Christ's invitation for Eucharist. Many have understandably opted to not come, but we've done quite a bit so we can both worship and stay healthy. Check out the changes at our shared Assumption church home.
STATIONS OF THE RESURRECTION
The celebration of the Stations of the Resurrection (also known as the Via Lucis or Way of Light), originated in 1988 when Salesian Fr. Sabino Palumbieri proposed a new set of stations to accompany the traditional Via Crucis (Way of the Cross). This new devotion is an excellent way to learn and experience our faith since it "moves from the experience of suffering, which in God's plan is part of life, to the hope of arriving at humanity’s true end: liberation, joy and peace which are essentially paschal values” (Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy, 2001). These stations are based on the stories of Jesus, beginning with his resurrection, his various appearances, final teachings, his ascension, and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. This celebration is a great way to remember that Easter isn’t just for a day but a seven-week season!
To celebrate the entire Easter season, the Stations of the Resurrection will be prayed Mondays at 6:30pm in the church from April 5 through May 17.
Warning about bogus texts claiming to be from Fr. Joe
There have been some bogus text messages going around that look like they are coming from Fr. Joe saying he needs a favor and please text him back as soon as possible, or to purchase gift cards. Please know, that those are not coming from Fr. Joe and you should simply delete them.
As with scam emails coming from him last year, if you have any questions, please call the parish office to verify that the message is a scam. Thanks.
May Crowning and Easter Egg Hunt
ALL children ages 12 and under are welcome to join us after the 9:30am Mass on May 2 for our end of the school year celebration at the outdoor Mary statue. We will gather to crown our Mother Mary then receive instructions for the egg hunt.
Note: Traditionally flowers are given to Mary at her May crowning ceremony. This year if you want to bring something for Mary we are asking for donations of toothpaste, hand sanitizer, shampoo and/or conditioner for our Mobile Food Truck collection. What a great way to honor Mary – by answering YES to helping our neighbors in need!
Thank You, Phil!
Grateful farewell to our friend and fellow parishioner ‘Photo Phil’ (and Connie, too). Going through things at my mom’s house, we’ve found many photos, prompting memories—and some questions: “Who’s that?” Like any family, we sought to preserve moments and prompt memories by taking pictures.
For many years, PHIL WALENGA has served our parish family by taking photos of people, events and many of our Sacramental celebrations! Phil has generously shared his time, his passion, his expertise and his equipment as he has served our faith family in this way. More recently, Phil has also aided in our online presence and parish website.
Now, Phil and Connie are moving to be closer to family and we bid a grateful farewell to them as well as best wishes for even more memories as we here at Assumption will treasure the photographic record of our ‘family life’ that he leaves as part of his legacy. Thanks, Phil!
PLEASE CONTACT OUR SENATORS
An Important Message from Bishop Gruss
You may have heard about a legislative proposal called the Equality Act that will soon be before the United States Senate. While a date has not yet been set, it will be soon be brought forward for debate and a vote. The bill was passed by the House of Representatives on February 25th.
The proposed Equality Act of 2021 (H.R. 5) forces Americans to conform to government-mandated beliefs about human sexuality that are contrary to Catholic social teaching and pose a great threat to religious freedom.
The Equality Act claims to ban discrimination based on “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” However, it actually codifies discrimination against anyone with a different belief about human sexuality and forces them to conform to government-mandated beliefs about sexual orientation and gender identity under threat of criminal and financial penalties.
If the Equality Act is signed into law, the Catholic Church’s social teaching on human sexuality will be effectively outlawed as discriminatory and many of the Church’s institutions and faithful could be accused of violating this law. The Equality Act purports to protect people experiencing same-sex attraction or gender discordance from discrimination. But instead, the bill represents the imposition by Congress of novel and divisive viewpoints regarding “gender” on individuals and organizations. This includes dismissing sexual difference and falsely presenting “gender” as only a social construct.
Tragically, this Act can also be construed to include an abortion mandate, a violation of precious rights to life and conscience. Rather than affirm human dignity in ways that meaningfully exceed existing practical protections, the Equality Act would discriminate against people of faith.
If passed, this legislation would:
punish faith-based charities such as shelters and foster care agencies, and in turn their thousands of beneficiaries, simply because of their beliefs on marriage and sexuality (§§ 3, 6);
force both people and organizations in many everyday life and work settings to speak or act in support of “gender transitions,” including health care workers and licensed counselors, even when it’s against their professional judgment (§§ 3, 6, 7);
risk mandating taxpayers to pay for abortions, and health care workers with conscience objections to perform them, ultimately ending more human lives (§§ 3, 6, 9);
This bill would also:
force girls and women to compete against boys and men for limited opportunities in school sports, and to share locker rooms and shower spaces with biological males who claim to identify as women (§§ 6, 9);
expand the government’s definition of public places into numerous settings, even forcing religiously operated spaces, such as some church halls and equivalent facilities owned by synagogues or mosques, to either host functions that violate their beliefs or close their doors to their broader communities (§ 3);
exclude people from the careers and livelihoods that they love, just for maintaining the truth of their beliefs on marriage and sexuality (§ 3); and
discriminate against individuals and religious organizations based on their different beliefs by partially repealing the bipartisan Religious Freedom Restoration Act, an unprecedented departure from that law and one of America’s founding principles (§ 9).
The Equality Act does not promote human dignity and equality, rather it divides our country and codifies discrimination against Catholic faithful, religious communities, and others with different beliefs on human sexuality and marriage. It is imperative that Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs, especially Catholics, contact their U.S. Senators to vote against the Equality Act H.R. 5. The future of America’s first and most sacred right depends on it.
As lawmakers consider the measure and their vote, share your opposition to the so-called Equality Act.
The Person and Identity Project provides formation, resources and pastoral guidance on issues of faith, “gender” and sexual identity.
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