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.

  1. Community - Created for and called to spreading God's love and mercy throughout parish family and surrounding community through spiritual and social opportunities,
  2. Message - Sharing the Good News of God's Love, mercy and redemption to all through Faith Adult, Faith Youth Ministry, Faith Children, and Sacramental Preparation,
  3. Worship - Gathering to gratefully share prayer as we participate in the Liturgy of the Word and Liturgy of the Eucharist,
  4. 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!

Confession Sat 3:30 pm, (3:00 pm to 4:00 pm - Advent and Lent), or by appointment

Scheduled Ministries - to be updated

Daily Reflections:

Directions, Church/Office Hours

  • Get Directions 3516 E. Monroe Rd. Midland, Mi 48642 1-(989)-631-4447
  • Church opens 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Mon-Fri, pray and/or meditate.
  • The parish office is CLOSED. We will be checking voice messages periodically and will return calls as soon as possible. You may also email staff directly as we are all responding to emails. Calendar seasonal hours

Fr Joe's Thoughts, "Larkin Update"

More Here

Assumption Family of Faith resumes weekday and weekend Limited and REstricted public Masses

ASSUMPTION Public Mass Celebrations

Limited and restricted mass have begun ; obligation to attend Mass lifted until Aug. 30

My Dear Fellow Parishioners,

After a long absence, we are able to begin gradually reopening our church for limited and restricted public worship starting this week. (See below for current schedule)

However, due to the ongoing pandemic, there will be a number of changes to our praying the Eucharist for the foreseeable future. These precautions, protocols and procedures have been arrived at with input from public health officials, our Diocese of Saginaw, our state government and what other dioceses around the country are choosing to implement.

1. Maintaining the health and safety of everyone in the community is our primary objective.

It is imperative for all of us to cooperate and work collaboratively to achieve this.

  • MASKS must be worn by all attending the service(s)
  • Please bring a mask and plan to wear it at all times in the parish buildings.
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING must be maintained at all times.
  • There will be designated pews and places with ushers helping to guide you.
  • AVOIDING TOUCHING and CONTACT with what others have touched
  • We will limit all person-to-person contact by various procedures: doors will be open to avoid need to touch handles and there will be single-use worship aids.
  • LIMITED SEATING CAPACITY is in effect as required by distancing.
  • We will be limited to 115 worshipers at any given gathering.
  • We STRONGLY DISCOURAGE those parishioners in the ‘higher risk’ categories from coming to join these services at this time.
    • That would include all who are over 65, all with ongoing health issues or concerns and all experiencing any sort of illness or symptom. For your safety and the safety of others, PLEASE DO NOT COME at this time.
  • Bishop Gruss has suspended the obligation for attending Sunday liturgies till the end of summer and there are many online opportunities for Mass and other prayer readily available. Please make use of these resources instead.

2. Operational Disciplines, to which we ask you to adhere:

  • Please arrive early, because we will be adhering to facial covering and social distancing as we enter the church. Also hand sanitizer will be available. This will take longer than in the past.
  • Doors will be open, there will be marks on the floor to ensure adequate spacing and ushers will direct each individual, couple or family to seating. Please wait for your turn.
  • Please plan to stay in your assigned seat until mass is over. If you must leave, please contact an usher to guide you out.
  • Restroom use will be very limited, so please attend to those needs at home.
  • Communion will be provided for those who wish to receive at the very end of the gathering with ministers at the rear of the church. After you receive, you will then depart and return to your cars. The ushers will guide you to exit in an orderly manner. Please wait your turn and maintain distancing as this will also take longer than before.
  • Any other gathering before or after Mass on church property must be avoided.
  • For your protection, all surfaces will have been sanitized before and after each mass.

3. Current Schedule:

  • Weekday Mass Wednesday and Thursday at 9:00 a.m. (with all above limitations)
  • Saturday, Mass at 4:30 p.m. (all above restrictions and procedures will be in effect)
  • Sunday, Mass at 9:30 a.m. (all above restrictions and procedures will be in effect)

Thank you all for all you’ve done while we’ve been “distanced” and for your attention to these currently necessary procedures and practices as we hope and pray for healing and a future full of hope.

4. The parish office is CLOSED.

We will be checking voice messages periodically and will return calls as soon as possible. You may also email staff directly as we are all responding to emails.

Please let us know if there are ways you think we might be of assistance to you or others.

Peace, Fr. Joe

5. Directives Saginaw Diocese

  • All of the faithful over the age of 2 will be required to wear face coverings to Mass, keep at least six feet apart at all times when inside a parish church or on parish grounds (excluding those of the same household) and capacity inside churches may not exceed 20- 25 percent, according to the directives issued on May 19. The 25 percent figure follows state guidelines for other types of buildings, such as retail stores.

Daily Reflections:

Diocese of Baltimore has produced a very fine animated video outlining how things will be different for the time being.

How to give when you can't get to mass

Mail your envelope to:

Assumption, 3516 E. Monroe, Midland, MI 48642

Or sign up online, see below…...

Solemnity of the most Holy Trinity

Readings, USCCB

Feast of The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

Today is the feast of The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church. We honor Mary, Mother of the Church with this video of all those virtual Marian images and flowers for the May crowning that many of you either posted on FB or emailed to us last month. Thank you for all the beautiful images.

Pentecost Homily

We gather to celebrate Pentecost and what truly is an Easter feast. A feast that is bound to the mystery, the gift, the promise of Easter in ways that cannot be separated. At Easter, Jesus emerges from the tomb to new life, the risen Christ. At Pentecost, the first followers emerge from a time of fear & paralysis , hold up & lock down to undertake the mission as the body of Christ. The Spirit comes to give us insight and to inspire us to use those gifts to pursue, as did the first followers, the sharing of the Good News in words and actions, so that God's will be done.

Heroes of the Hour: Servinski Sod Service

An update from Open Door

Hospitality, including creating a welcoming space, is important at the Open Door - even outside.

Servinski Sod is helping us improve our outdoor space with some much needed lawn maintenance - free of charge!

PARISH GARDEN UPDATE

Planting is underway in the parish garden. Weather permitting, we hope to begin harvesting spinach and lettuce in the not too distant future. The usual garden workdays are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings.

Should those days and times not fit for you, any time is a good time to weed—they are not on a schedule. When a group works in the garden, masks are worn, and safe distancing is observed.

If you are interested in helping, please call Bernie or Michele Link at 689-5228. With so many suffering from food insecurity now, the garden can make a sincere difference in alleviating that need. May we, like St. Isidore, present our abundant harvest of merit and good works.

Our Parish is blessed with loving, compassionate people. Thank you for sharing your time and talents.

ONLINE GIVING

  • You have the option to use Online Giving for contributions to our parish!
  • Your gift will be transferred from your preferred method of payment directly to our parish.
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • If you have any questions: email Sandy or call the parish office at 989-631-4447.

Visit the MIDLAND COUNTY EMERGENCY FOOD PANTRY NETWORK MOBILE PANTRY and Receive Free Food

Receive free food to help supplement your family’s pantry.

June 5, 2020

  • Aldersgate United Methodist Church
  • 2206 Airfield Ln.
  • Registration: 9:00 am
  • Distribution: 10:30 am
  • Sponsor: Aldersgate United Methodist Church
  • Please stay in your cars. Maintain social distancing. Registration will be done in your car.
  • Volunteers will put the food into your car. Please be patient as we try to keep everyone safe.

QUESTIONS? Contact 989-486-9393

No identification or proof of income necessary, **Please bring empty bags and/or boxes**

Note: This is an emergency feeding program intended to provide a supplemental food source to families and/or individuals who are in need. This is a first-come first-served program. Client registration begins prior to distribution time. Midland County residents who have an ongoing or emergency need for food can connect with our regular pantry program by calling 989-486-9393. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Catholic Diocese of Saginaw Priests’ Retirement Fund Collection

Father’s Day Weekend – June 20/21

Our retired diocesan priests continue to impact the lives of thousands of people each year. These men, who have dedicated their lives to the church, have very modest incomes. The diocese Priests’ Retirement Fund helps to support those priests who are currently retired and those who are now serving the Catholic Diocese in their futures.

Please carefully and prayerfully consider a donation to this fund. Envelopes for this special collection are in your regular envelope packet or you can give online.

You can also support our priests in these ways:

    • Pray for our priests
    • Make a charitable distribution from your financial portfolio
    • Consider remembering the Priests’ Retirement Fund in your estate planning
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120 Fleece Blankets, Pillowcases and Laundry Bags to Sanford Senior Center by Stitch and Prayer

On May 28th, the Stitch and Prayer group delivered 120 handmade items to the Sanford Senior Center. Donated items were for anyone affected by the flooding.

40 Fleece Blankets, 40 Pillowcases and 40 Laundry Bags

Half of the stuff donated was for children. Dawn Powell, the lady that took the donations, said that she was going to see to it that those items were going to those most affected by the flooding.

United Way directed Stitch and Prayer to the senior center as a drop-off point.

The Stitch and Prayer Group is an interdenominational group of people who like to quilt, knit, crochet, and sew, and meet monthly at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish.

UPDATE

When we received the call to evacuate our premises, we were able to safely and quickly transport all of our homeless guests from both campuses to Emmanuel Baptist Church on Cherry Street, where we’ll shelter until further notice.

Though we’ve had fewer seeking shelter due to the eviction moratorium included in the CARES Act for COVID-19 relief, the number of people seeking free meals has doubled since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Thank you for your support. We have been overwhelmed by your kindness. From the army of volunteers who descended on our campus to help us prepare our facilities for the flood to the use of generators to keep our refrigerators and freezer in operation; we could not continue without your support.

On Saturday, June 6, in the parking lot of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Open Door will be providing clothing assistance to our neighbors who have needs as a result of the flood.

If you'd like to donate clothing, please call the office at 989-835-2291 to schedule an appointment. All clothing for the June 6 distribution day has been isolated for more than two weeks.

Emergency Food Pantry Needs Your Support!

A lot of people are wondering how can we help. PRAYER is always needed! However, when we did some research in the community, we found that since the churches and businesses are closed the Emergency Food Pantry is in need of Monetary and Food Donations.

  • Monetary donations (tax deductible) checks payable to: EFPN P.O. Box 2521, Midland MI 48641,
  • Food drop off: 503 S. Saginaw St. (enter off of Cambridge St.)

Are you or someone you know in need of Food?

Please note….you do not have to get out of your car, they will put the food in your car.

Emergency Food Pantry Network (EFPN) Call 989-486-9393 or 211 to get information about an appointment.

Mobile Food Truck Dates and times can be found on the website of the Emergency Food Pantry or call the phone number above.

Caregiving Network—989-837-9757 They also take appointments. Call early in the week so you can pick up your food later in the week.

Please call Cathy in the office at Assumption if you have questions. Christian Service Commission

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COVID-19 Masks Made by Stitch and Prayer

The Stitch and Prayer Group is an interdenominational group of people who like to quilt, knit, crochet, and sew, and meet monthly at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish. In March, the Stitch and Prayer group was contacted regarding sewing personal protection face masks for a local hospital. For medical personnel not directly working with COVID-19, patients would have access to these face masks.

So far they have made and donated over 1,100 face masks to:

  • North Woods Nursing Center - Farwell
  • Covenant Hospital - Saginaw
  • Mid Michigan Medical - Midland
  • Christian Health Services - Mt. Pleasant
  • Ascension/St. Mary's Hospital - Saginaw
  • King's Daughters - Midland
  • Open Door - Midland
  • Individual requests

Keep up the great work!!! You are the angels in the midst of this crisis!

The Toni and Trish House in Auburn is looking for individuals who would like to volunteer their time, maybe a few hours a week or every other week. We will provide a one-hour training and/or mentorship to make sure that people have all of the skills necessary to help us care for our terminally ill guests. If you have any questions, please give us a call at 989-662-6400 or email trishouse@gmail.com.

NEW HOURS OF OPERATION:

  • Tuesday: 12pm-6pm
  • Wednesday: 12pm-6pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-7pm
  • Saturday: 10am-2pm

The Bridge is a grocery store with wholesale prices, marked up by 5 pennies. It is run by volunteer staff who love to serve the community. The Bridge is able to keep their product costs low, because all of the labor costs are eliminated due to volunteers stepping up and helping out. THIS STORE IS FOR ANYONE WHO HAS A HOUSEHOLD INCOME OF $61,000 OR LESS!

Tickets are $5.00 each Tickets will continue to be available to purchase online (be sure to designate Assumption Parish) https://ccfmm.org/BigRaffle

Our parish youth ministry will receive 50% of profits from all tickets sold!

1st Prize: Chevy Spark or $10,000

The drawing for The Big Raffle has been postponed. A new date will be announced after the Stay Home, Stay Safe order is lifted.

Rice Bowls can be returned when we resume Masses and office hours.

Through stories, videos and lesson plans, we will learn about the global issue of hunger and malnutrition and our Gospel call to feed the hungry. We can watch these ‘Stories of Hope’ and more at crsricebowl.org. Thank you for considering CRS Rice Bowl as a part of your Lenten faith journey!

Formed - Catholic service to studies, Movies, Audios, and eBooks and more.

Over 60 Movies, 23 for kids and much more.

Watch on Smart TV, PC, more.

Dozens of Catholic Mobile Apps. More at CatholicAppitude.com

Use the App or website to find local Mass Time. Website, Android, Apple

Steps to add Assumption website to your smartphone.

Formed - Catholic service to studies, films, audios, and eBooks. Android, Apple

“You shall love the Lord your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. And you shall love your neighbor as yourself." (Matthew 22:37-39)