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.

Our next parking lot Mass will be celebrated Sunday, september 13th at 9:30 a.m. - Weather permitting through October

We will have PARKING LOT MASS Sunday at 9:30 a.m. (weather permitting).

This Mass will be in the NORTHSIDE parking lot area. Our Sunday Mass will continue outside through October.

--Bring a chair: there will be a designated area for setting up your lawn chairs with appropriate distancing and masks;

OR

--Stay at your car: stay in the car or sit by it with appropriate distancing and masks;

The Worship Aid for this celebration can be printed out for you to bring with you, or access via your phone. In case of rain, the mass will be shifted inside and notice of the change will be sent out as early as possible.

Peace, Fr. Joe

Mass and Rosary Schedules

Please note that if the Midland Public Schools are closed or on delay, weekday Mass is cancelled!

Weekday Mass:

  • Wednesday and Thursday 9:00 am - follow restrictive guidelines please. For weekday Masses, please use the South entrance.

Weekend Mass:

  • 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

Daily Reflections:

Directions, Church/Office Hours

Calendar seasonal hours

Fr Joe's Thoughts, "Larkin Update" More Here

...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.

Making health our priority but still being cautious!

Please join us for gentle yoga for health…

Chair yoga: starting September 14th / from 3-4 pm

Gentle yoga on mats: starting September 8th / from 3-4 pm

We will meet outside on the north side of church just outside the hall, until the weather permits.

Other changes would be made if weather is a factor. Any questions, call Indira at 835-1127.

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.

NEXT BLOOD DRIVE

Monday, Sept 21st, 2:00pm—6:00pm

(DuRussel Parish Hall) Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish

Knights of Columbus Council #2141 / 3516 E. Monroe, Midland

Please eat before donating / Appointment Preferred

Call 1-866-MIBLOOD or visit versiti.org/miblood

PARISH GARDEN UPDATE

Our garden is flourishing. Food is being donated three times a week because of our wonderful Garden Crew volunteers—thank you. Thank you also to Bernie and Michele Link for heading up this group and spending their free time to help those in need.

We invite you to bring in vegetables and/or fruit on: Tuesday or Thursday morning before 9:30 am leave outside by the office doors

open dour Soup Kitchen -We need you!

With the continued uncertainty of the coronavirus , many of our volunteers are unable to return to serving in our soup kitchen yet. In addition, the grab-and-go style service and extended serving hours require more hands.

  • If you are healthy and feel comfortable serving, would you consider giving some of your time to serve our homeless and hungry friends at our soup kitchen?

  • To sign up or to learn more, please call Vicki at 989-835-2291.

Food Pantry This Month

We are also collecting paper products in addition to food for the month of September (collection dates Sept 26/27).

The donations will be given to the Shelter House and North Midland Family Ctr.

So please bring in your donations and put them in the bin provided in the gathering space that weekend. Thank you!

cancellation of the Fall rummage

The Fall Rummage sale scheduled in October will be cancelled due to the current virus evolving public health threat. Thank you for your under-standing and we look forward to your continued support when we hope to return next year.

An UPDATE from the Guatemalan Stove Team 2020

“He chooses them, inspires them, motivates them to act”… We are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus!

Support for In-Country HELPS Teams.

This year we have a special need due to the impact of the pandemic on HELPS International. Outside volunteers have not been able to travel into Guatemala due to Covid-19. When volunteers stopped coming, the income that supports HELPS staff salaries stopped as well. We rely heavily on the HELPS team to guide us in country, select families in need, train new team members, ensure our safety, translate for us in the field, deliver materials to remote villages for us, etc… The special talents of these people are vital to our success. We respectfully ask for you to consider donating to help us support five HELPS team members during this time. The cost to support this team for the remainder of the year is $4000 each, or $20,000. To help with salary losses, send checks to: Tom Tolton payable to: Midland Area Community Foundation Memo: Midland-Based HELPS Fund—salaries

Support to purchase stoves and water filters for installation by Midland-Based HELPS Teams Since 2012

Since 2012, Midland parishes have responded to the needs of the rural poor in Guatemala by contributing time, talent and treasure to local teams that partner with HELPS International.

To date our parishes have assisted over 672 families and numerous schools, providing each with a safe smoke-free environment, clean water, and more income. The stoves reduce wood consumption by 70%, which represents a significant portion of income, and is equivalent to saving one tree per month.

Your Guatemala Mission Team is planning to serve 120 families again in 2021. We are looking for two more volunteers to reach our team size of 18. We also plan to raise $250 per Mayan family (for stoves and filters), or $30,000. Depending on the availability of a COVID-19 vaccine, we will either go to Guatemala, or have the local HELPS team complete the installations. To contribute to this effort, send checks to: checks to:

Tom Tolton 1101 Whispering Oak Dr, Midland 48642 payable to: Midland Area Community Foundation

We know it is currently difficult for many here in our own communities, and for our parishes. Thank you for allowing us to ask your assistance. For further information, contact: Tom Tolton 1101 Whispering Oak Dr, Midland, MI 48642 989-835-5828

Called to Love is the theme for our 2020-2021 Assumption BVM Faith Formation.

Our mission is to accompany your family to an encounter with Christ through faith formation. This year our encounter will focus on how we are all “Called to Love”- God and our neighbors. We are excited to help your family put that love into action within your homes, community and world.

This year, all faith formation levels will be structured in a “hybrid” model using different formats, depending on grade level. We will meet in person, when possible, conduct virtual sessions and provide packets for in home use. We will be updating you with more details as we get closer to our faith formation kickoff on September 27th. Save the date for this fun family event where we begin to answer our “Call to Love”.

As registered members of the parish, your child(ren) are called to be a part of our Children’s Faith Formation and Youth Ministry. Before we begin this year, we need ALL families to update their family information and medical treatment release forms. These two documents can be downloaded and fill out electronically in Adobe Reader. Please return to our parish office professional, Sharon Worthington (sharon@assumptionmidland.org), by Wednesday, September 16. If you have any problems or questions, please call the office at 631-4447.

It gives us great comfort that the Holy Spirit is guiding our planning! We ask for your prayers as the year enfolds. Yours in Christ, Kathy Russell, Director of Youth Ministry (6-12th grade) kathyr@assumptionmidland.org

Sarah Hocking, Children’s Faith Formation Coordinator (PreK-5th grade) sarah@assumptionmidland.org

Live Virtual MIDWEEK Worldwide Marriage Encounter Experience

Work weekends? Retired? Know a priest or religious who would enjoy growing in their vocation? Worldwide Marriage Encounter is hosting a live virtual MIDWEEK experience Sept. 15-16. Apply today for only $19 (priests/religious are free) at esharing.org.

Need a weekend date? Check out wwme.org for a listing of all live virtual experiences being offered. Questions? Contact Andy & Jeanne Folfas at 937-886-5196.

SEASON OF CREATION

September 1 – October the Church celebrates the Season of Creation where we reflect on our care for creation and how blessed we are for the gift of God’s creation.

Our parish’s Prayer Committee from the Pastoral Council is offering daily reflections on the parish’s Facebook Page (Assumption Catholic Church). These reflections include a scripture verse and an associate picture of creation. If you would like to offer a picture of creation, accompanied by a scripter verse, please email it to Sr. Jeanne at jeanne@assumptionmidland.org.

Weber Center Retreat and Conference Center

A ministry of the Adrian Dominican Sisters, is offering a virtual discussion with Fr. Jim Martin, SJ on his book, Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community can enter into a relationship of respect on Thursday, September 17, 2020 from 7:30 pm. Sr. Jeanne has arranged to plug into this virtual discussion here at Holy Grounds.

If you are interested in attending this event, please register with Sr. Jeanne by Sept. 15. Seating will be limited.

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“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)