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,
- 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,
- Worship - Gathering to gratefully share prayer as we participate in the Liturgy of the Word and Liturgy of the Eucharist,
- 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!
- Weekday Mass - Wednesday and Thursday 9:00 am - follow restrictive guidelines please.
- Saturday Mass at 4:30 pm - follow restrictive guidelines please.
- Sunday Mass at 9:30 am - follow restrictive guidelines please.
Confession Sat 3:30 pm, (3:00 pm to 4:00 pm - Advent and Lent), or by appointment
Scheduled Ministries - to be updated
- Today's Scripture: Text, Audio, Video
- "A Second's Thought" by Fr Joe
- Jesuit Prayer/Daily Reflection
- Saint of the Day
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
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 reopening our church for limited and restricted public worship. (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.
Solemnity of the most Holy Trinity
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
“For God so loved the world that He gave his only son ...” – John 3:16
God gave us his son Jesus unconditionally. Does that apply to the love you give? Or is there a “price” that others must pay for your love and forgiveness? What about your giving of your skills, money and possessions? When you give those things, do you want or expect something in return? When you give your time, it is only when you can “fit it in” after the other things in your life? Consider and pray about how you can be more generous and unconditional with your giving and love.
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.
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.
Our Parish is blessed with loving, compassionate people. Thank you for sharing your time and talents.
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
MOBILE FOOD PANTRY DISTRIBUTION TRUCK for Thursday, July 23, 2020 at Assumption
With the great success in 2019 when we hosted the distribution truck, we are doing it again this summer. We have a lot of need in the community due to the loss of jobs, the flooding and the Pandemic.
We need to reach our goal of $1,350 for the cost of the Food Truck. We currently have $711—we need $639. Because of the PANDEMIC we only need 35 volunteers (at this time we have 17, need 18 more). We will only be filling the boxes of food orders in our Parish Center. We will take it to the cars, and if you are not comfortable loading the cars, the people can get out of their car and load it into their own vehicle.
All registration takes place out in the parking lot. ONLY THE VOLUNTEERS will be in the building, we will be expected to wear a mask and to social distance. More info to come!
Let’s make this a day that truly lives out the Gospel Message.. of Matt: 25…For when I was hungry you gave me to eat! Thank You, Christian Service Committee
Open Door Update—More ways to help!
Please consider donating either funds or groceries to help us continue feeding the homeless, hungry and hurting here in Midland County, including families displaced by the flood! For more information on how you can help, go to our website, or the United Way website, or email to email@example.com.
Donations can be dropped off at 412 W Buttles Street.
As we anticipate more businesses beginning to open in our community, Open Door has decided to continue the grab-and-go model for our soup kitchen lunch through the summer.
During the pandemic, many whom have been laid off but anticipate heading back to work soon. As this natural transition takes place, we need your partnership and your patience to ensure our services are not interrupted during this time.
Starting Monday, June 1, all of our unscheduled, open slots for soup kitchen workers will be filled using the volunteer portal on the United Way website. While we aim to reopen our soup kitchen dining room by August 31, we believe this transition method will help us do that responsibly while also allowing our regular volunteers to decide when they are ready to reengage.
You can also email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
In the coming weeks and months after the flood, Open Door expects an increase in need for our soup kitchen and our crisis shelters. With your help, we will continue to meet these needs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year!
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
GRIEF SUPPORT DURING COVID-19:
- As we continue to see how our lives are ever changing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are realizing the wide reaching impact it has had on every part of our lives.
- We here at Assumption have recognized the need to enhance our grief support to those who have suffered the death of a loved one during this time of crisis, whether the death was caused by the virus or by any other means.
- Compassionate Companions Ministry which was developed by the Office of Respect Life at the Diocese of Saginaw is in response to these difficult and challenging times.
- This ministry offers a loving and a listening presence to the families of those that have recently died, through phone calls, emails and eventually in person visits.
- If you or a loved one is in need of someone to talk to we invite you to call, Cathy (Sr. Jeanne after July 1st) in the parish office at 631-4447. In addition, if you are interested in participating in this ministry to provide support to those in need, please call the contact number above for more information.
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 email@example.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!
Monetary Donations only For Migrants
- ABVM Christian Service Commission has decided that during the PANDEMIC we will accept MONETARY DONATIONS ONLY for the MIGRANT COLLECTION.
- Monetary donations will be collected as our June Food Pantry weekend of JUNE 27th/28th.
- You may bring to Saturday/Sunday Mass or you may mail your monetary donation into ABVM any time before July 1st. PLEASE MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO ABVM (mark for MIGRANTS).
- Thank You for your generosity