Welcome to our Catholic Community of Celebration Service and Growth
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish Midland

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.

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  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/Confession Schedule, Bulletin, Calendars, Liturgical Calendar, Sunday Homily,

Scheduled Ministries, Daily/Reflections, Directions & Church/Officer Hours

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Mass and Rosary Schedule

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

  • Saturday Mass at 4:30 pm
  • Sunday Mass at 9:30 am
  • Monday Word and Communion Services at 8:30 am
  • Tuesday-Friday Mass 8:30 am
  • Rosary Monday-Friday 8:00 am

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

Daily Reflections:

Directions, Church/Office Hours

Weekend Masses

Second Sunday of Advent - Peace

Saturday, Dec 7th 4:30 PM and Sunday, Dec 8th 9:30 AM Readings

Gospel Reading

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Mt 3 (1-12)

John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!" It was of him that the prophet Isaiah had spoken when he said: A voice of one crying out in the desert, Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. John wore clothing made of camel's hair and had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. At that time Jerusalem, all Judea and the whole region around the Jordan were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River as they acknowledged their sins.

When he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce good fruit as evidence of your repentance. And do not presume to say to yourselves,'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you, God can raise up children to Abraham from these stones. Even now the ax lies at the root of the trees. Therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. I am baptizing you with water, for repentance, but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I. I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in his hand. He will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire." USCCB

Advent and Christmas Schedules

ADVENT - Reconciliation, Family Gathering, Prayer opportunities

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Communal Celebrations

Dec. 15 2:00pm Assumption BVM

Dec. 12 7:00pm Blessed Sacrament

Dec. 17 7:00pm Our Lady of Grace, Sanford

Dec. 19 1:30pm St. Brigid w/school

Individual Rite @ Assumption

Saturdays 3:00-4:00pm November 30, December 7, 14, 21

Dec. 8 (after Mass) 10:45am-12:30pm at Assumption

Immaculate Conception of Mary Dec. 9

(Not a Holy Day of Obligation)

9:00am Our Lady of Grace, Sanford

12:05pm Saint Brigid

Advent Prayer Opportunities

At Assumption:

Evening Prayer with Lectio Divina—Tuesday, December 10 at 7:00pm

At Saint Brigid:

Advent by Candlelight—Sunday, December 8 at 6:30pm

Eucharistic Adoration/Exposition—Wednesdays after 8:30am Mass until 8:30pm w/Night Prayer and Benediction

At Blessed Sacrament:

Evening Prayer—Wednesdays at 7:00pm

Advent Soup Supper— Saturday, December 14 at 6:00pm

Mass Schedules: Christmas, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day

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On Christmas Eve:

6:00pm Assumption BVM

6:00 & 10:00pm Blessed Sacrament

6:00 & 10:00pm Saint Brigid

4:30pm Our Lady of Grace, Sanford

7:00pm Our Lady of Grace, Edenville

On Christmas Day:

9:30am Assumption BVM

10:00am Blessed Sacrament

10:00am Saint Brigid

10:00am Our Lady of Grace, Sanford

2020, our new year begins with Solemn Celebration of Mary Most Holy Mother of God:

On New Year’s Eve:

5:30pm Blessed Sacrament

5:00pm Our Lady of Grace, Sanford

On New Year’s Day:

12:05pm Saint Brigid

9:00am Our Lady of Grace, Sanford

Meet one of our fellow parishioners as they share their parish engagement.

Our day-by-day Way to Joy

Hello, I am Dan Schneider, and I have been altar serving for five years, as well as being a CLOW (Children's Liturgy of the Word) Aide and Preschool Faith Formation aide. Altar serving has helped me grow in my faith substantially, since whenever I altar serve, I feel holy, since when you altar serve, you serve the Lord. Sometimes, besides altar serving, I help by being a CLOW aide. Being a CLOW aide brings me joy, since I am helping children understand and know the Lord better. After church, I usually help by aiding the Preschool Faith Formation, which I enjoy as much as altar serving, since I am helping spread the Word of God to little children. Helping Assumption Church has helped grow my faith.

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

Participate in Acts of Mercy at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish. Listed with a service opportunity.

Support the Retirement Fund for Religious…. RetiredReligious.org

(Those who served as members of religious communities or orders like Capuchin Franciscans or Sisters of Mercy)

Please give to next week’s collection or fill out online form.

A donor writes, “Your flyer touched my heart—seeing the retired religious, such memories surfaced.” Do you remember the sisters, brothers, or religious order priests who made a positive difference in your life? Today many are elderly and need assistance. Their religious communities struggle to meet retirement needs while continuing to serve the People of God.

ATTENTION LITURGICAL MINISTERS, Please submit REquests - Jan to Mar, by Dec 14

The next Liturgical Ministry schedule for JANUARY, FEBRUARY and MARCH will soon be generated. If you know of any dates that you will NOT be available to serve, please submit your request by Saturday, December 14th on-line or contact Cathy in the parish office.

Current schedules are online on the Liturgy page.



If you wish your contributions or stock checks to be posted to 2019, please make sure they reach the parish office by Friday, Dec 27, 2019 (or in the collection for Dec 28/29).

Contributions received after that date will be posted to 2020.

Statements will be made available for everyone as soon as the postings for Dec 31 are complete. Please call the parish office or sign-up on the sheet in the gathering space if you want your statement available. Watch the bulletin for more details.

Thank you for your stewardship giving!

An updated Liturgical Calendar is on the Calendar web page.

The calendar also lists the Holy Days of Obligation.

The six seasons of the Catholic Church follow one universal liturgical calendar, which begins the First Sunday of Advent and ends the Saturday after Christ the King.

WELCOMING new parishioners

Assumption would like to welcome our new members who have joined our parish community:

Libby Biszko, Barbara Doyle, Robert and Kathy Owens

We welcome you as we grow in faith together!

If you are interested in becoming a member of our parish community, please call the office at (989) 631-4447.

COMING HOME: Wish for WHO by you?

  • Bishop Gruss has invited us to begin an ADVENT effort of prayer between now and our Christmas feast.
  • He has noted that there are many empty seats at our weekend Masses and many missing members of our parish faith families and our individual families.
  • So, he is inviting us to pray by name for those members of our own families and circles of friends who have not been sharing Sunday/weekly worship. And to pray for them by name every day.
  • There are all sorts of reasons why our loved ones may choose to ignore the opportunity to share our worship, but in this season of HOPE we will have an opportunity to pray that the gifts we celebrate when we come together for Mass might become important for them as well.
  • We will pray that the Holy Spirit fill our loved ones with a desire to COME HOME! So, let us pray beginning today.

Little Blue Books are free and available in the Welcoming Area of the church. PLEASE help yourself to share the prayer that prepares the way of the Coming Christ

All Parishioners invited to "ADVENT FAMILY GATHERING", DEC. 8th 10:45am to 12:30pm Parish Hall

All parishioners are invited to the social hall for this unique Advent event at Assumption. Support the children and families of our faith formation program with your attendance!

  • SERVICE: We are asking everyone to bring a donation for Toys for Tots of Midland County—only happening Dec. 8! They are in greatest need of stocking stuffers and toys for 7-15 year olds.
  • PRAYER: Join us as we hear and reflect on Luke’s words of the Nativity story in a unique way where everyone has a part! Be a witness to the greatest story ever told!
  • GRATITUDE: We will conclude our time enjoying lunch and being thankful for our time together. Bring a side dish (last name A-O) or dessert (last name P-Z). Main dish and drinks will be provided.

Evening Community Prayer Gathering: Dec 10th, 7:00 p.m. @ assumption

You are all invited on Tuesday for an evening of prayer in the presence of the Holy Eucharist followed by an hour of adoration. Our evening prayer will offer all of us a time free of daily distractions in our busy worlds to come together, and to reflect and give thanks as we eagerly anticipate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

We will reflect on scripture using the Lectio Divina method we explored in our fall mission. Please know that you are welcomed and invited to attend either or both the evening prayer and the Eucharistic adoration.

ABVM’s Book Study, Dec 4, 11, & 18.

  • Book Study Join the Assumption of the BVM book study group for an advent study of “The Women of Christmas” by Liz Curtis Higgs.
  • Future meetings will be held on December 4, 11, and 18 from 1 – 3pm in Holy Grounds to discuss the study questions provided in the book.
  • The author writes: “Christmas is so much more than a holiday. So much more than buying and wrapping and cooking and eating and trimming with tinsel and mailing out cards. It’s a season for reflection, for preparation, for renewal. The perfect time to put aside our shopping lists and reach for our Bibles, where the story of the Christ child awaits us.”
  • If you have questions, contact Mary Smith at 989-245-2479 or call the church office.

Advent Communal Reconciliation Schedule

  • December 15, 2pm Assumption
  • December 12, 7pm Blessed Sacrament
  • December 17, 7pm OLOG Sanford
  • December 19, 1:30pm St. Brigid w/school

CHRISTMAS eve LITURGIES, musical prelude 5:30 pm @ Assumption

  • The Christmas Eve liturgy will include a musical prelude program starting at 5:30pm. The program will consist of songs sung by the adult and children's choirs, and an opportunity for everyone to join in singing Christmas carols.
  • In addition, everyone is invited to bring a jingle bell with them to the Christmas Eve or Christmas Day Mass to ring during the GLORIA - there will be some bells available at church, if needed.
  • Please come and actively participate in our Christmas liturgies to make them a festive celebration as we rejoice in the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Christmas Ensemble

  • All Middle and High School instrumentalists (with at least 2 years experience) are invited to participate in the Christmas Ensemble.
  • Practices will take place in the church every Sunday following the 9:30 AM Mass. 10:45 — 11:50 AM Beginning NOVEMBER 10th.
  • Please sign-up by contacting Bob Zondlak Phone: 835-3736 or Email: bszondlak@gmail.com.

Youth Choir Christmas Eve Mass

  • The youth (2nd grade—middle school) are invited to participate in the Youth Choir. The Youth Choir will sing during the Christmas Eve Mass prelude program.
  • Practices will take place in the church every Sunday. 12:00 to 12:30 PM Beginning NOVEMBER 10th.
  • Please sign-up by contacting Bob Zondlak Phone: 835-3736 or Email: bszondlak@gmail.com

MACC Winter Fest 2020 @ At Our Lady of Grace, Sanford Sunday Feb 9, 1-4 pm

More information to follow.

Traveling this Fall or during the holidays?

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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)