CHILDREN September 22nd: Sessions begin for ALL levels!

CFF (Preschool thru 5th grade) 10:45 am-noon and make plans

to stay for lunch at our parish cook-out afterwards!

September 29th: No CFF

2019-2020 Faith Formation Programs Have you registered yet? Need the new schedule for the year? Youth, children

  • Packets were mailed home with all the information for the upcoming year. Please give us a call if you did not receive one or would like an extra packet for a family or friend you would like to invite to the program. ALL are welcome! Return all completed forms to the office by Sept 8th.
  • Thank you, Kathy and Sarah
  • Join us next year as we explore and celebrate the theme—

1st grade co-catechist needed

We are in need of someone to share the role of 1st grade catechist for our children’s faith formation program. We meet on Sunday mornings from 10:45am until noon during the school year (starting Sept. 22 with all holidays off). No experience is necessary—all teaching materials are provided. If you feel a call to be a companion to a small group of children on their faith journey and deepen your faith in the process, give Sarah a call at 631-4447 or email to find out more!


Aides are needed to help catechists during Children’s Liturgy of the Word during 9:30am Mass and faith formation in the classrooms after Mass. Aides can be middle school age and up. Contact Sarah if interested.

Back to School Prayer

God of knowledge & wisdom, bless all students young & old, as they begin a new school year. Help them discover & develop the gifts you have given. As they grow in knowledge, help them to also grow in kindness & compassion, learning respect for themselves & others. We ask your blessing on parents, teachers & all those who care for students. Strengthen them to surround our students with encouragement, support, & love. Remind us that wherever we go, you are always with us. Fill us with the joy of learning so that we may be better equipped to be your servants. We ask you this through your son, Jesus Christ. Amen

Click above for latest Partners in Faith document.

YOUTH September 15th: YM meets (both MS & HS with parents at ABVM 6-8 pm)

September 15th: YM meets (both MS & HS w/parents at ABVM 6-8 pm)

September 22nd: YM Kickoff! Both HS & MS meet at Bles Sac 6-8 pm

Youth Ministry will begin September 15th

  • Both HS & MS students along with their parents will meet at ABVM from 6:00-8:00 pm.
  • Haven’t registered yet?
  • It’s not too late! Bring your forms along to this session.
  • All are welcome!!
  • Questions?? Contact Kathy Russell
  • (989)631-4447 or

Youth Ministry Can I get a Witness???

Are you a parent or grandparent or a person who loves God and wants to make a positive impact on youth? Do you want to laugh and have fun? Do you want to learn more about your faith? You may be a great fit to be a youth leader! Your age does not matter. Your experience does not matter. Come be part of something awesome!! Youth leaders needed for middle school: 6th grade, someone to help with gym time, and service projects. High school leaders needed, also!

Call or email Kathy Russell to find out how you can make a difference! (989)631-4447 or

Middle School Youth Ministry Reach Out!

An after-school program at Blessed Sacrament designed to give students the opportunity to serve God and others, in the Midland community, in our country and in our world.

Three 6-week sessions. Fridays:3:00—5:00 pm Cost: $15 each session

Session 1: Midland Community Oct. 25-Dec. 13 Session 2: Our Country Jan. 10-Feb. 21

Session 3: Our World Feb. 28-April 24

Registration forms can be found in the gathering space. For questions & more information, contact Kathy Russell.

2019-2020 Faith Formation Programs Have you registered yet? Need the new schedule for the year? Youth, children

  • Packets were mailed home with all the information for the upcoming year. Please give us a call if you did not receive one or would like an extra packet for a family or friend you would like to invite to the program. ALL are welcome! Return all completed forms to the office by Sept 8th.
  • Thank you, Kathy and Sarah
  • Join us next year as we explore and celebrate the theme—

High School YM November 21-24, 2019 NCYC (National Catholic Youth Conference)


Openings available!! Contact Kathy Russell:

Online Registration - Please register early to help us plan!!

the 2nd MACC Mission “Becoming Saints - Day by Day”, October 27-30, 2019

Registration is open for the October 27-30 MACC Mission: Becoming Saints--Day by Day.

Events, Mini-VBS, Childcare, Concert and Register:

Volunteers needed for Mini-VBS - contact Laura Scheibert for information at 989-687-5657x2 and register online

Volunteers needed for Childcare - contact Blessed Sacrament for information at 989-835-6777 and register online

Details and registration information may be found in the mission brochure, a copy of which is inserted in the bulletin, or online at The mission includes four evening events, one of which will be hosted by each of our four MACC parishes. Three of the events will be facilitated by Fr. Fran Daly, SJ and Sr. Kathie Budesky, IHM, directors of two Detroit-area Catholic retreat centers. One evening will include a mini-VBS offering for our children. The mission will culminate with a concert featuring liturgical musician ValLimar Jansen. Please register online at by returning the registration portion of the brochure to the parish office. Registering online early will help us plan!


The new Ministry Schedule for our 4:30 p.m. and 9:30 a.m. Masses will be coming out for October, November, and December.

We have a HUGE need for ALL MINISTRIES. I ask you to pray about seriously considering signing up for a ministry. Our masses run so much better when all are taking a part in fulfilling these roles. Parents consider encouraging your child to be a server, maybe even join them in the ministry. If all of us, parents, children, teenagers, young adults, middle aged and seniors, would help with these ministries, it would be so much easier for the ones that have done it for several years. Please contact the parish office and ask for Cathy Converse. I look forward to talking with you and getting you trained in the ministry that you have chosen. Once you signed up through our online schedule, your weekends can be flexible. You can choose what works best in your schedule. If you are already a part of a ministry, We Thank You and we appreciate your dedication. Blessings, Cathy.

ABVM’s Women’s Book Study Begins Sept 4

ABVM’s Women’s Book Study group’s next book is “Love Does” by Bob Goff. The author shares remarkable stories from his life and shows how living and loving to the fullest is the best way to make Jesus known in the world. This six segment study begins on September 4. An informational meeting will be held on August 28.

Meetings are held in Holy Grounds from 1-3 pm. Sign up is available at the Welcome Circle. If you have questions, contact Mary Smith at 989-245-2479 or call the church office.

Scripture after weekday morning Mass, See monthly calendar.

Our day-by-day Way to Joy

My name is Matthew Conley, musician. The earliest thing I remember about going to church as a young child is hearing the music. As soon as I was old enough, Bob Zondlak, our music director, gave me the opportunity to play the piano with the church instrumental group. Bob and the other members of the group have taught me so much about the church and our faith in general.

Now it is my turn to give back to the church who so graciously accepted me and patiently taught me. I’m happy and honored to share the love

I’ve always felt at Assumption through the power of music.

Are You Shepherd Material? Openings available

  • Willingness is a key qualification as God has gifted us all.
  • Every parish needs willing lay leadership and here at Assumption we have been blessed by a number of folks who have and are serving on our commissions and councils.
  • But, as we ramp up for our 2019-2020 “year”, we also have openings that we need to fill. If you would like to be considered for service on either our Pastoral Council or the Administration/Finance Commission, please leave your name at the Welcome Circle—or otherwise let us know of your interest.
  • Details of each of these opportunities can be explored via the archived minutes of each found on our parish website.
  • The Pastoral Council helps guide the overall growth and activity of our family of faith; and the Administration/Finance Commission oversees the budgets and buildings that support and house our parish’s projects, personnel and worship (so financial and/or facility management/maintenance experience are useful). Also, both the Education and Christian Service Commissions would welcome your interest in serving with them.
  • Thank you again for your support of Assumption as we seek to follow our GOOD SHEPHERD now into our 104th year.

Midland County Right to Life dinner Sept 19 at Assumption

Will host its annual Focus on Life dinner on: Thursday, Sept 19 at Assumption.

Guest speaker will be Trevor Pollo. Pollo, who leads a statewide “Stump the Pro-Lifer” tour, will share how to use constructive dialogue to persuade others to the prolife view. Please reserve your spot by September 12. For more information, contact Lorie Shane at 989-835-1964 Doors Open at 5:30pm Dinner & Program at 6:00pm

“Remembering Our Beloved Stars” Widowed Friends’ Mass and Dinner

  • *Bring a favorite picture of your spouse!
  • Please Join us Thursday, October 17 at Blessed Sacrament Parish at 5:00pm for Mass
  • Dinner to follow with entertainment provided by ‘Virginia and Friends’.
  • They will be performing Broadway Hits for our enjoyment as we spend the evening honoring the ones we love, creating new friendships, and having fun!
  • Please RSVP to your parish so that we can plan appropriately!

Hope you received your GPS Information in the Mail?

Let your GPS take you on an amazing journey!

  • Our parish Education Commission working with our Stewardship Task Force has put together four weeks of opportunity(ies) for all of us to learn about three words that are important to our faith journey
  • Our autumn journey of growth will be guided by the Sunday Gospels, Fr. Joe’s homilies, Little Burgundy books for daily prayer about our call to grateful stewardship, and a study guide to help us with our journey of under-standing as we grow in grateful appreciation the many blessings God has given.
  • We live in a country where we have the freedom to worship and pray. We have the gifts and talents to serve others in our families, parish and community. So, each week the question ARE WE THERE YET? becomes a question that we will ponder as we reflect on how we are growing in our spiritual life.
  • And we can help each other, serve each other and nurture our own growth by sharing our thoughts on the true meaning of Stewardship as together we become Companions in Christ.
  • I invite each of you to come and be a part of the sharing. For our sharing, we’ll use the Little Burgundy books and our Growers’ Guide workbook. With wonderful people from our parish family leading these sessions, inspiration, enjoyment and growth will be gifts that we will share and celebrate.
  • Mark your calendars for Mondays, (6:30 -7:30pm) on Oct. 7, 14, & 21; OR Wednesdays (1:00- 2:00pm) on
  • Oct. 9, 16, & 23; OR Thursdays (9:30- 10:30am) on Oct. 10, 17, & 24. Sign-up sheets are at the WELCOME CIRCLE.

Food Pantry This Month

We are collecting paper products for the month of September (collection dates September 28/29). The donations will be given to the Shelter House and North Midland Family Center. So please bring in your donations and put them in the bin provided in the gathering space. Thank you!


The next Liturgical Ministry schedule for OCTOBER, NOVEMBER and DECEMBER will soon be generated. If you know of any dates that you will NOT be available to serve, please submit your dates on-line by Monday, September 16th. Or contact Cathy in the office. If you would like to serve in any of these ministries we would love to have you! hank you for your ministry to Assumption!


Hidden Harvest is a non-profit organization that collects food from organizations, churches, and individuals and then distributes it to various food pantries, organizations, and soup kitchens that reach out to those in need.

Our parish has been collecting home grown fruits and vegetables since 2003 from our parishioners. Take a look at the awesome garden that is located on the north side of the church. From our parish alone in 2018, we donated 1,885 lbs of fresh produce to Hidden Harvest to be distributed to agencies in Midland county (all produce collected stays right here in Midland).

Once again we invite you to participate in this worthwhile project of providing food for people in need, tell your neighbors, no donation is too small. We invite you to bring in vegetables and fruit from your garden on:

Tuesday or Thursday morning before 9:30 am (please do not leave outside unless it is that morning).

This gives us time to let Hidden Harvest know that we have a pick-up for that day. Produce can be dropped off by the office in the hallway leading into the multi-purpose room. Thanks for your support.

For more information on Hidden Harvest, check out their website at or call 1-877-529-8488.

National Alliance on Mental Health Family-to-Family Program

Did you know that statistics show that 1 in 5 adults in the United States experiences a mental health condition in a given year? That’s 46.6 million people every year. Half of all lifetime mental health conditions begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24. Early intervention programs can help. If you, or someone you know is impacted by a mental health condition NAMI can help! We are currently registering people for the Family-to Family program beginning September 3rd in Midland. This 11-week course is offered free of charge. Family-to-Family is an educational program specifically designed for family members and friends of adults who live with mental illness.

Support Groups

  • Meet 2nd Monday of the month at 7:00 pm
  • Community Mental Health, 218 Fast Ice Drive, Midland. No registration needed.

Family to Family – Fall 2019

  • Free Education Program (11 weeks)
  • For family members and friends of adults who live with mental illness
  • September 3 – November 12 Tuesdays, 6:15-8:45 pm

To register call 989-948-3273 or email:

FALL RUMMAGE SALE Oct 15, 16, 17 Drop off October 10-14

If you have been thinking about cleaning out your attic, basement, or that forgotten hall closet that is overflowing with stuff, now is the time to do it! If you have a chance to pre-sort the items, that is appreciated, but not necessary. Items can be dropped off Thursday thru Saturday 9am - 5pm, Sunday after Mass until 5pm, and Monday 9am - 5pm.

Volunteers are what make the Rummage Sale great, and we are always happy to see new faces! We have a little something for everyone, from leadership positions to one-time volunteer shifts. Please contact Mai or the office if you are interested in volunteering. Mai Nguyen (

Stitch and Prayer SEWING GROUP

Do you crochet, knit, sew, or quilt? If so, Stitch and Prayer may be just the place for you! We are a group of people who enjoy our craft and are dedicated to helping others throughout our local community, and beyond. All skill levels are welcome! We work on our favorite projects at home, and bring them to our monthly meetings to donate. Our first meeting of this year takes place September 9th at Assumption in the parish hall at 9:45 a.m. We look forward to seeing you September 9th!

  • The Stitch and Prayer Group.
  • Thank you for 10 years of love and support for our ministry.
  • Come join us!
  • Contact: Laura Ornelas, 989-506-2278 or Kathie Grzesiak, 839-8451.

K of C 2141, Monthly Meetings, Wed. 7 PM, See Calendar

Soup Kitchen Volunteers

Assumption provides lunch servers at the Open Door soup kitchen on the 1st Wednesday and 3rd Saturday of every month. If you would like to try out this ministry, please contact the parish office or call Ray at 631-5160.

Once again, thanks for your generosity with our collection of school supplies for North Midland Family Center.

We are always amazed at the great variety of items brought in and gift cards received. Thanks for giving the children an opportunity to start out the school year with pride in their new binders, pencils, etc.

A special Thank You to Marlene Saotome from our Christian Service Commission for sorting and delivering our donations to North Midland Family Center. They were very appreciative.

What a blessing you are to the young people in our community.


Blessed Sacrament Parish provides grants through its Christian Service Funding process to groups and organizations which offer service, charity or advocacy/social change opportunities. Grant applications are available by contacting Pat Lautner at or (989) 835-6777 ext 254.

Deadline for applications is October 1, 2019

Social Events

Knights of Columbus Polish Dinner on October 5th, Father Henry P. DuRussel Council #2141


Fr. Henry P. DuRussel Memorial Dinner Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 6:30 pm in the parish hall.

Featuring authentic Polish cuisine, music and fun...Food includes: kielbasa, gołąbki (stuffed cabbage), pierogi (potato & cheese dumpling) and much more!! Cooked and sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.

All proceeds go to Seminarian Support.

Get your tickets at Mass and at the Assumption Parish office. Limited number of tickets available. Suggested minimum donations:

$20.00 includes two complimentary adult beverages

$15.00 includes complimentary beverages for all ages

One Hundred Years of Service: 1919-2019 For questions, contact Matt Glaccum, 989-430-8622 or email:

Yoga For Health

Please join us for Yoga for Health on Tuesdays 4:00-5:15 pm in Gathering Space. All levels are accommodated. Call Indira 835-1127 for questions. See monthly calendar.

Sunday, September 22nd Lunch at noon!!! COOKOUT AT aSSUMPTION

Hamburgs, Hot Dogs, Horse Shoes, Corn Hole, Gaga Ball,

Ice Cream, and Entertainment by “Virginia and Friends”!!!

ALL ARE INVITED! For an afternoon of FELLOWSHIP and FUN!

WE NEED YOU!!! We need you to join in on the fun of this day!

Also, please consider volunteering before, during or after the picnic. Many hands make light work and it’s a great way to meet new people or reconnect with old friends. A time for fellowship and fun!! After Mass help will be needed to set-up tables and chairs under the tent. During the day, help will be needed to keep

coolers full of pop and water and supervise children activities. Afterwards, general clean up, put away table and chairs, clean kitchen, etc. Many thanks for your help!!

Come and enjoy coffee and company At Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish

"if you have love for one another, then everyone will know that are my disciples" ( John 13:35 )