Visit the Christian Service page to see additional giving opportunities.

Coffee and Doughnuts

Help Needed!

We are preparing to offer Coffee and Doughnuts on a regular basis on the 1st Sunday of the month, beginning in October. Mary Lou Leslie, a member of the Christian Service Commission, will serve as an organizer but we are in need of helpers to set up 30 minutes before Mass, to help serve, and to clean up afterward.

Families and individuals are encouraged to consider this ministry of hospitality that serves us all. Sign-up is available at the welcome circle in the gathering space or contact Sr. Jeanne.

Hidden Harvest

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.

You are invited to participate in this worthwhile project of providing food for people in need. Bring in vegetables and/or fruit from your garden on Tuesday or Thursday morning before 9:30am. Please do not leave it outside the night before.

Produce can be dropped off by the office door. Thank you for your support.

For more information visit Hidden Harvest.

Faith and Fellowship Volunteers Needed

Serious mental illness (major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, borderline personality disorder) affects an estimated 14.2 million or about 5.6% of the adults in the United States (2020).

Faith and Fellowship is a unique method to provide faith experiences and social interactions in a way suited to the needs of persons with mental illness within the context of a small community of believers. People with mental illness are often socially isolated and sometimes feel separated from God. Faith and Fellowship desires to provide acceptance and experiences of the love of God and of others.

Is the Holy Spirit calling you to lend your generous heart to work with people who live with serious mental illness? Volunteers experience growth in faith and community. Meetings are held once a week at Blessed Sacrament during the school year. Volunteer training is provided.

Please contact Marcia Schneider at 989-859-4289 with any questions or for more information.

Community Garden Update

You will notice the background sunflowers plants. Those small seeds were planted and have now grown into majestic garden saints! They are also beautiful reminders to continually pray for peace in the Ukraine, as they are their national flower. The garden’s harvest has also amazed us! Watermelons, potatoes, carrots and tomatoes are just some of the produce that has been donated to the Community Bridge Store and Hidden Harvest. God has sure blessed the garden this year!

If you are interested in joining this dedicated group of gardeners, please call Bernie or Michele Link at 989-689-5228.

Opportunity To Serve

Would you be willing to begin a wonderfully rewarding experience twice a month taking Eucharist to Catholics residing at Bickford Cottage and Storypoint at Independence Village?

This is a twice-monthly commitment to visit individual residents, or at times the group to recite the rosary, converse, and share prayer requests. It’s a most rewarding ministry to lift the spirits of those who can no longer live independently at home or attend Mass.

Please contact Carol Landis at calandis54@gmail.com.

St. Brigid Catholic School 100th Anniversary

We are preparing for St. Brigid Catholic School's 100-year anniversary next school year and are collecting information and stories from alumni.

We will use this information to showcase our alumni throughout the past century in our “Hall of History”, in the school newsletter, church bulletin, and possibly in news articles about our 100 year legacy.

Please complete the St. Brigid Alumni Profile.

Media Outreach Ministry Needs You!

Masses are livestreamed each week for those who are unable to join the Assumption faith community in person. This technology also provides us the ability to livestream other events that occur throughout the church year.

There is a need a need for Media Outreach Ministers. This invitation is open to anyone from middle school to adult. No previous knowledge and skills are required; training will be provided.

If you are interested in this ministry or have any questions, please contact Max Schneider by stopping by the Media Outreach Ministry room (the former cry room) any Sunday before or after Mass, or by email at maxschneider@att.net.

Making Health Our Priority

Please join us for gentle yoga for health…

Gentle yoga on mats Tuesdays 3:00–4:00pm.

Chair yoga Mondays 3:00–4:00 pm in the multi-purpose room.

Note: there will be no yoga during July and August.

Any questions, call Indira at 989-835-1127.

Wanted: Missing Bags

Have you found one of these bags lying in your home? If so, please return it to the church, preferably filled with the items specified on the attached tag.

If you have considered donating to the monthly Food Pantry, please pick up one (or more) of these bags in the Gathering Space, fill it and return it with your donated items – there’s even an attached card suggesting needed items. Using the teal bags helps reduce the accumulation of plastic bags.

Thank you!

Two reasons for our mission

Guatemalan Stove Team 2022

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.

Many from Midland area parishes continue to keep this mission alive. To date our parishes have assisted over 800 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 2022. We plan to raise $250 per Mayan family for stoves and filters, or $30,000. If travel is deemed safe by the US and Guatemalan governments, a team of fully-vaccinated Midlanders will do this work in-person. If not, the local HELPS team will continue to do the installations.

For more information, contact Tom Tolton at 989-835-5828.

Healing After Abortion

Are you or someone you know suffering from the pain of an abortion and seeking healing and forgiveness? Support is available by specially trained ministers through the Diocese of Saginaw’s Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats and Project Rachel Ministry.

For more information, visit Healing after Abortion - You are not Alone or contact Lori Becker at 989-797-6652 or lbecker@dioceseofsaginaw.org for a private and confidential consultation.

Open Door Update

AC Unit in Men’s Shelter

It has been hot and right in the middle of the heatwave we discovered that our men's shelter air conditioning unit wasn't working. We learned that the unit needs to be replaced.

We're doing our best to keep spaces cool with fans but with four beds in each room and all of the bedrooms on the second floor of an older house, the nights have been pretty miserable for our men's shelter guests.

We need to raise $4,330 to replace the unit. If you're able to make a donation toward this urgent need today, please contact our office at 989-835-2291.

Keepin’ It Fresh

This summer, if you have an abundance of produce, would you consider dropping some off at the soup kitchen farmer's market stand on our front porch? Your donations will be used to create fresh and healthy meals for Open Door's food service programs or for direct pickup by our neighbors in need.

About Open Door

Midland’s Open Door operates a community soup kitchen from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm, Monday through Saturday. The soup kitchen provides a hot wholesome meal for our shelter guests and is also open to the public. In addition to the noon meal, soup and sandwiches are available for takeout for the guests evening meal. There are no formal qualifications for someone to benefit from the soup kitchen meals and all meals are provided at no cost to our guests.

Get Help

If you or someone you know is in need of help, Midland’s Open Door is always open. For shelter, please call 989-835-2291 and ask to speak with a community life advisor.

Caregiving Network

Founded in 1992, Caregiving Network cares for the people of Midland County and surrounding areas who are struggling and unable to meet their basic needs, due to short term emergency or long-term life crisis circumstances. As an organization ministering for Jesus Christ, we offer resources to all who are in need at no cost. We can respond quickly to help in the areas outlined below. We also are able to offer referrals to a wide range of other area resources and organizations.

Our ministries include:

  • Food pantry: wide selection of nutritious grocery items and fresh seasonal items when available

  • Home Essentials: small appliances, bedding, kitchen, bath items to set up a home after disaster or personal crisis

  • Transportation Assistance: gas card for work or doctor appointment, local transportation such as County Connection or Dial-A-Ride

  • Carefund Assistance: water, electricity, natural gas, propane and wood

  • Winter Wear: coats, scarves, hats, gloves, for the family

  • Health Care Assistance: aid for the uninsured or those in hardship for dental procedures or medical equipment rental

Please help us help! Tell others about us. We are passionate about reaching the hurting and helpless with Christ’s love as we minister to their physical needs.

Caregiving Network · 607 Gordon Street · Midland MI 48640

To learn more call 989-837-9757 or visit www.caregiving.network.

2-1-1: public service number for non-emergency needs

These are difficult times for Michiganders. More and more, families that have never faced financial struggles are finding themselves in need of help. 2-1-1 is available to connect those in need to local resources. Agents are standing by 24/7 to connect people with help of all kinds, like where the closest COVID-19 testing location is, which shelters are open, where to find free meals, and other essential needs. 2-1-1 is a public service number for non-emergency needs.

If you need information or want to join the Knights of Columbus, please contact Jim Hitchcock at 989-954-3930. Visit our web site today.

K of C 2141 meets each month on the 3rd Wednesday 7:00pm

The Knights will host the next blood drive on September 19 from 2:30–6:00pm. Schedule your appointment today.

Stitch and Prayer Sewing Group

The Stitch and Prayer Group, which began in 2009, is an interdenominational group of people who like to sew, knit, crochet, and quilt. Our goal is to meet the unique needs of the poor and vulnerable, including our neighbors who are sick, homeless, hospitalized, handicapped, homebound, pregnant, or in other situations.

Our donations are given to over 25 non-profit organizations in the Mid-Michigan area, and throughout out-lying areas. So far this year we have donated over 2200 items, examples of which can be found on our website. All crafters are welcome to join us, and we meet at 9:45am on the second Monday of each month in DuRussel Hall at Assumption. Our next meetings are November 8 and December 13. We also meet each month on the 4th Monday for a Stitch and Chat session at 10:00am.

For more information about Stitch and Prayer, please contact Laura Ornelas (989-506-2278).

Rummage sale 2021 Final Update


Thanks again to all the people who helped make it happen; all the volunteers that worked to organize, price and sell merchandise; everyone that donated items; people who provided support

behind the scenes; and everyone that came to shop.

We donated the funds earned at the sale—a total of $10,000—to the following charities:

  • Sanford Strong

  • Bernadine Franciscan Sisters

  • Sisters of St. Clare

  • Knights of Columbus

  • Toni & Trish House

  • Global Compassion

  • Special Olympics

  • Guatemala Stove Team 2022

We also donated many items to the following groups:

  • The Caregiving Network

  • Open Door

  • Migrant Farm Workers

  • Habitat for Humanity

  • Shelterhouse

  • MidMichigan Medical Center

  • Humane Society of Midland

  • Salvation Army

  • Goodwill

Mark your calendars for our next sale August 9–11 2022. Start setting aside items to donate and please consider volunteering, we can always use more help. All are welcome!

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