CHILDREN Sessions for ALL levels!

November 17, 24: CFF meets

December 1: No CFF (Happy Thanksgiving)

Our Children's Envelope Collection for the month of October and November will help buy winter boots for children in our Midland community.“For it is in the giving that we receive.” ~ St. Francis of Assisi

Click above for latest Partners in Faith document.

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

Faith Formation ADVENT FAMILY GATHERING, DEC. 8th 10:45am—12:30pm Parish Hall

All children’s faith formation families, catechists and aides will have class together! Join us for a group session where we learn more about the Advent season. More details to come.

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 sarah@assumptionmidland.org to find out more!

AIDES NEEDED

One more aide is needed to help catechists during children’s faith formation in the classrooms after Mass. Aides can be middle school age and up. Contact Sarah if interested.

Our Children's Envelope Collection for November

For the month of October and November will help buy winter boots for children in our Midland community.

“For it is in the giving that we receive.” ~ St. Francis of Assisi

YOUTH

YOUTH MINISTRY

November 17: YM meets

November 17: NCYC parent meeting after Mass

Retreat for NCYC participants noon-3 pm

November 21-24: NCYC

November 24: MS-YM meets / No HS-YM

December 1: No YM (Happy Thanksgiving)

November 17th

Middle School meets at Blessed Sacrament 6-8 pm.

Continued study on the signs & symbols of the Catholic faith, with focus on the Mass is Cool: Part 2. Plus: Praise & worship, snacks, gym time!!

High School meets at ABVM 6:15-8:15 pm. We will wrap up the Liturgical year with a study on the feast of Christ the King.

NCYC BLESSING this coming weekend

Please keep in prayer as the following journey to NCYC (National Catholic Youth Conference) this coming weekend…

Isabel Arriola, Matthew Conley, Carley Crook, Abby Farnum, Keaton Hocking, Therese Joffre, Allison Leslie, Brenna Losinski, Carlie Servinski, McKenna Spindler, Cathy Converse and Kathy Russell.

They will be traveling to Indianapolis, IN with 124 others from the Saginaw Diocese for an exciting, three-day experience of prayer, community and empowerment for Catholic teenagers and their adult chaperones from around the country. 23,000+ experiencing the love of Jesus Christ and giving thanks and praise to God.

Want to get an idea of what NCYC is all about???? You can view the live stream @ ncyc.info/livestream on the following days.

Thursday, November 21

7:30-11:00 pm ET – EVENING OPENING SESSION - BLESSED

Friday, November 22

8:30-10:45 am ET – MORNING GENERAL SESSION – BROKEN

7:30 pm–11:00 pm ET – EVENING GENERAL SESSION – BROKEN

Saturday, November 23

8:30-10:45 am ET – MORNING GENERAL SESSION – GIVEN

7:30 pm–11:00 pm ET – SATURDAY VIGIL CLOSING MASS

Middle School Youth Ministry Reach Out!

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. Starting October 25th…..

Random Acts of kindness in the Midland community!!!

Potential projects include:

- thanking those in our community who work "thankless" jobs: sanitation workers, construction workers, mail-carriers, etc.

- making Random Acts of Kindness kits that the students can take to school and use throughout the year

- leaving "thank you for your service" notes on veterans' vehicles

- making sweet appreciation gifts for the students' teachers

- delivering hot chocolate to crossing guards and Salvation Army bell ringers

- any other ideas that the kids come up with!

This session meets: Oct. 25; Nov. 1, 15, 22; Dec. 6, 13. Cost: $15

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

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

Our MACC Thanksgiving Day Mass will be @ St. Brigid at 9:00 a.m.

Please bring your food baskets to be blessed.

Bulletin Deadline For the Thanksgiving Bulletin Nov 30/Dec 1 issue,

If you need to have something in the bulletin for that weekend, please email the office by noon on Fri, Nov 22nd. Thank you.

Our day-by-day Way to Joy

My name is Mary Smith. I have been a member of the parish for a long time, but only since I retired from teaching have I become more active in the church. An invitation from Kathy Russel to help in the kitchen eventually turned into becoming a member of the Caring Cooks Committee, Funeral luncheon group and MACC Mission food prep team.

Being a former educator led me to participating on the Education Commission, leading the Book Study groups and CLOW. In the community, I am involved with Midland’s Open Door. Sometimes when people retire, they say, “I don’t know how I ever had time to work!” I am finding that to be true, but I am enjoying sharing my time, talent, and treasure with my church family.

HANDLING GRIEF DURING THE HOLIDAYS Wed, Dec 4th, 6:30-8:00 pm @ Assumption RSVP by Dec 2nd

  • Presented by the Midland Area Catholic Community Grief Team Come join others who are trying to get through the holidays without their loved ones.
  • Learn how to incorporate new traditions during the holidays. Be with others who are trying to get through the holidays without their loved ones. This program will be beneficial for adults and children who have lost parents, grandparents and loved ones. Please RSVP by December 2nd so we have enough supplies and refreshments. Call Assumption Parish at 631-4447 or your parish to register.

Weekend Offerings

November 9/10, 2019

Adults & Visitors $7,452.10

Childrens $32.25

Thanksgiving/Food Pantry $235.00

Military Fund $50.00

Scripture after weekday morning Mass, See monthly calendar.

Concert Oct 30, 2019 at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. MACC Mission THANK YOU

mACCMission.org concert photos

Concert Oct 30, 2019 at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. MACC Mission THANK YOU

Thank you to everyone who contributed to make the MACC Mission Concert night with ValLimar at Assumption successful. What an amazing night. We are grateful for the parishioners who prepped, served and cleaned up after the reception; parish staff with planning, making brochures; those who ensured the A/V capabilities, and handling the accounting; music ministry and choirs; those who served at the registration table, CD table, as greeters; and those who set up and cleaned up the parish hall tables chairs and equipment. We are grateful to so many people!

Parish Office will be closed Thursday & Friday, Nov 28 & 29 for Thanksgiving

Have a wonderful weekend!

BOOT DRIVE - Following Jesus and “Pairing it Forward” - t0 Nov 16/17

  • Our BOOT DRIVE is going great!
  • What a wonderful effort! If you have not brought back your boots please bring slips back with the boots by Nov. 16/17.
  • We collected $841.00 so far for the 25 pairs of winter boots for the teenagers. We could still use more monies. We hope to get $1000.00. Last year they were able to buy socks as well. The donation box is available in the gathering space. Bring the children’s boots back along with the donation slip and place them in the large bin that will be in the gathering space.
  • Let’s work hard so that none of these children and teenagers go without having a warm pair of boots this winter! We are followers of Jesus; we want to walk in His light! Thank You, Christian Service Commission

We will continue collecting till Nov. 16/17.

BLOOD DRIVE Monday, Nov 25, 2:00pm-7:00pm

Catholic Campaign for Human Development, NOv 23/24

Next weekend we will take up the National Collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). This annual collection helps groups of low-income people in our diocese and across the country in their efforts to provide access to affordable housing, health care, jobs, employee-owned businesses, and rights for immigrants. By supporting CCHD, we help our own neighbors as 25 percent of our diocesan contribution stays within our diocese (see this weekends insert for more details). More information can be found at www.usccb.org/cchd/collection.

Campaign for Human Development Brochure

Christian Service Commission Midland County Emergency Food Pantry Community Thanksgiving Baskets Nov. 23/24

Please join in this community event! Small and large donations are welcome!

Canned Fruits & Vegetables, Cereal, Spaghetti Sauce, Noodles, Boxed Potatoes, Stuffing, Rice, Dessert Mixes, Juices, Canned Meats, Jell-O, Pie Mixes

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.

Assumption—Christmas CHRISTIAN SERVICE

CHRISTMAS FLOWERS TO HOMEBOUND

It’s that time of the year when we begin to review our list of those receiving flowers and those who will be delivering them, to bring a little joy to our homebound. If you are interested in delivering a flower to someone, or if you know of someone who is homebound, please call Marlene Saotome (859-2488) or Cathy at the parish office on or before Monday, November 18th.

GIFT CARDS

If you know of any of our parishioners needing a little help this Christmas season, please call the parish office with the following information: your name, the person or family you are recommending, their address and phone #, along with the number of adults and children in the family. We do have money allocated for gift cards. Please call the office before noon on Monday, December 2nd.

SHARING TREE

Once again, this Christmas season we are partnering with the Salvation Army and United Way of Midland County to provide gifts for struggling families in our community through the Sharing Tree program.

Trees are located in the gathering space and parish hall entrances. Please stop by and take a Green or Red tag, shop, wrap and attach the tags to the package. Gift cards are also a great idea to gift. If you purchase a gift card, please attach the sales receipt to the tag and put it into a small gift bag.

If you are not able to shop, visit the website at: www/sharingtreemidland.org to make a monetary donation to help purchase unfilled bags.

KEY DATES

December 3—All gifts must be returned to the tree.

December 4—Distribution Day -- need volunteers to help transport to the Salvation Army. Chris 835-8784

Social Events

ATTENTION ALL MACC Widowed Friends, Nov 21, 1:00pm

Reminder, we are meeting on the first and third Thursday of every month at Assumption Church to play cards. Please join us on November 21st at 1:00 pm. Coffee and water are provided. If you have a friend who is a widow or widower who would like to come, they are welcome to join us. Contact Pat Blasy for any questions at 631-2140. Widowed Friends Committee

ABVM’s Women’s Book Study, Nov 20, Dec 4, 11, and 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.

Sign up at the Welcome Circle. Books will be distributed in the Holy Grounds on November 20 at 1pm. We will view an introductory video.

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.”

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.

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.

SAINT BRIGID OF KILDARE CHURCH FREE THANKSGIVING DINNER, NOv 28

Thursday, November 28, 2019, 12:00 to 2:30 pm, Dinner is served in the school building

The parishioners of Saint Brigid annually serve a traditional holiday meal with all the trimmings on Thanksgiving Day. We welcome and invite anyone who would enjoy a delicious dinner and friendship.

No reservations required, just walk-in!

Also provided for those TRULY in need:

TRANSPORTATION to and from the dinner or DELIVERED TAKE-OUT DINNERS TO THE HOME BOUND ONLY PROVIDED FROM 11:45-2 pm; within Midland For this service, reservations are required by Tuesday, Nov 20. Call the parish office at 835-7121 ext. 31

Special thanks to all sponsors including The H Hotel, The Table Chefs and Meijers!

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend Opportunity November 15-17 at Weber Center in Adrian.

The best gift you can give your kids is a strong, Christ-centered marriage. Refresh your faith and invest in your family by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend November 15-17 at Weber Center in Adrian. Check out www.wwme.org or contact Chris & Darla Vinton at 269-953-8287 for more info or to apply.

Mark your calendar! Saint Brigid’s Eighth Annual Holiday Gift Shop Saturday, November 23, 2019 9 am – 3 pm / Cardinal Hickey Parish Hall

For questions: Chandra at 810-624-4070 or cd7358@aol.com Kathy at 989-205-8314 or kagraebner@yahoo.com

Saint Brigid of Kildare Turkey Bingo Sunday, November 24th 3pm – 5pm

Cardinal Hickey Parish Hall Bingo Cards $1 each. Prizes for all ages! Prizes include full turkey dinner!

Blessed Sacrament Parish Center

All are invited to come to the presentation of “What’s Happening with Immigrants on the U.S. - Mexico Border?”

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Soup supper - 6:15 pm / Presentation – 6:45 pm

Come hear eyewitness experiences of Ed and Marilyn Lorenz as they tell us of their recent visits to the southern border and of 20 years of work with asylum seekers.

Marilyn Lorenz is a retired Director of Religious Education from Alma, Michigan. Ed Lorenz is a retired professor from Alma College. No cost. Call to register at 989-835-6777.

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 )