Upcoming Lay Ministry Virtual Information Meetings
Is God calling you to do more? To let His light shine through you in service to others? To become a Commissioned/Missioned Lay Minister? We currently have three virtual information sessions scheduled where you can learn more about Lay Ministry Formation:
Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 1:30pm
Tuesday, April 13 at 6:30pm
Saturday, May 1 at 10:00am
From now until May 15, the Office of Lay Ministry will be accepting applications for those who wish to begin the program in September of 2021. It is a four-year formation experience designed for lay people who wish to expand their knowledge of Scripture and Catholic theology, deepen their relationship with God, and fulfill their baptismal call by serving others. This meeting is not only for those interested in applying to Lay Ministry, but also for anyone wishing to learn about the Lay Ministry Formation Program.
Registration is required. Please email Kellie Deming at email@example.com or call 989-797-6609.
Webinar Reflection on the Pandemic
Road to Emmaus, God’s Presence Changes Everything
This past year we have lived through the COVID-19 pandemic which has impacted our lives in so many ways. It is important to acknowledge the many emotions, feelings of grief and loss experienced during this time. As we reflect on the scripture, Road to Emmaus, we will be reminded that our Lord has been with us the whole time and that there is hope. This free interactive webinar includes handouts, instructions, and materials for viewing individually or in small group gatherings. You are able to determine the date and time that works best to view this webinar.
Registration is required to receive the recording and materials at the Eventbrite website.
For more information, contact Lori Becker at 989.797.6652 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Adult Faith Formation begins Monday, January 11, 2021
We will be reading and discussing Pope Francis’ newest encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, (On Fraternity and Social Friendship). Meetings will take place on Mondays at 6:30 pm, beginning January 11 and continuing for 6 weeks. Please call the office to register so we can order the appropriate number of study guides and have the materials available to you ahead of time.
Please contact Sr. Jeanne if you have questions.
Adult Faith Formation presents “Pivotal Players”
Mondays 6:30-8:00 pm on Zoom beginning February 22
Come and meet St. Francis of Assisi, St. Catherine of Siena, and Michelangelo as you’ve never met them before! Find out why they are considered “pivotal players” in the life of the Catholic Church. We will be using beautiful DVDs created by Bishop Robert Barron’s Word on Fire media organization to more fully appreciate these ancestors in our faith.
Please call the parish office to register. (Registration is necessary to order and provide study materials and to share the Zoom link.) Contact Sr. Jeanne if you have any questions.
Becoming Catholic - Rites of Christian Initiation (RCIA)
We are happy to share our faith with others. If you are interested in becoming Catholic or learning more about the Catholic faith, call the Parish Office. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process through which interested adults and older children are gradually introduced to the Roman Catholic faith and way of life. Contact us for more information about Sacramental Preparation.
First Station: Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane Matthew 26:36-41
Second Station: Jesus, Betrayed by Judas, is Arrested Mark 14: 43-46
Third Station: Jesus is Condemned by the Sanhedrin Luke 22: 66-71
Fourth Station: Jesus is Denied by Peter Matthew 26: 69-75
Fifth Station: Jesus is Judged by Pilate Mark 15: 1-5, 15
Sixth Station: Jesus is Scourged and Crowned with Thorns John 19: 1-3
Seventh Station: Jesus Bears the Cross John 19: 6, 15-17
Eighth Station: Jesus is Helped by Simon the Cyrenian to Carry the Cross Mark 15: 21
Ninth Station: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem Luke 23: 27-31
Tenth Station: Jesus is Crucified Luke 23: 33-34
Eleventh Station: Jesus Promises His Kingdom to the Good Thief Luke 23: 39-43
Twelfth Station: Jesus Speaks to His Mother and the Disciple John 19: 25-27
Thirteenth Station: Jesus Dies on the Cross Luke 23: 44-46
Fourteenth Station: Jesus is Placed in the Tomb Matthew 27: 57-60
Fifteenth: Resurrection Luke 24: 1-12
Sixteenth: The Appearance on the Road to Emmaus" Breaking of the Bread. Luke 24:24-35
Adult Faith Formation
The church teaches us that a mature adult faith is living, explicit, and fruitful. We do this by nourishing our faith by:
Having a relationship with Jesus.
Celebrating our faith with others in Eucharistic Liturgies and praying with others.
Living a moral life in our homes and workplaces.
Building a strong church and civic community.
Sharing our faith in appropriate manners with those we come in contact.
To grow in our faith at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we offer these opportunities to adults and their families:
Scripture Study: Several Series of Scripture studies are offered throughout the year.
Prepared programs such as Little Rock and Loyola have printed material which groups meet and discuss on a weekly basis.
Reflection of Sunday Readings happens on a weekly basis throughout the year where groups prayerfully read the upcoming readings for Sunday and discuss important insights into these readings.
Seasonal and particular scripture studies periodically are scheduled such as Advent or Lenten themes or Scriptural insights into the Rosary or Stations of the Cross.
Grief Recovery: The three parishes of Midland offer a group process for grieving the loss of a loved one. Each process is over several weeks and is offered at various times during the year to accommodate different schedules for those who would benefit from this.
Special Programs: Diocesan programs are frequently listed in publications such as the bulletin or in the Diocesan newspaper. These growthful programs include such things as university courses, lay ministry formation, retreats and other enrichment programs.
Catechist Formation: Volunteers are always needed to assist the pastoral staff with important ministry of handing on the faith. Those wishing to be catechists should contact a staff person to find out the requirements. All catechists go through the diocesan required background check and educational presentation of VIRTUS to enable that we can create safe environments for our children. Other preparation to becoming a catechist is an ongoing willingness to build on ones knowledge through the diocesan certification process.
Faith Formation Volunteer OPPORTUNITIES
Catechist for Adults: Facilitates and teaches aspects of Catholic faith and way of life. Formation required.
Facilitators: Lead Guided Discussion.
Group Grief Recovery: Leads a structured process of grieving over the death of a loved one.
Library Committee: Catalogs and keeps current books and materials in the library.
RCIA: Aids in the process of those seeking full communion with the Catholic Church as inquiry leader, catechist, sponsor, or hospitality minister. Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults