Vacation Bible School (VBS)

2019 Vacation Bible School was a wild adventure!

We couldn’t have done it without our ROAR-some volunteers from our parish:

Mary Bassett, Roman DeSantis, Maria Dvorak, Ethan and Zach Dzurka, Tim Farkas, Carissa and Greg Farnum, Chelsea Fenton, Keaton and Merrick Hocking, Al Kanar, Jeanette Loveless, Carol Maciag, Susan Nash, McKenna Spindler, Xavier Wisneski

Also, thank you to all the parishioners that made supply donations and covered costs so ALL children that wanted to attend were able to. God is Good!!

Thanks to Fr. Joe and our parish for the use of the space here at Assumption.

trust and Safety

To foster and maintain an atmosphere of trust and safety in its ministry to minors, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish follows the Standards of Ministerial Behavior for Those Working with Children and Young People, established by the Diocese of Saginaw. We will set appropriate boundaries to assure a safe place for our children and young people in all church ministries and programs. For further information and full documentations of these Standards of Behavior, please visit the Diocese of Saginaw website.

Children's Faith Formation Program

  • Our children’s faith formation program supports spiritual growth for pre-school, kindergarten, and grades 1-5.
  • Children in these grades meet on Sunday morning after Mass at 10:45 am until noon.
  • Our preschool catechist utilizes a lectionary-based curriculum that allows the Sunday readings to come alive in an exciting, interactive way for our preschoolers.
  • Kindergarteners experience God through Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Please see a description of this program in the next section below.
  • Our 1st grade through 5th grade curriculum is Christ Our Life series by Loyola Press. This program was developed according to the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: what Catholics believe, how we worship, how we live and how we pray. Using an integrated approach, the essentials of Catholic teaching are presented to the children in a way that helps them to learn about and deepen their faith.
  • Several times a year we also come together with our families and parish community for special celebrations and service projects.
  • To enroll please print out and complete the registration forms, or listed below. Return the completed forms to the parish office (open Monday through Friday 8:30 A.M. until 4:00 P.M).
  • Please email your questions to Children’s Formation Coordinator, Sarah Hocking, or call at 989-631-4447.

The Sacrament of Confirmation was celebrated Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Blessed Sacrament

Nolan Collison, Maria DeSantis, Sarah English, Mallory Hoeh, Sophia LaLonde, Lila Love, Autumn Luick, Henna McDonald, Adriana Mellana, Frank Nguyen, Hilary Nguyen

The Sacrament of First Eucharist was celebrated Sunday, May 5, 2019 at Assumption

Nolan Collison, Maria DeSantis, Sarah English, Mallory Hoeh, Sophia LaLonde, Lila Love, Autumn Luick, Henna McDonald, Frank Nguyen, Hilary Nguyen

the catechisis of the good shepherd

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: Used at the kindergarten level. This is a program of faith formation that presents the most important realities of the catholic faith to the youngest members of the church. This is achieved by: 1) a prepared environment (atrium) and 2) a trained catechist whose sources are scripture and liturgy.

These presentations are chosen to convey the essentials of the faith in a manner appropriate to the child’s development. The child is then invited to internalize and respond to the presentation by working with the materials themselves. Photos of the Atrium.



  • Four, five, six (and seven year olds who have not made their First Eucharist) are invited to attend CLOW during Sunday Mass.
  • Children are dismissed from Mass after the Introductory Rite where they will hear and reflect on the Sunday readings at their age level, have a simple interactive Profession of Faith and pray for the needs of our world, the church and the community.
  • They return to the larger assembly at the preparation of the gifts.
  • In 2018-2019, we will meet every Sunday starting September 23, 2018 until June 9, 2019 except Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve, and Easter Sunday. This program is free of charge and no pre-registration is required.

Forms and calendar for Children’s Faith Formation

Childrens Faith Formation 2018-2019

Study Requirements and parent practices - KINDERGARTEN through 5th Grade

From Kindergarten through 5th grade all children should know and understand the following for their grade level and the previous grades' material. Click for the Online Study Guide and Parents Practices, or use the PDF version.

“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)