Book Study

Where: Assumption Parish, Holy Grounds
When: Wednesdays September 8–November 3, 1:00–2:30pm

This book is based on Season 1 of the critically acclaimed TV series by the same name. Our study will parallel the Monday night video series presented by Donna Semanco. Participants in the book study do not need to participate on Monday evenings as the book study can stand alone in our faith formation. Participating in both will enhance the understanding of what it means to be “chosen.”

Participants need to sign up at the Welcome Center by August 30 so that books may be ordered.

The Chosen

Episodes:

  • I Have Called You by Name

  • Shabbat

  • Jesus Loves the Little Children

  • The Rock on Which it is Built

  • The Wedding Gift

  • Indescribable Compassion

  • Invitations

  • I Am He

Where: Assumption Parish, DuRussel Hall
When: Mondays September 13–November 1, 6:30–8:00pm

Sign up in the gathering space or contact Sr. Jeanne at 989-631-4447

For more information, call Sr. Jeanne or Donna Semanco at 989-631-0872

Ready to Travel Again?

You are invited to join Father Marcel Portelli on a 2-day spiritually edifying pilgrimage to pray at two historic cathedral basilicas, a historic shrine, and several other beautiful churches in Ohio and Kentucky. Deluxe motor coach departs September 14 from the Diocesan Center in Saginaw. $155 includes hotel.

For more information, call 248-250-6005.

Divorce Recovery

An eight-week Group Recovery Process for men and women in the Midland area experiencing the difficulties that often accompany divorce. The Fall session begins September 14 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm at Blessed Sacrament in the Parish Center Lounge.

Topics Include:

  • Grief and Stress

  • Rediscovering and Trusting Self

  • Accepting Change and Relating to Others

  • Understanding Forgiveness

  • Divorce: The Family

  • Impact/Single Parenting

  • Dealing with Your Ex-Spouse

  • God and Church

Participation is free. Please call Blessed Sacrament at 989-835-6777 to register.

Grief Recovery

Blessed Sacrament is offering a Tuesday evening, 6-week grief recovery process for adults having experienced the loss of a loved one 3 months or more ago. Led by trained facilitators, these sessions provide opportunities for personal reflection and group sharing within a Christian framework that is both safe and supportive.

Our first session is Tuesday, September 28 from 6:30-8:30pm at Blessed Sacrament in the Parish Center.

Participation is free. Please call Blessed Sacrament at 989-835-6777 to register.

Advent Evening Prayer

When: Mondays November 29–December 20, 7:00pm
Where: Assumption Parish, in the Church

Come join and pray the Liturgy of the Hours for Evening Prayer on the Mondays of Advent. Experience this time as a way to slow down during a hectic time and remember that Jesus is the “reason for the season.”

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 lbecker@dioceseofsaginaw.org.

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.

The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw has provided some excellent resources on their website for Catholics who may be struggling. You may also contact us for support and there are additional resources on this website.

I'm Catholic But Confused, Hurting or Away by Catholic Diocese of Saginaw.

STrengthen your Catholic faith

Below are many resources to help you in growing your Catholic faith. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Sunday Homily

The homily is available as part of the Mass live stream recording available on our YouTube channel. Subscribe today!

14 Stations of the Cross (plus 15 and 16) at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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  1. First Station: Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane Matthew 26:36-41

  2. Second Station: Jesus, Betrayed by Judas, is Arrested Mark 14: 43-46

  3. Third Station: Jesus is Condemned by the Sanhedrin Luke 22: 66-71

  4. Fourth Station: Jesus is Denied by Peter Matthew 26: 69-75

  5. Fifth Station: Jesus is Judged by Pilate Mark 15: 1-5, 15

  6. Sixth Station: Jesus is Scourged and Crowned with Thorns John 19: 1-3

  7. Seventh Station: Jesus Bears the Cross John 19: 6, 15-17

  8. Eighth Station: Jesus is Helped by Simon the Cyrenian to Carry the Cross Mark 15: 21

  9. Ninth Station: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem Luke 23: 27-31

  10. Tenth Station: Jesus is Crucified Luke 23: 33-34

  11. Eleventh Station: Jesus Promises His Kingdom to the Good Thief Luke 23: 39-43

  12. Twelfth Station: Jesus Speaks to His Mother and the Disciple John 19: 25-27

  13. Thirteenth Station: Jesus Dies on the Cross Luke 23: 44-46

  14. Fourteenth Station: Jesus is Placed in the Tomb Matthew 27: 57-60

  15. Fifteenth: Resurrection Luke 24: 1-12

  16. 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

Adult

  • 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

Children's Faith Formation, Middle School and High School Youth Ministry

“Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs." (Colossians 3:16)