Book Study

Begins December 28

Join the next 8-week book study as we read Beyond Sunday: Becoming a 24/7 Catholic. The book and study guide are by Catholic radio host Teresa Tomeo. She invites readers to pursue an exceptional way of life with steadfast faith every day.

Participants will receive their books on December 28 at 1:00pm in Holy Grounds. We will view an interview featuring Teresa as she discusses her ‘reversion’ to the Catholic faith.

Sign up is available at the Welcome Circle. Contact the office if you have questions.

Disciples Night

December 1

All young adults (18–30) are invited to join. There is no charge.

  • 6:30pm Praise and Worship

  • 7:15pm Dinner and Social Time

  • Presentation by Fr. Adam Maher

Intentional Disciples meets on the first Thursday of each month at various locations around the diocese. For more information, visit ID Saginaw on Facebook, or @idsaginaw on Instagram.

Prayerful Individuals Needed!

Help prepare your fellow parishioners' hearts and minds for the coming of the Lord. The Prayer Committee is looking for a few individuals to aid in development of Advent Monday Evening Prayer Services. Our goal is to focus attention toward the greatest gift of all, Jesus. No special skills are needed. If you love God and want to serve the church please call Maria Dvorak 989-948-9740.

The commitment is limited to pre-Advent meetings and Advent Monday evenings.

QUESTIONS ABOUT CATHOLICISM?

Are you someone who (or do you know someone who)...

  • Has wondered “What is my purpose?” or “Why am I here?”

  • Has been seeking deeper meaning in life?

  • Has wondered if “being spiritual” and “being religious” are really compatible?

  • Has wondered if goodness and unconditional love are really possible?

  • Has expressed an interest in becoming Catholic or learning more about Catholicism?

  • Is married to a Catholic or raising Catholic children?

  • Is related to or in a relationship with a Catholic, and wants to understand them more?

  • A Catholic who has been away from the church for awhile or are looking to update your understanding of the Catholic faith?

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish is offering a weekly opportunity for Inquiry into Catholicism. All you need to bring is your list of questions or a friend with questions of their own. Sessions focus on the teachings and experience of Catholicism. Inquiry sessions will meet each Sunday morning from 10:45–11:45am. Contact John Graveline for more information.

International Day for Survivors of Suicide Loss

The Saturday before Thanksgiving is recognized as “International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day.” This day brings together loved ones who have experienced a loss to suicide and offers connection, understanding, and hope through their shared experience.

Our local day of hope is hosted by Barb Smith Suicide Resource & Response Network. The Network is a grassroots organization that has been serving Michigan and beyond since 1989.

Our mission is to prevent suicide through education, connection to resources, and support for those impacted by suicide.

Our purpose is to help people understand the nature of suicide, how to respond to someone with thoughts of suicide, and how to walk family and loved ones through the aftermath of a suicide.

For questions call 989-781-5260 ext 3, or email julie@srrn.net.

Register or learn more by visiting Hope Starts Here.

Rachel's Vineyard weekend retreats are a healing opportunity for any person who struggles with the emotional and/or spiritual pain of abortion. A retreat in Saginaw is scheduled for November 18–20.

If you or someone you know is suffering from the loss of their child, and would like to learn more about this retreat, please call Lori Becker at 989-797-6652 for a confidential and supportive conversation.

Family-to-Family Program

Begins January 24

Did you know that statistics show that 1 in 5 adults in the United States lives with a mental health condition each year? That’s 46.6 million people! Half of all life-time mental health conditions begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10–34. Early intervention programs can help.

We are currently registering people for the NAMI Family-to-Family program beginning January 24. This 8-week course is offered free of charge. Family-to-Family is an educational program specifically designed for family members and friends of those who live with mental illness. We will meet remote, using the Zoom meeting format, Tuesday evenings from 6:15pm–8:45pm.

For more information please call 989-513-2137, or email NAMIMidlandMI@gmail.org. Or, contact Deacon Dan Corbat at dcorbat57@gmail.com.

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.

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.

  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)