A World Whose Time has Come

During Advent, I think I ask myself, “Am I ready?” about 400 times, but it’s rarely in reference to anything that really matters. I’m worried about the gifts, the food for the family party, the delayed shipping on the Christmas cards. For what am I preparing here?

Read the full reflection.

Upcoming Activities

December

  • 4YM meets

  • 11—YM meets

  • 18No YM

This year’s theme is, “Together @ Home”. Together we build the home of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish. Jesus invites us to “Come and see”. It’s up to us to accept His invitation into relationship, together. Will you accept the invitation?

For information or questions about Youth Ministry, please contact: Kathy Russell (kathyr@assumptionmidland.org).

CCFMM College Scholarship Application Launch

The Catholic Community Foundation of Mid-Michigan has launched the application window for the 2023–2024 College Scholarships this October. The window will close Friday, January 06, 2023, at 11:59pm.

You can visit our website for the listing of available college scholarships. And be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook page for scholarship updates!

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 4th grade and up. 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.

Youth Protection

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.

Middle School youth ministry

  • We will be “following Jesus” in our Sunday evening Middle School Youth Ministry small groups by fostering the personal and spiritual growth of each young person. 6th, 7th & 8th grade meet on Sunday evenings from 6:00-8:00 pm at Blessed Sacrament Parish.

  • We provide opportunities to build community, to enjoy fellowship with peers, to pray, sing, worship and celebrate together, to come to know the Word of God, and to explore the Catholic faith.

  • This year 6th-8th grades will be experiencing the bible in an imaginative way by using Echo the Story, a Bible Study for Catholic Teens. Story based learning by bringing teens into the story. Scriptures made personal by connecting the Bible in a deeper way allowing teens to see who they are and how God is always present.

  • Students and leaders will explore, discover and learn how Jesus came to point us toward the Kingdom of God and to show us how to help bring it to life, right here, right now. We are going to come to understand what it means to follow Jesus.

  • Contact If you have any questions or concerns with MSYM please contact Director of Youth Ministry Kathy Russell or call 989-631-4447.

High School youth ministry

  • High School Youth Ministry builds on the personal and spiritual growth of each young person leading them into a deeper knowledge of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We will explore what it means to be afollower”. The expectation and responsibilities to live as one who follows Jesus.

  • 9th-12th grade meet on Sunday evenings from 6:15-8:15 pm at Assumption Parish in the Holy Grounds area.

  • We will provide opportunities to build community through fellowship, service, prayer, music and study of our Catholic faith.

  • Students will have the opportunity to participate in parish eventsMardi Gras, Shadow Stations, catechist aides and liturgy ministries.

  • In local MACCYM eventsOutreach, Youth2Youth, Adoration and socials.

  • Diocesan eventsY.E.S. (Youth Encounter Service), MYE Faith, Feed the Fire.

  • National eventsND Vision, March for Life, and NCYC (National Catholic Youth Conference).

  • Contact If you have any questions or concerns with MSYM please contact Director of Youth Ministry Kathy Russell or call 989-631-4447.

Parental role

226. The witness of Christian life given by parents in the family comes to children with tenderness and parental respect. Children thus perceive and joyously live the closeness of God and of Jesus made manifest by their parents in such a way that this first Christian experience frequently leaves decisive traces which last throughout life. This childhood religious awakening which takes place in the family is irreplaceable. It is consolidated when, on the occasion of certain family events and festivities, "care is taken to explain in the home the Christian or religious content of these events." It is deepened all the more when parents comment on the more methodical catechesis which their children later receive in the Christian community and help them to appropriate it. Indeed, "family catechesis precedes ... accompanies and enriches all forms of catechesis." (General Directory for Catechesis)

Ways for parents to support their teens discipleship development:

  1. Participating in the celebration of the Eucharist with their son/daughter each Saturday evening or Sunday

  2. Encourage their son/daughter to take a more active role in the parish’s life and ministry, in keeping with the age and abilities of the young person

  3. Assist their son/daughter to identify possible forces of violence, oppression and injustice in the local community and discuss ways the family can help oppose these forces.

  4. Read or pray the Scriptures occasionally in a family setting.

  5. Include prayer as a part of their daily lives.

  6. Encouraging their son/daughter to actively participate in Youth Ministry including retreats, social events and service opportunities.

Contact: If you have any questions or concerns with Youth Ministry please contact Director of Youth Ministry Kathy Russell or call 989-631-4447.

“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)