September 19, 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

  • Wisdom 2:12, 17-20

  • James 3:16—4:3

  • Mark 9:30-37

Who's on First?

What we don’t realize is that human beings have lost something very important along the way in life: innocence. We get confused thinking that the “hole” we are feeling deep within is meant to be filled with something else. Only Jesus restores our lost innocence. There is wisdom to God’s wonderful commandment to “keep holy the Sabbath day.” We need a day of intentional worship and playful rest. When we can connect with the truth of God in Word and Eucharist, it makes all the difference in the world. In keeping the Sabbath holy, we also can find time in life’s business to celebrate and play! When we can be playful, joyful, and even somewhat carefree, life is good. Relationships are things to be celebrated and enjoyed.

Read the full reflection.

Upcoming Activities


  • 19 Both middle school and high school meet with parents at Assumption at 6:00pm

  • 26 Youth Ministry Kickoff (both middle school and high school) at Blessed Sacrament 6:00pm


  • 3 Youth Ministry meets

  • 10 Youth Ministry meets

  • 17 Youth Ministry meets

  • 24 Youth Ministry meets

Registration forms have been emailed to all families with middle & high school youth. If you did not receive the forms please contact me. I am looking forward to a great year of Youth Ministry where we can explore what it means to be Chosen.

For information or questions about Youth Ministry, please contact: Kathy Russell (

Scholarship Opportunity and free college visit

Ave Maria University—located near Naples, Florida—is offering the Michigan Scholarship ($28,000 over 4 years) and the Michigan Homeschool Scholarship ($36,000 over 4 years) to local Catholic students, making an authentic Catholic education truly affordable.

Additional institutional and federal aid are available. You are also invited to participate in the 2022 AMU Michigan Fly-In, which is a free college visit to AMU January 27–30. Airfare, lodging, and food are included, and limited spots are available. For more information or to apply for the Fly-In, visit

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)