NCYC 2021

Calling all teens…prepare to encounter Christ, experience Church, and be empowered for discipleship at the National Catholic Youth Conference. It is time to make the commitment to participate in this faith –filled event. Commitment forms can be found on our website, in the gathering space or email Kathy Russell at

Limited space available

Commitment forms along with a $100 deposit are due Wednesday, April 28th.

Faith Formation

Scheduled lessons have ended for the year. It has definitely been a year of many challenges! Thank you to the families and youth who participated in the virtual lessons. I pray that this fall we can be back to meeting in person. In the meantime, watch the bulletin and your Flocknotes for news, updates, and special gatherings for our youth. May your summer be blessed with health, happiness, family, and some rest and relaxation!

Peace, Kathy Russell (

Called to Love is the theme for our 2020-2021 Assumption BVM Faith Formation.

Our mission is to accompany your family to an encounter with Christ through faith formation. This year our encounter will focus on how we are all “Called to Love”- God and our neighbors. We are excited to help your family put that love into action within your homes, community and world.

This year, all faith formation levels will be structured in a “hybrid” model using different formats, depending on grade level. We will meet in person, when possible, conduct virtual sessions and provide packets for in home use. We will be updating you with more details as we get closer to our faith formation kickoff on September 27th. Save the date for this fun family event where we begin to answer our “Call to Love”.

As registered members of the parish, your child(ren) are called to be a part of our Children’s Faith Formation and Youth Ministry. Before we begin this year, we need ALL families to update their family information and medical treatment release forms. These two documents can be downloaded and fill out electronically in Adobe Reader. Please return to our parish office professional, Sharon Worthington (, by Wednesday, September 16. If you have any problems or questions, please call the office at 631-4447.

It gives us great comfort that the Holy Spirit is guiding our planning! We ask for your prayers as the year enfolds. Yours in Christ, Kathy Russell, Director of Youth Ministry (6-12th grade)

Sarah Hocking, Children’s Faith Formation Coordinator (PreK-5th grade)

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.

Forms and PDF calendar for Youth Ministry

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)