Welcome to Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Parish
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To sign up to be a parishioner of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary you may download and complete this registration form and return it to the parish secretary.
Office Hours 8:30 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Friday, 3516 E Monroe Rd, Midland, MI 48642. Summer hours closed Friday at noon.
The Polish and Slovak people settled in Larkin Township in the late 1800s. The first church was built in 1914 with two more churches added in later years.
This completed the construction of the combined three spaces of the church.
Assumption's facilities are comprised of the church, hall, classrooms (including library and Atrium) and a meeting place including a community coffee area.
A Prayer For Our Parish As We Embark On Our Next Hundred Years
Almighty God, my parish family is composed of people like me.
I help make it what it is.
It will be friendly, if I am friendly.
Its pews will be filled, if I help fill them.
It will do great work, if I work.
It will make generous gifts to many causes, if I am a cheerful and generous giver.
It will bring other people into its worship and fellowship, if I invite them and bring them.
It will be a parish family of loyalty and love, of fearlessness, and faith, and a parish of noble spirit, if I - who make it what it is - am filled with those same qualities.
Therefore, with the help of God, I will dedicate myself to the task of being all the things that I want my parish family to be.
Bless my journey, Lord God, that I might build the Church through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
The Administration/Finance Council of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Parish serves as an advisory body to the Pastor/Pastoral Administrator and the Pastoral Council to provide management and stewardship of Parish facilities, resources, and finances to support the goals of the Parish.
Assists the pastor and staff in organizing the efforts of the entire parish to serve those in need, to advocate for justice, and to work at changing societal structures that perpetuate injustice; responsibilities include educational endeavors and service opportunities that touch upon the local, regional, and worldwide community.
The Religious Education Commission members identify the educational needs of the parish and ensure those needs are being met.
Assists the pastor in the administration of the parish's material resources; supports the parish's pastoral ministries and advocate for sound management practices; responsibilities include resource development, budget preparation and review, overall fiscal accountability, building and grounds, etc.
Growth: 552 Parish Families on Record and 106 Faith Formation Students registered.
Faith Formation: 66 elementary age students and 45 youth and teens participate in our faith formation programs.
Service and Growth: 3 Baptisms, 14 First Communion, 17 Confirmations, 4 Marriages and 10 Funerals.
Service: Some of the many projects our Christian Service Committee and volunteers support and provided help to those in need. See the annual report for more information.
- Assistance Fund - over $12,000 in emergency aid distributed to assist individuals and families within our community with food, gas, housing or utility expenses and other crisis needs.
- Caring Cooks: provide meals for parishioners who are new parents, recovering from surgery, homebound, bereaved or in crisis.
- Monthly Food Drives: for local Emergency Food Pantries.
- Stitch and Prayer Group: provided more than 3,989 handmade projects to hospitals, hospices, veterans, nursing facilities, shelters, and communities throughout Michigan.
- Knights of Columbus: manned blood drives and held pancake breakfasts to help our seminarians and provide funds for charitable works. Also provide support for other church events.
- Reasons to Celebrate: 10 Funeral Luncheons, 1,130 pounds of Garden Produce and Monthly Food Pantry.
Parish Mission Statement
We are a Catholic community of welcome and warmth sharing growth as we seek to develop as disciples of Jesus using the four pillars of Christian discipleship: Community, Message, Worship, and Service.
- Community - Created for and called to spreading God's love and mercy throughout parish family and surrounding community through spiritual and social opportunities,
- Message - Sharing the Good News of God's Love, mercy and redemption to all through Faith Adult, Faith Youth Ministry, Faith Children, and Sacramental Preparation,
- Worship - Gathering to gratefully share prayer as we participate in the Liturgy of the Word and Liturgy of the Eucharist,
- Christian Service - Using the gifts God has entrusted to us to serve God by helping those in need.
Bishop Robert Gruss
"The Most Rev. Robert D. Gruss is the seventh Bishop of Saginaw. His Eucharistic Liturgy of Installation was celebrated July 26, at Holy Spirit Church in Thomas Township."
"Bishop Robert Gruss was born June 25, 1955, in Texarkana, Arkansas. He attended Madison Area Technical College, in Madison, Wisconsin, and Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and was a corporate pilot and flight instructor from 1980-1989 before entering seminary. He pursued seminary studies at St. Ambrose University, in Davenport 1989-1990; at North American College, Rome, 1990-1994; and the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, also known as the Angelicum, in Rome. He additionally earned a Master of Arts degree in Spiritual Theology at the University of St. Thomas Aquinas in 1994. In 1999, he completed studies at the Institute of Priestly Formation (IPF) with an emphasis on Spiritual Direction training.
Bishop Gruss was ordained to the priesthood on July 2, 1994 by Bishop William E. Franklin, seventh Bishop of Davenport. In 2007, Pope Benedict named him a Chaplain of his Holiness, giving him the title of monsignor. He was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as Bishop of Rapid City in 2011 and consecrated as a bishop on July 28, 2011."