SCAM ALERT! Messages not genuine!
Several parishioners have reported again getting email or text messages asking for gift cards… the messages claim to come from Father Joe or one of the parish staff. These messages are NOT GENUINE! Do NOT respond. If you have any questions, call the parish offices USING phone number from bulletin or website NOT ANY NUMBER from the message itself. Please be vigilant!
Welcome to Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish
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.
Mass and Rosary Schedule
Please note that if the Midland Public Schools are closed or on delay, weekday Mass is cancelled!
- Saturday Mass at 4:30 pm
- Sunday Mass at 9:30 am
- Monday Word and Communion Services at 8:30 am
- Tuesday-Friday Mass 8:30 am
- Rosary Monday-Friday 8:00 am
Confession Sat 3:30 pm, (3:00 pm to 4:00 pm - Advent and Lent), or by appointment
- Today's Scripture: Text, Audio, Video
- "A Second's Thought" by Fr Joe
- Jesuit Prayer/Daily Reflection
- Saint of the Day
Directions, Church/Office Hours
Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26
- 8:30am Blessed Sacrament (w/school)
- 8:30am Saint Brigid (w/school) (followed by Exposition at 9:30)
- 9:00am Our Lady—Sanford
- 5:00pm Blessed Sacrament
- 7:00pm Assumption
- 7:00pm Our Lady—Sanford
- 6:45am Saint Brigid
- 12:00pm Our Lady—Edenville
- 12:05pm Saint Brigid
- 8:30pm Saint Brigid (Night Prayer & Benediction)
At that time Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was hungry. The tempter approached and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become loaves of bread.” He said in reply, “It is written: One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.”
Then the devil took him to the holy city, and made him stand on the parapet of the temple, and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written: He will command his angels concerning you and with their hands they will support you, lest you dash your foot against a stone.” Jesus answered him, “Again it is written, You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.” Then the devil took him up to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in their magnificence, and he said to him, "All these I shall give to you, if you will prostrate yourself and worship me.” At this, Jesus said to him, “Get away, Satan! It is written: The Lord, your God, shall you worship and him alone shall you serve.”
Then the devil left him and, behold, angels came and ministered to him.
Childrens' Faith Formation Lenten Family Gathering @ Assumption
- March 1 after 9:30am Mass
Magnificent Mondays Lenten Movie Nights - A Video Tour of Biblical Sites @ Assumption
- March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 / 6:30-8pm
Women’s Book Study @ Assumption
- Lenten book study of “The Women of Easter” by Liz Curtis Higgs
- Wednesday’s March 4 thru April 15th / 1-2:30pm
XLT/Adoration led by our MACC Youth Ministry @ Assumption
- Sunday, March 8 / 6:00-8:00pm
Explore the Catechism @ Assumption
- How’ and ‘why’ of the drafting of our ‘new catechism’, and read a portion to to get a flavor of its approach.
- March 11, 18 / 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Meditative Walk @ Blessed Sacrament,
- Wednesdays, March 4 - April 1 - 6:30pm
Prayer and/or Soup Opportunity
- Evening Prayer Wednesday, March 4 @ Assumption Soup 6:30pm / Prayer 7:15pm
- Soup/Speaker at OLOG-Sanford, Wedn. Mar. 18 and April 1 - 6:00pm
- Taize Prayer/Soup at Blessed Sacrament, Wed, March 25/Soup 6pm, Prayer 7pm
- Soup Supper at Blessed Sacrmament, Sat. Mar, 28, 6pm
Communal Celebration (reconciliation)
- This service will begin with song, include scripture and homily and then offer the opportunity to briefly share with one of the priests present the healing, grace and forgiveness which you seek.
- Sun, Mar. 15, 2:00 pm at Blessed Sacrament,
- Tues, Mar. 31 7:00pm at Our Lady - Sanford
Individual Rite (private confessions)
- On each of these evenings, priests will be present to spend time with those who wish to celebrate the Sacrament in this fashion. It will be an opportunity for one-to-one private confessing and discerning where the Grace of the Sacrament might guide you on your journey of faith and Life.
- Tues, Mar. 17 7-9pm at St Brigid
- Tues, Mar. 24 7-9pm at St Brigid
Individual Rite (private confessions) Other Scheduled Opportunities
- Thurs, Apr. 2/ 7:00pm, - Our Lady - Sanford
- 12-1pm - Blessed Sacrament (1st, 3rd and 5th Saturdays)
- 3-4 pm - Assumption
- 3-4pm Our Lady - Sanford
- 4:30-5pm - Our Lady - Edenville
- 4:15pm-5pm - Saint Brigid
- Thursday w/school, March 12, 1pm / Blessed Sacrament
- Tuesdays 7pm / Our Lady—Edenville (soup served at 6pm)
- Tuesdays 6:30pm / Saint Brigid after Mass
- Fridays 7pm / Blessed Sacrament
- Fridays 7pm / Our Lady—Sanford
Lenten Weekday Masses
- Tues-Fri, 8:30am Assumption
- Tues & Thurs*, 8:30am Blessed Sacrament
- Tues-Fri, 9:00am Our Lady—Sanford
- Mon & Thurs, 12:05pm Saint Brigid
- Tues, 5:30pm Saint Brigid
- Wed*, 8:30am Saint Brigid
*Mass w/school children
Our Lenten Collections
- RICE BOWL—to help 3rd world hunger,
- FOOD TRUCK—to help feed our Midland Community this summer,
- ENSURE DRINK—nutrition for our Senior Citizens and those with cancer.
Open my heart to the areas of my life that need to change so that I can carry out the mission you have imagined for my life. Inspire me to live the gift of my faith in ways that are dynamic and engaging. Show me how best to get involved in the life of my parish. Make our community hungry for best practices, continuous learning and growth, and help us to realize that we each have a role to play in making our parish a perfect place for imperfect people trying to walk with you guided by the light and love of Jesus. Amen. (from yellow “Saints” book, pg. 59, by Matthew Kelly)
Our Parish is blessed with loving, compassionate people. Thank you for sharing your time and talents.
The office would like to know if anyone in the parish has been certified in CPR and/or using a defibrillator. If you are, would you like to be part of our parish team? There are a few parishioners who have been certified and are up for re-certification. If you are interested in being trained, please let us know. A training session is being planned for some time in March. We would love to have you on our team. If interested, please call the parish office for further information at 631-4447.
- How might I help?
- Mission Statement: We seek to comfort the bereaved by offering a funeral luncheon.
- Anyone interested in helping with this ministry would be most welcomed.
- Luncheon worker: Help set up, serve meal, and clean up.
- Funeral Luncheon Team Leaders:
- Roe Baker (989) 835-5473, Donna Semanco (989) 631-0872, Jean Krause (989) 631-1050, Mary Smith (989) 245-2479, Annette Meyers (989) 698-6601, Linda Stopka
- Church Provides: Ham, meatballs, cheesy potatoes, green bean casserole, baked beans, and beverages.
- Food donations: Desserts such as pies, cakes, and cookies. Salads such as pasta salad, jello salad, fruit salad, peas and peanuts. Side dishes such as macaroni and cheese, corn casserole, broccoli and rice. Also needed are rolls and cheese slices.
- Sign up sheets are at the Welcome Circle. Any questions: Contact a team leader,
ATTENTION ALL MACC Widowed Friends, 1st & 3rd Thursday play Cards @ Assumption
Reminder, we are meeting on the first and third Thursday of every month at Assumption Church to play cards. Please join us on February 20th at 1:00 pm. Coffee and water are provided. If you have a friend who is a widow or widower who would like to come, they are welcome to join us. Contact Pat Blasy for any questions at 631-2140. Widowed Friends Committee
Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend Opportunity, Jan. 31-Feb. 2, or Feb. 28-Mar. 1
- Forget the flowers and candy. Romance your spouse this Valentine's Day with the gift of TIME WITH YOU. Renew your marriage and your faith by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at the Comfort Inn in Farmington Hills or Feb. 28-Mar. 1 at the St. Francis Retreat Center in DeWitt. Apply at wwme.org or contact Chris & Darla Vinton at 269-953-8287 for more info.
- http://www.wwme.org/ https://www.facebook.com/worldwidemarriageencounter
Upcoming Lay Ministry Information Meetings
Is God calling you to do more? To let His light shine through you in service to others? To become a Commissioned / Missioned Lay Minister? We currently have three information sessions scheduled where you can learn more about Lay Ministry Formation:
- Wednesday, February 19, 2020, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. St. Gabriel Parish, 84 W Midland Road, Auburn
- Monday, March 2, 2020, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. St. John Paul II Parish, 3055 Harrison Street, Saginaw
- Saturday, April 4, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Center for Ministry, 5802 Weiss Street, Saginaw
The Office of Lay Ministry will be accepting applications for those who wish to begin the program in September of 2020. It is a four-year formation experience designed for lay people who wish to expand their knowledge of Scripture and Catholic theology, deepen their relationship with God, and fulfill their baptismal call by serving others.
This meeting is not only for those interested in applying to Lay Ministry, but also for anyone wishing to learn about the Lay Ministry Formation Program.
For more information, please contact Kellie Deming, Coordinator of Lay Ministry, at email@example.com or 989.797.6609.
St. Brigid FISH FRY, ALL-U-CAN EAT Fish/Seafood Dinners during Lent! FRIDAYS / Feb 28-April 3, 4:30pm until 7:00pm
$13 for adults, $6 for children (under 5 free)
For further information or take-out, call 835-9481 ext. 64
Proceeds benefit Saint Brigid Catholic School.
Two shows, Feb 28 & 29 , 7:30 pm, Midland Center for the Arts, Lamb of God
Experience a community music performance like no other! Musicians from performing groups and congregations throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region have joined together to present Rob Gardner’s oratorio Lamb of God. The music retells the final days, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ through choir, full orchestra, soloists, and narration. Lamb of God is performed every year around the world by thousands of musicians across dozens of faiths. To purchase tickets, go to: https://cart.midlandcenter.org/27700/27702.
LENTEN Family Gathering, Mar. 1st 10:45-Noon @ Assumption
Are You Ready?
Join the children’s faith formation families in the DuRussel hall to learn a little more about prayer, fasting and alms giving during Lent.
Magnificent Mondays Lenten Movie Nights, Mar. 2 to Mar. 30, Mondays 6:30-8:00 p.m. @ Assumption
Magnificent Mondays with Drive Thru History are back and better than ever! Set your GPS for the Holy Land as Dave Stotts tells us about the Acts of the Apostles. Come join us as we learn how the Good News got spread after Jesus’ resurrection. You are sure to enjoy this trip with good fellowship and snacks at Holy Grounds. (Led by Donna Semanco)
- March 2nd thru March 30th
- (Mondays) 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Reserve your seat now at the Welcome Circle or call the office at 631-4447 and ask for Cathy. Read Acts Chapters 1-7 if you want a sneak peek of what we will see.
K of C Pancake Breakfast, Mar. 8th at Assumption, After 9:30am Mass
- Come join us for a great meal after Mass by Knights of Columbus Fr. Henry P. DuRussel Council #2141. 10:30 am.
- Donation priced. Starts right after Mass.
- Proceeds support Seminarians, Postulants and local charities.
- Men’s Christ Renews Retreat, Mar 7/8 at Blessed Sacrament, No cost.
- MEN----it’s time to take a step back from your busy schedule!
- Are you too immersed in the flow of day-to-day life? Where does God fit into your life?
Come join us for a weekend of spiritual renewal. Christ Renews is a two-day weekend, all day Saturday, March 7 and half a day Sunday, March 8 at Blessed Sacrament
The weekend is composed of testimony of men’s real-life experiences, intermingled with songs, laughter, reflection and moments of prayer.
Please consider attending the Men’s Christ Renews weekend. Contact Chuck Zemanek at 631-1368, Walt Selle at 513-2576 or Chris Surbrook at 205-6960 for more information or to register.
MACC-Youth Ministry Invites You: Sunday, Mar. 8th / 6:00-8:00 p.m. @ Assumption
XLT/ADORATION: In His Presence, Praise, Worship, Witness Talk, Adoration, Fellowship!
XLT - means Exalt and is an opportunity to spend time in adoration.
Is it really a BOOK of LOVE?
The Catechism of the Catholic Church
Join us for two evenings exploring The Catechism of the Catholic Church: Much More than Baltimore Really? A book about God’s love? And not lots of laws? Well, it’s not your Father’s catechism.
Meet the Catechism - Wednesday, March 11
Fr. Bob Byrne shares with us the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of the drafting of our ‘new catechism’ promulgated by St. John Paul in 1992.
Taste & See the Catechism - Wednesday, March 18
Fr. Byrne will guide us as we read a por-tion of the catechism to get a flavor of its approach to sharing the Good News of God’s Love.
St. Patrick’s Day Dinner & Dance, Sat., Mar. 14, @ St Brigid
Proceeds to benefit Diocesan Seminarian Education Fund St. Brigid of Kildare Catholic School
- St. Brigid of Kildare • Cardinal Hickey Hall
- 207 Ashman St. • Midland, Michigan
- Cost: $25 per person
- Saturday, March 14, 2020
- Starts at 6:00 p.m.
- Tickets available at the St. Brigid's Office or call Steve Moser 989-839-9243.
- Make checks payable to: Knights of Columbus #14056
BLOOD DRIVE Mon,Mar. 16, 2pm-6pm, Parish hall
- It’s in you to give blood. Knights of Columbus Fr. Henry P. DuRussel Council #2141, 3516 E. Monroe Rd., Midland, Parish Hall
- Photo ID REQUIRED
- Appointment Preferred Call 1-866-643-5663, versiti.org/mi
- Eat, and drink plenty of water before donation.
LENTEN Book Study “The Women of Easter”, Mar. 4 to Apr 15, @ Assumption, by Liz Curtis Higgs (Led by Mary Smith & Maria Dvorak)
- Prepare your hearts for a richer, deeper Easter experience as we explore the remarkable lives of the women of Easter. Our Lenten book study of “The Women of Easter” by Liz Curtis Higgs introduces us to three of the women of the Bible named Mary.
- We will discuss the chapters using the study guide provided at the back of the book. We will view videos of the author sharing her inspiration for the book and her faith.
- The group will meet in Holy Grounds on Wednesdays beginning on:
- March 4 from 1:00-2:30 / we will meet weekly concluding on April 15.
- Sign up sheets will be at the welcome circle.
- Books are provided through funding by the Education Commission. We look forward to looking more intently into the lives of three Marys and the One they loved.
Tickets for The Big Raffle, Drawing April 23 at Center for Ministry
- Proceeds of the ticket sales will benefit Assumption YM and the St. John Neumann Catholic Education Grant.
- Tickets are $5.00 each
- 1st Prize: Chevy Spark or $10,000
- 2nd Prize: $5,000 Home Improvement Project
- 3rd Prize: Airfare for Two (continental US)
- 4th Prize: Apple I-Pad
- 5th Prize: Computer Laptop
- Drawing to be held at the Center for MinistryThursday, April 23, 2020
- Drop off on April 16-19 (Thursday thru Sunday).
- SALE HOURS are:
- Tuesday, April 21: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
- Wednesday, April 22: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
- Thursday, April 23: 9:00 – noon (bag day and half off marked items)
- 3516 E Monroe Rd, Midland, MI 48642, (Corner of Jefferson & Monroe) Almost 100 rummage sales since 1965! - All Proceeds to charity!
Catholic Women Statewide Convention, Friday and Saturday morning, April 24-25, Frankenmuth at the Bavarian Inn
- The Detroit Province Council of Catholic Women invites all Catholic women to join them for a statewide convention, with the theme of Beacons of Light, to be held on:
- Friday and Saturday morning, April 24-25, in Frankenmuth at the Bavarian Inn Lodge & Conference Center. This convention coincides with the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Council of Catholic Women.
- The following speakers will be presenting to enrich our faith: Sr. Janet Schaeffler, OP; Fr. Patrick Maher; Bill Richart; Elizabeth Gengle; and Sheri Wohlfert. At least four bishops from Michigan dioceses will be presiding at the Eucharistic Liturgy at Blessed Trinity Church, Frankenmuth.
- For registration information, please call Rita Maher (SDCCW Pres.) at 989-635-7072.