When battered by life’s storms, or immersed in a dense fog of suffering and uncertainty, we may feel alone and unequipped to handle the circumstances.

Yet with words that echo through thousands of years into the corners of our hearts, the Lord says to us, “Do not fear: I am with you” (Isaiah 41:10).

He speaks these words not as one who merely observes our pain, but as one who experienced immense suffering. And the very wounds that bear witness to his suffering indicate the essence of our identity and worth: we are loved by God.

Reflecting on the healed wounds of the Risen Christ, we see that even our most difficult trials can be the place where God manifests his victory. He makes all things beautiful. He makes all things new.

Our Mission from Christ: Go

He is always with us. Jesus promised this when he gave the disciples the same mission he gives to each of us: Go.

Go be my hands and feet to a world enslaved by fear. Go to the woman who is unexpectedly pregnant and fears the future. Go to your friend who fears reprisal at work because he takes a stand for the protection of human life. Go to your aging parent in failing health who fears being a burden. And go to others, too, for their support.

We don’t need to have everything figured out. We can simply follow the guidance of Our Blessed Mother, the first disciple: “Do whatever he tells you” (John 2:5). Walk with each other. Do not be afraid to embrace God’s gift of life. Whatever storms or trials we face, we are not alone. He is with us.

“Behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).

 

NABRE © 2010 CCD. Leccionarios I, II y III, Comisión Episcopal de Pastoral Litúrgica de la Conferencia Episcopal Mexicana, © 1987, Fifth Edition, September 2004. Copyright © 2017, USCCB, Washington, D.C. All rights reserved.

West Catholic High School Family Speaker Series:

God, Our Bodies and the Meaning of Life & Under Pressure: Teens Today

West Catholic High School – Henry J. and Cheryl L. Makarewicz Learning Center,
1801 Bristol Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Saturday, February 10, 2018 – 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Cost: Individual $5; Family $20

West Catholic High School, through its engaging Family Speaker Series, hosts Bill Donaghy on Saturday, February 10th.  Bill will speak about “God, Our Bodies and the Meaning of Life” and “Under Pressure: Teens Today”. The talks are geared toward young people 12 years of age and older and their parents. Tickets are available at grwestcatholic.org/speakerseries.

 

 

 

Mark Your Calendars to Pray for Lives Affected by Abortion

2018 Nine Days for Life – January 18th through January 26th

All life is precious!

Since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision 45 years ago, more than 58 million children’s lives have been lost to abortion. In addition, the lives of millions of parents have been shattered as well.

In prayerful recognition of these lost and broken lives, the U.S. Bishops invite Catholics and others nationwide to participate in Nine days of prayer, penance and pilgrimage (January 18th – 26th). Click the link for details or to set up to receive the daily novena in English and Spanish each day by email, text or through the organization’s app.

As Pope Saint John Paul II reminds us in The Gospel of Life, we are asked not only to love and honor human life, but also “to work with perseverance and courage” to establish “a new culture of life, the fruit of the culture of truth and of love.” (no 77)

 

 

Plenary Indulgence for March for Life Participants

Christian faithful who participate in the 2018 March for Life may receive a plenary Indulgence. In order to receive the Indulgence, while attending the March for Life you must be detached from sin, pray for the Pope’s intentions and, within a few days, make a sacramental confession and receive the Eucharist.

The elderly, sick and those unable to leave home will be able to receive a plenary Indulgence. Simply fulfill the same requirements as those of the pilgrims while spiritually joining themselves to the March and offering prayers and their own physical sufferings to God.

If you are not able to complete all of the requirements necessary for a plenary Indulgence you may still be granted a partial Indulgence.

Attend ABVM Athletic Booster’s Corn Hole Tournament!

Join us for an entertaining evening of fun for a great cause!

The ABVM Athletic Boosters are excited to host a Corn Hole Tournament on Saturday, January 20th. The tournament begins at 5:30 p.m. in the gymnasium in the Family Life Center. Practice and registration will be from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Cost is $20 per team and the proceeds will go toward the athletic program at ABVM. EACH participant of the team is also asked to bring a gift card to benefit Assumption’s upcoming Winter Twist Auction taking place on February 3rd (see the auction website here for more information and to purchase tickets) as part of their registration.  Food will be provided by the ABVM Athletic Boosters.  

You can register your team of 2 (ages 16+ please) at the SignUp link here: http://signup.com/go/WafMDWH

Tournament Details:

When:  Saturday, January 20th
Where:  ABVM’s Family Life Center Gymnasium
Registration & Practice:  4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Tournament Begins:  5:30 p.m.
Cost:  $20 per team plus 2 gift cards!

This is a great way to get to know fellow parishioners/families and have fun while doing so! We look forward to seeing you on the 20th!

FOR MEN

That Man is You! honestly addresses the pressures and temptations that men face in our modern culture, especially those relating to their roles as husbands and fathers. The program harmonizes current social and medical science with the teachings of the Church and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of man fully alive!

Program Content

Men who attend That Man is You! consider the content to be the program’s greatest strength, rating it 9.4 on a 10-point scale.  Organized around a central theme for each program year and presented through the lens of 7 Steps that make it simple for men to follow, this engaging content is delivered in 24 – 26 sessions, divided between fall and spring semesters.

Now at Assumption: That Man Is You! Spring Semester – Becoming a Man After God’s Own Heart

TMIY meets Friday mornings at 6:00 a.m.

The Spring Semester starts January 12th at 6:00 a.m. in the Church Activities Center (located in the Church basement) where we will:

  • Transition to an action orientation to implement the vision.
  • Identify the three fundamental orientations of every person.
  • Identify the three ways by which Satan tries to disrupt these orientations.
  • See how God tries to encounter us according to these three orientations.
  • Identify seven steps to Become a Man after God’s own Heart.

Come for hot coffee, breakfast and great fellowship with others! To register or for more information, please contact our TMIY volunteer Robert Lothschutz at (616) 951-7310.

December 6, 6:00-7:30
Advent for the entire Family
Come:
* Learn about Advent
* Make an advent wreath for your family
* Learn how to make the Jesse Tree

for more information click here: FamilyNightOutFlyer 12-6

Dear Parishioners,

 

The images of damage and flooding from Hurricane Harvey continue to grab our attention compelling us to help our brothers and sisters in Texas whose lives have been turned upside down by this devastating storm. While we must continue to offer prayers for those affected, our financial support is desperately needed as well. Therefore, I am asking you to take up a special second collection in your parishes this weekend to assist in relief efforts.

Funds given to the collection will support the humanitarian and recovery efforts of Catholic Charities USA and will provide pastoral and rebuilding support to impacted dioceses through the USCCB.

After your Masses this weekend please send a check, per the normal special collection procedure, with a note on the memo line titled “Hurricane Harvey collection” addressed to:

 

Finance Office

360 Division Ave. S.

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

 

In addition, parishioners may donate through Catholic Charities USA. More information on how to donate to help relief efforts can be found on the diocesan webpage here: http://www.dioceseofgrandrapids.org/multimedia/Pages/Hurricane_Harvey_Relief.aspx#.WaWG6sh96M8

 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

 

Bishop David Walkowiak

The Assumption Parish Festival was great! For some people volunteering is about giving. But for others it is a way of living. Thank you.

 

We had our first of hopefully, many annual parish festivals here at Assumption. It started with a successful Fly Like An Eagle 5K Run/Walk and continued with good food, music, games and most importantly parish fellowship. I loved driving around the past few weeks and seeing yard signs throughout the neighborhoods promoting this event. I am grateful to Belmont Baptist Church for allowing us access to use their parking lot and all those who volunteered to promote, set-up, cook and clean-up. I also thank the many sponsors and the committee who brought this event to life.

Fr. Tony Pelak