Paul, Apostle of Christ – Coming to Theaters March 23rd, 2018
*UPDATE: As of March 13th, there are now locations in Grand Rapids that will be showing this highly anticipated movie: Celebration Cinema North, South and at Rivertown. Please click the red link below for locations, show times and to purchase tickets in advance.
ABOUT THE FILM
PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST is the story of two men. Luke, as a friend and physician, risks his life when he ventures into the city of Rome to visit Paul. Paul is a captive in Nero’s darkest, bleakest prison cell. But Nero is determined to rid Rome of Christians. He does not flinch from executing them in the grisliest ways possible. Before Paul is put to death, Luke resolves to write another book. One that details the beginnings of “The Way” and the birth of what will come to be known as the church.
Bound in chains, Paul’s struggle is internal. He is a survivor of so much—floggings, shipwreck, starvation, stoning, hunger and thirst, cold and exposure. Yet as he waits for his appointment with death, the shadows of his past misdeeds haunt him. Alone in the dark, he wonders if he has been forgotten. And if he has the strength to finish well.
Two men struggle against an evil emperor and the frailties of the human spirit. They do so in order to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ and spread their message to the world.
Unfortunately, at the time of this post, there are no showings scheduled for the greater Grand Rapids area. The closest is Kalamazoo. However, they said more showings in theaters throughout the area will be added daily so check back often! In the meantime, please click here for more information about the movie, locations and times of showings that will be playing.
Don’t Give Up Chocolate For Lent
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Sign up for BEST LENT EVER, a free email program from Dynamic Catholic. Lent comes every year. It’s meant to be a time when we invite God to help us become the-best-version-of-ourselves. But for many of us, Lent isn’t a transformative experience. It’s just a time when we give up chocolate or something else we enjoy, then go back to it at Easter. This year, you can change that with BLE. You’ll receive daily emails with short inspirational videos, practical tips for your everyday life, and real-life stories to encourage you in your journey. All you have to do is sign up at DynamicCatholic.com/BestLent.
Make Lent 2018 Your Best Ever with FORMED!
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 is not only Valentine’s Day, but more important to our faith, it’s Ash Wednesday. The beginning of 6 weeks of Lenten disciplines. Do you sometimes just stumble through Lent without having a plan? Does Easter come and leave you wondering what happened to the time? Finally, there’s a way to not stumble any more. Furthermore, there’s a way to make a plan that’s easy yet unbelievably rewarding! Why not use this time to learn more about the Saints? Learn more about the faith? Take a leap into the beauty of Catholicism with FORMED!
What IS FORMED?
FORMED is the revolutionary digital platform. It gives our parish unprecedented access to video-based study programs, feature films, audio presentations, and eBooks. And not from just anywhere. From the Church’s foremost presenters. With this in mind, please know this is not just for adults. There are great offerings for youth! Furthermore, it’s available to you 24/7!
- 300+ episodes of video-based study programs
- 35+ feature films and movies
- 45+ audio presentations
- 25+ eBooks
- Available in English and Spanish!
FORMED IS AN UNPRECEDENTED PARTNERSHIP OF THESE APOSTOLATES:
Did You Know?
Did you know that Assumption is a FORMED subscriber? What does this mean for Assumption Parishioners? It means it’s an absolutely GREAT benefit to you. Assumption pays for the subscription saving you hundred of dollars! What’s more, it gives all parishioners access to watch or listen to hundreds of titles of the best Catholic books, videos and CDs available! With this in mind, why not get the family involved and watch a Catholic movie together?
Grow In The Faith!
FORMED offers many options:
- STUDY which includes faith formation, Bible study, current topics and excellent youth options.
- WATCH features movies, documentaries, apologetics and youth options (not to mention great family options!).
- LISTEN offers talks, audio dramas and audio books.
- READ which includes fiction, non-fiction and books for Youth.
See just a few titles offered on FORMED:
How Do You Access FORMED?
It’s easy! Simply follow these steps:
- Go to FORMED.org
- Click on Register
- Enter Assumption’s Parish code: BRWB4Y
- Create your FREE account by entering your email address.
FORMED and Lent Go Hand-In-Hand!
Take advantage of this wonderful cost-saving opportunity to access the great titles on FORMED for free this Lenten Season. And grow in your faith at the same time!
Assumption Parish Family Night Out!
Wednesday, February 7th from 6:00-7:30PM
Please join our Parish Family for Family Night Out on Wednesday, February 7th from 6:00-7:30PM in the Church Activity Center.
We’re inviting and encouraging all parishioners to attend this evening’s event. All ages are welcome! Come and enjoy a delightful “walking taco” dinner with your family and friends. There is no cost for the meal but free will donations will be accepted.
After dinner will be breakout sessions. High schoolers and adults will listen to our engaging guest speaker (see below). Youth will break into age-appropriate groups to participate in their own discussions on the topic.
We’re excited to have Fr. Phil Shangraw sharing the evening with us to speak on the topic of Forgiveness and Reconciliation! Many of you already know Fr. Phil as he presides at the 5:30PM Sunday evening Mass at Assumption every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Fr. Phil, you’re in for a special treat! With his undeniable humor and sharp wit, Fr. Phil is an exceptional motivational speaker. Through clever examples and insightful stories, Fr. Phil will reveal how each of us can obtain freedom from the burden of our sins through the forgiveness that is readily available in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
There will be free babysitting provided after dinner for children who are not old enough to attend the sessions.
If you have any questions, please contact Beth Baltruczak by phone at (616) 361-5126 x258 or email at: Youthminister@assumptionbvm.com
Soup’s On For All!
Save the Date: January 29, 2018
Location: The B.O.B
20 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids,MI 49503
Price: $50/Person in advance
$60/Person at door
Will Call tickets: pick up the night of the event on the first floor of the B.O.B. directly across from the hostess stand.
Join us! Soup’s On For All! has warmed the hearts of thousands while helping to provide hot meals for those in need. Held at the B.O.B in downtown Grand Rapids, the event raises more than $100,000 annually for the food and pantry programs of God’s Kitchen, a program of Catholic Charities West Michigan.
This fun-filled evening welcomes more than 1,000 attendees and is made possible with the support of more than 150 volunteers. Guests can visit each of the building’s five floors where they are able to sample soups, breads and desserts donated by area restaurants while enjoying live music and entertainment. Throughout the year, volunteers hand paint thousands of soup bowls. Each guest selects a bowl as a souvenir of the evening — and a reminder that hunger is a reality every day for many in our community.
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
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
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!