Parish News & Events

September 22, 2020

Dear Auction Donors, Sponsors, and Ticket Holders,

Greetings from your 2020 auction committee!  Thank you for your patience as we continue to pivot (and re-pivot).  We hope you have marked your calendars for our re-imagined event on Saturday, October 24!

When we first started planning back in the spring of 2019, we knew there would be a lot of work and many challenges.  Were we right!   In mid-March of this year, we were busy tracking with table assignments, an amazing menu, fabulous entertainment and phenomenal auction packages due to the hard work and countless hours of many volunteers.   Along with all of you, our plans came to an abrupt and disappointing halt…two weeks would certainly have made a big difference.   While extremely disappointed, we did not give up.

Since that time, we’ve been working to revise how we can provide a meaningful social-distanced event, while keeping focused on our goal of raising much-needed funds for the parish.  We are exceptionally grateful to those of you who have already sponsored or donated.  Thus far, we’ve received $45,575 in underwriting support!  Given the current challenges the parish is facing due to Covid, we’ve revisited our original fundraising goals.   While staying true to our initial plans, these goals have pivoted to the most critical needs on the original list.  Now more than ever, the school bathroom renovation is imperative.  While the facilities are maintained with great care, they are original to the school and age and use have taken their toll.  Upgraded technology is also paramount as we work to reach parishioners and students virtually on a daily basis.  As such, the October 24 event will focus on these key fundraising efforts.  Additionally, as in prior auctions, we will include a fund-a-need portion of the night for tuition assistance.

To accomplish these goals, the committee has been working harder than ever.  Countless additional hours have been spent revising our catering plan (our original caterer is no longer in business), developing a new technology platform at a new venue, revisiting every gift card, package, etc.  With social-distancing and local regulatory guidelines in mind, we are excited to gather (virtually or live – see below) on the 24th of October.

So, many of you have been asking, what are the plans for the night?

You may choose to attend virtually or live at the parish.  We are asking all ticket holders to RSVP with their preferred attendance method by September 30, 2020.  Live participation is capped at 100 individuals, inclusive of volunteers.  Please RSVP with your desired attendance method to  We will do our best to accommodate your preference, but appreciate you understanding that we are limited in capacity.

All participants who wish to bid will also need to register in advance.  One exciting twist – because of our virtual platform, we will be able to open the bidding to a broader audience.  More information on how to register will be forthcoming.

The tentative program for the evening will be as follows:

5:30 pm

Mass at Assumption for those wishing to attend, also streamed virtually

Food pick up begins for those not attending Mass or attending virtually

6:30-7:30 pm

Social-distanced social hour

Food pick up continues

Raffle sales

7:30-8:30 pm

Live program (attend in-person or virtually)

If you plan to attend live, please dress for the Michigan weather.  We will be outside for the beautiful fall evening.  We are in the process of making plans for a safe, social-distanced, but creative and fun event.  Stay tuned for more details.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out at the email address listed above.

Thank you for your continued support of our mission!


Meg Vande Guchte, Sarah Christopher & Mary Panek

Assumption Parish Needs Volunteers for a Special Ministry

Will you help Assumption Parish bring the readings, music and the whole Mass to those in church and those who are worshiping at home?


The Angel of Peace taught the 3 children at Fatima this prayer.

Over the course of hundreds of years, our Blessed Mother has appeared numerous times requesting that we pray the Rosary. At Fatima, Portugal, she appeared and asked the visionaries to pray a Rosary every day and to share this message with all of us.

If your family would like to host Assumption’s traveling statue of Our Lady of Fatima for a 9-day novena (meaning you’ll pray the Rosary once a day for 9 days), please use this link to sign up:

Our beautiful statue has been in the parish since 1948. Originally, members of the Rosary Society were the only ones who hosted the statue in their homes for a month at a time. That meant only 12 people had the statue in their homes. For many years it fell out of circulation.

In 2017 in celebration of the 100 year anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima, the statue was once again made available to families. However, so that the statue was available to as many families as possible, we started the 9-day novena schedule which means 40 families are able to sign up each year and host the statue in their homes while they pray a Fatima Novena. The Fatima Novena started in April of 2017 and has been faithfully prayed every day since!

This is a wonderful, easy way to begin praying the Rosary as all prayers and instructions are included! Even if you’ve never said the Rosary before, you’ll be surprised at how easy this extremely powerful prayer is. If you don’t have computer access, please call the Rectory at 616-361-5126 x210 to sign up.


Make this FALL More Meaningful…

Become a Eucharistic Adorer

It is Jesus who invites you to visit with Him in Eucharistic Adoration!

“Come to me all you who labor and find life burdensome and I will give you rest.”  ~ Matthew 11:28

Eucharistic Adoration is the worship of God, present body, blood, soul and divinity in the Blessed Sacrament. The Catholic Church has always offered adoration of the Eucharist “not only during Mass, but also outside of it, reserving the consecrated hosts with the utmost care, exposing them to the solemn veneration of the faithful.” ~ CCC, 1378

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary offers Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament:

Every Thursday from 10:30 AM to Friday morning at 8:00 AM

Adoration is for anyone who wishes to come. You do not have to be Catholic and there are no special requirements, except a willingness to be quiet and respectful in the Church Sanctuary.

Assumption needs dedicated Adorers and substitutes willing to fill in for the scheduled Adorers. Will you prayerfully consider joining?

Please call Mary Gelderbloom at 616-433-5005 for more information and/or to sign up.

May the Heart of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament
be praised, adored, and loved with grateful affection at
every moment in all the tabernacles of the world,
even until the end of time.

Assumption is pleased to give you a free subscription to Discover all the best CATHOLIC content in one place. Entertaining movies, enlightening programs, inspiring talks, and a great selection of popular ebooks – all just a click away! It’s EASY and FREE to register!

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Senior Luncheon


Do You Know Who Works in the Assumption Gardens?

If you see one of these wonderful, dedicated volunteers, please take a moment to thank them for all the time and talent they graciously share with our parish family. The gardens are thriving and beautiful!


The Consolata Sisters invite you to experience a very unique Stations of the Cross on their grounds. It is a half-mile journey through woods and meadow. Walk in Jesus’ footsteps along the wood chip path, feel the weight of his cross, experience his falls, meet his mother and Simon and Veronica, gaze upon His cross and finally visit the empty tomb. A great teaching lesson for young children as well as adults. Come during daylight hours to 6801 Belmont Avenue. Park by Gethsemane House.


Pay your tuition at Assumption, West Catholic, Catholic Central and Assumption’s Faith Formation tuition all the while helping the Assumption Endowment Fund by buying SCRIP!

How does SCRIP work? You simply purchase gift cards at face value and use them to make your purchases (gas, groceries, clothing, restaurants and much, much more!). The vendors make a percentage donation at the time of your purchase (which ABVM Scrip tracks). 75% of the donation goes to your account and 25% is donated to the Endowment Fund. Assumption will send your accrued earnings to the designated school account bi-yearly in October and April!

Grandparents: you, too, can participate in this program and help pay your grandchildren’s tuition while supporting the Endowment Fund. Aunts and uncles can join in the fun as well!

Click for Scrip Order Form

Scrip Sale Hours:

Sunday 10:00AM-11:00 AM located off the Church Narthex in the SCRIP Room.

Monday 8:30AM-9:15 AM in the Ministry Center SCRIP Office

If you have any questions email Colleen Hall at or call 616-205-5376.


Has the gift of a Catholic education made a difference in your life or in the life of someone you love? Would you like to make that gift possible for those who feel as though a Catholic education is beyond their reach? Consider establishing a tuition scholarship in your name or your family name by leaving a gift in your will. Contact Mary Panek, Assumption Education Endowment Fund (AEEF) board member at 616.550.4113.