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Michigan Bishops Support
‘End Dismemberment Abortion’ Petition Drive
On June 19, the Michigan Board of State Canvassers approved a 100-word summary and form of a petition to ban dismemberment abortions (also known as dilation and evacuation or D&E). This procedure, most commonly used during the second trimester of pregnancy, dismembers an unborn child, removing him or her from the womb limb by limb. In 2018, over 1,900 were performed in Michigan. As the petitions are printed, Right to Life of Michigan has formed a committee, Michigan Values Life, to lead a signature-gathering effort through a citizens initiative petition.
What’s a citizens initiative petition and why is it important?
The Michigan Constitution allows the people to initiate legislation through a petition. In May 2019, the Michigan House and Senate passed legislation banning D&E abortions, but Governor Whitmer has said she will veto the legislation when it reaches her desk. To succeed, this citizen-led petition needs approximately 340,000 signatures in 180 days. If that minimum is reached, the policy will go into effect with a majority vote in the House and Senate and will not require the governor’s signature. If state lawmakers vote against the petition or take no action, it will go on the 2020 ballot to be approved or rejected by Michigan voters. The goal of Michigan Values Life is to collect approximately 400,000 signatures.
How can I get involved in the signature gathering process?
Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC) strongly encourages Catholics and parishes to participate in the petition drive which has the full support of the Michigan bishops. A petition order form, circulating instructions, and other materials are available from Michigan Values Life. If you plan to gather signatures before or after Masses at your parish, please check with your pastor for approval and any additional instructions.
Can I sign more than once?
Each registered voter may only sign the petition ONCE. With two petition drives regarding abortion circulating the state, be very clear that you are signing the ‘End Dismemberment Abortion’ petition and only signing once.
What about the ‘Michigan Heartbeat Coalition’ petition?
The heartbeat petition drive is separate from the petition drive to bypass Governor Whitmer’s veto of the dismemberment abortion ban. The heartbeat petition does not have the support of the MCC or the Michigan bishops. Here’s why: the petition language would prohibit any abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected (approximately six to eight weeks of gestation). While the intent of this legislation is honorable, it would weaken and potentially repeal Michigan’s existing pro-life law. Michigan law, enacted in 1846, and later renewed in 1931, already protects all unborn children, once a heartbeat is detected and even prior to its detection. Should a heartbeat ban be implemented, it would not likely be effective until Roe v. Wade is overturned. At that point, the state’s existing ban on abortion would again become enforceable. At best, a heartbeat ban would be redundant, but at worst, a heartbeat ban could be interpreted as repealing the 1931 law and allow abortions up until a baby’s heartbeat is detected.
Unlike the ‘Michigan Heartbeat Coalition’ petition, the ‘End Dismemberment Abortion’ petition seeks legislation to amend the existing ban on partial-birth abortion. Therefore, legislation brought forth by the ‘End Dismemberment Abortion’ petition will only prohibit a specific type of abortion procedure (dismemberment or D&E).
The standard guidance during election seasons for Catholic parishes in this state is to only support materials or efforts from the arch/diocesan bishop, MCC, or the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). MCC does not support the ‘Michigan Heartbeat Coalition’ petition drive that is also currently underway, and therefore, the heartbeat initiative and its activities should not be promoted by and within parishes.
Thursday, November 21st at 12:00 PM in the Church Activity Center
Our next Senior Luncheon will be Thursday, November 21st at 12:00 PM in the Church Activity Center (Church basement). Please be sure to RSVP (if you didn’t sign up in the Narthex already!) by calling the Rectory by Tuesday,November 19th at the very latest (we need to purchase food to make sure we have enough for all to enjoy!). Simply call 616-361-5126 and dial extension 200 for the Parish Secretary. She will be able to take your reservation and will let the Senior Luncheon team know the number of people attending!
Saturday, December 7, 2019
Our blessed Mother appeared to the children at Fatima and revealed the Peace Plan from Heaven. Part of which includes this special devotion which consists of four areas:
- Recite the Rosary
- Receive Holy Communion
- Meditate for 15 minutes on the Mysteries of the Rosary. Use your own meditation or use these meditations here.
Please join us Saturday for this devotion. Reconciliation is offered from 4:00-5:00PM in the confessional. We pray a group Rosary together at 5:00PM. Stay for 5:30PM Mass to receive Holy Communion. Finally, spend 15 minutes in the privacy of your home (or stay after Mass in church) to meditate on the Mysteries of the Rosary. Complete all of the above with the intention of making reparation to our Blessed Mother and her Immaculate Heart.
Why should we practice this devotion? The Mediatrix of All Graces has promised, at the hour of death, all graces necessary for salvation to those who faithfully practice this devotion for the First Saturday of any five consecutive months. (NOTE: The Confession may be made under the usual condition of 8 days before or after Holy Communion, provided the person is not in the state of mortal sin when he receives Holy Communion.)
The first Friday, first Saturday and first Sunday of the month normally come together in the same week. The Confession good for one is good for the others. It is recommended that people receive Holy Communion in reparation on all three days, giving Our Lady a little more than she asks-and helping to make up for those who refuse to give her anything at all.
In addition to assisting at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, receiving Holy Communion is the most perfect form of reparation that can be offered!
FATIMA TRAVELING STATUE
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: http://bit.ly/FatimaNovena. Please note: Our beautiful statue that has been in the parish since 1948 received some special TLC to refurbish and refresh:
This is a wonderful, easy way to begin saying 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 x206 to sign up.
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.
Call To Prayer
Join all the Bishops in the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in observing a Call to Prayer.
The Call to Prayer issues weekly prayer intentions for which individuals may pray in whatever manner they choose. Let us take advantage of this month of April to bear one another’s burdens and obtain for our suffering brothers and sisters the grace of Christ, by whose wounds we have been healed.
Make this Summer More Meaningful…Become a Eucharistic Adorer
“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 7:30 AM to Friday morning at 7:00 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 Chapel.
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.
Attention All Young Children Attending 11:00 a.m. Mass on Sundays: If you CAN’T read this….your parents should!!
Parents—do you know we offer nursery service during the 11:00 a.m. Mass every week (except holidays)? It’s located in the Church Activity Center…down the stairwell by the choir, through the doors & it’s located on the left hand side. So during Mass while your child is playing, drawing and able to run around, YOU can actually PRAY and do want you need to during this hour that sometimes feel like forever “with a young, active and not-so-quiet child”.
Please consider bringing your child down! And there’s more: YOU can sign up to volunteer to join the fun in the nursery once in a while if you wish! To sign up to help, go to: http://bit.ly/Sunday-Nursery PLEASE feel free to bring kids down during the 11:00 a.m. Mass on Sundays & if you have any questions, please give me a call. May God Bless you! Becky Pettit (616-365-8221)
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 616-205-5376.
ASSUMPTION EDUCATION ENDOWMENT
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.