Religious Freedom Week (formerly Fortnight for Freedom) begins June 22, the Feast of Sts. Thomas More & John Fisher, and goes through June 29. Join our U.S. bishops and Catholics across the nation to pray and act for the freedom to serve faithfully and with integrity “For the Good of All.”
Read a statement announcing Religious Freedom Week from Archbishop Wenski of Miami, acting chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee for Religious Liberty. (June 22, 2020)
All people are equipped with the desire to know their Creator. All people have a natural impulse to seek the good and to live in accordance with that good. Religious freedom means that all people have the space to flourish. Religious freedom is both an American value and an important part of Catholic teaching on human dignity. When we promote religious freedom, we promote the common good and in doing so, strengthen the life of our nation and the community of nations.
Pray, reflect & act
- Pray for the protection of religious liberty and increased respect for the role of faith in public life.
- Get educated using the many resources found on the USCCB website.
- Contribute constructively to conversation on the subject of religious liberty using these tips on how to talk about it.
- Learn about the Catholic Church’s ‘Freedom to Serve‘
Daily reflections from the USCCB:
Day 1: June 22 | en español
Day 2: June 23 | en español
Day 3: June 24 | en español
Day 4: June 25 | en español
Day 5: June 26 | en español
Day 6: June 27 | en español
Day 7: June 28 | en español
Day 8: June 29 | en español
Civilize It: Dignity Beyond the Debate
A divided country. Fights at the dinner table. Political vitriol. What does it mean to love our neighbors in the midst of such a climate? The U.S. bishops’ have responded to that question with Civilize It, a campaign that invites Catholics to model civility, love for neighbor, and respectful dialogue in the 2020 campaign season. The year-long campaign began Nov. 3, 2019. Learn more, sign the #CivilizeIt pledge.
Sign up for Action Alerts, contact your members of Congress, sign up for text alerts to stay up-to-date on current religious freedom issues or subscribe to the USCCB’s “Free to Serve” monthly e-newsletter on the USCCB website.
Follow @USCCBFreedom on Twitter
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?
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.
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.
ADORATION IS OPEN AGAIN IN THE CHURCH SANCTUARY
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 7:00 PM to Friday morning at 11:00 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.
Assumption is pleased to give you a free subscription to formed.org. 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!
Go to formed.org/signup
- Click on Create Account
- Enter our zip code “49306” in the box “Find your parish”
- Register with your name and email
- Check that email account for a link to begin using FORMED
Enjoy and share with others in our parish geographical community. Be sure to check out all the resources available to you on your devices. There are many new features to help increase access to the resources.
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!
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 email@example.com 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.