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379,418 Signatures Submitted

to End Dismemberment Abortions

Lansing, MI — The Michigan Values Life coalition submitted 379,418 signatures believed to be valid to the Michigan Bureau of Elections today to initiate legislation to ban dismemberment abortions in Michigan.

Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing said, “This is a wonderful Christmas present to the unborn. Michigan values life, and it’s time for an end to these violent late-term dismemberment abortions.”

The legal signature requirement for citizen-initiated legislation in Michigan is 340,047, based on the total votes for governor in the previous election.

Listing said, “Our committed all-volunteer force persevered through significant obstacles that kept being put in their path this year. We’ve received more than 400,000 signatures, but after thorough checking, we’ve whittled it down to our final total of valid signatures.”

A change in the petition law in 2018 required a change in Right to Life of Michigan’s time-tested validation process. Each petition received has been checked at least four times.

Listing said, “We set a state record for the highest signature validity rate with our 2004 petition drive to ban partial-birth abortions. We hope our dismemberment ban meets or exceeds that validity rate of 97 percent.”

The Bureau of Elections will take several weeks to determine the validity of the submitted signatures, and once enough signatures are confirmed the legislation will be sent to the Michigan Legislature. The Legislature will have 40 days to consider the dismemberment ban, which after successful majority votes will become law without Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s signature. Initiated legislation that isn’t passed into law is placed on the general election ballot for a public vote.

Listing said, “The 379,418 people who signed their names on this life-saving dismemberment ban should be confident that our prolife majorities in the Michigan Legislature will pass the bill again, just like they did back in May.”

The dismemberment abortion procedure is the most frequently used late-term abortion procedure. The procedure works exactly like it sounds; an unborn child is dismembered and removed from her mother’s womb, one limb at a time. In 2018, there were 1,908 dismemberment abortions in Michigan reported to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The dismemberment ban bills include an exception if the mother’s life is in danger. However, in published research on reasons women have abortions, the pro-abortion Alan Guttmacher Institute has stated that most late-term abortions are done for economic or social reasons.

For more information: Right to Life of Michigan Legislative Director Genevieve Marnon, (517) 487-3376, info@rtl.org.

Background Information:
Dismemberment Ban Text
Dismemberment Abortion Animated Portrayal
Dismemberment Abortion Frequently Asked Questions
Michigan Abortion Statistics
Guttmacher Late-Term Abortion Study

Knights of Columbus Annual Free Throw Contest

All boys and girls ages 9-14 as of January 1, 2020 are invited to participate in the annual Knights of Columbus Free Throw competition on Sunday, January 19th in the ABVM Family Life Center. Registration is at 12:30 PM with the competition starting at 1:00 PM. Scoring is completed by each contestant making 15 free throw attempts. There is no cost to compete, and winners in each age bracket will move on to the next stage in the Diocesan competition. How many free throws can
you make?! Contact Mike Sochacki for further details –616-498-2536.

ABVM ATHLETIC BOOSTERS CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT

The ABVM Athletic Boosters is hosting another Cornhole Tournament! Last year’s event was a blast!

Image by cfarnsworth from Pixabay

Date: Saturday, January 25
Location: ABVM Family Life Center
Time: Registration at 6:30, Bags fly at 7:00
Cost: $20/person (Register a team for $40)
ALL participants MUST sign up beforehand.
Space is limited to 32 teams, ages 21+
Sign up at: https://signup.com/go/PHVDxMN
Food will be provided. BYOB. There will be cash
prizes, games, and unique raffle
opportunities. This is a great way to meet new friends, support the kids, and engage in
some friendly competition. All proceeds go toward Assumption Athletics.

Tickets are on sale NOW!

Purchase your tickets early as we are expecting to sell out quickly!

Plus buy early and save! Tickets are $60 each before February 7th; after, the price is $75 each!

Purchase tickets HERE

CONSOLATA MISSIONARY SISTERS- CENTER HOUSE

A Morning Retreat
Date: Thursday, January 23, 2020
Time: 9:30AM-12:30PM
THEME:
Jesus, our Anchor of Hope

You are invited and welcome to come and bring a friend.
Please, call 361-2072 or 361-5126 ext. 255

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Make this Winter More Meaningful…Become a Eucharistic Adorer

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

“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.
Amen.

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.

Senior Luncheon

Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 12:00 PM in the Church Activity Center

Our next Senior Luncheon will be Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 12:00 PM in the Church Activity Center (Church basement). Please be sure to RSVP beginning the first of March by  signing the form that will be in the Narthex or calling the Rectory by Tuesday, March 17th 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!

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!

A SPECIAL STATIONS OF THE CROSS

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.

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)

scrip

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 chall5031@yahoo.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.