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By Chris Stefanick of Real Life Catholic

Why I’m Not Leaving the Church and 3 Things We Can Do to Fix It:

Now more than ever people need to know there is something more to life.

Now more than ever people need to know – really know – that the answer is the Good News Jesus offers.

And that is why now, more than ever, people need us to get back to basics: Pray. Serve the poor. Preach the Gospel.

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Read about 3 Saintly Teenagers Who Can Inspire Young People Today

Think you’re not old enough to make a difference? Do you think you’re not old enough to be saintly? Age has nothing to do with success. Read these short stories about saintly teenagers who lived their faith to the end! And be inspired to do the same…

The list includes a “computer geek,” “popular girl,” and “smart kid.”

When reading the lives of the saints, it can sometimes be discouraging. Why? Because we’re not able to find anyone who is even remotely like us. It can seem as though only old priests, nuns and monks can be saints. Its almost as if you have to be a gray-haired religious to be holy.

However, this is nowhere near the truth. Pope Francis clearly points this out in his exhortation, Gaudete et Exsultate.

To be holy does not require being a bishop, a priest or a religious. We are frequently tempted to think that holiness is only for those who can withdraw from ordinary affairs to spend much time in prayer. That is not the case. We are all called to be holy by living our lives with love and by bearing witness in everything we do, wherever we find ourselves.

Young people especially are capable of becoming saints, though we often think that is impossible. Their zeal and energy, if pointed in the right direction, can change the world.

Meet 3 Amazing Teenagers

Here is a short list of three teenagers who prove that holiness is possible for everyone, and how God uses their gifts and talents for his greater glory.

Bl. Chiara Badano

Badano was a popular girl in her class with lots of friends. She frequently played sports, sang, danced and stayed out late with friends. Bl. Chiara was paralyzed at 17 and offered everything to God, saying, “For you, Jesus, if you want it, I want it too!” She died of cancer at 18 with the words, “Goodbye. Be happy because I’m happy.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Servant of God Carlo Acutis

Acutis loved computers and used them to spread the faith. One of his most significant computer ventures was cataloguing all the Eucharistic miracles of the world. He said, “The more Eucharist we receive, the more we will become like Jesus, so that on this earth we will have a foretaste of Heaven.” He died of leukemia at age 15.

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Servant of God Anna Zelíková

Zelíková was a simple teenager who loved Jesus dearly. She wrote, “true beauty is hidden in faithfulness in little things. I always desired to do great and heroic deeds of love, but when I saw that I was unable, I was grieved by it. Now I find great heroism precisely in little things, so that now I haven’t the slightest regret whether I can do something or not.” She died of tuberculosis at age 17.

Eucharistic Adoration at Assumption

by Mary Gelderbloom, Eucharistic Adoration Coordinator

Did You Know?

Eucharistic Adoration is now celebrating it’s 22nd year here at Assumption. It is a blessing to have this Devotion of Love.

Why Embrace This Devotion?

St. John Paul ll, Saint Mother Theresa, Mother Angelica and a list that goes on and on of those who can not say enough about the importance of Eucharistic Adoration. Why? Because one thing everyone needs is a time of silence. Our world is very noisy and it’s getting worse. We need quiet time to be with Our Lord so we can listen to Him.

With the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Eucharistic Adoration and the Rosary, we Catholics can do so much to change every aspect of our lives. Our Church, ourselves, our families, our communities, the work force, politics and the entire world. Therefore THESE ARE OUR SPIRITUAL WEAPONS. Praise God we still have religious Freedom, but this is shaky, too!

Miracles Abound in Eucharistic Adoration!

There is an extraordinary miracle that took place in Lanciano, Italy. It has now been preserved in a Monstrance for over 1,200 years! What makes it so extraordinary? Because it holds the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ! Scientists began a new investigation from 1970-1971. As a result of the investigation, their conclusion clearly states the flesh is heart muscle and the vagus nerve. Furthermore, the blood is type AB, the same type found in the Holy Shroud of Turin.

There have been hundreds of miracles over the years but I point this out to show the real presence of Jesus in the Monstrance. Remember what Jesus said to St. Thomas? “Blessed are those who haven’t seen and yet believe.” Consequently, if a miracle like that were to happen here at Assumption, we would have Perpetual Adoration right now with a room full of Adorers every day without fail.

We Have A Problem

The problem that’s happening at Assumption Parish is that many of our Faithful Adorers are getting older. Because some can no longer drive due to health reasons, it makes it hard for them to keep a committed spot. Also, we have some over the 22 years who have simply passed away. As a result, we are in need of new Adorers to fill these positions.

I’m happy to announce we have school children coming over for Eucharistic Adoration. These are our “Budding Adorers”. But we need new Adorers NOW to replace those who can no longer commit. With a parish of over 1,200 families (assuming the majority have at least two people in the family), we should have no problem having every hour filled with more than one person. With a minimum of 23 hour-long committed spots, that’s a minimum of 46 people if there are only two Adorers per hour. 46 out of thousands. 46 people out of over 2,400 people. Therefore, we should not have any problem filling these spots.

Besides committed Adorers, I need subs not only to take day spots but for those hours during the night. People have vacations, get sick and emergencies arise in which they need help with coverage.

Remember, this isn’t for me. It’s what Our Lord wants us to do. God wants us to have free time but He also wants us to put Him first. The Lord said to the Apostles, “Could you not watch one hour with Me?”

Will You Commit to Our Lord?

Our Lord needs more people to come aboard. This is the time of Adoration at Assumption:

           Thursday, 7:30 AM to Friday, 7:00 AM

Please call Mary Gelderbloom at 616-433-5005. I can share with you all the details. I will work around your schedule. Eucharistic Adoration can and will change your life. You won’t be disappointed! THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU.

 

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 to the end of time. Amen.

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:

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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:

  1. Go to FORMED.org
  2. Click on Register
  3. Enter Assumption’s Parish code: BRWB4Y
  4. 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!