Holy Week is a privileged time when we are called to draw near to Jesus: friendship with him is shown in times of difficulty. ~Pope Francis
Saturday Vigil – 4:00 pm Sunday Masses – 8:30 am & 11:00 am
The very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and strewed them on the road. The crowds preceding him and those following kept crying out and saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; hosanna in the highest.” And when he entered Jerusalem the whole city was shaken and asked, “Who is this?” And the crowds replied, “This is Jesus the prophet, from Nazareth in Galilee.”
Potluck – 5:30 pm
What to Bring:
Place settings (enough for your family)
A main dish
One of the following
Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7:00 pm
Night Prayer – 10:00 pm
Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion – 12:30 pm
There’s a certain presence in the air on Good Friday. There’s a feeling of the ominous as you walk into the church, the feeling that something terrible is going to happen, but there’s also this feeling of the numinous- that feeling that something holy, something mysterious is happening. I imagine the world woke up to this same feeling however many years ago when Jesus the Christ, Savior, Redeemer, King, and friend was crucified on the cross for sins he didn’t commit.
And in this same moment, Jesus overcame sin and death so that we might live.
I’d say that those ominous and numinous feelings are appropriate today, but they point us to something greater: a Love that overcame death so that we might have eternal life.
Blessing of Food – 11:00 am
Easter Vigil – 9:00 pm
Dear brothers and sisters, on this most sacred night, in which our Lord Jesus Christ passed over from death to life, the Church calls upon her sons and daughters, scattered throughout the world, to come together to watch and pray. -If we keep the memorial of the Lord’s paschal solemnity in this way, listening to his word and celebrating his mysteries, then we shall have the sure hope of sharing his triumph over death and living with him in God.
Easter Sunday: The Resurrection of the Lord Masses: 8:30 am & 11:00 am
Middle school is around the corner and you’re invited to find out what middle school youth ministry is all about!
On Your Mark! Get Set! Middle School!
Calling all 5th graders! Are you looking forward to middle school? Are there things that you are nervous about? Do you have questions about what middle school is like? Then join us on April 16, 6-8 pm, at Assumption BVM parish! All 5th graders are invited to this special event designed to give you a taste of what middle school and Middle School Youth Ministry are like! We’ll play games, eat pizza, decorate pillowcases, and have time for students to ask current middle schoolers all about middle school and Middle School Youth Ministry! At YM, students can be themselves, and this event is designed to encourage students to do just that!
The Outreach Team is raising funds for their summer mission trip. This summer they will be traveling to Ohio to build community and participate in home repair. Your support helps to offset the cost of this trip and allows students and their adult leaders to fully enter into the service of others. Thank you for your support.
Christ Renews is an ongoing process for the personal spiritual renewal of women over 18 that results in the revival of our faith community. The process begins with a weekend of prayer, talks, reflection, social activities, and small group discussions. This all takes place in a relaxed, prayerful, and caring atmosphere. Participants are free to share as much or as little as they wish.
It is held at the Blessed Sacrament Parish Center beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, and ending at about 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 23.
Where can I get further information?
You are welcome to contact the Faith Formation Office at 989-835-6777 or speak to any parishioner who has experienced the weekend.
What about the cost?
The renewal weekend is a gift from the women putting on the weekend to the women attending the weekend. Volunteers provide food and service.
Note: This is not an overnight retreat. You will be home Saturday night and return to the Sunday morning retreat.
Think and pray seriously about this opportunity . . .
… do you need to deepen your faith? … do you need space for your inner journey? …is your life out of balance? … are you out of touch with the action of God in your life? …are you seeking to enrich your understanding of what it means to be a Christian in today’s world? … do you see yourself as “church”? As a disciple of Jesus? … do you need to listen anew to Jesus’ call?
If you said “YES” to any of the above…then this weekend is for you!
Women's Christ Renews Registration
Register for Women's Christ Renews on April 22 and 23, 2023
I try to make sense of life. I try to keep myself open to people and to laughter and to love and to have faith.
– Sr. Thea Bowman-
Anne Boyd is back with two new opportunities for us to tap into our creativity and faith this spring:
On March 20, each participant will create 4 Easter Cards, two to keep and two to send to our homebound parishioners. What a lovely idea for Lent! Please register by Friday, March 17. All supplies are provided and there is no fee for the class.
On April 17, each participant will create an inspirational wooden box decorated with paper and die-cut words and shapes. Please register by April 14. All supplies provided and a free-will offering at the event helps to offset the cost of the boxes.
Both sessions run from 1:00-3:00. Register for one or both! And keep an eye on the bulletin/website/Flocknote as a third offering is in the works for May.
Hey parish family! Did you know that there’s a Sharing Plate with yummy treats being passed around the parish? Sign up to join in the fun! Enjoy the treats that you receive and then fill up the plate with your family favorites and pass it on to another parish family!
The plate has already started to pass around and will continue through May. Want to join in the fun?
Step 2: You’ll be contacted by a parish family to set up your plate delivery. This would be a good time to make sure the family is aware of any food allergies that you or a member of your family has.
Step 3: Receive the plate and enjoy the treats on it. This is also a great time to take pictures to share with us on Facebook and to add your name and story to the blessing book that came with the plate.
Step 4: Contact the next person on the list that came with the plate to set up your drop-off. Please try to set up a delivery for the next family within 5 days of receiving the plate.
Step 5: Fill up the plate with your family’s favorite treats and pass it on!
Have questions? Please call the Faith Formation office at 835-6777 (extension 236).
Lent is a time of going very deeply into ourselves… What is it that stands between us and God? Between us and our brothers and sisters? Between us and life, the life of the Spirit? Whatever it is, let us relentlessly tear it out, without a moment’s hesitation. ~Catherine Doherty
Please consider joining us for prayer this Lenten season. Below you will find a list of prayer opportunities at the parish.