Pope Francis’ 2018 Prayer Intentions

Please remember to keep the Holy Father’s prayer intentions included with your daily prayers throughout 2018. Each Sunday during the Angelus address, he will request prayers for specific people and situations that are of deep concern to him and the universal Church.

Click here to access and download the 2018 monthly prayer intentions!


Assumption Parish Family Night Out!

Wednesday, February 7th from 6:00-7:30PM

Please join our Parish Family for Family Night Out on Wednesday, February 7th from 6:00-7:30PM in the Church Activity Center.

We’re inviting and encouraging all parishioners to attend this evening’s event. All ages are welcome! Come and enjoy a delightful “walking taco” dinner with your family and friends. There is no cost for the meal but free will donations will be accepted.


After dinner will be breakout sessions. High schoolers and adults will listen to our engaging guest speaker (see below).  Youth will break into age-appropriate groups to participate in  their own discussions on the topic.

Engaging Motivational Speaker

Fr. Phil Shangraw

Guest Speaker

We’re excited to have Fr. Phil Shangraw sharing the evening with us to speak on the topic of Forgiveness and Reconciliation! Many of you already know Fr. Phil as he presides at the 5:30PM Sunday evening Mass at Assumption every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Fr. Phil, you’re in for a special treat! With his undeniable humor and sharp wit, Fr. Phil is an exceptional motivational speaker. Through clever examples and insightful stories, Fr. Phil will reveal how each of us can obtain freedom from the burden of our sins through the forgiveness that is readily available in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.


There will be free babysitting provided after dinner for children who are not old enough to attend the sessions.

If you have any questions, please contact Beth Baltruczak by phone at (616) 361-5126 x258 or email at:  [email protected]


The Group Rosary Brings Forth Numerous Graces!

Group Rosary prayer is the best way to pray the Rosary. In Sacred Scripture, Our Lord says: “For where there are two or three gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”Matthew 18:20

This verse is often quoted to show the power of group prayer. This certainly includes praying in a group Rosary but is not exclusive to the Rosary. Furthermore, many popes have encouraged group Rosaries.

Group Rosaries are Powerful

To further demonstrate that the group recitation of the Rosary is indeed powerful are the words of Blessed Pope Pius IX, “Give me one million families praying the Rosary and the world is saved.”

He also said, “If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, in your country, assemble every evening to recite the Rosary.” This theme of families, groups, countries and even armies praying together is carried forward by the words of Pope St. Pius X. He said, “Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world.”

Clearly these Pontiffs were encouraging, no beseeching, people to pray the Rosary together in groups. The Rosary is not only efficacious for personal spiritual growth and special graces. The Rosary is also powerful enough to end war and even save the world!

Please join our voices together in a Group Rosary every Saturday and Sunday:

5:00pm before the 5:30pm Masses Saturday and Sunday evenings
8:30am before the 9:00am Mass Sunday morning

All ages (from infant to adult) are encouraged to join as it’s never too early and it’s never too late to start praying the Rosary! If you’ve forgotten how to pray the Rosary, the Group Rosary recitations are the best way to re-learn. Fall in love with the Rosary all over again. Please join us.

Soup’s On For All!

Save the Date: January 29, 2018
Location: The B.O.B
20 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids,MI 49503
Time: 6:30PM
Price: $50/Person in advance
$60/Person at door

Will Call tickets: pick up the night of the event on the first floor of the B.O.B. directly across from the hostess stand.

Helping Those in Need

Join us! Soup’s On For All! has warmed the hearts of thousands while helping to provide hot meals for those in need. Held at the B.O.B in downtown Grand Rapids, the event raises more than $100,000 annually for the food and pantry programs of God’s Kitchen, a program of Catholic Charities West Michigan.

This fun-filled evening welcomes more than 1,000 attendees and is made possible with the support of more than 150 volunteers. Guests can visit each of the building’s five floors where they are able to sample soups, breads and desserts donated by area restaurants while enjoying live music and entertainment. Throughout the year, volunteers hand paint thousands of soup bowls. Each guest selects a bowl as a souvenir of the evening — and a reminder that hunger is a reality every day for many in our community.

Purchase your tickets here!

When battered by life’s storms, or immersed in a dense fog of suffering and uncertainty, we may feel alone and unequipped to handle the circumstances.

Yet with words that echo through thousands of years into the corners of our hearts, the Lord says to us, “Do not fear: I am with you” (Isaiah 41:10).

He speaks these words not as one who merely observes our pain, but as one who experienced immense suffering. And the very wounds that bear witness to his suffering indicate the essence of our identity and worth: we are loved by God.

Reflecting on the healed wounds of the Risen Christ, we see that even our most difficult trials can be the place where God manifests his victory. He makes all things beautiful. He makes all things new.

Our Mission from Christ: Go

He is always with us. Jesus promised this when he gave the disciples the same mission he gives to each of us: Go.

Go be my hands and feet to a world enslaved by fear. Go to the woman who is unexpectedly pregnant and fears the future. Go to your friend who fears reprisal at work because he takes a stand for the protection of human life. Go to your aging parent in failing health who fears being a burden. And go to others, too, for their support.

We don’t need to have everything figured out. We can simply follow the guidance of Our Blessed Mother, the first disciple: “Do whatever he tells you” (John 2:5). Walk with each other. Do not be afraid to embrace God’s gift of life. Whatever storms or trials we face, we are not alone. He is with us.

“Behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).


NABRE © 2010 CCD. Leccionarios I, II y III, Comisión Episcopal de Pastoral Litúrgica de la Conferencia Episcopal Mexicana, © 1987, Fifth Edition, September 2004. Copyright © 2017, USCCB, Washington, D.C. All rights reserved.

West Catholic High School Family Speaker Series:

God, Our Bodies and the Meaning of Life & Under Pressure: Teens Today

West Catholic High School – Henry J. and Cheryl L. Makarewicz Learning Center,
1801 Bristol Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Saturday, February 10, 2018 – 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Cost: Individual $5; Family $20

West Catholic High School, through its engaging Family Speaker Series, hosts Bill Donaghy on Saturday, February 10th.  Bill will speak about “God, Our Bodies and the Meaning of Life” and “Under Pressure: Teens Today”. The talks are geared toward young people 12 years of age and older and their parents. Tickets are available at grwestcatholic.org/speakerseries.




Mark Your Calendars to Pray for Lives Affected by Abortion

2018 Nine Days for Life – January 18th through January 26th

All life is precious!

Since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision 45 years ago, more than 58 million children’s lives have been lost to abortion. In addition, the lives of millions of parents have been shattered as well.

In prayerful recognition of these lost and broken lives, the U.S. Bishops invite Catholics and others nationwide to participate in Nine days of prayer, penance and pilgrimage (January 18th – 26th). Click the link for details or to set up to receive the daily novena in English and Spanish each day by email, text or through the organization’s app.

As Pope Saint John Paul II reminds us in The Gospel of Life, we are asked not only to love and honor human life, but also “to work with perseverance and courage” to establish “a new culture of life, the fruit of the culture of truth and of love.” (no 77)



Plenary Indulgence for March for Life Participants

Christian faithful who participate in the 2018 March for Life may receive a plenary Indulgence. In order to receive the Indulgence, while attending the March for Life you must be detached from sin, pray for the Pope’s intentions and, within a few days, make a sacramental confession and receive the Eucharist.

The elderly, sick and those unable to leave home will be able to receive a plenary Indulgence. Simply fulfill the same requirements as those of the pilgrims while spiritually joining themselves to the March and offering prayers and their own physical sufferings to God.

If you are not able to complete all of the requirements necessary for a plenary Indulgence you may still be granted a partial Indulgence.

Attend ABVM Athletic Booster’s Corn Hole Tournament!

Join us for an entertaining evening of fun for a great cause!

The ABVM Athletic Boosters are excited to host a Corn Hole Tournament on Saturday, January 20th. The tournament begins at 5:30 p.m. in the gymnasium in the Family Life Center. Practice and registration will be from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Cost is $20 per team and the proceeds will go toward the athletic program at ABVM. EACH participant of the team is also asked to bring a gift card to benefit Assumption’s upcoming Winter Twist Auction taking place on February 3rd (see the auction website here for more information and to purchase tickets) as part of their registration.  Food will be provided by the ABVM Athletic Boosters.  

You can register your team of 2 (ages 16+ please) at the SignUp link here: http://signup.com/go/WafMDWH

Tournament Details:

When:  Saturday, January 20th
Where:  ABVM’s Family Life Center Gymnasium
Registration & Practice:  4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Tournament Begins:  5:30 p.m.
Cost:  $20 per team plus 2 gift cards!

This is a great way to get to know fellow parishioners/families and have fun while doing so! We look forward to seeing you on the 20th!


That Man is You! honestly addresses the pressures and temptations that men face in our modern culture, especially those relating to their roles as husbands and fathers. The program harmonizes current social and medical science with the teachings of the Church and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of man fully alive!

Program Content

Men who attend That Man is You! consider the content to be the program’s greatest strength, rating it 9.4 on a 10-point scale.  Organized around a central theme for each program year and presented through the lens of 7 Steps that make it simple for men to follow, this engaging content is delivered in 24 – 26 sessions, divided between fall and spring semesters.

Now at Assumption: That Man Is You! Spring Semester – Becoming a Man After God’s Own Heart

TMIY meets Friday mornings at 6:00 a.m.

The Spring Semester starts January 12th at 6:00 a.m. in the Church Activities Center (located in the Church basement) where we will:

  • Transition to an action orientation to implement the vision.
  • Identify the three fundamental orientations of every person.
  • Identify the three ways by which Satan tries to disrupt these orientations.
  • See how God tries to encounter us according to these three orientations.
  • Identify seven steps to Become a Man after God’s own Heart.

Come for hot coffee, breakfast and great fellowship with others! To register or for more information, please contact our TMIY volunteer Robert Lothschutz at (616) 951-7310.