Bringing up our children in the Catholic Faith with all the secular influences of our society is a challenge. Our children/youth have a myriad of negative role models sending them the message that sin is “cool” or normal. They are being regularly challenged by the media, as well as people from other faith backgrounds. Without a firm foundation, they are being tossed by “every wind of doctrine” or philosophy (Eph. 4: 14-15).

So how can we help our children grow strong in our faith?

  1. Foster a relationship with Christ and His Church. A solid foundation will help to withstand the attacks on our faith by creating a relationship with Christ, the Rock. The more we know Christ, His Teachings and the truths of our Faith, the more we can stay strong. In Christ, with the power of the Holy Spirit, we can stand against the worldly influences and the secular world view. The Church’s Mission is to evangelize and bring all closer to Christ and His ways. The Sacraments give us the Grace to follow Christ faithfully.
  2. Prayer is the key to our children staying Catholic. Regular daily prayer will absolutely make a difference in their lives. Praying with and for our children is essential.
  3. Make religious education a priority in our lives. Giving them the tools to stay on the straight and narrow will help them make good decisions even in the midst of temptations and challenges. Our lives can be so consumed by many other things like social networking, sports, and other extra-curricular activities that religious education fits in to our lives “just barely” or not at all.
  4. Positive peer pressure: Good friendships with those matching our values is extremely important in faith development. For the younger ones, it is easier to foster healthy friendships. When they get older it is also important, but different. It is not enough to just send them to Faith Formation classes or Catholic School, but also to send them to Catholic Retreats/Conferences, DYMO Camp, Youth Group, etc. These help increase the chance of them staying Catholic
  5. The Domestic Church: Studies have shown that parental influence is more important than any other influence in the life of the youth even over peers and teachers. Your house is a mini church and you are the priest(s). It is essential to continue to grow in your faith development to better assist the youth under your care.

We need to do all we can in our power to pass our faith on to our precious youth, our future Church.

 

~Cheryl Sokolowski, Faith Formation Director

 

From Our Friends at North Kent Connect:

We Can’t Do It Without You

Spread some cheer during these winter months by volunteering at North Kent Connect! Here are some ways you can help:

  1. Do you like to cook OR are you really great at ordering takeout? Provide meals for our volunteer tax preparers. They spend all day or stay late into the evening to provide free tax preparation for our low-income neighbors. Don’t let them do taxes on an empty stomach – sign up here to bring a meal.
  2. Do you love hands-on ways to feed people in our community? Pack or distribute Senior Pantry and Federal Commodities food bags! These bags are filled to the brim with dry goods, canned food, meat, dairy, and other items for seniors and our clients. These are the perfect volunteer opportunities for groups who are looking to give back.

    Prepare Senior Pantry Bags any time during the day on:

    • Tuesday, March 13
    • WednesdayMarch 14
    • Tuesday, April 17
    • WednesdayApril 18
    • Tuesday, May 15
    • WednesdayMay 16

     Distribute Senior Pantry bags (9:30 am – 1:00 pm) on:

    • Thursday, March 15
    • ThursdayApril 19
    • ThursdayMay 17

    Prepare Federal Commodities Bags any time during the day on:

    • Monday, March 19
    • Tuesday, March 20
    • WednesdayMarch 21

    Distribute Federal Commodities (8:30 am – 3:00 pm) on:

    • Thursday, March 22

Need More Information?

For more information on volunteering, contact Community Engagement Coordinator Cassie LaMacchia via email or at (616) 866-3478. Thank you!

 

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.

Catechesis

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.

Babysitting

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]

 

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.