This weekend, you are invited to Take a Closer Look.  After each Mass, representatives of the Care for the House of the Lord steering committee will offer guided tours so that you can view the areas included in the project and learn what the professionals have recommended.

Most families have recently completed filing their 2017 income tax returns.  This is the perfect time to review the level of charitable contributions you have made, compared to your income.  Each of us has been blessed with unique talents and financial gifts.  One expression of an ultimate financial goal is to contribute 10% of our income from our first fruits, to the needs of others to justly share our resources with the church and those who need our help.  Five percent is a goal for support of the parish, one percent for CSA and four percent to other charitable causes.

Did you know? Median Catholic household income in the U.S. is about the same as median Protestant household.  If U.S. Catholic households simply gave at the same rate as their Protestant friends (not necessarily tithing, but 2.2 to 2.5% of their income) each U.S. Catholic parish would see its annual collection revenues double.

Please prayerfully consider what your response will be to this year’s CSA/Care for the House of the Lord appeal. Gifts of all “shapes and sizes” will be needed.  Be as generous as you can!  The gift range chart below, illustrates the types of gifts necessary to achieve the financial goal. The timing and scope of the project will be determined after all commitments have been received.  The project will be debt free.  Let’s gather as a community of faithful and complete the whole project as soon as possible!

Gifts Needed Above and Beyond Your CSA Contribution


Gift Range # Gifts Required Cumulative Total
$35,000+ 1 $35,000
$15,000 2 $65,000
$10,000 2 $85,000
$5,000 5 $110,000
$2,500 10 $135,000
$1,000 15 $150,000
$700 61* $192,700
Under $500 Several $233,000

Care for the House of the Lord

This year, we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the construction of our “new” church, which was formally dedicated by Bishop Joseph M. Breitenbeck and Fr. John Porter on February 2, 1988. I am grateful to earlier generations who faithfully cared for the original church until our community outgrew the little white church across the street, and to the families who sacrificed to create the worship space that we enjoy today. We are blessed with a beautiful place to worship and now it is our time to come together and do our part to maintain our House of the Lord. I am excited to share with you that this year we will be combining the 2018 Catholic Services Appeal (CSA) with a project called Care for the House of the Lord. The project will restore the interior finishes to their original condition with quality, commercial-grade materials that will endure for the next generation. The scope of the project includes:

  • Rebuilding the floor under the altar area, which has lost some of its integrity.
  • Removing wallpaper on the east and west walls (adjacent to the rose windows) and repairing two structural cracks.
  • Repainting the center of the church ceiling, east and west walls, chapel, sacristy, narthex, cry room, usher/scrip room, and restrooms.
  • Addressing the main entrance doors and exterior metal lintels (above doors/windows) which show signs of early rust.
  • Refinishing of the pew cap rails, backs and ends.
  • Reupholster pews, kneelers (qty. 61) and freestanding chairs/kneelers (qty. 80).
  • Removal and disposal of old carpeting.
  • De-installation of pews, while replacing the carpeting, maintaining integrity of the original floor bolt system.
  • Installation of an inductive hearing assistance system (Hearing Loop System).
  • Installation of new carpeting in the church, chapel, sacristy, cry room, and usher/scrip room.
  • Additional items may be considered as parishioner input is gathered.

The total estimated cost of the project is $233,000, including a 15% contingency.

The Care for the House of the Lord project will be combined with the So Faith May Flourish 2018 CSA Campaign. Essentially, all contributions to the combined effort will be processed as CSA gifts and once our parish CSA goal is achieved, all additional funds will be returned to Assumption to support our parish project. In other words, to secure the future of our church building, you will be asked to include the Care for the House of the Lord project in addition to your annual CSA gift.

Our 2018 CSA Goal                                       $131,631

Care for the House of the Lord Estimate       $233,000

Combined Campaign Total                            $364,631

Thank you for help in the worthy effort to maintain our home here at Assumption.

Boy Scouts Isn’t Just for Boys Anymore!

Assumption has very active Cub Scout and Boy Scout troops. But did you know the Scouts aren’t just boys in the troops anymore? Take a look at this video from Fox 17 News! Do you recognize any of these adorable faces?

Meatless Meals a Struggle?

Lent 2018 is quickly approaching! For Catholics, that means eating no meat on Ash Wednesday, February 14th (which is not only a day of abstinence but fasting as well). The Fridays of Lent for the next 6 weeks are days of abstaining from eating meat. If you don’t go to the Knights of Columbus fish fry at Assumption or another local fish fry on Fridays, what do you serve your family at home for meatless meals?

Of course there’s always fish. The Gorton Fisherman makes sure the options are plentiful at the local grocery stores. But what if you’re on a special diet that doesn’t allow for fried, battered fish? Or carbs for that matter? Do you struggle to find something the whole family will like? Make fish-stick Fridays a thing of the past!

Meatless Meals from Around The World

If you feel really adventurous, try a recipe from Catholic Relief Services! They have six years worth of recipes of meatless meals from around the world. In addition, they have suggestions as to saving money that you can then put in the Rice Bowl.

Try a recipe from a country such as Columbia, Lesotho, Tanzania and many more! Make it a family event by looking up the country and learning about it’s people, culture and history. Perhaps you can find a recipe from your family’s heritage. If you do make one of these recipes, please let us know in the comments below and be sure to share a picture! Click here to access the CRS recipes.

Share Your Ideas and Recipes!

What are some meatless recipes you serve your family during the Lenten season? Please share below in the comments so our Parish Family can get some new ideas to avoid fish-stick Fridays!


Lent and Catholic Relief Service’s Rice Bowl

The Feature Image:  Teacher Joseph Andrise, 29, from Notre Dame de Lamerci de Robillard school, in Nord Department, Haiti, and her students of first grade eat cassava bread with peanut butter that is given as a morning snack. Many children come to school without eating. This gives them energy to stay awake and learn. Donations to the CRS Rice Bowl helps to make a difference.

Catholic Relief Services in partnership with the diocesan office of the Catholic Education Commission, are implementing the program Haiti Reads. Every student receives a new workbook to practice reading and writing. This is a big change from before, when students had to copy notes from the board.

Photo by Oscar Leiva/Silverlight for Catholic Relief Services

Read a letter from Bishop Walkowiak here.


Your Lenten Gifts Change Lives

Did you know that by sacrificing $1 a day for 40 days of Lent, you help provide:

1 MONTH OF FOOD for a family

2 YEARS OF SEED for a farmer

1 EMERGENCY KIT for refugees

75% of your CRS Rice Bowl donation supports Catholic Relieve Services programs around the world.

25% helps alleviate hunger and poverty in our local Diocese of Grand Rapids!

  • Catholics in the U.S. touch more than 120 million lives through CRS programs.
  • Motivated by the example of Jesus Christ, CRS reaches communities in 112 countries.
  • CRS Rice Bowl helps families reflect on and respond to global issues like hunger, migration and poverty.

Companions on the Journey

PRAY to encounter Christ in your life and in every member of our human family.

FAST to encounter the obstacles that keep you from serving God and your neighbor.

GIVE to encounter God’s love, and share it with our brothers and sisters in need.

Rice Bowls Available in the Church Narthex

Please stop by the table in the Church Narthex to pick up your family’s Rice Bowl beginning after all Masses the weekend of February 10th and 11th. They will remain there until they’re all gone!

Help Your Children Understand What the Rice Bowl is!

Please share this video with your children!

More info to come throughout all of Lent! Stay tuned…

With Lent quickly approaching, let’s talk about more ways to prepare for Lent! Giving up something for Lent is traditionally what most of us tend to do. Because that’s what we always did in the past when we were younger, right? Indeed, we tend to do what’s familiar. With this in mind, why not challenge ourselves to do something different but extremely meaningful? Something that will make this the most meaningful Lent ever?

Prepare for Lent!

If you’re reading the previous posts, you’ll see other ideas you can incorporate into your Lenten devotions. Recall there are hundreds of videos and books on FORMED. Dynamic Catholic’s Best Lent Ever is once again offering their amazing Lenten devotions. All are fantastic options! But there’s more…Add to the scene another great option to help you pray more this upcoming Lenten Season.

A New Lenten Devotion

Introducing’s Lenten Devotion:

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Assumption BVM | Family Life Center | 6390 Belmont Road NE

February 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, and 23

4:30 PM to 7:30PM



Choice between Fried Pollock & Baked Cod

Green Beans, Cole Slaw, Applesauce

French Fried Potatoes, Macaroni & Cheese

Bread and Dessert

Coffee, Lemonade or Ice Water


Adults $9.00, Seniors $8.00, Children 5-12 years $5.00

Children 1-4 years FREE

Family/Household $30.00 Maximum




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Assumption’s Blessing by Bishop Breitenbeck

Assumption Church is blessed indeed! Friday, February 2nd, 2018, we honor as the Feast Day of the Presentation of the Lord. 30 years ago on February 2nd, 1988, our new church was blessed by Bishop Breitenbeck.

Significance of These Candles in Church

Do you ever wonder what these candles represent? These candles mark the spots where the Bishop anointed the walls with Chrism! With this in mind, the next time you come to Mass, come a few minutes early to find these beautiful candles. Not only do they have historical significance, they have spiritual significance for our Parish as well!


Considering stories, they help bring history alive and keep special memories alive as well. If you have stories about these candles and the beautiful wooden crosses, will you share? Please take a moment and type your stories below in the comments.

The candles mark the spots the Bishop anointed with Chrism.