Parish News & Events

Knights of Columbus Breakfast

Sunday, October 31, 2021

9:30 AM-12:45 PM

in the FLC Gymnasium

Cost:  Free will donations

Feast on the Knights famous menu including the popular Belmont Scramble and maybe a few TRICKS and TREATS! All proceeds are being donated to parish groups to assist in funding their programs. Please stop in and generously support our dedicated, hard-working Knights!

Chili Fest Straw Draw Game Donations Needed

At our upcoming Chili Fest on November 13, we will have a brand new game that will likely become a new tradition! Ever played a straw draw? It’s a fun game that requires no skill…just the luck of the draw! If you’re lucky, you win a nice prize (or two or three!). And that’s what we need. Lots and lots of prizes. Will you donate to one or both of our draws? We will have a children’s draw and will need brand new toys, games, books, arts & craft items, stuffed animals—anything that boys & girls will like valued from $3-$10. We will also have an adult draw. What do adults like? A little bit of everything! Kitchen gadgets, socks, candles, tools, air fresheners, perfume, deodorant, shaving cream, razors, body wash, towels, hats, gloves, scarves—the sky’s the limit to what men and women like! If YOU like it? It’ll be liked by others, too! We’re looking for brand new items valued from $3-$10. The sooner the donations arrive the better as this game takes much time to prepare. The last collection day will be Sunday, November 7th to give us a little extra time to roll prize tags into straws and get them placed in the game receptacle. (Sound interesting? You’ll love it, guaranteed!) Please drop items off in the SCRIP Room (located off the Narthex) and place in the yellow barrel marked “Straw Draw”. You may also drop items off at the Rectory during normal business hours, M-F 8:30 AM-4:30 PM. Questions? Please call Jackie at 616-361-5126 x204. Thank you for your kind, sweet generosity!

Join us for the Fall 40 Days for Life Campaign!

September 22, 2021 – October 31, 2021

40 Days for Life is an internationally-coordinated 40-Day campaign that aims to end abortion locally through prayer and fasting, community outreach, and a peaceful all-day vigil in front of abortion businesses. Locally, the campaign takes place in front of the Heritage abortion clinic located at 320 Fulton Street E, Grand Rapids.

Please come and pray. Our nation, now more than ever before, needs prayers and fasting to end abortion. Pray for all the souls of these babies who have been killed and had no way to defend themselves. Please pray for young girls and women who feel this is their only option. Please pray for the fathers of these babies who may not have a choice. Pray for them even more if they’re in favor of this option. Please pray for the sidewalk counselors that their words will be guided by the Holy Spirit and reach the hearts of those considering abortion. Pray for their families who also suffer from the consequences. Please pray for the staff at this facility that the Holy Spirit may enter their hearts and open their eyes to the evils of abortion. Pray for their conversion. Pray for the members in Congress who voted to pass the “Women’s Health Care Protection Act”; that their hearts and minds will understand the truths about abortion and that they’ll fight it instead of embracing it. Pray for the members in the Senate that they will strike this down so that it does not become law. Pray for all of our leaders in the Catholic Church that they may remain strong and speak the truth to the followers in their parishes.

You and your family can go pray (Assumption’s assigned day was on the 29th) any time or Sign up to pray at:

Attention 4th Graders & Up: Your Time Has Come to Serve!

It is time to get back to our normal celebrations at Mass and that includes Altar Servers. This position is very important, and Father Tony needs you. Will you answer the call?

Sign up to serve at all Masses at:

Please call Cheryl Sokolowski at 616.361.5126 x257 or email at [email protected] with any questions. Thank you for answering the call!

We hear you’re organized. That’s good. Assumption’s Chili Fest needs you.

You’ve heard the news by now. We’re bringing the parish together to celebrate the best way possible…over delicious cups & bowls of homemade chili and delectable cupcakes! Formerly known as the “Harvest Hoedown”, we have our annual Assumption Chili Fest scheduled for Saturday, November 13. To host an event of this size requires many coordinators working together. Are you willing to help? We need co-chairs for the following areas:

  • A handyman is needed to build a couple small, wooden items using pegboard
  • Cupcakes
  • Chili
  • Chili Tables/Electric Hook Ups
  • Kid’s Games
  • Straw Draw Games (includes prize procurement)
  • Decorations
  • Volunteers/Scheduling
  • Set Up/Tear Down

For more information, details about each area or to sign up for the position, please contact Jackie at 616-361-5126 x204. Thank you for sharing your amazing skills!


You are invited and welcome!

 Are you interested in exploring the Faith professed in the Catholic Church and/or becoming Catholic? Do you know someone who is just waiting to be invited?

Sessions began on Monday, September 13, 2021 |  6:30-8:00PM

     in the Ministry Center (behind the school building)

We welcome to these sessions any adult or young adult who:

¨ Has not been baptized and would like to be baptized as a member of the Catholic Church.

¨ Has been baptized in a Christian church and now would like to celebrate the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and Eucharist as member of the Catholic Church;

¨ Has been baptized Catholic as an infant but has not had the opportunity to prepare and celebrate Reconciliation, Eucharist and /or Confirmation;

¨ Would like to inquire into or revisit the faith of Catholics.

For more information call 361-5126 ext. 255 or [email protected]

We will be glad to hear from you!

Group Rosary Before Mass

Please join us 1/2 hour prior to the start of each Mass to pray a Rosary together. Volunteers are still needed for the 11:00 AM Mass and the Sunday 5:30 PM Mass. We also need volunteers as subs in the event our regular volunteers are unable to be there. Please call Jackie at 616-361-5126 x204 for more information and/or to sign up. If you feel uncomfortable, this may be the sign that this ministry is calling you!


The Angel of Peace taught the 3 children at Fatima this prayer.

Over the course of hundreds of years, our Blessed Mother has appeared numerous times requesting that we pray the Rosary. At Fatima, Portugal, she appeared and asked the visionaries to pray a Rosary every day and to share this message with all of us.

If your family would like to host Assumption’s traveling statue of Our Lady of Fatima for a 9-day novena (meaning you’ll pray the Rosary once a day for 9 days), please use this link to sign up:

Our beautiful statue has been in the parish since 1948. Originally, members of the Rosary Society were the only ones who hosted the statue in their homes for a month at a time. That meant only 12 people had the statue in their homes. For many years it fell out of circulation.

In 2017 in celebration of the 100 year anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima, the statue was once again made available to families. However, so that the statue was available to as many families as possible, we started the 9-day novena schedule which means 40 families are able to sign up each year and host the statue in their homes while they pray a Fatima Novena. The Fatima Novena started in April of 2017 and has been faithfully prayed every day since!

This is a wonderful, easy way to begin praying the Rosary as all prayers and instructions are included! Even if you’ve never said the Rosary before, you’ll be surprised at how easy this extremely powerful prayer is. If you don’t have computer access, please call the Rectory at 616-361-5126 x204 to sign up.


Make this FALL More Meaningful…

Become a Eucharistic Adorer

It is Jesus who invites you to visit with Him in Eucharistic Adoration!

“Come to me all you who labor and find life burdensome and I will give you rest.”  ~ Matthew 11:28

Eucharistic Adoration is the worship of God, present body, blood, soul and divinity in the Blessed Sacrament. The Catholic Church has always offered adoration of the Eucharist “not only during Mass, but also outside of it, reserving the consecrated hosts with the utmost care, exposing them to the solemn veneration of the faithful.” ~ CCC, 1378

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary offers Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament:

Every Thursday from 9:30 AM to Friday morning at 8:00 AM

Adoration is for anyone who wishes to come. You do not have to be Catholic and there are no special requirements, except a willingness to be quiet and respectful in the Church Sanctuary.

Assumption needs dedicated Adorers and substitutes willing to fill in for the scheduled Adorers. Will you prayerfully consider joining?

Please call Mary Gelderbloom at 616-433-5005 for more information and/or to sign up.

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 until the end of time.

Assumption is pleased to give you a free subscription to Discover all the best CATHOLIC content in one place. Entertaining movies, enlightening programs, inspiring talks, and a great selection of popular ebooks – all just a click away! It’s EASY and FREE to register!

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  • Enter our zip code “49306” in the box “Find your parish”
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Enjoy and share with others in our parish geographical community. Be sure to check out all the resources available to you on your devices. There are many new features to help increase access to the resources.

Senior Luncheon


Do You Know Who Works in the Assumption Gardens?

If you see one of these wonderful, dedicated volunteers, please take a moment to thank them for all the time and talent they graciously share with our parish family. The gardens are thriving and beautiful!


The Consolata Sisters invite you to experience a very unique Stations of the Cross on their grounds. It is a half-mile journey through woods and meadow. Walk in Jesus’ footsteps along the wood chip path, feel the weight of his cross, experience his falls, meet his mother and Simon and Veronica, gaze upon His cross and finally visit the empty tomb. A great teaching lesson for young children as well as adults. Come during daylight hours to 6801 Belmont Avenue. Park by Gethsemane House.


Pay your tuition at Assumption, West Catholic, Catholic Central and Assumption’s Faith Formation tuition all the while helping the Assumption Endowment Fund by buying SCRIP!

How does SCRIP work? You simply purchase gift cards at face value and use them to make your purchases (gas, groceries, clothing, restaurants and much, much more!). The vendors make a percentage donation at the time of your purchase (which ABVM Scrip tracks). 75% of the donation goes to your account and 25% is donated to the Endowment Fund. Assumption will send your accrued earnings to the designated school account bi-yearly in October and April!

Grandparents: you, too, can participate in this program and help pay your grandchildren’s tuition while supporting the Endowment Fund. Aunts and uncles can join in the fun as well!

Click for Scrip Order Form

Scrip Sale Hours:

Sunday 10:00AM-11:00 AM located off the Church Narthex in the SCRIP Room.

Monday 8:30AM-9:15 AM in the Ministry Center SCRIP Office

If you have any questions email Colleen Hall at [email protected] or call 616-205-5376.


Has the gift of a Catholic education made a difference in your life or in the life of someone you love? Would you like to make that gift possible for those who feel as though a Catholic education is beyond their reach? Consider establishing a tuition scholarship in your name or your family name by leaving a gift in your will. Contact Mary Panek, Assumption Education Endowment Fund (AEEF) board member at 616.550.4113.