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Final Session: High Risk Behavior Series, Session 7, August 23rd

St. Mary of the Assumption Health Ministry has planned a seven part series of talks and prayers focused on serious high risk health behaviors including:
*Substance Use Disorder
*Eating Disorder
We will examine the factual information, the personal stories, the challenges, the choices, the enabling behaviors, the therapeutic behaviors, the resources and the spiritual gifts available in our community.

During this series you will learn to:
1. Know that addiction is a brain illness
2. Use appropriate resources to assist with your needs
3. Pray with persistent determination to surround you and your family with spiritual strength

5:00pm Mass in the church followed by the program in the Parish Center (gym):
5:30pm Refreshments
6:00pm Program
7:00pm Closing Prayer
7:15pm Adjourn

May 24      Overview the Series with a Personal Recovery Story
June 7       The Challenge and Scope of High Risk Behaviors
June 21     The Physical Effects of High Risk Behaviors
July 12       The Impact on Families
July 26        Community Support and Resources
August 9     Expert Panel Discussion
August 23:   What Does a Healthy Person Look Like?   Featured speakers: Kathy P, Over-eaters Anonymous; and Scott Kelly, Executive Director, BASES Recovery Center

“Ask, and it will  be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knows it will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8

Planning team:
Fr. Peter, Fr. Symeon, Paul Wood, Nelson Fletcher, Dawn Fletcher, Joy Halverson, Kathy Lame, Peggy Spang, Bernadette Cole, Geralyn Doskoch, Sue Campbell, Scott Kelly, Kathy Lauwers

Volunteers Needed

Eucharistic Ministers, Altar Servers and Lectors
We are also looking for additional Eucharistic Ministers, Altar Servers and Lectors for each of the Masses.  Even if you are here seasonally, we can use the extra help.  Training takes about an hour depending on experience with the duties.  Please contact the Parish Office to set up a training session.

There is a need for more cantors, choir members and instruments to fill out our 3 choirs at the weekend Masses. The choirs meet on Tuesday evenings at 6pm in the choir loft for practice.

Blood Pressure Screening
Did you know there is a way to serve our parish as a health care professional?  Blood pressure checks are offered after all of the Masses the first full weekend of each month.  Volunteers are always welcome and needed, and it is a wonderful way to share your skills with your fellow parishioners.  If you are interested in this ministry, please contact Tricia Drenth, 231-622-1683.

Faith Formation/Youth Ministry Teachers
We are looking for staff for our children’s faith formation program, middle school and high school youth groups.  If you enjoy working with youth, we need your help to continue to build the faith in our young people.  Those who are 18 years or older are needed to help fill out our staff.  We meet only once a week for 1-1.5 hours, depending on the program.  The Youth Ministry will include some weekend time for community service projects and youth events in the diocese.  Even if you are unable to commit full time, we could still use teachers once or twice a month. Please pray if you are being called to  help our parish in this ministry.

**Save the Date** Northern Lights Celebration

September 15, 2017 at Castle Farms, 5:30pm-10:30pm.  Come and join us for a fun filled evening of “Auction with a Twist” to support the events for the coming years of our school, youth groups, mission trips and parish events in the Charlevoix County Catholic Community. There will also be a strolling dinner, cash bar and live auction with much more!  The “Twist” auction format will allow St. Mary Catholic School and church, as well as the parishes of Boyne Valley and East Jordan, to “Fund the Needs” of the various ministries represented that evening.  Our goal is to offer a dollar-for-dollar match at our Twist Tables the night of the auction.  By offering this match, attendees will be invigorated to give, knowing that they are helping to “capture” a matching donation.
If you have not purchased your tickets yet, please take a moment to do so. Tickets are on sale after the Masses, in the office and on our school website:, and are $50/person.
There are also two matching opportunities still available for our event.  Many table matches have been met, but we are still looking for donors to sponsor:
Playground rubber bumper and additional rubber chips     $   425
Middle School Rome trip Sponsorship                                           $1,500
If you have any questions or thoughts please feel free to contact Kathleeen Dvoracek at or Laura Kelly (Auction Committee Chair Person) at
Thank you for supporting Catholic education.


Join Fr. Peter Wigton on Pilgrimage to Fatima, Santiago and Lourdes

October 16-25, 2017

Come visit the Marian Shrines during the Centennial Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima!  This 10 day pilgrimage includes roundtrip airfare (from Detroit); Daily Mass; professional Catholic tour manager. Highlights include: Fatima Shrine, Coimbra, Santiago de Compostela, Burgos, Lourdes and more.  The cost is $3,699.  Space is limited.  Call Corporate Travel, 313-565-8888, ext 121; or visit us online at for more details & reservations.

Brochures are at the Church Entrances

Fatima Lourdes brochure

Camp Sancta Maria

Looking for a fun and faith-filled place for your children or grandchildren to spend 1 or 2 weeks this summer?  Want to help them unplug from technology, develop face-to-face relationships, exercise, experience nature and give them experiences they will treasure the rest of their lives?  Look no further! Camp Sancta Maria (CSM), located in Gaylord, MI, provides wholesome recreation and adventure in an atmosphere of Christian faith.  CSM is a Catholic camp with one and two week sessions for boys, and one week sessions for girls.  Since 1933, CSM has provided countless youth with lasting memories.  Do they like horseback riding or want to try it for the first time?  They can do it at camp!  Want to spend time at the beach and in the water?  Enjoy CSM’s own private beach on Lake 27!  Enjoy playing sports?  Have fun each day competing in different athletic contests! These are just a few of the activities offered at Camp.  Other activities include daily Mass.  Fun, faith, and friendships included at no extra cost!  Camp begins in June and runs through mid-August.  We also offer Mother & Daughter, and Father & Son weekends also.

Check out our website to learn more at or call 248-822-8199.

Hand Hygiene

The Health Ministry Committee has discussed the importance of reducing the risks of infection and promoting tips for staying healthy.  We have suggestions for your consideration:
1) If you have symptoms of respiratory illness or flu, we encourage you to stay home and recover.  You do not want to be responsible for spreading your illness.
2) Many of our parishioners are at risk for contagious conditions.  If you are concerned about the hand shake spreading unwanted germs that is understandable.  You do not need to shake hands or feel apologetic about not shaking hands, a warm smile and your words of “peace be with you” is all you need to do.
3) If you have symptoms of potentially contagious conditions, receive the Eucharist at Communion and bow at the Precious Blood as you return to your seat.

Northern Michigan Catholic Foundation

Many St.  Mary parishioners experience feelings of great reward in making a variety of donations which benefit our parish and Catholic school. The Northern Michigan Catholic Foundation (NMCF), offers endowment -based options for those who want to consider a gift “that keeps on giving”. These include the St. Mary School Endowment Fund as well as the St. Mary Charity Fund. Donors can contribute to a specific fund which can benefit the St. Mary School Tuition assistance program or the new St. Mary’s fund set up to provide a charitable helping hand to others for disaster relief, community outreach and more. These funds are professionally managed with investments that meet specific Catholic-based guidelines approved by the Bishop, and only interest and gains are paid out (twice annually) to our school or parish. The original donation remains intact to generate future gains for years to come. If you would like more information on these giving opportunities, you can contact Fr. Peter or John Doskoch, NMCF board member, at 231-675-7688.

St. Mary of the Assumption Parish Debt Eliminated

With the parish debt eliminated, there are other options for your online giving, if that was an area where you regularly tithed your offering.  The parish does have a Campus Maintenance Fund that earns interest and will be used for future improvements and repairs to the parish buildings.  You may also increase your Sunday collection, contribute to the school or parish endowment, charity funds, or donate directly to the school.  All of these will be offered online shortly if they are not already in the list of areas to contribute.  Mary will be “cleaning up” the list online by the end of the month and will be deleting the Debt Reduction listing at that time.  It would help Mary if you could make your changes online before the middle of the month. The Debt Reduction envelopes have been eliminated beginning with the March envelopes.