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High Risk Behavior Series, Session 5, July 26th

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: Speakers will be Charlevoix County Sheriff Chuck Vondra and BASES Recovery Center Executive Director Scott Kelly
August 9     Expert Panel Discussion
August 23   What Does a Healthy Person Look Like?

“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

Rosary Altar Society Breakfast Social Meeting

On July 25th, 9:15 am there will be a light breakfast in the Parish Center, and results of the bake-less bake sale and volunteer drive.

Our special guest will be Michael Linguar, our seminarian for this summer. Come and say goodbye and good luck before he leaves for seminary on July 28th.  He will share his next steps towards priesthood with us.

Volunteers Needed

Adoration Chapel
We are in need of several people who could fill the 6-7pm time slot on Thursdays in the Adoration Chapel.  This could be for 30 minutes or the whole hour. Please see if you can take a break during this time to be with Jesus in a time of quiet reflection and prayer.  The rewards are humbling and awesome at the same time.  Please call Mary Plude if you can fill this ministry at 547-6652, ext 13.

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.

Save the Date/Northern Lights Celebration/September 15th

September 15, 2017 at Castle Farms, 5:30pm-10:30pm.  Come and join us for a fun filled evening of Twist Tables 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!
Tickets are on sale after the Masses and on our school website:, and are $50/person.  Thank you for supporting Catholic education.
There is a bulletin board next to tickets sales that has tags with some NEW items we are looking for to complete some auction packages.  There is a number on the back of each tag, please write your name next to the corresponding number on the sign out sheet.  Please take the tag with you and return with item purchased to school office.  If you have signed out a tag already, please return PRIOR to August 1st.


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

5th Annual Golf Outing “Fore” Vocations

Support Vocations in the Diocese of Gaylord by playing the 5th Annual Golf Outing “Fore” Vocations on Monday, August 7th.  New this year, the event will be held at the Gaylord Country Club in Gaylord.  Cost for the day is $100 per golfer, which includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, continental breakfast, lunch, dinner, fun & prizes!  The day will begin with Mass at 8am at St. Mary Cathedral and continue at the golf course with registration and breakfast beginning at 8:30am. During the day, participants will compete in contests for the longest drive, closest to the pin, longest putt, and a chance to win a NEW CAR!

For more information or to register, contact Jeanne Marriott, 989-732-5147, or  Sponsorship opportunities are available.

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.