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High Risk Behavior Series, Beginning Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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?

“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

St. Michael Academy News

May 24, 2017–Baccalaureate Mass with Bishop Steven J. Raica

May 28, 2017–Graduation Ceremony with Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda

For more information call: 231-881-9025

Dear St. Mary Parishioners,
Thank you. When few people thought it was possible to bring Catholic high school education back to our region of Northern Michigan, you believed in our mission.  When we welcomed our first Freshmen Class in 2013, you prayed for our success.  Four years later, we celebrate our first graduating Seniors — for their courage to be different, for growing in their faith, and being a part of something bigger than themselves.

Please continue to pray for our Seniors and all St. Michael Academy students, present and future, as they continue to explore and discover the plans God has for them.

We wish to express our deepest gratitude.

Sincerely, St.Michael Academy Board, Administration, Staff, and Faculty

Please call 231-330-2835 or visit for more info.

Opportunities in our Parish!

There is a need for more cantors, choir members, and instruments to fill out our 3 choirs at the weekend Masses.  If you are interested in adding your talents to our Sunday Liturgies, the choirs meet on Tuesday evenings at 6pm in the Choir Loft.

Also, we are 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 at different times of the year.  Training takes about an hour.  Please contact the parish office to set up a training session.

Directories Are In!

The directories are in!!  If you had a family picture taken, submitted a photo, or placed an order for a directory , you may pick it up in the Parish Office.  We are crossing off names as you receive yours.  Thanks so much for your patience.  Happy Easter!!

Big Ticket Festival

Join tens of thousands of Christians from across the country at the 2017 Big Ticket Festival, being held this year Wednesday-Saturday, June 21-24, in Gaylord!  The Diocese of Gaylord is proud to be a sponsor of this event.  Visit and click on the “Big Ticket Festival” banner to purchase your four day full festival ticket for $99.  Headline artists scheduled to perform include Grammy nominated Catholic artist Matt Maher, For King and Country, SKILLET, and Chris Tomlin, with numerous other musicians performing on various stages throughout the event.  The family friendly festival, among the largest Christian gatherings in the country, features inspirational speakers, activities, a 5K run, Kids Zone and more.

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.  There will be a Trip Presentation after Masses on January 7 & 8.  Call Corporate Travel, 313-565-8888, ext 121; or visit us online at for more details & reservations.

Fatima Lourdes brochure

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.