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High Risk Behavior Series, Session 4, July 12th

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

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.

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.

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.


WELCOME Father Peter Wigton!

Fr. Peter Timothy Wigton was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Gaylord by Bishop Bernard A. Hebda on June 9, 2012 at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord.

Fr. Peter grew up in northern Lower Michigan, the fifth child of ten siblings born to Deacon Douglas and Janice Wigton of Cedar. His brother is Fr. Matthew Wigton, Chancellor and Vocations Director for the Diocese of Gaylord.

Fr. Peter attended Holy Rosary Elementary School in Cedar and graduated from St. Mary School in Lake Leelanau in 2001. Before graduating from Franciscan University in Steubenville in 2005, Fr. Peter began exploring spiritualties’ of various religious communities as he sought to listen more carefully to God’s call for his life. He decided to join the Friars Minor of Mary Immaculate in Rome and remained with them until early 2008 when he felt he was being called to the diocesan priesthood. His discernment ultimately led him back to his home diocese. He enrolled at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus as a seminarian for the Diocese of Gaylord. There he earned a Bachelor of Sacred Theology, Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Biblical Studies degrees prior to his ordination.

Fr. Peter served as Parochial Vicar for the parishes of St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord, Holy Redeemer in Vanderbilt and St. Thomas Aquinas in Elmira from 2012-2015. Last July, he was appointed Parochial Vicar to the Catholic Community of Manistee. Fr. Peter is also one of the priests in the Diocese of Gaylord trained to celebrate the Extraordinary Form of the Mass (Latin Mass.)

He is an accomplished musician and enjoys sports.

Effective June 29, 2016, Fr. Peter will begin his new assignment as Administrator for St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Charlevoix.