We are so glad you have made a connection with Church of the Assumption Parish. Here is some information about our faith community:
"Bringing the Power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to You and Everyone Else.
Share the Journey, Don’t Go it Alone!"
A LETTER FROM THE PASTOR
I write to you today to let you know something that is very important in the life of our parish family. Through the dedication and commitment of the clergy and laity, the Lord is being worshipped; the Good News is continually preached with fidelity to the tradition of the Church; and parishioners of all ages are deepening their love of God and neighbor. With numerous parish ministries, a rich sacramental presence, Church of the Assumption Parish continues to strive to meet the spiritual and pastoral needs of this dynamic family of faith.
STEWARDSHIP: A WAY OF LIFE
I have been in conversation with several of our longtime parishioners, and I am edified by their sense of commitment to our parish. They have made many sacrifices over the past decades so that their Catholic faith might be passed on to the next generation. In all these conversations, I have never heard a word of regret. In fact, as I have looked at those who have built up our parish with their gifts, they seem to have been changed by their experience of sharing their “first fruits” with the Lord. It is true, as Sacred Scripture says, “it is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).
Stewardship flows out of an understanding that everything we are and have is a gift from God. Stewardship is not just a program; it is a complete lifestyle. The basis of stewardship is a life of total accountability and responsibility, acknowledging God as Creator and Owner of all. Stewards, as disciples of Jesus Christ, see themselves as caretakers of all God's gifts. Gratitude for these gifts is expressed in prayer, worship, offerings, and actions as stewards share these gifts willingly with one another. Good stewards often demonstrate their stewardship by giving of their time, their talent, and their treasure.
THE GIFT OF TIME
Service to our Church and parish family consists of offering our time in ministries such as becoming an Altar Server, a Lector or singing in our Church Choir. Or you can join our campus Beautification ministry and work on our landscape. Or join our Laudato Si ministry and spread the news about Climate Change and ensuring people around the area make “Mother Earth” a priority. Perhaps, you have lost a loved one, and can help us in the bereavement ministry. We also are beginning Mom’s groups, Men’s groups and a Children’s Choir. Email Assumption003@gmail.com and let’s schedule a time to talk.
THE GIFT OF TALENT
God blesses each of us with unique talents that we can use to serve our Church and fellow parishioners. By offering back those God-given talents to the Church and one another, we are able to bless Him in return. We have many ministries to join or you want to start a small group, we are here to help you. Email Assumption003@gmail.com and we will reach out to get you started.
THE GIFT OF TREASURE
Though this is often the most difficult gift to offer back, experience shows that giving of your financial resources often produces the most fruit in the lives of those who make the sacrifice. Good stewardship means prayerfully considering giving from our financial resources, without guarantees of a return or gratification. Yes, this often requires stepping out in faith, when the diversion of financial treasure to the Church would seem to create a hardship.
We must remember that no one can out do Jesus in generosity! And He instructs us, "…do not worry, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear?'… indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things … strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." Our financial blessings can help accomplish God's work by supporting our parish's mission and its many ministries. In this respect, we are making a "return" on the Lord's contribution through the many gifts He has bestowed on us.
A CALL TO ACTION
As you join our parish family here at Church of the Assumption, I hope you will support the mission and ministry of our parish to assist us in continuing to spread the Good News of the Lord. The Church is asking you to step out in faith by trusting that God will supply all your needs. All that is required is the return of your first fruits, not leftovers–your substance, not your surplus. Stewardship is about giving over, giving up, and giving back to God. All that we are and all that we have is God's gift to us. All that we become is our gift to God.
For your convenience, Church of the Assumption offers Electronic Giving. There are 3 ways to contribute :1) By setting up online giving through Vanco 2) By dropping your offering envelope at the rectory during business hours 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. 3) Through a new online GoFundMe Page. I hope that you and your family will join us as we continue the mission entrusted to us by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
My constant prayer is that you and your family “may find Christ here and bring Christ to the world.” To help this prayer become fully alive and fully realized, Church of the Assumption Parish has focused on always being Christ-centered in our mission. Pick up a Parish Mission brochure or our Ministry brochure in church or call the Rectory, we will be happy to mail one to you or reserve one for you to pick up.
I am always available to meet with you to help you discern where God may be calling you. Call Dawn at the Rectory, to schedule a time to talk.
Father Paul Cannariato
Pastor, Church of the Assumption