If you believe the conscience rights of health care professionals should be protected please join the efforts of our Diocese in the Call for Conscience Campaign by registering your email  address with a parish volunteer at one of the church entrances next weekend if you have not already done so.

If you would like to join the campaign but, do not use email then please ask the volunteer for a hard copy letter that you may forward to the local MPP.

For more information regarding the issue visit http://www.canadiansforconscience.ca/

Would you like your child to be more actively engaged in the mass?

If your child is in grade 3 or above they are welcome to participate in the ministry of altar serving.

There will be a three day hands-on-training camp during the March break (March 12th,13th &14th) in the church.  Snacks and lunch will be provided.

For more details or to register your child for this training event please contact Melissa at the parish office 519-253-2493 or email mpacitti-fallone@dol.ca.

The 2017 tax receipts have been mailed out!

Please allow at least two weeks before calling the office if you have not received your receipt.

When you do receive your tax receipt check it over and if there are any issues, please call the office and ask for Sally.

For years, the future of Assumption church has been an open question. My desire to resolve it has been a priority throughout this time, but I haven’t succeeded. Recently, Mr. Paul Mullins, who practises law here in Windsor, and who may be known to some of you, approached me for a discussion regarding what is still the unanswered question in the minds of many people: What’s going to happen to Assumption church? Mr. Mullins came forward to propose a way to arrive at an answer.

Most of you are aware of the two attempts to have fund-raising campaigns. When Mr. Mullins approached me with his idea for an analysis, I thought it worthy of consideration by a group of advisors including Fr. Maurice Restivo and people from the Diocesan Centre. This small group felt it would be good to look at the whole picture, including:

 the history of the fund-raising campaigns;

 their successes and failures; and

 all the options open for providing pastoral care in the northwest section of Windsor.

An analysis, as proposed by Mr. Mullins, would include a thorough study of all these questions – and more that may arise – with as broad a group as possible to include all the stakeholders of Assumption parish:

 from parishioners to parish staff;

 from the city of Windsor to the county of Essex;

 from Assumption University to the University of Windsor; and

 whoever else can be identified as a “stakeholder” in the parish.

All of these need to be consulted, and their input sought, to make this analysis thorough and transparent.

With support from Fr. Restivo and the parishioners of Assumption parish, I have accepted Mr. Mullins’ offer to undertake this independent analysis. It is my hope that this will lead to a definitive answer about the future of Assumption parish, its location, and buildings, and that we will finally have resolution to this long-term question. It is important for the well-being of this great historic parish that we find a solution that permits us to move forward. Mr. Mullins, by the way, will be offering his services without charge as a gift to the community and the diocese.

May the Holy Spirit guide all who participate in this process, and may the Blessed Mother, Our Lady of the Assumption, intercede for this important work!

The oldest continuously operating Catholic parish in Ontario, Our Lady of Assumption, was formally established in 1767 by French Jesuit missionaries, when modern-day Windsor was rural and unsettled. Assumption Church, a beautiful Gothic-Revival structure opened in 1845, is considered one of Windsor’s most significant historic sites, where the city grew and developed around its walls.

A pictorial history that sweeps through Assumption’s rich past and present, 250 Years of Assumption Parish chronicles moments from 18th-century history, from the founding of Assumption College—precursor to the University of Windsor—to the current state and interior of Assumption Church, including the last mass before the church’s doors were closed to the public in 2014.< With never-before-seen photographs and an introduction by decorated local historian Patrick Brode, 250 Years of Assumption Parish archives and collects the story of an Ontario institution that today still serves over 700 families, and whose reach travels far beyond its borders.< The book is available for $20 after all masses and at the parish office.

Assumption parish will be in a family with St. Alphonsus and St. Angela Merici.  Once fully implemented, there will be one pastor and twoe associates in our family, one of whom will need to speak Italian.

So what does this mean for us? At the moment, it only means that we get used to the idea.  The next step in the process is for each of the parishes in a given family to come to know the others — each partner’s origins and story, strengths and weaknesses, plans and projects, challenges and needs. The intent in this what might be called “Getting to know you” phase is to foster a sense of community even in the differences, to begin to build a relationship and trust, and eventually to cultivate a spirit of communion, whereby the family appreciates the call to share of themselves within, outside and beyond itself.

Gradually the communities within the family will be urged to share ministry and formation resources and eventually to undertake a project of mission beyond the family, one that all the parishes can share in equally — a project that is outward focused toward the larger Church or the larger community, and a project that benefits others beyond the parishioners or the parishes involved.

Fine more information on the Dicoese of London website.

Near the main entrance to the church, within reach for little ones, are tote bags containing church related activities: coloring books, crayons and pencils, books to read… These are intended for young children. Encourage them to take a tote on the way in. Please be sure to return it on your way out so that other children can enjoy them too!