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.

All members of our Parish family are invited to use their God given gifts and talents to be stewards of faith to the youth. In what ways can you share your time with them… cook, clean, teach, pray, etc. Please call Melissa at the parish office.

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!

We would now like to offer the Lil’ Saints program at the 7:30p.m. mass on Sunday nights. Before this can happen we need some leaders who are willing to share their time and talents with the youngest members of our parish family. If you are interested please contact Melissa at the parish office ext 237 or via email at mpacitti-fallone@dol.ca

ARE YOU SOMEONE OR DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO…

–Has expressed an interest in becoming Catholic?

–Was baptized Catholic as a child, but has not celebrated the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist?

We offer an opportunity to come together in a small group to learn more about our faith. Sessions focus on the teachings and experience of Church and prepare individuals to celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist during the Easter season. You are welcome to participate in the process with your questions, your insights and your faith story in a warm accepting environment.

There is no obligation for those seeking to initiate a relationship with Christ or to learn more about the Catholic Church.  However there is warm welcome, an experience of community and great opportunity to learn and grow. Please consider the invitation and spread the word to others.

HOW IS GOD CALLING YOU TO JOURNEY WITH THOSE INQUIRING ABOUT THE CATHOLIC FAITH?

Soon the RCIA process will begin. Our entire parish community is called by God to respond to those inquiring about initiation into the Catholic faith with hospitality, prayer, and witness. Each of us are gifted in different ways to be instruments of God’s love as we welcome and walk with those coming to know Jesus more intimately during their discernment of  initiation into the Church. Please take to prayer how you might be called by God to participate.  Could you contribute with your gifts of hospitality or intercessory prayer?

Might you serve as a sponsor or as a catechist at our weekly gatherings?  Are you called to invite participation and inclusion into ministries in which you already participate?  In whatever ways you feel called to participate, your contribution matters.

Please contact Jean Beneteau at the parish office or by email at jbeneteau@dol.ca to further discuss how your gifts will make a difference in the RCIA process.

Fore more information on RCIA, visit the section under Sacraments here.

Assumption Parish will host a Blessing of Pets on Saturday, October 7th.

This special service for our furry and feathered companions will take place at 2:00pm on the lawn near the Mary Garden at Assumption Church.

We’ll have some treats too!

Praise be you, Lord, with all your creatures! (St. Francis)

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.

Please consider helping with hospitality hour after Mass. It’s a once-a-month commitment.

Bring a friendly smile and help set up & serve coffee and deserts.

For more information contact Carmen Archibald by leaving a message at the Parish office.

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!