Today’s 2nd reading asks “what sort of persons ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness”. Responding to the call to holiness is how we share in preparing the world for Christ’s coming. This is the mission of Christ that we share as the baptized. We grow in holiness as we seek to deepen our personal relationship to Christ, and allow the Holy Spirit to use us as instruments of grace, by using our gifts to build the kingdom of God. If you are a member of the body of Christ you have specific purposes in that body to help it function as God desires. During this Advent season, prayerfully invite the Lord to show you the gifts he has bestowed upon you for the service of others. The Assumption faith community does many good works, often with few and tired hands. Imagine how the parish would thrive if each person humbly yet confidently offered their best gifts in the most suitable places for their use. As you give time, energy and love to choosing the right gift for your loved ones this season, let us also give time, energy, and love to discerning our best gifts of the spirit to give to the mission of Christ’s Church in the world.

The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration takes place on Monday, December 11th, 2017 with the Holy Rosary at 6:15pm, Procession of Nations atv6:45pm and mass at 7pm.  The Presider is Bishop Joseph Dabrowski.

Assumption Parish-McEwan Campus.  Reception to follow in church basement.

Join us as we celebrate our 8th Day Novena Filipino Christmas Tradition on Friday, December 15th, 2017. Holy Mass at 5:00pm. Reception to follow after mass in the church basement.

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.

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.