After doors closed in 2014, the 174-year-old landmark begins its community revival.  The Windsor Symphony Orchestra are aiding the revival with Handel’s glorious Messiah led by WSO Music Director Robert Franz and WSO Chorus Master Bruce Kotowich on December 5th, 2019 at 7:30pm.

An all-Canadian cast of singers will join the Windsor Symphony Orchestra Chorus.  A holiday institution, there is no better way to celebrate the reopening of Windsor’s historical gem than with the awe-inspiring echoes of the Hallelujah chorus.

“The WSO welcomes the opportunity through music to bring people together and to contribute to the restoration of Assumption Church, a signature heritage structure for Windsor,” said Jennifer McKim, President, WSO Board of Directors.

For many years, the WSO performed Messiah at Assumption Church.  It is an amazingly beautiful structure with acoustics that cannot be duplicated.  Assumption Church is a valued heritage structure and anchor in our community.  It is tied to the history of the French settlements in this region and has served as a communal space for generations of Windsorites.

“The performance of Handel’s Messiah by the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and Chorus is the most exciting way possible to celebrate the return of the beautiful Assumption Church for its use and enjoyment by the entire community. One of the primary goals of this restoration project is to share this historic treasure with the general public in every way we can.  This performance will also serve as a timely start for raising the $3,450,000 needed to restore the interior of this grand building to its former glory, said Paul Mullins, Assumption Church Fundraising Volunteer.

$5 from every ticket sold to the December 5th performance will be donated to the Assumption Church Restoration Fund.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.windsorsymphony.com, in person at the box office (121 University Avenue West), or on the phone by calling (519) 973 – 1238 ext. 2.

We will be starting a new round of altar server training. We are looking for additional servers for all masses.

All children are welcome as long as they have made their first communion.

The younger ones are given easy tasks to do at first and won’t find it difficult.

Serving at the altar is a great way to keep your children involved in their faith and help them want to come to church.

Call the parish office and leave your contact information.

The Fall Family Festival is scheduled for Sunday October 20th, from 12:15pm to 3pm in the hall at Holy Name of Mary Church on McEwan Avenue.

This community building family celebration offers families some seasonal fun with games, crafts, and eats and treats!

Anyone who would like to help out with the festival preparations, or help with the event (set-up, clean-up, food service, leading activities) is asked to contact Jean Beneteau this week.

During trunk or treat events adults decorate the back of their cars for Halloween, load up on candy, and come sit in a parking lot for kids to “trick or treat” from car-to-car. Kids come fully dressed in costumes.

When: Friday, October 25th, 2019

Where: behind Assumption Church  in the Parking Lot

Time:  6pm to 7:30pm

Come join in the fun all are welcome!!

 

The “L’il Saints” Children’s Liturgy Program will be starting at the 11am mass, and the 7:30pm mass on Sunday October 20th.

L’il Saints are the children of the parish, ages 5-10, who gather to reflect on the Gospel in age appropriate ways, during the Liturgy of the Word.

The children are called forward after the Opening Prayer and sent into the Rosary Chapel with their leaders.  After sharing the word and its message in ways the children understand, the group returns to church to meet their parents during the offertory collection.

We would still benefit from having two more catechist/leaders for the 11:00am mass so that each of the leaders has some flexibility in their schedule.

Please let Jean Beneteau know if you are interested.

 

Bishop Fabbro announces the following pastoral appointments and changes:

Rev. Nichola Mauro Iko, O.F.M., is returning to his community effective July 1, 2019. I would like to thank Father Nic for the many years he served our diocese in different parishes and in our African communities. As he returns to his religious community, we offer him our gratitude.

Rev. Maurice Restivo, C.S.B., is appointed Parish Administrator of St. Alphonsus and Priest-Chaplain of St. Daniel Comboni African Catholic Community, Windsor, in addition to his current appointment as Parish Administrator of Assumption, Windsor, effective July 2, 2019.

Rev. Mark Gazin, C.S.B., is appointed Parochial Vicar of St. Alphonsus in addition to his current appointments to the Marriage Tribunal and as Parochial Vicar of Assumption, Windsor, effective July 2, 2019.

I offer our prayers and support to our priests, parish teams and parish families who will be affected by this pastoral change. May God continue to bless our ministry to the people of our Diocese.

Bishop Fabbro introduces the Year of Prayer with a handout for Pentecost, 2019 with the following prayer:

Send forth your Spirit, O Lord,
and fill the hearts of your people with an
ardent desire to follow Jesus,
to be his missionary disciples.
Fill us with joy and a desire to know your word.
May we boldly proclaim the Good News to others;
for when we help others to know that God loves them,
they will know true happiness.
Fill us with a deep desire for the Eucharist.
May we recognize Jesus in the proclamation of the Scriptures
and in the Breaking of the Bread;
for when we are united with Jesus, joy is constantly born anew.
Fill us with a true love of neighbour.
May we seek opportunities for reconciliation,
and with big hearts serve those in need;
for in serving them, we know we are serving your Son.
With the help of the Holy Spirit, may we commit ourselves
to loving you and doing your will.
We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.

You can find the entire Year of Prayer handout online here.

Assumption Church was built in 1842 on land donated by the Huron people 252 years ago. Assumption Parish is the oldest parish in Canada west of Montreal. The church was closed 5 years ago but hopes to reopen in the fall of 2019.

A new copper roof is the first step toward a total restoration of this historic edifice.

A fundraising campaign to support Assumption Church’s new copper roof has now been launched.

For $250, you can purchase naming rights to a copper shingle.

Visit the link below to donate to our cause:

https://assumptionparish.ca/roof

Assumption parish will be in a family with St. Alphonsus and St. Angela Merici.  Once fully implemented, there will be one pastor and two 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.

Find more information on the Dicoese of London website.