After being closed since November 2014, Assumption Church will return to regular use on Sunday, September 8th, 2019.

Mass will be celebrated on September 8th at 11am with Bishop Ronald Fabbro, CSB followed by a BBQ celebration on the church grounds.

The weekend mass schedule will then fully return to Assumption Church with the 7:30pm mass celebrated that evening. The 5:00pm Saturday and 9:00am Sunday masses will return to Assumption Church the following weekend.

Since May of 2019 the church has been undergoing Phase 1 of a restoration project. Work on the new copper roof is now complete and work will continue this fall on the new heating system and other mechanical and electrical upgrades.

Notes on Returning:

As we enter the church it will be clear that much remains to be done.

Phase 1 (the roof, asbestos remediation, and heating) is only an initial step, and the least expensive one.

You will see hoarding up over the side altars, and the side pews will be roped off. This is to ensure that no plaster falls on anyone, and will serve as a reminder that we need to ensure that Phase 2
happens, when the plaster will be stabilized and the frescos restored.

You will also notice that there is still a staging area outside the church. This will remain in place until the heating system installation is complete, by mid-October.

Latest Report:

Paul Mullins has released a progress report on the fundraising and restoration:

Assumption Restoration Progress Report – August 15th 2019

The Campus Ministry 12:10pm mass on Tuesdays and Thursdays resumes on Tuesday, September 10th in Rosary Chapel.

The parish office will be closed the week of August 26th to August 30th.

It will also be closed on Labour Day Monday, September 2nd.

It will be open on Tuesday September 3rd for normal office hours, but will be closed all day on Wednesday September 4th.

Normal office hours resume on Thursday, September 5th.

Surviving Divorce Program was created to bring hope and healing to those who have experienced the pain and loneliness of a broken marriage.

This 12 week program starts on Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 in Rosary Hall.

Find more information here.

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:

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.