Assumption Catholic Church  

     Florian, Minnesota           

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26932 - 390TH ST. NW - STRANDQUIST, MN 56758     ph: (218) 478-3578

Fr George Noel, Pastor: (218) 289-1735

Parish Secretary: Michelle Kostrzewski

Diocesan Victim Assistant Coordinator:  Louann McGlynn (218) 281-7895

Mission Statement of Assumption Church – Florian

As disciples of the teachings of Jesus Christ we, as a Christian Community, focus our time, talent and treasure on sharing the Gospel of our Lord in Word and Deed.

Tri-Parish Mass Times

Assumption:  Sunday @ 8:30 am, St Stephen’s:  Sunday @ 10:30 am &  St Rose: Saturday @ 5:00 pm

 **There will be no confessions before Saturday Mass at St. Rose on May 14 & May 28**   

Reconciliation: before Saturday 5:00 pm Mass: 3:45-4:45pm.; before Sunday 8:30am Mass: 7:45-8:15am;

no Reconciliation before 10:30am Mass, or by Appointment.


Thoughts on Mercy:  “The invocation of God’s mercy needs to rise up from the depth of hearts filled with suffering, apprehension and uncertainty, and at the same time yearning for an infallible source of hope…With the eyes of our soul we long to look into the eyes of the merciful Jesus…” St. John Paul the Great

Sunday May 8th @ 8:30am Mass:   Ascension Of The Lord  Rosary 8:00am

Mass Intention:  Theresa Kazmierczak by her niece Theresa Kazmierczak

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers in our Parish


Sunday May 15th @ 8:30am Mass:   Pentecost Sunday  Rosary 8:00am

Mass Intention:  Marie Chrzanowski by Mark & Louse Szklarski

Note:  Second Collection for Catholic Communications/Catholic University

**Please join the  Kindergarten Class after Mass to honor all mothers who will be giving birth this year. 

    They will be serving coffee & rolls and have made a blanket for the mothers.


Wednesday May 18th @ 7:30pm:  Lector and Eucharistic Minister Training

Note: Includes  present and new recruits.  Any persons that have been confirmed may serve. 

**Assumption Parish Council:  The Parish Pastoral Council is a consultative body whose purpose is to assist the Pastor in fostering pastoral activity. This pastoral activity involves proclamation of the Word of God and catechetical formation, the celebration of the Eucharist and the other sacraments as well as the fostering of family and individual prayer, and serving those in spiritual or bodily need. If you are interested in serving on Assumption's Pastoral Council, please give your name to our parish secretary, Michelle. If you have any questions regarding the Pastoral Council, please talk with Fr. George.

**The Liturgy Committee made $224.00 dollars from the coffee and roll event last Sunday.  Each book cost $15.00, so we will be able to purchase 15 books.  Memorials can be given for the new books.  We will also have additional fundraising events in the fall.  Thank you from the Liturgy Committee.

**Thank you to everyone who helped with "Spring Cleaning" of the Church.  There are a few remaining jobs on the list.  The list is in the kitchen & if anyone is interested in helping, please mark off what you were able to complete.


 Stewardship Collection May 1, 2016

Adult: $1,613.81; Plate: $229.32 Children: $11.00; Catholic Home Missions: $25.00; Utility Fund: $1.00

Checking Deposit: $1,880.13   Cemetery Fund: $316.00


“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”   REVELATIONS 22:13

This is a reminder of how we should live our lives 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – putting God first in all

that we do.  Not only when I am at Mass and parish activities, but when I am in the world, at work

or at school.  Living gratefully and generously is a lifestyle, it’s how I make all my decisions.                                                     






Greeters & Gifts


Eucharistic Ministers


May 8th





Sarah B

Isabel P

Ada P

Donald &



Evald &



John G (Body)

Denise G (Cup)

Linda K (Cup)

May 15th





Naomi B

Riley C

Cooper C

Tim &



James V.


Larry K (Body)

Char K (Cup)

Catherine B (Cup)

May 22nd





Katie N

Zach N

Logan N

Scott &



Mark &



Tom R (Body)

Veronica K (Cup)

Julian S (Cup)










May Collectors:  Larry Kuznia, Jonathan Pearson, David Pietruszewski & Donavan Pietruszewski

Other Items & Upcoming Events

**Assumption DAA Goal $9,522.00 Thank you to the 57 generous members of our parish who have committed $9,440.00 to the 2016 DAA.  The appeal is 53 days from commitment Sunday & we are only $82.00 short of our goal.  If you have not yet committed by making a pledge or a gift, it's not too late.  You may use an envelope & prayer card at our parish or the one you received at home.  For questions about online giving contact Renee' Tate at or call toll free 1-855-297-8252

**Next week, our parish will take up the Collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign.  This collection communicates the Gospel through Catholic social media activities & enriches our faith through television, radio, social media, podcasts, & print media.  Half of all proceeds remain in our (arch) diocese & support local needs, so please be generous in this collection.

**Real Presence Radio  Your Spring Live Drive on Real Presence Radio will be May 11-13.  We will be joined by several local guests to help kick off the event.  Call 1-877-795-0122 or send your gifts to PO Box 13703, Grand Forks, ND 58208.

**Open House Bridal Shower for Brittney Lindgren bride to be of Kevin Kuznia  at the Stephen Community Center on May 14 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

**Assumption Commissioning of Lector and Eucharistic Ministers  (new & current) will be conducted at the conclusion of Mass on Sunday, May 22. 

**Representatives from Catholic Bethlehem Christian Families  will be visiting our parishes the  weekend of  May 21 & 22 before and after masses, to ask for your help and blessing for the native people of the Holy Land in Bethlehem.  These families have relied on the income from their religious hand carved olive wood artifacts to tourist.  All the proceed from sales will be sent back to the families of the Holy Land so that they may be able to keep their homes and provide for their families.  The last few years were very tough for the Christian families, and this is the only source of income for them. Please browse their items and have something authentic from the Holy Land.

**Baccalaureate will be held at St. Rose Church at 7:30pm on  Wednesday, May 25th.

**2016 Bishop’s Cup Fishing Tournament   Date: Saturday, June 11, 2016; Location: Maple Lake, MN (near Mentor);

Boat Check-In: 8:00-9:30 a.m.  Registration forms are available on the table by the bulletin board.

**Update on the Father Jeyapaul situation from Bishop Hoeppner:   I thought it important that I inform you as your bishop that I have been in contact with the bishop in Father Jeyapaul’s home diocese in India and have been assured that he has not assigned Father Jeyapaul to public ministry.  In fact, the bishop has ordered Father Jeyapaul to have no ministry in any parish, including saying Mass.  He has further ordered Father Jeyapaul to have no contact with minors.  He has directed Father Jeyapaul to live in a home for retired clergy. “Suspension” is a technical term in Canon Law, and although Father Jeyapaul’s suspension has been lifted, the severe restrictions on his living and acting mentioned above are firmly in place.  At no time after returning to India has Father Jeyapaul been assigned to public ministry.


Infant Baptism: Catechetical Class is required; please contact Fr. George early during pregnancy or adoption.

Marriage: All Catholics who have made a decision to enter marriage must see a priest six months prior to the desired date of marriage. If a Catholic is contemplating marriage to a non-Catholic, the Catholic must still contact a priest to fulfill the requirements of the Catholic Church for the marriage to be validly recognized by the Church.

Anointing of the Sick: Please call the Parish Office during serious illness or before surgery.

Shut-Ins:  If you know anyone who cannot come to Church, please let the office know, so they can be put on a visiting schedule by a Eucharistic Minister.

New Parishioner (s)  If you are interested or know someone who is, in becoming a registered parishioner of Assumption please call the parish office or visit with Father George.



**Director of Development/Stewardship Sacred Heart School and Parish is seeking a Development Director//Stewardship Coordinator. This position is responsible for executing the development plan, cultivating volunteers, and spearheading special events and fundraising activities. For a detailed description and application requirement visit

**The Diocese of Crookston is seeking a full time Director of the Office of the New Evangelization and Justice. This office serves the pastors and parishes in the endeavor of the new evangelization by helping pastors and parish leadership facilitate intentional disciples by offering training, programs, education and resources. This office will also serve in the area of justice by promoting the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy and CRS and CCHD grants as well as local initiatives. We are seeking a candidate with an educational background in evangelization and justice along with some years of experience in both. The qualifying candidate needs to be a practicing Catholic who has an understanding of the teachings of the Catholic Church and desires to promote them. Send resume and references to: Jim Clauson, Diocese of Crookston, P. O. Box 610, Crookston, MN. 56716 or email the information to: Interviews begin by June 1st.

**Silent Prayer hours at Planned Parenthood of Bemidji 2505 Hannah Avenue NW  Time:  10 – 11 a.m. Saturday, May 14.  All ages and denominations welcome.  Bring your family; invite your friends!  Questions: call 218-368-9019.  See bulletin board for more info.

**A Retreat for Separated or Divorced will be held at Christ the King Retreat Center in Buffalo, Minnesota May 20–22.  The retreat begins on Fri., May 20, at 8:00 p.m. and concludes on Sun., May 22, at 12:45 p.m.  The retreat will be conducted by Fr. Jim Heneghan.  The theme of the retreat is: “Seasons of Love.”  The suggested donation for this retreat is $175.00 per person. (Includes a $30.00 deposit to reserve a room.)  The men and women of this parish are cordially invited to a beautiful, inexpensive, lakeside weekend of wonderful relaxation and spiritual rejuvenation.  Please call (763) 682-1394 for a registration form and more information.  For more information please contact:  Lori Polman at Christ the King Retreat Center, 621 First Avenue South, Buffalo, Minnesota 55313-1399, or (763)682-1394

** The 2016 Relay for Life will be on Friday, June 3rd at the fairgrounds in Warren.



From the Minnesota Catholic Conference:


The Minnesota Legislature will make an important decision this month that could have a powerful positive impact on the lives of thousands of Minnesota children. 

Legislators are considering a refundable tax credit to expand educational options for low-income families. This K-12 tuition tax credit will remove some of the financial barriers that limit parental choice in education, helping to ensure that ALL kids have the chance to attend a school where they can flourish.
Legislators will make final decisions over the
next three weeks before the legislature adjourns on May 23.  We need to let our elected officials know TODAY just how important expanding school choice is to Minnesota.
Please contact your State Representative and State Senator to let them know you support expanding the state K-12 tax credit to include private school tuition.  You can look up your State Representative and Senator via this link: or by calling the Minnesota House at 651-296-2146 and the Minnesota Senate at 651-296-0504.
Learn more and sign up for timely Action Alerts at the Minnesota Catholic Conference’s website,

**Pope Francis affirmed that parents are the first educators of their children in his recent exhortation, The Joy of Love, when he said “parents themselves enjoy the right to choose freely the kind of education—accessible and of good quality—which they wish to give their children in accordance with their convictions.”
Children are not all the same, and one-size-fits-all programs for education do not adequately serve the diversity of our children and their specific needs and goals. Parents and children need options. The proposed K-12 tuition tax credit will make real educational opportunity a reality for thousands of Minnesota kids.