Assumption Parish is comprised of a multitude of ministry, service, and outreach programs. Each program or ministry makes an incalculable contribution to the flowing of the Holy Spirit – giving life and substance to the Word, to our Liturgies, to the Sacraments, and to the service of neighbor.
SOCIAL AND SUPPORT MINISTRIES (PDF Downloadable Version)
Assumption prides itself in being a warm and welcoming parish. As new parishioners join the parish, they are mailed a letter of welcome and a booklet listing the many parish ministries they are invited to join and take part in.
Approximately once a month, “Coffee and. . . “ is held in the Community Room following Sunday Masses, giving our parishioners the opportunity to greet and socialize in a informal manner.
The practice of Centering Prayer is a method of silent communion with God,
Assumption’s Centering Prayer Group has a dedicated room in the Assumption Ministry Center and offers two weekly Centering Prayer sessions. This room is also available at all times to all people of the parish who wish to pray, meditate, or spend some some in the quiet presence of the Lord.
The Centering Prayer groups offers periodic workshops to introduce interested parishioners to the practice of centering prayer.
For more information, contact Fr. Ken Lasch at 973-538-2653.
The Holistic Health Ministry was started in 2000 by two volunteer nurses, who were community health nurses. The Ministry started with monthly blood pressure checks after each Mass. The ministry has a dedicated extension on the main office line for any possible medical needs within the parish.
In 2007, we continue to offer blood pressure checks after all five Masses on the last weekend of the month. We generally have ten to 20 people, after most Masses. The Ministry has 12 active nurses in the parish.
Education programs are held on a regular basis.
Contact Michele Cameron at 973-830-0705.
The loss of someone we love through death is one of the hardest experiences for a human being to go through. Gratefully, we are not merely human beings, because we are also touched by the divine gift of immortality. Bereavement is a vital part of the process of recognizing and accepting the deep consolation of our being created for everlasting union with our God who is love.
Our Bereavement Support Group Ministry assists all those who are grieving the loss of someone they loved. Spiritual insights are combined with topics such as ‘common grief emotions’, and ‘getting through the holidays’.
You are invited to call Marion Lapchak 973-285-1976.
Members of Assumption’s Bethany Ministry represent the parish community in providing comfort and support to the families whose loved ones have recently died and have scheduled a funeral liturgy at Assumption Church. Bethany Ministers act as liaisons in assisting the family, Celebrant, and Music Minister in planning the funeral by helping to select readings and identify family members who will participate in the funeral liturgy. Bethany Ministers also provide a welcoming presence to family and friends who have gathered for the funeral and serve in various ministerial roles during the funeral liturgy when needed.
For more information on our Bethany Ministry, contact the parish office at 973-539-2141.
Moms and Tots is a support group for families with young children. Our members get-together on a weekly basis on Thursday mornings in the Parish Center. Moms and Tots provides an opportunity for moms (and dads too) with infants and toddlers to socialize, meet new friends, and discuss topics of interest (including child-rearing, leaving the work force, school concerns, etc). While the adults socialize, the children are provided with toyss and snacks, and learn to interact with one another. Although we are a very casual group, we support our members in times of need with meals and babysitting.
For further information, please contact Henriette Kahn at 973-539-1350.
All high school students are encouraged to take part in our Youth Group Activities. Upon confirmation, students are invited to become a “peer” minister. Under the guidance of our Youth Minister, peer ministers plan several social and service projects. Peer ministers also attend confirmation classes to join in small group discussions. Listed below are some of the activities the youth of our parish are involved in:
Breakfast with Santa
Annual Mission trip to Appalachia or the Gulf Coast region
Stations of the Cross on Good Friday evening
Lisa Sullivan is our Youth Minister and can be reached at 973-267-8519.
Assumption’s fledgling Young Professionals Ministry strives to provide opportunities for participants to gather and socialize in a Christian environment. It is intended for Catholic Young Adults and their friends, in their 20’s and 30’s, married or single, to meet together at local bars, restaurants, and parish halls to listen to a speaker, share conversation, and gain new insights into God’s place in their daily life.
Contact Fr. Przemek at 973-539-2141 to learn more.
Our Senior Citizens gather on the second Thursday of each month after the 12:05 Mass; usually in our Community Room. We enjoy each other’s company, share lunch and listen to a speaker or video on topics of interest.
We sponsor days of Recollection at St. Mary’s Abbey/Delbarton and Loyola Retreat House. We welcome new members and new ideas for activities. We have no minimum (or maximum) age standard.
Please call the parish office for more information.
We find and serve Christ in the sick, the aged and the disabled. Priests from Assumption celebrate a weekly Mass at two local Nursing facilities. Assumption’s Eucharistic Ministers also visit these nursing homes on an additional day to visit and distribute the Eucharist to residents’ rooms.
Please call the parish office at 973-539-2141.