My Dear Parishioners,
This Tuesday we will celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM). The Assumption of the BVM celebrates that at the end of her earthly life, Mary’s body and soul were taken into heaven. Unlike us, her body did not undergo corruption. We have to wait until the end of the world for our bodies to be reunited with our souls in heaven, but Mary does not. This Feast is a Holy Day of Obligation. Our Masses will be as follows: Vigil Mass, Monday at 5:30 p.m. and on Tuesday at 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. and also 7:00 p.m. Because of the Vigil Mass, our regular Monday Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be ended before the start of the Mass. There will still be Monday Night Rosary at 7:30 p.m.
We celebrate the great things God has done for Mary by lifting up His lowly servant. With her, God also lifts us up. Mary’s assumption of her body and soul into heaven demonstrates the mercy of God and His promise to share that mercy with us. We also honor the dignity of Mary and of all women. It is good for us to recognize the women in our lives who, like Mary, have helped to form us spiritually and have brought us closer to God. We also have a beautiful window depicting the Assumption of the Virgin in our church. I hope you take a good look at it and offer God a prayer of praise for lifting us up. I found the following on the Franciscan Media website. https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-of-the- day/assumption-of-the-blessed-virgin-mary/
God Bless you,