This week, on August 15, we celebrate the Assumption of Mary. It is the principal Marian feast in the liturgical year.
The feast days of the Church are not just the commemoration of historical events; they do not look only to the past. They look to the present and to the future and give us an insight into our own relationship with God. The Assumption looks to eternity and gives us hope that we, too, will follow Our Lady when our life is ended.
In 1950, in the Apostolic Constitution Munificentissimus Pope Pius XII proclaimed the Assumption of Mary a dogma of the Catholic Church in these words: “The Immaculate Mother of God, the ever virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heaven.”
With that, an ancient belief became Catholic doctrine, and the Assumption was declared a truth revealed by God.
July 22 - The Deacon's Den
Welcome my brothers and sisters? those who live here year round, part time, or just visiting for vacation. Father Perreault and I are always keeping you and your families, and all your sufferings, worries, and joys, in our prayers. In the Gospel today, Jesus looked at the vast crowds and had pity on them. If you notice during the 2nd half of the Lord’s Prayer, I always look upon the entire crowd in the church. My heart is moved with joy at the dedication you show in consistently finding ?time to Praise the Lord on Sunday. I know many of your sufferings and much of your joy.
As we begin to move to the end of July, our Gospel will turn to John’s Gospel and the great Chapter 6? the discourse on the Bread of Life. It always amazes me how Jesus truly is our Shepherd, and how during the sacrifice of the Mass, Jesus really is our food, for this is the banquet of the Lord. The Kingdom of God IS AT HAND.
Please take note of the info in the Bulletin regarding the bus trip on October 13. Every two years, our diocese organizes a visit to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Our parish will again be sharing the bus with our brothers and sisters of St. Maximillian Kolbe in Marmora for this is a wonderful, prayerful, and fun ?time. Please join Linda and I and many of our St. Joseph family for this opportunity to honor the Mother of Jesus.
You remain in our prayers, please pray for us.