Dearly Beloved in Christ:
Wednesday, August 15th is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is a holy day of obligation. Here is the Mass schedule for this celebration: Tuesday, August 14th: Vigil Mass at Our Lady by the Sea in Bolivar at 6 PM; Wednesday August 15th: 7 AM Mass at St. Patrick (English); 12:10 PM Mass at St. Mary’s (English); 6 PM Mass at Sacred Heart church (English) and 6 PM Mass at St. Patrick (Spanish). The office will be closed on Wednesday, August 15th, in observance of this holy day of obligation. Please note that we will be having the regular Wednesday Exposition and Benediction from 12 Noon to 5:30 PM on this day.
The Feast of the Assumption professes our firm belief that the Blessed Virgin Mary was assumed body and soul into heaven by God at the completion of her earthly sojourning. Although belief in the Assumption can be traced back to the earliest years of the Church, it was only in 1950 that it was officially promulgated as a dogma by Pope Pius XII. In his Apostolic Constitution, Munificentissimus Deus – which means, the Most Beneficent God – the pope writes: “the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory”.
The Assumption of Mary is the preeminent manifestation of the gift of redemption in and through Christ. It was fitting that Mary who, by a singular grace of God, was freed from the corruption of sin from the moment of her conception, should share in the complete victory of Christ over sin and death. The Blessed Virgin Mary, “by an entirely unique privilege, completely overcame sin by her Immaculate Conception, and as a result she was not subject to the law of remaining in the corruption of the grave, and she did not have to wait until the end of time for the redemption of her body” (ibid, 5).
Our celebration of this feast calls us to earnestly hope in the gift of redemption from sin and death. The Blessed Virgin Mary is our Mother. She prays earnestly for us, her children, that cooperating with God’s grace, we too would come to share in Christ’s complete victory over death at the resurrection.
We welcome our mothers and sisters who have just completed the English Women’s ACTS retreat. May the graces they have received through this retreat be for us a source of renewal and blessings, amen! Also, join me in welcoming our new Coordinator of Youth Ministry, Ms. Katarina Goitz (see p. 5). Our goal is to have a vibrant youth ministry by creating space for our youth so that they in turn can take greater ownership of their faith as well as participate more in the parish.
We are one Holy Family Parish, united in the joy of the Holy Spirit and in charity, as missionary disciples, amen!
In Christ’s love,
Fr. Jude Ekenedilichukwu Ezuma