This week we celebrate the Assumption of Mary, a holy day of obligation. On November 1, 1950, Pope Pius XII defined the Assumption of Mary to be a dogma of faith: “We pronounce, declare and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma that the immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul to heavenly glory.” The pope proclaimed this dogma only after a broad consultation of bishops, theologians and laity. There were few dissenting voices. What the pope solemnly declared was already a common belief in the Catholic Church.
This month we will celebrate the sacrament of Baptism at the 5:00 PM Mass on the 12th and at the 9:00 AM Mass on August 20th. What a blessing!
No, still no word on Fr. Basant. We patiently wait.
Remember that our NEW Sunday Mass schedule begins September 3rd.
We received a beautiful thank you letter from the Sisters of Mercy on behalf of Catherine’s House. A few weeks ago, affiliates were selling raffle tickets for a new car. Tickets sales totaled $6,391 which included some donations. They are ever so grateful. We welcome back our mission group from the Dominican Republic. What a great witness it was to have you there sharing your faith and talents. Thank you.
To give you a weeks’ notice, August 15 is the feast of the Assumption of Mary, a Holy Day of Obligation. The schedule of Masses can be found in the bulletin.
Reminder: coming out of the church, the first parking spot on the left is reserved for the auction winner. To park there you must have proper ID that signifies you as the winner.
I received a letter of appreciation from the Maryknollers around the world for your kindness. Fr. Doug May enjoyed the weekend of June 23/24 and the people who were very receptive. It was a very positive experience for him. There will be a grateful remembrance in their Masses and prayers for our parish. Thank you!
We continue our prayers for those who are presently in the Dominican Republic on the mission trip.
Our first baptism during Mass took place on July 9th with our new baptismal font. In the future, if we know in time for the bulletin, the Mass during which there will be a baptism, will be noted.
And for those who are new, if you are in need of a low-gluten Eucharist at communion time, please come to the priest celebrant who distributes them.
This coming week we will bid farewell to those going to the Dominican Republic for our Mission Trip. Fr. Roberto, Emily Sevier, our youth minister and a total of 22 will be spending 10 days working there. We wish them both safe travels and a fruitful ministry. May they go with our prayers.
What is that box on the wall up by the altar? For those observant, the ambry (the cabinet that holds the blessed oils) was moved from the gathering area to the sanctuary near the baptismal font. Two of these oils, the Oil of Catechumens and the Sacred Chrism are used in Baptism. The third oil is the Oil of the Sick. Since it is closely tied to the sacrament of baptism, it was moved into the sanctuary.
We are patiently awaiting the mosaic that will be placed where the baptismal font was. It is taking a little longer than expected. The mosaic will be of the parish logo.
Let us keep our youth and leaders in prayer as they make their final preparations for their mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Fr. Roberto, Emily and about 25 people in all will be leaving July 27th and returning August 3rd. May it be a time of grace and blessing for them all.
Often at Mass, especially the 5:00 on Saturday evenings, we struggle to find altar servers. We are always open to children who have made their First Communion to become servers. However, we are especially looking for some adults that would be willing to be trained and serve when the children cannot make it. If interested, Greg Savold will be organizing both groups. Leave your name at the office.
Thanks for your prayers for Fr. Roberto and I while we were on retreat this past week.