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August 12, 2018

posted Aug 16, 2018, 8:14 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  on Wednesday, August 15 the Church will celebrate  THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY INTO HEAVEN. Addressing a jubilant crowd of over 500,000 people packed into St. Peter’s Square, Pope Pius XII solemnly         defined in Munificentissimus Deus on November 1, 1950, that "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." Although the solemn definition may have been at the midpoint of the twentieth        century, the belief in the Assumption of our Blessed Mother exemplifies the dynamism of revelation and the Church's ongoing understanding of it as guided by the Holy Spirit.  We believe that the promises our Lord has given to each of us of sharing eternal life, including a resurrection of the body, were fulfilled in Mary.  Since Mary was free of Original Sin and its effects (one of which is        corruption of the body at death), since she shared intimately in the life of the Lord and in His              passion, death, and resurrection, and since she was present at Pentecost, this model disciple        appropriately shared in the bodily resurrection and glorification of the Lord at the end of her life.  (Note that the solemn definition does not specify whether Mary physically died before being  assumed or just was assumed; it simply states, "Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life….")  The Catechism, also quoting the Byzantine Liturgy, states,  "The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is a singular participation in her Son's resurrection and an anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians:  ‘In giving birth you kept your virginity; in your  Dormition you did not leave the world, O Mother of God, but were joined to the source of Life. You conceived the living God and, by your prayers, will deliver our souls from death'” (#966).  Masses will be celebrated on   Tuesday evening at 6:00 and again on Wednesday at 7:00, 9:00 and 12:05.


Because of the holy day, we will not be having ALL DAY ADORATION.  I am a little uncomfortable in taking the Lord out of the tabernacle and placing Him back in 3 times. Remember, Jesus is just as present in the tabernacle as He is upon the altar.  There is no increase of grace in either manner of adoration.   


Another reminder - Please mark on your calendars August 26 for OUR PARISH PICNIC. As always it will be held on the Knights of Columbus grounds.  This event for the parish has grown each year and I am anticipating another successful turnout to celebrate our parish family.  More information will be forthcoming in future bulletins; but until that time, please mark your calendars in advance so that you will be able to attend this wonderful event, celebrating family life within our parish.


A few weeks ago, we completed another successful VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL program here at OLV.  I want to take this time to THANK Jim Hoy and his fine staff of volunteers who conducted and directed this event.  We had a record number of students attend and I have heard nothing but great comments about the program.  I am truly grateful for the help and generosity of so many                 parishioners and friends who worked so hard.  May God bless you for your dedication.



-    My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was 60. Now she's 97 years old and we don't know where the heck she is.

-    I joined a health club last year, spent about 400 bucks. Haven't lost a pound. Apparently, you have to go there.

-    I have to exercise early in the morning before my brain figures out what I'm doing.

-    I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.

-    I have flabby thighs, but fortunately, my stomach covers them.

-    If you are going to try cross-country skiing, start with a small country.

-    And last but not least: I don't exercise because it makes the ice jump right out of my glass.

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