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August 13, 2017

posted Aug 11, 2017, 12:56 PM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this Tuesday we celebrate the ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN 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. We find homilies on the Assumption going back to the sixth century. In following centuries, the Eastern Churches held steadily to the doctrine, but some authors in the West were hesitant. However by the 13th century there was universal agreement. The feast was celebrated under various names–Commemoration, Dormition, Passing, and Assumption–from at least the fifth or sixth century. Today it is celebrated as a solemnity.           Scripture does not give an account of Mary’s Assumption into heaven. Nevertheless, Revelation 12 speaks of a woman who is caught up in the battle between good and evil. Many see this woman as God’s people. Since Mary best embodies the people of Old and New Testaments, her Assumption can be seen as an exemplification of the woman’s victory. Furthermore, in 1 Corinthians 15:20, Paul speaks of Christ’s resurrection as the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. Since Mary is closely associated with all the mysteries of Jesus’ life, it is not surprising that the Holy Spirit has led the Church to believe in Mary’s share in his glorification. So close was she to Jesus on earth, she must be with him body and soul in heaven (Fr. Don Miller, OFM). Masses will be                              celebrated Monday evening at 6:00 and Tuesday at 7:00 AM, 9:00 AM and 12:05 PM.


This Sunday evening we will spend a NIGHT WITH THE SPIKES WITH THE NORTHERN          DEANERY at 6:00 PM.  As Dean of the Northern Deanery, I think this is a wonderful way to              celebrate the great parishes we have in the North.  So often the only time we get together is during the Penance Services.  Here we get a chance to play together and root on the Spikes.  Please call the rectory for your reservation.  The cost is just $10.00.  Choirs from the churches will sing the      National Anthem and God Bless America before and during the game. As of this typing we are sold out. However, since there are no tickets available with us you can purchase your own and still join us for the game.  The more the merrier as we represent our Catholic Churches of the Northern Deanery.


A LOOK AHEAD – Please plan to attend our ANNUAL PARISH PICNIC. It will be held on August 27th from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at the Knights of Columbus grounds.  Each year it gets bigger and bigger and I am so pleased with the attendance.  It speaks highly of an active parish.  Mark your calendars and be with us as we celebrate OUR LADY OF VICTORY FAMILY.



HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Due to some mistakes in my bulletins over the past years, I think the following bulletin bloopers are very appropriate.  I can truly identify with them:

*Sign-up sheet for anyone wishing to be water baptized on the table in the foyer.

 *Newsletters are not being sent to absentees because of their weight.

 *Helpers are needed! Please sign up on the information sheep.

 *The Advent Retreat will be held in the lover level of St. Mary's Cathedral.

 *The District Duperintendent will be meeting with the church board.

 *As soon as the weather clears up, the men will have a goof outing.

 *Fifth Sinday is Lent.

 *Thank you dead friends.

 *Diana and Don request your presents at their wedding.