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August 5, 2019

posted Aug 9, 2019, 6:18 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, as we celebrate the SOLEMNITY OF THE           ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, a holy day of obligation, I thought an                   explanation from the Holy Father Pope Francis could best summarize the meaning of the solemnity for all of us: In the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the holy faithful people of God express with joy their veneration of the Virgin Mother. They do so in the common liturgy and also in a thousand different ways of piety; and thus, the prophecy of Mary herself comes true: "All generations will call me blessed" (Luke 1:48), because the Lord has regarded His humble handmaid. The Assumption into Heaven, in soul and body, is a divine privilege accorded to the Holy Mother of God because of her particular union with Jesus. It's a corporal and spiritual union, which began with the Annunciation and matured throughout Mary's life, through her singular participation in her Son's mystery. Mary always went with her Son: she went behind Jesus, and so we say she was His first disciple. Our Lady's  existence unfolded like that of any woman of her time: she prayed, managed the family and the home, went to the Synagogue . . . However, she did every daily action in total union with Jesus. And this union reached its apex on Calvary in love, in compassion and the suffering of the heart. Therefore, God gave her full participation in Jesus' Resurrection. The Holy Mother's body, like that of the Son, was preserved from corruption. The Church invites us today to contemplate this mystery: it shows us that God wills to save the whole man, namely, save his soul and body. Jesus resurrected with the body He assumed of Mary, and He ascended to the Father with His transfigured humanity. With the body, a body like ours, but transfigured. The Assumption of Mary, a human creature, confirms to us what our glorious destiny will be. The Greek philosophers had already understood that man's soul is destined for happiness after death. However, they disdained the body — considered the soul's prison — and they didn't conceive that God had disposed that man's body be united to the soul in the celestial beatitude. Our body, transfigured, will be there. This — the "resurrection of the flesh" — is an element proper of Christian  revelation, a pivot of our faith. The stupendous reality of Mary's Assumption manifests and confirms the unity of the human person, and it reminds us that we are called to serve and glorify God with all our  being, soul and body. To serve God only with the body would be an act of slaves; to serve God only with the soul would be against our human nature. Around the year 220, Saint Irenaeus, a great Father of the Church, affirmed that "the glory of God is man fully alive, and man's life consists in the vision of God" (Against the Heresies, IV, 20, 7). If we have lived thus, in the joyful service of God, which is also expressed in generous service to brothers, on the day of the resurrection our destiny will be similar to that of our heavenly Mother. Given then will be the full realization of the Apostle Paul's exhortation: "Glorify God in your body!" (1 Corinthians 6:20), and we will glorify Him forever in  Heaven. Let us pray to Mary that, with her maternal intercession, she may help us to live our daily journey in the active hope of being able one day to reach her, with all the Saints and our dear ones — all in Paradise. Masses will be celebrated Wednesday evening at 6:00 PM, Thursday at 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM and 12:05 PM.

Please note that since the Vigil Mass falls on a Wednesday evening, ALL DAY ADORATION WILL END AT 5:00 PM to prepare for Mass.

Please mark your calendars for August 25th for our ANNUAL PARISH PICNIC AT THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS grounds. This has always been proven to be an enjoyable gathering and I hope many parishioners will attend. More information on the picnic will come later.



· Law of Fixing or Replacement: If it jams...force it. If it breaks, it needed replacing anyway.

· Theorem of Making Things Fit: If it doesn't fit, use a hammer. If it still doesn't fit, use a sledgehammer.

· Law of Universal Fit: Interchangeable parts won't (or don't?).

· Law of Anxious Unpacking: The assembly and operation manual will be discarded with the packing        material. The garbage truck will have it picked up five minutes before the mad dash to the rubbish can.

· Axiom: The Carpenter's Rule: "Measure Twice, Cut Once" Doesn't Apply to Electricians. Any wire cut to the exact measured length will be too short.

· The Axiom of Near vs Far: Tell a man there are 300 billion stars in the universe and he'll believe you. Tell him a bench has wet paint on it and he'll have to touch to be sure.