August 9, 2020
It is an ancient tradition in the Church to commemorate saints on the anniversary of their death because that was the day on which they were born into eternal life. We celebrate the same reality in our funeral liturgies and on the anniversaries of the death of our own loved ones. In Mary’s case, her birthday into eternal life has been celebrated on August 15th for approximately 1500 years.
Throughout most of this time, the Christian faithful believed that both Mary’s body and soul were taken up into glory. This is the same glory that we believe all Christians await on the last day. Her perfect cooperation with God in their lifetime and her honored place as mother of the Messiah made her the first to enjoy the fullness of the Resurrection. In answer to a century of calls to proclaim this belief as a doctrine of the Church, Pope Pius XII proclaimed Mary’s Assumption as doctrine in 1950.
A long standing tradition here at Assumption Parish is to conduct our Festival in conjunction with this great feast of Mary, our patroness. The COVID-19 pandemic necessitates a change in format. The traditional Procession with the statue of Our Lady of the Assumption will be indoors and will be part of the Entrance Procession of the 4:00 pm Mass. There will be blessing of flowers and you can place those you brought in the vases by the statue of Our Lady after Mass. We cordially invite all of you to take part in the celebration.
On Sunday afternoon from 3:30-7:00 pm there will be an Ice Cream Drive-thru. The format will be similar to what you did on Palm Sunday for the Blessed Palm. Come and enjoy free ice cream!
This Saturday, August 15th, is the actual Feast of the Assumption. Because this feast is not observed as a Holy Day of Obligation this year, Mass on August 15th will be at 8:30 am as on other Saturdays.