June 30, 2024

June 30, 2024

As we celebrate Independence Day this Thursday, let us remember that all freedom comes as a result of great sacrifice and that we must be willing to sacrifice if we are to attain and preserve this freedom. Many people have the mistaken impression that freedom means that I can do whatever I want, when I want, and how I want. This is why there is so much trouble and chaos in the world. 

God given freedom, which is the freedom envisioned by the Declaration of Independence, is our empowerment to respect one another's rights and to assist each other in our task of fulfilling God's plan for our lives. When this mutual respect and assistance become a reality, the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness follow as a natural result. 

Picnics, fireworks, and games will be our chief occupations on this holiday. But at Mass today and for a few moments today, let's stop and thank God for the freedoms and rights we have as citizens of the United States of America. Let's not forget the men and women fighting for freedom in trouble spots of the world but ask God to shield them under the protection of his mighty arm that shatters the weapons of war and lead us all to accept the gentle rule of the King of Peace. A Blessed and Happy Independence Day to all!

For the past several years, the youth of Assumption Parish have been blessed by the presence of Ryan Bagley, who journeyed with them and brought them closer to Jesus. As he has answered the call to a teaching position, we extend to him our prayerful best wishes and extend our thanks for all the ways he positively impacted the youth of our parish. His last day at Assumption will be July 30th. God's blessings to you and your family, Ryan!