On November 1, 1950, Pope Pius XII defined the Assumption of Mary into heaven to be a dogma of the Catholic 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. What the pope solemnly declared was already a common belief in the Catholic Church and had been among the lay faithful for centuries. We find homilies on the Assumption of Mary going back to the sixth century. The Eastern Rite Churches likewise held to this belief, that having been immaculately conceived and cooperating fully in God’s plan for our salvation, Mary was assumed body and soul into heaven immediately after her earthly life. This was the universal belief of the Church by the 13th century.
Scripture does not give an account of Mary’s Assumption into heaven, but neither does it have to. The two natures of Christ and the Trinitarian dogmas are not described in the Sacred Scriptures either. Revelation 12 speaks of a woman who is caught up in the battle between good and evil and of that same woman “clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.”
Please join us for the celebration Mary’s Assumption and remember whoever honors Mary, honors the One who created her, worked through her and by whose power she was assumed into heaven, the Living God.
Vigils Mass: 4:00pm at St. George
7:00pm at St. Dominic Savio
Vigils Mass: 6:30 a.m. at St. George
8am at St. Dominic Savio
7:00pm at St. George
Our campus is ready to receive another group of Holy Cross Academy students. This past Monday, we had an All Academy faculty retreat day and Mass at the motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Joseph. We expect to have 79 pre-school students in four classrooms and 109 students, Kg through 5th on our campus this school year. The Holy Cross Academy custodians have cleaned all four campuses and we look forward to another exciting year of Catholic formation in the Faith. Many of you participate in our parish’s online giving program. Your generous giving is appreciated by so many and helps our parish carry on the work Jesus gave us. To help us maintain and grow this mission, our parish is in the process of transitioning from ParishPay to WeShare, a new online giving tool. WeShare makes it easier than ever for you to manage your online contributions and will save our parish time and money.
To make this transition as seamless as possible for those of you who participate in the online giving program and to ensure our records are up-to-date, we need a few minutes of your help. Please visit our parish website, click the ParishPay link, and log into your online giving account. Review your contact information, address, payment method, and current giving for accuracy. Make any necessary changes and that’s it. If you run into any issues accessing your account, please contact Customer Service at 1-800-950-9952, and select Option One or Michelle in the office.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us!
Fr. Paul J. Rothschild