A Few Follow-ups
Last week I mentioned our thanks to several people who have worked hard on our parish grounds. I was asked several times why one of them, Noah Villers, created the new Cross for our Marian grotto. The following is how Noah explains it: I was inspired to build this cross for several reasons. I knew for Christian Coffee House 2016 I wanted to be different. But I also wanted to express my faith in a unique way. My father and I spent several weekends working on this Cross. The spikes represent where Jesus' hands and feet were nailed to the Cross. The barbwire shows where the Crown of Thorns was placed on Jesus' head. The star- like shape in the middle, represents the Light of Christ which shines always. And lastly, I placed the 'INRI' sign at the top of the Cross which was nailed to mock Jesus during the crucifixion." Many thanks to Noah and his Dad!
On the feast of the Transfiguration I was overjoyed to be with Sr. Brigid Ancilla Marie as she became fully professed with the Sisters of Life. I went with a few other priests and seminarians to their motherhouse in Stamford, Connecticut. It was the best three-hour Mass I have ever experienced! Please keep the six who offered their lives to Him in service to the Church and all Brides of Christ in your prayers.
Don't forget our Olympic Euchre Tournament is this Saturday (the 20th, on the feast of St. Bernard). Our gathering begins at 6:00 p.m. so the gaming can start at 7:00 p.m. If you have any questions please call the rectory for more information. The flyer is at the end of the bulletin this weekend
This year's Solemnity of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven we will be having only two Mass times available (8:15 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.). Even though we usually have added times, since the day falls on a Monday, our diocese does not make it a holy day of obligation. This being said, it doesn't mean that we have moved the importance of the day to some lesser importance. In fact, it is a dogma of the Roman Catholic Church and every Christian has kept the 15th of August as a sacred day for the Assumption since at least the 5th century. It was formerly recognized as dogma in 1950 following the desecration of human life in WWII to say something vital about the dignity of all human flesh...that we are not created to rot in some grave, but that our flesh is to be raised up glory! Pax, Fr. Bline