Wednesday, August 15th, we celebrate The Assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven. After the horrors of the Second World War, after the death camps, after the first use of nuclear weapons, we Christians needed to remind ourselves of the holiness of creation. In 1950, Pope Pius XII declared what Catholics had long believed: After Mary’s death, God raised her body. She lives with God forever. On Assumption Day we rejoice that this broken world will be made new again. The barren, the poor, the unloved and even the dead will be raised into glory.
Assumption Day sometimes is thought of as Mary’s “harvesting” into heaven. This is a day to thank God for the bounty of growing things. Many churches gather baskets of garden vegetables, herbs and flowers around a statue of Mary. We remember Mary’s song of praise from the Gospel of Luke, “The Lord has lifted up the lowly. The Lord has filled the hungry with good things.” (Companion to the Calendar, a guide to the saints and mysteries of the Christian calendar, Mary Ellen Hynes)
We will have masses at 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on August 15th.
The parish golf tournament is Sunday August 19th. The money raised from this event will go to the work we are doing on our parking lot. If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, this weekend would be a good time to do that.
This week will be the last of our summer lunch program. School starts August 15th and children in need will be receiving food at their schools. It was good seeing different ages involved in this program. I had the opportunity to go out a couple of times this summer. I saw grateful people come for a sandwich and I saw kind people handing out sandwiches to anyone who asked for one. Feeding the hungry is one of the corporal works of mercy. Thanks to everyone who had a part in this program: those who prepared the sandwiches, those who took them to the different locations, those who contributed to the collection, and those who organized this program and made it flow so well.
I’ll be praying for our children as they head back to school this week. I hope you have a wonderful school year. While I am at it I will be praying for your teachers and other school staff that they have a good year, too.