Due the Solemnity of the Assumption, regularly scheduled confessions are canceled this Wednesday, August 15. They will resume next Wednesday.
We are in need of catechists to assist with our Religious Education Classes for the upcoming school year. This is a wonderful opportunity to explore your Catholic Faith while guiding young people towards Christ! If you or someone you know is interested, please call the parish office at 540-373-6491 or contact the Director of Religious Education, Aristedes Lucas, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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I want to give you a gentle reminder and invitation to celebrate Wednesday’s Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Maybe you haven’t made a habit of celebrating holy days of obligation… Why not now? So many of our feast days are rooted in simple, but deep truths of our intimate relation with the Lord and His Saints. The Assumption is one such:
I recall a week long visit from my grandmother when I was a teen. When it came time for her to leave and drive home (3 hours away), I
was watching TV, and I waved goodbye from the couch. I judged the TV show to be more important than getting up off the couch, and going outside to say goodbye to Grandma. I recall my father, having already told me multiple times to get up, giving me one last look as he walked out the door. It was the sort of look that said, ‘If you don’t come outside, you will not see the next sunrise.’ So I went outside. And my Grandmother showered me with love, begging me to come visit, promising cookies / cake and delights when I should next visit. My siblings and I ran down the street waving goodbye as she was going away. She had to leave, but promised to prepare a place for us to visit.
Your heavenly mother is going up to heaven where she will help her son prepare a place for you with delights beyond your imagining. That is why we treasure the chance to say “goodbye, I love you, I’ll come to see you.”
Oh, yeah, the Mass schedule: Tuesday Vigil Masses 6pm & 7:30pm, Wednesday 6:30am, 9am, 12 Noon, 6pm & 7:30pm (bilingual).
Hope to see you. pax,