August 13, 2017

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: A Holy Day of Obligation, a Holy Day of Opportunity: Tuesday, August 15, is a Holy Day of Obligation. Monday night’s regularly scheduled Mass and novena will be the Vigil Mass and will fulfill your obligation for Mass. On Tuesday Mass will be offered at 7:00 and 9:00 AM as well as at 7:00 PM (all in the main Church). Please note that our Holy Days of Obligation are important feast days within our faith (every Sunday is a Holy Day of Obligation) and it is a mortal sin to intentionally miss Mass on one of these days. We call them obligations because the Precepts of the Catholic Church tell us that celebrating these feast days is a part of the minimum level of commitment to the Catholic faith. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us that “the precepts of the Church are set in the context of a moral life bound to and nourished by liturgical life. The obligatory character of these positive laws decreed by the pastoral authorities is meant to guarantee to the faithful the very necessary minimum in the spirit of prayer and moral effort, in the growth in love of God and neighbor (2041). These days are the principal liturgical feasts that honor the mysteries of the Lord, the Virgin Mary, and the saints. They are days that allow us to worship the Lord and grow deeper in our faith through word, instruction, celebration and action. But why do I call them Holy Days of Opportunity? Because they are days for us to rejoice! As Catholics, we know that these are the most important days of the year and the best way to celebrate them is with the source and summit of our life, the Holy Mass. Within Mass we gather with all the angels and saints and our brothers and sisters comprising the Body of Christ as we offer the greatest prayer of intercession we have for ourselves and the world. As we do this we also fulfill Christ’s command to “do this in remembrance of me.” It is truly right and just that we gather on these special days of “obligation” outside of the normal Sunday to receive the grace that comes from the Mass. What a wonderful opportunity!

Buildings, grounds and work going on: Recently I wrote about work that was going to be starting soon to address several water issues. There was a slight delay in that due to a last-minute change in the engineering report we received from the diocese, but work should soon start. Some areas of concern are also under further review as initial evaluation has not been supported by second opinions. Several areas of the campus have been undergoing repair and cleanup recently, even if all the rain and fast-growing weeds have made it seem like nothing was accomplished. Recently, I’ve been asked to allow for a parish-wide volunteer clean-up day to be held on Saturday, August 26. I have no objection to that idea or request. So, mark your calendar and keep an eye out for more details in next week’s bulletin.

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