Praised be Jesus Christ and Mary His Most Holy Mother! Once again, may I express my sincere gratitude to all of you for your extraordinary kindness both to St. Paul the Apostle parish and to me. May God reward each and every one of you for your goodness in giving of your time, treasure and talent. I am very humbled to serve as the pastor of such a wonderful parish.
This week we turn our thoughts to the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, the All-Holy and Immaculate Mother of God, who’s Assumption we will celebrate on Friday of this week.
The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary is a Holyday of Obligation. The Holy Masses will be on Thursday evening at 5.30 and on Friday (the Holyday itself) at 8.00 am, 12.15 pm, and 7.30 pm. All Holy Masses are in the Church.
The Assumption of Our Lady is both the most ancient and the principle Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It celebrates the wondrous mystery that at the end of her earthly life Our Lady was taken Body and Soul into Heaven.
Many of our parishioners have visited the tombs of the saints. Here in our beloved country we may visit the tomb of Mother Cabrini in upper Manhattan. We may visit the tomb of St John Neumann at the Church of St. Peter at the corner 5th Street and Gerard Street in Philadelphia; we may visit the tomb of St. Elizabeth Anne Seton in Emmitsburg, Maryland. But no matter how many times we may circle the globe we will never find the tomb of the Virgin Mary. We, who are believers, know why that is the case. It is because there is no tomb nor has there ever been a place that has claimed to have her body! She was taken body and soul to heaven. Three is no tomb.
Make every effort to attend Holy Mass and to offer a special gift of love to Our Lady. In many places there is the custom to fast from August 1st until August 15th . This is called Our Lady’s Lent. May God bless you.
Sincere gratitude to all of our parishioners who put so much hard work and effort into the Center Stage production of Jesus Christ Superstar. May God bless you and May the Virgin Mary bless us with her Divine Child.
In Jesus and Mary,
Monsignor James F. Pereda