This Wednesday, August 15th, is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven, a holy day of obligation. On this day we honor our Blessed Mother who has experienced the fullness of redemption by being raised body and soul into heaven.
All the feast days of Mary mark the great mysteries of her life and her part in the work of redemption. The central mystery of her life and person is her divine motherhood, celebrated both at Christmas and a week later (Jan. 1) on the feast of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. The Immaculate Conception (Dec. 8) marks the preparation for that motherhood, so that she had the fullness of grace from the first moment of her existence, completely untouched by sin. Her whole being was filled with divine life from the very beginning, as she was being prepared for the exalted role of mother of the Savior.
The Assumption completes God’s work in her since it was not fitting that the flesh that had given life to God himself should ever undergo corruption. The Assumption is God’s crowning of His work as Mary ends her earthly life and enters eternity. The feast turns our eyes in that direction, where we will follow when our earthly life is over. Keeping that thought in mind, the opening prayer for the Mass during the day reads: “Almighty ever-living God, who assumed the Immaculate Virgin Mary, the Mother of your Son, body and soul into heavenly glory, grant, we pray that, always attentive to the things that are above, we may merit to be sharers of her glory.”
We ask Mother Mary to intercede on our behalf, that we may come to know and love her Son, Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World; and that we may someday merit to be sharers of her glory in heaven.
Besides celebrating the Solemnity of the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary, the Indians also celebrate their Independence Day on August 15, Independence from British rule since 1947. Secondly all the Indian Pallottines belong to the Province of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, (ABVM) so it is our Province feast as well. So it is one celebration for all Catholics, two celebrations for all Indians and three for Pallottines belonging to ABVM Province. Happy Feast to All.
Holy Day Masses will be celebrated on Wednesday August 15 at 8.30 am and 7.00 p.m.
Prayer To Our Lady, Assumed Into Heaven
Immaculate Virgin, Mother of Jesus and our Mother, we believe in your triumphant assumption into heaven where the angels and saints acclaim you as Queen. We join them in praising you and bless the Lord who raised you above all creatures. With them we offer you our devotion and love. We are confident that you watch over our daily efforts and needs, and we take comfort from our faith in the coming resurrection. We look to you, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. After this earthly life, show us Jesus, the blest fruit of your womb, O kind, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Amen
Faith Formation 2018-19
Registration forms for Faith Formation classes for the 2018-19 school year can be found on the table in the back of church or on the parish website at www.stvalentineparish.usunder Faith Formation. We ask you to register early so we can order books and supplies.
If you have any questions please call Bonnie in the Parish Office at 313-532-4394 x101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Protecting God’s Children Workshop
St. Valentine Parish will be offering a Protecting God’s Children Workshop on Saturday, October 6th beginning at 9:00 a.m. sharp and ending at 12:00 noon in the School Library.
If you are interested in attending you must register on line. Please use the following format when registering.
Go to the Internet. In the address line type: www.aodonline.org On the right hand side of the page, click on Protecting God’s Children, this will take you to the link labeled Register for Training—Protecting God’s Children. Follow the instructions to register.
All adults who work or volunteer with children in the School, Faith Formation Program, Sports Program, and other activities in our parish MUST attend a Protecting God’s Children Workshop and have a Criminal Background Check.