Article from Parish Bulletin – The Arrow on August 18, 2019
First… a heartfelt welcome back to our teachers and students returning as we prepare for the new school year. Ready or not… it’s that time of year! Speaking of school, the restrooms outside the gym in the Corrigan Building were finally renovated this summer. This project has been three years in the planning and thanks to F.O.F contributions and pledges, we were able to complete the work this summer. It is a night and day difference. My hope and prayer is that all who use these facilities will help us keep them in tip-top shape by respecting the work done and the sacrifices made by many to support this project and the various other projects to update and keep our campus beautiful.
Last week the Church celebrated the Feast of Mary’s Assumption, August 15. The Catholic Church holds this as a special day of obligation for all Catholics. Someone asked me why, what’s the big deal? Although the feast day has passed, it is good to recall that, as Catholics, we believe that at the end of her life, Mary was taken, BODY and SOUL, into heavenly glory.
This belief was officially stated by Pope Pius XII in 1950, but it has been held since the early Church. Mary was “FULL of GRACE” and remained sinless throughout her life. Having carried the Son of God within her, her Assumption into Heaven preserved her body from the corruption of the grave. Where Mary has gone, we hope to follow! This is why we hold the Feast of the Assumption of Mary as a special day. If you missed Mass or were unable to attend, take a moment and pray the beautiful prayer to Mary, HAIL MARY FULL OF GRACE! Ask Mary, full of grace, to help you grow deeper in one aspect of your life that might help you better follow her Son, Jesus, who is for us Lord and Savior.
Keep in mind that on Labor Day weekend, our Sunday morning Mass schedule returns to the usual times of 7:45, 9:30 and 11:15 am.
Have a safe and blessed week ahead.
With you a Christian. For you a priest.
Father Carl Morello – Pastor of St. Giles Parish