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Fr. John Gerritts - August 12, 2018


This coming Wednesday, August 15, is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is a holy day of obligation and we have three opportunities to attend Mass in Hudson. Mass will be at 8:00 am and 6:30 pm in our main church. There will also be a 10:00 am Mass at Christian Community Nursing home.

I am taking a few vacation days this week. We are blessed to have Father Adam Laski, one of the newer priests in our Diocese, preside at our Holy Day Masses. Father Adam has served a cluster of parishes the past two years in Superior including our Cathedral. Recently he received a new assignment from our Bishop. Beginning this fall Father Adam will return to school to study Church Law. Each Diocese is generally required to have two priests with advanced degrees in Canon Law. When Bishop Powers became our Bishop, we technically lost one of our two Canon Lawyers. While it is challenging to lose Father Adam from parish ministry, he has been an exceptional student in the past and do well in the future for our Diocese. Since he is preparing to leave for school this fall, he is available to be with us for the Holy Day.

Father Adam is an outstanding preacher. I know he will have a great message to share with you on this Solemnity in honor of Mary being taken into heaven. Falling in the midst of summer, it can be easy to forget this Holy Day and miss the Mass for the day. I hope many do remember and enjoy Father Adam’s presence for the day with us.

You may wonder why we celebrate Mary being taken into heaven. Pope Pius XII taught ex cathedra, which is from the Chair of Peter, that “The Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.” Munificentissimus Deus (Most Bountiful God) 44- Pope Pius XII. This teaching was infallibly defined by Pope Pius XII on November 1, 1950. The Holy Father explained that this was “a divinely revealed dogma”. As such it requires our assent of faith and as Saint Pope John Paul II explained it, “definitively excludes every doubt”.

The only other teacher that the magisterium (a Pope) has given the Church expressively from the Chair of Peter was the teaching regarding the Immaculate Conception (given by Pope Pius IX in 1854). This teaching is that Mary from the very moment of her conception was without the stain of sin and was kept immaculate. This by a free gift from God to the woman who would become the mother of His only son.

This teaching on the Assumption of Mary can be a real help for us. Pope Benedict XVI encouraged us to contemplate on Mary going to heaven to help us understand that earth is not the definitive homeland for us either. That when the shadows of sadness or violence enters our lives or even the daily grind and difficulties that tend to pile up, the bright reminder of Mary being with her son in heaven can illuminate the darkness. Finally we can be assured that Mary from heaven follows us on our journey with a mother-like, gentle concern. So we can feel supported by her awareness and prayers to the Father.

While I will enjoy a few days away over the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary I will remember you in my prayers as I celebrate Mass that day, knowing you are in great hands with the help of God, wisdom of Father Adam, and motherly love of Mary. 




 
           






















































THIS WEEK

Friday, August 10
Summer Stretch
8:00 AM Mass
5:00 PM Wedding Rehearsal

~ Saturday, August 11
8:00 AM Dust Busters
9:00 AM I GOT TIME at Saint Patrick School
10:00 AM Confessions
11:00 AM Music Rehearsal
2:00 PM Wedding
5:00 PM Mass 

~ Sunday, August 12
8:30 AM Mass

10:30 AM Mass 
2:00 PM Memorial Service for Robert Timbers
5:00 PM Oasis
7:00 PM Mass 


~ Monday, August 13
8:00 AM Mass 
9:00 AM Bakery and Produce Giveaway
6:00 PM Boy Scouts
6:00 PM Liturgy Committee
7:00 PM Food Shelf Committee

~Tuesday, August 14
8:00 AM Liturgy of the Word with Communion
8:15 AM Leave for Sharing and Caring Hands

4:00 PM Extended Food Shelf Hours
6:00 PM Family Rosary
6:30 PM Baptism Class

~ Wednesday, August 15
8:00 AM Mass - Assumption of Mary
10:00 AM Mass - Assumption of Mary
6:30 PM Mass - Assumption of Mary

~Thursday, August 16
6:45 AM Toastmasters
8:00 AM Mass
9:30 AM Small Group Faith Sharing
10:30 AM  Liturgy of the Word with Communion - Comforts of Home
3:00 PM Football Boosters Pregame Dinner
6:30 PM Finance Committee

~ Friday, August 17
8:00 AM Liturgy of the Word with Communion
11:00 AM Funeral for James McMahon

~ Saturday, August 18
8:00 AM Dust Busters
10:00 AM Confessions
5:00 PM Mass 
RCIA Discovery After Mass

~ Sunday, August 19
RCIA Discovery After Masses
8:30 AM Mass

10:30 AM Mass 
5:00 PM Oasis
7:00 PM Mass 


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