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Feast of the Assumption – August 15, 2019

On August 15, we celebrate one of the great feast days of the Church – the Assumption of Mary. Pope Benedict XVI in a homily once used these words to describe this great feast: “The Feast of the Assumption is a day of joy. God has won. Love has won. It has won life. Love has shown that it is stronger than death, that God possesses the true strength and that his strength is goodness and love. Mary was taken up body and soul into Heaven: there is even room in God for the body. Heaven is no longer a very remote sphere unknown to us. We have a mother in Heaven…Heaven is open, Heaven has a heart… While she lived on this earth she could only be close to a few people. Being in God, who is close to us, actually, ‘within’ all of us, Mary shares in this closeness of God. Being in God and with God, she is close to each one of us, knows our hearts, can hear our prayers, can help us with her motherly kindness and has been given to us, as the Lord said, precisely as a ‘mother’ to whom we can turn at every moment.

Because of the greatness of this feast, August 15 is a Holy Day of Obligation for us Catholics, which means we are bound to attend Mass that day, just like it was a Sunday. Therefore, 5 different Masses will be offered, beginning with the Vigil on August 14th.

Vigil Mass: Wednesday, August 14 - 7:30pm

Holy Day Masses: Thursday August 15 - 6:30am, 9:00am, 5:00pm and 7:30pm (bilingual)