From Fr. Kitsmiller

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, 

Wednesday, August 15th is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and a Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics. This means we have an obligation to attend Mass on the day of or the evening before. There will be Masses on August 15th at Sacred Heart at Noon and at St. John the Baptist at 6:00 p.m. There are also many Masses at neighboring parishes, as well, to help fulfill your obligation. The Assumption of Mary into heaven body and soul is a core belief of our Catholic faith. In this doctrine, we believe that since Mary had been preserved by God’s grace from original sin at her conception and through her holiness and God’s grace remained sinless throughout her life, then she did not experience the corruption of her body when she left this earth. The Church leaves open the question of whether she experienced bodily death before her assumption or whether she was assumed into heaven without experiencing death. The Assumption is important for us as it confirms one of the promises of our faith – which we too can participate in the Resurrection of Christ. It tells us that God redeems both body and soul and therefore, we should always respect our bodies and one another and never reduce them to objects to be used or discarded when finished. This is the hope for all of the faithful. 

I pray that you have a blessed week and enjoy these remaining days of summer.

Fr. Kitsmiller
Administrator Pro Tem