Happy Feast Day!! It is such a joy for me to be celebrating this patronal feast of our parish with you. And this day is about us, no matter where we began our journey or what parish we called home. I love the preface from the Mass of the Assumption, which states, “…the Virgin Mother of God was assumed into heaven as the beginning and image of your Church’s coming to perfection and a sign of sure hope and comfort to your pilgrim people….” Since we ourselves are Church, it is we who are gradually coming to perfection—sometimes with fits and starts, perhaps a few backtracks, but still on the road. I am always so humbled and impressed when I realize that God’s plan for me and for each one of us is to reach perfection, and then to be with him for all eternity. Thus it is that we continue on our path, and ask Our Lady to help us along the way.
As we celebrate this Solemnity with greater fervour this year, I hope you enjoy our parish picnic, this year on the traditional site where the parish was founded. Also, I invite you all to stop by Assumption church on both Sunday and Tuesday for prayer and recollection, or learn more about our history with a talk by Dr. Guillaume Teasdale at 6 PM on August 15.
I am convinced that we are on the road to perfection when we allow God to work in us, when we say “yes” to God’s plan for us. For the Virgin Mary, it was the “yes” that brought God to us in the flesh, in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. No matter how or where we are called to serve God in this life, God invites us to say “yes” to that plan. It is precisely in that yes that we help bring about God’s Kingdom in our world. Since we are all unique, our “yeses” take different forms. This past Saturday, August 5, Kevin Mannara, CSB, said “yes” to God as Bishop Fabbro ordained him to the priesthood at the parish where Kevin worked in his hometown of Rochester, NY. We are privileged to welcome Fr. Kevin as he joins us for our parish celebration. Welcome, Fr. Kevin, and congratulations! May Our Lady of the Assumption cover you with her mantle and guide you along God’s paths.