The final Mass for this Holy Day of Obligation (opportunity) celebration will be at 5:30 PM at St. Mary's.
Here is a great article on the Assumption from Mark Hart:
About twelve years ago a teen named Billy asked me this question, “Why do you Catholics believe that Mary ascended into heaven, when it’s not even in the Bible?”In honor of this wonderful feast day of Our Lady, I offer these beautiful songs.
He said “you Catholics” because he went to a local Bible Church but had been coming to a Life Teen Summer Bible Study with some of his Catholic friends.
“Well, first . . . ” I replied, “Mary did not ascend into heaven; the Blessed Virgin Mary was assumed into heaven. Jesus ascended by His own power. Mary was taken up into heaven by God.” That little difference is a big difference, so I wanted to be sure he understood it.
Billy then replied, “Okay, fine . . . but it’s still not in the Bible. The Church made it up.”
This is where the conversation got really interesting.
Mary pray for us.
Pavarotti - Ave Maria - Shubert
Juan Diego Flores - Ave Maria - Gounod
St. John's College Choir - Ave Maris Stella - Edvard Grieg