Saints Joachim and Anne

Saints Joachim, pronounced “wal-keem,” (sometimes spelled “Joaquin”) and Anne, are the parents of the Virgin Mary.  There are no mentions of them in the Bible or Gospels.

What is known comes from Catholic legend and the Gospel of James, which is an unsanctioned, apocryphal writing form the second century AD.  Understood from scholarship, the Gospel of James was not written by James, the Brother of Jesus, despite its claim to be so authored.  Even the early Church Fathers expressed skepticism about the Gospel of James in their writings.  There are about 150 copies of the ancient manuscript which often have different titles, but tell the same story that Mary was promised to Joachim and Anne by an angel, was consecrated to God, and she remained a virgin all her life.

Naturally, there is plenty of room for scholarly debate about these saints.  There are no true primary sources that prove they existed, but certainly all can agree that Mary had parents.

Likewise, we can agree that Mary had good, faithful parents who raised her with a love and devotion to God like none other except Jesus Christ Himself.

Joachim and Anne serve as role models for parents and both deserve to be honored and emulated for their devotion to God and Our Lady Mary, the Mother of God.  (6:35)

Intentions for July 24-30, 2017

Monday, July 24

8:00 am       Communion Service

Tuesday, July 25

8:00 am       Communion Service

Wednesday, July 26

8:00 am       Communion Service

Thursday, July 27

8:00 am       Communion Service

Friday, July 28

8:00 am       Communion Service

Saturday, July 29

5:00 pm       Mass, In Memory of Teri Fuson Rilea

Sunday, July 30

8:00 am       Mass, In Memory of Carol Beneventi

10:00 am        Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

 

Announcements for July 22-23, 2017

 

  1. There is a sign up for items needed for our food booth that the Catholic Women’s Club will be manning for the 141 Garage Sale Weekend. Please sign up where you can.  Also the new Parish Office is open for your 141 garage sale items to be dropped off.  Please if you would pre-price your items to sell.  Thank you!

 

  1. We have Jacob’s Martial Arts utilizing our facilities now and they have openings if anyone is interested. Please call the Parish Office if you are interested in signing up.

 

  1. Some exciting events are coming up here at Assumption. The 141 Garage Sale, Hotrods and Hogs, our Parish dinner, The Assumption Bike Ride and The Taste of Assumption.  Watch the bulletin for more details on all events!

 

  1. In the bulletin this week we have an update on the Tiny Home project and how YOU can get involved. Our parish goal is to get enough funding for 3 Tiny Homes search your hearts and let’s come together!

Stigmata

Stigmata is the plural of the Greek word stigma meaning “mark,” and originates from the line at the end of Saint Paul’s Letter to the Galatians where he says, “I bear on my body the marks of Jesus on my body” (Gal 6:17).  [Paul implies he bears the marks of his apostolic labors, such as the floggings and stonings that mark him as belonging to the Christ who suffered.]

In Church use stigmata refers to the wounds, scars, or skin abrasions that appear on the flesh of individuals.  They correspond to the wounds suffered by Christ in the crucifixion.  Stigmata are accompanied by pain.

Numerous instances are recorded of this charism having been bestowed on persons of unusual holiness, more than three hundred in all.

St. Francis of Assisi was the first recorded stigmatic in Christian history.  For over fifty years Padre Pio of Pietrelcina of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin reported stigmata which were studied by several 20th century physicians.  The observations were reportedly unexplainable and the wounds never became infected.

A high percentage (perhaps over 80%) of all stigmatics are women.

The majority of the stigmata are external, visible and very painful.  There are other marks of Our Lord’s Passion which are not visible, for example, those of St. Catherine of Siena, who requested that they not be evident.  These are called invisible stigmata and are equally painful. (6:34)

Liturgical Music

Music for the Church must be in accord with the spirit of the liturgy.  Music has always be a traditional part of the Eucharistic celebration.  The reform of the Liturgy brought about by Vatican II placed greater emphasis upon music as a communication medium and a participation in the liturgy.

Music is both traditional and a development in an ongoing process, but all music of the Church should be worthy of the worship of God in whatever celebration this takes place.  Such a process is carried on through a training in the priestly and diaconal candidacy, the study in religious houses of both sexes, and the catechesis of all Church members regarding liturgical appreciation.

The importance of singing as participation in the liturgy is stressed: All the faithful who gather to await the Lord’s coming are urged by the Apostle Paul to sing psalms, hymns, and inspired songs (Col. 3:16).

Song is the sign of the heart’s joy.  Even in antiquity it was proverbial to say that one prays twice who sings well.

Music is the ordered sound, reflective of thoughts and feelings.  The sound is that of musical instrument and human voice, the voice being the most versatile of all instruments.  It is heard in a holy setting, a moment of prayer.

It ought to be an honest sound, a true sound, a beautiful sound.  It ought above all to be a servant sound to prayer—that music is clearly the servant of prayer.  There is no other reason for the musical utterance than to serve the prayer of the community.

The faithful are not praying at a musical performance when celebrating liturgy.

The selected hymns and songs used at Sunday worship are not random selections of self-interest.  Rather, an individual serving the parish looks ahead in the liturgical calendar to pray over, prepare for, and utilize appropriate music that is intimately linked with the liturgical action to enrich and better communicate the prayer texts to the people.

We must celebrate and gives thanks for the gift our music coordinator and musicians are to our parish and their role in elevating our songs of prayer in worship to God. (6:33)

Mass Intentions for July 10-16, 2017

Monday, July 10

8:00 am         Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

Tuesday, July 11

8:00 am         Mass, In Memory of Ann Vanni

Wednesday, July 12

8:00 am         Mass, In Memory of Maurice Breen

Thursday, July 13

8:00 am         Communion Service

Friday, July 14

8:00 am         Communion Service

Saturday, July 15

5:00 pm         Mass, In Celebration of Juliette Sosa-Valle birthday

Sunday, July 16

8:00 am Mass, In Memory of Marilyn Steinkamp

10:00 am Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

 

Announcements for July 8-9, 2017

 

  1. In the gathering space next to the bulletin board are FREE issues of Give Us This Day for July. Pick one up today and enhance your daily prayer life.  New subscriptions will begin in October if interested in continuing please call the Parish Office. 

 

  1. A Baptismal Prep class is scheduled for July 16 at 1pm. This intended for new parents and those who have not taken this class within the past 3 years.  Please call the Parish Office to register.

 

  1. Please pick up a bulletin today to see how you can help the least of our brothers through the Tiny Home Project. Let’s be Assumption Strong and come together to meet our goal!

Communion of Saints

The communion of saints is described as the living communion which exists between us and our brothers and sisters who are in the glory of heaven or who are yet being purified after their death.

This division of the Church into three distinct groups such as, the Church Militant, Triumphant and Suffering is an expression of the totality of souls making up the Church under the salvific mission that is hers from Christ.  This then identifies the one Body of Christ.

The Church Militant is made up of the living members of the Body of Christ who are actively working out their salvation with faith, love and hope, virtues given by the sacraments and the teachings of the Church.

The Church Triumphant consists of the known souls in heaven, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the saints and all who are united with Christ.

The Church Suffering is that group who have died in grace and whose souls are being purged in purgatory.  We state our belief in the communion of saints in the Profession of Faith. (6:32)

Announcements for July 1-2, 2017

  1. Summer is in full swing, and the Christ Renews His Parish Continuation Committee is reminding all CRHP alumni that we are giving you an amazing way to include some rest, renewal, and rejoicing in your summer plans. Use the registration link on the recent e-mail, or call Peggy Siefert, if you have any questions.  The deadline for registration is July 31.

 

  1. In the gathering space next to the bulletin board are FREE issues of Give Us This Day for July. Pick one up today and enhance your daily prayer life.  New subscriptions will begin in October if interested in continuing please call the Parish Office. 

 

  1. Next weekend is Food Pantry weekend please place your items in the baskets that will be provided and drop your monetary gifts in the lock box.

 

  1. A Baptismal Prep class is scheduled for July 16 at 1pm. This intended for new parents and those who have not taken this class within the past 3 years.  Please call the Parish Office to register.

Mass Intentions for July 3-July 9, 2017

 Monday, July 3

8:00 am       Mass, In Memory of Margaret Hurley

Tuesday, July 4

9:00 am       Mass, In Memory of Leone Callan

Wednesday, July 5

8:00 am       Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

Thursday, July 6

8:00 am       Mass, In Memory of Greg Beneventi

Friday, July 7

8:00 am       Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

Saturday, July 8

5:00 pm       Mass, In Memory of Leonard Scheid

Sunday, July 9

8:00 am       Mass, In Memory of George Vogl

10:00 am        Mass, In Memory of Tony Nizzi