Benediction

A popular Catholic service is Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

It is ordinarily an afternoon or evening devotion and consists in the singing of certain hymns, or litanies, or canticles, before the Blessed Sacrament, which is exposed upon the altar in a monstrance and is surrounded with numerous lighted candles.

Incense is frequently used during Benediction service.

At the end, the priest or deacon, his shoulders enveloped in a humeral veil, takes the monstrance into his hands and with it makes the sign of the cross (hence the name Benediction) in silence over the congregation.

Benediction is often employed as a conclusion to other services such as Evening Prayer, but it is also treated as a rite complete in itself. (7:21)

 

Announcements for April 21-22, 2018

 

  1. There is a sign-up sheet in the gathering space for volunteers to help Deb Feick continue to make sandwiches for her homeless ministry.

 

  1. We are also in need of additional volunteers for our 3 & 4 year old Nursery program during the 10am Mass time.  Please see Cathy Davidson or call the Parish office if you are able to help.

 

  1. The Adult Faith will be offering the Blessed Virgin Mary study series again.  This class will begin April 30th at 7pm for 12 weeks.  See the bulletin for more details.

 

  1. High School seniors!  The Knights of Columbus are once again offering scholarships.  See the bulletin for more details.

Mass Intentions for April 23-29, 2018

Monday, April 23

8:00 am         Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

Tuesday, April 24

8:00 am         Mass, In Memory of Brenda Schram

Wednesday, April 25

8:00 am             Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

Thursday, April 26

8:00 am         Mass, In Memory of Margaret Hurley

Friday, April 27

8:00 am         Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

Saturday, April 28

5:00 pm         Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

Sunday, April 29

8:00 am             Mass, In Memory of Shirley Smith

10:00 am           Mass, In Memory of Allyson Merry & Joseph Renyer

 

Memorare

This popular prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary was composed by St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090–1153).  Its title is the first word of the Latin version.

The prayer was made popular through the efforts of a French priest, Claude Berrnard, early in the seventeen century.

This is a great prayer, and is as follows:  “Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought thy intercession, was left unaided.  Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins and Mother: to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful; O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.  Amen.” (7:20)

Announcements for April 14-15, 2018

 

  1. There is a sign-up sheet in the gathering space for volunteers to help Deb Feick continue to make sandwiches for her homeless ministry.

 

  1. We are also in need of additional volunteers for our 3 & 4 year old Nursery program during the 10am Mass time.  Please see Cathy Davidson or call the Parish office if you are able to help.

 

  1. The Adult Faith will be offering the Blessed Virgin Mary study series again.  This class will begin April 30th at 7pm for 12 weeks.  See the bulletin for more details.

 

  1. High School seniors!  The Knights of Columbus are once again offering scholarships to active and contributing members of Assumption Parish.  To apply please see the bulletin for more details.

Mass Intentions for April 16-22, 2018

Monday, April 16

8:00 am       Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

Tuesday, April 17

8:00 am       Mass, In Memory of Carol Beneventi

Wednesday, April 18

8:00 am       Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

Thursday, April 19

8:00 am       Mass, In Memory of Patrick Farmer

Friday, April 20

8:00 am       Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

Saturday, April 21

5:00 pm       Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

Sunday, April 22

8:00 am       Mass, In Memory of Frank Carroll

10:00 am      Mass, In Memory of LaVonne Vath

Church Membership

In the larger sense, all of those persons who are baptized are members of the Church founded by Christ.  Its more reserved interpretation includes all those who are baptized and united with the Roman Catholic Church.

In his encyclical, On the Mystical Body of Christ (1943), Pope Pius XII declared:  “Actually, only those are to be included as members of the Church who have been baptized, and who profess true faith, and who have not been so unfortunate as to separate themselves from the unity of the Body or have been excluded by legitimate authority for grave faults committed.”

It is apparent from this statement that the requisite conditions are the ritual and sacramental (baptism), and the declaration or profession of faith in Christ and unity with the Church.

Sin does not exclude one from membership, except sin against faith or an action that would cause the Church to declare the membership ended, such as in excommunication.  Sins against faith and Church may be done away with through repentance and the reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. (7:19)

Announcements for April 7-8, 2018

 

  1.  Calling all Parishioners and their families for Parish Ground clean-up day!  We will start at 8am on Saturday, April 14 that’s next Saturday! Bring shovels, racks, and gloves, wheel barrows, hedge trimmers and tree saws.  As the saying goes many hands make light work!

 

  1. Have you felt the call to serve God and Assumption parish in a deeper, fuller sense?  If so, express your interest in the ministry of Lector, Greeters, Communion Ministers, Servers, Sacristan, Singer, Organist or Shut-in Ministry.  All training will be provided.  Call the parish office to respond.

 

  1. Calling High School seniors!  The Knights of Columbus are once again offering scholarships to active and contributing members of Assumption Parish.  To apply please see the bulletin for more details.

Mass Intentions for April 9-15, 2018

 Monday, April 9

8:00 am       Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

Tuesday, April 10

8:00 am       Mass, Deceased Members of the Catholic Women’s Club and their families

Wednesday, April 11

8:00 am       Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

Thursday, April 12

8:00 am       Mass, In Memory of Gregg Beneventi

Friday, April 13

8:00 am       Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

Saturday, April 14

5:00 pm       Mass, In Memory of LeRoy Fuson

Sunday, April 15

8:00 am       Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

10:00 am     Mass, In Memory of Brenda Schram

Resurrection

Is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ an historical event that really happened, or is it only a myth, as many atheists claim?

While no one witnessed the actual resurrection, many people swore they saw the risen Christ after his death, and their lives were never the same.  Archaeological discoveries continue to support the Bible’s historical accuracy.  We tend to forget that the Gospels and Book of Acts are eyewitness accounts of the life and death of Jesus.

Further non-biblical evidence for Jesus’ existence comes from the writings of historians and other sources from that time period, such as Flavius Josephus, Cornelius Tacitus, Lucian of Samosata and the Jewish Sanhedrin.

The following seven proofs of the resurrection show that Christ did, indeed, rise from the dead.  They are: The empty tomb of Jesus; the Holy Women eyewitnesses; Jesus’ Apostles’ new-found courage; changed lives of James and others; large crowd of eyewitnesses; conversion of Paul; and the many that have died for Jesus.

Christ’s Resurrection is attested by more than 500 eyewitnesses, whose experience, simplicity, and uprightness of life rendered them incapable of inventing such a fable; who lived at a time when any attempt to deceive could have been easily discovered; who had nothing in this life to gain, but everything to lose by their testimony; and whose moral courage exhibited in their apostolic life can be explained only by their intimate conviction of the objective truth of their message.

Again the fact of Christ’s Resurrection is attested by the eloquent silence of the Synagogue which had done everything to prevent deception; which could have easily discovered deception, if there had been any; which did not punish the alleged carelessness of the official guard; and which could not answer the testimony of the Apostles except by threatening them “that they speak no more in this name to any.”

Finally millions, both Jews and Gentiles, who believed the testimony of the Apostles in spite of all the disadvantages following from such a belief, in short the origin of the Church, requires for its explanation the reality of Christ’s Resurrection, for the rise of the Church without the Resurrection would have been a greater miracle than the Resurrection itself.

Besides being the fundamental tenet for our Christian belief, the Resurrection is important for the following reasons: It shows the justice of God who exalted Christ to glory as Christ had humbled Himself unto death; the Resurrection completed the mystery of our salvation and redemption; and by His Resurrection we acknowledge Christ as the immortal God.  (7:18)