On August 15, Catholics celebrate the Assumption of Mary, usually a holy day of obligation. Normally, we would be obligated to attend Mass for this feast, but because this year it falls on a Saturday, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has lifted the obligation. However, the faithful are still urged to attend Mass if it is possible. So what exactly is the Assumption of Mary and why do we celebrate it?
The dormition of Mary is a belief (but not a tenant of the Faith) that Mary did not suffer death, as death is a result of original sin. Since Mary was born without original sin, some theologians have concluded that Mary “fell asleep.” The use of the term “sleep” for “death” is well-documented in the New Testament. As we look forward to this holy day, let us meditate upon all the riches the Church has given us regarding Mary.
Let us turn to her in faith, asking her to intercede for us as we continue to seek Christ in all we do. His Mother will certainly aid us in this endeavor.
Catholic faithful are called to political engagement shaped by the moral convictions of well-formed consciences and focused on the dignity of every human being, the pursuit of the common good, and the protection of the weak and the vulnerable.
To help parishioners become informed on where candidates stand on key issues, the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops has polled candidates running for the U.S. Congress and the Florida Legislature.
To see how candidates appearing on the August 18 Primary Election / November 3 General Election ballot responded to the questionnaire, click here.
We are very excited to announce that our parish is launching a new communication platform called Evangelus. This great new tool will allow us to easily communicate in the way that is most convenient to you. Whether you prefer email, text, myParish app, Facebook, or our website, you can now stay connected with our parish throughout the week in the method(s) you prefer.
What are the benefits?
We received feedback that it has been difficult to navigate the different platforms we have been utilizing. With Evangelus, every update and all relevant information will be consolidated and standardized so everyone will see the same information. We will be starting a weekly newsletter that will come directly to you with links to our bulletin, our Masses, and any updates for our Parish.
Launch & Opting Out
We anticipate launching Evangelus in mid-August. We will be sending welcome message from our new system, notifying you that you have been added to the “All Members” Family group. This is not spam and your information is still private! We encourage you to open the message and follow the link to create a profile and select your preferred form of contact. If you are not a registered parishioner, you will not receive a message or because we have not been provided current contact information. Please contact the Parish Office if you would like to sign up and join our “All Members” Family group!
Please note, you will have the option to unsubscribe through email or text if you do not wish to receive our newsletter or notifications.
We are incredibly excited to announce that our resale shop “Our Mother’s Attic” will be reopening starting on Monday, August 3. However, please keep in mind that in order to ensure the safety of others, including our staff, there will be safety measures in place.
Cloth masks are required. Please be sure to keep your mouth and nose covered at all times. A plastic face shield is not enough to protect others from potential exposure. We understand that not every place of business in our area is requiring masks, but our shop is in close quarters and we are taking every measure to ensure the safety of others.
Limited capacity and social distancing. We will be allowing only 10 people in the store at a time. Once that capacity is reached, we will ask people to form a queue outside of the store. Remember to keep 6 ft apart from others while in line and while shopping in the store. We kindly ask for patience with other customers and with members of our staff. By showing others respect and kindness, you become a shining example of Christ’s love.
Customers and staff must review the safety questions before entering the building.
Drop Offs & Handling Merchandise
Due to safety concerns, we will not pick up donations from people’s homes for the time being. Instead, we will be collecting donations on Monday and Friday from 9:00 am—12:00 pm, starting August 3. The OMA truck will be taking drop offs in the SVdP parking lot.
We do not accept any clothing.
We accept the following donations:
- Kitchen Linens
- Pots & pans
- Home Decor
- Decorative Pillows
- Flat Screen Tvs
- Christmas decorations
At this time, we will not be accepting any mattresses or bedding.
We are taking the extra step of limiting the risk of contamination by giving a three day period between receiving donations and when it goes out on the sale floor. The store will be regularly disinfected.
Thank you and God Bless!