The Paduan eNewsletter - August 2017
August is a time for new beginnings as the days of summer come to an end and we focus with renewed energy on yet another cycle of the seasons. This month, amid the busyness of back-to-school, join your parish family in celebration of The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a
Holy Day of Obligation
After the building of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in 336, the sacred sites began to be restored and memories of the life of Our Lord began to be celebrated by the people of Jerusalem.
At this time, the "Memory of Mary" was being celebrated.
Soon the name was changed to the "Assumption of Mary," since there was more to the feast than her dying. It also proclaimed that she had been taken up, body and soul, into heaven.
That belief was ancient, dating back to the apostles themselves. What was clear from the beginning was that there were no relics of Mary to be venerated, and that an empty tomb stood on the edge of Jerusalem near the site of her death. That location also soon became a place of pilgrimage. (Today, the Benedictine Abbey of the Dormition of Mary stands on the spot.)
At the Council of Chalcedon in 451, when bishops from throughout the Mediterranean world gathered in Constantinople, Emperor Marcian asked the Patriarch of Jerusalem to bring the relics of Mary to Constantinople to be enshrined in the capitol. The patriarch explained to the emperor that there were no relics of Mary in Jerusalem, that "Mary had died in the presence of the apostles; but her tomb, when opened later . . . was found empty and so the apostles concluded that the body was taken up into heaven."
In 1950, in the Apostolic Constitution , Pope Pius XII proclaimed the Assumption of Mary a dogma of the Catholic Church in these words: "The Immaculate Mother of God, the ever-virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heaven."
Father Clifford Stevens
First Friday Hour of Reparation
Friday, August 4, 2017, 7:45 AM - 8:45 AM
A devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Marriage Encounter Weekend
August 4, 2017, 7:00 PM - August 6, 2017, 4:30 PM
Special Non-Residential Marriage Encounter Weekend will be hosted on-site at St. Ignatius of Loyola parish. This weekend is IDEAL for couples with children because instead of staying overnight in a hotel, couples get to go home each night!
Engaged Couple Orientation Session
Saturday, August 5, 2017, 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Communal First Saturday Devotion
Saturday, August 5, 2017, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
A devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Maroon Mass - Aggie Catholic Reunion
Saturday, August 5, 2017, 5:00 PM
Our Saturday evening vigil Mass at St. Anthony of Padua will be an Aggie Catholic family reunion with the opportunity to welcome freshmen, transfer students, and their families. Reception will follow.
Preparación de Bautismo - Español
Saturday, August 12, 2017, 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Healing & Anointing Prayer Service - Saturday
Saturday, August 12, 2017, 10:45 AM
Concert for Life 2017
Thursday, August 10, 2017, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
You're invited to this year's Concert for Life featuring seminarian David Michael Moses, Alexander Mishork, and our very own Ryan Stawaisz! The Concert is free and for each person who attends, money will automatically be donated to support Houston Pregnancy Help Centers.
Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary - Vigil Mass
Monday, August 14, 2017, 6:45 PM
Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 6am • 9am • 7pm
By the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and by our own authority, we pronounce, declare, and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma: that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.
Healing & Anointing Prayer Service - Tuesday
Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 7:30 PM
Formation Toward Christian Ministry Begins
Thursday, August 17, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Formation Toward Christian Ministry (FTCM) program offers basic theology and spiritual development to Catholic adults who want to deepen their commitment to Jesus and more fully answer their baptismal call to service as a mature disciple.
Baptism Preparation Class - English
Saturday, August 19, 2017, 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Youth Ministry Parent Meeting
Sunday, August 20, 2017, 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Information and Kickoff Meeting for parents with children in any of the Youth Ministry programs: Life Teen, Anchor, Edge, or Confirmation.
Faith Formation Registration HELP Session
These sessions are available for those who need to speak with a staff member in person or need additional assistance with registration.
Sunday, August 20, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday, August 23, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday, August 30, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible Workshop
Saturday, August 26, 2017, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
This one-day study provides the easiest way to understand the Bible. Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible makes the complex simple. It helps you uncover the story woven throughout Scripture so that you can get the “big picture” of the Bible and understand what it is all about.
Generation Mens Challenge
Saturday, August 26, 2017, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
More than just “man up” talks and motivational speakers, this conference is a true workshop. It will give you and your sons the tools you need to face the challenges of today’s world as Catholic men.
Sent by Tracy Miesch on Friday, July 28, 2017 at 4:00PM