Holyday of Obligation
We keep the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary which is a Holyday of Obligations, celebrated by Catholics as we do each Sunday, by joining together for Mass. The Masses celebrated for this Holyday in our two churches will be a Vigil Mass at 7.00pm on Monday evening in Sacred Heart Church and Mass on the Tuesday itself at 10.00am in Holy Family Church.
The doctrine of the Assumption of Mary reached its climax quite recently, with its formal definition by Pope Pius XII in 1950. But the belief that Mary was assumed body and soul into heaven at the conclusion of her life on earth dates back to the early Church. Mary is the summation of all Christians - what happened to her, will happen to us: Mary is testimony to our own complete sharing in the resurrection of Christ.