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.
Mass at Holy Family Church on Thursday will be celebrated at the usual weekday time of 10.00am.
For anyone who may be working during the day, or who cannot make a morning Mass on Thursday, a Vigil Mass for the Holyday will be celebrated at Saint Benedict's Church, Hindley on Wednesday Evening at 7.00pm and also at Saint Patrick's Church, Wigan at 7.30pm.
On the Thursday Evening there will be Mass celebrated at 7.30pm at Saint Oswald's Church, Ashton and also at 7.30pm at Saint Mary's Church, Standishgate, Wigan.
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.