THE WEEK AHEAD AT HTR – AUGUST 14TH
Welcome to our Parish Mass this coming Sunday at 9:00AM when we celebrate The Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven.
Fr Paul will be the celebrant today and preacher. Sunday School is on Summer break until September 11th.
Mass every Wednesday at 6:00PM and every Friday at Noon. Free Coffee served every Friday from 10:30AM.
Hymns for Mass this Sunday firm New English Hymnal: 185, 182, 186, 188 omit * verses. Psalm 45: 11-18
Readings at Mass today: 1st Reading: Is 61: 10-11. Psalm 45: 11-18. 2nd Reading: Gal 4: 4-7. The Gospel: St Luke 1: 46-55.
THE FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour for he has looked with favour on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me and holy is his Name.” Luke 1:46–49
Today we celebrate one of seventeen different memorials, feasts and solemnities in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary found in the Liturgical Calendar. Today’s celebration is one of the four great Solemnities by which our Blessed Mother is honoured.
The Solemnity of the Assumption honours the fact that when the Blessed Virgin Mary completed her life on earth, she was taken body and soul into Heaven to be with her resurrected Son so as to adore the Most Holy Trinity forever. It’s an amazing fact to consider that she retains her body and soul, united as one in Heaven, in anticipation of that glorious day when the new Heavens and Earth will be created and when all the faithful will rise so as to live in a new bodily form forever with God.
The Gospel passage quoted above comes from the beginning of Mary’s song of praise, her Magnificat, by which she not only gives the greatest glory to God but also reveals who she is. She is the one whom “all generations” will call “blessed.” She is the one for whom “the Almighty has done great things.”
She is the one who will eternally proclaim “the greatness of the Lord” and whose spirit will forever rejoice in God her Saviour. This is a Solemnity of great rejoicing! Share in this joy with the whole Church and with all the saints in Heaven!
The next Cell of Our Lady of Walsingham Mass and Rosary will be on Saturday September 3rd at 11:30AM at St Andrew’s in Deal. Fr Roger will preside at Mass. Please ask for a lift – we do car share!
THE PCC MEET ON WEDNEDSAY – September 7th after Mass at 6:00PM. Agenda items to Mary Somers-James please.
Fr Paul’s last Sunday with us as Rector will be Sunday September 25th.
Saturday September 10th is Ride and Stride – our church will be open all day. Can you help man the church and offer a welcome to our many visitors? Perhaps you may even wish to be out and about on the Ride and Stride with sponsorship. As a parish we receive 50% of everything we raise. Full information available.
Our Summer Fayre and Afternoon Teas will now take place on Saturday September 3rd from 2:00PM – 4:00PM. Can you help? We need cakes, jams and Bric a Brac, Toys etc for sale. See Clive Baker for details.
PLEASE REMEMBER THE FOOD BANK AND HYGIENE BANK.