The secretary will not be in the office from Monday, August 10 to Friday, August 14. Please leave your message on our answering machine, and we will return your calls beginning Monday, August 17. Thanks for understanding
*** The Feast Day is Not a Holy Day of Obligation this year ***
In November,1950, Archbishop James Francis McIntyre named Fr. Timothy Crean first pastor of a new parish serving the 300 Catholic families in northeast Pasadena. The first Mass at the mission chapel for Saints Felicitas & Perpetua, fondly called “the little green church,” was at Foothill and Titley Avenue (across from the PCC extension). The November 26, 1950 Mass had a total Sunday collection of $38.43! (worth about $418.45 today) Our parish was given the name “Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary because on November 1 of that year Pope Pius XII defined the Assumption of Mary as a dogma of faith.
The pope proclaimed this dogma only after a broad consultation of bishops, theologians and laity. There were few dissenting voices. What the pope solemnly declared was already a common belief in the Catholic Church.
Homilies on the Assumption have been found going back to the sixth century. In following centuries, the Eastern Churches held steadily to the doctrine, but some authors in the West were hesitant. However by the 13th century there was universal agreement. The feast was celebrated under various names—Commemoration, Dormition, Passing, Assumption—from at least the fifth or sixth century. Today it is celebrated as a solemnity.
Scripture does not give an account of Mary’s Assumption into heaven. Nevertheless, Revelation 12 speaks of a woman who is caught up in the battle between good and evil. Many see this woman as God’s people. Since Mary best embodies the people of both Old and New Testaments, her Assumption can be seen as an exemplification of the woman’s victory.
The Assumption of Mary is her participation in Christ’s Resurrection and serves as a foreshadowing of what awaits those who follow her Son. In other words, Mary’s Assumption represents the hope for new life on the other side of the grave for all who wait. She models what God can do in those who wait in faith, hope, and love for the Merciful One to act.
Let us pray for all those who have gone before us who helped establish Assumption Church as the vibrant parish and school community that it is today.
In this challenging time of Covid-19, Mary’s Assumption and the hope for a new life, resonates with our hopes and prayers.
On Aug. 8, Archbishop José H. Gomez ordained eight new priests for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. The “Pandemic Class of 2020,” as they call themselves, has endured quarantine and a delayed ordination date, which was originally scheduled for May 30. But they all agree that the extra preparation time was providential.
Read their stories at https://lacatholics.org/ordination/
Saturdays 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Place: School Parking lot.
Protocol for Confession:
Masks are to be worn at all times and in all places on the parish grounds
Friday, August 7 ~ 7PM—8PM
School Parking Lot
All are welcome to Adoration in the school parking lot on Friday evening. We will also try to livestream Adoration via Facebook only.