This week we will be observing a special Holy day. The Feast of the Assumption of Mary is on August 15. Please see the bulletin this weekend for Mass times. It is a wonderful opportunity to give thanks to God for the role of Mary in salvation history. We believe that she now has a special place in heaven, and she certainly has a special place in the hearts of all believers.
Jesus is the “Bread of Life”. The Eucharist, or Holy Communion, is central to our faith lives. We know that there are three Sacraments of Initiation . . . that is, three Sacraments that we receive to make us full members of the Church. They are Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist. Most Catholics were baptized as infants and then received their First Eucharist or First Holy Communion around the age of seven . . . only later on did they receive the Sacrament of Confirmation as young people. That wasn’t the way it always was. Originally, one was baptized at birth, received Confirmation around the age of twelve and then the Sacrament of Holy Communion at about the age of fourteen. But St. Pius X, in 1910, began to allow children to receive their First Holy Communion at the age of seven. He had a great love for the Eucharist and wanted young people to be inspired by this Sacrament.
So today, as we receive Holy Communion, let’s remember that Jesus, the Bread of Life, can transform us into missionary disciples, dedicated to bringing the Good News of Jesus’ love to all people! Like Mary, the Mother of God, we can, in obedience, do great things!
And let us continue to pray for one another.