SCHEDULE CHANGE FOR WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15th
SOLEMNITY OF THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY
MASS: 10:00 AM
Assumption of Mary
All Cistercian monasteries are dedicated to Mary, the Mother of God. This Wednesday we’ll be joining all of our Cistercian sisters and brothers of the Cistercian Order celebrating the patronal feast of the Order, the Solemnity of Mary’s Assumption into heaven.
The Assumption of Mary into Heaven (often shortened to the Assumption) is, according to the beliefs of the Catholic Church, Eastern and Oriental Orthodoxy, as well as parts of Anglicanism, the bodily taking up of the Virgin Mary into Heaven at the end of her earthly life.
This morning we were glad to welcome our local Bishop, Bishop Salvatore Matano, and his Secretary, Fr. Daniel White, to join us in the concelebration of today’s Mass. Bishop Matano has visited us a number of times since his appointment as Bishop of Rochester on November 26, 2013. Today he was principle celebrant at Mass and provided a lively and inspiring homily.
Monastic In-House Guest Program
A new Monastic Guest Program at the Abbey of the Genesee offers an opportunity for single Catholic men under 50 years of age to make an extended retreat within the monastic community.
Participants in good physical and psychological health live the full monastic life within the community for a period of one to six months. For further information or to apply contact the Program Director, Fr. Isaac Slater at IsaacSlater1974@gmail.com.
This past week a shipment of rocks arrived. They will be used to erect the pillars of the facade of the renovated building to match those of the current entrance. To them will be added some rocks left over from the construction of the walls of the Church, completed in 1975.
Where Jesus goes, there shall those who serve him go. He goes to the Father, and so too shall they. These words of Jesus in John 12:26, where I am, there shall my servant be also, radically alter the biblical understanding of death.
Death was a descent into Sheol, the dank and dismal habitation of the dead. Henceforth, the death of those who serve and follow the Lord is an ascent to the Father where the Son is.
The Gospel of John
Stanley Marrow, SJ