month of August is dedicated to The Immaculate Heart of Mary. The
entire month falls within the liturgical season of Ordinary Time, which
is represented by the liturgical color green. This symbol of hope is
the color of the sprouting seed and arouses in the faithful the hope of
reaping the eternal harvest of heaven, especially the hope of a
glorious resurrection. It is used in the offices and Masses of Ordinary
Time. The last portion of the liturgical year represents the time of
our pilgrimage to heaven during which we hope for reward.
is often considered the transitional month in our seasonal calendar. It
is the time of the year we begin to wind-down from our summer travels
and vacations and prepare for Autumn — back to school, fall festivals,
harvest time, etc. The Church in her holy wisdom has provided a cycle
of events in its liturgical year which allow the faithful to celebrate
the major feasts in the life of Christ and Mary. Most notably, during
August, we celebrate the feast of the Transfiguration (August 6) and
the feast of the Assumption (August 15).
In Ordinary Time
I am the bread of life, says the Lord; whoever comes to me will not hunger and whoever believes in me will not thirst.
today’s Gospel, the crowd asks Jesus for a sign so that they can
believe that he has come from God. This is a curious request, because
Jesus has just fed more than 5000 people with just five barley loaves
and two fish. How quickly they seem to have forgotten the wonderful
thing that Jesus has done for them. Or, maybe they never recognized the
miracle in the first place. Sometimes we don’t recognize the wonderful
things that God has done for us. And, sometimes, we simply forget and
ask for further evidence of his love and care. We pray that God will
remove our blindness so that we can receive with thanks and praise all
the wonderful things that God accomplishes in our lives.
GOLDEN JUBILEE MASS
Malesic invites all couples celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary
during 2015 to participate in a special Golden Jubilee Mass to be held
at the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral The Jubilarians, their
children, relatives or friends should contact their Parish Office
(724-763-9141 or 724-763-1089) to register couples for this celebration. If couples are not able to attend this Mass, they will receive a scroll signed by the Bishop commemorating their anniversary.