August 15 – The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Holy Day of Obligation
Wednesday, August 14 (Vigil)
5:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. (español)
Thursday, August 15
6:45 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 12:10 p.m., 5:30 p.m., & 7:30 p.m.
The Parish Office will be closed Thursday, August 15, 2019. We will re-open Friday, August 16, 2019.
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I would like to again thank you for the very warm welcome that I have received here at St. Theresa’s. My first few weeks here have been great, and I look forward to getting to know each of you better.
We are now well in the midst of what the Church calls “Ordinary Time”. The more well-known times of the liturgical year are structured around the major events in the life of Our Lord: Advent and Christmas are centered around Christ’s Birth; while Lent and Easter are centered around His Passion and Resurrection. The time between the celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and the start of Advent constitutes “Ordinary Time” which is the longest liturgical season by far (33 or 34 weeks depending on the year) and is anything but ordinary.
Traditionally this time was called “Time after Pentecost” to focus on the reality of the Holy Spirit dwelling with the Church and our mission to fully cooperate with Him in transforming and sanctifying our lives. The word “Ordinary” may tempt us to think that this time is normal, or even boring, but there is nothing normal about our Life in Christ.
Ordinary Time is really Ordered Time. It is a time to meditate on the mysteries of Christ’s life and order our time and our own lives accordingly. In this season, the liturgical color green is often referred to as the color of things that grow, because, by meditating on Jesus’ preaching and public ministry we ought to grow in our likeness of Christ.
Green is also the color of Hope (white is the color of faith, and red is the color of love or charity). By the virtue of Hope, we have confidence in the promises that Jesus gave us regarding eternal life and the means of attaining it. All time is ordered to Christ as St. Paul writes. This Ordinary Time is time for us to take stock of our lives as disciples and order them more closely to Christ. “For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen” (Rom 11:36).
Peace in Christ,