The Transfiguration of the Lord

Dear Parishioners,

The Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord is celebrated on August 6 each year, and when the feast falls on a Sunday, its prayers and readings replace those of the Sunday in Ordinary Time. The Transfiguration Gospel, which points to the divinity of Christ, is also read on the second Sunday of Lent each year. It makes a nice contrast with the Gospel on the Þrst Sunday of Lent, the temptation of Jesus in the desert, which affirms the humanity of Christ.

Be assured of my prayers and best wishes to all of our students and teachers at the start of this new school year. St. John Primary and St. Theresa Middle have their Þrst day on Wednesday, while Ascension Parish Schools begin on Thursday of this week. I pray it will be a great year of learning and renewing friendships for all of our parishioners.

Unfortunately, the start of a new school year also signals an increase in the number of cars and buses on the roads in the morning and evening. So please give yourself extra time in the morning and afternoon and try to practice charity toward your fellow travelers on the roads. Catholics are not immune to road rage, and bad things happen when we allow our anger to go unchecked.

Our R.C.I.A. process for people interested in joining the Catholic Church starts back up on September 6. We have Inquiry Meetings planned for every Wednesday in August at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room located in the House of Prayer and Study Building. Please invite your relatives, friends, and neighbors who may have expressed an interest in learning more about the Catholic faith or who
wish to join the Church. For more information, please contact Wendy Enloe at 647-3696.

Monday, August 7, is the deadline to register your children for our Parish School of Religion. Students in grades 15 now have the option of attending class on Mondays from 5:30 6:30 pm, or Tuesdays from 4:30 5:30 pm. Grades 68 will meet on Tuesdays from 6:30 7:30 pm, and grades 911 will meet on Mondays from 7:00 8:00 pm. Please visit our website to register.

Tuesday, August 15, is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and a holyday of obligation. We will celebrate two Masses for the holyday, the Þrst at 12:00 noon and the second at 5:45 p.m. Holydays sometimes involve sacriÞce on our part, but we know that such sacrifices also bring blessings to our lives.

We will celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick in two weeks on Saturday, August 19, immediately following the 4:00 p.m. Vigil Mass. Any person who is seriously ill because of sickness, old age, or injury may be anointed. The illness may be either physical or mental, and can include addictions. Anointing is also allowed prior to undergoing surgery. Please spread the word to your family
and friends who may need the healing graces provided through this special sacrament. And please pray for your fellow parishioners who are hospitalized, homebound, or struggling with cancer or some other serious illness.

We finally closed out the books on the 2022-2023 fiscal year so I will try to provide an overview of our income and expenditures as soon as possible. I do not wish for money to be the focus of too many articles or talks but you do need to be kept informed of both our blessings and challenges. We had a blessed year Þnancially last year so I thank God for his goodness and for the great tradition of community support here in St. Amant.

In Christ,
Father Matt