Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Thursday, August 15 -  A Holy Day of Obligation

Wednesday August 14:   7pm Vigil

Thursday, August 15:

7:30am, 9am (School Mass), and 7pm (followed by light reception hosted by our Meals for Marists ministry)


A Brief History of the Founding of Our Parish

“I have thought of a title such as ‘Our Lady of the Assumption’ or ‘St. Mary of the Assumption’, wrote Archbishop Gerald P. O’Hara of the Savannah-Atlanta Diocese in early 1951 when asked for his recommendation of a name for Atlanta’s newest Catholic parish. He continued his letter to the Most Rev. Francis E. Hyland saying, “we would be honoring Our Lady through the newly declared dogma of Her Assumption.”

In November of the previous year Pope Pius XII had solemnly declared, in the document "Munificentissimus Deus," the following: “We pronounce, declare, and define it to be divinely revealed dogma: that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.”

The belief in Mary’s assumption into heaven was commonly celebrated as early as the 5th century. In the 6th century the Assumption was assigned August 15th as its feast day.

In the declaration of the doctrine we are sustained in the confidence of our bodily resurrection. According to the Second Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution of the Church (Lumen Gentium), Mary’s Assumption is “a sign of certain hope and comfort to the Pilgrim People of God.”


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