Sesquicentennial Anniversary Celebration

Join us for the many ways our parish will continue to celebrate the one hundred and fifieth anniversary of the consecration of our current church building. The principal celebration will be the Anniversary of Dedication Mass with Bishop Campbell on Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 7:00 pm.


Parish Crest

As part of the Sesquicentennial celebration a parish crest has been designed and will be incorporated into the parish bulletin, letterhead, website and used in other applications.

The Latin text, “Assumpta est Maria” at the top of the crest reads “Mary is assumed,” and professes the dogma of the Assumption, defined officially in 1950, but held from the time of the Church Fathers.

The ecclesial crest is in the Marian colours of white and blue. White is a sign of Mary’s perpetual purity, necessary for her to give a human nature to God, and her perpetual virginity, fitting for the womb that served as a vessel for God Incarnate. Blue was commonly used in western art to symbolize Divinity, so it is indeed fitting that Mary be clothed in blue to symbolize her fidelity to, and intimacy with, God. The blue is also a reference to an ancient title of Mary as Ark of the New Covenant. Just as the Ark of the Covenant was to be covered with a blue veil whenever it was being moved among the people (Numbers 4:6), it is fitting that Mary be clothed in blue as she served as the Ark of the Lawgiver Himself while He was in her womb.

Above the Marian “M” in the center field of the shield is a crown with stars and a fleur-de-lis, as Mary is Queen of Heaven.  The fleur-de-lis, a stylized lily, again symbolizes Mary’s purity. The crown and stars are Marian symbols from the book of Revelation (12:1) which call to mind the Blessed Virgin Mary as the new Israel, who has given birth to the Messiah, and has since been “assumed body and soul into heavenly glory” (Munificentissimus Deus n.44)


Thursday, 5 June 2014: Anniversary Mass

Holy Mass for the Anniversary of the Dedication of a Church will be celebrated on Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 7:00 pm. The Most Reverend Frederick F. Campbell, D.D., PH.D. will be the principal celebrant along with concelebrating priests of the diocese. A reception will follow on the parish courtyard for those in the congregation along with past pastors, associates and religious of the parish.

"Wonderful are you, O God in your holy place. The God of Israel himself gives his people strength and courage." - Entrance Antiphon of the Mass (Ps 68:36)

View Photograph Gallery from the Anniversary Mass

Summer 2014: Biblical Walk with the Blessed Virgin Mary

The better we know Mary, the better we will know her Son.

Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother is an extraordinary pilgrimage that reveals Mary's unique role in God's Kingdom and in our lives. Filmed on location in the Holy Land, Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother will place you in the midst of the powerful drama of her earthly life, taking you through her joys...and her sorrows. You will learn how she works in our lives today, drawing us ever closer to her Divine Son. Seeing Mary in this way will change you forever. Mary will become a part of your daily life, and in your daily life, you will become more like Christ.

Sunday, 22 June: Corpus Christi

In commemoration of the Solemnity of the Body and the Blood of our Lord, St. Mary of the Assumption will host Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for Adoration on Sunday afternoon beginning after the 11:15 Mass and ending at 4:00 pm in the evening with Vespers and a Eucharistic procession to the courtyard for Benediction.

Church Tours & Museum: June and July

Please join us as we continue to celebrate the sesquicentennial anniversary of our current church buildings consecration by offering guided tours of the church building. Tours will highlight our parish history, the rite of consecration, and the various architectural elements and liturgical appointments of the church. Tours will take place on Sunday, 29 June and Sunday, 13 July between the hours of 1:00 - 3:00 pm. We ask you to please enter the church through the main vestibule on High Street.
Our museum, located in both conference rooms of the Rectory basement, will be open on Sunday, June 8th, 15th, and 22nd, after the 8:45 and 11:15 am Masses.

Sunday, 14 September: Parish Picnic

Join us on the courtyard and parish grounds, after the 11:15 Mass for our Parish Picnic. There will be plenty of food, activities for the children, and good fellowship.

Sunday, 26 October: Traditional Latin Mass

A High Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (Roman Missal promulgated by St. John XXIII in 1962) will be offered at St. Mary of the Assumption for the celebration of the Kingship of Christ at 2:00 in the afternoon. Fr. Matthew B. Morris, a son of the parish, will be the celebrant.

"What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too, and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful. It behooves all of us to preserve the riches which have developed in the Church’s faith and prayer, and to give them their proper place." - Letter of Pope Benedict XVI to the Bishops of the World to Present the "Motu Proprio" on the Use of the Roman Liturgy prior to the Reforms of 1970.


O God, who year by year renew for us the day when this your holy temple was consecrated, hear the prayers of your people and grant that in this place for you there may always be pure worship and for us, fullness of redemption. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, you Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


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