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Happy Feast Day of The Assumption!

::Pulled from the Catholic Sistas archives, this post originally featured on August 15, 2012::

Did you know today is a Holy Day of Obligation?

You know what that means, right?

You should be heading to Mass…

…or have already attended the Vigil Mass last night

…or have plans to attend Mass* tonight if you haven’t gone already.

Beyond the usual “housekeeping” of sharing that it’s an HDO, there is the primary element of excitement that today is the day the Church celebrates Mary’s assumption into heaven, body and soul. Though the proclamation as Dogma was made official by Pope Pius XII in 1950, the Church in Her wisdom maintains that the Dogma has always existed.

How does that make sense in feeble minds such as mine? I will tell you something that has made the timeline of this Marian Doctrine make sense. Dogma of the Church is like the stars in the sky. Church theologians are the astronomers over time…as things are discovered in the sky over the course of time, it does not compromise the legitimacy of what was discovered. When a new star is discovered and named, we do not question its existence. It existed long before we found it. And this is how we approach Mary’s Assumption, the Holy Trinity, Purgatory, etc. There are many things in which our Faith has discovered and uncovered as time has moved along…the existence of these Truths of our Faith are not compromised!

Here are a few links to send you on your way on the history of The Assumption and some crafts to do with the kidlets:


Overview of the history of the Assumption

History plus video from the day of the proclamation


Mary triptych craft

Mary coloring page and activity

Mary centerpiece


Top 10 Mary songs


By Martina Kreitzer

Martina is a cradle Catholic, wife to Neil, and mother to eight kiddos here {and three in heaven}– 4/96-12/19. She decided to homeschool the kiddos in 2010 after many years in public schools and is currently transitioning out of homeschooling. She is the creator of Catholic Sistas which focuses on a feminine perspective of the Catholic Faith. The website was the result of an existing camaraderie by the contributors in a Catholic women’s group she created. She is also a Seal of Approval evaluator for the Catholic Writers Guild. Lest you think she spends all her time online, Martina has enjoyed getting out into the community by serving on the Pastoral Council from 2010-2013. She is constantly on the lookout to make her parish as welcoming as the small town she grew up in East Texas. This task is not easy given that St. William is the largest parish in the Austin diocese, serving well over twenty thousand parishioners. She loves Jesus, coffee, bacon, chocolate, photography, more bacon, evangelizing, and the company of those unafraid to use their sense of humor.

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