From the Pastor’s Desk,

Wednesday of this week we will celebrate the Assumption of Mary, a holy day of obligation. To understand this
particular Marian celebration along with others, we must first understand the role of Sacred Tradition in the Catholic
Church. The Catholic Church is built upon Sacred Scripture and Tradition. This is a fundamental difference between the
Catholic Church and the protestant churches. Sacred Tradition has brought the Catholic Church to a more complete grasp
of God’s truth than can be attained from the Bible alone. Most Catholic dogmas which are the foundational principles
which all Catholics must believe are found explicitly in the Bible, but there are some like the doctrine of the Assumption of
Mary which over the centuries have been revealed by God to the Church. Such doctrines come from the same Source of
truth as does the Bible and they CANNOT contradict the Bible and must be in harmony with the Bible.
St. John Damascene who died in 749 AD, in one of his writings, expressed the general belief of all Christianity of
that time: “Your sacred and happy soul, as nature will have it, was separated in death from your most blessed and
immaculate body: and although the body was duly interred, it did not remain in the state of death, neither was it
dissolved by decay…Your most pure and sinless body was not left on earth but you were transferred to your heavenly
throne, O Lady, Queen, and Mother of God in truth.” St. John was only putting into print what had been believed and
celebrated openly since the time Constantine legalized Christianity. Mary’s life and her memory centered upon the
place of Mary falling asleep close to Mount Zion.
It doesn’t seem possible that the school year 2018-2019 begins this week. Where did the summer go? Hopefully
all our young people, faculties and administrators are refreshed and ready for school. I know most parents are
ready. If I posed the question, “Why do you go to school?” to students as well as parents, what would their answers be?
Maybe, something like this: School is one of the educational environments in which we develop, through learning, how to
live, how to become grown up, how to choose a career, and how to become young men and women who can follow the
road of life. School teaches all of these things and more. It also broadens our human dimension.
Now I would like to ask the question, “Why go to a Catholic School?” Within our Catholic Schools, along with
intellectual studies, we strive to develop the human virtues of loyalty, respect, faithfulness, and dedication—all of this
within the teachings of the Catholic Church. Our academics are high quality, but they are not the top priority. For our
students, even in a society that is becoming more and more secular, Christmas will be about Christ’s birth, Easter will be
about His Resurrection, Lent will be a time of penance, and Advent will be a time of preparation. Catholic education
reinforces our foundation of faith taught by the Catholic Church. The teachings of Jesus Christ are a part of our students’
everyday curriculum. But in today’s society, our human virtues have been trampled on by the media, by Hollywood, and
even by our own government, all of which have lost respect for family values and the Christian faith; but our Catholic
education strengthens the value of family and faith. Our teachers and administrators have the same beliefs in Jesus Christ
and the Catholic Church, with a respect for life and a respect for all people.

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