In today’s technological world, one often turns to Google, or Siri, or Alexa when looking for answers to questions. “When was so-and-so born?” “What is the meaning of the word________?”
As Lay Assumptionists, we turn to our primary source, which is the “Way of Life”. In a succinct way, we can find answers to major questions pertaining to who we are and what we should do. Therein are defined “the fundamental dimensions or the ‘common basis’ of the charism and the spirituality of the Assumption that all Lay Assumptionists should adopt and live.” (Way of Life, pg. 3)
When thinking about our apostolates, we can turn to Article #17: “We collaborate closely in the apostolate and the mission of the Assumptionist communities. We are always available to serve the local ecclesial community.”
We know that the Assumption communities are diverse, unique, and anchored in interculturality. Therefore, we must be supportive and creative in supporting our brothers and sisters. This gives us plenty of opportunities to “think outside of the box.” Our Lay Assumptionist groups serve the youth of our communities; help the underserved; and support the educations of young people whose families do not have the financial resources to do that. Our assistance may be for our local community or for our more global community.
The following are a few examples of the apostolates in our Province. The Lay Assumptionists in Mexico work to provide catechetical services to youth and to support local adults as teachers. They work with the youth members of FRAS (the fraternity of the Assumption). They work to support endeavors in Cuernevaca.
The Lay Assumptionists at St. Anne-St. Patrick’s in Sturbridge helped with this year’s solidarity campaign to raise money for Assumption School in Beni. They held a successful bake sale in conjunction with their Faith Formation classes. The group is also helping some Filipino students with their tuition for college.
In the words of Father General from his letter #9, Workers for the Kingdom Together: “The Alliance knows that it has a mission and that it is geared up for the Kingdom.”