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OUR NATIONAL HOLIDAY PDF Print E-mail

Reflections from Fr. Dennis Gallagher, Provincial of the Assumptionists North American Province

The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth by Jennie Brownscombe

Should we sing patriotic hymns at Mass? At the parish I go to on weekends, “America the Beautiful” or even “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” is often the recessional hymn on weekends before national holidays. At one time there seemed to be more ambivalence about this - mixing up, it was said, two different loyalties and two different loves. That's not unreasonable, but one hears this complaint less frequently nowadays. Maybe it's the circle I travel in.

The civic holiday that appears least in danger of being out of sync with Christian sensibilities is Thanksgiving. You could certainly muck up that assertion by referencing the treatment of Native Americans, but at least in terms of the core disposition underlying the holiday, its affinity with Christian faith is pretty clear. To have survived the perils of the voyage and the hardships of settling in an unfamiliar and often inhospitable land was just the ticket for setting aside time to give thanks. It must have felt like redemption. Protection from disease, the blessing of a bountiful harvest, freedom from religious persecution were all signs of a divine hand at work.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 November 2019 10:52
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FR. PETER VISITS THE RELIGIOUS OF THE ASSUMPTION IN CHAPARRAL, NM PDF Print E-mail

FR. PETER VISITS THE RELIGIOUS OF THE ASSUMPTION IN CHAPARRAL, NM

 
Jean-Bosco's Ordination in Montmartre, Quebec, Canada PDF Print E-mail

Jean-Bosco's Ordination in Montmartre, Quebec, Canada

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2019 15:35
 
Mass for the World Day of the Poor - Rome - 2019 PDF Print E-mail

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Our own Fr. Alex concelebrated the Papal Mass for the World Day of the Poor in Rome on November 17, 2019.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2019 13:53
 
REMEMBERING FR. EMMANUEL D'ALZON PDF Print E-mail

 FR. EMMANUEL D'ALZOND’Alzon November 21, 2019

Next year 2020 will mark the 175th anniversary of the founding of the Assumptionists. Today we recall the day our founder, Emmanuel d’Alzon, died…November 21, 1880. Let me say a word about him. Born in 1810 to a distinguished family in southern France, his whole life consisted in taking profound, life-shattering risks.

First of all, there were the not inconsequential risks he took by virtue of shunning the aristocratic status of his family and the powerful fortune that he would inherit, a fortune that would easily establish him as a man of noble standing and public influence. I was never more impressed with the extraordinary legacy that d’Alzon turned his back on than I did in 2010 when leading a pilgrimage in his footsteps on the occasion of the bicentennial of his birth. On that pilgrimage we found ourselves one day standing on the terrace of the once stunning chateau of Lavagnac where d’Alzon spent his childhood and where he would return regularly throughout his life….described, by some, as the Versailles of the southern France.

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SR. NULA, RA BIDS FAREWELL TO WORCESTER PDF Print E-mail

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MAKING SENSE OF GRAY SKIES PDF Print E-mail

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Reflections from Fr. Dennis Gallagher, Provincial of the Assumptionists North American Province

Autumn in New England has two distinct phases. The first half of the season tops the popularity charts with its show of color, cooler temperatures and crisp apples. For many, the second half of the season is less winning, with steely gray skies, trees stripped bare, and dread for what is to come.

For a good part of my life, this was pretty much my take on fall, as the brightness of October gave way to the chill of November’s shorter and darker days. A palpable sadness settled into me. I wanted to hibernate. Drawing close to someone for warmth and comfort was not an option, so I was left to saying, in the words of that great philosopher, Bill Parcells, “it is what it is.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 November 2019 10:51
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FR. RICHARD CELEBRATES MASS TO COMMEMORATE ASSUMPTIONIST MARTYRS PDF Print E-mail

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Together with the Assumption family throughout the world, Fr. Richard Lamoureux, A.A. celebrated Mass at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Assumption College commemorating the feast day (November 13) of the three Bulgarian Assumptionists Martyrs, Blessed Fathers
Kamen Vitchev, Pavel Djidjov and Josaphat Chichkov.

The witness of our Blessed Martyrs reminds us all of the words of Jesus "Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2019 12:20
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WE REMEMBER OUR BULGARIAN MARTYRS PDF Print E-mail

Assumptionists Bulgarian Martyrs

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2019 12:40
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HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE PDF Print E-mail

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 2020 Assumptionist Pilgrimage to Holy Land - PDF file

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2019 12:16
 
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