Why the Assumption makes the holy day cut

This Wednesday is a holy day of obligation: the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, when we celebrate the fact that Mary was assumed body and soul into heaven at the end of her earthly life

According to the Code of Canon Law, there are 10 holy days of obligation in the universal Church, though very few countries or dioceses actually require the faithful to observe all 10. Certain areas have holy days other than those on the Canon Law list. In most of the U.S. there are only five (in addition to every Sunday, of course): Mary the Mother of God, the Assumption, All … [Read more...]

There should be an image of Mary in every home

Archbishop José Gomez: "I will be personally blessing and offering an image of our Blessed Mother for every family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles who wants one"

We are getting ready to celebrate the new Marian feast instituted by Pope Francis. The memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of the Church that we will celebrate on the Monday after Pentecost, this year on May 21, marks an important — I would even say prophetic — rediscovery of an ancient devotion. The first Christians understood Mary to be the perfect symbol of the … [Read more...]

Marian procession to mark Los Angeles’ 235th birthday

For the sixth year in a row, Catholics in Los Angeles will come together to celebrate the city’s birthday and pray for the protection of the Blessed Mother

The following comes from an August 18 Catholic News Agency article: Later this month, a Marian Procession and Votive Mass will help celebrate the 235th anniversary of the city of Los Angeles, California – which was named after Mary, Queen of Angels. The August 27 festivities, hosted by the Queen of Angels Foundation, will be open to the public. A Votive Mass will be held … [Read more...]