Pastoral Notes 12th August, 2018

From the Archives
This week we celebrate the Assumption of Our Lady, in heaven in her glorified humanity (feast 15th August). This feast was given special prominence by Pope Pius XII (1939-1958) in 1950, and many bishops and church dignitaries travelled to Rome in what was also a Holy Year (which occurs every 50 years, a tradition going back to around 1300). Among the bishops was our own bishop of Northampton (Thomas) Leo Parker, and his name is inscribed inside the entrance of St Peter’s Basilica along with all the other bishops and cardinals present for that occasion. So soon after World War II it was an occasion to proclaim again the great dignity of human beings, a God-given dignity shown in the Virgin Mary. This week we also remember St Maximilian Kolbe, a Polish priest, who, in the horrors of the concentration camp, showed an even brighter light in taking the place of a condemned prisoner, who himself survived the war and was present at Maximilian’s canonisation.