Congratulations on your 100th anniversary! I am so happy for you, and proud of you as your spiritual father. When we kicked off our jubilee celebration last August, I wrote to you about the spiritual significance of our anniversary:
It is a year of particular celebration and graces that originated in Sacred Scripture and has been carried through Sacred Tradition: “The notion of a ‘jubilee’ year is rooted in the Hebrew Scriptures that celebrated an outpouring of God’s mercy and forgiveness in a special way every 50 years, as reflected in the Book of Leviticus (25:8-13)…
The notion of a special jubilee year celebrating God’s forgiveness and mercy was taken over by Christians, and history records the first Christian jubilee year in 1300, called by Pope Boniface VIII. Approximately every 50 to 25 years since that time, the Church has celebrated these special ‘Holy Years’ to mark the outpouring of God’s grace and mercy.
God wants to bless us abundantly during our Jubilee year! Through the intercession of our patroness, Our Lady of the Assumption, may we be open as individuals and as a parish to all the graces, indulgences, and blessings of the Lord in this centennial Year of Jubilee.
Through the intercession of our Lady, the Lord has indeed bestowed many special blessings and graces upon us throughout this year (the Year of Mercy, too). We have celebrated monthly Community Sundays, Healing Masses, and Revival Nights, welcomed many inspiring speakers, reinstituted Children’s Masses, offered spiritual nourishment weekly to guests of the Outreach Center in addition to physical nourishment, prepared to evangelize our neighborhood through street evangelization, and provided more consistent and fruitful ministry to the sick, homebound, and bereaved. Phew, God has been busy through us! All of these (and more) are signs of God’s abundant graces during our jubilee. Hopefully, we have honored the memory and inspiring tradition of our parish ancestors, and that that will continue for the next 100 years.
Below is a beautiful poem by Judy Crowe for a church celebrating a significant anniversary. Enjoy this special time in the history of our parish!
May you know the peace of Christ,
“Happiness grows as each year passes And trials test the love that will grow. Pleasures of the heart remain a treasure, Perhaps a memory of some time ago. Yesterday’s joys are your heart’s treasure And love remains to guard the store. Now and then we are reminded, It is love (the key) that unlocks the door. Vivid are the scenes of days gone by, Each thought, a page from the past, Reminding us that God guides our path and Yielding to His will, our love will last.” by Judy Crowe