Very Rev. Jason Trull named Vicar General for the Diocese of St. Augustine, effective Jan. 20, 2023.

After the announcement of my appointment as Vicar General, I have had numerous questions regarding what a Vicar General is/does. According to Canon (Church) Law the following canons pertain to the Vicar General:

Can. 475 §1. In each diocese the diocesan bishop must appoint a vicar general who is provided with ordinary power according to the norm of the following canons and who is to assist him in the governance of the whole diocese.

Can. 479 §1. By virtue of office, the vicar general has the executive power over the whole diocese which belongs to the diocesan bishop by law, namely, the power to place all administrative acts except those, however, which the bishop has reserved to himself, or which require a special mandate of the bishop by law.

And from our Diocesan website:
The duty of the vicar general is to assist the bishop in the governance of the Diocese of St. Augustine. “A vicar general and an episcopal vicar must report to the diocesan bishop concerning more important affairs which are to be handled or have been handled, and they are never to act contrary to the intention and mind of the diocesan bishop” (Canon 480).

In short, the Vicar General must maintain a broad view of the work of the diocese and assist the bishop in shepherding the diocese. This will be a challenging assignment, but I think it will also be an exciting one! I hope this description helps. I again ask for your prayers as I take on this responsibility and please know of my continued prayers for all of you!

Love,

Fr. Jason

Liturgical Living At Home For Families: Ordinary Time

Feast day and liturgical season traditions help our kiddos understand the Faith in their everyday space in their everyday life. The symbols and colors of the Church during each liturgical season can be brought home in many ways. Foods, activities, crafts, the options are vast.

*What season are we in? Ordinary Time    *What color for home altar? Green

Check back soon for Lenten ideas!

Upcoming feast days:

Feb. 1- St. Brigid: She was known as the Bride of Ireland. She has a special cross that can easily be turned into a kid craft using straw or pipe cleaners. Fun foods with traditional meanings on this day include oat soda bread, and making homemade butter!

Feb. 14- St. Valentine: Use commercialism to our advantage for this one…this is a true Catholic feast day celebrating a Catholic Saint! St. Valentine was a priest who would help soldiers get married when they were wrongly forbidden from doing so. He is the patron of happy marriages! I like to include “St.” on any valentines we give out to help spread the word. “Love is patient, love is kind. Happy feast of Saint Valentine!”

Feb. 22- Chair of St. Peter: This is a feast day to celebrate and honor the gift of the Papacy. St. Peter was our first Pope, and his authority was vital, as is our current Pope’s. This is a great day to talk about who the Holy Father is, and especially to pray for him. If the older kids like, they can write a letter to him asking any questions they have and that they are praying for him too (a great day to practice letter etiquette too, there’s a special way to address the Pope). You could also use any candy/crackers/etc. you have in the house to make edible sculptures of chairs!

Youth Stock Fundraiser for the Teens of our Parish

Last year we hosted our first annual Assumption Youth Ministry fundraiser, Bayou Bash, to help raise funds to support our teens on their endeavors to have personal and lasting encounters with Christ. This year on February 25 from 7:00-10:00 p.m. we are putting on Youth Stock, a 70s themed fundraiser, to help feed the faith of our youth, serve our community, and provide lasting memories of building up our relationships with the Lord. All funds raised go straight to the youth who sell tickets and work the event to help them offset the cost of any youth ministry retreats or summer programming they wish to participate in.

To purchase tickets or sponsor the event, please visit our Youth Stock webpage for all the details: https://assumptioncatholicchurch.org/ministries/youth-ministry/youth-stock/

Human Life Protection Amendment

Dear Floridians, The Florida Constitution needs to be amended with the addition of life-saving language which would recognize and protect the God-given right to life of the preborn individual. The Human Life Protection Amendment aims to do just that!

We need your help gathering the signatures needed to get this important amendment on the ballot in 2024!

Here’s how you can help:

· Sign the petition and mail it to the address listed on the petition today.

· Ask your like-minded friends and family to sign.

· Volunteer on a county team (click here to sign up).

· Coordinate a petition drive at your church for Sanctity of Life Sunday.

· Click here for other ways your local church can participate.

To learn more about this effort to protect the most vulnerable people group in Florida, watch the 1-minute video below, then visit HumanLifeFL.com today.

Farewell to Benedict XVI: ‘Humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord’

The 95-year-old Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI passed away on Saturday at 9:34 AM in his residence at the Vatican’s Mater Ecclesiae Monastery.

By Vatican News

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has returned to the Father’s House.

The Holy See Press Office announced that the Pope Emeritus died at 9:34 AM on Saturday morning in his residence at the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery, which the 95-year-old Pope emeritus had chosen as his residence after resigning from the Petrine ministry in 2013.

“With sorrow I inform you that the Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI, passed away today at 9:34 AM in the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican. Further information will be provided as soon as possible.  As of Monday morning, 2 January 2023, the body of the Pope Emeritus will be in Saint Peter’s Basilica so the faithful can pay their respects.”

News of worsening health condition

Already for several days, the health conditions of the Pope Emeritus had worsened due to advancing age, as the Press Office had reported in its updates of the evolving situation.

Pope Francis himself publicly shared the news about his predecessor’s worsening health at the end of the last General Audience of the year, on 28 December.

The Pope had invited people to pray for the Pope Emeritus, who was “very ill,” so that the Lord might console him and support him “in this witness of love for the Church until the end.”

Following this invitation, prayer initiatives sprung up and multiplied on all continents, along with an outpouring of messages of solidarity and closeness from secular leaders.

Funeral plans

During a briefing at the Holy See Press office, the director, Matteo Bruni, told journalists that  Pope Francis will preside over the funeral of the Pope Emeritus on 5 January at 9.30 CET in St. Peter’s Square. No tickets are foreseen for participation in the Mass.

Bruni also said the Pope Emeritus on Wednesday 28th, in the afternoon, received the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick in the Mater Ecclesiae monastery at the end of Holy Mass.

And speaking to reporters after the briefing he said Benedict specifically asked that everything – including the funeral – be marked by simplicity, just as he lived his life.

A statement later in the day shed more light on details regarding the lying in state, the funeral ceremony and the burial.

It noted that at the conclusion of the Eucharistic celebration presided over by the Holy Father, the Final Commendation and Valediction will take place.

The Pope Emeritus‘ remains will then be taken into St. Peter’s  Basilica and then to the Vatican Grottos where he will be laid to rest.

Lying in state

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s remains will rest at the Mater Ecclesiae monastery until the morning of Monday, 2 January; official visits or public prayers are not foreseen.

From 9am on the same day, Benedict’s body will lie in state in St. Peter’s  Basilica so the faithful can pay their final respects.

On Monday the Basilica will remain open from 9am to 7pm; on Tuesday and Wednesday from 7am to 7pm.

Source: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2022-12/pope-emeritus-benedict-xvi-dies-aged-95.html

A prayer for the soul of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI:

Father, eternal shepherd, hear the prayers of your people for your servant Benedict, who governed your Church with love. In your mercy, bring him with the flock once entrusted to his care to the reward you have promised your faithful servants. May he who faithfully administered the mysteries of your forgiveness and love on earth, rejoice with you for ever in heaven. Amen

We’re $13,062.69 away from beginning the repairs needed for our Church Bells!

We are still in awe of the generosity shown to our parish during our iGiveCatholic campaign. From November 14-29 our parish took part in this national Catholic campaign to connect with our community of supporters.

Because of our donors, we were able to raise $43,090 out of our $75,000 goal to further our mission to restore and repair our bell tower. A few days after the campaign, we received another donation that put us as $53,090 raised! As of January 10, we have raised $61,937.31. That means we have less than 30% of our $75,000 goal left to fundraise so we can begin the repairs.

Erected in 1973 as a gift from Casper and Bernadine Fechtel, this iconic bell tower has been used daily to inform all about the beginning of Holy Mass as well as a commemoration of our dearly beloved at the end of a funeral service. We humbly ask you to consider donating to help us reach our goal and begin the restoration.

You can donate through the offertory via cash/check in a labeled envelope or through PayPal using this link: https://www.paypal.com/giving/campaigns?campaign_id=LFQ597EUZT92Y/campaigns?campaign_id=LFQ597EUZT92Y

Thank you to all who have donated thus far! We greatly appreciate your support and generosity.

Meet our new Altar Servers

This year we welcomed 17 new altar servers! These new servers were trained over the last few weeks and we are excited to have them start serving at Mass. We welcome the following:

Kyle Bednar, Raegan Contois, Owen Crane, Cole Flint, Griffin Flores, Valery Flores, Lily Gordon, Garrett Jardine, Christian Leggett, Cing Muan, Thaddeus Mochowski, Julian Kallivayalil, Luke Kallivayalil, Landon Samuel, Brenna Sarka, Grace Winkler, and Wyatt Zilla

16th Anniversary of Home of the Mother at Assumption

On the feast of Pope St. John Paul II, October 22, 2006, marks the 16th an anniversary of the foundation of the Sisters of the Home of the Mother here at Assumption when Sister Teresa (superior), Sister Clare, Sister Maria Elena and Sister Ruth began here. Happy anniversary Sisters!!

All are invited to join them for a meeting on Saturday, October 22, 2022 at 5:30 in Kohls Hall to celebrate!

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