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Signs are Everywhere

I have given you a model to follow so that as I have done for you, you should also do.After the winter that wouldn’t end (and I’m not sure it has), we need to find solace and joy in the signs of spring.  The other night I was on my deck and heard the sound of tree frogs croaking.  It was like a joyous melody and cacophony of happiness.  The continual sound was a symphony of spring to my ears.  While walking into church last Sunday, I saw a multitude of crocuses erupting from the soil with their heads of yellow and purple standing erect toward the sun.  It brought a smile to my face.  Even when I am walking in my neighborhood, I delight in seeing all the spring wreaths that festoon the doors of my friends.  There are the wreaths made of dried flowers and grasses; those made completely of jelly beans that are so tempting to the children in the household; and those made of Easter eggs either speckled or in their pastel colors.

Like these signs of spring, we have our Christian signs of Holy Week and Easter that also bring with them feelings of solace and joy.  They carry with them cause for reflection, prayer and rejoicing.  They are at the heart of who we are as Christians.  They represent what we stand for as an “Easter people” and what we need to emulate as followers of Jesus.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:59

Everyone agreed that is was truly a day of rich blessings to come together in prayer as alliance members of the Assumption family.

On a recent Lenten Saturday, the Lay/Religious Alliance members from St. Anne/ St. Patrick's Parish in Sturbridge, MA and the Assumptionist Center in Brighton gathered for a day of prayer.

Fr. Claude Grenache, A.A., superior of the house and the provincial alliance liaison shared two reflective sessions on, "Give us today our daily bread; and forgive us the wrong we have done as we forgive those who wrong us," from Matthew's account of the Lord's Prayer.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 April 2014 01:06

PALM SUNDAYSix days before the Passover, when the Lord came into the city of Jerusalem, the children ran to meet him; in their hands they carried palm branches and with a loud voice cried out: Hosanna in the highest! Blessed are you, who have come in your abundant mercy! O gates, lift high your heads; grow higher, ancient doors. Let him enter, the king of glory! Who is this king of glory? He, the Lord of hosts, he is the king of glory. Hosanna in the highest! Blessed are you, who have come in your abundant mercy!                          

Palm Sunday - Entrance Antiphon

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 April 2014 22:56
Fr. Barry Barcier, A.A. - Reflections on Assumptionists Education

Prominent Assumptionist Profile: Fr. Amarin Mertz, A.A. World-wide Missionary (1907-1985)

Chinese seminarians, circa 1940Early Years

The fourth of six children, René Mertz was born in Riedwhir (Haut-Rhin), France, on February 18, 1907. After attending several  Assumptionist high school seminaries, he joined the congregation and made his first vows on November 5, 1926, taking the name Amarin. After studying philosophy in Belgium and theology in France, he was ordained a priest at the end of 1934.

First Assignment: Manchuria (1935-1948)

Shortly thereafter, in October 1935, he left for Manchuria with Fr. Cyrille Paratte, the first two Assumptionists to set off for this Far East mission. He stayed for 13 years (1935-1948). During this time he would never be able to leave in order to see his family and often times he had a hard time corresponding with them.  Already during his lifetime Fr. d’Alzon had his eye on the Orient and even mentioned to the Oblates of the Assumption, with a touch of humor, that they shouldn’t rest easy until they had arrived at the foot of the Great Wall of China! Since 1931 Manchuria had been in the hands of China’s bellicose and imperialistic neighbor, Japan.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 10:49

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