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Catholic Courier Diocese of Rochester, NY August 2017

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Table of contents

Travel ban is tweaked

Exemption for grandparents added - 4

Pope to visit Colombia

Trip will quietly highlight inequality - 6

Event spurs men's faith

Prepares them to lead families, others - 8

Papers honored for work

Received total of 24 press awards - 9

Learning in the off hours

After-school enrichment prioritized - 15

Instilling confidence

Schools foster public-speaking skills - 16

Catholicism on campus

Teens set to take the faith to college - 17

Kicking off summer fun

Students enjoyed games, trips - 18-19

Paying homage

Book highlights sports cartoons - 22

Kids' Chronicle

Jesus walks on water, but Peter sinks - 23

Bishop SalvatoreR. Matano From the Bishop

August 2017 My dear brothers and sisters in Christ: As we celebrate this Year of the Eucharist, let us contemplate the com- mitment to God made by His Mother Mary, Our Mother. By her "fiat," "Thy will be done," given in response to the Angel Gabriel's announcement that Mary was to become the tabernacle of the Most High God, Mary conceived in her womb Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh (cf. Luke 1:26-38). During this month, we commemorate the Solem- nity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a holy day of obligation. On this solemnity we rejoice that: "Finally, the Immac- ulate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of orig- inal sin, when the course of her earthly life was fin- ished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glo- ry, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, so that she might be then more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords and conqueror of sin and death. The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is a sin- gular participation in her Son's Resurrection and an anticipation of the res- urrection of other Chris- tians " (Catechism of the Catholic Church No. 966). In his apostolic consti- tution, Munificentissimus Deus of November 1, 1950, Pope Pius XII proclaimed this tenet of our Catholic faith, which defined "the centuries-long tradition of belief in this mystery" ( New Catholic Encyclo- pedia, Catholic Univer- sity of America 1967,

Like Mary, say 'yes' to Christ

p. 971). The Holy Father embraced the prayer of the ancient Byzantine Lit- urgy, Troparion, Feast of the Dormition: "In giving birth you kept your virgin- ity; in your Dormition you did not leave the world, O Mother of God, but were joined to the source of Life. You conceived the living God and, by your prayers, will deliver our souls from death" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 966). In the midst of summer activities, vacations and other recreations, we are reminded of our Chris- tian commitment to follow Christ in every season, as did Mary. Once Mary said "yes" to becoming God's mother, she accompanied Jesus throughout His en- tire earthly life. "Psychol- ogists comment on the fact that the original unity between mother and child represents one of the best examples of communion between two persons" (Ro- manus Cessario, O.P., The Seven Joys of Mary, p. 23). This union with Jesus Christ resulting from Mary's maternity makes her intimately involved in the joys and sufferings that are a part of every life. "The closer a per- son is to God, the closer he or she is to people. We see this in Mary. The fact

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On the cover: Liam Williams participates in the annual tug of war June 21 at Web- ster's St. Rita School. (Courier photo by Jeff Witherow)

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