Maryvale Church is open for prayer and the Parish office is open as normal (8am to 4pm weekdays)
15 August the Church celebrates The Assumption of Mary into Heaven
• Saturday 4pm Marian devotion in the church followed by 5:30pm Vigil mass.
• Sunday after the 10am mass there will be a procession to the Grotto and the recitation of the rosary.
The Assumption of Our Lady
by Rev. James M. Keane, O.S.M. taken from CatholicCulture.org
When Pope Pius IX defined the dogma of the Immaculate Conception in 1854, it drew attention to the possibility of a dogmatic definition of the Assumption. Both are truths not found explicitly in the Bible. Many began to petition the Apostolic See for its immediate definition. Between 1849 and 1940 more than 2,500 such petitions were received from bishops and superiors of religious orders. These represented 73% of the Catholic hierarchy. On May 1st, 1946, Pope Pius XII sent an Encyclical Letter (“Deiparae Virginis”) to all the bishops of the world asking them to make known to him the belief and devotion of themselves, their clergy, and their people regarding the Assumption. 1185 bishops answered that the dogma could safely be defined, and only 16 questioned the advisability of the proclamation at that time. It was therefore a quasi-unanimity. On November 1st of the Holy Year, 1950, the day after the closing of the 8th International Marian Congress, held that year in Rome, Pius XII solemnly defined the dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven. This great event took place in the Piazza of St. Peter’s in the presence of 40 Cardinals, 500 bishops, thousands of priests, and close to one million lay persons. The exact words of the dogma of faith definition, extracted from the Bull “Munificentissimus Deus,” were:
“Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.”
Just as Mary received Christ on earth, so Christ in turn received Mary in heaven. Having deigned to descend to her, it was fitting that he should raise her to himself in his glory. The place of the Mother of God is in the splendors of eternal glory and not in the gloom of the sepulchre.
“The Virgin, who gave history its impetus, was herself soon detached from it, to become instead an emblem of history’s goal.” — Jean Guitton •
Prayer of Pope Pius XII
“O Immaculate Virgin, Mother of God and Mother of Men, — we believe with all the fervor of our Faith in your triumphal Assumption, both in body and soul, into heaven where you are acclaimed as Queen of all the choirs of angels and all the legions of the Saints; and we unite with them to praise and bless the Lord Who has exalted you above all other pure creatures, and to offer you the tribute of our devotion and our love.” (from the Assumption Prayer of Pope Pius XII)
We are allowed only 50 people inside the church for mass. The overflow may attend in the car park next to the hall.
The Southern Cross will be on sale in the foyer before and after all masses (R30) and the repository will be open. We now have a card machine in the repository.
Should you need to contact Fr Tony use the landline 011 640 3154
Pope Francis continued his catechesis on St Paul’s Letter to the Galatians at the General Audience Wed 4 August
Online courses began 3/4 August. It is not too late to join. Maryvale will shortly present an in person course.
Metanoia is a 10 Part online Series also available to view online at
- Date: Wednesdays
- Time: 19h00 –20h15
- Contact for more information: [email protected]
Sacred Heart College, an independent Catholic co-educational school from Playgroup to Matric based in Observatory, is offering partial scholarships to Catholic students for 2022. If interested in applying, visit https://sacredheart.co.za/scholarship/
Our Parish now has an active Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/MaryvaleCatholicChurch
We will post the weekly Bulletin, Notices and Link to the facebook page and continue sending out the weekly email (unsubscribe button is at the bottom of the email) and the WhattsApp Maryvale Bulletin group ( exit group button is at the end of the “Group info” in WhattsApp).
The links to join either the Maryvale Bulletin WhatsApp Group or the email group are on the home page of https://www.maryvale.co.za/
There are numerous lectures, courses and masses that you can access online. Some of them are listed, with links, on this page.