On the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, my parish celebrated its sesquicentennial anniversary with a solemn mass con-celebrated by two bishops. Before the Feast came nine days of holy hours and a public novena to the Blessed Virgin. Many, many people worked very hard to make it all happen and even those of us who were mostly just there participating were very busy (especially those of us with extra long hours of single parenting so our husbands could be busy helping out).
Especially as a convert who never gave the Mother of God a thought before beginning on the path to conversion, it still all seems a bit foreign to think of being part of such a Marian parish, dedicated to the Assumption, which is something I had never heard of three years ago. Yet, what better example could we have than she who said, "Be it done unto me according to your word." And in making the mother of our Lord our example, what hope we have in heaven.
My family is fortunate to worship at such an orthodox and beautiful parish church, with a long history, a lack of wreck-ovation. We are fortunate to have holy men to guide us and fellow parishioners to strengthen us in the journey.