Arthur Coughenour, Jane Bedard, Edith Knapp, Emma Wages, Johnny Wise, Rosemary Kehner, Roger Begue, Gary Warner, Doug Campbell, Carol Rufener, Charlie Wise, Barb Seli, Marji Horning, Ray Knapp Sr., Christopher Hamad, Richard Knapp, Paul Warner, Bill Hamilton, William Birchfield, Peggy Shircliff, Fr. Ed Wieczorek, Gary Edwards, Janie Knapp, Julie Vogt, Lou Wojcinski Sr., and Jim Demboski.
The Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon just outside of Warren, OH is celebrating their Triduum on August 13, 14, and 15th. The events of these three days are impressive. Bishop George Murry, S.J., is celebrating the Mass on Thursday evening. Bishop Nicholas Samra is celebrating the Pontifical Melkite Liturgy on Friday evening. Finally, Saturday evening the Feast of the Assumption, there is to be a Maronite Pontifical Liturgy with three bishops celebrating. These are Bishops Gregory Mansour, Bishop Elias Zaidan, and Bishop Robert Shaheen. These three evening represent three distinct Liturgical Rites within the Catholic Church, Roman, Byzantine, and Syrian. Saturday, the Feast of the Assumption day at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon, is especially noteworthywith events beginning at 12:00 Noon with the Anointing of the Sick, a string quartet in the church, a Spiritual Conference, a band concert in late afternoon, and then the Maronite Liturgy with candle light procession and food and refreshment following.
You will note that this Triduum takes place at the same time as our Assumption Triduum in the Grotto of Our Lady. After consulting with the Parish Council, our Adult Choir, Principal Beth Frank at our school, and numerous others, we are transferring on a one-time-basis-only our Assumption Triduum to September 8th, 9th, and 10th. September 8th is the Feast Day of Mary’s birthday. Since our school is in session at this time, we expect to have the full participation of our school, many of our parishioners, and hopefully visitors from the area.
Let me return to the three day Assumption Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon. Since the Feast of the Assumption takes place on Saturday, August 15th, and this is the important day, St. Joseph
Parish proposes to run a tour bus to the Shrine for an all-day excursion. The projected time is to leave St. Joseph at 10:30 AM and return sometime after 9:00 PM. The bus trip is only about 50 minutes.
If some wish to take this pilgrimage together as a parish, we will engage a tour bus. It is important that you sign up for the bus at a cost of $15 per person. You will find this a full day of music, spiritual inspiration, and the Eucharist in the Maronite Syrian tradition. This is a great spiritual experience. I intend to join this group.
I can certainly encourage the parish to go on all three days using their own transportation. The full schedule is printed in this bulletin. For those wishing to use the bus service and enjoy a family pilgrimage
together as a parish, please sign your intent on the tablet in the back of the church.