Summer greetings to you all! It is good to be back. I was down on the Oregon coast and even made it to see the Redwoods in Northern California, all I’ll say is wow! Yes, I was rendered speechless!

This week saw the end of the food drive for the Greater Vancouver Food bank and today a dozen boxes were collected by the Food Bank to be taken to their new location in Burnaby and distributed to those who rely on it. Thank you for your enthusiasm and generous donations over the past six weeks.

Looking forward it is 129 days until Christmas (assuming you’re reading this on Sunday). Before we go getting carried away with the countdown, let’s talk about Fall! There is a potential book study in the works, and also some bible studies coming up in September to help us gather ourselves as people arrive home from summer vacations and children and grandchildren head back to school.

I’ll be using the info we gathered on the map downstairs to hold some of these studies in the places where we live, to give everyone the opportunity to attend.

In the present, this Sunday we will be observing the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This feast and its associated doctrine was put in place by Pope Pius XII and teaches that “having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.” No one knows for sure what actually happened, but since, as Christians we believe in the resurrection of the body, it’s not a massive stretch.

I’m looking forward to seeing you on Sunday and as you return from your holidays.

Mother Lucy