This week the calendar turns to the month of August. Named for Caesar Augustus (yes, the
same Caesar Augustus in the Gospel of Luke who ordered the census of the Roman
Empire at the time of Jesus’ birth), the month also will findour area beginning school with teachers reporting for pre-planning days very shortly, then students heading back to classes in a few weeks.
In the Catholic Church, August is the month devoted to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. August includes two major Marian feasts – the Assumption of Mary on August 15 and the Queenship of Mary on August 22. Our Irish brothers and sisters will celebrate the feast of Our Lady of
Knock on August 21 and the Polish people will feast Our Lady of Czestochowa on August 26.
And we can’t forget that our patronal feast day of Saint Augustine of Hippo will occur later this month on Monday, August 28. The 18th Annual Augustinian Address will be delivered on Sunday, August 27 at 7:00 p.m. in The Treasury on the Plaza by Elizabeth Lev, one of the leading
art historians in the world. If you subscribe to Magnificat you will find some of her wonderful and vivid explanations of Catholic art regularly published there. Her presentation for us will be “Saint Augustine of Hippo as Depicted in Art through the Centuries.” So mark your calendars now and plan to join us.