Morning Mass for the Feast of the Assumption
Saturday, August 15, the Church celebrates the Assumption of Mary, when Mary, at the end of her life, was taken body and soul into heaven. This day is normally a holy day of obligation; however with the obligation to attend Sunday and Holy Day Masses still in effect, and that since it falls on a Saturday, it would have been dispensed this year even without Covid. Still, there will be a Mass celebrating the Assumption on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 9 a.m. in the church. 
Friday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time

See, upon the mountains there advances
the bearer of good news, 
announcing peace!
Celebrate your feasts, O Judah,
fulfill your vows!
For nevermore shall you be invaded
by the scoundrel; he is completely destroyed.
The LORD will restore the vine of Jacob,
the pride of Israel,
Though ravagers have ravaged them 
and ruined the tendrils.Woe to the bloody city, all lies,
full of plunder, whose looting never stops!
The crack of the whip, the rumbling sounds of wheels;
horses a-gallop, chariots bounding, 
Cavalry charging, the flame of the sword, the flash of the spear,
the many slain, the heaping corpses,
the endless bodies to stumble upon!
I will cast filth upon you,
disgrace you and put you to shame;
Till everyone who sees you runs from you, saying,
“Nineveh is destroyed; who can pity her?
Where can one find any to console her?”

Gospel MT 16:24-28
Jesus said to his disciples,
“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself,
take up his cross, and follow me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world
and forfeit his life?
Or what can one give in exchange for his life?
For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory,
and then he will repay each according to his conduct.
Amen, I say to you, there are some standing here
who will not taste death
until they see the Son of Man coming in his Kingdom.”

Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. 
Take the Gospel to prayer:

In this day of "fill-in-the-blank matters", it is really relevant to take today's texts to heart. EVERYTHING MATTERS...that which we chose to do or not do at every moment relates to taking up our cross. Yes, our God is kind and merciful and forgiveness awaits us when we seek it. But the action patterns that we exercise to govern us - likes, dislikes, prejudices, presumptions, personal needs, personal gains - are the paving stones that we walk on the road to heaven.

Lord, help me to take up my cross willingly and follow the way that leads to eternal life.