The dogma of the Assumption was defined (put into doctrine) by Pope Pius XII's ex-cathedra invocation of papal infallibility in 1950, and taught in Catechism 966. Nothing was said on whether or not Mary died or was assumed while still living. In the 5th century Christians celebrated a feast on August 15 called the "Memorial of Mary," that in the next century came to be called "Mary's Dormition" or "falling asleep." This eastern feast was adopted by Rome in the 7th century and its title changed to the "Feast of the Assumption." (

Essentially, the Assumption of the BVM means that Catholics believe that Mary floated up into heaven with her skin, bones, hair and blue dresses intact.

I wonder how she showers .