Pastor’s Message: November 29, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

This weekend be begin the season of Advent, The word” Advent” is taken from the Latin” Adventus” which means” coming”. The season of Advent helps us to prepare ourselves not only for the feast of Christmas, but also for the second coming of Christ.

Our readings for the first week of Advent tell us to, “Wake up! Get ready!” and offer us some practical advice as we enter into this season. The Gospel, from Luke, tells us to “be vigilant” and “pray for strength to sustain us.

May this season be for us a time to prepare ourselves for the greatest gift of all, the birth of Jesus. Given the ever-increasing hustle and bustle of the holiday season, take time to pause in the midst of our busy lives to deepen our relationship with Jesus, who is true light in the darkness.

Let us pray for the grace to reflect on the joyful mysteries of our faith. Let us “walk in the light of the Lord (Isaiah 2:5)” and become true instruments of the Lord’s peace.

I invite you to sign up for or watch via live streaming our Masses, our Parish Advent Day of Reflection, or the online Day of Retreat listed here in our newsletter.

God’s Blessings

Fr. Cyrus

 

Pastor’s Message: November 20, 2020

Dear Parishioners,
From The OFFICE OF THE BISHOP

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
For a number of years during the month of December, a special collection has been taken up at all parishes for the benefit of consecrated men and women who belong to religious orders. Your generous contributions have helped communities of religious priests, sisters and brothers throughout our nation to spend their retirement in security and comfort.

While that national collection serves the needs of many who have served the Church faithfully, and while it will continue, it does not assist our own retired priests of the Diocese. Therefore, I am asking you now to consider helping support our own retired priests as well.

This weekend of November 21/22, a special collection called the “Health and Welfare Collection for the Retired Priests of the Diocese of Bridgeport ”

God Bless – Fr. Cyrus

Pastors Weekly Message, October 23. 2020

Congratulations to our parishioner Jim Meehan who was Elevated To Ministry Of Reader.
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano urged five candidates for the permanent diaconate to proclaim the Word of God to a “world that runs from the Truth,” during a Mass on October 20,.at which they were installed in the ministry of reader, a major step in their formation as deacons.
Jim Meehan holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from City University of New York. He has been the owner/operator of several businesses for historical window restoration, home heating oil delivery and heating/air conditioning.
He and his wife Athina are members of our parish, along with their children Christopher, Andrew and Christina. At Assumption, Jim serves as an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion and reader, coordinating both ministries. He also serves in the elderly/homebound ministry, acts as financial secretary for the Knights of Columbus, is a Confirmation Catechist in our Religious Education program, and is a volunteer coordinator at the Thomas Merton Center.
As readers of God’s Word, Jim will be able to proclaim it in a liturgical assembly, instruct children and adults in the faith, and prepare them to receive the sacraments. This is a milestone for the men who are discerning the vocation of deacon. …
God Bless,
Fr Cyrus

Pastor’s Message: September 25, 2020

Dear Parish Family,

The month of October is dedicated to the holy Rosary, one of the best known of all Catholic devotions. October includes the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary (October 7). The best way to celebrate the month is to pray the Rosary. The Rosary draws its mysteries from the New Testament and is centered on the great events of the Incarnation and Redemption with each decade referring to an event in the life of Jesus and Mary. The Mysteries of the Rosary give us “thumbnails” of the life of Christ and his Mother.
  • The Joyful Mysteries are taken mostly from Saint Luke’s Gospel in the New Testament. They involve the joyful events of Jesus’ childhood.
  • The Luminous Mysteries bring a deeper understanding to the public life of Jesus. They fill in the blanks between the childhood of Jesus and His suffering and death on the cross.
  • The Sorrowful Mysteries remind us of how much Jesus loves us. They remind us how He suffered and died just for us.
  • The Glorious Mysteries tell us what happened after Jesus died-His Resurrection, the descent of the Holy Spirit and the love Jesus had for his Mother.
In the coming month of October, let us consider this beautiful prayer of the Rosary as a means that we, as Catholics can draw closer to Jesus and Mary by meditating on the great mysteries of our salvation.
God Bless,
Fr. Cyrus
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