Pastor’s Message: 3, 2023

Dear Parish Family,

The Bishop’s Annual Appeal is the yearly fundraising campaign that supports the ongoing ministries and programs throughout our diocese.

The Appeal will invest in initiatives that accomplish the following for all people in Fairfield County: To teach and preach the Gospel. The Appeal theme, “One In Christ”, is our opportunity to look beyond our parish. It calls us as sharers in the life and mission of the Church, to proclaim with joy the Good News of the Gospel by example and witness in our parish and in surrounding cities, towns and neighborhoods.

You will be receiving literature through the mail with the specifics of the Appeal. The countless good works that promote goodness, compassion and service that benefit from this effort allow us to fulfill the mission given to us all. We are invited to make a sacrificial gift through a pledge or a one-time donation.

Our parish goal is $146.300. As stewards of God’s gifts, let us pray for the success of this year’s appeal.

God Bless,
Fr. Cyrus

Pastor’s Message: January 29, 2023

Dear Family of Assumption,

In Today’s Gospel Matthew tells us of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.

The Beatitudes are a way to teach about who will find favor with God. The word Beatitude refers to a state of deep joy. Jesus told us that if we live the Beatitudes we would be blessed. This is what the word beatitude means – “blessed” – it also means “happiness.” If we have the courage to trust in Jesus’ words and follow him, we will come to know what true happiness really is.

May we live in the spirit of the Beatitudes and measure our lives according to them.

God Bless,
Fr. Cyrus

Pastor’s Message: January 22, 2023

Dear Family of Assumption,

The Third Sunday in Ordinary Time is also Sunday of the Word of God.

Pope Francis has declared that the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time will be devoted to the celebration and study of the Word of God.

When we gather for Mass, God speaks his word to us through the Scriptures. Our desire is to open our ears and our hearts to listen attentively. To prepare to hear the Word we could more effectively do this by reading the Sunday Scriptures before Mass in order to prepare our hearts to receive the Word of the Lord.

The Bible is the inspired word of the Lord. It contains all of the ancient books that have been collected over time. Pope Francis wants all Catholics to spend more time with the Word of God. We can read, listen to, or pray with Scripture.As Catholics, we believe this is the holy book of the church, the sacred literature of God’s people. Our church encourages us to read and reflect frequently on the pages of this book so that we may be continually formed into committed disciples of Jesus Christ

May the Holy Spirit instill in us a deep desire to know God’s word and may our reading of Scripture lead us to a deeper faith, a livelier hope, and a more fervent love for the Lord and his holy church.

“He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures” (Lk 24:45).

God Bless,
Fr. Cyrus

Pastor’s Message: January 15, 2023

Dear Family of Assumption,

Today we celebrate the Second Sunday in ordinary time year A. Ordinary Time is a time for growth and maturation, a time in which the mystery of Christ is called to penetrate ever more deeply into history until all things are finally caught up in Christ. The goal, toward which all of history is directed, is represented by the final Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. (Taken from the USCCB)

The readings this weekend remind us that God has called all of us to holiness, to become disciples and to bring his love to whomever we come in contact with and beyond: we are to be a light to the nations and to share the Good News of God’s love.

We are called to holiness to become Saints with God in heaven, which requires much time and sacrifice and to be willing to put the needs of others before our own. In this way, we bear witness as John the Baptist tells us in the Gospel.

Pray that God will give us his grace to make us holy and to always follow Jesus Christ.

God Bless,
Fr. Cyrus

Pastor’s Message: January 8, 2023

Dear Family of Assumption,

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

As the Christmas Season draws to a close, Holy Mother Church celebrates the great Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord. “Epiphany” literally means a manifestation or a showing forth. As the original Christmas, this was the day more highly regarded and celebrated because, while the birth of Christ brings great joy, on Epiphany he was made known to the world, represented by the Magi. Traditionally this is the day on which gifts are given, in imitation of the gifts given to the Child Jesus by the Magi.

In addition to this, the Church continues one of her most ancient traditions, that of the blessing of homes. Epiphany gives the opportunity for a unique and special blessing particular to the day. Along with the prayer of blessing, the door lentil is “chalked”— marked in chalk with a sign of the Epiphany: the year along with the letters C, M, and B. The acronym CMB stands for both a Latin prayer, Christus Mansionem Benedicat (May Christ Bless this House) as well as the traditional names of the Magi—Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar.

This outward sign of our celebration of Epiphany is a visible sign to all who enter our homes that they are entering the home of faithful Christian, one who rejoices in the manifestation of Christ in the world as its King and Savior, and one who proclaims year-round the joy that is the message of Christmas. As we have all been marked with the sign of the Holy Spirit in Baptism and Confirmation, this marking of our homes lets it be known to the all the world. The chalk mark will fade with time, but we permit what the sign represents—our Faith—to sink more deeply into our hearts and mind, that it may be manifested more fully in our thoughts and actions.

Below is a brief Blessing for Epiphany, and I encourage all our families at some point this week to take a moment to gather as a household, to offer this prayer, and to “chalk the doors” in celebration of Our Lord’s Epiphany.

Epiphany Blessing Gathering near the main entrance to the home

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.  May peace dwell in this house and in all who live here.  O God, by the guidance of a star you revealed your Only Begotten Son to the nations. Grant that we who know you by Faith in this life may come to live in your presence in the next. Amen.

Bless this home, Almighty God, that it may be a dwelling of grace, love, peace, happiness, forgiveness health, humility, goodness, mildness, and obedience. Amen.

God Bless,
Fr. Cyrus