Pastor’s Message: January 3, 2021

Dear Parishioners,
Blessings Happy Epiphany and Happy New Year
Take a look below of the Tradition of Epiphany door blessing with chalk which is a symbol of hope in 2021
I would like to extend my thanks to all who helped make our Christmas celebrations so beautiful. Thank you to Bert Pozio for decorating our beautiful outdoor Christmas Tree. Thank you to Jerry Romano who built the table for the crèche, Jim DeVito and his crew for putting it up, Joe Carpenteri and Brian McHugh for their help setting up. They will also help break down all the decorations at the end of the Christmas Season which concludes with the Baptism of the Lord.
Thank you to Joe and Mary Remlin for their continued dedication in helping set up the church and gym for Christmas Masses. Thank you to Dolly Perce, Josie Nazzaro, Madeline Fitzgerald, Brenda Todd, Cathy Romano, Nancy Engel, Marilyn Moran, Carol Gabriel for decorating the church and McGrath Hall. Thank you to our Knights of Columbus for monitoring the doors for all the Christmas Masses, Thank you to our musicians Frank Matto and Aidan Andrews, for planning and giving us such beautiful music Thank you to Jose Feliciano and family for providing his traditional Feliz Navidad at the end of the 6:00pm Christmas Mass. Thank you to Dennis and Matt our custodians for all their behind the scenes help. Thank you to all who financially contributed through the Christmas flower and Christmas gift collections. Your time, talent and treasure is a blessed gift to the parish.
The ancient Christian tradition of marking doorways with chalk on the feast of the Epiphany will carry new meaning for many Catholics in 2021.Following a year that saw families shaken by the coronavirus pandemic, the traditional home blessing will serve as a special symbol of hope and a visible reminder of faith.

During he Christmas Season Holy Mother Church celebrates the great Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord.

The door lentil is “chalked”— marked in chalk with a sign of the Epiphany: the year along with the letters C, M, and B. and the year.  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
God Bless,
Fr. Cyrus

Pastor’s Message: December 25, 2020

Dear Parishioners,
Christmas Blessings to all. The Light of Christ has come into the world
In this most difficult year, let the Light of Christ be our light, let the joy and the hope of the Christmas message give us the courage and strength to believe that things can get better and will get better.
Over the last year, we have found new ways of being Church. We followed CDC guidelines inside our church so we could come together for worship. For those who could not attend in person we live streamed all of our Masses so we still could stay connected.
Thank you to our ministries who have worked hard; the COVID- 19 virus was not going to stop them. Our Knights of Columbus Council 3688, Social Concerns Ministry, Youth Ministry, Religious Education Families, came up with creative ways to continue to serve not only those in need but also to continue to create community. We held drive through events from the Mother’s Day blessings, Summer Food Drive, Blessing of the Animals, to a Halloween Lane, all following CDC guidelines.
Our Parish Council, Finance Council, Knights of Columbus, Bereavement Group, Book Group and Walking With Purpose held Zoom meetings. Our Knitters made shawls at home.
Our Lenten Alms Giving, Thanksgiving Gifts of Plenty, Advent Angels Christmas gifts, our student service project toy collection and care packages for our veterans, the implementation of virtual and in person religious ed. classes, and even our outdoor Advent celebration all looked different, but we came together to continue to model Christian love and service.
Thank you for your financial gifts and continued weekly offerings in these financially troubled times; they show the generosity of a loving church.
On behalf of all our parish staff, Deacon Bill, and myself have a blessed and peace-filled Christmas and a healthy and holy New Year! I do not know what will be in store for us in 2021, but I trust that God will provide.
God Bless,
Fr. Cyrus

Pastor’s Message: December 18, 2020

Dear Parishioners,
On this fourth Sunday of Advent we read in Luke’s Gospel, of the angel Gabriel’s announcement to Mary about the birth of Jesus. We reflect upon Mary’s example of faith and obedience to God, traits which permitted her to receive the angel’s message that God’s Son would be born as a human person, as one of us.
The story of the Annunciation tells us of God’s wondrous action in human history. God chose a human person to give birth to his Son so that all humanity would know God’s salvation. Mary, already full of God’s grace, was able to cooperate in this great plan for our salvation. Thus Jesus was born as one of us, fully human and also fully divine. This is the mystery we prepare to celebrate at Christmas, the mystery of the Incarnation. The Gospel is also an invitation to us all to say yes to God’s call and to show by our lives that, in Jesus, God becomes Emmanuel—God with us.
This year we all have faced so much chaos and uncertainty. The peace of Christ is something we need to onto more than ever. May God’s spirit transform the days leading up to Christmas into a time to joyfully await our King!
 “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16
God’s Blessings
Fr. Cyrus

Pastor’s Message: December 11, 2020

Dear Parishioners,
This Sunday is the Third Sunday of Advent. We call this Sunday Gaudete, which means “Rejoice” in Latin. In this Sunday’s Second Reading, Saint Paul tells us to “Rejoice always.”
Join your Assumption friends and family for a festive event as we move closer to Christmas. We want to spread a little joy during this Third Week of Advent.
We will be gathering outside on the church lawn to light our Christmas tree and bless the Crèche this Sunday at 5:30pm, rain or shine.
We hope you can join us for this festive, parish tradition. Jr’s Food Track will be on hand to serve up hotdogs, hamburgers, grilled cheese sandwiches, hot tomato soup, hot chocolate, wine and dessert.
Santa will be there too.
To help keep you warm we have rented outdoor heaters, so come and enjoy and remember to dress warm.
We will follow all the CDC guidelines and for social distancing and mask wearing.

God’s Blessings,
Fr. Cyrus

Pastor’s Message: December 4, 2020

Dear Parishioners,
This second week of Advent includes several feast days that honor Mary. These feasts begin on Tuesday, December 8, with the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Holy Day of Obligation.
We also honor Saint Juan Diego on Wednesday, December 9, and Our Lady of Guadalupe on Saturday, December 12. A relatively new feast honors Our Lady of Loreto on Thursday, December 10.
As we move closer to Christmas, it is natural that we think of Jesus’ mother and the final weeks of her pregnancy as we prepare to celebrate our Savior’s birth. We encourage you and the children in your care to pray the Hail Mary every day this week.
Join us in person or live streamed for the Holy Day of Obligation
Holy Day Vigil Mass Monday, December 7th, 5:30pm
Masses on the Holy Day Tuesday 7:30am, 12:15pm, 5:30pm

 

God’s Blessings,
Fr. Cyrus