Final Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima
Please join us for the conclusion to the 100th year Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima on Friday, October 13th. At 5:30 PM, a Mass of Thanksgiving for blessings and graces received will be offered in honor of Our Lady and for ourselves, our parish and our families. Following the Mass, you can enjoy “plenty” of delicious food, hosted by Vazzy's Canteen Food Truck (ALL free of charge) and some great community fellowship with the Diocese's best Parishioners. Tables will be set up in the parish hall for your convenience. If you plan on joining us for dinner, please RSVP to the parish office no later than Tuesday, October 10th by phone or email and include the number of people in your party. An accurate head count is needed for the food truck. We look forward to celebrating with you.
Continuous Rosary in Honor of Our Lady of Fatima
As an offering to Our Lady on the 100th Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun, on October 13th, there will be continuous prayer of the Rosary in our church from 10:30 AM until the 5:30 Mass in honor of Our Lady's sixth and final apparition at Fatima. We will pray the Rosary using reflections based on Our Lady's messages and appearances to the three shepherd children. Please join us as we offer a bouquet of over 1,000 Hail Mary's to the Patroness of our parish. You can sign up for specific period of time on sheets in the church vestibule. Drop-ins also welcome!
Annual Public Square Rosary Rally
Join us for our annual Public Square Rosary Rally on Saturday, October 14, at 12:00 noon on our parish grounds. This Public Square Rosary, sponsored by America Needs Fatima, will be one of over 14,000 rallies that will take place all across the United States on that day. Let us offer this rosary in reparation for the sins and offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to fervently pray for the conversion of the United States. For more information please contact Armel Valenzuela at 203-940-0715.
Fourth Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Sunday
Join us for the Fourth Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Day on Sunday, October 15 in the Parish Hall sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 11077. Come over for a free cup of coffee, bagel, pastry, or doughnut after Mass. Take the Pink Pledge and take a chance on winning a prize. The Knights will also be fundraising in the vestibule of the church on Saturday, October 14 after the 4 PM mass. Donations will be given to St. Vincent's Hospital Swim Across the Sound and the Norma Pfreim Breast Center. Please support Breast Cancer Awareness.
The Courage to Speak Foundation Presentation
Ginger and Larry Katz, Co-Founders of the Courage to Speak® Foundation will be speaking at our parish on Thursday, October 19th at 6:30 PM in the Parish Hall. The foundation was established in an effort to foster open communication about the prevention of alcohol and other drug abuse among young people. Ginger has been inspired to speak out by the untimely death of her son Ian from a drug overdose. Ms. Katz will address issues such as warning signs, alcohol and drug prevention, the code of silence and its dangers, addictions and its impact on families, and other important issues. With the number of drug overdose deaths and substance abuse cases on the rise in Connecticut, many families are affected. If you or someone you know is facing a crisis or wants to be educated, please join us! The presentation is open to parents, students, and community members. For additional information, please visit their website www.couragetospeak.org. If you have questions, please contact the parish office.
Come and pray together on Sunday, October 22nd at 6:30 PM for our Evening Prayer, or “Vespers.” Vespers is part of the Liturgy of the Hours, also known as the Divine Office. Through this prayer, the people of God sanctify the day by continual praise of God and prayers of intercession for the needs of the world, and give thanks for the day just passed and makes an evening sacrifice of praise to God (see Psalm 141:1). In addition, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be offered during this time. Please come and join together as a parish family and experience this beautiful prayer of the Divine Office.
Mass of Healing and Hope
We will be offering another Mass of Healing and Hope on Monday, October 23 at 7:00 PM in Church. The main celebrant will again be Father Larry Carew along with a team of prayer warriors who will be ready to pray over those seeking the power, comfort and healing presence of the Holy Spirit. As fallen human beings, who of us are not in need of some form of healing whether emotionally, spiritually and/or physically? If you or anyone you know might benefit by attending this Mass, please join us and help spread the word. In addition, we will be offering the Sacrament of Confession starting at 6:00 PM. Lest we forget, this Sacrament is also a powerful Sacrament of Healing and when taken advantage of enables the fullness of God's healing power and strength to touch and cover those areas of our lives that are most in need of healing. Sin acts as a blockade which inhibits those graces to fully and freely flow whereas the Sacraments obliterate those obstacles and barriers. Whether before this Mass or at another time, please take advantage of God's gift of mercy in Confession.
Celebrate at the Harvest Fest and Help the Homeless
Off the Streets needs your support to continue our work in housing the homeless. On Saturday, October 21 at 6:30 PM we are sponsoring a buffet dinner (BYOB) in Our Lady of the Assumption Church Hall. Live entertainment will feature Broadway show tunes and more. Tickets are $45 per person and can be purchased this weekend, October 14/15 after all Masses or call Ellen Moore 203-880-9814 or Josephine Olsen 203-374-2158. If you cannot attend and would like to make a contribution, donations may be sent to Off the Streets, 545 Stratfield Road, Fairfield, CT 06825. Thank you and God bless you.
5th Sunday Rosary Program
Our Knights of Columbus invites all parishioners and their family and friends to participate in their 5th Sunday Rosary Program after the 9:00 AM Mass. The next 5th Sunday is October 29th. Please plan to join our Knights to pray the Rosary and to help bring parishioners together in a spiritual activity and promote devotion to Mary. This rosary service will be conducted using a finger rosary that the Knights will provide or you can bring your own rosaries to use.
Solemnity of All Saints
Wednesday, November 1st is a Holy Day of obligation. Our Mass schedule is: 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 12:10 p.m., & 5:30 p.m. The day is dedicated to the saints of the Church, that is, all those who have attained heaven.
Mass of Remembrance
A special Mass of Remembrance for those whose funeral rites occurred at Assumption Church from November 1, 2016 to November 1, 2017, as well as all the faithful departed will be celebrated on All Souls Day, Thursday, November 2, at 5:30 PM.
Center of Mercy Reconciliation
As a Center of Mercy parish in the Diocese of Bridgeport, we will offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation weekly on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 PM. As Catholics we have the gift of Confession to restore our relationship with God and share in His glory. This is a wonderful opportunity to set aside our sinful ways and to draw nearer to the Lord. In addition, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be offered during this time as well, as long as there will be people present during this time to adore our Lord.
First Friday Mass and Devotion
On the First Friday of each month until June, an additional 12:10 PM Mass will be celebrated. Confession will also be available as well, prior to Mass beginning at 11:30 AM. This devotion is in response to a request made in an appearance by Jesus Christ to the nun and now Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque in the 17th Century. At the Mass, the promises associated with devotion to the Sacred Heart will be distributed. To understand the impact of the devotion:
To those who show Jesus love and who make reparation for sins, our Lord made a great pledge: "I promise you in the unfathomable mercy of my heart that my omnipotent love will procure the grace of final penitence for all those who receive communion on nine successive first Fridays of the month; they will not die in my disfavor, or without having received the sacraments, since my divine heart will be their sure refuge in the last moments of their life." The great promise of the Sacred Heart is most consoling: the grace of final perseverance and the joy of having Jesus' heart as our sure refuge and infinite ocean of mercy in our last hour. To gain this grace, we must:
- Receive holy Communion on nine consecutive first Fridays.
- Have the intention of honoring the Sacred Heart of Jesus and of reaching final perseverance.
- Offer each holy Communion as an act of atonement for offenses against the Blessed Sacrament
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American Red Cross
The Knights of Columbus #11077
Our Lady of the Assumption Parish
Friday, November 24
In our Parish Hall
For an appointment or questions, please call 1-800 redcross (1-800-733-2767), visit www.redcrossblood.org
Grand Knight, Jeffrey Thompson (203) 374-9262. Send Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org