Let Me Introduce Myself

Dear Our Lady of the Assumption Parishioners and Friends;

With joy and excitement, I like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you as your new Pastor. As well as, thanking you for a very nice, warm welcome upon my arrival this past weekend!

My Name is Fr. Miroslaw “Mirek” Stachurski and I am native of Poland. However, please allow me to thank my predecessor, Fr. Peter Cipriani for all that he did in shepherding this fine parish community for the past ten years. Also thank you to Fr. Marcel St. Jean our Parochial Vicar, and our retired priest Fr. Michael Flynn for all their dedicated work at Assumption parish.

It is truly humbling and indeed a privilege to become the pastor of this parish community of Our Lady of The Assumption in Fairfield, Ct.

A few brief word about myself by way of introduction. I am the eldest of three children born in a small town near Warsaw, named Ciechanowiec in Poland. My parents, Janina (passed almost two years ago) and Tadeusz live in my hometown in Poland, in addition to my two younger sisters, both married, each having one daughter, ages 8 and 14.

I graduated form Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD in 2002 and I was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Bridgeport, CT in January of 2003 by Abp. W. Lori. My former assignments include: ST. Joseph Parish in Brookfield, CT, St. Mary’s Parish in Greenwich, CT, serving as a chaplain at Immacu- late High School in Danbury, CT, St. Lawrence Parish in Shelton, CT. For the last ten years as pastor of St. Thomas The Apostle Church in Norwalk, Ct. In all of these assignments I have been blessed with tre- mendous opportunities to serve God’s people in ways that I could never have imagined.

Each year we as Christians are given an opportunity to prepare ourselves for the celebration of Paschal Mysteries of Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection. Yet before we all reach the bright morning of Easter Sunday, for a long 40 days, each one of us is called to reflect, pray and sacrifice. And the main reason for such an extended period of time, apart for purification and sanctification is that we prepare ourselves to withstand and combat any possible temptation coming our way. Like an athlete on the field, we practice. Like men and women of our armed forces, we go through the drill. In this weekend’s gospel we read very profound words of Jesus: “I do will it. Be made clean!” as Christ heals a person afflicted with leprosy. We are about to begin our Lent for 2024. I pray and hope, that every single one of us would meditate upon and use the words that open our Gospel this Sunday in days to come: “If you wish, you can make me clean”. We need to experience that change, as ancients use to say, METANOIA (180 de- gree turn in one’s direction). Each year, Lent is the time to face the challenge. Reflect this Lent on the advice of CS Lewis, Professor at England’s Cambridge University; “There is no neutral ground in the uni- verse. Every square inch, every split second, is claimed by God and counterclaimed by Satan.” Lewis would have us recall that while Satan is out of style, he is not out of business.

May you have a fruitful, spiritual and blessed Lent!

I wish you an enjoyable Super Bowl game weekend and a truly blessed and faith-filled week. I hope your team wins!

Fr. Mirek Stachurski, Pastor