We continue to bask in the light and joy of the resurrection on this 5th Sunday of Easter. The scripture passages that we will hear over the next few weeks will prepare us for our Lord’s Ascension to the Father. Jesus tells us in today’s gospel that he will not be with us much longer, because he must ascend to the Father, but he leaves us a commandment, love one another. Each of us are called to love one another as brothers and sisters in Christ. Christian love must be at the center of all that we say and do. How could we ever call ourselves Christians if we do not love our brothers and sisters in the same way that Christ loves us? Love and charity must always be the very core of our lives. As we prepare to celebrate the Ascension of Christ to the Father, let us pray that Christ will continue to give us the grace we need for an increase in love and charity.
Father John Paul Obiaeri
Our parish seminarian, John Paul Obiaeri will be ordained to the Priesthood for the Diocese of Brooklyn on Saturday June 1st at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph. The next day, Sunday June 2 Father Obiaeri will celebrate his First Mass of Thanksgiving at Our Lady of Victory Church at 1:30PM. Please continue to keep him and his classmates in your prayers. All are invited to his First Solemn Mass.
Pilgrimage to Germany September 2-12 2020
As many of you know, I enjoy travelling abroad. I most especially enjoy pilgrimages abroad. I would like to invite each of you on a pilgrimage to Germany, specifically the city of Oberammergau. Every 10 years the entire city puts on the Passion Play. It only happens every 10 years! In addition we will be visiting the cities of Berlin, Prague, Vienna and Munich. There are flyers with the itinerary and hotel information at each of the three churches.
2019 Annual Catholic Appeal
We have begun the 2019 Annual Catholic Appeal. As Pastor, I thank each of you who have participated with a gift to the 2018 Appeal and ask that everyone prayerfully consider making a gift to the 2019 Appeal. The work and services made possible through your donation to the Annual Catholic Appeal help people in Brooklyn and Queens in ways that no one parish can alone. As you know, each parish throughout the Diocese of Brooklyn is given a financial goal to raise throughout the year. Our goal for the Annual Catholic Appeal this year is $59,586. This goal can be reached if everyone participates in the Appeal.
Ascension Thursday Mass Schedule
Next Thursday, May 30 is the Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord. It is a Holy Day of Obligation. Please note that we have changed the Mass schedule for Holy Days of Obligation. Mass will be celebrated at 9:00AM at Holy Rosary Church, 12:00Noon at St. Peter Claver Church and 7:00PM at Our Lady of Victory Church.
Have a great week,
Father Alonzo Q. Cox