FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK

Dear Parishioners,

Today we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany, in which the three wise men come to pay homage to the baby Jesus. The scriptures tell us that they found the child Jesus by the guidance of a star, which led them to Bethlehem. They came bringing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. We are reminded on this feast that Jesus truly wants the gift of ourselves, with an undivided heart. We are invited to bring to Jesus the gift of our true selves, not just a single part, but our whole selves. We pray that by the power and work of the Holy Spirit, God will give us the grace to give of ourselves totally and completely to his Son Jesus.

Today is also the last Sunday of the Christmas season. Because of the calendar year, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord will be commemorated on Monday, January 8. Next Sunday we move back to the season of Ordinary Time. These last few weeks of Christmas has been a time of great joy and excitement. We welcomed hundreds of people to our three beautiful churches over these last few days. I thank all of you who made our Christmas liturgies so beautiful and prayerful. To our dedicated ushers, lectors, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, altar servers and sacristans, I thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. Each of our three churches looked so beautiful, decorated with wreaths, poinsettias and trees. I thank all those who helped decorate our churches. I truly appreciate their time and talent in making our sanctuaries beautiful. As difficult as it is to believe, we will be embarking on the season of Lent in just about 6 weeks! Just as we prepared our minds and hearts for the birth of the Lord, we now prepare to celebrate his paschal mystery, that is his passion, death and resurrection. May we as a community of believers continue to go out and bring the love and mercy of Jesus Christ the Lord to all those whom we encounter.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Service

Each year, the Vicariate for Black Catholic Concerns holds a prayer service commemorating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year marks the 50th anniversary of his assassination. We continue to pray for unity and peace throughout our nation, most especially for racial equality and justice. This year’s prayer service will be held at Our Lady of Victory Church on Monday January 15 at 12:00Noon. The preacher for the prayer service will be Brother Gregory McMullen. Brother Gregory is not a stranger to Our Lady of Victory, having preached many retreats here. He is a dynamic speaker! He currently lives in Atlanta, but is originally from Holy Rosary Church. Please be sure to join us for this very special prayer service honoring Dr. King.

Paint and Sip Night

Our next fundraiser for the 150th Anniversary of Our Lady of Victory Church will be a paint and sip night on Saturday, January 27 beginning at 6:00PM in McGuinness Hall. Professional art instructors will help you create your own masterpiece to hang in your homes! The instructors will bring canvas, paint, supplies along with music, wine and snacks! It promises to be a fun evening. Tickets are $50 for adults over the age of 21. Tickets can be purchased on our parish website, www.smdpp.org or at the parish office.

Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox

 

From the Desk

Dear Parishioners,

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. Jesus, Mary and Joseph are examples to us for what a family rooted in the love of God looks like. On this feast day, we give thanks to God for the gift of family, both by blood and by association. Families are important. Whether we come from a large family or a small one, we must always thank God for the gift of our families. With many families, including my very own, there comes drama. It is from the drama that many of us fall out of communication with families. If we haven’t spoken to our parents, siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles, all because of disagreement and anger, let us pray for the grace to put those feelings aside and reconnect. Over my almost 8 years of priesthood, I have seen divided families come together for the sadness of funerals, to not even remembering why they were fighting to begin with. On this feast of the Holy Family, let us pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to make its dwelling within our families, as we strive to follow the Lord wholeheartedly.

Today is also New Year’s Eve. I want to wish each of you a very Happy and Blessed New Year 2018, filled with God’s love and mercy. I know that New Year’s Eve is a time for parties and celebrations. I wish each of you a safe evening. January 1 is also the feast of Mary Mother of God. It’s a beautiful feast to begin the new calendar year, asking the prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary to guide us this new year. Masses will be celebrated at Midnight at Our Lady of Victory Church. Prior to the Midnight Mass there will be a Holy Hour beginning at 11:00PM. We will expose the Blessed Sacrament and pray before the presence of Jesus, thanking him for the many blessings throughout this past year. On New Year’s Day, masses will be celebrated at 10:30AM at Our Lady of Victory and 11:30AM at St. Peter Claver.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Service

Each year, the Vicariate for Black Catholic Concerns holds a prayer service commemorating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year marks the 50th anniversary of his assassination. We continue to pray for unity and peace throughout our nation, most especially for racial equality and justice. This year’s prayer service will be held at Our Lady of Victory Church on Monday January 15 at 12:00Noon. The preacher for the prayer service will be Brother Gregory McMullen. Brother Gregory is not a stranger to Our Lady of Victory, having preached many retreats here. He is a dynamic speaker! He currently lives in Atlanta, but is originally from Holy Rosary Church. Please be sure to join us for this very special prayer service honoring Dr. King.

Paint and Sip Night

Our next fundraiser for the 150th Anniversary of Our Lady of Victory Church will be a paint and sip night on Saturday, January 27 beginning at 6:00PM in McGuinness Hall. Professional art instructors will help you create your own masterpiece to hang in your homes! The instructors will bring canvas, paint, supplies along with music, wine and snacks! It promises to be a fun evening. Tickets are $50 for adults over the age of 21. Tickets can be purchased on our parish website, www.smdpp.org or at the parish office.

Have a great week and Happy New Year!

Father Alonzo Cox



 

 Dear Parishioners,

Today is December 24, Christmas Eve! But we also recognize the 4th and last Sunday of the Advent season. As I mentioned in my letter last week, all of the morning masses today are for the 4th Sunday of Advent, which fulfills every Catholic’s Sunday Mass obligation. This evening at 5:00PM at Holy Rosary Church, we will celebrate the first Mass for Christmas. The children from our parish will perform the Nativity during that Mass. They have worked very hard over these last few weeks to make their presentation one of prayer and beauty. I thank Michelle, Tamika and Joseph Murray for their work with our young boys and girls.

We will celebrate Christmas Midnight Mass at 12:00AM Midnight at Our Lady of Victory Church. Before the celebration of Mass, we will have a presentation of carols and music beginning at 10:45PM in church. Our choirs have worked so hard over these last few months to make our Christmas celebration prayerful and angelic. I thank them along with our Music Director, Mr. Rasaan Bourke and Associate, Mr. Joseph Murray for their dedication and love for the Lord and their ministry.

This weekend we will welcome many new people to our churches. As Pastor, I welcome you to this community of faith, as we are one in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I invite each of you to come back to worship with us, as we continue to give witness to the Lord here in Bedford Stuyvesant. We are a church of invitation! We invite one and all to have an encounter with Jesus Christ the Lord, the light of the world who is born for us today.

I am indeed blessed to be the Pastor of 3 beautiful churches! I thank each of the decorating teams at our churches for their beautiful work in decorating the sanctuaries for the season of Christmas. We are blessed to have so many talented parishioners with an eye for beauty and detail! I thank them for all they do within all three of our churches.

On behalf of the entire parish staff, I wish each of you a blessed and holy Christmas season. Allow me to end with the words of our Holy Father Pope Francis. In his homily for Christmas last year, he spoke of the season as one of hope, leading us to Christ. He said, “Christmas has above all a taste of hope because, for all the darkness in our lives, God’s light shines forth. His gentle light does not frighten us. God, who is in love with us, draws us to himself with his tenderness, by being born poor and frail in our midst, as one of us. He is born in Bethlehem, which means “house of bread”. In this way, he seems to tell us that he is born as bread for us; he enters our life to give us his life; he comes into our world to give us his love. He does not come to devour or to lord it over us, but instead to feed and serve us. There is a straight line between the manger and the cross where Jesus will become bread that is broken. It is the straight line of love that gives and saves, the love that brings light to our lives and peace to our hearts.”

Have a great week and a Blessed Christmas,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox

From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

Today is the 3rd Sunday of Advent. Traditionally this Sunday is known as Gaudete Sunday, which is Latin for rejoice. We rejoice that soon and very soon, we are going to the King, Jesus Christ our Lord. The two visible signs of Gaudete Sunday is the rose colored candle on the Advent wreath, along with the rose colored vestments that the priest and deacon wears for this weekend’s masses. The Advent purple blended with Christmas white produces a rose color, which symbolizes that we are almost at the celebration of Christmas.

This year, as the calendar dates fall, next Sunday is December 24, which is Christmas Eve. It is also the 4th Sunday of Advent. It is important to know that all of the morning Masses for December 24 will be for the 4th Sunday of Advent. The Christmas Masses will begin with the 5:00 Vigil Mass for Christmas, which will be our Family Mass. This year’s Vigil Mass will be held at Holy Rosary Church. As Catholics, we must fulfill our Sunday Mass obligation and the obligation to attend Mass on Christmas. Therefore, to fulfill the Sunday Mass obligation, one must attend the Saturday evening Mass at St. Peter Claver on December 23 or any of the normal scheduled Sunday morning Masses between the three churches. To fulfill the Christmas Mass obligation, one must attend either the Vigil Mass for Christmas at 5:00PM on December 24, the Midnight mass at 12:00AM Midnight which will be held at Our Lady of Victory, or any of the masses on Christmas day.

As we prepare our hearts to welcome the Lord this Christmas, let us continue to pray for unity and peace throughout our nation and within our families. We are in dire need of God’s peace and love now more than ever. Christ comes to us as the light of the world that is in immense darkness. May the light of the Christ child continue to illumine our society in all that we say and do.

Wednesday Evening Advent Vespers & Lessons and Carols

During the season of Advent, we will pray solemn vespers, (evening prayer) on Wednesday evenings. The theme this year is “Go to Joseph”, spiritually preparing ourselves for the birth of Christ, through the intercession of St. Joseph. This Wednesday, December 20, our Advent vespers will conclude at St. Peter Claver Church beginning at 7:00PM. In addition to Vespers we will have the ancient prayer of Lessons and Carols. It is a beautiful spiritual preparation for Christmas. We will welcome Father Mark Bristol, a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn who currently serves as Associate pastor of St. Anastasia Parish in Douglaston, New York as the homilist. Please be sure to join us.

Children’s Christmas Pageant 2017

This year we are inviting children of all ages to participate in our Christmas pageant, which will take place on Christmas Eve at the 5:00PM Mass at Holy Rosary Church. Rehearsals will begin soon! You may contact Michelle Joseph our Director of Faith Formation or Tamika Daniel our parish Youth Minister for more information about this year’s Christmas pageant.

Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Cox

 

From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

The season of Advent comes to its midpoint today. Over these last few days of Advent, we have been hearing from the Prophet Isaiah, as he foretells the coming of the Lord. As we get closer to the Feast of the Nativity, we see the image of Jesus Christ as a light that dispels the darkness of this world. During this season of Advent, it has been my prayer and reflection, that the light of Jesus will continue to illumine this world, but most especially our parish community, as we strive to be faithful and holy witnesses of him.

Over the last few days, I myself have been reflecting on the joys of my priesthood. This June I will celebrate 8 years of priesthood, which have been filled with great joy and happiness. As many of you have come to know, I like to write my thoughts on paper as you have seen in the parish bulletin and the Diocesan newspaper, The Tablet. I have been jotting thoughts on paper since my ordination almost 8 years ago. Just the other day, I looked up some of the thoughts and reflections that I had written during my very first Advent as a priest. They are actually the reflections of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. It was his homily at Vespers for the First Sunday of Advent. He spoke of us instruments of God in this world. He said, “We are therefore spirit, soul and body. We are part of this world, tied to the possibilities and limitations of our material condition, while at the same time we are open to an infinite horizon, able to converse with God and to welcome him within us. We are active in earthly realities and through them we are able to perceive God’s presence and to reach out to him, Truth, Goodness and absolute Beauty. We savor fragments of life and happiness and yearn for complete fulfilment. God loves us deeply, totally and without making distinctions. He calls us to friendship with him, he makes us part of a reality beyond every imagination and every thought and word: his divine life itself”. Let us continue to be instruments of God’s love and mercy in this world, until Jesus his Son comes to bring us to heaven.

Wednesday Evening Advent Vespers

During the season of Advent, we will pray solemn vespers, (evening prayer) on Wednesday evenings. The theme this year is “Go to Joseph”, spiritually preparing ourselves for the birth of Christ, through the intercession of St. Joseph. This Wednesday, December 13, our Advent vespers will be held at Our Lady of Victory Church beginning at 7:00PM. We will welcome Father Mark Bristol, a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn who currently serves as Associate pastor of St. Anastasia Parish in Douglaston, New York. Please be sure to join us.

Children’s Christmas Pageant 2017

This year we are inviting children of all ages to participate in our Christmas pageant, which will take place on Christmas Eve at the 5:00PM Mass at Holy Rosary Church. Rehearsals will begin soon! You may contact Michelle Joseph our Director of Faith Formation or Tamika Daniel our parish Youth Minister for more information about this year’s Christmas pageant.

Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Cox

From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

Today we celebrate the 1st Sunday of Advent. The season of Advent marks the beginning of a new liturgical year. Advent is one of the most beautiful and fruitful liturgical seasons within the Catholic Church, although it is brief, only 4 weeks. I invite all of us to use these next four weeks of Advent to spiritually prepare our minds, hearts and souls for the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I challenge us, myself included, not to fall into the trap of the commercialization of Christmas. We need this time to prepare our hearts for the birth of Christ, who comes to us as a child. During this beautiful season, our scripture passage focuses on the prophet Isaiah. The prophet proclaims “prepare the way of the Lord, make straight a highway for our God.” May this season bring us the joy of welcoming Christ into the homes of our hearts.

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

This Friday, December 8, the Church celebrates the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses will be celebrated at each of the three churches, 8:00AM at Our Lady of Victory, 12:00PM at St. Peter Claver and 7:30PM at Holy Rosary. Through the powerful intercession of our Blessed Mother, may we continue to grow closer to the heart of her son, Jesus Christ.

Wednesday Evening Advent Vespers

During the season of Advent, we will pray solemn vespers, (evening prayer) on Wednesday evenings. The theme this year is “Go to Joseph”, spiritually preparing ourselves for the birth of Christ, through the intercession of St. Joseph. This Wednesday, December 6, our Advent vespers will be held at Holy Rosary Church beginning at 7:00PM. We will welcome Father Josephjude Gannon, a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn who currently serves as Pastor of the parish of St. Gerard Majella in Hollis, New York. Please be sure to join us.

Children’s Christmas Pageant 2017

This year we are inviting children of all ages to participate in our Christmas pageant, which will take place on Christmas Eve at the 5:00PM Mass at Holy Rosary Church. Rehearsals will begin soon! You may contact Michelle Joseph our Director of Faith Formation or Tamika Daniel our parish Youth Minister for more information about this year’s Christmas pageant.

 

Allow me to end with one of my favorite Advent hymns:

 

O Come Divine Messiah, the World in silence waits the day             When hope shall sing its triumph and sadness flee away

Dear Savior haste, come, come to earth dispel the night and show your face

And bid us hail the dawn of grace. O Come Divine Messiah, the World in silence waits the day when hope shall sing is triumph and sadness flee away.

 

Wishing you a blessed and peaceful Advent Season,

Father Alonzo Cox

Dear Parishioners,

Today is the last Sunday of the liturgical year. On this Sunday, the Church commemorates the Solemnity of Christ the King. On this Feast, we look to Christ as King of Heaven and Earth. We proclaim and profess that Christ will come again in glory to reign as Supreme King. Christ is truly the king that we want to follow. We fall on our knees to worship and adore our king, Christ the Lord, who nourishes us with his most precious body and blood.

As many of you know, I have a great love for stained glass windows. Each of our three churches have beautiful stained glass windows, that depict our salvation history. My favorite stained glass window is at Holy Rosary Church, in the choir loft. It is a beautiful window of Christ the King, with a crown placed upon his head, and a specter in his hand. Dressed in his kingly robes and seated on his throne, Jesus is depicted as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. In his Angelus address on this solemnity, Pope Francis speaks of the reign of Christ in this world. He said, “The kingdoms of this world at times are sustained by arrogance, rivalries and oppression; the reign

of Christ is a kingdom of justice, love and peace.  For a Christian, speaking of power and strength means referring to the power of the Cross, and the strength of Jesus’ love: a love which remains steadfast and complete, even when faced with rejection, and it is shown as the fulfillment of a life expended in the total surrender of oneself for the benefit of humanity.” Let us continue to give praise, honor, glory and majesty to Christ our King!

Thank You!

Last week we had a beautiful Thanksgiving luncheon at St. Peter Claver. I take this opportunity to thank all those who were involved in making it such a beautiful and fraternal celebration. Over the last few months we have welcomed almost 60 new people to our parish community (I’ve actually been tracking!) I make it a point to reach out to new parishioners either by one on one contact or via email. We are a truly thriving and vibrant community here at St. Martin dePorres. I thank you for all of your support and your prayers as we continue to give witness to Christ the Lord.

Annual Catholic Appeal

This weekend we will have envelopes available for those who have not yet given a pledge to the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal. As I have mentioned, the ACA helps to support the ministerial work of the Diocese of Brooklyn along with the work of the parishes within the Diocese. I thank all of you for your continued generosity. If you should have more questions about the ACA please feel free to contact me.

Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Cox

From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

This week we will celebrate Thanksgiving. On behalf of the staff here at St. Martin dePorres Parish, I want to wish all of you a very happy and holy Thanksgiving holiday. In whatever way you spend this holiday, I hope that each of you will enjoy the gift of the day giving thanks to God for all of the many blessings bestowed upon us. As we gather with friends and family this holiday, let us continue to pray for one another. Let us allow the Holy Spirit to take root within us, that we will give thanks not just for this one day during the year, but every single day of our lives.

Next Sunday is the Solemnity of Christ the King, which is the last Sunday of the liturgical year. With the first Sunday of Advent, we begin a new liturgical year in the Church. As we prepare to begin this new liturgical year, I invite us to pray for a deeper sense of unity within our parish community. As I mentioned in my homily two weeks ago for the Feast of St. Martin dePorres, I pray for all of you every day! Along with that prayer, I ask the Lord to unite all of us more deeply, and much more closely. Bringing three communities together, with their own history and charism can be a challenge, but I look at the fruits of what could be born, when we all come together as one, building up the body of Christ here in Bedford Stuyvesant.

May Christ the Lord give us the strength that we need to go out and proclaim his Good News, in all that we say and in everything that we do.

Thanksgiving Luncheon

Today, Sunday November 19 we will have our parish Thanksgiving Luncheon, which will take place at St. Peter Claver school immediately after the 11:30AM Mass. All parishioners from each of the three churches are invited to attend this luncheon and it’s completely free! Please be sure to join us for an afternoon of fellowship and Thanksgiving.

Annual Catholic Appeal

You have heard much about our 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal. I thank all of you for your generosity, in giving of your time, talent and treasure for the support of St. Martin dePorres Parish. The Annual Catholic Appeal supports the various ministries of the Diocese of Brooklyn along with the continued mission of the parishes. The key to having a successful appeal is full participation. We have 941 registered families who have participated in the ACA in years past. In this year’s appeal, only 71 families have participated. If each family were to participate in this year’s ACA, we would definitely reach our goal. It is also important to know that both Father Kingsley and I participate in the ACA. I have always made it a promise of mine that I would never ask my parishioners to do something that I myself would not do. Next weekend we will have an in pew opportunity for those who have not had an opportunity to participate in this year’s ACA. I cannot thank all of you enough, from the bottom of my heart for your love, support and generosity.

 

Have a great week & Happy Thanksgiving!

Father Alonzo Cox

From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

Words cannot begin to express how grateful I am for each of you! We had a beautiful celebration last Sunday as we commemorated the feast of our parish patron, St. Martin dePorres. I had the opportunity to welcome many new families to our parish community over the weekend. The work of evangelization has begun to take root here in Bedford Stuyvesant. As I mentioned in my homily at Mass last weekend, we still have a lot of work to do, but the spirit of the Lord is very much alive here in our community. On behalf of Father Kingsley, I thank you for your continued love, support, and most especially your prayers.

Two weeks ago, I con-celebrated the funeral Mass for baby Samantha Hope. She was only 3 days old. I met her parents about 10 years ago, when I was a seminarian assigned to St. Sebastian parish in Woodside. I was privileged to be at their wedding and to bless their new home a few years ago. Unfortunately, these two young parents were told by doctors that their baby, their first child, would not live long. As you can imagine, this was a devastating blow to this beautiful family. Baby Samantha Hope was born October 25 and died October 27. On the day of her funeral, there was not a dry eye in the church, mine included. Throughout the Mass I reflected on the words of our Lord that are spoken in today’s gospel, “stay awake, for you do not know the day nor the hour”. I truly believe that heaven gained a beautiful little angel a few weeks ago, but the words of Christ are so real! We know neither the day nor the hour.

In just a few weeks, we will begin the season of Advent. Advent is a time to prepare ourselves for the coming of the Lord. We must be spiritually ready for the coming of Christ, for we know neither the day nor the hour of his coming. As Christians we trust in his love for us, knowing that he continues to provide for all of our needs.

All Souls Remembrance

During the month of November, we remember in a special way the souls of those who have died. There will be a book of remembrance at each of the three churches for all of you to write the names of those family members and friends who have died. You may also use the envelopes that are in the back of the three churches to place the names of those you want remembered along with the offering. The names will be placed on the altar during the month of November.

Annual Catholic Appeal

Over the last few weeks you have seen a lot of information placed in the bulletin regarding the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal. I thank all of you for your continued generosity as we look to make our goal for this year’s Annual Catholic Appeal. As I have mentioned, our goal is $59,519. To have a successful ACA we need to have full participation. Next weekend we will have an in pew pledge process for those who have not yet contributed to the ACA. I thank you for your continued support, generosity and prayers.

Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Cox

 

From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

Today we commemorate the Feast of St. Martin dePorres. His actual feast day on the liturgical calendar is November 3, but as is the custom here at the parish, we celebrate as a community on the Sunday closest to the day. I take this opportunity to wish each of you a very happy feast day! As patron of our parish community, we pray that through the powerful intercession of St. Martin dePorres, he will continue to guide us to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ. St. Martin de Porres was born in Lima, Peru on December 9, 1579. Martin was the illegitimate son to a Spanish gentlemen and a freed slave from Panama of African descent. At a young age, Martin's father abandoned him, his mother and his younger sister, leaving Martin to grow up in deep poverty. After spending just two years in primary school, Martin was placed with a barber/surgeon where he would learn to cut hair and the medical arts. As Martin grew older, he experienced a great deal of ridicule for being of mixed-race. In Peru, by law, all descendants of African or Indians were not allowed to become full members of religious orders. Martin, who spent long hours in prayer, found his only way into the community he longed for was to ask the Dominicans of Holy Rosary Priory in Lima to accept him as a volunteer who performed the most menial tasks in the monastery. In return, he would be allowed to wear the habit and live within the religious community. When Martin was 15, he asked for admission into the Dominican Convent of the Rosary in Lima and was received as a servant boy and eventually was moved up to the church officer in charge of distributing money to the poor.

Martin's life reflected his great love for God and all of God's gifts. He had many extraordinary abilities, including aerial flights, bilocation, instant cures, miraculous knowledge, spiritual knowledge and an excellent relationship with animals. Martin also founded an orphanage for abandoned children and slaves and is known for raising dowry for young girls in short amounts of time. As we gather for the celebration of the Eucharist today, let us continue to keep this holy saint in our minds and hearts, as we strive to be good and holy disciples of the Risen Lord.

On November 4, 2014, I moved into this parish to become your Pastor. Three years have passed, and I must say that the Holy Spirit is very much alive and at work in this beautiful community. Over my 7 years of priesthood, I have always viewed a parish as a family. Families are close knit, united thorough a bond of love, that is Jesus Christ. As in any family, there are going to be disagreements, butting of heads, and yes even anger. As in all families, there are times that members of the family will say and do things that may cause friction and division. But as in any family, we come together to work out our disagreements and friction, because we are a family! We may not be related by human DNA blood but the sacred Blood of Christ unites all of us together as one loving family!

It is my prayer on this our parish Feast Day to always remember that we are a family, never looking to hurt one another, but to lift each other in prayer.

 

Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Cox