What a beautiful celebration we had last Sunday! I thank all of you for your presence, prayers and faithful support for last week’s celebration. Bishop Chappetto greatly enjoyed his visit with us. As I was walking him to his car, he thanked me for your warm welcome and hospitality to him. As he mentioned in his homily last Sunday, we must continue to pray for one another as brothers and sisters in Christ. I also want to thank each of you for your hospitality and generosity for the reception after Mass last week in McGuinness Hall. We had an overabundant amount of food and refreshments! Thank you all so much for your generosity.
In just two weeks, we will begin a new liturgical year with the season of Advent. Our gospel passage today reflects on the second coming of Christ. Each of us waits with joyful anticipation for the coming of the Lord. Jesus reminds us that this earth and the things of this earth will pass away, but his words will never. We know neither the day nor the hour of when our Lord will come again, but we must be ready and prepared. Let us continue to preach the love and mercy of Christ by the example of our lives. May Christ continue to reign in our community here in Bedford-Stuyvesant as we await the Kingdom of Heaven.
All Souls Remembrance
Throughout the month of November, we as a parish community will pray for our dearly departed brothers and sisters. We also pray for those souls in purgatory. Names of our departed loved ones will be placed at the altar during the entire month. There are All Souls envelopes available at each of the three churches. Please use the envelopes and place the names of those you would like remembered on the back of the envelope along with the offering. You may place the envelope in the collection basket or bring it to the parish office. Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.
Thanksgiving Day Mass
This Thursday, November 22 is Thanksgiving Day. On behalf of the entire parish staff, we wish you a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving holiday. If you are travelling, we pray for your safe travels. There will be a Mass celebrated on Thanksgiving Day beginning at 8:00AM at Our Lady of Victory Church. If you would like to have a dish being served at your Thanksgiving table to be blessed, you are invited to bring it to Mass that day.
Father in Heaven, Creator of all and source of all goodness and love, please look kindly upon us and receive our heartfelt gratitude in this time of giving thanks. Thank you for all the graces and blessings. You have bestowed upon us, spiritual and temporal: our faith and religious heritage. Our food and shelter, our health, the loves we have for one another, our family and friends.
Dear Father, in Your infinite generosity, please grant us continued graces and blessing throughout the coming year. This we ask in the name of Jesus, Your Son and our Brother. Amen.
Father Alonzo Q. Cox