From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

Today is the 4th Sunday of Easter, traditionally known as Good Shepherd Sunday. Our gospel passage today speaks of Jesus as the Good Shepherd. Our Lord tells us that a shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. Jesus is truly the Good Shepherd who nourishes, sustains and protects us. We are the flock that Jesus the shepherd laid his life on the cross for! On this Good Shepherd Sunday, let us continue to pray for our shepherds on earth today, that is our Holy Father, our bishops and priests. Today in Rome, Pope Francis will ordain men to the priesthood for the Diocese of Rome. Today I reflect on my own priesthood, thanking God for calling me to serve the church as a shepherd. In his very first priesthood ordination as Pope, Francis spoke of the joys of priesthood. When speaking to the men he was about to ordain to the priesthood, he said, “You will gather others into the people of God through Baptism, and you will forgive sins in the name of Christ and the Church in the sacrament of Penance.  Today I ask you in the name of Christ and the Church, never tire of being merciful.  You will comfort the sick and the elderly with holy oil: do not hesitate to show tenderness towards the elderly. Therefore, carry out the ministry of Christ the Priest with constant joy and genuine love, attending not to your own concerns but to those of Jesus Christ.  You are pastors, not functionaries. Be mediators, not intermediaries. Finally, dear sons, exercising for your part the office of Christ, Head and Shepherd, while united with the Bishop and subject to him, strive to bring the faithful together into one family, so that you may lead them to God the Father through Christ in the Holy Spirit. Keep always before your eyes the example of the Good Shepherd who came not to be served but to serve, and who came to seek out and save what was lost”. In your kindness, I ask all of you to pray for your two shepherds here at St. Martin dePorres, Father Kingsley and myself.

 

Shades of Color Concert

Our next fundraiser for the 150th Anniversary of Our Lady of Victory Church will be a musical concert entitled, Shades of Color: Celebrating our Diversity Through Music. This concert will show case the incredible diversity of our parish along with our strong network of performers and creatives. It will take place on Sunday, May 6 at Our Lady of Victory Church beginning at 4:00PM. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased after Mass or at the parish office.

 

League of the Sacred Heart Tea Party

The St. Peter Claver League of the Sacred Heart will hold their annual tea party next Sunday April 28 at St. Peter Claver Church. It will take place after the 11:30AM Mass in the lower hall. Father Patrick West will be the keynote speaker. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children.  

 

2018 Annual Catholic Appeal

We have begun our 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal. As you know, the ACA helps to support the various ministries of the Diocese and within the parish. Next week we will view the video and have an opportunity to take the in pew pledge for those who have not yet contributed. Thank you for your generosity.

 

Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox

From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

We continue to bask in the glory of the Lord this Easter season! On this third Sunday of Easter, we hear in our gospel passage of how the Lord revealed himself to the disciples on the road to Emmaus. Jesus becomes clear to them in the breaking of the bread. As Catholics, we believe that Jesus is present, body, blood, soul and divinity in the Most Holy Eucharist. The Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith as Catholics, therefore we must come before the altar of sacrifice with reverence, piety and grace. Just as the disciples were filled with amazement and joy at seeing the Lord, we must be filled with that same joy. Our Holy Father Pope Francis says that joy is infectious, it’s meant to be spread throughout the whole world. May we continue to spread the joy of Easter to all of God’s people now and for the ages to come.

 

Annual Catholic Appeal 2018

It is that time for this year’s Diocese of Brooklyn Annual Catholic Appeal. As you all know, the Annual Catholic Appeal helps to support the many ministries throughout the Diocese. This year’s theme is Answer the Call. As members of the mystical body of Christ, each of us are called to preach the Good News of Jesus Christ by the example of our lives. The Annual Catholic Appeal also supports the initiatives of the 197 parishes that make up this incredible Diocese. Our parish goal for this year’s ACA is $59,519. This goal is very much attainable if each of us answers the call to participate in any way that we possibly can. We average about 800 people for Mass each weekend between our three churches. If each of us can participate in this year’s appeal not only can we make our goal, but we can go over it. Anything over the goal comes directly back to the parish. When I say “we” that includes myself. This year, as I do each year, I personally will contribute $1,000 to the 2018 ACA. Why do I say that? It’s important that you know that I would never ask you to do something that I myself would not do! In two weeks we will see the ACA video and conduct the in-pew for those who have not already contributed. Thank you for your generosity.

 

Our Lady of Victory 150th Anniversary Gala Dinner Dance

There are still tickets available for our Gala dinner dance commemorating the 150th Anniversary of Our Lady of Victory Church. It will take place at Terrace on the Park in Flushing, New York beginning with cocktails at 6:00PM. There will be a live band at dinner along with an amazing view of Flushing Meadow Park and the greatest baseball field in the world, CitiField! It promises to be an amazing evening! Tickets are $150 each and can be purchased at the parish office or after Mass.

 

Shades of Color Concert

Our next fundraiser for the 150th Anniversary of Our Lady of Victory Church will be a musical concert entitled, Shades of Color: Celebrating our Diversity Through Music. This concert will show case the incredible diversity of our parish along with our strong network of performers and creatives. It will take place on Sunday, May 6 at Our Lady of Victory Church beginning at 4:00PM. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased within the next few days. More details to come!

 

Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox  

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From the Pastor's Desk

  

Dear Parishioners,

This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad! Alleluia! We continue to bask in the glory of the resurrection on this Easter day! We hear in today’s gospel of how the Lord reveals himself to his disciples. We see how the disciples were so afraid at what they had seen just a few days prior that they locked themselves in the room. Jesus though appears to them and says, peace be with you. We also hear of how Thomas doubted the appearance of the Lord to his brothers. He need to see and touch the wounds. It was at that second appearance in which Thomas was present, that he was able to do just that. At that moment Thomas uttered the greatest statement of faith in the New Testament, “My Lord and My God”. Jesus is truly Lord and God. He has broken the chains of death by virtue of his resurrection. We gaze upon his wounds and we see the agony he went through on the cross for our salvation. On this second Sunday of Easter, we give thanks and praise to the Father for the gift of the Son, in unity with the Holy Spirit.

 

Divine Mercy Sunday

Today has become known as Divine Mercy Sunday. Pope Saint John Paul II designated the second Sunday of Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday. The world was in the midst of the Great Depression in 1931 and the memories of World War I were still very much alive in the minds of Europeans when in Poland a sister of the Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, Faustina Kowalska, is said to have been personally visited by Jesus. According to her diary an image was revealed to her of the risen Lord, from whose heart shone two rays, one red (representing blood) and the other pale (symbolizing water), with the words “Jesus, I trust in you” at the bottom. We will have a Holy Hour and pray the chaplet of Divine Mercy today at St. Peter Claver Church beginning at 3:00PM. We will welcome Father Luke Leighton, a member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal as the homilist.

 

150th Anniversary of Our Lady of Victory Church Gala Dinner & Vocal Concert

There are still tickets available for our 150th Anniversary Gala Dinner that will take place on Saturday April 21 beginning with cocktails at 6:00PM at Terrace on the Park. Tickets are $150 each and can be purchased at the parish office or after Mass. There will be a bus leaving from Our Lady of Victory at 4:30PM for those who do not have transportation. The cost of the bus is free, just be sure to call the parish office and leave your name and phone number. In commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of Our Lady of Victory Church, our Associate Music director, Mr. Joseph Murray will perform a solo vocal performance. It will be held at Holy Rosary Church this Thursday April 12 beginning at 8:00PM. The event is free and there will be light refreshments afterward in the lower hall.   

 

Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary Alleluia. Because the Lord is truly risen, Alleluia.

 

Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox

  

 

From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

Today we commemorate our Lord’s entry into Jerusalem with Palm Sunday. We recall how Jesus was greeted by people waving palm branches before him as they shouted Hosanna to the Son of David. Today is also the beginning of Holy Week. We will recall the Last Supper on Holy Thursday, our Lord’s death and crucifixion on Good Friday, our wait at the tomb on Holy Saturday and his glorious Resurrection on Easter Sunday. These are the most sacred days of the Christian calendar. We must enter into them with deep reverence and solemnity.

This past week, the Roman Catholic Church celebrated the fifth anniversary of the pontificate of Pope Francis. Over these five years, we have been witnesses to the great joy of Pope Francis. For me personally, Pope Francis is one of the most joyful Popes that I have encountered (given the fact that he is only the third Pope that I have lived with). I remember the excitement of his election and the days that followed. In his very first Palm Sunday homily at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Pope Francis spoke of how we need to welcome Jesus with joy in our hearts. He said, “We waved our palms, our olive branches. We too welcomed Jesus; we too expressed our joy at accompanying him, at knowing him to be close, present in us and among us as a friend, a brother, and also as a King: that is, a shining beacon for our lives. Jesus is God, but he lowered himself to walk with us. He is our friend, our brother. He illumines our path here. And in this way we have welcomed him today. And here the first word that I wish to say to you: joy! Do not be men and women of sadness, a Christian can never be sad! Never give way to discouragement! Ours is not a joy born of having many possessions, but from having encountered a Person: Jesus, in our midst; it is born from knowing that with him we are never alone, even at difficult moments, even when our life’s journey comes up against problems and obstacles that seem insurmountable, and there are so many of them! And in this moment the enemy, the devil, comes, often disguised as an angel, and slyly speaks his word to us. Do not listen to him! Let us follow Jesus! We accompany, we follow Jesus, but above all we know that he accompanies us and carries us on his shoulders. This is our joy; this is the hope that we must bring to this world. Please do not let yourselves be robbed of hope! Do not let hope be stolen! The hope that Jesus gives us”.

Holy Week Schedule & Easter Egg Hunt

There are prayer cards with the schedule for Holy Week printed on the back available at each of the three churches. Please take home a few for friends and family. Remember to invite someone to church for Holy Week and Easter! Please note the time change for Easter Sunday Mass, particularly at Our Lady of Victory. There will not be a 7:30AM Mass at Our Lady of Victory, Mass will be at 10:00AM. The children and families of our Faith Formation Program will have an Easter egg hunt at Our Lady of Victory Church. There will be refreshments served in McGuinness Hall. All are invited!

 

We adore you O Christ and we praise you, for by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world!

 

Have a Blessed Holy Week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox

From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

We have come to our last Sunday of the Lenten Season. Next Sunday we will commemorate our Lord’s entry into the city of Jerusalem, that is Palm Sunday. Today’s scripture readings prepare us for what we are about to celebrate. We hear in today’s gospel passage that the hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. As we prepare to enter into these most holy days, we must truly conform ourselves to the heart of Christ, so that we can enjoy and bask in the glory of Easter. Jesus reminds us today that he will draw all things to himself. Jesus will draw creation to himself, all for the glory of God our Heavenly Father. This is why the Lord was sent to this world, to draw us unto himself, for our salvation. As I mentioned in my homily last weekend, Jesus is the gift that the Father has given to us. We must continue to thank and praise God each and every single day of our lives for the great gift of Jesus Christ, our Savior and King. May our love for the Lord transform this world in darkness as we prepare to enter into the sacred mystery of our faith, that is the Lord’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection.

 

Stations of the Cross and Tuesday Evening Eucharistic Adoration & Vespers

Each Friday during the season of Lent, we have prayed the stations of the cross at each of the three churches. This Friday, March 23, we will all come together for stations of the cross as one at Our Lady of Victory Church at 7:00PM. There will not be stations of the cross at St. Peter Claver or Holy Rosary. We will welcome Father Willy Kingsley as the homilist for our communal stations this Friday night. Father Willy was assigned here to St. Martin dePorres as a transitional deacon and now is the Parochial Vicar at St. Peter and Paul/St. Agnes Parish in Brooklyn. This Tuesday will be our last Tuesday evening Eucharistic Adoration and Vespers. It will be held at Holy Rosary Church beginning at 7:00PM. We will welcome Father Rafael Perez, the Parochial Vicar of Divine Mercy Parish in Williamsburg.

 

Holy Week Schedule & Reconciliation Monday

The Holy Week schedule are available at each of the three churches. You will find beautiful prayer cards with the schedule for Holy Week on the back of them. Please take home a few for family and friends. Remember to invite people to our churches this Holy Week and Easter! On Monday of Holy Week, we will have Reconciliation Monday. In every single Catholic Church in the Dioceses of Brooklyn, Rockville Centre and the Archdiocese of New York, there will be a priest available for Confession. It is a beautiful way to begin the Easter season, by acknowledging the sins that we have committed and asking for God’s forgiveness and mercy through the sacrament.

 

Passion Play & Palm Sunday

Next Sunday is Palm Sunday, which is the beginning of Holy Week. Next Saturday, March 24, we will have our Passion Play that will take place at St. Peter Claver Church beginning at 8:00PM. Next Sunday the procession for Mass will begin outdoors at each of the three churches.

 

We adore you O Christ and we praise you, for by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

 

Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox