From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

Traditionally, the month of October is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, particularly the Most Holy Rosary. As Catholics, the recitation and prayer of the rosary is one of the largest devotions within the Church. In all of the mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary, we reflect on the events of our salvation through the lens of Mary, the mother of Jesus. I invite all of us to spend some time throughout this month to pray the rosary, asking for the Mother of God to intercede for us and our world. Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has personally dedicated this month of October for praying for the unemployed. In a recent address, Pope Francis urged us to “pray that all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.”

May the prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary lead us closer to the heart of her Son Jesus Christ, our Savior and King.

Jazz Café

Our first fundraiser commemorating the 150th Anniversary will be a Jazz Café that will take place on Saturday October 28 beginning at 7:00PM in McGuinness Hall. It will be an evening of live Jazz music, cocktails and light refreshments. It promises to be a beautiful evening that I hope all of you will be able to attend. Tickets are $45 in advance and $55 at the door. You can purchase a ticket from the rectory office, or via our website at smdpp.org/ticket-sales/jazzcafe. There are flyers available at each of the three churches. Please be sure to take one and tell your friends and family too!

2017 Annual Catholic Appeal

Many of you have received mailings from the Diocese of Brooklyn regarding this year’s Annual Catholic Appeal. As you know, last year we participated in the Diocesan Generations of Faith Capital Campaign, which was meant to enrich youth ministry within the parish, support senior priests, and parish projects. We pledged almost $800,000 towards the Generations of Faith Campaign and have received in cash almost $200,000. I thank all of you for your great generosity. Last year we were exempt from the Annual Catholic Appeal, but this year its back. The Annual Catholic Appeal helps support the various ministries of the Diocese of Brooklyn such as Migration services, Catholic Charities, Catholic Education and Seminary scholarships. The Annual Catholic Appeal is an important and essential facet of the Diocese. Our goal for the 2017 ACA is $59,519. For us to achieve this goal as we did for Generations of Faith, we must all participate. Over the next few weeks, you will be hearing more from me in the bulletin about how we can reach our 2017 ACA goal.

P.S. This week all of the priests of the Diocese of Brooklyn will gather for our bi-annual away convocation at the Seminary in Huntington. It will be a week of prayer and fraternity with our Bishop. Please keep me, Father Kingsley and the almost 300 priests of the Diocese of Brooklyn in your prayers this week.

Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Cox