The month of October is flying right past us! Although we have not has Fall like temperatures, we know that many of the signs of the season are upon us. Fall is my favorite season of the year, not just because of the weather, but the holidays and feasts that we celebrate during this season. The major holiday of course during the Fall season is Thanksgiving. For us as Catholics, Thanksgiving is not just the 4th Thursday of the month of November, but it’s actually every Sunday that we approach the sacred altar to receive the Eucharist. The word “Eucharist” means thanksgiving. We give thanks and praise to God our Father for the gift of the Eucharist. We do so as a community. I thank God every day for allowing me to celebrate the Eucharist, with and for his people. Let us continue to give thanks to God for all he has bestowed upon us, not just once a year, but every single day of our lives!
One of the challenges of being Pastor of a parish with three churches is the fact that I am unable to be at everything all the time. It’s a challenge that I have struggled with over the last three years of my pastorate with you. In my first assignment at St. Clare parish, I was able to be at every Sunday Mass, Religious Education classes and to be present in the parish grammar school. Unfortunately, because of the dynamic of our parish I am unable to be at every single event and all the masses. I thank each and every one of you for your prayers and your patience with both Father Kingsley and I. I think the two of us have tried very hard to be present to all of you and
the ministries of our parish. I continue to ask for your prayers for the two of us. Know that we pray for all of you every day!
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!
Annual Catholic Appeal 2017
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.
Have a great week,
Father Alonzo Cox