Today, October 2, we celebrate the Feast of the Guardian Angels. I can remember as a kid growing up my mother and father telling me that I had a guardian angel looking out after me. In a way it frightened me a little bit, simply because I knew that there was an angel watching me whenever I slipped up and did something that I shouldn’t have been doing. As Catholics, we very much believe in the existence of angels. They are not superstitious or imaginary, they are very real. Many of the saints speak of their encounter with angels and how important they are in our spiritual life. Angels watch out after us, they protect us in the battle against Satan and all his evil forces. In each of our three churches there are depictions of angels throughout the sanctuaries and stained glass windows. I invite you to say a special prayer to your guardian angel, thanking them for getting you through the difficult times of life, and ultimately leading you to the joys of the heavenly kingdom.
Father James Yaro
We were blessed to have Father James Yaro with us for these last few months of summer. As I pen this letter, Father Yaro is preparing to make his journey back home to Nigeria. I thank him for his help this past summer as Father Kingsley and I were able to take a few weeks off for vacation. Father Yaro thoroughly enjoyed celebrating both weekday and Sunday masses with all of you. He has assured me that he will be back again next summer to help us. Please continue to pray for him and his priestly ministry back home in Nigeria.
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!
East Brooklyn Congregations
Our parish is a member of EBC, East Brooklyn Congregations. Over the last few months, we have met to tackle the problem of affordable housing here in our city, particularly Bedford Stuyvesant. Our Mayor has chosen not to listen to the voices of the community with regards to building affordable housing in our community. We are planning an action at City Hall to have our voices heard. The action will take place on Monday October 9, Columbus Day. If you are interested in joining us in the action, please see one of the representatives after Mass to sign up.
Have a great week,
Father Alonzo Cox