As I pen this letter, all of us have witnessed the horror that has occurred in Las Vegas. This weekend we pray most especially for those who lost their lives and the hundreds who were wounded out of violence and malice. We must pray for an end to violence within our world and society. As Christians, we must always keep Christ at the center of our lives, imitating him in all that we say and do. It is evident that evil exists in our world. But, how do we combat evil? The answer is by doing good! We must always do what is good to build up the Body of Christ in our world. We must never allow the evil one to seep into the goodness of our lives. Let us lift up those who lost their lives, their families and friends in prayer at Mass this weekend. During this month of October, we pray that through the intercession of our Blessed Mother, most especially Our Lady of Fatima, that we will live in peace and harmony with one another.
We also continue to pray for those who have been affected by the recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. We also pray for those who lost their lives in the recent earthquake in Mexico. May the Lord fill us with his blessings, as we strive to be his holy and faithful witnesses in this world.
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.
Have a great week,
Father Alonzo Cox