Words cannot begin to express how grateful I am for each of you! We had a beautiful celebration last Sunday as we commemorated the feast of our parish patron, St. Martin dePorres. I had the opportunity to welcome many new families to our parish community over the weekend. The work of evangelization has begun to take root here in Bedford Stuyvesant. As I mentioned in my homily at Mass last weekend, we still have a lot of work to do, but the spirit of the Lord is very much alive here in our community. On behalf of Father Kingsley, I thank you for your continued love, support, and most especially your prayers.
Two weeks ago, I con-celebrated the funeral Mass for baby Samantha Hope. She was only 3 days old. I met her parents about 10 years ago, when I was a seminarian assigned to St. Sebastian parish in Woodside. I was privileged to be at their wedding and to bless their new home a few years ago. Unfortunately, these two young parents were told by doctors that their baby, their first child, would not live long. As you can imagine, this was a devastating blow to this beautiful family. Baby Samantha Hope was born October 25 and died October 27. On the day of her funeral, there was not a dry eye in the church, mine included. Throughout the Mass I reflected on the words of our Lord that are spoken in today’s gospel, “stay awake, for you do not know the day nor the hour”. I truly believe that heaven gained a beautiful little angel a few weeks ago, but the words of Christ are so real! We know neither the day nor the hour.
In just a few weeks, we will begin the season of Advent. Advent is a time to prepare ourselves for the coming of the Lord. We must be spiritually ready for the coming of Christ, for we know neither the day nor the hour of his coming. As Christians we trust in his love for us, knowing that he continues to provide for all of our needs.
All Souls Remembrance
During the month of November, we remember in a special way the souls of those who have died. There will be a book of remembrance at each of the three churches for all of you to write the names of those family members and friends who have died. You may also use the envelopes that are in the back of the three churches to place the names of those you want remembered along with the offering. The names will be placed on the altar during the month of November.
Annual Catholic Appeal
Over the last few weeks you have seen a lot of information placed in the bulletin regarding the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal. I thank all of you for your continued generosity as we look to make our goal for this year’s Annual Catholic Appeal. As I have mentioned, our goal is $59,519. To have a successful ACA we need to have full participation. Next weekend we will have an in pew pledge process for those who have not yet contributed to the ACA. I thank you for your continued support, generosity and prayers.
Have a great week,
Father Alonzo Cox