The season of Advent comes to its midpoint today. Over these last few days of Advent, we have been hearing from the Prophet Isaiah, as he foretells the coming of the Lord. As we get closer to the Feast of the Nativity, we see the image of Jesus Christ as a light that dispels the darkness of this world. During this season of Advent, it has been my prayer and reflection, that the light of Jesus will continue to illumine this world, but most especially our parish community, as we strive to be faithful and holy witnesses of him.
Over the last few days, I myself have been reflecting on the joys of my priesthood. This June I will celebrate 8 years of priesthood, which have been filled with great joy and happiness. As many of you have come to know, I like to write my thoughts on paper as you have seen in the parish bulletin and the Diocesan newspaper, The Tablet. I have been jotting thoughts on paper since my ordination almost 8 years ago. Just the other day, I looked up some of the thoughts and reflections that I had written during my very first Advent as a priest. They are actually the reflections of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. It was his homily at Vespers for the First Sunday of Advent. He spoke of us instruments of God in this world. He said, “We are therefore spirit, soul and body. We are part of this world, tied to the possibilities and limitations of our material condition, while at the same time we are open to an infinite horizon, able to converse with God and to welcome him within us. We are active in earthly realities and through them we are able to perceive God’s presence and to reach out to him, Truth, Goodness and absolute Beauty. We savor fragments of life and happiness and yearn for complete fulfilment. God loves us deeply, totally and without making distinctions. He calls us to friendship with him, he makes us part of a reality beyond every imagination and every thought and word: his divine life itself”. Let us continue to be instruments of God’s love and mercy in this world, until Jesus his Son comes to bring us to heaven.
Wednesday Evening Advent Vespers
During the season of Advent, we will pray solemn vespers, (evening prayer) on Wednesday evenings. The theme this year is “Go to Joseph”, spiritually preparing ourselves for the birth of Christ, through the intercession of St. Joseph. This Wednesday, December 13, our Advent vespers will be held at Our Lady of Victory Church beginning at 7:00PM. We will welcome Father Mark Bristol, a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn who currently serves as Associate pastor of St. Anastasia Parish in Douglaston, New York. Please be sure to join us.
Children’s Christmas Pageant 2017
This year we are inviting children of all ages to participate in our Christmas pageant, which will take place on Christmas Eve at the 5:00PM Mass at Holy Rosary Church. Rehearsals will begin soon! You may contact Michelle Joseph our Director of Faith Formation or Tamika Daniel our parish Youth Minister for more information about this year’s Christmas pageant.
Have a great week,
Father Alonzo Cox