Over the last few days we have seen on television and in the newspapers the horrible and tragic events that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia. Three people were killed and nineteen injured senselessly out of hatred and bigotry. As I watched all of this unfold over the weekend, I immediately brought all of this to prayer. We are in dire need of God’s peace, love and justice, now more than ever. We must continue to pray for each other, that we will not be caught into the realm of division or separatism. We must not return violence with more violence. As a young African-American, who happens to be a Roman Catholic priest, my heart was filled with great sorrow and sadness over all of this. God created all of us, black and white, to be in his image and likeness. Hatred and division are taught, it’s not what we were born or created with.
As a parish community, I encourage all of us to pray for the people of Charlottesville, Virginia, that God’s peace will come upon them. Let us pray for an end to violence, especially racism, that all of us will grow in love and live in harmony with one another, not focusing on the color of our skin, but the content of our character. Let us combat the evil of racism and bigotry with the greatest weapon we as Christians have, prayer! Let us pray that the Holy Spirit will hover over each of us, as we unite ourselves to Jesus and to one another.
2017-2018 School of Faith Formation Registration
Registration has begun for the new academic year 2017-2018 for our parish school of faith formation. All students preparing to receive the sacraments must be registered in our parish faith formation program. There is also ongoing catechesis for those who have completed the sacrament of Confirmation. The Diocese of Brooklyn has implemented a two-year period of catechesis before the reception of First Holy Communion. There are registration forms available at each of the three churches and on our website.
150th Anniversary of Our Lady of Victory Church
Next month we will kick off the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Our Lady of Victory Church. The solemn opening Mass will take place Sunday, September 10 at 10:30AM. We will welcome Bishop Neil Tiedemann as the main celebrant and homilist. There will be one Mass celebrated that Sunday. There will be a 5:00PM Mass on Saturday, September 9 which is the feast of St. Peter Claver.
Our choir has been on a well-deserved vacation for the summer. They are now back! Choir rehearsal begins for the 2017-2018 liturgical year on Tuesday August 22 at OLV chapel beginning at 7:00PM. We are looking for more voices as well, especially men! For more information, please contact Rasaan Bourke our director of music. Those looking to join the choir may also sign up on our parish website and click on the music ministry tab.
Have a great week,
Father Alonzo Cox