Words cannot begin to express how grateful I am to all of you for the immense love and support that was poured out from you last Sunday as we opened the 150th Anniversary of the establishment of Our Lady of Victory Church. Last Sunday we welcomed over 500 people for Mass, including former pastors Monsignor Joseph Nugent and Father Martin Carter. As I mentioned in my remarks at the end of Mass, I am privileged to follow in the footsteps and build on the foundation of these two good and holy priests. I was excited to see parishioners from both Holy Rosary and St. Peter Claver churches as well. As a parish of three churches we continue the mission set before us 150 years ago, to preach the Good News of Jesus Christ. I thank our altar servers, ushers, lectors and our music ministry, under the direction of Mr. Rasaan Bourke and Mr. Joseph Murray for all of their hard work and dedication in making last week’s liturgy so beautiful and prayerful.
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 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!
Today is Catechetical Sunday. All of our catechists from each of the three churches will gather for a special blessing for the beginning of the new school year today at the 11:30AM Mass at St. Peter Claver Church. I thank our Director of Faith Formation, Ms. Michelle Joseph and her catechists for the work they do in teaching our young people the truths of the Catholic faith. Registration continues for the new school year. If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact the parish office or Ms. Joseph via our parish website.
Feast of St. Peter Claver
Today we commemorate the Feast of St. Peter Claver. As the Holy Spirit would have it, our Holy Father Pope Francis just made his pastoral visit to the tomb of St. Peter Claver just last week. Allow me to share with you Pope Francis’s thoughts on St. Peter Claver, “Let us not be content with “taking the first step”. Instead, let us continue our journey anew each day, going forth to encounter others and to encourage concord and fraternity. We cannot just stand still. In this very place, on 8 September 1654, Saint Peter Claver died, after forty years of voluntary slavery, of tireless work on behalf of the poor. He did not stand still: his first step was followed by further steps, then more and more. His example draws us out of ourselves to encounter our neighbors. Go out to meet them. Bring them the embrace of peace, free of all violence. Be slaves of peace, forever.
Have a great week,
Father Alonzo Cox