We have now moved from the Christmas season to the Ordinary Time of the liturgical year. Our scripture passages that will be proclaimed over the next few weeks will prepare us for the celebration of Lent. I have always used this “in between” time to really gear up spiritually for the graces of Lent. We continue to thank Almighty God for all of the blessings that he has bestowed upon us, most especially for Jesus his son, who shed his blood on the cross for our salvation. As a parish community we give witness to the great love that Christ has bestowed upon us. As St. Paul tells us, it is the love of Christ that impels us! May we continue to bask in the glory and love of Our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.
Right before the Christmas season I asked everyone to make a personal invitation to someone inviting them to Mass for Christmas. I received many messages from people expressing to me that they were invited to Mass by a parishioner. Personal invitations are important, most especially when we invite others to have an encounter with Jesus the Lord. I thank you for making the invitation. Let us continue to invite all of our brothers and sisters to encounter the great love of Jesus in their lives. I truly believe that it is from this invitation that the Lord will continue to guide and strengthen all of the faithful here at St. Martin dePorres parish.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Service
Each year, the Vicariate for Black Catholic Concerns holds a prayer service commemorating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year marks the 50th anniversary of his assassination. We continue to pray for unity and peace throughout our nation, most especially for racial equality and justice. This year’s prayer service will be held at Our Lady of Victory Church tomorrow, Monday January 15 at 12:00Noon. The preacher for the prayer service will be Brother Gregory McMullen. Brother Gregory is not a stranger to Our Lady of Victory, having preached many retreats here. He is a dynamic speaker! He currently lives in Atlanta, but is originally from Holy Rosary Church. Please be sure to join us for this very special prayer service honoring Dr. King.
Paint and Sip Night
Our next fundraiser for the 150th Anniversary of Our Lady of Victory Church will be a paint and sip night on Saturday, January 27 beginning at 6:00PM in McGuinness Hall. Professional art instructors will help you create your own masterpiece to hang in your homes! The instructors will bring canvas, paint, supplies along with music, wine and snacks! It promises to be a fun evening. Tickets are $50 for adults over the age of 21. Tickets can be purchased on our parish website, www.smdpp.org or at the parish office.
Have a great week,
Father Alonzo Q. Cox
P.S. I will be away for the next two weeks enjoying some time with friends. Father Kingsley will be covering the Pastor’s bulletin letter!