I hope that each of you had a beautiful Christmas Day! We continue to bask in the joy of Christmas, giving thanks and praise to God for the gift of the newborn King, Jesus Christ. Today, we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family. We are given the image of Jesus, Mary and Joseph as an example of a family rooted in God’s love and mercy. We don’t get to choose the families that we are born into, God does that for us. I am sure that members of our families irritate us, push our buttons or anger us to a point where we stop communicating with each other. Families are a great gift from God. On this feast day of the Holy Family, let us pray for our families today. If you haven’t spoken to a family member in a while, I invite you to lift them up in prayer, and maybe even lift up the phone to call and reconcile. We are reminded in today’s second reading from St. Paul’s letter to the Colossians to let go of all hate and bitterness. St. Paul says, “Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do. And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection”. Let us continue to live by these words, as we build up the Kingdom of God here in Bedford Stuyvesant.
New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day Masses
Tomorrow, December 31, is New Year’s Eve. On the liturgical calendar, we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God. It is a Holy Day of Obligation. Confessions will be available beginning at 10:00PM at Our Lady of Victory Church. There will be a Holy Hour and Night Prayer beginning at 11:00PM followed by Mass at Midnight, that will take place at Our Lady of Victory Church. The next day, January 1 Mass will be celebrated at 10:00AM at Our Lady of Victory Church. Only one Mass will be celebrated on January 1. As we begin the new year, 2019, we pray that through the intercession of our Blessed Mother Mary, we will continue to keep Christ at the center of our lives.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Service
Each year, the Vicariate for Black Catholic Concerns sponsors a prayer service commemorating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year, that prayer service will take place on Monday, January 21, 2019 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church located in Queens Village. There will be a bus leaving from St. Gregory the Great Church in Crown Heights that day. The cost per person for the bus will be $10. The homilist will be Father Peter Damian Harris, O.P. He is a Dominican priest located in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston in Texas. There will be a reception following the prayer service. All are invited.
Have a great week and Happy New Year!
Father Alonzo Q. Cox