Today is the second Sunday of Advent. Our gospel passage reminds us of the central aspect of this beautiful season, prepare the way of the Lord. These weeks of Advent are meant to be a time of spiritual preparation, to welcome the Lord Jesus into the homes of our hearts. To truly celebrate the Christmas season, we must prepare our minds, hearts and souls for the birth of Jesus Christ. We do that through prayer. Our second reading today from Paul’s letter to the Philippians speaks to us about the beauty of prayer. St. Paul says, “I pray always with joy in my every prayer for all of you, because of your partnership for the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception, to discern what is of value, so that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God”. May this Advent season be a time filled with prayer, hope and love.
Parish Christmas Party
Our annual parish Christmas party will take place today Sunday, December 9 at Our Lady of Victory School Hall. This is a beautiful way to prepare our hearts for the birth of the Lord, by coming together as a parish community. Each year parishioners have expressed how grateful they are for this Christmas party. Tickets are only $20 per person and can be purchased after all of the Sunday Masses. Tickets can also be purchased at the door today.
Advent Lessons and Carols
We will have Advent Lessons and Carols on Tuesday December 18 at Holy Rosary Church beginning at 7:30PM. Lessons and Carols during the season of Advent is a traditional ceremony with readings from sacred scripture and Advent carols, preparing ourselves for the birth of the Savior. This year we will welcome His Excellency, Most Reverend James Massa, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn as the presider. Please be sure to join us.
The children of our parish Faith Formation Program will perform the story of Christmas at the Family Christmas Eve Mass which will take place at St. Peter Claver Church at 5:00PM. Rehearsals have begun for this pageant. Any child who would like to participate in our Christmas pageant can contact Ms. Michelle Joseph or Ms. Tamika Daniel for more information.
During the Christmas season, each of our three churches are beautifully decorated with colorful poinsettias. Each of you are invited to have a poinsettia donated in memory or in honor of a loved one. Christmas flower envelopes are available at the doors of each of the three churches. You can fill out the envelope and place it in the collection basket or bring it to the parish office.
Have a great week,
Father Alonzo Q. Cox