As difficult as it is to believe, we are just about 10 days away from Ash Wednesday, which is the beginning of the season of Lent. As we prepare for these days of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, our scripture readings shows us the love and compassion of Jesus Christ. It is our prayer that we will be able to imitate his love and mercy to all whom we encounter. In today’s gospel, we see how Christ touches Simon’s mother in law, healing her from all her afflictions. Jesus continues to touch us by the hand every day of our lives, even in the midst of worry, fear, doubt and despair. May Christ continue to heal us from all our afflictions, whether they be physical or spiritual. With the Lord on our side, all things are possible.
Suspension of the Reception of the Precious Blood at Mass
As was announced a few weeks ago, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio has suspended the reception of the Precious Blood at the celebration of Mass due to the massive flu epidemic. It is important to know that Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is present, body, blood, soul and divinity in the Eucharistic Host. Although the congregation will not receive the Precious Blood of Christ in the chalice, you are receiving Jesus in his fullness in the Host. The Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith as Catholics. Our lives are rooted in the Eucharist, as we encounter the living Lord. It is important and essential that we approach the Eucharist with the utmost respect and reverence. It came to my attention that a few weeks ago a consecrated host was found in a jar in the back of one of our churches. This deeply distressed me. Whenever we receive the Host we must immediately consume him. If you see anyone who still has the consecrated host in their hands in the pews, please tell them to consume our Lord. May the heart of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament be praised, adored and loved, with grateful affection at every moment, in all the tabernacles of the world even until the end of time, Amen.
Parish and Diocesan Black History Month Celebration
Our parish Black History month Mass will take place next Sunday, February 11 at St. Peter Claver Church. The celebrant and homilist will be Father Michael Trail, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago. The theme this year is: We’ve Come this far by Faith. The Mass will take place at 12:00 Noon on Sunday, not 11:30AM. Our Diocesan celebration for Black History Month will take place on Sunday, February 18 with Mass beginning at 4:00PM at the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston. The Most Reverend Roy Campbell, the newest African-American Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington DC will be the homilist. Please be sure to join us.
Next Wednesday, February 14 is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the season of Lent. Masses will be celebrated at each of the three churches, 8:00AM at OLV, 12:00Noon at SPC and 7:30PM at HR. There will be a special prayer service at 12:00Noon at OLV. Father Kingsley and I will be hearing confessions at 6:00PM at HR. Stations of the cross will be prayed every Friday night at the three churches beginning at 7:00PM.
Have a great week,
Father Alonzo Cox