This Wednesday we begin the solemn season of Lent with Ash Wednesday. During these 40 days of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, we are preparing our hearts for the celebration of the Paschal Mystery, that is the death and resurrection of Christ the Lord. Lent has been known as a time of penance, as we look at the times and instances that we have offended God and each other. One of the beautiful practices during Lent is celebrating the sacrament of Reconciliation also known as Confession. I have learned over the last 8 years of my priesthood, that many people are afraid of Confession. I assure you that there is nothing to be afraid of! The sacrament of Reconciliation is a beautiful moment in which we literally tell God that we are sorry for all of the sins that we have committed. We ask for the merciful forgiveness of the Lord, then we continue the journey of growing closer to him. On Ash Wednesday, bother Father Kingsley and I will be available for the sacrament of Confession beginning at 6:00PM at Holy Rosary Church. I encourage all of us, myself included to take full advantage of this beautiful sacrament as we begin the season of Lent.
This 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. Stations of the cross will be prayed every Friday night at the three churches beginning at 7:00PM. Our Parish Lenten Mission will take place on Monday February 19 and Tuesday February 20. We will welcome Father A. Gerard Jordan, a priest of the Norbetine Order in Pennsylvania as the mission preacher. More details will follow!
Parish and Diocesan Black History Month Celebration
Our parish Black History month Mass will take place today, Sunday, February 11 at St. Peter Claver Church. We welcome as our celebrant and homilist 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 today, not 11:30AM. Our Diocesan celebration for Black History Month will take place next 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.
Our Lady of Victory Church 150th Anniversary
Since the Opening Mass celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Our Lady of Victory Church, we have had many fundraisers commemorating this milestone. Our Jazz Café, Phantom of the Opera silent film with live organ music, and Paint and Sip night, were all a phenomenal success! Our major fundraiser will be our Anniversary Gala Dinner that will take place Saturday April 21 at Terrace on the Park, along with our anniversary journal. I hope that this will be just as successful with your support!
Have a great week,
Father Alonzo Cox