The unofficial kickoff to Black History Month began with the observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday on Monday, January 21st. Our pastor, Fr. Alonzo Cox, presided the diocesan service at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Queens Village. Nearly a hundred souls braved the cold weather to commemorate MLK’s life and legacy. Fr. Peter Damian Harris, OP, delivered a powerful reflection on Galatians 3: 28. He urged us all as “Christians, as brothers, as one in Christ; be energized by God’s indiscriminate love for one another.” His insights touched us all, reminding us that there’s more work to be done. Our very own choir under the direction of Messrs. Rasaan Bourke and Joseph Murray lifted our hearts, minds, and souls in song, breathing life anew in the time-honored anthems of the black church.
Closer to home, our parochial Black History Month Committee has been meeting since last summer to plan for this February. The committee, under the leadership of Mrs. Estella White-McDuffy, has been hard at work. They selected the theme for this year’s celebration, “Let Our Praise Arise.” Accordingly, they have planned a number of things. To begin this month at this weekend’s Masses, we will recite together the Prayer for African American and African Family penned by the legendary Fr. James Goode, OFM. Throughout the month, parish youth have been invited to read excerpts from the lives of notable Black figures. In addition, we invite all parishioners, including liturgical ministers, to dress in their finest African attire. On the Saturdays of this month, beginning on February 9th, after the 5 PM Mass, we will show inspirational, uplifting films, the first being Remember the Titans starring Denzel Washington.
We will have our parish Black History Month Mass, on Sunday, February 10th, 12 Noon, at Holy Rosary Church. The committee is pleased to announce that Fr. Anthony Bozeman, SSJ, will be this year’s guest celebrant and homilist. He is renowned in Black Catholic circles as being a gifted laborer in the Lord’s vineyard. A light reception will follow in the lower church; if you wish to contribute please call the rectory office this week. Please note on the weekend of the 10th, the Mass schedule is as follows: 5 PM Saturday Vigil Mass at SPC, 7: 30 AM Mass at OLV, 12 Noon Mass at HR. We will NOT have the scheduled 9 AM, 10: 15 AM, or 11: 30 AM Masses that day.
To close, I am looking forward to all the activities planned for Black History Month, and on behalf of the all parish, I thank the committee for all their hard work and dedication.
Fr. Daniel O. Kingsley