From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

With the celebration of Pentecost last week, we officially concluded the season of Easter. We now move to the liturgical season known as Ordinary Time. There are though two Sunday Solemnities that the church commemorates immediately following Pentecost. Today we celebrate the solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. As Catholics, we begin our prayer by invoking the Trinity, that is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe and profess that God is three persons, an undivided unity. When we were baptized, the priest or deacon either poured or immersed us in water saying, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. God our Father sends his Son Jesus to the world, who in turn bestows the Holy Spirit upon us, his witnesses to proclaim the Good News. On this Trinity Sunday, may we continue to invoke the Blessed Trinity as we strive each day to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

 Cause of Canonization of Monsignor Bernard J. Quinn

For almost 10 years, the Diocese of Brooklyn has promoted the cause of canonization of Msgr. Bernard Quinn, the founding pastor of St. Peter Claver Church. The guild for his cause has worked tirelessly in promoting the cause and praying through his intercession. It is with great joy that the testimonies of miracles and other important documents will now be sent to the Congregation for Saints in Rome. To highlight this milestone, a special Vespers service will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 18 at the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston beginning at 7:00PM. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will preside at Vespers. He has invited parishioners from our parish community to join him. There will be a bus leaving from St. Peter Claver at 4:15PM. Tickets for the bus are $10 per person. To purchase a ticket for the bus transportation please call the rectory to have your name placed on the list.

 Happy Father’s Day & Father’s Day Remembrance

Today is Father’s Day. I take this opportunity to wish all fathers, step-fathers, grandfathers, godfathers and fathers to be a blessed Father’s Day. During the month of June we will remember all fathers, both living and deceased. There are Father’s Day remembrance envelopes at each of the three churches. You are invited to fill out the envelope, put the offering in and place it in the collection basket or bring it to the parish office. The names will be placed on the altars of each of the three churches during the month of June. May the example of St. Joseph continue to be the image of all Fatherhood.

 Pilgrimage to Germany September 2-12 2020

I would like to invite each of you on a pilgrimage to Germany, specifically the city of Oberammergau. Every 10 years the entire city puts on the Passion Play. In addition we will be visiting the cities of Berlin, Prague, Vienna and Munich. There are flyers with the itinerary and hotel information at each of the three churches.

 Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox