Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of Christ. As Catholics, we know that the Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith. Jesus gives of himself, body, blood, soul and divinity for our nourishment. Traditionally on this feast day, many churches have Eucharistic processions throughout the neighborhood, bringing the presence of Christ to all of God’s people. I could remember as a kid growing up watching the priest bring the monstrance with the Blessed Sacrament through the streets on Corpus Christi Sunday. Non Catholics have no idea of what was going on, but they were still in amazement seeing that something incredible was before their very eyes. We give thanks and praise to God for the gift of the Eucharist. We approach the table of the Lord, knowing that we are unworthy, but only when he says the word, our souls shall be healed.
Cause of Canonization for Monsignor Bernard J. Quinn
This past week, the Diocese of Brooklyn formally sent forward to Rome the documents of testimony for the cause of canonization of Monsignor Bernard J. Quinn, founding pastor of St. Peter Claver Church. The solemn ceremony was held during a Vespers service at the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston. There were almost 300 people in attendance including parishioners from our parish. Many of you have been asking, what is the next step now? We now wait for the findings of the Congregation for the Saints in Rome. Once they give their approval, Msgr. Quinn would then be titled “venerable”. We continue to pray for his cause, that through his powerful intercession each of us will continue to grow as brothers and sisters in Christ.
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.
Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
This Friday, June 28 is the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. We will have Holy Hour with Eucharistic Adoration beginning at 11:00AM at St. Peter Claver Church, followed by Benediction. Mass will be celebrated at 12:00Noon for the Feast of the Sacred Heart also at St. Peter Claver Church. All are welcomed.
In your kindness, I ask you to pray for both Father Kingsley and I this week as we celebrate our anniversaries of priestly ordination. This Wednesday, June 26, I will celebrate 9 years of priesthood. Father Kingsley will celebrate 4 years of ordination this coming Thursday, June 27. Please pray for us, that Christ the great High Priest will continue to strengthen and guide his holy priests. Please also pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood.
Have a great week,
Father Alonzo Q. Cox