This past Wednesday, we recalled as a nation the horrific acts of September 11, 2001. It will forever and always be a day engrained on the minds and hearts of every American citizen. We pray for the thousands of innocent people who lost their lives that day. We also pray for their families who 18 years later continue to mourn their loss. Each year our local fire house here in Bedford Stuyvesant invites Father Kingsley or I to pray with them each September 11. They lost 4 firefighters that day. Each year they continue to proclaim, “we will never forget”. Let us pray for peace in our world, that each of us will live in peace and harmony with one another. May our Blessed Mother, Our Lady Queen of Peace be our strength and guide as we follow her son, Christ the Lord.
Parish Recognition Luncheon
Next week is our parish recognition luncheon. We will honor 8 parishioners from our parish, thanking them for the extraordinary work they do for our community. There are still tickets available. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children. Please join us for this wonderful event as we come together to celebrate and give thanks.
School of Faith Formation
Our parish school of Faith Formation has begun registration and re-registration for students. All families are asked to register their child for Sunday school classes. All students must be registered in our parish Sunday school program to receive the sacraments. If you should have any questions, please call the parish office.
St. Peter Claver Lower Hall
As I mentioned a few weeks ago, the lower hall at St. Peter Claver Church is currently under massive construction. The main water pipe underneath the church corroded which caused water to seep through the wooden floors. This unfortunately was a problem that if not addressed immediately would have become catastrophic! The good news is that the contractor was able to find the pipe along with some other issues that needed to be addressed. The estimated timeline of completion is the middle of October. In addition to installing a new floor, we will also be renovating the two bathrooms in the hall. I thank you for your patience in getting all of this work completed. I will continue to update you on the progression of the project.
2019 Annual Catholic Appeal
We are in the middle of our 2019 Annual Catholic Appeal. As Pastor, I thank each of you who have participated with a gift to the 2018 Appeal and ask that everyone prayerfully consider making a gift to the 2019 Appeal. The work and services made possible through your donation to the Annual Catholic Appeal help people in Brooklyn and Queens in ways that no one parish can alone. Our goal for the Annual Catholic Appeal this year is $59,586. This goal can be reached if everyone participates in the Appeal.
Have a great week,
Father Alonzo Q. Cox