Today is the first Sunday of Lent. Over these next 5 weeks, we will prepare our hearts for the celebration of our Lord’s victory over sin and death, that is his resurrection. Lent is a time of repentance and reconciliation. We hear in today’s gospel how the Lord was tempted by Satan during his time in the desert. The devil is always looking to tempt us, and he does so in very clever ways. We must never allow ourselves to be lured by the devil or any of his empty promises! Lent is a season of opportunity, an opportunity to grow closer to the heart of Christ our Savior. Lent is meant to be a time of encounter, not focusing on what we are giving up for the next 40 days, but looking at the joys that awaits us, that is the kingdom of heaven. I invite you to use these days of prayer, fasting and almsgiving as an opportunity to give yourselves completely and totally to Christ, who gave himself up on the cross for our salvation.
I want to thank all of you who participated at our parish Black History Month celebration last Sunday. It was truly an uplifting and prayerful Mass of Thanksgiving. I thank our Black History Month committee at St. Peter Claver Church, who did such a beautiful job in preparing for the Mass and fellowship afterwards. I thank our music ministry under the direction of Mr. Rasaan Bourke and Mr. Joseph Murray for lifting our voices to heaven. Today we have our Diocesan Black History Month Mass of Thanksgiving at the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston, Queens beginning at 4:00PM. We will welcome Bishop Roy Campbell, the newest African-American Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington DC. All are invited to the Mass and fellowship afterwards.
Lenten Stations of the Cross & Parish Mission
During the Friday’s of Lent, we will pray the traditional stations of the cross at each of the three churches. Stations of the cross will begin at 7:00PM at all three of our churches. It is a tradition that every parish has a Lenten Mission. A mission is meant to be a time of spiritual renewal in preparation for the celebration of Easter. Our Lenten Mission will take place this Monday and Tuesday, February 19 & 20. The mission preacher will be Father Gerard Jordan, who is a priest of the Norbetine Order located at Daylesford Abbey in Pennsylvania. The Lenten Mission will be held at Our Lady of Victory Church beginning at 7:00PM. Father Jordan will be preaching at all of the masses this weekend. Please invite friends and family!
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!
We adore you O Christ and we praise you, for by your holy cross you have redeemed the world!
Have a great week,
Father Alonzo Q. Cox