I am so happy to be back home! As you know, I had the great joy of going on pilgrimage to Italy over the last 12 days. Our journey started in Milan and ended in Rome. I kept each and every single one of you in my prayers throughout my journey, most especially at the masses that I celebrated. Over these last few days I have reflected on the great gift of prayer and how important prayer must be in our lives. The greatest gift that we can bestow to our brothers and sisters is indeed prayer. It is through prayer that we grow closer to Christ the Lord. Our relationship with the Lord Jesus must always be rooted in prayer. Jesus himself taught his disciples how to pray and he teaches us to this very day what it means to be people of prayer. I invite each of you to pray for one another. As a parish community let us storm heaven, asking for God’s love and mercy to be upon us now and forever.
Diocesan Marian Pilgrimage to Washington DC National Shrine
The bi-annual pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will take place next Saturday, October 27. The bus will depart from Our Lady of Victory Church at 6:00AM sharp. There are still some seats available! The day will consist of the recitation of the Rosary, an opportunity to take a tour of the Basilica, an opportunity for confession and the celebration of Mass with Bishop DiMarzio. Tickets are $60 per person. The Basilica is the largest Catholic church in the United States!
Hunchback of Notre Dame Silent Film
There will be a showing of the silent film, Hunchback of Notre Dame. It will take place next Friday, October 26 at Our Lady of Victory Church beginning at 8:00PM. The movie will be shown on a big screen in the church. The organ music accompanying the film will be performed live on our historic organ. Our music director, Rasaan Bourke will be behind the organ accompanied by clarinet and flute. Tickets are $10 per person and refreshments will be served. Please be sure to join us and bring friends and family with you.
Mustard Seed Youth Group Events
Mustard Seed Youth Group cordially invites you to take part in our “Meet the Saints” program to kick off Black Catholic History Month on Saturday November 3 2018 immediately following the 5:00pm mass. Come meet Saints, fellowship and purchase various religious items! All saint portrayals come from the youth and all proceeds raised will to support youth initiatives for this year.
All Saints Day & All Souls Day Mass Schedule
Thursday, November 1 is All Saints Day. It is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses will be celebrated at each of the three churches, 9:00AM at Holy Rosary, 12:00Noon at St. Peter Claver and 7:00PM at Our Lady of Victory. Please note the change in the morning masses. The next day, November 2, is All Souls Day. Masses will be celebrated at each of the three churches, 8:00AM at Our Lady of Victory, 12:00Noon at St. Peter Claver and 7:00PM at Holy Rosary.
Have a great week,
Father Alonzo Q. Cox