I was telling a parishioner this past week that the summer just seemed to fly right by! I cannot believe that we are entering the last full week of August. Many of the college students of our parish have begun the trek back to their respective institutions. Our grammar and high school students have started the process of purchasing back to school supplies for the first day of school in just about 2 weeks. This weekend we will give out school supplies to our young parishioners after the Sunday masses. These school supplies were donated by so many of you, dedicated parishioners. Thank you for your beautiful donations of backpacks, books, pens and pencils. Your generous donation will help families offset the cost of supplies for their young children as they make their way back to school. Let us pray for them, that the Holy Spirit will give them the strength and the wisdom for a successful academic year.
Over the last few days the Roman Catholic Church has been at the forefront of mainstream news. With the release of the Pennsylvania grand jury report this past week and revelation of the behavior of former Cardinal, Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, the Church has seen better days. I would like to share with you just a brief reflection on all of this. I was an 18-year-old seminarian at the college seminary when the massive sexual abuse cases broke in Boston. As I read the many cases and articles pertaining to Boston, I along with many of my friends and family questioned whether I should continue my studies for the priesthood, most especially in an environment such as this. I prayed and reflected on the horror of these heinous acts carried out by priests. I realized though that God was truly calling me to priesthood. I desired to be a good, holy and generous priest. As a man of faith, I know that no one is perfect, including those who govern the Church. These reports have shaken me to the core! I am saddened and angry at those priests and bishops who have broken the trust of their flock. They should and must be brought to justice! During this time, I ask you to pray for the many, many, many priests who have done such good for the Roman Catholic Church. Pray that they will not be discouraged in their vocation. We pray for all victims of sexual abuse, for their healing and comfort. May the Blessed Mother, Queen of Heaven and Earth intercede for us, now and forever.
Annual Catholic Appeal 2018
I take this opportunity to thank each of you for your support and generosity towards this year’s Annual Catholic Appeal. Our goal for the year is $59,519. As I mentioned, if each of us can participate in some way, we will be able to achieve our goal. As of now we have pledged $18,975 with 64 families participating. Anything that we make over the goal comes directly back to the parish. Next we will have a special in-pew pledge for those who have not yet given a gift to the ACA. We will welcome Father Patrick Burns, a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn and field director for the Annual Catholic Appeal as the presider and homilist for the masses next weekend. There are extra pledge forms at each of the three churches. Thank you for your support and generosity.
Have a great week,
Father Alonzo Q. Cox