This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad! Alleluia! We continue to bask in the glory of the resurrection on this Easter day! We hear in today’s gospel of how the Lord reveals himself to his disciples. We see how the disciples were so afraid at what they had seen just a few days prior that they locked themselves in the room. Jesus though appears to them and says, peace be with you. We also hear of how Thomas doubted the appearance of the Lord to his brothers. He need to see and touch the wounds. It was at that second appearance in which Thomas was present, that he was able to do just that. At that moment Thomas uttered the greatest statement of faith in the New Testament, “My Lord and My God”. Jesus is truly Lord and God. He has broken the chains of death by virtue of his resurrection. We gaze upon his wounds and we see the agony he went through on the cross for our salvation. On this second Sunday of Easter, we give thanks and praise to the Father for the gift of the Son, in unity with the Holy Spirit.
Divine Mercy Sunday
Today has become known as Divine Mercy Sunday. Pope Saint John Paul II designated the second Sunday of Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday. The world was in the midst of the Great Depression in 1931 and the memories of World War I were still very much alive in the minds of Europeans when in Poland a sister of the Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, Faustina Kowalska, is said to have been personally visited by Jesus. According to her diary an image was revealed to her of the risen Lord, from whose heart shone two rays, one red (representing blood) and the other pale (symbolizing water), with the words “Jesus, I trust in you” at the bottom. We will have a Holy Hour and pray the chaplet of Divine Mercy today at St. Peter Claver Church beginning at 3:00PM. We will welcome Father Luke Leighton, a member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal as the homilist.
150th Anniversary of Our Lady of Victory Church Gala Dinner & Vocal Concert
There are still tickets available for our 150th Anniversary Gala Dinner that will take place on Saturday April 21 beginning with cocktails at 6:00PM at Terrace on the Park. Tickets are $150 each and can be purchased at the parish office or after Mass. There will be a bus leaving from Our Lady of Victory at 4:30PM for those who do not have transportation. The cost of the bus is free, just be sure to call the parish office and leave your name and phone number. In commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of Our Lady of Victory Church, our Associate Music director, Mr. Joseph Murray will perform a solo vocal performance. It will be held at Holy Rosary Church this Thursday April 12 beginning at 8:00PM. The event is free and there will be light refreshments afterward in the lower hall.
Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary Alleluia. Because the Lord is truly risen, Alleluia.
Have a great week,
Father Alonzo Q. Cox