Today is the 4th Sunday of Easter, traditionally known as Good Shepherd Sunday. Our gospel passage today speaks of Jesus as the Good Shepherd. Our Lord tells us that a shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. Jesus is truly the Good Shepherd who nourishes, sustains and protects us. We are the flock that Jesus the shepherd laid his life on the cross for! On this Good Shepherd Sunday, let us continue to pray for our shepherds on earth today, that is our Holy Father, our bishops and priests. Today in Rome, Pope Francis will ordain men to the priesthood for the Diocese of Rome. Today I reflect on my own priesthood, thanking God for calling me to serve the church as a shepherd. In his very first priesthood ordination as Pope, Francis spoke of the joys of priesthood. When speaking to the men he was about to ordain to the priesthood, he said, “You will gather others into the people of God through Baptism, and you will forgive sins in the name of Christ and the Church in the sacrament of Penance. Today I ask you in the name of Christ and the Church, never tire of being merciful. You will comfort the sick and the elderly with holy oil: do not hesitate to show tenderness towards the elderly. Therefore, carry out the ministry of Christ the Priest with constant joy and genuine love, attending not to your own concerns but to those of Jesus Christ. You are pastors, not functionaries. Be mediators, not intermediaries. Finally, dear sons, exercising for your part the office of Christ, Head and Shepherd, while united with the Bishop and subject to him, strive to bring the faithful together into one family, so that you may lead them to God the Father through Christ in the Holy Spirit. Keep always before your eyes the example of the Good Shepherd who came not to be served but to serve, and who came to seek out and save what was lost”. In your kindness, I ask all of you to pray for your two shepherds here at St. Martin dePorres, Father Kingsley and myself.
Shades of Color Concert
Our next fundraiser for the 150th Anniversary of Our Lady of Victory Church will be a musical concert entitled, Shades of Color: Celebrating our Diversity Through Music. This concert will show case the incredible diversity of our parish along with our strong network of performers and creatives. It will take place on Sunday, May 6 at Our Lady of Victory Church beginning at 4:00PM. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased after Mass or at the parish office.
League of the Sacred Heart Tea Party
The St. Peter Claver League of the Sacred Heart will hold their annual tea party next Sunday April 28 at St. Peter Claver Church. It will take place after the 11:30AM Mass in the lower hall. Father Patrick West will be the keynote speaker. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children.
2018 Annual Catholic Appeal
We have begun our 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal. As you know, the ACA helps to support the various ministries of the Diocese and within the parish. Next week we will view the video and have an opportunity to take the in pew pledge for those who have not yet contributed. Thank you for your generosity.
Have a great week,
Father Alonzo Q. Cox