Time just seems to be flying right by! Where did the month of October go? In just a few short weeks, families will gather for Thanksgiving, which of course kicks off the holiday season. As I write this letter, already holiday music has begun to be played on the radio. Before we jump into the hustle and bustle of this season, we are asked to prepare ourselves for the celebration of the mysteries of our salvation, that is the coming of Christ the Lord. Our gospel passage this Sunday shows Jesus calling out to this blind man. Although this blind man cannot physically see Jesus, he shows great faith and persistence in calling out for him. Jesus in turn calls him and without even touching him, restores his sight. There are so many times in our lives that we become blinded by distraction or the allures of this world, or at times blinded by the commercialization of the “holiday season”. We must always keep our eyes fixated on Christ, that we will have the courage to get up and answer the call of the Savior.
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 this 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 7:30PM 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 7:30PM at Holy Rosary.
Feast of St. Martin dePorres
We will celebrate the Feast of St. Martin dePorres on Sunday, November 11. As is the custom, only one Mass will be celebrated that Sunday, which will take place at Our Lady of Victory Church at 10:30AM. This year, we will welcome His Excellency, Most Reverend Raymond Chappetto, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Vicar General as the main celebrant and homilist. Immediately after the Mass, there will be a reception in McGuinness Hall. We are asking parishioners to donate any breakfast food items for the reception. You may bring them to the parish office the day before or before the Mass that day. We will pray the novena to St. Martin dePorres, beginning Monday November 4 at all of the weekday Masses leading up to the Feast Day Mass. All are invited.
Have a great week,
Father Alonzo Q. Cox
P.S. This Wednesday, October 31 is Halloween! I wish all of our trick or treaters, the young and the young at heart a happy and safe Halloween!