Today is the second Sunday of Lent. As we journey with our Lord through the desert, these next few weeks of Lent are meant to be a time of renewal and repentance. Today’s gospel gives us the story of the Transfiguration. As Jesus brings Peter, James and John up to Mount Tabor, we see how their lives were radically transformed by Christ. We hear in the gospel of how the three disciples went through the emotion of amazement, fear, then ultimately joy! I love Peter’s response to the Lord as basks in the Transfiguration, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here! It is a response that each of us must utter from our lips, it is good that we are here! It is good that we are able to come to church to worship, when many of our brothers and sisters cannot go to church to worship because of religious persecution. It is good that we are able to encounter the Lord through the sacraments and prayer. It is good that we are able to be with our parish family, to support and comfort one another. We are truly blessed here at St. Martin dePorres and it is good that we are here!
It has been my hope and prayer that this Lent will be a time to truly thank God for all the many blessings that he has bestowed upon as, most especially for the gift of his Son Jesus Christ. Christ suffered and died for us so that we might be reconciled to God.
Last week we had a phenomenal Lenten Parish Mission! I thank all of you who came out this past Monday and Tuesday for our evening of prayer and thanksgiving. I thank Father Gerard Jordan for his dynamic preaching and witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ and his priesthood. It was truly two evenings of faith renewal and repentance.
Stations of the Cross and Tuesday Evening Eucharistic Adoration
Each Friday during the season of Lent we will pray the stations of the cross at each of the three churches. Stations of the cross will begin at 7:00PM. On the Tuesdays of Lent, we will have Eucharistic Adoration with Vespers. The theme will be “In unity with one another.” The first Holy Hour will take place this Tuesday February 27 at St. Peter Claver Church beginning at 7:00PM. The guest preacher will be Father Ronald Newland, a retired priest from the Military Archdiocese.
Our Lady of Victory Church 150th Anniversary
Since the Opening Mass celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Our Lady of Victory Church, we have had many fundraisers commemorating this milestone. Our Jazz Café, Phantom of the Opera silent film with live organ music, and Paint and Sip night, were all a phenomenal success! Our major fundraiser will be our Anniversary Gala Dinner that will take place Saturday April 21 at Terrace on the Park, along with our anniversary journal. I hope that this will be just as successful with your support!
We adore you O Christ and we praise you, for by your holy cross you have redeemed the world!
Have a great week,
Father Alonzo Q. Cox