Just this past week, the Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, called a meeting with all of his priests. This meeting was called by him to discuss the unfortunate and horrific events that have come to light within the Roman Catholic Church here in the United States. The meeting began with Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament and Vespers. As I knelt before our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, an indescribable feeling came upon me. I truly felt the healing hand of Christ the Lord upon me. I must admit that over the last few weeks, with all that is happening within the Church, I have had this feeling of restlessness and anxiety. It seems as if every day there seems to be another story or another incident that “rocks” the Church that I love so much! I kept asking myself, will we ever get through this? It wasn’t until this Holy Hour with the Bishop and my brother priests, that I felt the healing hands of the Lord Jesus upon me, knowing that he will truly heal those affected by these egregious and horrific acts done by clergy, and he will heal this Church that we
all love so very much.
We are reminded in today’s gospel passage that each of us are servants in the vineyard of the Lord. As the disciples were arguing about who was the greatest, Jesus places a child in their midst and says to them, “Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me;
and whoever receives me, receives not me but the One who sent me.” It must never be about who is the “greatest” or most prominent, for all of us are children of God our Father, and we are precious in his eyes. We must never allow ourselves to fall into the trap of raising ourselves up to a level wanting to be seen or heard, but throwing ourselves before him in humility, knowing that we are poor sinners trying our best to get to heaven. We pray through the intercession of our Blessed Mother Mary, that each of us will continue to keep her Son Jesus at the center of our lives, just as he is at the center of his most Holy Roman Catholic Church.
Diocesan Marian Pilgrimage to Washington DC National Shrine
The bi-annual pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will take place Saturday, October 27. The bus will depart from Our Lady of Victory Church at 6:00AM sharp. The day will consist of the recitation of the Rosary, an opportunity to take a tour of the Basilica, an opportunity for confession and the celebration of Mass with Bishop DiMarzio. Tickets are $60 per person. The Basilica is the largest Catholic church in the United States! If you have not had an opportunity to visit this majestic and holy place, please join us for this beautiful Marian pilgrimage.
Mustard Seed Parish Youth Group
Our parish youth group has begun to meet again for the Fall. The youth group has a number of events planned for the year and are always looking for new members to join. Any youth between the ages of 13-18 are welcomed to join our youth group. Our parish youth group meets each Friday night at 7:30PM at Our Lady of Victory McGuinness Hall. For more information, please contact Tamika Daniel or Michelle Joseph.
Have a great week,
Father Alonzo Q. Cox