First and foremost, I want to thank each of you for your kind words and prayers for both Father Kingsley and I during this most difficult time in the life of the Roman Catholic Church. Just a few days ago, I was out running some errands and was stopped by a parishioner. She told me that she was storming heaven for me and all good priests throughout the world. She also told me not to give up or lose hope! These are words that I repeat to each one of you. This may be a difficult time for the Church, but with Jesus as the source and summit of our faith, we can get through these times. We continue to thank Almighty God for the many blessings that he has bestowed upon us, most especially for the gift of his Son, Jesus, who nourishes us with his most precious Body and Blood. It is from the Eucharistic Lord that we are given the strength to persevere. The Lord reminds us in today’s gospel passage that we must rid ourselves of all of the things that causes us to sin. We must never allow distraction to get in the way of deepening our relationship with Christ. We must always keep our eyes fixated on Christ, who is the great and eternal High Priest.
First Friday Devotions
This Friday is the first Friday of the month. We will have First Friday devotions at each of the three churches. There will be a Holy Hour after the 8:00AM Mass at Our Lady of Victory, concluding with benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. There will be a Holy Hour at 11:00AM at St. Peter Claver followed by Mass at 12:00Noon. There will be a Holy Hour with vespers at 7:00PM at Holy Rosary Church followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Please be sure to join us for first Friday devotions here at St. Martin dePorres.
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
P.S. Please be assured of my prayers for each of you as I travel to Rome this week. Father Kingsley will be taking the “Pastors Letter” for the next two weeks!