One of my most favorite passages from sacred scripture comes from today’s second reading from the letter of St. James. He tells us, “Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters. Did not God choose those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom that he promised to those who love him?” God calls each of us to be heirs of the kingdom, no matter what our status in this world might be. Each of us strives every day to be faithful, holy and devout witnesses of Christ the Lord. We are all poor lonely sinners trying our very best to get to heaven! If we truly love God, if we truly trust in his will for us, it we give of ourselves totally and completely to him, he will lead us to that great kingdom that awaits us. All of the fame, fortune and prestige that we may have on this earth will mean absolutely nothing in the kingdom that God will bring us to. We pray today that the Lord Jesus will open our ears to hear his word, and our mouths to proclaim his mighty works.
Tolton: From Slave to Priest Performance
Tolton: From Slave to Priest, is a powerful live production performed by actor Jim Coleman and directed by Leonardo Defilippis of Saint Luke Productions, it will be presented at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Queens Village on Friday, September 21 at 7:30pm. Meet Fr. Augustus Tolton, the first African American priest, in this one-man multimedia performance. From his dramatic escape from slavery to his courageous struggle in the face of prejudice, Fr. Tolton’s inspiring life centers around his message reconciliation and hope. This riveting drama is filled with all the elements of professional theater, runs 75 minutes, and is suitable for ages 10 and up. Admission will be a free will offering. There are flyers available at each of the three churches.
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.
Memorial of St. Peter Claver
Today, September 9 the Church recalls the memorial of St. Peter Claver. Because this day falls on a Sunday this year, liturgically we must celebrate the Mass for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. I take this opportunity to wish all of you a happy feast day. St. Peter Claver was a Jesuit who cared for African slaves. He converted many of them to the Catholic faith. We pray that through his powerful intercession, all of us will continue to grow in the image and likeness of Christ. We will celebrate the feast day as a parish family next Sunday, September 16 at Family Sunday.
Have a great week,
Father Alonzo Cox