This past Tuesday, we recalled with deep prayer and solemn remembrance, the tragic events of September 11. It’s hard to believe that these horrific terrorists attacks occurred 17 years ago. Each year as we remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice of their lives, we must never forget! I had the great honor and privilege to lead our local fire house, Engine 214 and Ladder 111 in prayer this past Tuesday for their annual memorial service. Our firehouse lost 5 firefighters on September 11. Each year their families come back to the firehouse to pray for the souls of their fallen loved ones and to thank our firefighters for the work they continue to do. I had the opportunity to meet with some family members of these fallen heroes, many of whom continue to grieve 17 years later. A wife of one of the fallen firefighters told me, “each year the grief gets worse, but my husband’s firefighter brothers gets me through every year”. That my sisters and brothers is what a strong community is built on. Love for one another, support for one another, charity towards one another, all in the name of Jesus Christ, savior and king.
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 this Friday, September 21 at 7:30pm. There will be a bus leaving from Our Lady of Victory Church at 6:00PM. Tickets for the bus are $15. If you are interested in taking the bus, please call the parish office to purchase a ticket. 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.
Have a great week,
Father Alonzo Q. Cox