We continue to bask in the glory of the Lord this Easter season! On this third Sunday of Easter, we hear in our gospel passage of how the Lord revealed himself to the disciples on the road to Emmaus. Jesus becomes clear to them in the breaking of the bread. As Catholics, we believe that Jesus is present, body, blood, soul and divinity in the Most Holy Eucharist. The Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith as Catholics, therefore we must come before the altar of sacrifice with reverence, piety and grace. Just as the disciples were filled with amazement and joy at seeing the Lord, we must be filled with that same joy. Our Holy Father Pope Francis says that joy is infectious, it’s meant to be spread throughout the whole world. May we continue to spread the joy of Easter to all of God’s people now and for the ages to come.
Annual Catholic Appeal 2018
It is that time for this year’s Diocese of Brooklyn Annual Catholic Appeal. As you all know, the Annual Catholic Appeal helps to support the many ministries throughout the Diocese. This year’s theme is Answer the Call. As members of the mystical body of Christ, each of us are called to preach the Good News of Jesus Christ by the example of our lives. The Annual Catholic Appeal also supports the initiatives of the 197 parishes that make up this incredible Diocese. Our parish goal for this year’s ACA is $59,519. This goal is very much attainable if each of us answers the call to participate in any way that we possibly can. We average about 800 people for Mass each weekend between our three churches. If each of us can participate in this year’s appeal not only can we make our goal, but we can go over it. Anything over the goal comes directly back to the parish. When I say “we” that includes myself. This year, as I do each year, I personally will contribute $1,000 to the 2018 ACA. Why do I say that? It’s important that you know that I would never ask you to do something that I myself would not do! In two weeks we will see the ACA video and conduct the in-pew for those who have not already contributed. Thank you for your generosity.
Our Lady of Victory 150th Anniversary Gala Dinner Dance
There are still tickets available for our Gala dinner dance commemorating the 150th Anniversary of Our Lady of Victory Church. It will take place at Terrace on the Park in Flushing, New York beginning with cocktails at 6:00PM. There will be a live band at dinner along with an amazing view of Flushing Meadow Park and the greatest baseball field in the world, CitiField! It promises to be an amazing evening! Tickets are $150 each and can be purchased at the parish office or after Mass.
Shades of Color Concert
Our next fundraiser for the 150th Anniversary of Our Lady of Victory Church will be a musical concert entitled, Shades of Color: Celebrating our Diversity Through Music. This concert will show case the incredible diversity of our parish along with our strong network of performers and creatives. It will take place on Sunday, May 6 at Our Lady of Victory Church beginning at 4:00PM. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased within the next few days. More details to come!
Have a great week,
Father Alonzo Q. Cox