It’s so good to be back home! I want to thank all of you for your prayers as I went on pilgrimage to the Holy Land in Israel. It was truly a great blessing for me to celebrate Mass at the major places, depicting our salvation history. Two major highlights of my pilgrimage was celebrating Mass on Calvary, where our Lord died on the cross. The other of course was celebrating Mass on the tomb of which our Lord was raised from the dead. I brought each of your prayer petitions and intentions with me. Please be assured that all of you were in my thoughts and prayers as I journeyed in the footsteps of Christ the Lord.
Today, we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration. Jesus brought his disciples, Peter, James and John to Mount Tabor, and all of a sudden Jesus is transfigured before their very eyes. It was at the moment of the Transfiguration that Jesus showed his divinity to his disciples, and ultimately to us. I love the response that Peter, James and John give to the Lord before he is transfigured. They say, “Lord it is good that we are here”. Each and every Sunday when we gather for Mass, we must utter those same words, Lord it is good that we are here. It is good that we are able to worship as a community of believers. It is good that we are able to profess our faith, without the fear of persecution or strife.
As we celebrate this beautiful feast today, let us pray that we will continue to preach the good news of Jesus, in all that we say and do. Let us not allow fear to get in the way of bringing people closer to the heart of Christ the Lord.
2017-2018 School of Faith Formation Registration
Registration has begun for the new academic year 2017-2018 for our parish school of faith formation. All students preparing to receive the sacraments must be registered in our parish faith formation program. There is also ongoing catechesis for those who have completed the sacrament of Confirmation. The Diocese of Brooklyn has implemented a two year period of catechesis before the reception of First Holy Communion. The registration form is now available for download on our website. There are registration forms available at each of the three churches as well.
150th Anniversary of Our Lady of Victory Church
Next month we will kick off the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Our Lady of Victory Church. The solemn opening Mass will take place Sunday, September 10 at 10:30AM. There will be one Mass celebrated that Sunday. There will be a 5:00PM Mass on Saturday, September 9 which is the feast of St. Peter Claver.
Holy Spirit Revival
All are invited to the Holy Spirit revival that will take place at Our Lady of Victory Church Friday August 11 at 7:00PM, Saturday August 12 at 7:00PM and concluding with the 10:15AM Mass on Sunday August 13. Father Anthony Ozele will be the preacher. Please join us and bring a friend.
Have a great week,
Father Alonzo Cox