This beautiful season of Lent is quickly moving along! These last three weeks of Lent have been a time of spiritual renewal and rejuvenation, as we prepare ourselves to bask in the glory of Easter. Our scripture readings have shown us of God’s great love, for it is through his Son Jesus Christ that our salvation lies! We hear in today’s first reading from the book of the prophet Ezekiel of the commandments that God has bestowed upon us. None of us are perfect, but we try our best to live our lives in accord with the commandments.
Over the years, many people have said to me that they have been able to live out 8 out of the 10 commandments. Living as a disciple of Christ is not a life of shortcuts or compromises. We must give of ourselves totally and completely to Christ Jesus. Jesus gave of himself, totally and completely to the cross. During this Lenten season we must surrender ourselves to the Lord Jesus, as we strive each and every single day to do the will of our Heavenly Father.
Stations of the Cross and Tuesday Evening Vespers
Each Friday during the season of Lent we will pray the stations of the cross at each of the three churches. Stations of the cross will begin at 7:00PM. On the Tuesdays of Lent, we will have Eucharistic Adoration with Vespers. The theme will be “In unity with one another.” The next Holy Hour will take place this Tuesday March 6 at Holy Rosary Church beginning at 7:00PM. The guest preacher will be His Excellency, Most Reverend Neil Tiedemann, CP. Bishop Tiedemann is one of the Auxiliary Bishops of the Diocese of Brooklyn. Bishop Tiedemann has never been to Holy Rosary Church, hence is very much looking forward to praying with us this Tuesday evening.
Our Lady of Victory Church 150th Anniversary
Since the Opening Mass celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Our Lady of Victory Church, we have had many fundraisers commemorating this milestone. Our Jazz Café, Phantom of the Opera silent film with live organ music, and Paint and Sip night, were all a phenomenal success! Our major fundraiser will be our Anniversary Gala Dinner that will take place Saturday April 21 at Terrace on the Park, along with our anniversary journal. I hope that this will be just as successful with your support! The Solemn Closing Mass for the Anniversary will take place on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 10:30AM at Our Lady of Victory Church. We will welcome His Excellency, Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn as the Main Celebrant and Homilist.
We adore you O Christ and we praise you, for by your Holy Cross, you have redeemed the world!
Have a great week,
Father Alonzo Q. Cox