From the Pastor's Desk

  

Dear Parishioners,

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

  

From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

This Wednesday we begin the solemn season of Lent with Ash Wednesday. During these 40 days of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, we are preparing our hearts for the celebration of the Paschal Mystery, that is the death and resurrection of Christ the Lord. Lent has been known as a time of penance, as we look at the times and instances that we have offended God and each other. One of the beautiful practices during Lent is celebrating the sacrament of Reconciliation also known as Confession. I have learned over the last 8 years of my priesthood, that many people are afraid of Confession. I assure you that there is nothing to be afraid of! The sacrament of Reconciliation is a beautiful moment in which we literally tell God that we are sorry for all of the sins that we have committed. We ask for the merciful forgiveness of the Lord, then we continue the journey of growing closer to him. On Ash Wednesday, bother Father Kingsley and I will be available for the sacrament of Confession beginning at 6:00PM at Holy Rosary Church. I encourage all of us, myself included to take full advantage of this beautiful sacrament as we begin the season of Lent.

Lent 2018

This Wednesday, February 14 is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the season of Lent. Masses will be celebrated at each of the three churches, 8:00AM at OLV, 12:00Noon at SPC and 7:30PM at HR. There will be a special prayer service at 12:00Noon at OLV. Stations of the cross will be prayed every Friday night at the three churches beginning at 7:00PM. Our Parish Lenten Mission will take place on Monday February 19 and Tuesday February 20. We will welcome Father A. Gerard Jordan, a priest of the Norbetine Order in Pennsylvania as the mission preacher. More details will follow!

Parish and Diocesan Black History Month Celebration

Our parish Black History month Mass will take place today, Sunday, February 11 at St. Peter Claver Church. We welcome as our celebrant and homilist Father Michael Trail, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago. The theme this year is: We’ve Come this far by Faith. The Mass will take place at 12:00 Noon today, not 11:30AM. Our Diocesan celebration for Black History Month will take place next Sunday, February 18 with Mass beginning at 4:00PM at the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston. The Most Reverend Roy Campbell, the newest African-American Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington DC will be the homilist. Please be sure to join us.

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!

Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Cox