FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK

Dear Parishioners,

Today we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany, in which the three wise men come to pay homage to the baby Jesus. The scriptures tell us that they found the child Jesus by the guidance of a star, which led them to Bethlehem. They came bringing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. We are reminded on this feast that Jesus truly wants the gift of ourselves, with an undivided heart. We are invited to bring to Jesus the gift of our true selves, not just a single part, but our whole selves. We pray that by the power and work of the Holy Spirit, God will give us the grace to give of ourselves totally and completely to his Son Jesus.

Today is also the last Sunday of the Christmas season. Because of the calendar year, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord will be commemorated on Monday, January 8. Next Sunday we move back to the season of Ordinary Time. These last few weeks of Christmas has been a time of great joy and excitement. We welcomed hundreds of people to our three beautiful churches over these last few days. I thank all of you who made our Christmas liturgies so beautiful and prayerful. To our dedicated ushers, lectors, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, altar servers and sacristans, I thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. Each of our three churches looked so beautiful, decorated with wreaths, poinsettias and trees. I thank all those who helped decorate our churches. I truly appreciate their time and talent in making our sanctuaries beautiful. As difficult as it is to believe, we will be embarking on the season of Lent in just about 6 weeks! Just as we prepared our minds and hearts for the birth of the Lord, we now prepare to celebrate his paschal mystery, that is his passion, death and resurrection. May we as a community of believers continue to go out and bring the love and mercy of Jesus Christ the Lord to all those whom we encounter.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Service

Each year, the Vicariate for Black Catholic Concerns holds a prayer service commemorating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year marks the 50th anniversary of his assassination. We continue to pray for unity and peace throughout our nation, most especially for racial equality and justice. This year’s prayer service will be held at Our Lady of Victory Church on Monday January 15 at 12:00Noon. The preacher for the prayer service will be Brother Gregory McMullen. Brother Gregory is not a stranger to Our Lady of Victory, having preached many retreats here. He is a dynamic speaker! He currently lives in Atlanta, but is originally from Holy Rosary Church. Please be sure to join us for this very special prayer service honoring Dr. King.

Paint and Sip Night

Our next fundraiser for the 150th Anniversary of Our Lady of Victory Church will be a paint and sip night on Saturday, January 27 beginning at 6:00PM in McGuinness Hall. Professional art instructors will help you create your own masterpiece to hang in your homes! The instructors will bring canvas, paint, supplies along with music, wine and snacks! It promises to be a fun evening. Tickets are $50 for adults over the age of 21. Tickets can be purchased on our parish website, www.smdpp.org or at the parish office.

Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox

 

From the Desk

Dear Parishioners,

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. Jesus, Mary and Joseph are examples to us for what a family rooted in the love of God looks like. On this feast day, we give thanks to God for the gift of family, both by blood and by association. Families are important. Whether we come from a large family or a small one, we must always thank God for the gift of our families. With many families, including my very own, there comes drama. It is from the drama that many of us fall out of communication with families. If we haven’t spoken to our parents, siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles, all because of disagreement and anger, let us pray for the grace to put those feelings aside and reconnect. Over my almost 8 years of priesthood, I have seen divided families come together for the sadness of funerals, to not even remembering why they were fighting to begin with. On this feast of the Holy Family, let us pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to make its dwelling within our families, as we strive to follow the Lord wholeheartedly.

Today is also New Year’s Eve. I want to wish each of you a very Happy and Blessed New Year 2018, filled with God’s love and mercy. I know that New Year’s Eve is a time for parties and celebrations. I wish each of you a safe evening. January 1 is also the feast of Mary Mother of God. It’s a beautiful feast to begin the new calendar year, asking the prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary to guide us this new year. Masses will be celebrated at Midnight at Our Lady of Victory Church. Prior to the Midnight Mass there will be a Holy Hour beginning at 11:00PM. We will expose the Blessed Sacrament and pray before the presence of Jesus, thanking him for the many blessings throughout this past year. On New Year’s Day, masses will be celebrated at 10:30AM at Our Lady of Victory and 11:30AM at St. Peter Claver.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Service

Each year, the Vicariate for Black Catholic Concerns holds a prayer service commemorating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year marks the 50th anniversary of his assassination. We continue to pray for unity and peace throughout our nation, most especially for racial equality and justice. This year’s prayer service will be held at Our Lady of Victory Church on Monday January 15 at 12:00Noon. The preacher for the prayer service will be Brother Gregory McMullen. Brother Gregory is not a stranger to Our Lady of Victory, having preached many retreats here. He is a dynamic speaker! He currently lives in Atlanta, but is originally from Holy Rosary Church. Please be sure to join us for this very special prayer service honoring Dr. King.

Paint and Sip Night

Our next fundraiser for the 150th Anniversary of Our Lady of Victory Church will be a paint and sip night on Saturday, January 27 beginning at 6:00PM in McGuinness Hall. Professional art instructors will help you create your own masterpiece to hang in your homes! The instructors will bring canvas, paint, supplies along with music, wine and snacks! It promises to be a fun evening. Tickets are $50 for adults over the age of 21. Tickets can be purchased on our parish website, www.smdpp.org or at the parish office.

Have a great week and Happy New Year!

Father Alonzo Cox