The summer has come upon us! Just this past Tuesday we welcomed the official season of summer. I do hope that each of you will be able to enjoy the rest, rejuvenation, and relaxation of these summer months. God has given us so many wonderful and beautiful gifts, one of them of course is the gift of creation. I have always used the summer to enjoy the beauty of travel, and of course visits to the beach. Even the Pope takes the summer to travel to the cooler region of Rome that is Castel Gandolfo!
I myself will be away for most of the month of July. As you know, I serve as the Diocesan coordinator for ministry to African-American Catholics and the Vicariate for Black Catholic Concerns. I will have the opportunity to attend the National Black Catholic Congress, that will be held in Orlando Florida the first week of July. I will be attending the conference with 46 other delegates from the Diocese of Brooklyn. Congress is held every 4 years and it focuses on ministry and outreach to Black Catholics. The gathering is expecting over 3,000 people from all over the United States. His Eminence Cardinal Peter Turkson, who is President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace will be the keynote speaker.
During the middle of July, I will have the great joy of travelling to the Holy Land. I will have the opportunity to visit the city of Jerusalem and Bethlehem. As I mentioned at the Masses last weekend, I will bring your prayer intentions with me to these most holy places. The last weekend of July is the Kujenga retreat, which will be held at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, New York.
2017 Annual Catholic Appeal
A few months ago I preached at all of the Masses regarding the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal. The Appeal each year goes towards the various ministries of the Diocese of Brooklyn, most especially seminary formation and Catholic charities. Our goal for the 2017 ACA is $59,519. The key to having a successful appeal is if everyone participates. There are extra ACA envelopes at the doors of the three churches. I thank all of you for your generosity of time, talent and treasure.
On behalf of the entire parish community, I want to congratulate the graduates from our parish. At all of the masses this weekend there will be a special blessing for all of the graduates. May the Lord continue to bestow his abundant blessing upon them and their successful endeavors!
Have a great week,
Father Alonzo Cox