December 20, 2020

Dear Parishioners,
As we come to the last Sunday of Advent, it is with great sadness that we announce the sudden death of our parish bookkeeper, Mrs. Alice Rosete. On Thursday, December 10 Alice had a heart attack and died at home on her way to work that morning. The Tuesday prior, December 8, she had celebrated her 60th birthday. The afternoon before her death, we had lunch for her in the rectory. She was as great as great could be. She was laughing and jovial and very much was enjoying the afternoon. On her way home for the day, I said to her the same thing I would say to her every day, “see you tomorrow”. I didn’t see her the next day. Her sudden and very much unexpected death showed me in reality the words, “you know neither the day nor the hour”. Our entire staff here is devastated and we are still numb over this. When you work with someone and see them every day and all of sudden they are no longer with us, it creates a void very much in our minds and hearts. In your kindness I ask all of you to pray for her soul and for the consolation of her husband, Fernando, her son King and her family and friends.

Tuesday Evening Advent Vespers
This Tuesday, December 22 we will conclude our Advent Vespers. We will pray Vespers with Eucharistic Adoration followed by Benediction. It will begin at 7:30PM and it will be held at Our Lady of Victory Church. The service will also be livestreamed.

Advent Lessons and Carols
We will continue with our customary Advent Lessons and Carols which will take place today Sunday, December 20 beginning at 4:00PM at St. Peter Claver Church. The service will consist of traditional Advent hymns followed by the proclamation of Sacred Scripture. All are welcomed to join us for an afternoon of prayer and reflection. The service will also be livestreamed.

Christmas Flowers
As we approach the solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord, we will begin to decorate our three churches with beautiful poinsettia flowers. To help offset the cost, all are invited to have a Christmas flower donated in memory or in honor of a loved one. You may use the Christmas flower envelopes located at the doors of the church. You may place the envelope in the collection basket or bring it to the parish office during the week. Each Christmas flower is $20.

Christmas Mass Schedule

Christmas Eve- December 24, 2020
5:00PM- Holy Rosary Church
12:00AM Midnight- Our Lady of Victory Church

Christmas Day- December 25, 2020
10:00AM- Our Lady of Victory Church
11:00AM- St. Peter Claver Church
Masses will be livestreamed both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Wishing you a peaceful week and blessed remainder of Advent,
Father Alonzo Q. Cox