February 19, 2023

From the Pastor’s Desk.

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Dear Parishioners,

I take this opportunity to thank all of you who came out to our parish Superbowl party. We owe a deep debt of gratitude to the Holy Name Society and the Knights of St. Peter Claver for sponsoring last week’s party. Even if the team you were rooting for did not win the big game last week, it was evident that everyone had a great time! I also would like to thank the technology teachers at the Waldorf school for assisting in getting the big screen and sound set up for last week’s game. It was a great evening of fellowship!

This week we begin the season of Lent with Ash Wednesday. On this 7th Sunday of Ordinary Time, the Lord is challenging us to a greater sense of love. Jesus reminds us that we love not only our neighbor but also our enemies. As a human being, how can we love someone who clearly wants to be my enemy? How can I turn my cheek when someone slaps me? Jesus wants us to imitate him in all we say and do. The challenge of being a follower of Christ is allowing him to use us, in our humanity, to shine his light of love and mercy to our brothers and sisters. As we prepare to enter the season of Lent, let us pray that our hearts will be filled with God’s love and mercy.

Ash Wednesday Masses and Prayer Services

This Wednesday, February 22 is Ash Wednesday. Ashes will be distributed at the following Masses: 8:00AM at Our Lady of Victory, 12:00Noon at St. Peter Claver & 7:30PM at Our Lady of Victory. In addition, ashes will be distributed at 2 prayer services: 11:00AM at Holy Rosary and 12:00Noon at Our Lady of Victory.

Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross will be prayed each Friday night during the season of Lent beginning at 7:00PM. Stations of the cross will be held at each of the three churches.

 Parish Fish Fry Fundraiser

Our annual parish fish fry fundraiser will take place this Friday, February 24. The meal includes fresh fried fish, potato salad, coleslaw and green salad. The cost per dinner is $20. Pre orders should be placed no later than 11:00AM this Wednesday, February 22. Please call the parish office to place your orders.

President’s Day Holiday

This Monday, February 20th is President’s Day. It is a federal holiday. The parish office will be closed. There will not be a 12:00Noon Mass at St. Peter Claver Church. Only one Mass will be celebrated at 8:00AM at Our Lady of Victory. Enjoy the holiday!

Wishing you a blessed and joyful week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox