December 3, 2023

From The Pastors Desk

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Dear Parishioners,

Today we celebrate the 1st Sunday of Advent. The season of Advent marks the beginning of a new liturgical year. Advent is one of the most beautiful and fruitful liturgical seasons within the Catholic Church, although it is brief, only 4 weeks. I invite all of us to use these next four weeks of Advent to spiritually prepare our minds, hearts and souls for the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I challenge us, myself included, not to fall into the trap of the commercialization of Christmas. We need this time to prepare our hearts for the birth of Christ, who comes to us as a child. During this beautiful season, our scripture passage focuses on the prophet Isaiah. The prophet proclaims “prepare the way of the Lord, make straight a highway for our God.” May this season bring us the joy of welcoming Christ into the homes of our hearts.

Advent Vespers and Eucharistic Adoration

As is the custom here at St. Martin de Porres, we will have Eucharistic Adoration with Vespers each Tuesday during Advent beginning this Tuesday, December 5th. Vespers will take place at Our Lady of Victory Church starting at 7:30PM. The service will be livestreamed, but all are welcomed to join us for prayer.

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

This Friday, December 8th is the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is a holy day of obligation. Masses will be celebrated at each of the three churches: 9:00AM at Holy Rosary Church, 12:00 Noon at St. Peter Claver Church and 7:30PM at Our Lady of Victory Church. Please note that there will not be an 8:00AM Mass at Our Lady of Victory on Friday morning.

Parish Christmas Party

Our parish Christmas party will take place next Sunday, December 10 at Our Lady of Victory McGuinness Hall beginning at 1:00PM. Tickets are $20 each and includes food, dancing and a lot of fun. We also have some great prizes to be raffled off throughout the day. Tickets for the party along with raffle tickets can be purchased after all the Masses this weekend and at the parish office.

Youth Ministry

Youth ministry will begin meeting today, Sunday, December 3 at Our Lady of Victory McGuinness Hall at 12:30PM.

Allow me to end with one of my favorite Advent hymns, which depicts the great beauty of this most sacred season:

  O come divine Messiah,the world in silence waits the day when hope shall sing its triumph and sadness flee away.

Dear Savior haste, come, come to earth. Dispel the night and show your face and bid us hail the dawn of grace.

O come divine Messiah, the world in silence waits the day, when hope shall sing it triumph and sadness flee away.

 

Wishing you a peaceful and blessed Advent,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox