April 7, 2024

From The Pastors Desk

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Dear Parishioners

What a beautiful Easter celebration we had last Sunday! We welcomed close to 1,000 people between each of our three churches last Sunday. I take this opportunity to thank each of you for all that you do to make this parish community a vibrant and welcoming place of worship and encounter.  Today is the second Sunday of Easter, which is popularly known as Divine Mercy Sunday. On the Second Sunday of Easter of the Jubilee Year 2000, at the Mass for the Canonization of St. Faustina Kowalska, Pope John Paul II declared the Sunday after Easter be called “Divine Mercy Sunday.” St. Faustina was a Polish nun who received visions from Jesus, including one of Jesus wearing a white garment with beams of red and white coming from his heart, which came to be known as the image of Divine Mercy. She wrote in her diary, “I want the Image to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter, and I want it to be venerated publicly so that every soul may know about it. My daughter, tell the whole world about my inconceivable mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy”. Divine Mercy Sunday focuses on the gift of mercy and love given through Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. As Pope John Paul II stated, “Divine Mercy reaches human beings through the heart of Christ crucified.”

Divine Mercy Sunday

Today is Divine Mercy Sunday. As has been the custom, we will gather at Our Lady of Victory Church at 3:00PM for Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament and the recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. All are invited to pray with us as we recall God’s merciful love upon us and on the whole world.

Diocese of Brooklyn Eucharistic Revival

The Diocese of Brooklyn Eucharistic Revival that was to take place in October will now take place on Saturday, April 20. It will take place at the Louis Armstrong Tennis Stadium in Flushing. If you purchased a seat on the bus for October, you automatically have a seat on the bus for this event. If you would like to purchase a seat on the bus for April, please call the parish office.

50/50 Fundraiser

Just a reminder that all parishioners are invited to participate in the monthly 50/50 fundraiser. There are extra yellow 50/50 envelopes located at the doors of each of the three churches. It is $20 to participate in the fundraiser. The wining envelope is drawn at the end of each month.

Wishing all of you a blessed and peaceful Divine Mercy Sunday,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox