From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

What a beautiful celebration we had last Sunday! I thank all of you for your presence, prayers and faithful support for last week’s celebration. Bishop Chappetto greatly enjoyed his visit with us. As I was walking him to his car, he thanked me for your warm welcome and hospitality to him. As he mentioned in his homily last Sunday, we must continue to pray for one another as brothers and sisters in Christ. I also want to thank each of you for your hospitality and generosity for the reception after Mass last week in McGuinness Hall. We had an overabundant amount of food and refreshments! Thank you all so much for your generosity.


In just two weeks, we will begin a new liturgical year with the season of Advent. Our gospel passage today reflects on the second coming of Christ. Each of us waits with joyful anticipation for the coming of the Lord. Jesus reminds us that this earth and the things of this earth will pass away, but his words will never. We know neither the day nor the hour of when our Lord will come again, but we must be ready and prepared. Let us continue to preach the love and mercy of Christ by the example of our lives. May Christ continue to reign in our community here in Bedford-Stuyvesant as we await the Kingdom of Heaven.


All Souls Remembrance

Throughout the month of November, we as a parish community will pray for our dearly departed brothers and sisters. We also pray for those souls in purgatory. Names of our departed loved ones will be placed at the altar during the entire month. There are All Souls envelopes available at each of the three churches. Please use the envelopes and place the names of those you would like remembered on the back of the envelope along with the offering. You may place the envelope in the collection basket or bring it to the parish office. Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.  


Thanksgiving Day Mass

This Thursday, November 22 is Thanksgiving Day. On behalf of the entire parish staff, we wish you a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving holiday. If you are travelling, we pray for your safe travels. There will be a Mass celebrated on Thanksgiving Day beginning at 8:00AM at Our Lady of Victory Church. If you would like to have a dish being served at your Thanksgiving table to be blessed, you are invited to bring it to Mass that day.


Father in Heaven, Creator of all and source of all goodness and love, please look kindly upon us and receive our heartfelt gratitude in this time of giving thanks. Thank you for all the graces and blessings. You have bestowed upon us, spiritual and temporal: our faith and religious heritage. Our food and shelter, our health, the loves we have for one another, our family and friends. 
Dear Father, in Your infinite generosity, please grant us continued graces and blessing throughout the coming year. This we ask in the name of Jesus, Your Son and our Brother. Amen.


Happy Thanksgiving,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox


From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

I take this opportunity to wish each of you, a happy feast day! Although the liturgical celebration of St. Martin dePorres was last week, we gather together today to give thanks and praise to God, through the intercession of St. Martin dePorres, for the gift of Jesus Christ. We have much to be thankful and grateful for as a parish community. We have seen our parish come alive, by the power and working of the Holy Spirit. We have seen both spiritual and temporal growth, continuing the mission of preaching and teaching Jesus Christ. We thank God for the elders of this parish, who are truly the foundation and we pray for those gone before us marked with the sign of faith. We thank God for the future of this parish, who are our young people. Many young families have come to have their children baptized at each of our three churches. Both Father Kingsley and I have seen a tremendous surge in baptisms, which is a phenomenal sign of growth for any parish community!


As Pastor, I thank each of you for your continued support and prayers, most especially during this most difficult time in the Roman Catholic Church. Please pray for your bishops, priests, deacons and consecrated religious. We welcome His Excellency, Most Reverend Raymond Chappetto, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Vicar General as the main celebrant and homilist for our Mass today. I thank him for his continued support of my ministry here at St. Martin dePorres and his prayers. I ask you to pray for him and all of the Bishops of the United States as they gather in Baltimore this week for their yearly meeting. May the Holy Spirit come upon them to lead the church ever so closer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ the Lord


All Souls Remembrance

Throughout the month of November, we as a parish community will pray for our dearly departed brothers and sisters. We also pray for those souls in purgatory. Names of our departed loved ones will be placed at the altar during the entire month. There are All Souls envelopes available at each of the three churches. Please use the envelopes and place the names of those you would like remembered on the back of the envelope along with the offering. You may place the envelope in the collection basket or bring it to the parish office. Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.  


Thanksgiving Day Mass

Next Thursday, November 22 is Thanksgiving Day. On behalf of the entire parish staff, we wish you a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving holiday. If you are travelling, we pray for your safe travels. There will be a Mass celebrated on Thanksgiving Day beginning at 8:00AM at Our Lady of Victory Church. If you would like to have a dish being served at your Thanksgiving table to be blessed, you are invited to bring it to Mass that day.


Have a great week!

Father Alonzo Q. Cox


From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

Fall is my most favorite time of the year! To see the changing of the leaves, to smell the wood burning chimneys throughout the neighborhood and of course as a big Starbucks fan, to enjoy pumpkin spice lattes, are just some of my favorite aspects of the fall season. Liturgically, we are almost at the end of this liturgical year. As you all know, the liturgical year ends with the Solemnity of Christ the King, which we will celebrate in just 3 weeks’ time. But, before we get to Christ the King, we will celebrate our parish feast day, St. Martin dePorres. His actual feast day on the liturgical calendar is November 3, but we will gather as a parish community next Sunday, November 11 to commemorate our patron. St. Martin dePorres serves as a sign of love and charity in continuing the mission of bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to all of God’s people here in Bedford Stuyvesant. We pray that through the powerful intercession of St. Martin dePorres, each of us will continue to live in the image and likeness of Jesus Christ in all that we say and do. Our gospel passage this weekend reminds us that we must love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our mind and with all our soul. We must also love our neighbor as ourselves. May that love continue to radiate within our parish community now and for ages to come.


All Souls Remembrance

Throughout the month of November, we as a parish community will pray for our dearly departed brothers and sisters. We also pray for those souls in purgatory. Names of our departed loved ones will be placed at the altar during the entire month. There are All Souls envelopes available at each of the three churches. Please use the envelopes and place the names of those you would like remembered on the back of the envelope along with the offering. You may place the envelope in the collection basket or bring it to the parish office. Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.  


Feast of St. Martin dePorres

We will celebrate the Feast of St. Martin dePorres next Sunday, November 11. As is the custom, only one Mass will be celebrated that Sunday, which will take place at Our Lady of Victory Church at 10:30AM. This year, we will welcome His Excellency, Most Reverend Raymond Chappetto, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Vicar General as the main celebrant and homilist. Immediately after the Mass, there will be a reception in McGuinness Hall. We are asking parishioners to donate any breakfast food items for the reception. You may bring them to the parish office the day before or before the Mass that day. We will pray the novena to St. Martin dePorres, beginning Monday November 4 at all of the weekday Masses leading up to the Feast Day Mass. All are invited.


Election Day

This Tuesday, November 6 is Election Day. It is important that we exercise our right to vote. We must continue to pray for all of our elected officials, that they will be guided by the Holy Spirit.


Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox


From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

Time just seems to be flying right by! Where did the month of October go? In just a few short weeks, families will gather for Thanksgiving, which of course kicks off the holiday season. As I write this letter, already holiday music has begun to be played on the radio. Before we jump into the hustle and bustle of this season, we are asked to prepare ourselves for the celebration of the mysteries of our salvation, that is the coming of Christ the Lord. Our gospel passage this Sunday shows Jesus calling out to this blind man. Although this blind man cannot physically see Jesus, he shows great faith and persistence in calling out for him. Jesus in turn calls him and without even touching him, restores his sight. There are so many times in our lives that we become blinded by distraction or the allures of this world, or at times blinded by the commercialization of the “holiday season”. We must always keep our eyes fixated on Christ, that we will have the courage to get up and answer the call of the Savior.


Mustard Seed Youth Group Events

Mustard Seed Youth Group cordially invites you to take part in our “Meet the Saints” program to kick off Black Catholic History Month this Saturday November 3, 2018 immediately following the 5:00pm mass. Come meet Saints, fellowship and purchase various religious items! All saint portrayals come from the youth and all proceeds raised will to support youth initiatives for this year.


All Saints Day & All Souls Day Mass Schedule

Thursday, November 1 is All Saints Day. It is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses will be celebrated at each of the three churches, 9:00AM at Holy Rosary, 12:00Noon at St. Peter Claver and 7:30PM at Our Lady of Victory. Please note the change in the morning masses. The next day, November 2, is All Souls Day. Masses will be celebrated at each of the three churches, 8:00AM at Our Lady of Victory, 12:00Noon at St. Peter Claver and 7:30PM at Holy Rosary.


Feast of St. Martin dePorres

We will celebrate the Feast of St. Martin dePorres on Sunday, November 11. As is the custom, only one Mass will be celebrated that Sunday, which will take place at Our Lady of Victory Church at 10:30AM. This year, we will welcome His Excellency, Most Reverend Raymond Chappetto, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Vicar General as the main celebrant and homilist. Immediately after the Mass, there will be a reception in McGuinness Hall. We are asking parishioners to donate any breakfast food items for the reception. You may bring them to the parish office the day before or before the Mass that day. We will pray the novena to St. Martin dePorres, beginning Monday November 4 at all of the weekday Masses leading up to the Feast Day Mass. All are invited.


Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox


P.S. This Wednesday, October 31 is Halloween! I wish all of our trick or treaters, the young and the young at heart a happy and safe Halloween!


From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

I am so happy to be back home! As you know, I had the great joy of going on pilgrimage to Italy over the last 12 days. Our journey started in Milan and ended in Rome. I kept each and every single one of you in my prayers throughout my journey, most especially at the masses that I celebrated. Over these last few days I have reflected on the great gift of prayer and how important prayer must be in our lives. The greatest gift that we can bestow to our brothers and sisters is indeed prayer. It is through prayer that we grow closer to Christ the Lord. Our relationship with the Lord Jesus must always be rooted in prayer. Jesus himself taught his disciples how to pray and he teaches us to this very day what it means to be people of prayer. I invite each of you to pray for one another. As a parish community let us storm heaven, asking for God’s love and mercy to be upon us now and forever.


Diocesan Marian Pilgrimage to Washington DC National Shrine

The bi-annual pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will take place next Saturday, October 27. The bus will depart from Our Lady of Victory Church at 6:00AM sharp. There are still some seats available! The day will consist of the recitation of the Rosary, an opportunity to take a tour of the Basilica, an opportunity for confession and the celebration of Mass with Bishop DiMarzio. Tickets are $60 per person. The Basilica is the largest Catholic church in the United States!


Hunchback of Notre Dame Silent Film

There will be a showing of the silent film, Hunchback of Notre Dame. It will take place next Friday, October 26 at Our Lady of Victory Church beginning at 8:00PM. The movie will be shown on a big screen in the church. The organ music accompanying the film will be performed live on our historic organ. Our music director, Rasaan Bourke will be behind the organ accompanied by clarinet and flute. Tickets are $10 per person and refreshments will be served. Please be sure to join us and bring friends and family with you.


Mustard Seed Youth Group Events

Mustard Seed Youth Group cordially invites you to take part in our “Meet the Saints” program to kick off Black Catholic History Month on Saturday November 3 2018 immediately following the 5:00pm mass. Come meet Saints, fellowship and purchase various religious items! All saint portrayals come from the youth and all proceeds raised will to support youth initiatives for this year.


All Saints Day & All Souls Day Mass Schedule

Thursday, November 1 is All Saints Day. It is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses will be celebrated at each of the three churches, 9:00AM at Holy Rosary, 12:00Noon at St. Peter Claver and 7:00PM at Our Lady of Victory. Please note the change in the morning masses. The next day, November 2, is All Souls Day. Masses will be celebrated at each of the three churches, 8:00AM at Our Lady of Victory, 12:00Noon at St. Peter Claver and 7:00PM at Holy Rosary.


Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox