From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

We continue to bask in the light and joy of the resurrection on this 5th Sunday of Easter. The scripture passages that we will hear over the next few weeks will prepare us for our Lord’s Ascension to the Father. Jesus tells us in today’s gospel that he will not be with us much longer, because he must ascend to the Father, but he leaves us a commandment, love one another. Each of us are called to love one another as brothers and sisters in Christ. Christian love must be at the center of all that we say and do. How could we ever call ourselves Christians if we do not love our brothers and sisters in the same way that Christ loves us? Love and charity must always be the very core of our lives. As we prepare to celebrate the Ascension of Christ to the Father, let us pray that Christ will continue to give us the grace we need for an increase in love and charity.

 Father John Paul Obiaeri

Our parish seminarian, John Paul Obiaeri will be ordained to the Priesthood for the Diocese of Brooklyn on Saturday June 1st at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph. The next day, Sunday June 2 Father Obiaeri will celebrate his First Mass of Thanksgiving at Our Lady of Victory Church at 1:30PM. Please continue to keep him and his classmates in your prayers. All are invited to his First Solemn Mass.

Pilgrimage to Germany September 2-12 2020

As many of you know, I enjoy travelling abroad. I most especially enjoy pilgrimages abroad. I would like to invite each of you on a pilgrimage to Germany, specifically the city of Oberammergau. Every 10 years the entire city puts on the Passion Play. It only happens every 10 years! In addition we will be visiting the cities of Berlin, Prague, Vienna and Munich. There are flyers with the itinerary and hotel information at each of the three churches.

2019 Annual Catholic Appeal

We have begun the 2019 Annual Catholic Appeal. As Pastor, I thank each of you who have participated with a gift to the 2018 Appeal and ask that everyone prayerfully consider making a gift to the 2019 Appeal. The work and services made possible through your donation to the Annual Catholic Appeal help people in Brooklyn and Queens in ways that no one parish can alone. As you know, each parish throughout the Diocese of Brooklyn is given a financial goal to raise throughout the year. Our goal for the Annual Catholic Appeal this year is $59,586. This goal can be reached if everyone participates in the Appeal.

Ascension Thursday Mass Schedule

Next Thursday, May 30 is the Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord. It is a Holy Day of Obligation. Please note that we have changed the Mass schedule for Holy Days of Obligation. Mass will be celebrated at 9:00AM at Holy Rosary Church, 12:00Noon at St. Peter Claver Church and 7:00PM at Our Lady of Victory Church.

 Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox

Dear Parishioners,

Today is the 4th Sunday of Easter, traditionally known as Good Shepherd Sunday. We hear the Lord tell us in today’s gospel passage, that the sheep hears the voice of the shepherd and they follow him. We know that shepherd to be Christ the Lord. The Good Shepherd guides his flock ever so closer to him, that we his sheep will not become jaded or allured by the distractions of this world. In a special way, I ask that in your kindness you pray for priests who serve as shepherds here on this earth. In Rome today, our Holy Father, Pope Francis will ordain priests for the Diocese of Rome. In his homily last year, Pope Francis spoke to the newly ordained of the importance of being shepherds in the image and likeness of Christ. He said, “Remember that you are chosen from among mankind and appointed to act in their favor by attending to the things of God. Carry out the work of Christ’s ministry with genuine joy and love, seeking only to please God and not yourselves and others, nor seeking other interests. Only at the service of God, for the good of the holy faithful People of God. Finally, conscious of sharing in the work of Christ, the Head and Shepherd of the Church, and united with the Bishop and subject to him, seek to bring the faithful together into a unified family and to lead them effectively to God the Father, through Christ and in the Holy Spirit. Always keep in mind the example of the Good Shepherd who came not to be served but to serve, and to seek out and rescue those who were lost”.

 Father John Paul Obiaeri

Our parish seminarian, John Paul Obiaeri will be ordained to the Priesthood for the Diocese of Brooklyn on Saturday June 1st at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph. The next day, Sunday June 2 Father Obiaeri will celebrate his First Mass of Thanksgiving at Our Lady of Victory Church at 1:30PM. Please continue to keep him and his classmates in your prayers. All are invited to his First Solemn Mass.

 Pilgrimage to Germany September 2-12 2020

As many of you know, I enjoy travelling abroad. I most especially enjoy pilgrimages abroad. I would like to invite each of you on a pilgrimage to Germany, specifically the city of Oberammergau. Every 10 years the entire city puts on the Passion Play. It only happens every 10 years! In addition we will be visiting the cities of Berlin, Prague, Vienna and Munich. There are flyers with the itinerary and hotel information at each of the three churches.

 2019 Annual Catholic Appeal

We have begun the 2019 Annual Catholic Appeal. As Pastor, I thank each of you who have participated with a gift to the 2018 Appeal and ask that everyone prayerfully consider making a gift to the 2019 Appeal. The work and services made possible through your donation to the Annual Catholic Appeal help people in Brooklyn and Queens in ways that no one parish can alone. As you know, each parish throughout the Diocese of Brooklyn is given a financial goal to raise throughout the year. Our goal for the Annual Catholic Appeal this year is $59,586. This goal can be reached if everyone participates in the Appeal.

 Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox

From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

We continue to bask in the joy of Easter this week, as we move to the third Sunday of the Resurrection of Our Lord. We give thanks and praise to God our Father, for giving us his Son, Jesus as our redeemer and king. Today’s second reading which comes from the Book of Revelation, we hear the angels proclaim to John, “worthy is the lamb who was slain, to receive power and riches, wisdom and strength, honor and glory and blessing”. Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. The Lord nourishes and sustains us with his most precious body and blood. How blessed we are to be called to the supper of the Lamb!

 Father John Paul Obiaeri

Our parish seminarian, John Paul Obiaeri will be ordained to the Priesthood for the Diocese of Brooklyn on Saturday June 1st at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph. The next day, Sunday June 2 Father Obiaeri will celebrate his First Mass of Thanksgiving at Our Lady of Victory Church at 1:30PM. Please continue to keep him and his classmates in your prayers. All are invited to his First Solemn Mass.

  St. Peter Claver League of the Sacred Heart Annual Tea Party

The League of the Sacred Heart of St. Peter Claver Church invites all parishioners to their annual Tea Party/Brunch that will take place today Sunday, May 5 beginning at 1:30PM in the lower hall of St. Peter Claver Church. The cost is $30 for adults and $15 for children 12 years of age and under. It promises to be a beautiful afternoon of fellowship, joy and food. For tickets you can see any of the League of the Sacred Heart members or call the parish office.

 Pilgrimage to Germany September 2-12 2020

As many of you know, I enjoy travelling abroad. I most especially enjoy pilgrimages abroad. I would like to invite each of you on a pilgrimage to Germany, specifically the city of Oberammergau. Every 10 years the entire city puts on the Passion Play. It only happens every 10 years! In addition we will be visiting the cities of Berlin, Prague, Vienna and Munich. There are flyers with the itinerary and hotel information at each of the three churches.

 2019 Annual Catholic Appeal

We have begun the 2019 Annual Catholic Appeal. As Pastor, I thank each of you who have participated with a gift to the 2018 Appeal and ask that everyone prayerfully consider making a gift to the 2019 Appeal. The work and services made possible through your donation to the Annual Catholic Appeal help people in Brooklyn and Queens in ways that no one parish can alone. As you know, each parish throughout the Diocese of Brooklyn is given a financial goal to raise throughout the year. Our goal for the Annual Catholic Appeal this year is $59,586. This goal can be reached if everyone participates in the Appeal. Please remain assured that your gift to the Annual Catholic Appeal cannot be used in the settlement of abuse claims or for anything other than their intended purpose.

 Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox

From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

We are already at the third Sunday of our Lenten observance. We continue to journey with the Lord on his way to Calvary. It is my hope that these last few weeks of Lent have been a time of spiritual fulfillment as we prepare to enter into the holiest of days as Christians, that is our Lord’s Last Supper, Death on the Cross and his Resurrection from the dead. We hear in today’s gospel passage proclaimed at Mass that we must repent for all the sins that we have committed. Each of us are poor sinners, trying our best each day to get to heaven. The Lord asks us today to first and foremost acknowledge the sins that we have committed and to repent for them. During the season of Lent, we are encouraged to take advantage of the sacrament of Confession, asking God to be merciful towards us. Here at St. Martin dePorres, both Father Kingsley and I avail ourselves for the sacrament every Saturday afternoon and Sunday mornings before Mass. If you have not gone to Confession in a while, that’s ok! The Lord invites you back to experience his love for you. May we continue to live out the words of Christ throughout the duration of Lent, repent and believe in the gospel.


Tuesday Evening Vespers & Stations of the Cross

We will have Eucharistic Adoration and Solemn Vespers (Evening Prayer) each Tuesday evening during the season of Lent. All are invited to join us this Tuesday, March 26 at St. Peter Claver Church for Vespers beginning at 7:30PM. Stations of the Cross are prayed throughout the Fridays of Lent at each of the three churches beginning at 7:00PM. Praying the stations of the cross is a beautiful Lenten practice of walking with the Lord on his road to Calvary.


2019 Annual Catholic Appeal

We have begun the 2019 Annual Catholic Appeal. As Pastor, I thank each of you who have participated with a gift to the 2018 Appeal and ask that everyone prayerfully consider making a gift to the 2019 Appeal. The work and services made possible through your donation to the Annual Catholic Appeal help people in Brooklyn and Queens in ways that no one parish can alone. As you know, each parish throughout the Diocese of Brooklyn is given a financial goal to raise throughout the year. Our goal for the Annual Catholic Appeal this year is $59,586. This goal can be reached if everyone participates in the Appeal. Please remain assured that your gift to the Annual Catholic Appeal cannot be used in the settlement of abuse claims or for anything other than their intended purpose. In a few weeks, we as a parish community will be able to view this year’s Appeal video and conduct an in-pew pledge for those who have not yet made one. Thank you for your support and generosity.


Holy Thursday Feet Washing

The Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday will take place on Thursday, April 18 at Our Lady of Victory Church beginning at 7:30PM. During that liturgy, we symbolically wash the feet of 12 parishioners, imitating Christ who washed the feet of his disciples. Anyone who may be interested in having their foot washed during the Holy Thursday Mass can place their name and contact information on the sign-up sheets at the three churches. The first 12 will be taken.


Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox